NZ Briefs for 22nd June 2022

Crazy In Love scores on debut; Green light for New Plymouth racing; Tofane back in work

TOFANE winning the Neds C.F. Orr Stakes
TOFANE winning the Neds C.F. Orr Stakes Picture: Colin Bull / Sportpix

Crazy In Love scores on debut

Trainer Chloe Cumming was over the moon with the winning result of well-related three-year-old filly Crazy In Love  when on debut in the Haunui Farm 1400m at Pukekohe Park on Wednesday.

The daughter of Turn Me Loose won her sole trial over 1300m on the Cambridge Synthetic earlier this month, but Cumming had doubts about how she would handle the Heavy10 surface on debut.

"The track was going to be a bit of an unknown, we didn't know how she was going to go on a heavy track considering she won her trial on the synthetic," Cumming said.

"Her sister (Yonce – winner of six of her seven starts and placed fourth in the Gr.1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes, 1600m) had form on the wet so we thought her ability might bring her through, which it did today.

"I think she will be better on a better surface."

Cumming has high hopes for the filly but will speak with breeder-owners Lindsay de Souza and Todd Hartley, who also raced her sire Turn Me Loose, before making any concrete plans.

"We will speak with the owners and see what they want to do," she said. "We don't have any set plans as of yet. We will just see how she pulls up and go from there."

Crazy In Love was one of three winners on the card by Turn Me Loose, whose eldest are just three.

Green light for New Plymouth racing

Taranaki racing has been given the green light for racing to return to New Plymouth Raceway next month.

The track has been out of action since February following successive abandonments due to the slippery nature of the track.

Subsequent remedial work has taken place to improve the surface and the track was given the tick of approval last Thursday following jumpouts from senior jockeys, including Craig Grylls, as well as Racing Integrity Board stipendiary steward Neil Goodwin and New Zealand Thoroughbred racing track convenor Todd Treweek.

The club's major winter meeting of the year, featuring the Powerworx Opunake Cup, will be run on Saturday, July 23.

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing also announced the scheduled Egmont meeting in Hāwera would remain on Sunday, July 10.

Tofane back in work

Trainer Michael Moroney has welcomed back his multiple Group One winner Tofane to his Flemington barn for one final preparation.

The expat Kiwi horseman thought he had lost the services of the mare following her sale on the Gold Coast, however, new owners Yulong Investments have elected to put her back in work with Moroney in the hopes of adding another Group One victory to her tally.

"She had a nice break and looks terrific," Moroney said.

"The Memsie (Gr.1, 1400m) is the Group One before the breeding season starts, so that is the one she will be aimed at.

"Tyler Johnson, who rides her, said she is glad to be back. She is full of it and is really good."

Tofane's dam Baggy Green is currently on offer as part of Valachi Downs' broodmare dispersal sale on

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