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A featherweight preparation may yet bring a heavyweight autumn result for El Pistola.
Trainers Nathan Hanley and Kylie Whiting have been forced to lighten the load on their mare, but next month’s Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup remains the target despite a lack of lead-up racing.
Stephen Marsh will set Sofia Rosa’s autumn programme in stone after she runs at Otaki on Saturday.
His dream goal for the mare is the $A4 million Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but he will temporarily put thoughts of a path to the April 8 feature at Randwick on hold with his immediate focus on the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic.
Rising Red can earn himself a trip across the Tasman with a bold showing in Melbourne on Wednesday.
The New Zealand-bred son of Redwood will be on trial for a tilt at the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby when he steps out in a Benchmark 70 event over 2100 metres at Sandown.
Successful owners Dato Yap and Jeff Dimery look to have another smart galloper by O’Reilly on their hands in the form of impressive Seymour maiden winner Sacred Sham.
The three-year-old colt was a comfortable winner over 1000m on debut for Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien, who prepared multiple Group One winning filly Shamrocker for Yap and Dimery.
Promising filly Shared Secrets will head to Otaki on Saturday ahead of a Group One challenge.
The lightly-raced Awapuni filly has yet to win, but she has already performed well in strong company and trainer and part-owner Mark Oulaghan is keen on a start in next month’s Gr.1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks.
Stephen McKee’s talented two-year-old pair of Hasahalo and Star Treasure are both making good strides toward their first Group One challenge.
“They had a freshen-up after the Karaka Million and I didn’t want to run either of them at Matamata so they will go straight into the Diamond,” the Ardmore trainer said. “They’re both doing very well.”
When Terese and Harold Fulford headed to Otaki racecourse to take up the manager’s role the young couple gave themselves five years in the job.
Saturday’s Otaki meeting, some 38 years later, will be Terese Fulford’s last as manager after taking on the position following Harold’s death nearly seven years ago.
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