Kiwi Ida out to put a cherry on top in final run of the season

Stakes race winner Kiwi Ida will have her final run of the season at Wingatui today for trainers...
Stakes race winner Kiwi Ida will have her final run of the season at Wingatui today for trainers John and Karen Parsons.PHOTO: RACE IMAGES.
Canterbury mare Kiwi Ida could cap her excellent season with victory at Wingatui today.

The 4yr-old will have the final run of her campaign for trainers John and Karen Parsons in open handicap company over 1400m.

Kiwi Ida took her game to new levels and cemented her future as a broodmare by scoring listed and group 3 race success among her four victories this term.

The Parsons stable are hopeful she can make it five wins for the season with the help of claiming apprentice, Rahul Beeharry.

Beeharry's 3kg claim brings Kiwi Ida's weight down from 60kg to 57kg.

Karen Parsons said she had faith in the apprentice to ride Kiwi Ida well.

"He's a much underrated jockey and he just doesn't get the recognition he deserves," she told NZ Racing Desk.

"She has been running well and it makes sense to take advantage of Rahul's claim when she is up at 60kg."

Kiwi Ida brings excellent form to today's race.

She ran third in the Great Easter Stakes behind the in-form He Kin Fly after a convincing win in the feature mares race at last month's Riverton carnival.

The Wingatui track has been rated slow this week, and the versatile Kiwi Ida should get conditions to suit her today.

She will not get everything her own way, as she faces a talented field of open handicappers.

Talented Southland winter galloper Finbarr looks one of her main dangers.

The Gai Robinson-trained 4yr-old ran a good race at Ascot Park in his last start, earlier this month.

Both the first and second placegetters from that race, Wild Jack and Dreaming Easy, contest today's race.

Moyrabella has produced good efforts in her two starts back from a spell.

The Terri Rae-trained mare finished behind Kiwi Ida in fourth placing in the Great Easter Stakes.

Beeharry's claim means Moyrabella meets Kiwi Ida half a kilogram worse off today than in that race.

The Parsons stable have also decided to use a claiming apprentice in today's 2200m open handicap.

Tina Comignaghi will bring Shezatoucha's weight down from 56.5kg to 55.kg.

"She has won a lot of races for Tina Comignaghi, who rides her well," Parsons said.

The 6yr-old will drop in class after facing leading South Island stayer Dee And Gee in her last start at Riccarton.

"She likes Dunedin so hopefully she puts her best foot forward.

"We do have a few ongoing issues with the mare, but we are expecting her to run well. Her work has been pleasing."

Shezatoucha will clash in her race with in-form back runner Lil Miss Swiss.

The Kelvin Tyler-trained mare may not get conditions to suit if the Wingatui track does not deteriorate to a heavy rating today.

The Gordonian, Nomen Ludi and Londonderry Air each look strong chances in the race.

 

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