News In Brief
16 November 2017, 9:12 p.m.
Trainer bullish about stayer’s prospects
Co-trainer Kenny Rae is upbeat about Kaharau’s chances in Saturday’s Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m).
“He's a real live chance. I worked him myself this morning and he's going super,” Rae said.
“Last year we were trying to catch up after he missed a run through a couple of meeting abandonments, but he's right where I want him this year and he showed that with his win at Motukarara the other day.
“Outside Pentathlon, it's not the strongest Cup field you'd ever see.”
The winner of two of his last four starts, Kaharau will be ridden by Alysha Collett.
Bayliss making presence felt
Jake Bayliss is making the most of his early New Zealand opportunities.
The Australian jockey, who arrived last week, rode his third winner when successful aboard Gary Hennessy’s Roll The Gold in the Precast Concrete Manawatu Maiden (1400m) at Awapuni on Thursday.
Bayliss is based at Matamata after accepting an offer to ride for the training partnerships of Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard at Ballymore Stables and for Lance O'Sullivan and Andrew Scott at Wexford Stables.
Filly bidding to continue stable’s form
Pacy filly One Bakerstreet will attempt to keep her stable’s run of three-year-old success going when she makes her debut at Ruakaka on Friday.
Trainers Bruce Wallace and Allan Peard have recently won races with Hezthewonforus, who is bound for Hong Kong, and their Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) aspirant Secret Ambition.
One Bakerstreet has won both of her trials and she will make her first appearance in the Croft Poles (1200m).
“She’s very, very quick so it will be interesting to see how she goes,” Peard said.
Fanatic ready for two-mile challenge
Past efforts of Fanatic over the distance of Saturday’s Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) point to another bold showing from the New Zealand-bred and owned mare.
She has competed twice at two miles, finishing fourth in the Gr.3 Wellington Cup and sixth in the Gr.1 Auckland Cup earlier this year.
“She's rock-hard fit. Her action is great and she's quite a tough sort of mare so I would have to think she would be a good chance,” co-trainer Tom Dabernig said.
Winning trial from Cup hope
The versatile Nothing Trivial has successfully rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m).
The Matamata galloper won a Rating 75 event over 2000m at Riccarton on Wednesday and trainer Wayne Hillis said that was always his preferred path into the Cup.
“It was a very good performance. He won a hurdle race (over 2800m) earlier this year so I’ve always thought he will stay two miles.”