NZ Briefs for 07th August 2017

Trainer gets best out of Westbury graduate; Romancer begins spring preparation; Danis surgery successful; Course winner for Ruakaka return
Trainer gets best out of Westbury graduate
Shane Baertschiger’s training skills were to the fore when Faaltless landed top honours on Sunday evening in the Garden City Trophy at Kranji.
The Singapore-based trainer has done an admirable job with the Westbury Stud-raised son of Faltaat, who has been plagued by injuries.
“I’m very proud of the horse given the problems he had. He had chips to his fetlock and we gave him four runs and he had chips to the other fetlock,” Baertschiger said.

“He’s been a great horse to He has beaten horses like Zac Spirit and Emperor Max, and if not for his problems, he could have been anything.”
Baertschiger said rider Matthew Poon’s performance was also outstanding - “I told him to lead or sit second on Faaltless, but he took his own initiative and rolled forward. That’s what great riders do.”
Romancer begins spring preparation
Promising four-year-old Romancer has returned to business at his Ruakaka base.
“He’s back in work and looking good,” said Donna Logan, who trains with Chris Gibbs. “We bring him on quietly for the better tracks.”
Romancer won twice from six appearances last season, including a pre-Christmas victory in the Listed Mufhasa Stakes at Ellerslie.

Danis surgery successful
Apprentice Darren Danis has undergone successful back surgery at the Christchurch Hospital.
The 25-year-old fractured his T4 and T5 vertebrae in a fall at Washdyke and his father, former jockey and now trainer Luke Danis, told the Singapore Turf Club that the subsequent operation went well.
“We’ll have to give the injury time to heal now,” he said. “There is of course a long recovery and rehab ahead. On behalf of my family and Darren, I’d like to thank everybody for their prayers.”
Course winner for Ruakaka return
Global Thinking will return to the scene of her previous triumph to open her upcoming campaign.
“She’ll run in at Ruakaka in the three-year-old race on September 2,” trainer Shaune Ritchie said.
The daughter of So You Think was a debut winner on the course last season where she beat Malambo and Countessa Vanessa, both subsequent winners.

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