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NZ Briefs for 09th February 2018

Mam’selle earns Breeders’ Stakes start; Derby tilt on the line; Setback for first Dundeel winner;
Mam’selle earns Breeders’ Stakes start
Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta plans to make one of her rare bids on the Gr.2 Matamata Breeders Stakes(1200m) on Saturday week.
Latta is eyeing the fillies’ feature up with Platinum Mam’selle after her hard-fought second behind Bit Lippy in last Saturday’s Gr.3 Phoenix Park 2YO Classic (1200m) at New Plymouth.
“She’ll go to Matamata then, all going well, be back here for the Sires’ Produce Stakes,” Latta said. “She’s a good filly.”
Platinum Mam’selle is one of four horses Latta has nominated for the Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni on March Sir Nate, Secret Allure and Princess Amelie are also entered for the Awapuni feature.
Sir Nate, a winner of his first two starts, including the Listed Anuka Smoker Wellesley Stakes (1000m), charged home late for seventh in the Listed Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie last start.
“The very wide draw (13) beat us,” Latta said. “He’s gone to the paddock for a couple of weeks.”

Derby tilt on the line
Top trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman haven’t given up hope of slipping in the back door to the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) with Mongolian Marshal.
The High Chaparral gelding has been placed in two of his three starts and will be looking to break maiden status at Pukekohe on Sunday in the Fasttrack Insurance 1600.
“He’s had no luck at all,” Baker said. “I like him and hopefully he can do the job on Sunday. Opie (Bosson) is on him.”
Mongolian Marshalwas hampered early when third on debut at Matamata then got held up and stormed home late for seventh over 7 f at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day before copping interference and running on late for fourth over 1 m at Te Rapa last start.
He is raced by the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry Ltd and Cambridge veterinarian Jonathan Hope. The Rider Horse group won the 2015 New Zealand Derby (2400m) with the Baker and Forsman-trained Mongolian Khan, who went on to also win the Gr.1 ATC Derby (2400m) and Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) before retiring to stand at Windsor Park Stud.
Hinerangi is another of the seven runners for the Baker and Forsman stable on Sunday and rates a strong chance to complete a hat-trick of wins after scoring at Tauranga and Trentham.
“She’s a big, powerful mare and she won well at Trentham,” Baker said.

Setback for first Dundeel winner
Promising two-year-old Cutadeel has suffered a serious setback and will not race again this season.
The gelding became the first winner for his sire, multiple Group One winner Dundeel, when beating his stablemate Thomas Aquinas on debut at Tauranga last month.
“He cracked his pelvis in his next gallop after he won at Tauranga,” co-trainer Murray Baker said. “He was to race at New Plymouth last Saturday, but instead he’ll be out for six months.
“Hopefully he’ll come back all right with time.”
Thomas Aquinas, a son of Jakkalberry, went on from that debut second to finish a creditable sixth in the Listed Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie and is likely to run next in the Gr.3 Reid & Harrison Slipper (1200m) at Matamata later this month.
“He’s not really a two-year-old and he did well to finish as close as he did in the Karaka Million,” Baker said. “He did things wrong in his first start.”

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