NZ Briefs for 05th November 2018

Kiwi filly still on target for Oaks;

Trainer Darren Weir is hopeful Kiwi filly Verry Elleegant can settle better in Thursday’s Gr.1 Kennedy Oaks (2500m) at Flemington to give her every chance to win the three-year-old feature.


“She doesn’t help herself,” Weir said following the filly’s fifth placing in Saturday’s Gr.2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m).


“She gallops with a high head-carriage, which makes it very hard on herself and hard for the jockey.


“I thought it was still a good enough run to push on to the Oaks on Thursday, so hopefully she has a good four days and races a bit more tractably in the Oaks.”

Big targets ahead for Danzdanzdance


Ruakaka galloper Danzdanzdance’s imminent return could spell danger for her opposition heading into Summer.

The dual Group One placegetter has been out for a light freshen-up after running third in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) last month and her connections are eyeing Group One spoils with the four-year-old mare.

“She will be coming back to the stable on Thursday,” said Chris Gibbs, who trains in partnership with Michelle Bradley.


“She has been at Kylie Bax’s for a little break and she’s been in work for the last two weeks.

“She is maturing a lot. We made the conscious decision to wait and head for the Captain Cook Stakes (Gr.1, 1 m), so we’ll head down that Group One path.


“Races like the Zabeel (Classic, Gr.1. 1 1⁄4 m) are also on her target list.”


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