NZ Briefs for 11th September 2018

Options aplenty for Melt; O’Sullivan loses potential star;Golden Rose for Seabrook;First trial winner for Sacred Falls
Options aplenty for Melt
Multiple stakes-winning filly Melt has plenty of black-type options ahead of her heading to her main target of the spring, the Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) in November.
The three-year-old pleased her trainer Nigel Tiley with her fresh-up win in the Tavistock at Cambridge Stud (1000m) at Ruakaka earlier this month and he said she has two black-type options within the next fortnight.
They include the Gr.3 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Ruakaka on Saturday or the Gr.3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings the following week.
“I am very happy with her, she came through it really well,” Tiley said.
“There is a possibility I may run her on Saturday at Ruakaka again, but that will all depend on what she draws and what I think of the field. Otherwise she will go to the Gold Trail Stakes.”
O’Sullivan loses potential star
Expat Kiwi trainer Paul O’Sullivan has been dealt a savage blow with the sudden death of his Hong Kong Derby prospect Win Beauty Win on Monday.
The son of Makfi was returning from the swimming pool when he spooked and ran into a fence.
“Part of the fence cut into an artery on the inside of his back leg and he bled to death,” O’Sullivan told
“The guy leading him was very experienced, he didn't make any mistakes or do anything wrong but he's terribly upset about It wasn't his fault at all, it was just one of those crazy, awful things."
Hong Kong Jockey Club veterinarians were on the scene immediately but were unable to save the horse's life.
A New Zealand-bred four-year-old that had won four of his seven starts, Win Beauty Win was a horse O’Sullivan believed was the most promising in his stable and was destined to be competitive on the international stage.
Golden Rose for Seabrook
Juvenile Group One winner Seabrook will head to Sydney next week to tackle the Gr.1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill.
The New Zealand-bred filly ran third first-up in the Gr.3 H.D.F McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield earlier this month and trainer Mick Price said he would space her races heading into the Gr.1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) next month.
“She will go to the Golden Rose, she handles Sydney well,” Price said.
“She could have gone a bit better first-up I thought. Ollie (jockey Damien Oliver) got off and thought her runs spaced would be better.
“She goes well at Rosehill and settles in well at Rosehill, we’ll take her up there next week some time and run her there second-up. It’s a million dollar 7 f race and then we get three weeks to the Thousand Guineas down here (Melbourne).”
First trial winner for Sacred Falls
Waikato Stud stallion Sacred Falls sired his first trial winner on Monday when a two-year-old colt, out of Unbridled’s Song mare J’Lo, won his 600 metre heat at Ashburton.
The Lance Robinson-trained runner was purchased out of Waikato Stud’s draft at this year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Sale for $60,000.
The well-related colt is a half-brother to Gr.3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) winner and Gr.2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) runner-up Glamorous Girl.
His sire Sacred Falls stands at Waikato Stud for a fee of $30,000+gst.

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