Lo­cal horses in with a chance for clas­sic

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - DEN­NIS RYAN

ive win at Trentham 10 days ago.

Bishop Rock was well sup­ported when he made his de­but at Ric­car­ton in Septem­ber but in­ex­pe­ri­ence let him down and he fin­ished sixth. With blinkers fit­ted he stepped up to 1600 me­tres for an im­pres­sive win three weeks ago and ac­cord­ing to Stephen Autridge he has thrived since.

‘‘I flew down to Christchurch to see them work on Satur­day morn­ing and they’re in great shape,’’ he said. ‘‘I’d like to think they’re both in with a good chance.’’

Gra­ham Richard­son was due to at­tend Ric­car­ton track­work on Tues­day morn­ing and then de­cide whether he would run his last­start Ar­madillo Stakes win­ner Strada Cavallo on Satur­day or save her for the New Zealand 1000 Guineas on Satur­day week.

‘‘She’s done well since that win and I could run her in both races, but first of all I need to weigh every­thing up,’’ Gra­ham said.

The Sarten Me­mo­rial at Te Rapa on Labour Mon­day is well recog­nised as a good guide to the Ric­car­ton clas­sics and on that score the ef­forts of Amarula and Ali Baba make them live chances.

PHOTO: NZ RAC­ING DESK

Xtrav­a­gant is the favourite to win Satur­day’s New Zealand 2000 Guineas.

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