NZ Briefs for 04th January 2018

Rangipo to miss Thorndon; Scream Park on trial for NZ $1 million feature; Taranaki option for Beastmode; Premature ending at Thames; Media award
Rangipo to miss Thorndon
Cambridge conditioner Tony Pike was pleased with Rangipo’s fourth-placing in the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day, but has opted not to run the five-year-old gelding in the Gr.1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham later this month.
“It was a very brave effort,” Pike said. “Second-up jumping from 1200 to 1 m on a very testing track probably just told over the final stages, but he was beaten by a very narrow margin.
“It’s just good to have him back in good form, I’m very pleased with the way he is heading.
“We will probably miss the Thorndon Mile and head to Counties for the open 1 m race there on January If he runs well in that we’ll probably look at the Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa with him.”
Scream Park on trial for NZ $1 million feature
The Chris Waller-trained three-year-old Scream Park tackles the ATC Owners Benefit Card Handicap (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday in his final lead-up to the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie in Auckland on January
The son of Ocean Park, purchased at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale for $185,000, has won his last two starts at Warwick Farm over 7 f and a mile respectively.
“Coming back in distance is the big query,” Waller said.
“We want to switch him off and get him to relax because in three weeks’ time he’s likely to head to New Zealand for a million-dollar race.
“At his last two runs we’ve learnt nothing. One was a heavy track and he lead and last start he beat a three-horse field, where he did everything right, but I am not sure how strong the opposition were.
“He will get a true test here. We’d like to ride him a bit more conservatively from the outside gate and get in behind a few if we can.”
Hugh Bowman will partner Scream Park on Saturday in the A$100,000 contest for which he is a $3.20 favourite in the early market.
Taranaki option for Beastmode
The connections of the promising two-year-old Beastmode won’t be chasing further prize-money that would guarantee a Karaka Million (1200m) start.
He has been placed in two of his three starts, but the Spirit Of Boom colt tailed the field home in the Gr.3 Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.
“I thought his run for third on Boxing Day was outstanding so we took the gamble of backing him up and it didn’t work. He’s having a little breather and if he doesn’t make the Million field he’ll probably go to New Plymouth,” Campbell said referring to the Gr.3 Phoenix Park 2YO Classic (1200m) on February 3.
Premature ending at Thames
The Thames Jockey Club’s cup day fixture has ended in disappointment.
The meeting was called off before the third event after jockeys reported their mounts had slipped 3 3⁄4 f from home in race two.
“We had an inspection and there were a few significant slip marks and unfortunately for the club and everybody else concerned the meeting had to be abandoned,” stipendiary steward Alan Coles said.
“Drizzly rain set in about 9.30am and continued through,” Coles said.
Media award
Guy Heveldt is this year’s recipient of the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Leishman Media Racing Awareness Award.
“Guy was a standout applicant,” chairman Chris Luoni said. “He is involved in mainstream television and will be able to promote New Zealand racing and breeding stories in an interesting way to the public.
“He reminds me of a younger Phillip Leishman when he was first involved in racing media.”
Heveldt, joined the TV One News team after seven years with Radio Sport.

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