International Racing News
World Watch – April Week 1
Apr 4 2012
NZ Climbing High
Top class steeplechaser who turned in an eyecatching run when fourth to Morpheus in a 2100m highweight at Paeroa on Monday. Was at the rear early and made ground sharply to third on the bend before battling away in the straight. The run indicated the veteran is in fine fettle for the jumps season ahead and should be ready to win an early chase.
SAF Kahal’s Secret
Never looked comfortable over the Flamingo Park 1400m on Monday after getting lost early and then didn’t get a lot of clear room between runners in the straight but kept to her task and was doing her best work at the finish. Didn’t get in well in the Fillies & Mares 67 race with 58 kg and wait until she’s down a little in weight over 1600m.
very promising filly who jumped in the deep end and acquitted herself well when she ran home strongly in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce at Awapuni on Saturday. The Iffraaj filly had won her only other two starts at Te Aroha and Ellerslie. She got out of her ground early in the 1400m 2yo classic and was seen making ground wide on the track better than just about anything, so she should be something to bet on over the same trip or longer against the fillies next time out.
Very promising young jumper who strolled in with the 3600m Novice Hurdle at Kelso early in the week. Jockey Campbell Gillies had an armchair ride to the line as the 5yo was allowed to canter the final 400m without being extended at all. The winning margin was 6 lengths but it could have been at least twice that. Should win again next time he’s produced.