Sargent a dead cert for award
Hopefully things will soon take a turn for the better, beginning with this Saturday’s Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa.
The weight-for-age sprint will once again be the starting point for a number of horses with big spring plans, including local mares Xanadu and Baby Guinness.
The Ken and Bev Kelsotrained Xanadu won four of her seven starts last season and finished an unlucky third in the last of them, the Group I New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha.
She looked the part when she returned to that venue for a gallop between races last Friday.
Baby Guinness, who is trained by Karen Crawford and Gemma Sliz, also won four times last season including a Te Rapa stakes event over the same distance.
Racing fans are reminded of this Thursday’s function at the Matamata racecourse to officially launch the Noel Harris biography Harry – The Ride of My Life.
With a $10 door charge which doubles to cover a light supper and a charity fundraiser organised by the Matamata Rotary Club, the function, starting at 6pm, should be an entertaining evening.
Strong chance: New Zealand Horse of the Year candidate, the Rich Hill Stud-bred Mufhasa.