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NZ Briefs for 04th July 2018

Dezan outside show for Riccarton; Winter stalwart on Cup path again; Mare strikes for new trainers; Hot southern form continues
Dezan outside show for Riccarton
Comeback galloper Dez is an outside chance to head south for a stakes feature.
Lightly-raced due to injury, the six-year-old holds a nomination for the Gr.3 Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton on August 4.
“It’s a longshot, he needs to get some more rating points,” part-owner and trainer Simon Wilson said.
Dez’s cause would be aided by further success in the J & J Walters Handicap (1550m) at Awapuni on Saturday.
“Obviously, he broke down a couple of years ago with a tendon issue but he has come back well,” Wilson said. “At this stage a mile suits him pretty well and being by Zed he likes the heavier tracks.”
Dez returned from a lengthy lay-off for a first-up win, the third of his career, at Waipukurau and he has subsequently placed at Wanganui and Trentham.
Winter stalwart on Cup path again
Durable galloper Taurus has become a permanent fixture in two winter black type events and he’s on target to continue that trend.
The Evan and JJ Rayner-trained gelding has run in six consecutive editions of the Listed Ag Challenge Stakes (1600m) on his home track at Wanganui, winning the event in 2016 and finishing in the money in his other five attempts.
Taurus was third in this year’s edition at his most recent start and he’s now preparing for a fifth crack at a Listed event at New Plymouth.
“He’s doing well and he’ll run at Awapuni on Saturday, there’s no claims so Jonathan Riddell will ride him and his main aim is the Opunake Cup,” Evan Rayner said.
Taurus finished runner-up in the Cup in 2013, sixth the following year and third and fourth respectively in the last two runnings.
Mare strikes for new trainers
Ishinktaatledo has opened her account from her new southern quarters.
The Shinko King mare won twice for Taranaki trainer Allan Sharrock before transferring to Riccartonconditioners Les and Richard Didham and she won Wednesday’s South Rakaia Hotel 6 f at her third appearance for them.
“Allan sent her down to us and said she had ability,” Les Didham said. “The blinkers were but I don’t think they made the difference, it was the better track that helped her.”
The stable was also delighted with the Ashburton effort of Twoznotenough, also formerly with part-owner Sharrock, for third in the JJ Ltd Open 1 5⁄16 m.
“It was a top run with 132lbs, not many mares win with that weight,” Didham said.
Hot southern form continues
Prince Oz has maintained his unbeaten record in the South Island with his fifth consecutive win.
The son of O’Reilly broke his maiden for Raymond Connors and he hasn’t looked back since the Wanganui trainer, whose family own the strapping gelding, sent him to Neill Ridley’s stable.
Prince Oz carried 134lbs to a comfortable victory in Wednesday’s Rural Transport Handicap (1200m) at Ashburton where he is undefeated in three appearances.

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