NZ Briefs for 06th August 2018

Sir Nate on track for Listed event; Key TeTeko trials postponed; Career-ending injury for Upper Cut; Messara and Letts guest speakers
Sir Nate on track for Listed event
Sir Nate put himself in contention for an early season feature three-year-old event when winning at last week’s Foxton trials.
The stakes-winning son of Nadeem won an open 4 1⁄4 f heat in his first public appearance since his eye-catching third behind Avantage and Melt in the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni on March
“It was a bit of a surprise,” trainer Lisa Latta said. “He’s coming up well and he’ll probably go to that three-year-old race on the first day at Hastings.”
The race is the Listed $50,000 El Roca – Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m) on September 1 and if he performs well he will be back at Hastings for the Gr.2 $100,000 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) on October 6.
Sir Nate has won three of his six starts, including the Listed Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham.
Key TeTeko trials postponed
Continuous wet weather in the Eastern Bay Of Plenty has led to the postponement of the Te Teko trials, scheduled for Tuesday.
The trials are a key kick-off point for a host of New Zealand’s better gallopers as they prepare for spring racing.
The region has had 71mm of rain since last Friday and, with an unfavourable forecast for the next 48 hours, the decision has been made to postpone the trials until Monday, August
Nominations for the rescheduled Te Teko trials will close on Friday at noon.
The trials at Avondale will remain on Tuesday, August
Career-ending injury for Upper Cut
Mark Oulaghan copped the upper cut he wasn’t expecting at Riccarton last Saturday.
The Awapuni trainer was hoping to chase a third successive win in the Grand National Steeplechase this weekend with Upper Cut, but rider Matthew Cropp had to pull the Yamanin Vital 12-year-old up after jumping the fence at the 4 f in the Koral Steeplechase (4250m).
Upper Cut was found to have suffered a flexor tendon rupture to his left foreleg.
“It’s a shame as he was travelling alright until then,” Oulaghan said. “It’s probably career-ending for him. He’ll be out for 12 months and will probably be too old to bring him back.”
Upper Cut was runner-up in the 2016 Koral Steeplechase before backing up to win the Grand National Steeplechase and last year he was fourth in the Koral leading into his hard-fought win over Kina Win in the Grand National.
Oulaghan’s sole focus at Riccarton will now be on Des De Jeu in Wednesday’s Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge Steeplechase (3200m).
Des De Jeu made international headlines through the amazing deeds of his rider Aaron Kuru to remount after falling at the first fence in a maiden steeplechase at Awapuni on June 16 then go on to win the race.
Oulaghan won’t be asking much more of Des De Jeu this winter.
“He can get through Wednesday and maybe have another one and that will be it until next winter,” he said. “It’s his first trip away so it’s a good experience for him.”
Messara and Letts guest speakers
Waikato Racing Club’s cocktail function on the eve of the Gr.2 Lisa ChittickFoxbridge Plate will feature two guest speakers sure to entertain racing enthusiasts.
Two-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey John Letts will be one of the speakers, while a Q&A session with Australian racing and breeding industry supremo John Messara is sure to attract a strong crowd.
Messara has recently delivered his review of the New Zealand racing industry to Racing Minister Winston Peters, with the contents of the report likely to lead to a massive overhaul of the current structure of all three racing codes in New Zealand.
Hosted by former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull, the cocktail function takes place at 5:30pm at Te Rapa on August with tickets available via

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