25th Apr: Racing Briefs Published: 25 Apr 2017 - - Author: NZ Racing Desk
Torcedor strikes for Te Akau
Te Akau’s Torcedor has lowered the colours in Ireland of Order Of St George in the Gr.3 Vintage Stakes.
Trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Colm O’Donoghue, the son of Fastnet Rock led all the way to beat the multiple Group One winner by a length and a half in Sunday’s feature at Navan.
The five-year-old has now won four of his 13 starts for a syndicate that also includes Sir Patrick Hogan and Sir Peter Vela, who celebrated a Group Three success with Eminent in last week’s Craven Stakes at Newmarket.
Torcedor is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Magnolia Lane, who is a sister to the two-time Vintage Stakes winner Yeats.
Family serving Phelan well
Craig Phelan knows the family of the progressive Big Mike well and how to get the best out of them.
The Cambridge trainer has produced the four-year-old to win two of his six starts, the latest of them a tenacious victory at Ellerslie on Saturday.
“We’ll probably go back there onMay 27for another mile,” Phelan said. “We’ve just had to be patient with him, he was quite babyish earlier on and the penny’s dropped with him now.
“He’s a three-quarter brother to Oforawesome, who we sold to OTI in Australia. He won three for them and then went up to North Queensland and he won nine all told.”
Oforawesome placed in his first two starts for Phelan and his maiden success at Taupo then prompted his sale.
Bargain buy back in the hunt
Casing Royal is back on track for the Singapore Four-Year-Old series.
The New Zealand-bred son of Showcasing, who cost $1000 at NZB’s South Island Sale in 2014, returned to winning ways at Kranji on Sunday evening to confirm trainer Alwin Tan’s plans.
"I will set him for the 4YO series now. I think he is more on the staying side," said Singapore’s champion trainer of 2016.
"I will see how he pulls up first before deciding which legs he will go for as he's a horse who needs some rest to be at his best.
"He's a horse when you can get right, he can show a pretty nice turn of foot.”
Cumani mounts Kiwi St Leger assault
Matt Cumani is taking a punt on a pair of New Zealand-bred stayers in Tuesday’s Listed VRC St Leger at Flemington.
The Ballarat trainer will saddled Authorized’s son Golden Authority and Marketplacer, by Savabeel, in the Anzac Day event.
“I’ve got two horses that stay all day and a game owner,” Cumani said. “I’ve had this race on the radar for a while, but their preps haven’t gone as I expected.
“I thought they may have won a couple of times by now, but I’ve been aiming at this race so I thought we’d nominate and see what happens.”
Both Golden Authority and Marketplacer were bought at the Karaka Ready to Run Sale for Gerry Ryan, who had Gr.1 Melbourne Cup success with Americain in 2010.
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