NZ Briefs for 07th June 2018

National goal for Amanood Lad; Tavistock colt tops Gold Coast Sale; Hurdle assignment for Max; Pownce a bright prospect; Collett past the post; Kiwi-bred stayer withdrawn
National goal for Amanood Lad
Top jumper Amanood Lad will open his winter campaign with a run on the flat at Trentham on Saturday.
The rising 14-year-old will be ridden by Michelle Northcott in the Fasttrack Insurance Amateur (2200m).
“We’d like to run him in the National later on if all goes well,” trainer Paul Nelson said.
Amanood Lad has won seven times over the big fences, including the Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m), the Wellington Steeplechase (5500m), a Pakuranga Hunt Cup (4900m) and two editions of the McGregor Grant Steeplechase (4150m).
Tavistock colt tops Gold Coast Sale
A colt by New Zealand based sire Tavistock led the way to top Day Two of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Yearling Sale on Wednesday.
Consigned by Amarina Farm, the colt was knocked down to the bid of Jason Abrahams of Champion Thoroughbreds for $250,000. Abrahams said he and trainer John O'Shea had seen the colt late last year as he was being prepared for the Karaka Sales, but after a pre-sale setback he was redirected to the Gold Coast.
“We really liked the colt when we first saw him in New Zealand previewing yearlings for Karaka on farm and then we noticed he was in this sale,” Abrahams said.
“We flew up to have a look at him among the others and he had really come on well in those six months.He's full of quality with a good female line. He's big and strong and has a deep and strong hip and hindquarter.”
From the lightly raced Echo of Light mare Lithograph, the colt hails from the family of former outstanding racehorse and multiple Group One winning sire Starcraft.
The colt was bred by Stephanie Hole from Acacia Grove in Blenheim.
Hurdle assignment for Max
Max will be seen out over the smaller fences next when he runs in the Manawatu ITM Awapuni Hurdles (2900m) on Saturday week.
Trainer Raymond Connors has made the switch with the last-start Waikato Steeplechase (3900m) winner to avoid a clash with stablemate Wise Men Say in the Manawatu Steeplechase (4400m).
Connors said Max would revert to steeplechasing at his following start in the Animal Health Direct Hawke's Bay Steeples (4800m) at Hastings on June
Pownce a bright prospect
Mark down Pownce as a horse to follow when she returns to action.
“She’s going to make a lovely four-year-old,” trainer Donald Caskey said. “She’s got real class and a very relaxed stride.”
By Power, Pownce is currently spelling following a first preparation that netted four placings before a smart maiden success at Hawke’s Bay. “She’s got size, but is still a bit weak,” Caskey said.
Collett past the post
Samantha Collett followers will be receiving an early pay out.
She is a runaway leader in the race for the jockeys’ premiership and the TAB will be paying out all investments on her for the most wins for the 2017-18 season.
After racing at Riccarton on Wednesday, Colletthad ridden 114 winners to be 23 clear of her nearest rival Chris Johnson, who will be serving a suspension from June 11 to June 21 inclusive.
Kiwi-bred stayer withdrawn
Rising Red has been scratched from Saturday’s Gr.2 Brisbane Cup (2200m).
Co-trainer Trent Busuttin said the New Zealand-bred son of Redwood had heat in one of his joints following a track gallop on Tuesday.
Rising Red had galloped into Cup contention with a last-start victory in the Gr.3 Premier’s Cup (2200m).
"Connections are disappointed not to be running but the horse's welfare comes first," Busuttin Racing said.
Last year's Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) runner-up returned to racing earlier this year after a year off the scene through injury.
The four-year-old, who is raced by a syndicated which includes his Kiwi breeders John and Victoria Carter, has raced five times this preparation and was placed in the Gr.3 JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick and the Gr.3 Chairman's Handicap (2000m) at Doomben before winning the Premier's Cup.
Rising Red's scratching leaves a field of nine for the Brisbane Cup.

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