News In Brief
5 December 2017, 2:13 p.m.
Railway defence next for Wanganui star
Start Wondering won’t race again before the defence of his Gr.1 Sistema Railway title at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.
“He’ll possibly have a trial or a gallop between races somewhere, it’s worked for us before,” said Evan Rayner, who trains the champion sprinter at Wanganui with his daughter J.J.
The seven-year-old was a gallant second when resuming in last week’s Listed Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki where he conceded the winner Chambord seven and-half kilos.
It is the same preparation that resulted in Start Wondering’s Railway defeat 12 months ago of Perfect Fit.
“He always goes well on the fresh side,” Rayner said. “After Ellerslie, he’ll go to Trentham for the Telegraph.”
Star galloper suffers setback
Multiple Group One winner Gingernuts has returned to the Werribee University Clinic.
“Despite looking well and outwardly appearing in great shape, the veterinary team overseeing his recovery have become concerned over a possible infection developing as a result of the surgery,” Te Akau said in a statement.
Gingernuts suffered a serious pastern injury when cantering to the start of the Gr.1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington and following surgery he was discharged a week ago to a rehabilitation spelling farm.
“He will remain at the University Clinic until at least the end of the week,” Te Akau said.
Former New Zealand Group One winner Survived has the full admiration of his Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander.
The son of Zed, who isn’t the easiest horse to manage, produced another gritty display on Monday to win his third consecutive Mt Gambier Cup (2400m).
“To win three cups three years in a row is unbelievable because he is a very tricky horse,” Alexander said.
“He's actually a nightmare to train. He picks and chooses what day he is going to show up, but there's something in the air here. He always turns up. I may have better than him, but I don't have any tougher than him.”
Survived won seven races in New Zealand, including the Gr.1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) in 2013 for trainer John Bary.