NZ Briefs for 10th May 2018

4YO ready for Rotorua return; Zedac realising staying potential;Mr Conductor to call the tune; Hurdle programme confirmed;
4YO ready for Rotorua return
Cossastock is in good shape to resume his New Zealand career.
The son of Tavistock will step out in the Craig Thom Memorial 6 f at Rotorua on Saturday in the hands of Maija Vance.
“Maija won on him at the trials and the horse has come back well from Australia,” trainer Andrew Campbell said.
He prepared the four-year-old to run second on debut at Awapuni last season before the gelding joined the Cranbourne stable of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.
“He won one over there, but the tracks were a bit firm for him – he needs a bit of cut in the ground,” Campbell said.
Zedac realising staying potential
The lightly-raced Zedac looks a likely prospect to make his mark in better staying company following his tidy performance to win at Woodville on Thursday.
Trained by Fraser Auret, the six-year-old has now won twice from a handful of starts and claimed the Hewitt Motorcycles 1 5⁄16 m after a resuming fourth at Waipukurau seven days ago.
“It was quite sticky there and took his sprint away,” Auret said. “He’s not the type of Zed that likes wetter tracks so I was keen to back him up here when I saw it was a Dead 5.”
Mr Conductor to call the tune
A bold second-up showing is expected from Mr Conductor at Ashburton on Friday.
The five-year-old recently resumed with a third placing at Marlborough and trainer Danny Crozier said the horse has trained on particularly well.
“He hadn’t run for three months and that run has topped him off nicely, he’ll strip a lot fitter.”
Mr Conductor will again be ridden by jockeys’ premiership leader Samantha Collett in The Hanley Formula Autumn Sprint Championship Qualifier (1200m).
Crozier is also expecting Damanaka to go close to breaking his maiden in the Ashburton Racing Club Life Members’ 7 f.
Hurdle programme confirmed
Trainers Mick Brown and Sue Thompson will persevere with the unpredictable Led Zeppelin in a jumping role.
“You can catch him once and then the next time he’ll disappoint you,” Brown said.
Led Zepellin was in the right mood on the flat at Woodville on Thursday when he led all the way to win the Auction Online Now Jumpers’ Highweight (2100m).
“He’s had a few hurdle starts and that’s where he’s going next at Hastings,” Brown said.
Led Zeppelin was pulled up in both of his last two jumping outings last winter.

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