NZ Briefs for 18th May 2018

Kiwi raider lands in Singapore; High hopes for South Fork; Top filly on way back; Brief return for Guineas winner;Kiwi-bred back in action
Kiwi raider lands in Singapore
Ocean Emperor is the first overseas contender for next Saturday’s $1.5 million Invitational Kranji Mile (1600m) to have landed in Singapore.
The New Zealand representative touched down from Auckland on Thursday afternoon, accompanied by apprentice jockey Tui Miles.
A little more than two hours later, the Gary Hennessy-trained dual Group Two winner was safely tucked away in his box at the International Stables at Kranji.
Singapore Turf Club’s veterinary surgeon Dr Brenda Low reported that the six-year-old entire by Zabeel was a dream horse to deal with.
High hopes for South Fork
Promising galloper South Fork is tipped to make his mark in good company.
“There’s a lot of upside to him,” trainer Jim Collett said. “He’s had a few issues and we’ve had to wait for him. He can make his way right through the grades if he stays sound.”
The Swiss Ace four-year-old won his first two starts before finishing fourth at his most recent appearance.
“I gave him a week off after that and he’ll go to a 6 f race next at Te Rapa,” Collett said.
Top filly on way back
Multiple stakes winner Gift Of Power will return to her Tuhikaramea quarters in the near future.
“She’s due back on June 1. She went out after she got a cold after her run at Hastings,” co-trainer Graeme Rogerson said.
Gift Of Power has won eight of her 14 starts, including last season’s Gr.2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1100m) and was successful a further five times this term.
Brief return for Guineas winner
New Zealand Group One winner La Diosa will make a fleeting return to racing from her new quarters at Flemington on Saturday.
Racing as La Bella Diosa, the So You Think four-year-old is now with the David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig training operation.
“We got her about a month ago,” Ben Hayes said. “She had a little bit of a base on her before she came over so we gave her a trial at Werribee with Damien Oliver aboard and she went pretty well.
“She gave him the feel that she wants 7 f so that's where we're starting her off. The idea with her is we'll give her one run, put her away and bring her back for the spring.”
Matt and Mandy Brown prepared La Diosa to win last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and the Gr.2 Surround Stakes (1400m).
Kiwi-bred back in action
Former Singapore galloper Magstock will make his Australian debut Group Three company at Doomben.
Trainer Kelly Schweida has opted to start the Kiwi-bred son of Tavistock in the BRC Sprint (1200m) in preference to a softer benchmark race on Saturday’s programme.
Magstock, who won four races in Singapore, hasn’t raced since December but has placed in two barrier trials at Deagon.
“He got here in January and after quarantine we sent him up to Washpool Lodge for pre-training, so he has had a while to settle in before getting to the stables,” Schweida said.

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