Classic hope in line for WFA test
11 January 2018, 1:28 p.m.
Consideration is being given to a leading three-year-old taking on the older horses next month.
Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards have nominated Age Of Fire for the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 10.
|Age Of Fire Photo: Race Images|
A decision on a crack at the weight-for-age feature will be made after the Fastnet Rock colt runs in Saturday’s Gr.1 Grant Plumbing Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham.
“Everything is good with him,” Richards said. “The big track and the step up to a mile will suit him.
“After this he could go to the Waikato Guineas, the Avondale Guineas or the Herbie Dyke is another option.”
Runner-up in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) in the spring, Age Of Fire resumed at Ellerslie on Boxing Day with a 1400m defeat of Ever Loyal.
Age Of Fire, whose yearling sister (Lot 172) will be offered by Hallmark Stud during the Book 1 Sale at Karaka on January 28, is currently the $7 Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) favourite with Demonetization.
Meanwhile, other Group One contenders in the stable will make an appearance on their home track on Friday.
“Heroic Valour will gallop at Matamata, he’ll have a hit-out between races with Chambord and they will both be spot on for the Telegraph,” Richards said.
Scratched from the Gr.1 Railway (1200m) due to the rain-affected ground, Heroic Valour will be ridden in the Gr.1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) by either Opie Bosson or Michael McNab with the other to take the mount on Chambord. – NZ Racing Desk.