As good employers, Go Racing is giving all its New Zealand horses the weekend off for Labour Day. So it is left to our international runners to fly the flag. We’ve got a great line up from Australia and Singapore with racing each day of the weekend.
It kicks off on Friday night with last start winner No Return competing at Canterbury Park in Sydney. Expectations are naturally high after his resuming win over 1550 metres.
Trainer Chris Waller reports that he came through the win without any problems, “He had a week off to fully recover but since has responded beautifully to fast work. He quickened up nicely and is bright and happy which indicates he is a horse still on the way up. While he is a stayer, we have kept him fresh on the basis of his first up run and he will race over 1550 metres again on Friday night.”
Chris is the leading trainer in Sydney and a valued member of the Go Racing team. Says Albert Bosma, “On the strength of Chris’ winning results we intend to send more Go Racing horses across the ditch to him. We are excited about offering our owners more opportunities in Sydney and will be buying yearlings next year specifically for Chris.”
After the unfortunate abandonment of the Cranbourne meeting last week due to high winds, Passing Shot has been biding his time for a suitable race. There are two possibilities for him, both at Moonee Valley, and it is most likely he will run on Saturday over the slightly odd distance of 955 metres worth A$100,000.“He had an impressive jump out on Friday where he ran second to Group 1 winner Japonisne,” says trainer Stephen McKee. “He is fit and the drop back in distance will really suit him.”
Finally, on Sunday afternoon Billy Mojo will finally get his second run in Singapore. He had no luck when he was scratched at the barrier in his last race when his shoe came off just prior to being loaded. A suitable race has finally eventuated – a Class 4, 1200 metres on the Poly track worth S$60,000. Says trainer Bruce Marsh, “He galloped well on Saturday and is fit and ready. A nice draw would be welcomed.”
Racing Manager Albert Bosma relishes the international runners, “It is exciting to offer owners the opportunity to race horses internationally. We are looking to expand our offering in this area.”