On the strength of a bold run at Ruakaka for fourth over 1400 metres, with odds against him, Hasabro (Savabeel x Halloween) has booked his ticket across the Tasman. His main target is ambitious – the VRC Derby in Melbourne on the 3rd of November.
Racing Manager Albert Bosma was on track at Whangarei as the plan played out.
“From a very wide barrier draw, it was always the strategy for jockey Sam Spratt to take him back in the field. He showed us exactly what we wanted to see. He settled and relaxed beautifully which will stand him in good stead when we step him up over longer distances in his coming starts. He hit the line very hard for fourth, doing his best work in the last 100 metres.”
There was no speed in the race which made it very difficult to come from the back on top of the track bias which very much favoured horses on the speed all day.
“Several of the favourites got back but Hasabro was the only horse in the race to make ground, making up six or seven lengths in the straight. The last 600 off the front was 35.61 secs, so he would have run low 34 secs, which is a very good sectional and he was still coming hard on the post.”
“He definitely liked the improved track conditions. His coat is still coming out and there is plenty of improvement in him, so we are in a good position with his big targets ahead of us. It all bodes well.”
The plan is for Hasabro to head to Australia now, with the VRC Derby the big goal on the 3rd of November, but he is likely to kick off in Melbourne with the Derby trial next Wednesday as a possible starting point.
Hasabro will be joined in Australia by Go Racing mares Mark Two and Campari who will be heading to Sydney on the 29th of September.