Duo ready for Gr1s

The Timaru Herald - - FASHION&BEAUTY -

Sta­ble­mates Charles Road and The Mayor did their up­com­ing Group One prospects no harm with en­cour­ag­ing last-start dis­plays.

The former fin­ished fourth in the Nathan’s Me­mo­rial (2400m) hav­ing won at his pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ance over the same trip in the Gr.3 City of Auck­land Cup, while the lat­ter fin­ished sixth in the Gr.2 Avon­dale Guineas (2100m).

‘‘It was a pleas­ing per­for­mance from Charles Road af­ter get­ting shuf­fled back in the run­ning off a slow tempo,’’ said An­drew Scott, who trains at Mata­mata with Lance O’Sul­li­van.

‘‘He quick­ened in the straight and hit the line well.’’

Charles Road now heads to the Gr.1 Auck­land Cup (3200m), with his con­nec­tions qui­etly con­fi­dent he will run the trip out.

‘‘You never re­ally know un­til you try, but things are look­ing good,’’ Scott said. ‘‘He will be at peak fit­ness so he’s be­ing given ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to run the two miles.’’

Charles Road is the $6 sec­ond favourite for the Cup be­hind the $5 mar­ket leader Ladies First.

Mean­while, his three-year-old sta­ble­mate The Mayor is an $18 chance in Satur­day’s Gr.1 Voda­fone New Zealand Derby (2400m). ‘‘It was a good per­for­mance from him in the Guineas,’’ Scott said.

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