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23 October 2017, 5:45 p.m.

Spain booked for Soliloquy ride

Victorian apprentice Zac Spain will ride at Ellerslie on Saturday, with Group One performer Belle Du Nord his star mount.

The 21-year-old boasts more than 150 wins to his credit, including 10 for former Waikato trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, and it was through that link that he secured the Listed Partners Life Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) mount on the David and Emma-Lee Browne-trained Belle Du Nord.

Spain, who rides down to 50kg and will also be aboard Pepper Mill in the open 1400m sprint, will be available for other mounts.

Colt boosts Guineas chances

Promising colt Karisto has pressed his claims for a trip to Christchurch.

The son of Written Tycoon is a $26 chance for the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) following his runaway victory at Te Rapa on Monday in the Total Mortgages 1400m.

“We’ll see how he comes through this and talk to the owners,” co-trainer Andrew Forsman said. “It was nice to see him get the job done and put them away like that, very impressive.”

Runner-up in all three of his previous outings, Karisto settled midfield on the fence before rider Opie Bosson, sporting the China Horse Club colours, was able to improve near the fence to be in front at the top of the straight.

He then angled wide for the better going and Karisto held a strong gallop for a comfortable victory.