NEWS PREVIEW

NZ Briefs for 04th August 2017

Trainers taking patient approach
Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman are happy to be biding their time with Highlad, one of the many black type winners of last season for the Cambridge trainers.
The son of High Chaparral was successful in the Listed Wanganui Guineas at his second start and was then sent to Melbourne; He ran a Listed placing before he was eighth in the Gr.1 VRC Derby and a subsequent domestic summer and autumn campaign went unrewarded.
Highlad was spelled and he returned in good style on Tuesday at the Te Teko trials where he won his 6 f heat.
“He’s coming up well and obviously he is one who favours a bit of cut in the ground,” Forsman said.
“There are no real plans just yet, we want to get him racing tractably and seeing the real horse step out.”
Blizzard impresses at trials
Stakes performer Blizzard has started his latest campaign in fine fashion.
The grey son of Any Suggestion looked sharp when he led all the way to beat the Group Two winner Coldplay in a 1000 metre trial at Te Teko on Tuesday.
“He went really well. I was quite surprised, I thought he would get a bit tired,” said David Browne, who trains the gelding with his wife Emma-Lee.
“He’s a funny horse – he gets a bit confused and doesn’t know whether he’s a sprinter or a stayer. He’ll probably kick off on Pakuranga Hunt day at Ellerslie, there’s a race there for him over 1200m.”
Twice a black type placegetter, Blizzard has won six races from 7 f to 1 9⁄16 m and ran fourth over 2 m in a Gr.3 New Zealand Cup.
Jump-outs for Forbes pair
Cambridge trainer Mark Forbes will line-up stable runners Dragon and Royal Fashion at the Te Rapa jump-outs on Monday ahead of potential black-type targets.
“Dragon is coming along nicely, he was due to have a run but the weather turned on us, so we gave him three weeks off and he’s been back in for five or six weeks,” Forbes said.
“He’ll be targeted toward the (NZ 2000) Guineas if he comes up good enough.”
Forbes is happy with stakes performer Royal Fashion and said she could possibly run in the Gr.2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate later this month.
“She’s coming along super. She was due to trial on Tuesday, but the track was still a heavy 10 so we pulled her out and she’ll go to the jump-outs on Monday.
“She’ll either kick off at Taupo on the 18th or in the Foxbridge the following day.”



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