The three-year-old won as a juvenile at Te Rapa back in November 2014 and qualified for New Zealand’s richest race, the Karaka Million earlier in January. He was unfortunately forced to withdraw with a niggling injury that has seen him out of action since December last year.
Says trainer Stephen Marsh, “It wasn’t a serious injury but the syndicate has been patient and we’ve taken our time getting him ship shape.”
The extra effort has paid dividends already. Fully recovered and bigger and stronger, he comfortably won a trial two weeks ago at Te Teko on an unsuitable track against more experienced horses.
Says Stephen, “Saturday’s race has attracted an incredibly strong field of three-year-olds including two Group One winners from last year. But we are confident he will produce a good performance and it is an excellent starting point for his three-year-old campaign.” With a good performance in Saturday’s race he will next start in the Group 2 Hawkes Bay Guineas on the 3rd of October.
Craig Grylls rides Billy Mojo for the first time this Saturday.