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NZ Briefs for 05th September 2018

Brennan eyes more black-type with Magnum; Cox Plate potential for Savvy Coup;
Brennan eyes more black-type with Magnum
Stakes winner Magnum made a winning return to the track at Ruakaka on Saturday when taking out the Harcourts Whangarei (1200m) and more black-type could be in-store for the Per Incanto gelding when he heads to Hastings next month.
The Lauren Brennan-trained six-year-old was brave when winning by a head over Rikki Tikki Tavi on Saturday and will now be set for a tilt at the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) on the final day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.
“I thought his run on Saturday was quite impressive first-up,” Brennan said.
“I thought he needed the run and was still a bit fat, but he certainly tried very hard and fought to the line, so he’s still got that fight in him.
“He’s pulled up really well since Saturday. He’s happy and sound and he’s eating I couldn’t be happier.
“We’ll probably head to the Red Badge 7 f with him on Livamol Classic day. We’ll see how things go before then, whether we have a jump out in-between I am not sure.”
Cox Plate potential for Savvy Coup
Riccarton conditioner Michael Pitman, who trains in partnership with his son Matthew, was over the moon with Savvy Coup’s fifth-placing in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) behind Melody Belle at Hastings on Saturday and he is eyeing a crack at the Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) next month with his mare if everything goes to plan.
“I was absolutely rapt with the horse’s run,” Pitman said. “There is no way anyone would think that a horse that has come off two 1 1⁄2 m races would have run fifth in a weight-for-age 7 f event with no trials under her belt.”
Pitman travelled back to Christchurch with Savvy Coup on Sunday and will return to Hastings for the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) later this month and will then remain in the North Island with the Group One winner until the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m).
“We’re going back up for the mile and then we will either stay in Hawke’s Bay or possibly Trentham, because we have had good success using Trentham as a base before when we have gone up north,” Pitman said.
“We just have to think about what we are going to but we’re definitely staying up there between runs. I really think the 1 1⁄4 m race is her race and I’ve said that all the way through, and if she wins that we’re going to the Cox Plate.”

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