Danz finds rhythm for Cook

Whanganui Chronicle - - Raceform -

Ruakaka train­ers Chris Gibbs and Michelle Bradley are de­lighted with their tal­ented four-year-old mare Danz­danz­dance who will line up in to­mor­row’s Group 1 Ry­dges Welling­ton Cap­tain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Tren­tham.

The mul­ti­ple Group 1-placed gal­loper hasn’t raced since charg­ing into third be­hind Savvy Coup in the Group 1 Li­va­mol Clas­sic (2040m) at Hast­ings in early Oc­to­ber after be­ing held up at a cru­cial stage.

“We’ve fresh­ened her up again nicely and she looks in great or­der,” Bradley said.

“She’s the type of filly that doesn’t need that much rac­ing or that much work. She keeps her­self pretty fit, so we’re happy with her at this stage.

“I think she is in just as good or­der as she was down at Hast­ings and we’re ex­pect­ing a bold run from her.”

Danz­danz­dance had an un­ortho­dox prepa­ra­tion for the Li­va­mol Clas­sic, hav­ing just the one run over 1400m more than a month prior to the Group 1 fea­ture.

“We were thrilled with her run in the Li­va­mol,” Bradley said. “Step­ping up from 1400m to 2040m is a big ask and she pulled it off.”

With Danielle John­son side­lined with a shoul­der in­jury, Gibbs and Bradley have found an able re­place­ment for to­mor­row’s as­sign­ment.

“Opie Bos­son will ride, so we’re pretty happy,” Bradley said.

The Tren­tham track was rated a Slow (9) on yes­ter­day, with the weather likely to clear.

“Over 1600m, I don’t think a slow track will be too great an is­sue, but we’d pre­fer to see it come back into the dead range for her,” Bradley said.

The Ruakaka train­ers will as­sess where the daugh­ter of Master­crafts­man sits after the Cap­tain Cook Stakes.

“We will just see how she comes up,” Bradley said. “Ob­vi­ously if she comes up as well as last time there are big races to look at in Syd­ney in the au­tumn, but we will get through this week­end first.

“Ev­ery time we put her out and she comes back, she re­turns stronger and stronger. She is ma­tur­ing re­ally nicely, and she is go­ing to con­tinue to de­velop as an older mare.”

Danz­danz­dance on song for Cap­tain Cook at Tren­tham. Photo: Ken­ton Wright

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