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NZ Briefs for 31st October 2018

Patrick Erin scratched; Comfortable maiden victory for Eridani
Patrick Erin scratched
New Zealand-bred and owned galloper Patrick Erin has been scratched from the Gr.3 Bendigo Cup (2400m) on Wednesday after he was found to have an elevated temperature.
“Whilst this temperature remained within normal parameters, it was decided to err on the side of caution and scratch him from today’s event,” trainer Chris Waller said.
The seven-year-old gelding is currently 38th in order of entry for the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and a start in the ballot exempting Gr.3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday will be reliant on blood results.
“We will take a blood sample from Patrick Erin on Wednesday and that will determine if he runs on Saturday at Flemington in the Lexus Stakes with the view of qualifying for the 2018 Melbourne Cup,” Waller said.
Parick Erin has drawn barrier 8 in a field of 13 for Saturday’s contest.
Comfortable maiden victory for Eridani
Last-start runner-up Eridani went one better at Waipa on Wednesday to secure her maiden victory in the Waipa Home of Champions (1150m).
That last-start effort resulted in the three-year-old filly jumping away as a $2.70 favourite and she won accordingly under jockey Danielle Johnson, beating Dublin Rose by one and three-quarter lengths with a further two and a quarter lengths back to Gocara.
“Track conditions were the only worry,” trainer Stephen Marsh said. “She went to a Dead6 at Hawke’s Bay and sort of floundered around on that. But race one today on a nice day, we thought we’re going to get the best of so we’ll have a crack.
“She is stronger this preparation. Her last start was very good at Taupo and she didn’t need to improve much to be hard to beat here.
“She’s certainly a filly on the way up and one you can follow.”
Te Akau three-year-old to spell

Te Akau principal David Ellis has confirmed talented three-year-old Our Flying Ace has been sent for a spell and will not contest the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) on November

The lightly tried son of Darci Brahma won his first two starts for trainer Jamie Richards, before finishing runner-up to quality filly Xpression in the Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton.

“He’s come a long way this preparation and has gone for a spell,” Ellis said.

Richards has three horses still in contention for the Guineas including Sword Of Osman ($7), Publicist ($21) and In A Twinkling ($31).

Te Akau Racing have won the 2000 Guineas on six occasions in the last 15 years with Embellish, Xtravagant, Rock 'n' Pop, Tell a Tale, Darci Brahma and King's Chapel all successful.

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