NZ Briefs for 16th January 2020

Telegraph tilt for Sheezallmine; Five-timer for Asano

Telegraph tilt for Sheezallmine

Sheezallmine will have her first tilt at Group One glory when she contests the JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham on Saturday.

The Daniel Miller-trained four-year-old will head into the race in a fresh state after her last start heroics in the Gr.3 Stewards Stakes Handicap (1200m) at Riccarton in November.

Miller has been pleased with the progress of Sheezallmine and is looking forward to lining up his mare on Saturday.

"I think I have got her as fit as I can for a Group One, but it's by far the biggest race of her career," he said.

"When I broke her in she was a big gangly thing and she hasn't got a great action, but she has got a real will to win and is a very determined horse.

"She will give them something to chase and hopefully she will be tough enough."

Five-timer for Asano

Apprentice jockey Kozzi Asano extended his lead in the New Zealand Jockeys' Premiership after recording five wins at New Plymouth on Thursday.

The Christchurch-based hoop began the day with a third-placing on Southern Vogue in the Peninsula Beachfront Hotel Mooloolaba Maiden (2000m) before winning his first race of the day aboard $1.60 favourite Aquila Star in the Epsom With Wheels & George 1800.

He then went on to take out the four remaining races on the card.

It was Asano's second five-timer at the Taranaki track, after bagging a quintet of wins at New Plymouth last month.

Asano is indentured to Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston, following stints with Gary Vile and Kevin Myers in the central districts.

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