NZ Briefs for 19th April 2017
Reith on Kiwi Cup hope; Bright future tipped for Hugo; NZ celebration in Malaysia;
Reith on Kiwi Cup hope
Sydney Jockey Christian Reith has picked up the ride on Chance To Dance in Saturday’s rerun of the $A2 million Gr.1 Sydney Cup.
The stayer will make his first appearance at Randwick for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards and Fortuna NZ.
“We had engaged Jason Collett to ride once Damian Lane had declared himself unavailable,” Fortuna principal John Galvin said.
“Then Jason was suspended and we were left trying to chase down another lightweight rider. Christian answered the call and we are happy to have him aboard.
“He rode Chance To Dance in a 1200 metre gallop at Randwick on Tuesday morning, running good time and never off the bridle, according to his rider.”
Bright future tipped for Hugo
Hugo The Boss is expected to make serious progress through the grades next season.
Currently spelling, the three-year-old has won two of his six starts so far and was put aside after his Rating 65 success at Tauranga in late December.
“He was pretty impressive, but we decided to geld him and give him a good break and then come back for the spring,” trainer John Bary said. “He’s got untold potential.”
NZ celebration in Malaysia
New Zealand-bred galloper Listen has successfully defended his Listed Selangor Gold Cup at the weekend.
The Malaysian-based son of Iffraaj is prepared by Anna Scott, whose brother Andrew trains in partnership with Lance O’Sullivan at Matamata.
She began riding work at Foxton for her father Jack before she took a position with former Randwick trainer Bill Mitchell and then gained her first taste of Malaysian racing with stints there with John Sargent and Steven Burridge.
Scott subsequently returned home to train, and a brief career riding jumpers, and then returned to establish her own stable in Malaysia.
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