Local horses in with a chance for classic
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.
Xtravagant is the favourite to win Saturday’s New Zealand 2000 Guineas.