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NZ Briefs for 3rd October 2018

Tiley looking forward to Guineas challenge; Ruakaka duo primed for Hastings; Two-year-old impresses at Ruakaka
Tiley looking forward to Guineas challenge
Trainer Nigel Tiley is pleased with high class three-year-old Melt and is looking forward to the challenge in Saturday’s Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), which has attracted a strong field of 16 runners.
Group One-placed at two, Melt has won both of her starts this season including an impressive victory in the Gr.3 Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Ruakaka last month.
“I’m really happy with her,” Tiley said. “Those first few runs have really brought her
“They were relatively soft runs. She had good barrier draws and last start she got a nice run through.
“She hasn’t had a lot of pressure put on her, so I think the trip down to Hawke’s Bay will tighten her up nicely. Bring it I’m looking forward to it.”
Tiley said he expected Melt to be midfield in Saturday’s contest, for which the daughter of Iffraaj has drawn barrier 9.
Melt is $4.50 second favourite for the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m), while she is also the $8 second favourite for the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).
Ruakaka duo primed for Hastings
Ruakaka trainers Chris Gibbs and Michelle Bradley are taking a strong team down to Hastings for the last day of the Hawke’s Bay carnival, but their biggest chances may be in the Bay For NZ Punter of the Year 2200.
The newly formed training partnership will line-up last-start winners Amazing Az and Los Angeles in the 1 3⁄8 m undercard and they believe both four-year-old’s are strong chances in the race.
“They are very exciting horses from a staying point of view,” Gibbs said. “Especially Amazing he’s an untapped talent.
“Los Angeles surprised me a bit last time. I thought she might have felt the ground a touch, because they were running to time that day, but she let down and won quite impressively.
“She cemented her trip down to Hastings and we have got some owners involved in her down in Hastings, so it will be nice for them.”
The Gibbs-Bradley stable will also line-up Danzdanzdance and Hello It’s Me in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m), while Vinevale and Not Usual Heart will be aiming for black-type in the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m).
Two-year-old impresses at Ruakaka
Two-year-old Showcasing filly Last Sight made the perfect start to her racing career with a debut win in the Burgundy @ Cambridge Stud 2YO (900m) at Ruakaka on Wednesday.
The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained juvenile finished runner-up in her 3 f trial at Cambridge last month and has improved since that run according to her trainers.
The Kevin Hickman-owned filly overcame her outside barrier on Wednesday to trail the leader turning for home and quickened through near the rail to win by half a length over Tappy’s One.

“She was a little bit green, but hit the line really well in her trial and she’s improved,” Wellwood said.
“It was a good win and she got a bit of luck through the run.”



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