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Apprentice gets nod for Tauranga

3 November 2017, 12:28 p.m.

Danica Guy is putting her faith in apprentice Jasmine Fawcett on Saturday.

The Matamata trainer has booked the 24-year-old to partner the capable mare Galaxy Miss in the Quickcount Handicap (1300m) at Tauranga.

Galaxy Miss Photo: Trish Dunell Photography

“I think she’s competitively-placed at the weights and I’m giving Jasmine a go even though it’s not a claiming race,” Guy said.

“The biggest positive with Jasmine is that she rides to instructions. She’s riding well and I think she’s got a good future.”

Galaxy Miss has a couple of wins and four placings from her last eight appearances and is coming off an unplaced effort in the Listed Matamata Cup (1600m).

“I’m very happy with her and she had a little freshen-up after Matamata,” Guy said. “She had a few days in the paddock and that’s why she’s dropping back in distance. She’s very well though.”

She has no firm plans for the daughter of Tavistock, although a return to stakes racing is on the agenda at some stage.

“Obviously the goal is to get some black type somewhere, but it’s a bit race by race with her,” Guy said.

“She’s not a horse you can easily set for a specific race, she’s quite quirky and needs a gap between runs, but we’ll work it out with her.”

Another mare in the team for which black type is on the wish list is the talented Nomisma.

The multiple winner was out of the money last time out at Ellerslie where she was unable to get clear galloping room in the straight.

“She’s a very big mare and she can’t handle any traffic problems, she’s not stop-start,” Guy said. “Her sectionals were really good and she just needs a bit of luck on her side.” – NZ Racing Desk.