NZ Briefs for 05th January 2018

Well-bred mare thriving; Cup hat-trick winter focus; Saint Kitt in fine fettle; Otaki latest casualty
Well-bred mare thriving
Seraphim is in the right order to continue her hot run of form when she makes her open class debut in the Listed Gallagher Marton Cup (2100m) at Awapuni on Saturday.
“She’s been impressive in her last two wins and she gets in with a nice weight,” said Steven Ramsay, who trains the daughter of Rip Van Winkle and Ethereal with Julia Ritchie.
“She hasn’t run past a mile yet, but on her breeding she should.”
The Sir Peter Vela-raced Seraphim has posted back to back wins at Awapuni and Trentham and Danielle Johnson will continue her association with the mare on Saturday.
Cup hat-trick winter focus
Multiple stakes winner Longchamp will be reporting back for duty on Monday.
The Tavistock gelding will be welcomed back to Andrew Campbell’s Cambridge stable with his winter goal already set.
“He’s one of my favourites and I’d love to win the Opunake Cup three times in a row with him, that’s the main aim,” he said.
Longchamp, who has been plagued by knee issues through his career, has won seven of his 24 starts.
Saint Kitt in fine fettle
Capable stayer Saint Kitt will strip at his best for the Listed Gallagher Marton Cup (2100m) at Awapuni on Saturday.
The eight-year-old has improved since his last-start fourth in the Stratford Cup (2000m), according to part-owner Grant Cullen, who trains the Keeper gelding with Guy Lowry.
“I was thrilled with the run, he had 132lbs and was caught three wide with no cover,” he said.
“That was his third run back and he’s a big, gross horse, he can run a cheeky race.”
Otaki latest casualty
New Zealand’s wild weather has claimed another race meeting with Friday’s Otaki meeting abandoned.
Stipendiary stewards made the early decision to call off the fixture following 13ml of rain on Friday, a wet forecast and inconsistencies in the track.

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