Tough Go Racing winter star North and South will compete for black type at Tauranga on Saturday in the Tauranga Classic 1400 metres worth $50,000. The race which is restricted to fillies and mares appeals as it is over possibly her best distance of 1400 metres and run at weight-for-age. Given her handicap rating of 93, this gives her an advantage over most of the field.
North and South had a very comfortable win in the Open 1200 metres at Trentham two weeks ago, bringing her wins to nine from 28 starts, and is now ready for the step up to 1400 metres.
One thing that is against her is that she has had two starts at Tauranga and been unplaced each time. She does gallop well right-handed though and goes into this year’s race better prepared than her last two attempts.
Veteran jockey Robbie Hannam, who has a good track record with the unorthodox six-year-old mare, will ride again on a heavy track in the Bay.
Trainer Lisa Latta agrees with the description.
“She does a lot of things ‘wrong’ like dropping right back in the race, and she certainly dislikes the company of other horses but the results are worth it. And she certainly deserves black type.”