Photo: Veyron, galloped on in Foxbridge
Linda Laing is none too thrilled about the dire forecast for Makfi day at Hastings on Saturday.
The Metservice says the Hawke’s Bay is in for persistent rain from Wednesday on.
“I don’t like the sound of that,” said Laing, who has wfa star Veyron entered in the Gr1 Makfi.
“He can get through wet ground but it looks as though it could be very wet.”
Veyron raced with distinction in Sydney last year, beating Streama and Rain Affair in the Warwick and finishing third, behind Streama and Royal Descent, in the Group I Main Stakes (1600m), before foot problems caught up with him when he failed, with 57kg, in the Epsom Handicap.
Laing reports the horse has recovered well from being galloped on in the Foxbridge Plate 13 days ago.
Whether Veyron, now a nine year old, kicks on to the Windsor Park Plate, the second leg of the Hastings triple crown, will depend on his performance Saturday.
Laing fears Foxbridge winner I Do and Scapolo the most. I Do is $4 on fixed odds and Scapolo $7
Xanadu, who will wear blinkers again Saturday, is offering $12. She worked stylishly today and the heavy track will suit her more than most.
Sangster still a chance for Aussie
Cambridge stayer Sangster remains in contention for the major spring cups in Australia.
A bold showing in the Gr.1 Livamol Spring Classic at Hastings on October 4 would tilt the scales in favour of him getting the opportunity to further his top level record, which features wins in the VRC Derby, the International Stakes and the Auckland Cup.
“He’s nominated for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and we’ve always thought he could be competitive on his Auckland Cup form,” Busuttin said.
“If he came out and won the Spring Classic then we would look at running him at Caulfield. He’s a six-year-old and he’s been lightly-raced, it just seems like he’s been around forever because he won as a spring three-year-old.
“Both cups were won last year by six-year-olds so we’ll be playing it by ear with him and there are other options like the Sandown Classic.”
Sangster will resume at Ruakaka this weekend and he galloped strongly alongside the promising three-year-old Turn Me Loose over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 36.5, on the course proper at Cambridge on Tuesday morning.
“He was excellent and we’re rapt with the way he’s coming up,” Busuttin said. “The 1200 on Saturday will be way too short and there was a 1400 at Ellerslie a week later, but we can’t take the chance of it being a bottomless track there.
“Safely through Ruakaka, he’ll head for the second leg of the series at Hastings.”
A $26 chance for the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate on September 20, Sangster is currently the $8 favourite for the Spring Classic. – NZ Racing Desk.
Flemington fresh-up for El Roca
El Roca will tune up for his first Group One start of the season with a lead-up outing in the $A200,000 Gr.3 Bobbie Lewis Quality Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on September 13.
“We thought about the Memsie, but that’s a tough one first-up and he’s got a long spring ahead of him,” co-trainer Trent Busuttin said.
“He’ll be trialling this Friday and kick off in the Bobbie Lewis and on to the Rupert Clarke. We’ll look at the options after that, whether he goes up in distance or not.”
The $A350,000 Gr.1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) will be run at Caulfield on September 28.
An elevated temperature delayed plans for El Roca to resume in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes earlier this month.
Wayward Divissima didn’t help herself
Highly-regarded filly Divissima surprised co-trainer Chad Ormsby with her wayward tendencies in her first three-year-old appearance.
She resumed in the age group sprint at Taupo last week and closed off late to finish fifth over 1100 metres.
“According to Rory (Hutchings), he was having trouble keeping her on the track and he said if she had run straight instead of sideways she would have blown them away,” Ormsby said.
“I don’t know what caused her to lay out, maybe it was just greenness and we’ll work on that. Hastings (the Gold Trail Stakes) was our original target, but we might look at other options – she needs good footing.”
Divissima won her first start last season and was put aside after she was unplaced in the Listed Karaka Million on a rain-affected track.
Sam back in town
Sam Collett resumes riding at Whangarei on Saturday.
She has been abroad for the past month and spent some of it watching weightlifter boyfriend Cody Cole at the Glasgow Games.
She has a full book of rides Saturday.
Not such good news about mum Trudy, who needs another hip op and faces more time on the sidelines from next month.
John Wheeler is confident jockey Richard Eynon will be available to ride Pakuranga Hunt winner Tobouggie Nights in the Great Northern Steeples Saturday week.
Eynon suffered “a bump to the head’ in a fall in Victoria Monday and was taken to hospital.
“He tells me he will be OK to ride and he said he’d call if there was any change,” said Wheeler.
Smart colt’s immediate future yet to be decided
Plotting a path that hopefully takes Turn Me Loose to Melbourne isn’t proving easy for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
The Cambridge trainers have several early season options at home for the colt, but are mindful of the weather and the amount of travelling involved.
“There’s Ruakaka and Hastings and it’s perhaps not ideal to go to Wanganui for the Guineas first-up if the track’s testing there,” said Andrew Forsman, who prepares the Australian-owned three-year-old with Murray Baker.
“Maybe Ruakaka is the best option and the race El Roca won last year and possibly Hastings – Murray will have a look at all that and decide.”
The Listed Westbury Stud Northland Breeders’ Stakes will be run on September 13 with the Gr.2 DHL Hawke’s Bay Guineas three weeks later.
“Ideally we would like to get to Australia, but we want to be running him on reasonable ground first,” Forsman said.
Purchased by an Australian-based syndicate at last year’s Ready to Run Sale Karaka for $52,500, Turn Me Loose holds a nomination for the $A1 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
The son of Iffraaj and a Danehill mare impressed in two appearances last season and followed up a debut second at Te Rapa with a dominant win, despite an unsuitable Slow 9 track, at New Plymouth.
Turn Me Loose continued his build-up toward the age group features on Tuesday morning when he was paired with the triple Group One winner Sangster over 1000 metres on the Cambridge course proper.
“They both went very well, it was a good hit-out,” Forsman said. “They ran their last 600 metres in 36.5 and Opie (Bosson) rode our horse and he was very happy.” – NZ Racing Desk.
Misconduct costs Sadler
CAULFIELD trainer John Sadler has been fined $1000 for his physical and verbal altercation will fellow trainer Wayne Hawkes at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
After hearing evidence at Racing Victoria headquarters today from Hawkes and Sadler, stewards charged Sadler with breaching Australian Rules of Racing for misconduct.
Trainer Wayne Hawkes said he had not seen John Sadler for 12 months before Saturday’s alt
Trainer Wayne Hawkes said he had not seen John Sadler for 12 months before Saturday’s altercation.
He pleaded guilty and said he was heated after the running of the race.
Asked by chief steward Terry Bailey what sparked the incident, Sadler, who admitted to instigating the push, said: “He has this smug look on his face and wants to stare straight through you.”
The inquiry resumed today after stewards took evidence from both Hawks and Sadler following the running of race three on Saturday.
Acting on a complaint from Hawks that Sadler physically pushed and verbally abused him in front of wife, Jane, and children, stewards spoke to Sadler who said: “What if I give him a whack in the mouth he deserves, I am out for the rest of my life.”
Hawks told stewards that before last Saturday he had not seen Sadler, who formerly trained at Flemington, for 12 months.
He said there was nothing premeditated on his behalf and told stewards on Saturday it wasn’t a case of him hating Sadler and Sadler hating him.
“If he doesn’t like me, I can’t help that,” Hawks said.