NZ Briefs for 10th January 2018

CD return on cards for smart mare; Ignore Anevay’s latest performance; Westland rained off:
CD return on cards for smart mare
Seraphim’s future programme has yet to be locked although a return trip to the central districts is a strong possibility.
“It’s not set in stone yet, but she might go to the Taranaki Cup next,” said Julia Ritchie, who trains with her partner Steven Ramsay.
The Sir Peter Vela-raced Seraphim made an impressive entry into open company at Awapuni last time out when she won the Listed Marton Cup (2100m) at Awapuni.
“It was quite a tough run the other day, but she’s come through it very well and we’re happy with her,” Ritchie said.
Ignore Anevay’s latest performance
Anevay’s last-start failure in the Gr.2 Royal Stakes (2000m) can be forgotten.
The Ocean Park filly earned a crack at the feature after an impressive maiden mile win and trainer Glenn Old had been expecting a top run at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.
“The track went from a Good 3 to a Slow 7 and she was never comfortable,” the Matamata horseman said. “I had been very confident of her running in the money on a Good 3.
“She’s pulled up well and she’ll run over 1 3⁄16 m at Rotorua next Wednesday. If she goes well then we’ll look at the Sir Tristram Classic or maybe the Oaks Prelude at New Plymouth.”
Trelawney Stud will offer Anevay’s yearling half-brother (Lot 918) by Reliable Man during the Book 2 Sale at Karaka next month.
Westland rained off
The Westland Racing Club’s meeting at Hokitika is the latest meeting to be added to the long list of abandonments.
Significant overnight rainfall led to Wednesday’s fixture being called off after with an inspection of the course by stipendiary stewards and club representatives confirming safety concerns.
Horses were galloped on the track on Wednesday morning and riders confirmed the nature of the track was inconsistent. Further rain is also forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.

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