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Trainer looking forward to the spring

Talented youngsters Hasahalo and Star Treasure are putting a spring in the step of their trainer Stephen McKee.

Trainer looking forward to the spring

Talented youngsters Hasahalo and Star Treasure are putting a spring in the step of their trainer Stephen McKee.

Hasahalo
Hasahalo Picture:Trish Dunell

“They are both back in work and doing very well,” the Ardmore trainer said.

Hasahalo Horseform won the Gr.3 Eclipse Stakes before she finished runner-up behind Melody Belle in the Listed Karaka Million.


The Savabeel filly then ran fifth in the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes and was turned out after an unplaced effort in the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.

“She’s filled out quite a bit and she looks really good,” McKee said. “A break has done wonders for her and we’re really looking forward to the future with her.”

The Gr.3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes on September 23 looms as an early three-year-old target for the filly.

“We’ll just wait and see how she does and whether she has a race before then,” McKee said.

Star Treasure, however, is likely to make an earlier return to action.

“He’s quite a leggy horse and he’s done well,” McKee said. “We’ll probably be looking to race him in late August, maybe at Ruakaka, and hopefully the 2000 Guineas later on.”

Star Treasure has won one of his six starts and finished runner-up in the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes and fourth in the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Meanwhile, stablemate Bombard has the early three-year-old races in the new season on his programme.

“We’ll look at the Wanganui and Hawke’s Bay Guineas with him, I think he’ll keep improving,” McKee said.

Bombard Horseform won at Ruakaka two runs back before he worked hard to lead and fought bravely for second in the Listed Castletown Stakes behind Hard Merchandize.

“He did well - the winner drew the inside and sat in the trail behind him,” McKee said.
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