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NZ Briefs for 13th April 2018

Calligraphy looking closer to home; Government calls on Messara’s expertise; Cup goal for Kaharau;Frustrating run at an end
Calligraphy looking closer to home
The Ross McCarroll-trained Calligraphy will be looking for redemption when she resumes after her disappointing unplaced performance in the Gr.3 Manawatu Breeders’ (2000m) at Awapuni last Friday.
“I thought her run in the Manawatu Breeders was poor,” McCarroll said. “I think she travelled badly down there and the track was pretty rough.
“We’ve given her ten days off and then she’s going to Rotorua for the fillies and mares race (Gr.3 ISCL Rotorua Stakes 7 f). I’ll try her closer to home in the black-type race.”
Government calls on Messara’s expertise
Australian racing expert John Messara is to review the New Zealand racing industry’s governance structures and provide recommendations on future directions for the industry.
“Racing is a significant industry creating $1.6 billion to GDP annually, it employs up to 50,000 people and has many passionate supporters,” Racing Minister Winston Peters said.
“However, it is vital an assessment is conducted on whether the industry is meeting its full financial potential and whether its governance arrangements are top heavy.
“For this reason, it is pleasing Mr Messara has agreed to conduct a strategic review to provide advice to the Government.
“Mr Messara is considered one of Australia’s most successful racing administrators. As chair of both Racing New South Wales and Racing Australia, he led reforms to increase and secure long-term revenue.
“His review will also assist the government in determining if the current Racing Act 2003 and the proposed Racing Amendment Bill are fit for purpose.”
Messara will start the review later this month and produce a report by mid-year.
Cup goal for Kaharau
Stakes-winning stayer Kaharau is in the running for a trip to Queensland.
“He races at Pukekohe next Saturday over 2200m,” co-trainer Kenny Rae said. “He’s on track to head to Brisbane as well, I think the Caloundra Cup would suit him.”
Kaharau has won 10 races, including the Listed Dunedin Cup (2400m) and also placed in this season’s Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m).
Per Incanto’s fee unchanged
Little Avondale stallion Per Incanto’s fee for 2018 will remain at $15,000 plus GST.
The son of Street Cry’s leading representativeis the Gr.1 Diamond Stakes (1200m) winner Dal Cielo while Amanaat and Magnum have been his latest black type success stories this season.
Per Incanto’s progeny continue to be in demand in the sale ring and he was the third leading New Zealand-based stallion at the Book 1 session at Karaka this year with nine yearlings sold at an average of $160,000 average.
Frustrating run at an end
Stratford trainer Trudy Keegan celebrated a long overdue success at Waverley.
She ended a frustrating series of runner-up finishes this season - no fewer than 11 of them – when Midnight Story provided her with a second winner of the season when she was successful in a maiden 7 f.
“I was too scared to start cheering – I thought he would have run second if I had,” Keegan said.
“She’s a pretty smart mare and she will get over more ground.”

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