NZ Briefs for 09th August 2017

Hasahalo on golden trail; Woodville abandoned; Smart hurdle stars in steeplechase trial; Cool hurdle debut from Jackfrost
Hasahalo on golden trail
Hasahalo will shoot for further stakes success when she resumes in the Gr.3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes.
The daughter of Savabeel will trial early next month ahead of her three-year-old debut at Hastings on September
“We know she goes well fresh and she is just thriving on her fast work,” trainer Stephen McKee said.
The winner of last season’s Gr.3 Eclipse Stakes and runner-up in the Karaka Million, Hasahalo’s main target will be the Gr.1 1000 Guineas at Riccarton in November.
Woodville abandoned
Thursday’s Woodville meeting is the latest to fall foul of the weather.
The Racing Integrity Unit inspected the course with club officials and identified pooling of water on an already sodden track. Areas of inconsistency were also evident with further showers predicted the decision was made to abandon the meeting.
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, together with the Central Programming Committee, will look to add and/or split races where necessary in the coming weeks.
Smart hurdle stars in steeplechase trial
Well-performed jumper Just Got Home furthered his education over the big fences at Ellerslie on Tuesday.
The winner of five hurdle races was successful in a 1 5⁄8 m steeplechase trial for trainer Rudy Liefting, who has yet to confirm the next port of call for the gelding. He was fourth three runs back in the McGregor Grant, his first steeplechase outing.
The other heat 1 5⁄8 m at Ellerslie was won by the Craig Thornton-trained Zamora, who runs in the maiden steeplechase at the Pakuranga Hunt Club meeting on August and the 3 1⁄16 m heat was claimed by Neil O’Dowd’s Nells Belle.
She now heads to The Tractor Centre Pakuranga Hunt Cup, a race she finished fourth in last year.
Cool hurdle debut from Jackfrost
The well-travelled Jackfrost has made an immediate impression in his new role.
The grey made a successful jumping debut on Wednesday for Brian and Shane Anderton when he bolted away with the Trevino’s Restaurant & Bar Maiden Hurdles at Riccarton.
“He’s taken to it like a duck to water, it was a good effort,” Shane Anderton said. “We’ll see how he is and look at the last day and might line up again.”
Jackfrost won five times on the flat for David and Emma Haworth before he transferred south to Andrew Carston and subsequently to the Andertons.

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