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26th May: Race News 'Briefs'
Published: 26 May 2017 - - Author: NZ Racing Desk

Myers making progress

Jockey Rosie Myers remains on the sidelines following a broken leg suffered in an incident at the starting gates during the Wanganui jump-outs in March.

“She is about two weeks away from another x-ray,” Myers' partner William Fell said.

“She is still in a moonboot, but they (doctors) think after this x-ray she will be back doing a bit of riding and getting her fitness back-up. So you’d probably think she’s a month away from hopefully getting back to race day riding.”

Myers was the regular pilot of Group One performer Benzini, who will line up in the Gr.3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday with Tegan Harrison in the saddle.  


Bold flat run wouldn’t surprise

Trainer Rudy Liefting believes Joey Jonz may still have something to offer on the flat.

He has a jumping career in mind for the seven-year-old this winter, but he won’t be surprised by a bold first-up showing in the Shamrock Group 1600 on Saturday.

“He’s got a good record at Ellerslie and it’s a claiming race so he’ll get four kilos off,” Liefting said. “He’s sound and he’s had a hurdle trial as well.

“I’ve been looking after his legs and he’s good to go now the rain has come.”

To be ridden by Rebecca Scott, Joey Jonz has won seven races with four of them at Auckland.

Kiwis reunited for Group One

New Zealand horseman Chris Waller has come a long way since his first Australian winner in a Wyong maiden nearly two decades ago.

The now champion trainer’s breakthrough success was courtesy of Party Belle, who was ridden by a visiting Kiwi apprentice Opie Bosson.

The pair will again combine at Eagle Farm on Saturday, but the stakes are at the other end of the scale with Counterattack, who makes his final appearance in the Gr.1 Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup before retirement to stud.

Bosson rode the son of Redoute’s Choice into a last-start second in the Gr.1 Doomben 10,000.

“I got on Counterattack just by chance last time and lucky enough I got to keep the ride,” he said. “He went really well and the little bit of extra distance will suit him. I like the way he closed last start.”


Curtain falls on Casillas’ career

Handy winter galloper Casillas has run his last race.

“He went to the Avondale trials recently, but he didn’t pull up too well afterwards so he’s retired and we’ll find another role for him,” said Trevor Cruz, who trained the gelding with his brother Martin.

A son of Keeper, Casillas was lightly-raced and from 19 starts he won four races, all on rain-affected tracks, and placed a further seven times.


Music Magnate tipped for bold showing

Punters have been warned to overlook the last-start failure of the New Zealand-bred sprinter Music Magnate when assessing his chances in Saturday’s Gr.1 Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm.

That advice came from jockey Jeff Lloyd, who has been impressed by the Bjorn Baker-trained gelding’s lead-up work.

“I think you can ignore the Doomben 10,000 run. Nothing went right as I got in behind horses and then got on their heels and was pushed out of the race,” Lloyd said. “I would hope to be a lot handier on Saturday.”

Music Magnate is a proven Queensland carnival performer having won last year’s edition of the Gr.1 Doomben 10,000.

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