The Sportsman Weekend

Moroney’s classy Kiwi mare is ready for her Australian debut

- NZ RACING DESK

LAST season’s Waikato Guineas winner Tokorangi will make her long awaited Australian debut at Flemington tomorrow when she tackles the Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes.

Prepared by Michael Moroney, the daughter of Redwood transferre­d from the Kiwi conditione­r’s Matamata barn last autumn but failed to make it to the start in the Group 1 Australasi­an Oaks.

“We had her over here getting her ready for the Australasi­an Oaks and she got over to Adelaide hurt herself on the horse walker,” Moroney said.

“We had to scratch her and she didn’t have the run that we were wanting at end of her three-year-old season.

“She has come back well and probably matured a bit. She is carrying a bit more condition than what she was as a three-year-old and her two jump outs have been really good.”

Under the watchful eye of Moroney’s New Zealand training partner Pam Gerard, Tokorangi was around the mark in each of her runs last term, including finishing fifth the New Zealand 1000 Guineas, fourth in the Levin Classic and seventh in New Zealand Derby beaten less than three lengths.

“She is a hyperactiv­e sort of filly that works herself a bit, so we haven’t asked her to do much and have just tried to keep condition on her. She has kept eating and is doing everything right,” Moroney said.

“She will be an interestin­g runner, first-time out over 1400m.

“We have got a bit of a program which culminates with the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes.

“I think she will be competitiv­e in the mares’ races here (in Australia).

“They start to go in different directions now and this is the second wave of mares coming through. We are very pleased with her.”

Tokorangi will have the services of in-form jockey Daniel Moor.

 ?? ?? Tokorangi is having her first Australian start at Flemington tomorrow. Pic: Trish Dunell.
Tokorangi is having her first Australian start at Flemington tomorrow. Pic: Trish Dunell.

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