Lord Ardmore winning at Tauranga last start. Photo credit: Race Images
Go Racing’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai NZ 2000 Guineas (1600m) contender Lord Ardmore has settled in to his surroundings in Christchurch ahead of tomorrow’s feature race.
The Stephen McKee-trained colt won well at Tauranga last start, at just his third race day appearance.
The form out of that race looks good with the second-placed horse Always Sacred going on to win her next race by close to three lengths and the fifth-placed horse Sussex an impressive winner at Matamata by over four-lengths.
Lord Ardmore will be ridden by Johnathan Parkes on Saturday and he’s drawn barrier seven of 11.
“He’s trained on well since his win last start,” McKee said. He galloped nicely on Tuesday and he’s arrived safely in Christchurch.
“He’s drawn a touch awkwardly but he’s an improving type that deserves his chance in the race based on his form.
Like much of the field, Lord Ardmore is yet to race over the mile but his breeding suggests that shouldn’t be an issue.
“He’s by Reliable Man so we know he’ll get the distance and we would welcome any rain,” McKee said.
Lord Ardmore’s dam Outshine (Darci Brahma) was a three-time winner in Australia over 1900m or further.
Go Racing purchased Lord Ardmore for $65,000 out of The Oaks Stud’s 2019 Karaka Book 1 draft.
The Riccarton track is currently rated a Dead 5 with some rain predicted overnight and tomorrow morning.
Lord Ardmore is currently at $34 with the TAB.
Albert, Matt and the Go Racing team would like to wish the Go Racing Eclipse Syndicate the best of luck and hope they enjoy the excitement associated with having a Group One runner.