NZ Briefs for 03rd August 2018

Hard Merchandize sold; Dez can do it for Allpress; Ocean Park 4yo fires; Magnate ready to return; Miles enjoys overdue win
Hard Merchandize sold
Gary Vile had other plans for Hard Merchandize last Wednesday, but that all suddenly changed with an irresistible offer from Hong Kong interests.
“I was planning to take him to the Foxton trials for a run to set him up for a first-up tilt at the Foxbridge Plate,” the Awapuni trainer said.
“But then I got contacted about selling him and the deal was done. Instead of going to the trials on Wednesday he left here to go into quarantine.”
Hard Merchandize won four of his 12 starts for Vile. His major win came in the Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) last spring and he also won the Listed Castletown Stakes (1200m) as a two-year-old.
His three placings included a third in the Gr.2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa.
“If he went well in the Foxbridge Plate he was to go on for the Tarzino Trophy,” Vile said. “He was coming up really well.”

Dez can do it for Allpress
Lisa Allpress believes Dez could be the horse to put her back on the Winter Cup honours board.
She will ride the seven-year-old son of Zed for the first time in Saturday’s Gr.3 $100,000 Winning Edge Presentations 121st Winter Cup at Riccarton.
“I’ve been wanting to ride him for a while and I’m happy to finally get on him,” she said. “He’s a strong, tough horse and he’s got in on the minimum. I give him a big chance.”
Allpress won the Winter Cup on Propel in 2010 and she has twice had to settle for second since then, the following year on Ishiabeel and last year on Doiknowyou.
Dez has been lightly tried and from just eight starts he has registered four wins and three placings. He earned a crack at the Winter Cup with a last-start win in the Whyte Handicap at Trentham.
It will be the first crack at a black type race by his Waipukurau trainer Simon Wilson, who has made his mark as a highly successful showjumping rider.
Ocean Park 4yo fires
Four-year-old gelding Waiheke made light work of his opposition when breaking maiden ranks over 1 m at Wyong on Friday.
Trained by Chris Waller, the son of Ocean Park and Group One performer Eliza Blues relished the step-up in trip after catching the eye over 6 3⁄4 f at the same venue on debut last month.
“He was coming off a pretty good debut here when second and he enjoyed the extra distance today,” stable representative Glenn Barnes said.
“His mother was runner-up in a Queensland Oaks and Ocean Park is a very versatile stallion. He’s a nice horse with a good future.”
Waiheke became the 44th individual winner for Waikato Stud stallion Ocean Park, who has made a good start to his stud career with seven stakes performers to date.
Magnate ready to return
Group One winning sprinter Music Magnate will return to racing action on Saturday in the Gr.2 Missile Stakes (1200m).
The Bjorn Baker-trained seven-year-old has won two trials in preparation for the first stakes race of the new season, where he will meet a stellar line-up.
“He has gone well in his trials and he is a good horse on his day, but it is a great race,” Baker said.
“It is really a Group One calibre race, so it is not going to be easy and he is going to have to be at his best first-up. He looks great and I couldn’t be happier with him.”
Baker said Music Magnate would likely be targeted at the Gr.3 Sydney Stakes (1200m) on the undercard on Everest day.
It’s the Everest consolation and its worth half a million,” he said.
A $45,000 purchase from Westbury Stud’s 2013 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale draft, Music Magnate has won A$1,166,625 in prizemoney.
Miles enjoys overdue win
The patience and perseverance of Matamata apprentice Tui Miles was rewarded at Hawera on Thursday when she was successful on outsider Toodaloo.
The 23-year-old is indentured to Toodaloo’s trainers, Peter and Jessica Brosnan, and the win was the second of her career with just over 13 months between successes.
Her first win was aboard Seconds Out at Tauranga on June 2017 and in 34 rides last season she had to settle for five placings, including a second.
But she has started the new season off well and for Toodaloo’s connections the win was a bit of a bonus as he is being prepared for a jumps career.

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