Thursday 5th October 2023


A dreadful deep track to contend with last Saturday at Riccarton and many of our runners just couldn’t get through it. Those that did handle things were El Chapeau with an improved 3rd placing in the guineas trial over 1400m, and also in that race Quintabelle with an eye catching run late for 4th. Fresh up was Second Thought in the open 1400m in less that ideal conditions and far from her pet distance but she put together an impressive run for a close 3rd. Some good results to move forward with.

Coming up,

We have a big day ahead tomorrow at Timaru with half the team in attendance so will be all hands on deck. We begin race one the mdn 1200m with Iffididit fresh up from a wide gate but does need the run under his belt, and The Seamstress there as a trial opportunity steering clear of the poly track. She draws a good gate and expect good improvement from her run. Onto the second, the first of two mdn 3yo 1200m races. Pierrogrine has unfortunately drawn wide, less than ideal for a long awaited debut so will hold him for Ashburton next Saturday. Trial winning Annia Aurelia in her first career start from a good draw of 5, and Justify That drawn wide but looking to gain experience as she moves up in distances. In race three, three runners in Lady Flojo no appreciating the concrete surface at Riccarton her last outing, Mytinka with a gear change this week, and on debut and untrialed Tetbury with a great gate to kick her career off. Race four 65 1200m with Sagan with a wide gate to contend, and Kikimora fresh up. Race five is Betty Spaghetti resuming from barrier 3 65 1200m. Onto race six with Miss Layla fresh up 75 1200m, and Petty’s Legacy back in business after a lengthy time away from the track. Madame Giselle is on the ballot for this race. Race seven is The Bold Lioness straight into a 65 1600m following two trials, then rounding out the day in race 9 is Blue Solitaire also for a 65 1600m from gate 1. Good luck to all connections!

Betty Spaghetti
Miss Layla

There are some pretty excited folks waiting to see these two girls resume racing tomorrow. They trialed together over 800m at Ashburton and after being scratched from the bad surface last Saturday will be happy to have good conditions under foot tomorrow. A starting point for both mares and we are excited to kick off their new campaigns.

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