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NZ Briefs for 07th September 2018

Black-type targets ahead for Naantali; Vale Chris Brown;
Black-type targets ahead for Naantali

Black-type targets are on the horizon for four-win mare Naantali who will line-up in the Big Swing Gold Handicap (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained mare has pleased her connections this campaign, but a potential hat-trick of wins was cut short last start when she was runner-up over 1 1⁄16 m at Caulfield.

“The race maps a lot better than last start, it maps pretty similar to when she won at The Valley (two starts back, over 1600m),” Maher said.

“Last-start here at Caulfield she got on the chewy a little bit and probably over did it going up the hill, it took the shine off her finish.

“But back to The Valley, a good draw (barrier 3) and back to the mile, there’s a lot to like about her.”

Depending on how she performs on Saturday, the $180,000 Karaka Yearling Sale purchase could be set for her first tilt at black-type later this month in the Gr.2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

“We’ll just take her one step at a time,” Maher said. “We’ll have a look at her on Saturday and if she trains on I might just freshen her up a little bit and she could go back to The Valley for the Stocks Stakes and have a bit of a crack at black-type.”
First Group winner for Charm Spirit
Windsor Park Shuttle stallion Charm spirit has recorded his first Group win as a sire when Yourtimeisnow was victorious in the Gr.3 Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes (1200m) at Salisbury, England on Thursday.
It was the second win in four career starts for the Roger Varian-trained filly who has plenty of potential according to her rider.

"Mentally and physically she's getting better and could be anything," jockey Andrea Atzeni said.
A triple Group One winner and highest earning son of Invincible Spirit, Charm Spirit also recently sired his first southern hemisphere trials winner at Te Teko last month.
Vale Chris Brown
Expat New Zealand jockey Chris Brown passed away on Saturday in Victoria after a short illness.
The 47-year-old was apprenticed to Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Snowy Lupton in New Zealand before moving to Australia to work for a number of high-profile trainers including Gai Waterhouse, Graeme Rogerson, David Hayes, Peter Moody, Sheila Laxon and the late Ross McDonald.
"Chris dedicated his entire working life to racing,” Victorian Jockeys' Association executive officer Matt Hyland said.
“Our rider group are deeply saddened at the news of Chris' passing and will miss him and the significant contribution he made to our industry."

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