NZ Briefs for 08th August 2017

No rush with Group hope; Folk Tales’ success no surprise; Lowry hot on Ablaze; 3YO contest upgraded
No rush with Group hope
Trainers David and Emma-Lee Browne are happy to bide their time with their Group One sprinting hope Ja Ja Binks.
The Cambridge trainers gave her a run at last week’s Te Teko trials and she may now have another break.
“She doesn’t like wet tracks and her legs were going everywhere,” Emma-Lee Browne said. “She might even go for a short break to the paddock.”
The Gr.1 Railway is a long-term aim for Ja Ja Binks, who has won three of her seven starts and she has been stakes placed when runner-up in the Listed Flying Handicap.
Folk Tales’ success no surprise
Cambridge horsewoman Linda Laing hasn’t been surprised by the progress of Folk Tales in Australia.
She gave the New Zealand-bred Stravinsky gelding his early education and he was a trial winner for her before transferring to Richard Laming’s Cranbourne stable.
From the family of the Gr.1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, Folk Tales was successful on Monday’s Darwin Cup undercard for the fourth win of his 10-start career.
“I pre-train for a number of good stables here and in Melbourne and we always liked Folk Tales,” Laing said.
“I had him for quite a while and he went over to Richard as a three-year-old. He was always going to mature into a beautiful stayer.”
Lowry hot on Ablaze
Leading South Island apprentice Jacob Lowry has tipped Ablaze as his best ride at Riccarton on Wednesday.
He will partner the Raise The Flag gelding for his employers Brian and Shane Anderton in the Classic Villa Rating
“He’s a progressive horse,” Lowry said. “He did well in the autumn at Riccarton and he just had a fresh-up run at Timaru that has topped him off quite nicely.
“He’s done everything right. There’s a couple of sharp ones in there, but I’d like to think he’ll go pretty close on Wednesday.”
3YO contest upgraded
Three-year-olds have been presented with an added black type opportunity on the opening day of the Hawke’s Bay carnival on September 2.
The New Zealand Pattern Committee has upgraded the El Roca Trophy to Listed status with the stake increased from $25,000 to $50,000.
The race has attracted strong fields in each of the past three editions and last year it was won by Ugo Foscolo, who beat Hall Of Fame. Both horses were subsequent Group One winners.

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