Each of our North Island Go Racing trainers will be represented when three runners line up in back-to-back Stakes races at Awapuni this weekend.
It is the last hurrah of the season for Hasahalo (Savabeel x Halloween) in what has been a thrilling but slightly frustrating debut campaign.
The frustrations continue in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce where she has the widest barrier draw. “It will make it very difficult for her to win from that position. On the plus side, tactics will be easy. We can only ride her patiently, but she will have lengths to make up,” says trainer Stephen McKee. “There are a couple of other positives on the filly’s side. “We think 1400 metres will suit her perfectly, she has a terrific turn of foot and premiership leading jockey Danielle Johnson is sticking with her.”
Hasahalo won the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes, ran a nose second in the Group 2 Wakefield Stakes, and filled the same position in the Karaka Million, coming from a long way back. Go Racing purchased her full brother from the yearling sales in January, who is currently being broken-in.
Go Racing’s two other runners are in the following race, the listed Flying Handicap.
Relief at the ratings for the race turned to disappointment, when top-rated horse, Overtheriver, withdrew leaving Seize the Moment carrying the top weight of 60 kilos.
“Again, it makes it very difficult for him to win but he does have a handy barrier 5 draw and Danielle will be in the saddle,” comments Racing Manager Albert Bosma.
Mighty Solomon is slightly better off at the weights but still cops 58.5 kilos. “However, the quality of field is a significant drop to what he has been racing against in recent times.” Kelly McCulloch, who has ridden him to success in the past, will pilot.
Track conditions aren’t a concern for either runner with the horse to beat being Shadow Fox, who has won four out of his last five starts and carries a mere 56 kilos.