Upcoming runners: 12 and 14 May 2017

Friday 12 May 2017

Race 1: Class 5 - 1400m

Horse no: 6
Time: 6.20 PM
Jockey: M RODD (57kg)

Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x Royal Ambition (NZ) 4yo gelding. He's in good condition and has been working well on the training track, he's moving nicely and galloped well earlier in the week. He's dropped in class and Michael Rodd is booked to ride on Friday. There doesn't look to be too much speed on paper - obviously this can change. We'll try to ride him more positively than normal and get into a midfield spot. He's more than capable of winning in Class 5 level - but is sometimes a bit hit and miss! Hopefully we can get a decent result on Friday.


Sunday 14 May 2017

Race 3: Class 4 - 1400m
Horse no: 11
Time: 1.50 PM
Jockey: A MUNRO (54.5kg)

Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x Scarlet Runner (NZ) 3yo gelding. He's come through last week's barrier trial well and James is happy with his condition going into Sunday's race. Alan (Munro, jockey) said he moved nicely and was happy with his work. It's his first try at 1400m and James thinks it will suit him, we'll ride him patiently and try to get him into a nice rhythm. If Alan can get him into some clear galloping room he should finish off the race nicely.


Race 5: Class 3 - 1400m
Horse no: 6
Time: 2.50 PM
Jockey: G BOSS (56.5kg)

Denman (AUS) x Morinda (AUS) 5yo gelding. James is very happy with him - the break between runs has done him good, he's very fresh and well. He's drawn a nice inside barrier in barrier 2. The race on paper seems to be a very competitive Class 3, there are a couple of definite frontrunners and horses in good form in it. We'll be positive out the gates and try to get him into position just behind the main speed. It's a strong race but hopefully he'll put up a decent run.


Race 7: Saas Fee Stakes (Group 3) - 1400m

Horse no: 14
Time: 3.55 PM
Jockey: A MUNRO (51kg)

Per Incanto (USA) x Sound Lover (NZ) 4yo gelding. He looks great and he's been doing well in track work mid-week. We get a nice light weight of 51kg and jump from oa nice enough barrier in 7. It's a very strong field with horses in good form, however from a pace angle there doesn't seem to have too much speed. If we're positive from the gates, we can get into a decent position mid-field and let Alan ride his race from there. Hopefully with the light weight he'll run a good race and it'll give us a good idea of where we are going into the first leg of the four-year-old series at the end of the month.