NZ Briefs for 09th July 2018

Tower’s form earns Cup start; Trial for champion mare; More to come from Pasabache; Sargent aiming high with Kiwi-bred
Tower’s form earns Cup start
Storming The Tower’s latest success at Te Rapa has delayed his return to jumping.
The nine-year-old won in Rating 85 company on Saturday to earn a crack at another feature handicap on the flat at Rotorua.
“He’ll go to the Taumarunui Gold Cup now,” trainer John Bell said. “He’s a lovely horse and in beautiful condition.”
Storming the Tower, who was runner-up in last year’s Gr.3 Rotorua Cup (2200m), has placed in all four of his hurdle outings.
Trial for champion mare
Winx will trial before the end of the season as trainer Chris Waller attempts to win an unprecedented fourth Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) with the wonder mare.
“She will run in a trial either at Warwick Farm on July 20 or Rosehill on the 23rd,” Waller said. “Hugh Bowman came and rode her during the week. He pulled up well. She pulled up better.”
Waller saidthe first target was the race upgraded and renamed in her honour on August which she has won for the past two years. Formerly the 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m), it is now the 1 Winx Stakes.
More to come from Pasabache
Co-trainer Graeme Rogerson is expecting Pasabache to make her mark in stronger company.
The daughter of Shocking won for the sixth time in her career when she was successful in Rating 75 grade at Te Rapa on Saturday.
“She’s a pretty good mare and she’s strengthening, she’ll get even better,” Rogerson said.
Pasabache is a grand-daughter of La Bella Dama, who was trained by Rogerson to win the 2001 Gr.1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
Sargent aiming high with Kiwi-bred
John Sargent has high spring expectations of his New Zealand-bred filly Luvaluva.
The expatriate Kiwi trainer has the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at the top of his wish list for the daughter of Mastercraftsman, who is in the early stages of her build-up.
Luvaluva won both the Gr.3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) and the Gr.3 Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) during her last preparation. She was spelled after an unplaced run in the Gr.1 Australian Oaks (2400m).

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