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Distance a query for Perry Mason

Leading jumps trainer, Paul Nelson, will have strong chances in each of the two feature jumps races at Te Aroha tomorrow, but still holds some reservations ahead of the event.

The nine year old Zed gelding, Perry Mason, has been in fine form for Nelson over the winter, and will head into the Irvines Great Northern Steeplechase over 6,300 metres as a $3.50 favourite with TAB bookmakers.

He has won four times over this term, including a last start victory in the Pakuranga Hunt Cup over 4200 metres at Te Aroha, and Nelson is happy with his charge heading into tomorrow’s assignment.

“I am very pleased with the way he is going, “Nelson said.

“In his last start, the Pakuranga Hunt Cup, he did everything right that was asked of him, he has been very good since, he is a happy horse, he was bucking his brand off this morning,” Nelson added.

Despite his run of form Nelson said,” Perry Mason is untested at the extreme distance, so he is into the race with reserve expectations,” he added

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Staying future for English Gambler

Promising four year old English Gambler has pleased his trainer, Lauren Brennan, in his only four starts to date, and she believes he has the potential to reach cups class in New Zealand.

The gelding has yet to finish outside of the top two, and broke through for his maiden victory over a mile at Tauranga.

He is unbeaten at the distance, and will attempt to keep that record intact atTe Aroha tomorrow, when he lines up in the Auckland Co-op Taxis Handicap over 1600 metres.

English Gambler is a really a good type with a big future ahead of him, he gives every indication that distance will not be his problem.

He is owned in Singapore but will continue to race in New Zealand, as there are better opportunities there for staying horses, and English Gambler looks the ideal stayer.

ENGLISH GAMBLER Tauranga 1.8.18 RI MobileEnglish Gambler - A promising stayer

 

Te Akau stars on display at Hastings

Champion two year old of last season, Avantage by Fastnet Rock, and Stakes winner, Chance to Dance, took the opportunity of an exhibition gallop between races at Hastings on Saturday last,a day that saw the powerful Te Akau racing team produce a notable winning double.

Trainer, Jamie Richards, saddled up his first Group 1 winner since taking sole control of the Matamata operation, when Melody Belle took the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy, while Te Akau scored a scintillating first up victory over 1200 metres

Galloping 1000 metres in 1-02.5, with the last 600 metres in 34.5, Avantage travelled well within herself on the rail, with Chance to Dance on her outside, as the pair finished locked together, at the completion of an eye-catching workout.

 

Te Akau stars on display at Hastings

Champion two year old of last season, Avantage by Fastnet Rock, and Stakes winner, Chance to Dance, took the opportunity of an exhibition gallop between races at Hastings on Saturday last,a day that saw the powerful Te Akau racing team produce a notable winning double.

Trainer, Jamie Richards, saddled up his first Group 1 winner since taking sole control of the Matamata operation, when Melody Belle took the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy, while Te Akau scored a scintillating first up victory over 1200 metres

Galloping 1000 metres in 1-02.5, with the last 600 metres in 34.5, Avantage travelled well within herself on the rail, with Chance to Dance on her outside, as the pair finished locked together, at the completion of an eye-catching workout.

AVANTAGE - MANAWATU 31-3-2018 RACE IMAGES PHOTO MobileChampion New Zealand Filly - Avantage - by Fastnet Rock

 

Showcasing no longer shuttling

Haunui Farm, in conjunction with Whitsbury Manor at Fortingbridge Hamshire, UK, have announced that Showcasing will no longer shuttle to the Southern Hemisphere.

Showcasing‘s stallion career has continued to flourish at Whitsbury Manor Stud where he now commands a full book, with a service fee of 35,000 sterling , having started his stud career in 2011 at a fee of 5,000 sterling .

With that in mind, Whitsbury Manor Stud’s offer to purchase the 50 per cent shareholding, owned by the New Zealand based shareholders of Showcasing, was accepted on the proviso that he would no longer shuttle to the Southern Hemisphere.

Showcasing has been represented by six Stakes winners in the Southern Hemisphere this racing season, including exciting three year olds, Be Bee and So Far Sokool, plus the two two year old winners, Xpression and Bit Libby.

Showcasing stood at Haunui Farm last season at $13,200, he will be represented by three further racing crops in the Southern Hemisphere.

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New Zealand Racing

Smart two year old Madison County has been earmarked as a potential Guineas candidate after his win, at Hastings, over the last weekend.

Co –trainer, Andrew Forsman, has plenty of time for the showy Pins gelding, and believes he is a perfect candidate for some of the early feature three year old races next season.

“He’s always shown us he has ability, but has been pretty green along the way,” he said.

“That was the main worry heading into Saturday’s race as he has been a little erratic on debut at Rotorua, I was concerned that might cost him the race as he was up against a fairly handy field,’’ he added.

Forsman’s concerns were unfounded as Madison County, and rider, Matt Cameron, delivered a stylish performance to take out the 1300 metres contest in convincing fashion.

Madison County is raced by the China Horse Club; the gelding was a $36,000 purchase from the Waikato draft of the 2017 yearling sale at Karaka

MADISON COUNTY HASTINGS 14-4-2018 Troy Leggett Race Images MobileMadison County

 

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