NZ Briefs for 09th May 2018

Taurus exceeds expectations; Princess earns time off; Smart stayer doing well; A horse for a course
Taurus exceeds expectations
Well-performed winter galloper Taurus surprised his connections with his recent bold first-up showing under 132lbs when he opened his campaign at Hastings.
The 11-time winner was caught three wide throughout and fought on gallantly for fourth in his first appearance for six months.
“We were over the moon, we didn’t think he was that forward – it was a great run,” co-trainer JJ Rayner said.
“He’ll run at New Plymouth on Saturday where he’ll get a bit of weight again, but he needs one more run before the Ag Challenge.”
Taurus won the Listed Ag Challenge Stakes (1600m) on his home track at Wanganui in 2016 after placing in the previous two editions and finished third last year.
Princess earns time off
Pop Star Princess will head to the paddock at the top of her game.
The Makfi filly produced a game front-running performance at Te Awamutu on Wednesday to claim the Timmo’s ITM 5 3⁄4 f and the second win of her five-start career.
“She’ll go to the paddock now, she’s still growing,” trainer Fred Cornege said. “We’ve been very pleased with her. She’s a tough filly.”
Smart stayer doing well
Group performer Zambezi Warrior is making good progress after his career was interrupted by a tendon injury.
“It wasn’t that bad and he’s on the way back – he’s a progressive horse,” co-trainer Jamie Richards said.
The winner of four races, Zambezi Warrior ran third at his last appearance in the Gr.3 Waikato Cup (2400m) and also finished runner-up in the Gr.3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm last season.
A horse for a course
Roger That’s affinity with Te Awamutu continued on Wednesday with a dominant performance in the Fiber Fresh 1 1⁄4 m at the Waipa meeting.
All four of the Shinko King five-year-old’s have now come on the course, including a successful return from a five-month break at his previous appearance.
“Waipa’s a good place at the moment,” trainer Antony Fuller said. “After he won last time he coughed a bit and got a skin rash so that’s why we came back rather than going straight to a Saturday race.”

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