News In Brief
17 May 2017, 4:20 p.m.
Interest in promising juvenile
Stakes placed two-year-old Scott Base is attracting his fair share of overseas interest.
“People have been ringing up about him and there have been a couple of offers from Hong Kong, but at the moment we’ve still got him,” part-owner Chris Rutten said.
Trained by Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard, the chestnut was sent for a break after he finished third in the Listed Champagne Stakes at Ellerslie last month.
Wide draw no problem
An outside gate on Wednesday wasn’t enough to prevent a winning return at Ruakaka from Bombard.
The Dalghar gelding showed speed to cross the field and he held a strong gallop in the straight to beat Malambo and Lisdoonvarna, who was three lengths last with 600 metres to run.
“He’s still a bit green and with plenty more to learn,” rider Sam Spratt said. “He was unlucky at his last start when he got chopped out, otherwise he would have been in the Karaka Million.”
Bombard was subsequently put aside after he finished sixth at Ellerslie in January.
Harris back in business
Group One-winning jockey Troy Harris has launched his comeback to flat riding on a perfect note.
The 28-year-old, who has been plagued by weight issues, is making another concerted effort to further his career and he was rewarded with victory aboard the Mark Forbes-trained Smart Bronson at Ruakaka on Wednesday.
“I actually had my first winner here a few years ago so I don’t mind coming back,” Harris said. “Hopefully I can start getting some more rides now.”
Smart Bronson is owned by Phillip Mak, who also races last Saturday’s Gr.3 Rough Habit Plate winner Shocking Luck.
Deserved break for Odeon
Odeon has gone to the paddock after a series of strong three-year-old performances.
The New Zealand-bred gelding won four races this term and he also earned two black type placings.
The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Odeon finished runner-up in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas and in his most recent appearance he was third in the Gr.1 South Australian Derby.