NZ Briefs for 30th May 2019

Bosson sidelined; Waldorf Stages Hong Kong Hat-Trick ; Debt Collector Australia bound;

Bosson sidelined

Leading jockey Opie Bosson won't ride in June after suffering concussion in a race fall at Te Rapa on Wednesday.

X-rays and scans cleared Bosson of any serious injury after he fell from the Jamie Richards-trained Cicciolina after clipping heels soon after the finish when the winner Cherry Lane was deemed to have shied at the winning post.

"I'm pretty sore, especially my sternum and shoulder, and I can't remember any of it," Bosson said.

Bosson, who has won six Group One races and the Karaka Million (1200m) this season, will now take a short break from riding and return in early July.

Waldorf Stages Hong Kong Hat-Trick 

Highly Recommended’s talented son Waldorf staged a hat-trick of wins in Hong Kong last night and in doing aided jockey Joao Moreira to four wins on the Happy Valley race card.

“When we turned for home and I gave him two whacks I knew then, if he had no interruption, I was going to win,” Moreira said.

Prior to his export to Tony Cruz’s Hong Kong stable, Waldorf was a three-time winner in New Zealand for trainer Andrew Campbell, with feature wins registered in the Listed Ryder Stakes (1200m) and the Listed Wanganui Guineas (1340m).

Waldorf’s sire Highly Recommended stands at Berkley Stud for $5000 plus GST in 2019.

Debt Collector Australia bound

Multiple stakes winner and former Singapore Horse of the Year Debt Collector is set to head to Australia where he will join Jim Conlan’s Pinecliff barn.

The former Cliff Brown-trained gelding finished fourth behind Hong Kong raider Southern Legend in the Kranji Mile (1600m) on Saturday and Brown has elected to test his charge in Australia.

"Cliff rang me a couple of weeks ago and was telling me the horse was having a few issues handling the conditions in Singapore," Conlan said. 

"I've watched all his replays, he's obviously a fairly talented horse, but it's always a bit of a query how Singapore form will translate in Australia. 

“But he's probably the best performed horse to come out of Singapore for a while. It will be exciting to see where he ends up." 

Debt Collector was purchased by Brown out of Prima Park’s 2014 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale draft for $120,000.

The son of Thorn Park has gone on to win 12 of his 24 starts in Singapore, including eight at stakes level and more than S$3.1 million in prizemoney.


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