Rain shifts Auckland Cup day to Thursday
‘‘Pukekohe Park trainers Nigel Tiley, Mike Rogers and Dean Wiles all have runners in the feature races.’’
The Tasman Tempest that played havoc across the North Island on the weekend also caused the Auckland Racing Club to postpone their Auckland Cup race day until today.
Commencing at 3.30pm the club will run a shortened twilight meeting which features seven of the nine races which were previously programmed on Saturday including the three group one races the Auckland Cup, Diamond Stakes and New Zealand Stakes, as well as the group two Westbury Classic.
Local owners, trainers and jockeys will be out in force at this meeting with many horses set for the good stake money on offer.
Pukekohe Park trainers Nigel Tiley, Mike Rogers and Dean Wiles all have runners in the feature races with Tiley lining up Megablast, the third favourite in the Auckland Cup.
In the Westbury Classic he will line up Girl Of My Dreams who will compete against the Rogers runner Somethingvain and the locally-owned Larsala from the Murdoch stable at Waiuku.
Harking back to last week, Alysha Collett rode four winners to maintain her second place on the premiership table, and now has 59 wins for the season.
At Avondale last Wednesday she kicked home to winners. The first was Nothinglefttolose, an impressive maiden winner for Ardmore trainer Jamie Graham.
A three-year-old filly by Dalgahar, she was bred and is raced by John and Karlene Murdoch.
Her second winner was Tommyra, a five-year-old Raise The Flag gelding from the stable of Moira and Kieran Murdoch who claimed his fifth career win when winning a rating 75 1600.
Fellow Pukekohe jockey Sam Spratt also rode a double at Avondale, winning maiden races on Shadow and Breezon both from the Ardmore stable of Stephen McKee.
Collett ventured south to Ashburton on Thursday where she rode Carnival to win a maiden 1200 metre event for Riccarton trainers Kevin and Pam Hughes, and Zigwig to win her third race.
A lightly raced Zacinto filly, she is owned by Inglewood Stud where that stallion stands and is trained by its former proprietor Nick Wigley.
Last week Karaka-based Westbury Stud announced that they will be standing Tarzino at stud this year.
A dual group one winner, the son of Tavistock out of the Zabeel mare Zarzino, last season won the VRC Derby and the ATC Rosehill Guineas, before sustaining what turned out to be a career ending injury.
Tarzino will stand for a stud for of $15,000.