NZ Briefs for 1st October 2018

Brutal to miss Coolmore; Hasabro luckless at Geelong; Stakes bound calling repaying price tag
Brutal to miss Coolmore
Exciting O’Reilly three-year-old Brutal will miss the remainder of the spring after he suffered a minor hock injury.
The unbeaten colt was one of the favourites heading into the Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), but will now be set for an autumn return.
"He just hurt himself in the box and the end result is he's not 100 per cent so he is heading to the paddock," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told
"We've said it all along, unless he's 100 per cent we wouldn't hesitate to put him in the paddock, and it's his first racing preparation.
"We are disappointed because he'll be out for the spring but that's the way it
"The end result is it's not life threatening and we've always been looking forward to the autumn with him."
Hasabro luckless at Geelong
The Stephen McKee-trained Hasabro remains a maiden following a luckless second at Geelong on Monday.
The New Zealand-owned son of Savabeel is yet to win a race in seven starts but is being set for the Gr.1 VRC Derby (2500m) on November 3 and looks like he will relish getting over ground.
Sent off an even-money favourite in a maiden over 1 1⁄16 m at Geelong, Hasabro sat just behind the leaders throughout under Damian Lane, but never saw clear running until very late in the piece when charging home for second.
“We are looking at races like the Caulfield Classic or the Geelong Classic, going forward to the Derby,” McKee said.
Stakes bound calling repaying price tag
Éclair Calling, a son of Tartan Bearer that created a buzz when selling as a yearling for a record $525,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock Select Sale, has won his fourth race when successful over 7 f at Caulfield on Sunday.
Raced by Thomas the Phillip Stokes-trained gelding is set to step up to stakes grade when he contests the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) over the same course and distance in a fortnight.
“He got around Caulfield a lot better than previous starts,” Stokes said.
“We were lucky enough to get on the course proper when he worked well here on Tuesday and we see the result now.
“He is doing really well and I will probably look at running him in the Weekend Hussler in two weeks’ time.
“I think he can progress to be a Group Three horse.”
Winning rider Chris Caserta made good use of his 4lbs claim and came with a perfectly timed run to comfortably hold Ocean Park four-year-old Tezlah.
“He drew a good gate and had a beautiful run,” Caserta said.
“When I asked him to he doesn’t have a short, sharp sprint, but he just keeps building and grinding and full credit to Phillip Stokes and his team.”

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