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NZ Briefs for 14th March 2018

Glamour Taranaki duo doing well; 3YO worth waiting for; Kiwi-bred’s Derby hopes dashed; Vale Peter Mitchell
Glamour Taranaki duo doing well
Star stablemates Kawi and Ladies First are making good progress.
“Kawi’s on the water walker at Robyn and Russell Rogers’ place and he’s coming along nicely,” trainer Allan Sharrock said.
“Ladies First has been on the walker for 10 days and she’ll do 10 more before she goes to Jaimee-Lee Lupton’s place and five weeks later she’ll be back with me.”
Kawi was side-lined by a fetlock issue in the summer while Ladies First was spelled after her courageous victory in the Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m), which prompted plans for a Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) campaign later this year.
3YO worth waiting for
Smart three-year-old Flying Feet will be off the scene for some time.
“He’s due to have a couple of chips taken out so he’s more of a long-term project,” trainer Joe Waldron said.
“He’ll be 12 months away from racing, but he’s worth the wait. If he stays in one piece, he’ll be an exciting horse.”
The son of Ocean Park raced three times during the summer for a win and two runner-up finishes.
Kiwi-bred’s Derby hopes dashed
Tavistock Abbey is out of Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m) contention.
The New Zealand-bred son of Tavistock disappointed at the Gold Coast last week and the Anthony Freedman-trained gelding will now undergo a wind operation.
Tavistock Abbey, who is part-owned by breeders Rich Hill Stud, has won two of his seven starts including the VRC Derby Trial (1800m) at Flemington in the spring.
Vale Peter Mitchell
Prominent owner Peter Mitchell has died suddenly.
Mitchell, whose colours were most famously carried by the mighty galloper Bonecrusher, passed away aged
Trained by Frank Ritchie, Bonecrusher was a multiple Group One winner on both sides of the Tasman and his victory over Waverley Star in the 1986 Cox Plate (2040m) is acknowledged as one of greatest editions of the race.
Mitchell most recently had an ownership interest in the multiple winner Excalibur, trained for him by Ritchie’s son Shaune.

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