ODT racing writer Matt Smith gives his tips for the weekend's
A break may have done Princess Brook the world of good ahead
of her return to juvenile racing at Wingatui tomorrow.
During New Zealand Cup week last year, I was talking to Otago
Racing Club chief executive Andre Klein about the quality of
the horses being trained at Wingatui.
Matthew Williamson is not short on the confidence levels as
he prepares to drive Quick As A Trick at Forbury Park
Wingatui trainer Steven Anderton has secured the services of
the jockey of the moment for The Solitaire's latest bid for
group 1 glory on Saturday.
Mike Love is used to teaching children during their formative
years, but he was making some small steps of his own at the
Forbury Park trials yesterday.
Star Wingatui filly Include will make an extended trip north
as she heads towards the New Zealand Oaks at Trentham on
Gore trainer Jenn Sheridan was looking forward to getting her
first winner, but she was not expecting the win to come
His brother, Peter, might have been winning the New Zealand
Derby at Ellerslie on Saturday, but John McKay was kicking
some goals of his own at Cromwell yesterday.
Ashley Frye will be hoping the sun appears today and tomorrow
at Cromwell for her rides in the two features at the Otago
Racing Club's meeting.
One trainer's cast-off was another trainer's star at Omakau
Rebecca Black reckons she is not doing too badly for an ''old
girl'', but there is no shortage of youthful exuberance as
she strives to be a better jockey.
I'm back from holiday. I would say tanned and refreshed, but
I smeared sunblock on like it was going out of fashion, and I
seemed to come back from the States with more ailments than I
Phil Williamson has been around the trotting game for long
enough to know that prices at the yearling sales do not
Bruce Negus thinks the tune Music plays at Winton today will
be more melodic than in recent weeks.
Steven Anderton is relishing the opportunity to test his
rising star against the ''cream'' of New Zealand racing at
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