NZ Briefs for 07th February 2018

Group One next for crack filly; Manawatu feature 2YO’s top goal;Stakes winner on easy list;Black type win top priority
Group One next for crack filly
Unbeaten filly Avantage won’t race again before her Group One autumn target.
The Fastnet Rock two-year-old won for the fourth consecutive time when she beat her stablemate Al Hasa in the Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie.
“We’re pleased with the way she came through that run and she’ll be going straight to the Sistema Stakes on March 10,” said Jamie Richards, who trains in partnership with Stephen Autridge.
Meanwhile, stablemate Heroic Valour will run in Saturday’s Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) following his last-start fifth in the Gr.1 Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham.
“He’s well and ready for Te Rapa,” Richards said.
Manawatu feature 2YO’s top goal
The Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) is the target for the smart juvenile Bit Lippy.
“He’s going to go to the Matamata Slipper and then the Sires’ Produce, I’m not sure about the Sistema as the Manawatu one is a bit longer and that will suit him,” trainer Wayne Hillis said.
Bit Lippy placed at his first three starts in black type company before he won last Saturday’s Gr.3 Phoenix Park 2YO Classic (1200m) at New Plymouth.
“He’d been unlucky in a couple so he deserved it,” Hillis said.
Stakes winner on easy list
Genuine three-year-old Hard Merchandize is enjoying a deserved break.
“He’s gone for a good spell,” trainer Gary Vile said. “He hasn’t missed a cheque all season.”
Hard Merchandize, who won the Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) in the spring, was turned out after he finished seventh in the Karaka 3YO Classic (1600m).
“It was a good run at Auckland, but he didn’t quite see the mile out,” Vile said.
Black type win top priority
Stephen Marsh has only one thing on his mind with Rosa Carolina.
“We had her as a two and three-year-old before she went to Australia where she got some black type – we now have to try and turn her into a black type winner,” the Cambridge trainer said.
Rosa Carolina successfully resumed her New Zealand career at Te Rapa on Tuesday when the Savabeel mare pinched inside runs under expatriate Kiwi jockey Jason Collett to win in Rating 75 company.

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