News In Brief
13 October 2017, 12:19 p.m.
Livamol confirmed for Gingernuts
Gingernuts will head back to Hawke’s Bay for the rescheduled Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) on October 22.
Te Akau principal David Ellis has confirmed the Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained son of Iffraaj, who won the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at his last appearance, will run at Hastings before he heads to Melbourne.
“He’s going to the Livamol and then on to the Emirates Stakes on the last day of the carnival at Flemington,” he said.
“The target has switched from the Caulfield Cup to the Emirates and Steve and Jamie feel the Livamol is the best way to get there.
“Gingernuts is very well and he will be having a gallop with Chance To Dance after race two at Matamata on Saturday.”
Last-start Listed Karaka Classic (1600m) winner Chance To Dance is also a definite starter in the Livamol Classic.
Tiger roars for Kiwi owners
Tiger Tim has finally showed his worth in Australia after a deal to send him across the Tasman nearly three years ago fell through at the last minute.
Following a debut win at Otaki for Hastings trainer John Bary, the son of Alamosa was on his way to champion trainer Chris Waller only for a paddock accident to halt proceedings.
After time away, he returned to win three further races before breeder-owners Bill Gleeson and Peter Gillespie decided to send Tiger Tim to Moe trainer Peter Gelagotis, who produced the six-year-old to win over 2000m at Ballarat on Thursday.
“It’s taken a long time to get him back to what he was,” Gleeson said. “He’s a happy horse now and we thought he might make a nice country cups type.
“We’ve got another one over there with them, a horse called Meat Traders who they bought off us at Karaka and we’ve kept a share.”
By Pins, Meat Traders has a win and two placings from half a dozen outings.
New recruits for Matamata stable
Two former Hong Kong gallopers are to join the stable of Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott, although one of them won’t be seen for some time.
The well-travelled Galileo entire Giovanni Canaletto and Jetwings are both relocating to Matamata, but the former, who placed in last year’s Gr.1 Hong Kong Derby (2400m) will firstly be given a lengthy spell.
The five-year-old began his career with Aidan O’Brien in Ireland where he posted his sole victory and finished third in the Gr.1 Irish Derby (2400m) before transferring to Hong Kong.
Jetwings won three of his 12 starts up to 1200m from the stable of Richard Gibson.
Group One hopes rest with NZ-bred
New Zealand-bred filly Aloisia gives Aaron Purcell an early opportunity at Caulfield of a Group One victory in his new role.
He took charge last week of suspended trainer Ciaron Maher’s stable and on Saturday Purcell will run the daughter of Azamour in the Thousand Guineas (1600m).
“She’s probably going to be better suited over a bit further, possibly the Oaks, but there’s no reason why she shouldn’t run a really good race,” he said.
Formerly prepared at Matamata by Jason Price, Aloisia was runner-up in last season’s Gr.1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) and at her only appearance this term she closed well for fifth over 1400m at Caulfield.
NZB breeze ups
Breeze ups for New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale will be conducted next week.
They will be held at Te Rapa on Monday and Tuesday, beginning at 10am each day with the 214 heats filmed and timed from the 200 metre mark to the winning post.
Video clips of the breeze ups will be available for viewing on the NZB website by Friday, October 20.
The Ready to Run Sale will be held on November 22 and 23 at Karaka with selling commencing at 11am each day.