NZ Briefs for 05th June 2018

Smart 3YO earns a spell; No Derby for Another Dollar; Important booking for Du Plessis; Distance query with Kiwi-bred
Smart 3YO earns a spell
Promising three-year-old Simply Optimistic is on a winter break.
“He made good progress on his last preparation, he had three runs and won twice and was unlucky in the other one,” trainer Brendon Hawtin said.
“What he did at Pukekohe and at Hastings was what I was expecting from him when he first started racing. It was a shock to but with the pressure of raceday he didn’t know what it was all about.
“He’s gone to the paddock now and we’ll have him back for the spring, we’re looking forward to that.”
Stablemate Animator, a last-start winner at New Plymouth, has also been turned out.
“He’s having a break and we’ll look at something at the Hawke’s Bay carnival for him,” Hawtin said.
No Derby for Another Dollar
Trainer Chris Waller has decided against running the New Zealand-bred filly Another Dollar in Saturday’s Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2200m) at Doomben.
“She has come through her narrow defeat in the Queensland Oaks without any issues, however I feel it would be best to give her a break now and prepare her for the spring with a likely tilt toward the Epsom Handicap,” he said.
The daughter of Ocean Park finished runner-up to stablemate Youngstar in the Oaks.
“Youngstar has pulled up well and the decision has been made to push on to the Queensland Derby,” Waller said.
Important booking for Du Plessis
Mark Du Plessis’ decision to base himself in Brisbane for the winter has been rewarded with a Group One opportunity.
The New Zealand jockey has been booked to partner the Tony Gollan-trained Most Important in Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben.
“He can ride 117lbs without any trouble, which is a big plus,” Gollan said.
The winner of nine races, Most Important will have to turn his form around in the Stradbroke after tailing the field home in the Gr.1 Kingsford Smith Cup (1350m).
“He seemed to have swallowed a lot of dirt and mud during the race so there was an excuse,” Gollan said. “This is his grand final on Saturday and he is much better off at the weights.”
Distance query with Kiwi-bred
Tavistock’s son Greycliffe still has trainer Matt Cumani unsure of the three-year-old’s pet distance.
The New Zealand-bred Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) placegetter is set to provide an answer at Flemington on Saturday when he runs in an age group event over 1 1⁄4 m following a last-start third over 1 5⁄16 m at Sandown.
“I've still got a bit of a question mark over what his perfect trip is,” Cumani said.
“I just wanted to have it confirmed the way we rode him last time, a bit quieter than up in the lead, works and hopefully if we can run a few times over that distance we'll start to really see a pattern with him.”

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