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12 October 2017, 4:17 p.m.

Group One performer looking good

Devise enjoyed a lucrative three-year-old season and she is impressing trainer Shaune Ritchie as she closes in on a return to racing.

The daughter of Darci Brahma is a two-time winner and finished runner-up to Bonneval in last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

“She looks terrific and she’ll trial at the end of the month and she should be back at the races in November,” Ritchie said. “She’s come back much stronger and her form looks good.”

The half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Zurella also placed last term behind Bonneval in the Gr.2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) and in the Gr.3 Lowland Stakes (2100m).

 

Group Three opportunity for quality mare

Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) contender Thee Auld Floozie will take a step back in class on Saturday.

She will run in the Group Three contest at Hawera after unplaced efforts in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) and in the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m).

“Her work has been very good and if we could get a better track it would help her,” trainer Stephen Marsh said.

The Cambridge conditioner also confirmed stablemate Sofia Rosa would be heading back to Hawke’s Bay for the rescheduled Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) on October 22.

“She’s really well and she’ll definitely be running at Hastings,” he said.

 

Dragon still a Guineas contender

Promising three-year-old Dragon remains in the mix for a trip to Christchurch.

The son of Power’s build-up has been interrupted by a succession of rain-affected tracks, but trainer Mark Forbes is still hopeful of a shot at the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).

“The tracks obviously haven’t played their part and we’re running short of time, but it’s the same for everyone,” he said.

“There’s two races for him at Te Aroha next Wednesday, but it depends on the weather.”