Talented Tavistock filly Loose Cannon has a Ruakaka rendezvous this weekend in the Rating 65 1200 metres worth $22,500.
Says trainer Stephen Marsh, “She’ll just have the one run before we put her away for a month’s winter break. The big focus for her is spring and summer racing.”
This preparation she’s had a nice trial for third and was nominated for a couple of races but was scratched when drawing wide. Says Albert Bosma Racing Manager, “We weren’t prepared to compromise her on unsuitable tracks. She’s a serious talent and one we intend to nurture.”
Unbeaten in trials before she stepped out on race day for the first time, she won on debut on the Ruakaka course last spring and was fast tracked to the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes. “Unfortunately she was badly interfered with twice and just about pushed through a the fence in the home straight. To go onto run fourth was a testament to her talent and determination but it should have been a lot closer.”
After that bruising encounter plans for the 1000 Guineas were abandoned. Says Albert, “We are starting afresh with her. She’s a smart filly who can go through the grades in the spring and we would like to think she will be ready to tackle black type in the autumn.”
“We are happy with her draw for Saturday of barrier 7. From there, she should be able to sit in the first half of the field,” says Albert.
Go Racing has another contender at Ruakaka from the McKee Racing Stable.
It’s been a bit of time between runs for Darci Brahma 4YO gelding Running Man. “We’ve scratched him due to wide draws and we’ve been waiting for a half decent track,” says Albert. “He’s performed on the Ruakaka surface in the past and will be in the same race as Loose Cannon. He’s drawn barrier 3 but needs two scratchings to make the field. It’s a good draw and he will be able to sit handy as long as he gets in.”
“Running Man broke his maiden in March and has raced well on tracks not quite suitable for him. So with a touch of luck on his side we feel he will be very competitive.”