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14th Jun: Opie Out For Season, and more
Published: 14 Jun 2017 - - Author: NZ Racing Desk


Bosson’s season at an end

Ace jockey Opie Bosson is unlikely to ride again this season.

He was stood down at Doomben on Saturday after just one ride aboard the Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained Heroic Valour.

Doctors have told Bosson he was suffering a viral infection in his chest and he will now lay low for the next few weeks to recover.

“I felt terrible. It was disappointing to miss those rides but there was no way I could have ridden,” said Bosson, who has a holiday booked next month before he resumes in the new season when he will chase a second Gr.1 Caulfield Cup win aboard Gingernuts.

Victorious in Group One races on both sides of the Tasman as well as success in Hong Kong earlier in the season, Bosson rode 52 domestic winners for stake earnings of $2,341,705 in 2016-17.

Melbourne stayer’s spring focus

Brisbane Cup winner Chocante has returned to New Zealand for a short break before a spring carnival campaign across the Tasman.

“The horse is home now and hopefully it’s all guns blazing for Melbourne in the spring,” said trainer Stephen Marsh.

Raced by Wellington friends Mark Freeman and David Price, Chocante is a lightly-raced son of Shocking and has earned in excess of $300,000 in prizemoney.

“It was great to have the owners over there and we celebrated a bit. It was a huge thrill and a great race to win,” Marsh said.

“There are a few options for Chocante in the spring and we’re certainly not ruling out heading to Sydney first. I will have a meeting with the owners and discuss whether we give him one run in New Zealand or head straight to Australia.”

Carnival targets for stakes winner

The Hawke’s Bay carnival will be the spring focus for the dual Listed winner Nymph Monte.

“The plan is to run him in the mile (Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate) and then into the 2000 metre race (Gr.1 Livamol Classic),” part-owner and trainer Grant Nicholson said.

Nymph Monte hasn’t raced since he finished at the tail of the field in the Gr.2 Auckland Cup.

“He had a few little issues and then he was ridden in front in the Cup – that wasn’t the plan, he’s never been there in his life,” Nicholson said.

“He’s had two months out and he’s been back in for a month. He’s very, very well.”

Collett impressed by filly

Alysha Collett sees a bright future for the Te Teko juvenile winner Style By Design.

“She’s going to be lovely three-year-old over a bit more ground – definitely very promising,” the Pukekohe-based jockey said.

Style By Design settled back in the field before unwinding strongly in the run home to break her maiden at her fourth start.

By Iffraaj out of the dual stakes winner Chaparella, Style By Design completed a double for Collett and trainer Ralph Manning who claimed the opening event on Wednesday with Cotes De Bourg.

Angelology earns a break

Patrick Payne will resist the temptation to press on with the talented New Zealand-bred jumper Angelology, a runaway winner of last Saturday’s South Australian Grand National Steeplechase at Morphettville.

“You never see a horse travel that easy at the 600m mark of a jumps race and he was basically still cantering and he did a great job,” Payne said.

“He's probably done his job this season so I reckon we might put him aside now and pick out some suitable races for him next year.”

Angelology began his career with Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers, whose partner Angela Illston shares in the ownership of the Coats Choice gelding with Payne’s sisters Maree Prebble and Cathy McEvoy.

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