NZ Briefs for 13th June 2018

Change of direction ; Confidence in The Macallan; Great advert for Showcasing
Change of direction
Scott Lucock and Sally Gillespie will be handing in their trainers’ licences at the end of this season.
Currently based at Byerley Park, they will be taking up senior positions within the powerful TeAkau operation from August 1.
“The offer was too good to refuse and not many, if any, other stables in New Zealand could offer these types of jobs,” Lucock said.
“We’ve been at Byerley Park for nine years and training’s a battle. We’re not getting any younger so it’s a very good opportunity and we’re looking forward to it.”
Confidence in The Macallan
Champion trainer Chris Waller is expecting the New Zealand-bred and owned The Macallan to give a bold account of himself in his Australian debut at Rosehill on Saturday.
“He’s a nice, progressive horse and he had a soft barrier trial last Friday and did everything right,” he said.
Raced by Bruce Sherwin, Guy Mulcaster and Raffles Racing, The Macallan won two of his five starts for Cambridge trainer Tony Pike.
“This will be the furthest he’s raced over and he gives me the impression that it won’t be a problem, I’m sure he’ll run well,” Waller said.
The Macallan will be ridden by James McDonald in a Benchmark 75 handicap over 1 1⁄8 m.
Great advert for Showcasing
Advertise became his sire Showcasing’s 28th individual stakes winner when victorious in the Gr.2 July Stakes (200m) at Newmarket on Thursday.
The Martyn Meade-trained two-year-old went one better than his last start runner-up performance in the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot, taking his tally to two wins from only three starts.
"You can't take away that form at Ascot and we always thought if he reproduced that he would be okay today and having seen that there he is going to progress further,” Meade said.
"I'm very much thinking 2000 Guineas next year, he was in the betting after his run in the Coventry and I think he's stamped that today - over an extra distance I think he'll be a better horse."
Advertise’s sire Showcasing was a Group Two winner himself and shuttled to New Zealand’sHaunui Farm up until this year. His progeny have proved extremely successful here.

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