News In Brief
19 September 2017, 5:36 p.m.
Classic start for Charles Road
Group Three winner Charles Road will have his next start in Sunday’s Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic (1600m).
“Whether he gets to the Livamol Classic we’ll see, but he needs to run this weekend even if the track’s heavy,” said Lance O’Sullivan, who trains at Matamata with Andrew Scott.
Charles Road won twice last season, including a victory in the Gr.3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) and was runner-up in both the Gr.2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and in the Gr.2 Championship Stakes (2100m).
Little to choose between stablemates
Stephen Marsh finds it hard to split his Group One-bound runners Sofia Rosa and Thee Auld Floozie.
They will give the Cambridge trainer a strong hand in this Saturday’s Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings.
“They’re both in good order and have got a lot of class,” Marsh said. “It might come down to the barriers and the luck in the running.”
Sofia Rosa turned in an eye-catching run when she got home late for seventh in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) while Thee Auld Floozie finished one spot further back.
Group One target for Swampland
Caulfield trainer Henry Dwyer is targeting the Gr.1 Myer Classic (1600m) with his talented mare Swampland.
The daughter of Redwood followed a hat-trick of winter wins with luckless runner-up finishes behind Oregon's Day and Sword Of Light - the latter in Saturday's Gr.2 Let's Elope Stakes (1400m) - to announce herself as a legitimate spring contender in mares' grade.
"She came out of the [Let's Elope] run in great order,” Dwyer said.
Swampland, who has been in work for the best part of nine months, will now enjoy a brief freshen-up before a tilt at the Gr. 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) on October 21.
"We're lucky she's really clean-winded, we don't have to do much work between races. We can send her for a week in the paddock followed by two weeks on the water walker,” Dwyer said.
"If she runs alright in the Tristarc, you're two weeks into the Myer, step her up to a mile, which I think she's probably looking for, and you just have to have a crack with these mares that are in form."
Epsom next for in-form Kiwi
Former New Zealand galloper Sound Proposition will take his chance in Saturday week’s $A1 million Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).
Trainer Kris Lees confirmed a crack at the Randwick feature with the son of Savabeel in the wake of his runner-up finish in the Gr.3 Cameron Handicap (1500m).
Sound Proposition had won his previous two starts and he is in the Epsom with 53.5kg.
“It looks to be a weight that Sound Proposition can be very competitive with and he’ll definitely line up in the Epsom,” Lees said.
Connections considering surgery for 3YO
Promising three-year-old Mofara may be going under the knife.
“We might have to geld him. He’s a beautiful colt temperament-wise, but he lacks concentration,” said Emma-Lee Browne, who trains with her husband David.
A son of Iffraaj, Mofara has finished fourth in both his starts this season.
“He’s over-racing a bit and he has to learn to settle,” Browne said. “He’s still going nice races, but he’ll be best when he gets up over more ground.”