Two of Go Racing’s promising horses (re)embark on their three-year-old seasons this weekend.
Having suffered a slight set back last month after the Northland Breeder Stakes with a small knock, Billy Mojo (Mastercraftsman x British Dame) has had a few weeks away from the races and resumes his three-year-old season on Saturday as a lead-in to some big targets this campaign.
He will start out modestly at Rotorua this Saturday competing in the three-year-old 1200 metres worth $17,500. If all goes well he will then step up considerably in the Group 2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes over 1400 metres at Te Rapa worth $100,000, before tackling his ultimate aim of the $400,000 Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas over 1600 metres on November the 7th.
Says trainer Stephen Marsh, “We’ve always had a big opinion of this horse and this was confirmed when he qualified for the Karaka Million in January. Niggling injuries have forced us to patient with him this year and having had a spell off he may need Saturday’s race to get back to his competitive best. We are hoping that patience will be rewarded.”
Danielle Johnson, who is previously ridden him to victory as a two-year-old, will be in the saddle on Saturday.
Petite Midas is also a three-year-old full of promise. Bought at the Magic Millions sale in Australia, she went close in her last outing at Napier as a two-year-old over 1100 metres. Leading all the way, she kicked in the straight and was only nailed on the line to be beaten a nose in a photo finish.
She resumes this Saturday at Otaki in the Open Handicap over 1200 metres with Darryl Bradley on board.
Trainer Lisa Latta, “She is a capable little filly, full of American and Aussie speed (Congrats x Miss Midas). Her main goal this spring will be the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni on 12 December over 1600 metres. She is a filly that really does need good tracks, so is ready to go at the right time of year.”