Thursday 27th October 2020

Riccarton Saturday…

We had two weigh ins for the Group 3War Decree Stakes for the 3yo’s over 1600m on Saturday. Elizabeth Rose found a good position in the field, but tended to race a touch unsettled for a time. She worked hard the last bit to finish into fourth position. Showemhowitsdone drew the outside, got back and did her best in the run home for 6th, just finding the mile a touch too far at this stage.

Ashburton tomorrow…

Three starters for the 10 race programme at Ashburton tomorrow and we begin race 2 mdn 1400m with Miss Penvose. This filly has been unbelievably unlucky with barrier draws and has copped another outside gate tomorrow. We are hoping they string out so she can come over and slot in with Brett Murray in the saddle. Onto race 4 with our debutant Ponsardin. Zacinto out of Iffraaj mare La Veuvethis 3yo found the line held together for 2nd early last week at the trials and starts in the 3yo 1200m with Danielle Johnson aboard. Later on in the day race 8, Colette will jump from barrier 4 in the 65 1400m. She should be just in behind the speed and will appreciate the step up in distance this week.

Good luck to all connections on what should be a lovely track currently rated dead 5.

Ponsardin: He strikes a competitive 3yo field tomorrow with stakes performed horses, but draws well at gate 2 and it will be good to get a line on him going into his season ahead.

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