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18th Apr: News Briefs
Published: 18 Apr 2017 - - Author: NZ Racing Desk


Plans change for 3YO

Richard Collett has been forced to rethink Top Prospect’s programme.

The Pukekohe trainer had been keen to target this Saturday’s Gr.2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes, but a missed lead-up run at the recent Counties meeting has ruled out a start at Ellerslie.

“He’s had a problem with his hoof and won’t be conditioned enough for 2000 metres so we’ll run him in the three-year-old mile at Te Rapa instead,” Collett said.

Queensland on radar for NZ-bred

Top Of The Range’s latest success may have earned him a winter visit to Brisbane.

The New Zealand-bred son of Savabeel could be in line for trip to the winter carnival following his win at Sandown on Easter Monday.

“There is a bit of thought to take him for one of the three-year-old races in Queensland and one of the reasons we may do that is it might actually make the horse,” trans-Tasman trainer Michael Moroney said.

Vale Tony Kaye

Group One-winning trainer Tony Kaye has lost his battle with cancer.

The Awapuni horseman underwent surgery after he was diagnosed soon after Christmas, but sadly he passed away last Friday.

The 53-year-old enjoyed his finest racing moments with the Gr.1 Haunui Farm Classic and the Gr.2 Awapuni Gold Cup winner Iamishwara, a bargain Karaka buy he raced with his wife Nicky.

Kaye’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 19, at the Terracehaven Chapel, 697 Main Street, Palmerston North at 1pm.

Swissta to continue career in HK

Offshore interests have successfully come calling for the Group Two winner Swissta.

“He’s been sold and he’ll be leaving for Hong Kong in about three weeks,” said trainer Richard Collett, who also shared in the ownership of the Swiss Ace gelding.

“He’s a talented galloper and I’m sure he’ll do a good job up there.”

Swissta won three of his seven starts, including the Gr.2 Great Northern Guineas in which the subsequent Gr.1 Australian Derby winner Jon Snow finished third.

Travis hiccup for Group One mare

El Pistola will have to overcome an interrupted preparation if she is to claim top honours in the Gr.2 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa on April 29.

The Gr.1 Auckland Cup runner-up was forced to miss her final lead-up in Saturday’s Listed Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup due to muscle problems.

“It’s nothing serious, but we weren’t happy to run her at Hastings so we’ll sit back and wait for the Travis,” trainer Nathan Hanley said.

Smart youngster on way back

Unlucky Karaka Million runner Sophie’s Choice is making good progress following a setback.

She was badly held up in the straight when eighth in the country’s richest juvenile event and was then fourth in the Gr.3 Phoenix Park 2YO Classic.

“She’s had a couple of niggling issues since, nothing major, and we’ll find a nice race for her in May,” trainer Stephen Marsh said.

From: NZ Racing Desk

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