News In Brief
17 July 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Cup hope doing well
Stakes winner Pacorus has come through his latest outing in good shape.
He finished fourth over a mile at Te Rapa on Saturday in his final outing before the Listed Taumarunui Gold Cup on July 29.
“The 1600m was a touch short and there wasn’t a lot of tempo, but he pulled up well,” trainer Chris Wood said.
The Cambridge conditioner also saddled the progressive Wooden Edge to beat the Rating 75 milers at Te Rapa for the sixth win of his 12-start career.
“That was a good, strong win and I don’t think he’s an out and out mudder either,” Wood said.
Wanganui goal for filly
Smart filly Showtenaire’s first crack at black type has been delayed.
A winner and twice placed from three starts, she will bypass the Listed Ryder Stakes with the Listed O’Leary’s Fillies’ Stakes at Wanganui early next season her first three-year-old target.
“When she won at Auckland the very heavy track took its toll a bit,” said Debbie Sweeney, who trains with her father Graeme Sanders.
“She had been in work for a long time and deserved a freshen up. She’s having a spell and when she comes back she’ll head toward Wanganui.”
Kiwi-bred still undefeated
The Michael Clements-trained Chopin’s Fantaisie has maintained his unbeaten record in Singapore.
The New Zealand-bred brother to the former Hong Kong champion Ambitious Dragon made it four wins on the bounce at Kranji on Sunday evening when he was successful over 1400 metres.
The Pins three-year-old only had half a length to spare, but rider Glen Boss said the margin didn’t tell the full story.
“He will never win by a space, that is not his caper. It’s more cat-and-mouse style with him.
“He’s got a lovely long action and has a great attitude. He will grow and mature further as he’s not the full product yet – he is coming along quite well and will be even better in six months’ time.
“He’s such an unassuming horse, but he has so much energy and he can run time. Mike will have a lot of fun with him as he will continue to improve for sure.”