NZ Briefs for12th June 2018

3YO impresses in trial win; TeTeko abandoned; Wait A Sec doing well; Capable duo back in work; Weatherley on the move
3YO impresses in trial win
Aim Smart is heading in the right direction after a tidy trial win at Taupo on Tuesday.
The China Horse Club-owned son of Smart Missile was successful in his 5 f open heat in the hands of Troy Harris.
Aim Smart is now in Lauren Brennan’s stable after winning one of his four starts for Tony Pike and placing in the Gr.3 Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m).
“I’m very happy with him, he’s a nice animal,” Brennan said. “We wanted to give him a trial on decent footing, which Taupo was, and we’d been struggling to find the right trial venue.
“He’s had a few issues and can be a bit temperamental. I’m not 100 per cent sure if he’s staying with us – I hope so.”
TeTeko abandoned
The Whakatane Racing Club’s meeting at TeTeko on Wednesday has been abandoned.
With surface water on the track and further heavy rain predicted, the decision was made to call off the fixture.
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, the club and the New Zealand Racing Board are looking to find an alternative date to run the meeting.
Wait A Sec doing well
Group One winner Wait A Sec is making steady progress following a tendon injury.
“He’s on his 10th week of rehab and doing 45 minutes a day on the treadmill,” co-trainer Grant Cullen said.
“I wouldn’t imagine he’ll be racing until Christmas time, but he’s not a big, heavy horse and won’t need too much to have him ready.”
Wait A Sec won the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) last spring and subsequently added the Gr.3 Anniversary (1600m) and the Wairoa Cup (2100m) to his record.
Capable duo back in work
Watch This Space and Livin’ On A Prayer have reported back for duty at Matamata.
The former has won eight races, including the Gr.2 Japan/NZ International Trophy (1600m), and was runner-up in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) during his last preparation.
“Watch This Space came back last week with Livin’ On A Prayer, it’s pretty exciting,” trainer Wayne Hillis said.
“I haven’t worked anything out for them yet, but we’ll be looking at some fillies and mares’ races for Livin’ On A Prayer.”
Weatherley on the move
Sam Weatherley will bid farewell to New Zealand racing, in the short term at least, after Saturday’s Ruakaka meeting.
The champion apprentice has taken up an invite to ride in Sydney for the next three months for champion trainer Chris Waller.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity and now that it’s confirmed I can’t wait to get to Sydney,” Weatherley told The Informant.
“Thanks to a lot of people like my boss Lance O’Sullivan and all the trainers who have put me I’ve achieved what I’ve wanted to here.”
In his first season of riding for O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott, Weatherley won the apprentices’ premiership with 67 winners and is currently on 62 for this season, 17 clear of Jasmine Fawcett.

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