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18th of July 2018


High hopes for smart filly

Well-regarded filly Stella Noire will be chasing black type features in the new season.

"She’ll probably kick off at Ruakaka in a three-year-old race over 1000m in the first week of September and then the fillies’ races, she’s pretty talented," trainer Tony Pike said.

The daughter of Showcasing was put aside following her successful debut at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and was again turned out after an eight and a-half length trial win at Cambridge earlier last month.

Meanwhile, stablemate Cyber Attack will step out in Saturday’s two-year-old event at Te Rapa.

"He’ll go there and then head to the Ryder Stakes," Pike said. "He handles wet tracks."

Cyber Attack has won one of his four starts and was a last-start runner-up in the Listed Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m).

Clock ticking on stakes winner

Twoznotenough will be out to make the most of her remaining opportunities in the South Island.

"She’ll be going home to Allan Sharrock in September, he owns her with a few others, to be mated and she’s done a terrific job for us," co-trainer Richard Didham said.

"She’s had 15 starts and won four of them, including a Listed race (Great Easter Stakes) at Riccarton."

Twoznotenough will shoot for her 10th career victory when she runs in the JL Ltd Open Handicap (2100m) at Ashburton on Wednesday. She will carry 60kg with Terry Moseley booked for the ride.

"Apprentices don’t suit her so we’re leaving Terry on," Didham said.

Easier option for in-form NZ-bred

Trainer Matthew Smith is happy to keep his progressive New Zealand-bred Plymouth Road in his own grade.

The Warwick Farm conditioner produced the son of Tavistock to win over 2400m at Randwick last time out and will sidestep Saturday’s Listed Winter Cup (2400m) in favour of a softer Rosehill option over the same trip.

"He likes wet tracks which it seems he will get again," Smith said. "He loves to get out and into his own rhythm. "He is ideally suited to winter tracks and 2400m and maybe even further so we will keep going through the grades and see where it takes us."

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