NZ Briefs for 10th April 2018

Travis Stakes next stop; No risk approach with mare; Further stakes for Showcasing ; Another Oaks in Sargent’s sights
Travis Stakes next stop
In-form mare Thee Auld Floozie will make her next appearance at Te Rapa.
“She’ll probably run in the Travis Stakes, that should suit her nicely,” trainer Stephen Marsh said.
Winner of the Gr.2 Westbury Classic (1400m) three runs back, she finished runner-up for the second consecutive year in the Gr.1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) in her latest outing.
“It was a really good run at Te Aroha and she’s come through it well,” Marsh said.
Thee Auld Floozie has won 11 races, including last season’s Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m).
No risk approach with mare
Connections of the Group performer Promise To Reign are happy to err on the side of caution.
The well-related mare, who has four black type placings to her credit, has been put aside for the season following a minor set-back.
“We didn’t want to risk her, she’s a valuable mare so we’re being very careful with her,” co-trainer Kieran Murdoch said.
“We’ll check her through the winter and we would be disappointed if she didn’t come back, she’s a lovely mare who hasn’t had a lot of luck.”
Further stakes for Showcasing
Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Showcasing has a leading contender for an international classic.
His son Dice Roll has won the Gr.3 Prix Djebel (1400m) at Deauville, a key lead-up event to the Gr.1 French 2000 Guineas (1600m).
It was Showcasing’s 25th stakes winner with Xpression, successful in this season’s Gr.2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m) at Trentham among his leading New Zealand representatives. She is part-owned by co-breeders Haunui Farm.
Another Oaks in Sargent’s sights
Expatriate New Zealand trainer John Sargent fancies his chances of further classic success at Randwick.
He won the 2012 Gr.1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) with Quintessential, the Gr.1 VRC Oaks (2400m) with Kirramosa a year later and in 2015 he produced Gust Of Wind to win the Gr.1 Australian Oaks (2400m), a race he has Luvaluva in prime order for on Saturday.
The Kiwi-bred daughter of Mastercraftsman produced an impressive final trial when she carried 132lbs to win the Gr.3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) last weekend.
“She's done very well considering it was a weight record for the race," Sargent said. “She's got a great constitution, no injury problems and I think you'll see a very good horse in the spring as a four-year-old too.”

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