News In Brief
19 October 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Stakes homecoming for smart mare
Untamed Diamond will resume her New Zealand career for Richard Collett at Rotorua on Saturday.
The Snitzel mare won three races for the Pukekohe Park trainer, who subsequently campaigned her in Sydney where she doubled her winning tally and was runner-up in the Listed Bright Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Doomben.
Untamed Diamond hasn’t raced since her Queensland placing in May, but was second at the Ruakaka trials earlier this month ahead of the Gr.3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m).
“She trialled well over 1000m and she had a nice blow afterwards,” Collett said. “She’s coming up well and she’ll go straight to the Stewards at Riccarton after this.”
Kinagat to determine his Cup week target
Capable Riccarton sprinter Kinagat could provide trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman with a guide on which Cup week feature to tackle at Ashburton on Saturday.
The Street Cry six-year-old will tackle the McCrea Painters & Decorators 1200m and his Riccarton feature assignment is likely to be determined by how he performs.
"Kinagat is a better horse this preparation than he was last time," Michael Pitman said.
"We turned him out with reverse shoes and it's done him the world of good. He had hoof issues last time and we would take him to the beach and soak his hooves in the sea, but he's a lot better this time.
"He's in the Stewards, but we've also nominated him for the Coupland's Mile and we could yet go that way. He's a lot more settled this time in."
The Gr.2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile (1600m) and the Gr.3 Lindauer Stewards’ Stakes (1200m) are both run on November 15.
Debut winner ready to rock again
Promising four-year-old Bevan Street is in fine fettle for his engagement at Tauranga on Friday.
He will line up in the Asteron Life 1200m off the back of a debut win at Taupo where he beat the subsequent winner Kapoor.
“He’s flying, he’s in great order,” said Stephen Marsh, who trains the Road To Rock four-year-old for his Singapore-based parents Bruce and Kay.
Lexus likely for Kiwi-bred
Connections of the former Tony Pike-prepared Sin To Win are considering stakes options for the five-year-old.
He was successful over 2400m at Caulfield on Wednesday and co-trainer David Hayes said they will now consider a start in the Gr.3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on Derby Day.
The Gr.2 Zipping Classic (2400m) or the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) a fortnight later are possible follow up races.
“We'll see how he pulls up as he's an immature horse in his first preparation for us,” Hayes said.
Sin To Win won three times for Pike and he has added a further two successes from his new quarters.