NZ Briefs for 06th April 2018

Easter Handicap next for in-form mare; Long break for smart 3YO; Dee chasing another Sydney feature; Stellar season for Savabeel;
Easter Handicap next for in-form mare
Flamingo will be back in stakes company next time out following her success at Awapuni on Friday.
The talented Pins mare won the Hotel Coachman Handicap (1400m) to confirm a tilt at a Group Two feature.
“In two weeks’ time we’re looking at the Easter Handicap for her,” said Emma Haworth, who trains the Waikato Stud-bred and owned four-year-old with her father David.
“It all worked out nicely for her today. She got in a beautiful position and came down the outside.”
Flamingo, who was ridden by Rosie Myers, has now won two of her last three starts and was an unlucky third in the Gr.3 Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.
Long break for smart 3YO
Talented filly Rondinella is facing a lengthy break from racing.
“Unfortunately, she suffered an injury to her hoof and she will be out for six months,” trainer Roger James said.
The daughter of Ocean Park was a stylish maiden winner, but then suffered a cardiac arrhythmia when tailing the field home in the Gr.3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m).
Rondinella bounced back to finish fourth in the Gr.2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) before her setback.
Dee chasing another Sydney feature
Melbourne-based New Zealand jockey Mick Dee will be chasing Group One wins on consecutive weekends when he partners Arbeitsam in Saturday’s A$3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.
Fresh from success with the Kiwi-bred Hiyaam in the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m), Dee will have his first ride for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott aboard Arbeitsam.
“He'll be there for a long way and Gai is the queen of winning the Doncaster. She is going for her eighth on Saturday,” he said.
Stellar season for Savabeel
Waikato Stud stallion Savabeel has again underlined his champion status this season with five new Group One winners, including Embellish, Hasahalo, Shillelagh and Savvy Coup.
He is now the sire of 17 individual Group One winners and 73 individual stakes winners.
“We are extremely proud and overwhelmed by the success and popularity of Savabeel and we are conscious of the numbers and book we will commit him to this season,” stud principal Mark Chittick said.
“The Savabeel syndicate will therefore be managing the numbers and book he will serve from this season on and his book will be private going forward.”
Service fees for the remainder of the roster remain unchanged with both Ocean Park and Sacred Falls to stand at $30,000 + GST, Pins at $25,000 + GST, Tivaci will be available at $20,000 + GST and Rock ‘n’ Pop at $9000 + GST.

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