NZ Briefs for 08th February 2018

Jasd sold to Hong Kong; Queensland likely for Jon Snow;Easter Handicap main target; Matamata mission for Five To Midnight
Jasd sold to Hong Kong
Unbeaten three-year-old gelding Jasd will be making his way to Hong Kong after being sold by Waikato bloodstock agent Bryce Tankard to clients of expatriate New Zealand trainer Paul O’Sullivan.
Formerly trained by Tony Pike, Jasd won impressively on debut at Taupo by nearly two lengths late last yearbefore winning his only other start over 7 f at Trentham on Wellington Cup day.
Jasd was originally purchased by Tankard out of the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale under his Waikato Bloodstock banner. He went to $240,000 to secure the son of Sepoy out of Kilgravin Lodge’s draft for another Hong Kong client.
“He’s a horse that has always shown plenty of ability and we just took him along quietly because he is a lovely big horse and we didn’t want to rush him,” Tankard said.
“He has lived up to expectations, he won a trial very well at Te Aroha before his first race at Taupo.
“The current owner didn’t have a permit for Hong Kong and he has sold a few horses up to Hong Kong that have gone on to do very good jobs. So he is always open to the deal of moving a few horses.”
Queensland likely for Jon Snow
Queensland racegoers could get the opportunity to see smart Kiwi stayer Jon Snow in his upcoming campaign.
Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have the Group One winning son of Iffraaj back in work after a mixed Melbourne campaign in spring.
Placed in the Gr.1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and a strong winner of the Gr.3 JRA Cup (2040m), Jon Snow was a late withdrawal from last year’s Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) due to a foot issue.
“He had a good break and has done a fair bit of work on the treadmill and he’s looking good,” Baker said. “He had a few problems but he seems over them.
“There’s a chance he could get to Sydney late in the carnival, but it’s more likely he’ll be going to Brisbane. We’ll just have to see how he comes
“He’s a good stayer and there will be plenty of races for him in Australia.”
Easter Handicap main target
Romancer will have another sprint outing before he is stepped out over more ground.
“The only race for him is the Darley Plate on Derby Day and then he’ll head toward the Easter at Pukekohe, it’s back to a handicap so that will suit him,” co-trainer Chris Gibbs.
Romancer won a Rating 70 event over 7 f at Ruakaka last month before he finished strongly for second in the Gr.3 Concorde Handicap (1200m) at Ellerslie.
The Gr.2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m) will be run at Pukekohe on April
Matamata mission for Five To Midnight
Lisa Latta has decided against another trip to Ellerslie with Five To Midnight before his bid on the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) next month.
Five To Midnight’s last two runs have been at Ellerslie, resulting in a third to Zacada in the Gr.2 Laser Plumbing Te Puke Avondale Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Day and an unlucky second behind Charles Road in the Gr.3 Windsor Park Stud City Of Auckland Cup (2400m) on Karaka Million evening.
Rather than head back up to Ellerslie to top off Five To Midnight’s Auckland Cup preparation with a run in the Westinghouse Nathan’s Memorial (2400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday week, the Awapuni trainer plans to wait a week and start him in the Listed Marks Ewen & Associates Kaimai Stakes (2000m) at Matamata on February
“I didn’t want another long trip to Auckland with him,” Latta said. “He can go to Matamata. It’s not as far to go and he can be back home here that night.
“He’s done well since the City Of Auckland. He’s freshened up and been back in the stable for three or four days and is looking good.”

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