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NZ Briefs for 02nd August 2018

Step towards Foxbridge Plate; Promising stayer for Auret; Aiming for Hawke’s Bay
Step towards Foxbridge Plate
Start Wondering remains on target for the Gr.2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa later this month despite dropping away in his trial at Foxton on Tuesday.
The multiple Group One winner had won at the Waverley trials last month, but after tracking the leader in his 5 f heat at Foxton then leading momentarily in the run home, he dropped out to finish at the back of the six-horse field.
“Apparently he hated the ground and just couldn’t go in it,” co-trainer JJ Rayner said. “He’s gone in the wet before but doesn’t like the puggy stuff.
“I wouldn’t be too worried about He had a good blow and it’s helped clean him up for the Foxbridge. That’s the main aim.”
Promising stayer for Auret
Mark down Brassy Boy as a stayer of the future.
That’s the opinion of trainer Fraser Auret after he produced the four-year-old son of Azamour for a debut win over 1 5⁄16 m at Hawera on Thursday.
“He’s a slow-maturing type who is still 12 months away,” Auret said. “With six months to strengthen, he could be a nice stayer.”
Brassy Boy was bred and is raced by Donald Wickham, who did some of the preparatory work on the gelding before sending him to the Auret stable.
Aiming for Hawke’s Bay
Group Three-placegetter Aim Smart is ticking over awaiting better tracks and a possible start on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival.
The four-year-old Smart Missile gelding won decisively first-up for Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan at Ruakaka last month.
“It was lovely to get a good track at Ruakaka for him,” Brennan said. “He needs good ground and we’re just waiting for the weather to change.
“The plan is to go to Hastings on the first day for a rating 72 1 m, provided the track is all right.
“He’s got a massive stride and he needs good ground. He should get 1 1⁄4 m later on.”
Aim Smart was originally trained by Tony Pike and showed promise from the outset, winning a trial then his raceday debut at Pukekohe when beating the subsequent Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) winner Summer Passage, who was also runner-up in the Gr.1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Aim Smart had three other starts last season with the best result being his second behind the swift Prom Queen in the Gr.3 Northland Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Ruakaka.

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