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NZ Briefs for 17th April 2018

Going no concern with 2YO; Options for Group winner; Chasing more Awapuni gold;
Going no concern with 2YO
Wetter tracks won’t be inconveniencing the talented two-year-old Nirvana In Fire.
“He won’t mind soft ground so it’s all in front of him,” co-trainer and part-owner Andrew Scott said.
Nirvana has won one of his four starts and recently returned from a break to finish runner-up at Rotorua behind More Wonder with subsequent Hastings winner Madison County third.
“He’s still learning and wanting to overdo things and he just came to the end of it,” Scott said. “He will improve and he’ll run next on Saturday week at Te Rapa.”
Options for Group winner
The connections of Hiflyer are mulling over their options.
“He’s had a month’s work, three weeks on the water walker and a week with us,” trainer Peter Lock said. “I’m over the moon with him, he looks great.
“He’s twice as big and strong now and ticking over well. We’ll get him fit and ready and then decide whether we go to Brisbane or Sydney or stay home.
“He’ll be telling us what we He could even go back to the spelling paddock and then get him ready for the Triple Crown at Hastings.”
Hiflyer is a dual Group Three winner and hasn’t raced since he ran third in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham in January.
Chasing more Awapuni gold
Roll The Gold has prospered on past visits to the central districts and he will be heading back to Awapuni next week.
“There’s a Rating 75 there for him on Anzac Day,” trainer Gary Hennessy said. “He’s always showed a lot, he’s just lacked maturity.”
A two-time winner on the Palmerston North course including a last-start victory there, Roll The Gold is coming toward the end of his current campaign that has also seen him successful at Wairoa.
“He’s a nice horse and I think he’ll get 1 1⁄4 m next season,” Hennessy said.

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