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NZ Briefs for 06th July 2018

Riccarton again on smart filly’s radar; Mare heeds warning; Jockey’s faith gains early reward; Jumping career beckons open handicap winner; Changes to allowances
Riccarton again on smart filly’s radar
Multiple stakes winner Prom Queen has returned home from Queensland for a break.
Placed in two of her three Australian starts, the daughter of Super Easy is enjoying time out before she builds toward Riccarton, where she has already been successful five times.
“She’s spelling and hopefully she’ll get to the Stewards and we’ll look at the New Zealand Cup with Kaharau,” co-trainer Kenny Rae said.
Kaharau wasn’t at his best in Queensland and failed to place in three outings and is also back home, as is the Eamonn Green-owned Patsys Lass whose best result for Rae was a runner-up finish at the Gold Coast.
Mare heeds warning
Rising nine-year-old Itsagem has earned a reprieve.
The out of form mare was threatened with retirement before she returned to winning form at Wanganui on Thursday for trainer Lisa Latta.
“Isn’t it uncanny - she’ll live to fight another day now,” owner Andy Rennie said.
Itsagem has now won five races and her latest success was a memorable one for Latta.
“This will mean a lot to Lisa, it’s her 900th winner,” Rennie said.
In a week for training milestones, Riccarton conditioner Michael Pitman brought up his 1700th success when Mathieu was successful at Ashburton.
Jockey’s faith gains early reward
Notabadrooster’s debut win over the big fences for part-owner and trainer Christopher Faulkner at Te Aroha on Friday came as no surprise to rider Will Gordon.
“I schooled him the other day and he jumps very well,” he said. “He’s a big horse and he’s got the ability.”
The towering son of Thano, who finished third in the Waikato Hurdles (3200m) four runs back, gave a tidy display over the big fences at the first time of asking to claim the Racing Te Aroha’s Supporters Club Steeplechase (3500m).
Jumping career beckons open handicap winner
Two below-par runs from the capable Banbury Lad have almost certainly forced a different role upon the Mitchelson Cup (2200m) winner.
He beat only one runner home in the Kiwifruit Cup (2100m) two runs back and at Te Aroha on Friday he finished eighth against modest highweight company in the Te Aroha Liquor 1 3⁄8 m.
“I said to my partners that if he can’t win this he’ll be going over hurdles next start,” part-owner and trainer Rudy Liefting said.
Banbury Lad shows promise as a jumper, having won a hurdle trial at Cambridge last Monday by 25 lengths.
Changes to allowances
Changes to allowances for jumps races and highweights will come into force from Monday.
Riders in the applicable jumps races will now be able to claim an allowance until their 16th win.
Those with 0-5 jumps wins can claim up to 7lbs, with a 4lbs allowance for those with 6-10 wins, and a 2lbs claim for those with 11-15 wins.
Previously, the 7lbs claim reduced to 6lbs with a rider’s fifth win, while those with 6-9 wins could claim 3lbs, with no further claim once a rider reached 10 wins over fences.
Similar changes have been made for highweight races, where a rider’s flat wins dictate the allowance. There will be a 7lbs claim for 0-5 wins, 4lbs for 6-10 and 2lbs for 11-15 wins.
14 for Rock ‘n’ Pop
Battleborn struck the first winning blow of his career at Bendigo on Friday afternoon.
Trained by Brent Stanley, the Rock ‘n’ Pop three-year-old was successful over 7 f for apprentice Mitchell Aitken.
Sent out a $3.30 favourite, Battleborn won at his seventh raceday start, having been runner-up on two occasions.
The grey gelding was bought from the draft of Waikato Stud at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale for $210,000 by Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds and bloodstock agent Chris Blomley.
His dam Vanilla Sky won twice and the O’Reilly mare has also left the stakes winner and Group One performer Raid (Pins).
The Waikato Stud-based Rock ‘n’ Pop has now left 14 individual winners, including the black type performers Go Dixie and Gold Spice, while The Mayor finished fourth in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).

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