NZ Briefs for 08th May 2018

Cambridge filly’s Oaks chances boosted; Kiwi in Group One hunt again; Rain key for Ironbark
Cambridge filly’s Oaks chances boosted
Terra Sancta has made a positive start in her chase for a spot in the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks (2400m).
The Kevin Hickman-bred and owned three-year-old pressed her claims with an Australian debut success in the hands of Jim Byrne over a mile at Ipswich on Monday.
The Tony Pike trained daughter of Pierro will have a further chance to nail down an Oaks berth when she makes her next appearance at the Sunshine Coast.
Kiwi in Group One hunt again
New Zealand-bred three-year-old Civil Disobedience has another opportunity for Group One honours when he runs in Saturday’s South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville.
The son of Raise A Flag crossed the Tasman earlier this year and finished a respectable seventh in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie where he copped a wide run from an outside gate.
Trainer Darren Weir said he would change tactics with Civil Disobedience this weekend following an unplaced run in the Gr.3 Chairman’s Stakes (2035m).
“He was disappointing last start, but we'll take the blinkers off him this time and ride him quieter.”
Rain key for Ironbark
Lightly-tried galloper Ironbark will head where the weather is worst this weekend.
“He’s going really well and he’ll either run at Rotorua or New Plymouth, wherever the track is wettest,” trainer Kylie Fawcett said.
Ironbark has a win and a placing from four starts and a recent trial placing in an open heat at TeTeko has him ready to make a first-up impression.

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