Rain shifts Auck­land Cup day to Thurs­day

Franklin County News - - SPORT - MICHELLE SABA

‘‘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.

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