It’s a big day for Go Racing at Counties on Saturday with three runners in black type races.
First the very talented two-year-old Hasahalo (Savabeel x Halloween) debuts in the listed Murdoch Newell Stakes over 1100 metres worth $50,000. Seasoned trainer Stephen McKee knows quality when he sees it.
“It is very rare for a horse’s debut to be in a listed race but she has shown us that much ability and speed that we are confident she will be competitive. It is even rarer that a Savabeel, who are generally later maturing, would be ready to compete at this age so she is something pretty special. She is in a very strong field competing against horses with big reputations so it will be a massive ask for her but if she runs in the first three (as we believe she is capable of) then her value as a brood mare will be assured.”
Multiple Group and Listed winner and place getter No More Tears is finding form at the right time for the Group 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes over 1400 metres worth $100,000. Trainer Stephen Marsh is pleased with how she is peaking,
“She doesn’t mind a bit of cut in the track and Danielle Johnson will be in the saddle – two pluses in her favour. The only concern is the wide barrier draw. Francaletta is the hot favourite, but she is one of the class mares in the race.”
Finally Passing Shot competes in the listed Counties Bowl over 1100 metres worth $50,000. He is looking for redemption after an unsuccessful Australian campaign but will be carrying a big weight of 59.5 kilos. Says trainer Stephen McKee, “He has returned very fit and very forward from Melbourne and has drawn well with barrier 5 so we are happy with that. The only problem is the track conditions. He wants it firm and may be a doubtful runner on a track worse than dead 5. Physically, he is ready to make amends!”