NEWS PREVIEW

NZ Briefs for 03rd August 2017

Bosson close to return
Crack jockey Opie Bosson is aiming to return to race riding at Te Rapa on Foxbridge Plate day on August 19, if not the day before at Taupo.
He rode several horses for Te Akau Racing Stables - for whom he is the retained rider - at Tuesday's Te Teko trials and said he was pleased with how his fitness was progressing.
"I haven't ridden for a couple of months so it was good to get back out there and I was actually surprised how well I coped. I must be fitter than I thought."
Among Bosson's rides was his Gr.1 New Zealand Derby and Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas winner Gingernuts, who was unplaced in an open heat.
"He's coming up nicely," said Bosson, who was named as a finalist for champion rider for the upcoming New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards.
Bosson was New Zealand's highest stakes-earning jockey in New Zealand and Australia last season, winning Group One races on both sides as the Tasman, as well as winning in Hong Kong and claiming his first $1 million Karaka Million aboard Melody Belle.
Golden target for smart filly
Group One-performed filly Belle du Nord is likely to open her three-year-old season at Hastings.
“She hasn’t done much galloping yet so she’ll have a trial and then probably kick off in the Gold Trail Stakes,” said co-trainer David Browne. “The 1000 Guineas will be her main aim.”
Last season’s Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes winner furthered her spring preparation this week with a 950 metre jump-out at Cambridge.
“We were happy with her, she went well and just got a bit tired in the last 100 metres,” Browne said.
Black type goals finally beckon
Connections have their fingers crossed that the lightly-tried mare It’s Our Showtime can fulfil her potential this season.
“She’s high-class, but she’s had a fair few issues throughout her career and hopefully she can work through to some black type targets now,” said Jamie Richards, who trains the daughter of Showcasing with Stephen Autridge.
It’s Our Showtime was a smart 5 f trial winner at Te Teko on Tuesday where stablemate Grazia finished runner-up.
“She’s a full-sister to Shillelagh, who we know well, and she’s taken a little bit longer to come to hand.
“We’ll probably head to the South Island nice and early with her, she does appreciate better ground,” Richards said.
New home for Wyndspelle
Group winner Wyndspelle will be doing his future racing from Mick Kent’s Cranbourne stable.
He was successful in the Gr.2 Waikato Guineas and was runner-up in the Gr.1 Diamond Stakes for Ruakaka trainers Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs, who inadvertently advised the son of Iffraaj was transferring to Mick Price.

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