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16th Jun: 'Briefs' from around the stables
Published: 16 Jun 2017 - - Author: NZ Racing Desk

A selection of racing news, from the desk of NZ Racing

Hermanito continues partners winning roll

Wellington breeding and racing partners David Price and Mark Freeman are on a roll.

They enjoyed further success at Wanganui on Thursday with impressive debut winner Hermanito, a brother by Shocking to their last-start Gr.2 Brisbane Cup winner Chocante.

Trained by Janelle Millar at New Plymouth, Hermanito strolled in by three and a half lengths over 1600 metres under rider Johnathan Parkes.

His older sibling Chocante, who is prepared by Stephen Marsh, has returned home for a break ahead of a proposed trip to the Melbourne spring carnival.

Tiger on the prowl

Multiple black type placegetter Dontpokethetiger will make her Australian debut at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

The Peter Rudkin-prepared filly will be ridden in a class two handicap over 1400 metres by Robbie Fradd. She will have to shoulder the topweight of 60kg and give four kilos to fellow New Zealand-trained three-year-old Save The Date.

Dontpokethetiger, who has six stakes placings to her credit, will be on trial on Sunday for a crack at the Gr.3 Sunshine Coast Guineas on July 1.

Powerful mare strikes at Wanganui

Strapping four-year-old Sensible Princess looks set for a swift run through the grades.

She won for the second time in her four-start career when successful in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race at Wanganui on Thursday in the hands of Lisa Allpress.

Her victory came off the back of a resuming fourth in trying conditions at Otaki last month.

“It was a month since she struck that deep track first-up,” trainer Fraser Auret said. “She was pretty vulnerable and she’s still got a lot to learn, but she has got a bit of class.”

Alibi camp confident ahead of Patron’s Bowl

Alibi’s camp is confident heading into Sunday’s S$500,000 Patron’s Bowl at Kranji in Singapore.

A fortnight ago, the Darci Brahma four-year-old won the Stewards’ Cup, the first leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge.

“The horse has done really well since his last-start win,” assistant trainer Michael White said.

“He’s stepping up to the mile for the first time, which I am really excited about and it looks to be a really good race.”

Jockey Glen Boss said he also expects Alibi to give a good account of himself on Sunday.

“He puts himself in the race and gives himself every opportunity to win by his racing style. He can reel of some really quick sectionals late. He’s determined and horses really struggle to get past him.

“He’s in great form. Expect another good run.”

Final campaign for smart mare

Talented High Chaparral mare Francaletta is likely to open her final campaign in black type company.

The Gr.2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa in August has been pencilled in as her starting point and later in the year she has a booking to the champion stallion Savabeel.

Francaletta has won four of her five starts for Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

Sultan stays in the family

Multiple winner Sultan Of Swing will have his first start for a new trainer this weekend.

The New Zealand-bred son of Bachelor Duke will step out for Craig Ritchie, the Warwick Farm-based brother of Shaune Ritchie who had care of the four-year-old up to his last performance, a fast-finishing second earlier this month.

Sultan Of Swing will debut from his new quarters in the Kensei Handicap over 2000 metres at Rosehill on Saturday. James Innes has been booked for the ride.

“He's a ripper of a horse and he's got a lot of natural improvement in him,” Craig Ritchie said.

Filly’s ability no secret

Lightly-raced filly Shared Secrets has a bright staying future, according to Awapuni part-owner and trainer Mark Oulaghan.

“She’s been back in work for a week and I think she can develop into a pretty good horse over ground,” he said.

Shared Secrets came a long way in a short time this season and ran fourth in the Gr.3 Desert Gold Stakes at her third appearance.

The daughter of Nadeem, who was bred by Oulaghan, then broke her maiden over 2100 metres in the New Zealand St Leger Trial before she was unplaced in the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks.

Doiknowyou on cups’ trail

Tauranga will be the next port of call for the in-form winter stayer Doiknowyou.

“He’ll go for the Kiwifruit Cup next,” trainer Ben Ropiha said. “After that, I’ll look at freshening him up and we might head down south for the Winter Cup. That’s usually quite a testing mile and can suit a 2000 metre horse.”

Doinknowyou, who won over 1600m three runs back, finished runner-up in the Gr.3 Rotorua Cup before his last-start third in the Cornwall Handicap at Ellerslie.

“In hindsight, we should have let him lead and roll along,” Ropiha said. “We’ll be inclined to do that in future if it’s a slow pace, he needs a genuinely run race.”

Winners flowing for Mo

Apprentice jockey Dylan Mo brought up a significant milestone in his developing career with a double at Wednesday night’s Happy Valley meeting in Hong Kong, signaling the end of the rider’s 10-pound allowance and taking him to a new phase as a seven-pound claimer.

Back-to-back wins on the Dennis Yip-trained My Blessing and Tony Millard’s Master Viking took Mo to 20 wins for the season, the point at which his claim reduces from 10 pounds to seven.

Mo, who was indentured to New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock in New Zealand, took time to find his feet upon his return to Hong Kong in September, going winless in 54 rides in 2016.

However, the start of 2017 brought more luck as the jockey broke his maiden on New Year’s Day, and he has continued to improve since.

At the last six meetings at which Mo has ridden, dating back to 21 May, he has had 38 rides for eight wins, two seconds and six thirds.

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