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4th May: Racing Briefs
Published: 05 May 2017 - - Author: NZ Racing Desk

Group winner Mime stays put

The well-performed mare Mime was a notable absentee from this week’s New Zealand travelling party to Queensland.

“There were a couple of things against it and we decided to draw a line through Brisbane,” said Michael Wallace, bloodstock and racing manager for owners the China Horse Club.

“She’s in the paddock now and we’ll have her back for the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.”

Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Mime ended her autumn campaign with victory in the Gr.2 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa.

Victory could earn filly a trip away

Voler Pour Moi is an outside chance to join her stablemate Sound Proposition at the Queensland carnival.

The three-year-old can press her claims for a trip away with victory in Saturday’s Hamilton Taxis – Fasttrack $5k 1600 at Te Rapa.

“She’s up in grade and it’s a big test for her, but she was a very strong winner midweek at Avondale and if she could do something in this then we could perhaps look a bit further afield, possibly Brisbane,” said Lance O’Sullivan, who trains the filly with Andrew Scott.

Sound Proposition is in Brisbane and he will make his first Australian appearance in the Gr.1 Doomben Cup on May 20.

Marsh has confidence in colt

Stephen Marsh is understandably bullish about another black type win for the stable when Ardrossan runs in the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday.

“He’s great – his final gallop on Wednesday couldn’t be faulted,” the Cambridge trainer said.

“He’s a very exciting horse and I would be disappointed if he got beaten.”

A son of Redoute’s Choice, the colt was an impressive debut winner last month at Pukekohe Park where he easily accounted for the subsequent winner So Far Sokool.

Ardrossan’s Te Rapa appearance will be his final New Zealand start before joining Mick Price’s Caulfield stable.

Former Kiwi set for first Waller start

The former Chris Wood-trained galloper Dark Universe will step out at Rosehill on Saturday when he tackles the Freshmark Handicap (1200m) for his new connections and trainer Chris Waller.

Now named New Universe, the Darci Brahma gelding won his first two starts at Dargaville and at Te Rapa before he finished fifth behind the subsequent Group One winner Hall Of Fame at Ellerslie.

“His trial was good and he had a jumpout for us and did that really nicely,” said Chris Waller’s Racing Manager Charlie Duckworth.

“The barrier makes it a bit awkward from 14, but with a good rider like Tommy Berry engaged, especially with many of the other senior riders going to the Gold Coast or Adelaide this weekend, he looks a good chance.”

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