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NZ Briefs for 20th June 2017

Cup hopes for Nashville; Taranaki target for Artaxerxes; Winning debutante to Australia; Draw the key for Bonny O’Reilly; Apprentice back in action

NZ Briefs for 20th June 2017

Cup hopes for Nashville; Taranaki target for Artaxerxes; Winning debutante to Australia; Draw the key for Bonny O’Reilly; Apprentice back in action

Cup hopes for Nashville

Two-time Group One winner Nashville is heading south to Riccarton for the Gr.3 eStar Winter Cup.


“Christchurch is a track he’s always loved and it would be good to see him go down there and perform,” said Harry Bull, who trains the son of Darci Brahma with his father Adrian.

“There’s an open 2100 at Ashburton at the start of July, so we might look at that as a possible lead-up.”

Nashville has two wins and two placings from his last six starts, all in the hands of apprentice Kate Cowan.

“He’s been racing really well since Kate’s been riding him,” Bull said. “He failed in the Wanganui Cup last time, but he just got a bit far back and couldn’t really get into it.”

Taranaki target for Artaxerxes

Well-related three-year-old Artaxerxes is on target for an age group event at New Plymouth next month.

The half-brother to the multiple black type winner Nymph Monte has been set for the $40,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Leasing & Financing 3YO on July 22.

The Keeper gelding has a win and two placings from his five starts and a record that has attracted overseas attention.

“He was sold, but he failed the vet,” part-owner and trainer Grant Nicholson said.

Winning debutante to Australia

Hawke’s Bay debut winner Moscow Mistress will continue her career in Victoria.

“She’s been sold to Australian interests and she’s going to Henry Dwyer’s stable,” said former trainer John Bary, who also had an ownership interest in the filly.

He produced the daughter of Road To Rock to score at the first time of asking on her home track over 1400 metres last month.

Bary, who won four races with the dam Miss Faberge, believes Moscow Mistress has a bright future over more ground.

Draw the key for Bonny O’Reilly

Confidence is high in the Bjorn Baker stable heading into the last Group One race of the season.

Baker will line-up in-form mare Bonny O’Reilly in the Gr.1 Tattersalls Tiara (1400m) at Doomben on Saturday and is hopeful of a good draw for his runner.

“As long as she draws well she will be a big chance,” Baker said. “She always puts herself right there and she has just got a good racing pattern.

“I’m very hopeful she will run well. If she can draw softly she will be an even bigger chance.”

New Zealand jockey Jason Collett, who is unbeaten in three rides on the mare including the Listed Helen Couglan Stakes, will ride Bonny O’Reilly.

Apprentice back in action

Tegan Abel has an opportunity to bounce back into winning form when she resumes race day riding for a new boss at Wednesday’s Counties meeting.

The 21-year-old, who rode two winners during a short stint with Graeme Rogerson, is now under the guidance of Pukekohe trainers Matt, Matthew and Michael Rogers.

Abel has been off the scene for two years, although she has been riding trackwork for the majority of that time.

“I rode at the last two sets of Avondale trials and I felt good,” she said. “It was a good blow-out and I’m looking forward to riding at my new home track.”

Abel will resume her career aboard stable runner Bachelor Duke in the Campbell Tyson 1200.


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