News In Brief
Burgundy Belle Photo: Peter Rubery Race Images
Blinkers aid Alamosa filly
Regally bred filly House of Cartier picked up her first career win at Pukekohe Park on Wednesday, with her trainer Nigel Tiley attributing the addition of blinkers as a factor.
The three-year-old is out of four-time Group One-winning mare Shez Sinsational and Tiley said she has a lot of ability.
“She’s a lovely filly, she’s got a big future,” he said.
“She did a bit of work midfield, but it was a typical Leith ride, he’s kept something up his sleeve and produced her when he needed to.
“She has been looking for the blinkers, but if you put blinkers on them too soon they don’t learn much. She had a couple of runs and the blinkers have really sharpened her up.”
Her Darci Brahma half-sister, Sinarahma, picked up her second career win at Wanganui on Saturday, winning comfortably by three and a quarter lengths.
Werther out of Hong Kong Cup
Three-time Group One winner Werther has been withdrawn from the Longines Hong Kong Cup (2000m) on Sunday after succumbing to a suspensory injury.
The 2015-16 Hong Kong Horse of the Year underwent a pre-race veterinary check which found that he had a slightly thickened and reactive right-front medial suspensory branch, with a subsequent scan confirming the injury.
The Tavistock gelding was initially trained by Andrew Campbell in New Zealand where he won two Group Two races in Australasia and was runner-up in the Gr.1 Queensland Derby and Gr.1 South Australian Derby.
He was subsequently sold to Hong Kong where he has picked up three Group One victories and more than HK$55 million (NZ$10.2 million) in prizemoney.
Wyndspelle out of Captain Cook
Group One performer Wyndspelle has been withdrawn from Saturday’s Gr.1 Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.
The Iffraaj entire impressed when winning fresh-up over 1550m at Awapuni last month, but the wet conditions have forced trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard to scratch their charge.
The track was rated a Slow9 on Thursday.
Jockey Jason Waddell will now ride Dolcetto in the Group One feature.
Burgundy Belle scores on debut
Three-year-old filly Burgundy Belle has been earmarked for a possible tilt at black-type after her impressive debut victory in the Nulook Aluminium Maiden (1100m) at Pukekura Raceway on Thursday.
The daughter of Burgundy jumped away well from barrier two under in-form hoop Shafiq Rusof. She loomed wide at the turn to run away from her competition, winning by five and a half lengths.
“She was very impressive and it’s really good to get a win for John (Galvin) and the Fortuna team,” racing manager Libby Richards said.
“She’s a bit of a favourite at home and we hope to see her, maybe, in a stakes race in the next few months.”
That could involve a tilt at the Gr.3 Mongolian Khan Trophy (1200m) at Ellerslie next month, a race that Fortuna won with Melody Belle earlier this year.
Racing at the New Plymouth track was abandoned following race three after jockey Tony Allan was dislodged when his mount Stumpy slipped at the 350m mark.