News In Brief
19 May 2017, 11:46 a.m.
Kiwi sprinter in top order
Exciting four-year-old Splurge has enjoyed a perfect build-up ahead of his Australian debut at Doomben on Saturday.
The winner of seven of his 11 starts, the son of Savabeel will again be ridden by Opie Bosson in the Gr.3 Taxibox BRC Sprint.
“Hopefully the rain that’s around will miss Doomben,” said Jamie Richards, who trains with Stephen Autridge. “His work on Tuesday was very good and we’re pleased with him.
“He’s in the best of form – he’s a really classy individual.”
Splurge claimed the Gr.3 Darley Plate in March and in one subsequent appearance he romped to victory at Te Rapa at the expense of the black type performers Passing Shot and Underthemoonlight.
Auret happy with resuming stayer
Fraser Auret is expecting a bold first-up showing from Alinko Prince at Awapuni on Saturday.
“He galloped particularly well on Wednesday morning on a loose track and I’m very happy with him,” the Marton trainer said.
Alinko Prince will make his first appearance since finishing out of the money in the Gr.3 Wellington Cup when he lines up in the Listed James Bull Rangitikei Gold Cup.
The Alamosa five-year-old produced a career-best performance earlier this year when he won the Listed Marton Cup.
Brisbane on hold for Kiwi-bred mare
Bjorn Baker has put a Queensland trip for Bonny O’Reilly on temporary hold after scratching her from Saturday’s Listed Bright Shadow at Doomben.
The Warwick Farm trainer will instead run the New Zealand-bred mare in a handicap sprint at Rosehill, but Brisbane remains a target.
“I'd like to get her up there and chase some black type at some stage through the carnival,” Baker said.
“We'll see what happens on Saturday and go from there. She's in good order and I think she handles any track.”
Duke of York winner for Showcasing
Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Showcasing was represented by Gr.2 Duke of York Stakes (1200m) winner Tasleet on Wednesday, when the William Haggas-trained galloper trounced his rivals at York, in England’s North.
The four-year-old entire has now won five of his 10 starts and handled the rain-affected track in good style.
“He’s a very talented horse, but I always thought he wanted fast ground,” Haggas said. “He’s been a relatively sound horse, but he did have a bad injury to a hind ankle which took a long time to come right. He was a talented horse and difficult to criticise at two and is obviously versatile. He’s got stronger and looks like a sprinter now.”
The Gr.1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 24 is the next target for Tasleet.
One of 15 stakes winners worldwide for Showcasing, Tasleet is a prime example of Showcasing’s ability to upgrade his mares with all 15 out of non-stakes winners or stakes producers.
Showcasing will stand at Haunui Farm in 2017 for a fee of $12,000 + GST.