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Southern feature in the mix

A trip south is on the cards for the capable mare Bring To The Block.
“I’m thinking of sending her to Riccarton for the fillies and mares’ weight-for-age race on March 24,” trainer Shane Brown said.
Ahead of a possible tilt at the Gr.3 Valachi Downs South Island Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m), Bring To The Block will run in Saturday’s Hiremaster Handicap (1200m) at Trentham.
It will be her first appearance since she came from the tail of the field to finish eighth in the Listed Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).
“They ran 1.34.4 and she came from last and was out very wide on the turn,” Brown said. “She didn’t disgrace herself, it was still a good run.
“She had 10 days in the paddock after that and while 6 f on Saturday is short of her best distance, she’s fresh and can go a cheeky race.”
Stablemate Handfull will be in action in the Rural Trading Post Handicap (1600m) off the back of a last-start third over 7 1⁄2 f at Wairoa where he was forced to race three wide without cover.
“It’s not ideal running him in an open handicap, but there isn’t much else around for him and then I’ll step him back up over ground,” Brown said.
“I’m looking at the Waipukurau Cup on March he’s owned locally there by Jenny Dalby who’s bred and raced a number of good horses over the years.”
Brown’s other representative at Trentham is Sunanda, who will make her debut in the Crombie Lockwood NZ Ltd 2YO Maiden (1000m).
“She’s a nice filly whose been galloping well and it wouldn’t surprise me to see her go a cheeky race as well,” Brown said.

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