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NZ Briefs for 1st August 2018

Naki Challenge hopeful; Getting ready to go again; Sure Bet wins like a good thing; More black-type for Torcedor; English Gambler wins by ten
Naki Challenge hopeful
A fine training effort by Joe Waldron has put Ujumpijump into consideration for the $101,000 Platinum Homes Taranaki Challenge(1400m) at New Plymouth later this month.
Ujumpijump had been off the scene for almost 10 months, but the young Te Awamutu trainer produced the Iffraaj six-year-old in forward condition for the Tauranga meeting on Wednesday and the result was an impressive three and a quarter-length win in the Classic Cuisine 1400.
Ujumpijump bounced out first for rider Bridget Grylls and was always travelling well in front before slipping clear approaching the home turn.
“He’s been showing plenty at home so it’s good to see him do that raceday,” said Waldron, who trains the gelding for his mother, Sharon.
Waldron indicated he would be interested in starting Ujumpijump in the inaugural Taranaki event in which the starters run for each of 14 slot-holders. The race is confined to maiden horses as at June 1 this year.
“He’s qualified for it and it would be nice if he could get a slot,” Waldron said.
Getting ready to go again
Cambridge galloper Go Nicholas is back in work after an unsuccessful Queensland campaign.
The son of Danroad had two starts in Queensland and went out for a spell after being unplaced on the Sunshine Coast on June 2.
“He looks good and has just started back in work,” trainer Shelley Hale said. “He’s done a couple of weeks and I’m keen to have a go at that sprint at Pukekohe again so I’ll work his programme back from there.”
The race in mind is the Listed Haunui Farm Counties Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe on November He was a close second to Fully Funded in it last year and sealed his trip to Queensland with some solid efforts during the autumn.
Sure Bet wins like a good thing
The Team Rogerson-trained Sure Bet produced a stunning last-to-first performance at Tauranga on Wednesday when winning the Gartshore 1200, leading co-trainer Graeme Rogerson to label the three-year-old Reliable Man filly as a classic horse.
“She’s a very good filly. She doesn’t know a lot and she got squeezed out of it early but she will be on her way to Melbourne for the VRC Oaks,” Rogerson said.
“I thought she was unbeatable today.”
Sure Bet was unplaced in both of her starts at two, but the aptly named filly was well-supported and backed into $3.10 late.
“She might run in that hundred grand maiden race at New Plymouth,” Rogerson said, referring to the Platinum Homes Taranaki Challenge (1400m) on August
“I’ve got a slot, so I will see. I think this is a very special horse.”

More black-type for Torcedor
Multiple Group winner Torcedor has added to his black-type tally with a solid runner-up performance to Stradivarius in the Gr.1 Goodwood Cup (3200m) on Tuesday.
The son of Fastnet Rock set the pace in the two mile feature, but was unable to hold-off race favourite Stradivarious, who won by half a length over the TeAkau runner.
TeAkau principal David Ellis purchased Torcedor at the 2013 Deauville Yearling Sales for 70,000 euros (NZ$115,000) and his New Zealand owners include Sir Patrick Hogan, Sir Peter Vela and Laurie Laxon.
The Jessica Harrington-trained runner has won five races, including two at Group Three level, while yesterday’s placing was his third at Group One level.
English Gambler wins by ten
Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan is not sure where the future lies for lightly-tried four-year-old English Gambler.
The Singapore-owned gelding dominated his rivals to win the Ultimate Motor Group 1600 at Tauranga by ten lengths in the hands of Jonathan Riddell.
“That was quite impressive,” Brennan said.”I didn’t expect him to win by that much. Johnathan rode him really well right in behind the pace and he peeled off at the top of the straight and dealt to them.
“Going from 6 f straight to a mile, it was a good effort. We knew in the back of our minds he wanted more ground and he might be a nice 1 1⁄4 m horse in time.”
Brennan is no stranger to preparing horses for their future racing in Asia and English Gambler is owned by English owner Paul Hickman, who has a number of horses in work with Stephen Gray in Singapore.
“He’s owned in Singapore, but because he is bred to stay he is limited in terms of race options up there. Hopefully he can stay down here and he can run in some distance races.
“Ninety per cent of our horses end up in Hong Kong or Singapore and then we get the odd one to race, which is quite nice,” Brennan said.

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