NZ Briefs for 06th March 2018

Australian Cup for Devise; Time out for Wait A Sec; Smart mare in new quarters;Waiting tactics with debut winner
Australian Cup for Devise
Last-start Group One winner Devise will be given her chance to add black type honours across the Tasman to her record.
The Shaune Ritchie-trained mare will head to Melbourne on Wednesday night ahead of Saturday’s Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington with Chad Schofield booked for the ride.
“I watched her work this morning and she has improved and gone to another level since she won the Haunui Farm WFA Classic and 1 1⁄4 m is definitely her best trip,” said Rick Williams, who manages The Oaks Stud for Devise’s breeder-owner Dick Karreman.
They had been considering a start at Ellerslie in the Gr.1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) on Saturday, but an unstable forecast has made Flemington the best option.
“She can’t win a maiden on a wet track,” Williams said. “There’s also the option of the Mornington Cup, that’s worth $A300,000, in three weeks and the winner of that qualifies for the Caulfield Cup.”
The Oaks celebrated a significant result last weekend when resident stallion Roc de Cambes’ son Vin De Dance won the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).
“It was a great result for a relatively young sire, his statistics are very, very good,” Williams said. “His best crop is coming through now.”
Time out for Wait A Sec
Injury has ended an outstanding season for the Hawke’s Bay galloper Wait A Sec.
“He’s got a slight strain on the outside of his tendon,” said Grant Cullen, who trains the Group One winner with Guy Lowry. “We’ve put him aside and hopefully we can have him back racing in the spring.”
A last-start success in the Wairoa Cup (2100m) had boosted the confidence in Wait A Sec’s Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) hopes before he suffered the injury.
“He sure was going the right way, but that’s the way it goes and he’s done a great job for us,” Cullen said.
Wait A Sec won five races this season, including the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) on his home track and the Gr.3 Anniversary (1600m) at Trentham.
Smart mare in new quarters
Group One performer Endean Rose will round out her career from Tony Pike’s Cambridge stable.
“She was purchased by some Australian clients, mainly as a broodmare proposition and they’re going to give her one more preparation this autumn and early winter,” he said.
No plans have been locked in yet for Endean Rose, who won six races from the Rotorua stable of her former trainer and part-owner Iain Kennedy. The Savabeel mare also finished third in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) last spring.
Waiting tactics with debut winner
A patient approach has also been adopted with the promising three-year-old I Am Queen by Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh.
“She’s a serious filly and won so well at Taupo, but she went shin sore after that,” Marsh said.
“She’s back on the water walker and she’s a big filly so we’ll be taking our time with her.”
The daughter of Animal Kingdom put a wide margin on her maiden rivals when successful over 5 f at the end of December in her only appearance.

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