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NZ Briefs for 12th June 2019

Winter Cup return for Yogi

Winter Cup return for Yogi

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Yogi will begin his winter campaign at Rosehill on Saturday when he contests the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill.

The dual stakes-winning son of White Robe Lodge stallion Raise The Flag hasn’t been sighted on raceday since his unplaced performance in the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) in April, but Maher is expecting a strong showing from his gelding on Saturday.

"We've targeted this race for him and then he can roll into the two-mile race (Stayer's Cup), which will suit him nicely," Maher told Racing.com.

"He's had a freshen-up since his last campaign up there (Sydney) and he seems in pretty good order. He's free and he's pretty right to go.”

Maher said the six-year-old does suffer from a few soreness issues, so will benefit with the light freshen-up.

"I think he won here at Caulfield fresh-up up over 1 1⁄8 m so I think he does like a bit of time between runs,” he said.

“He does get a few niggles and pain. His fitness is still pretty good as he's only had a little freshen-up, so I think he'll run well.”

Yogi began his career in New Zealand where he was trained by Mel And Warwick Coles. He was purchased as a yearling for just $1,000 from the New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale.


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