Last year's New Zealand Oaks winner and newly crowned champion New Zealand 3YO Savvy Coup has pleased her trainers ahead of her return in Saturday's Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings, reports NZ Racing Desk. "She's working really well and she should be competitive, but I think the bookies have got it pretty right," Michael Pitman said of the $31 chance. "She is at good odds this week, she shortens in for the mile (Gr1 Windsor Park Plate) and she's favourite for the 2000m (Gr1 Livamol Classic)." Pitman added: "That's the path that we're taking and with the Livamol. I really believe that if we can get her right, it's a race that she will be capable of winning." Savvy Coup has prepared for her first-up Group One assignment by working with race rival and stable-mate Son Of Maher. "We're not trial trainers. I hardly ever go to the trials," Pitman said "I am really relying on the work that Son Of Maher and Savvy Coup do together to get each other ready. Both horses are going really well."
At Trentham in New Zealand, former Jindera Park Gr3-winning stallion Fast 'n' Famous (Redoute's Choice-Zalinda, by Zabeel) who is now in Turkey, added a black-type success when 4YO New Zealand-bred entire Ferrando (Fast 'n' Famous-Rio Nugget, by Captain Rio) claimed the second stakes win of his career when saluting in the $50,000 Listed Lightning Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Heroic Valour & Son Of Maher. Initially passed in by Archer Park at the 2015 NZB National Yearling Sales Series, Ferrando was subsequently sold for NZ$40,000 as a 2YO at the 2015 NZB Horses In Training Sale at Karaka. Trained by Team Rogerson, Ferrando improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Mr Tiz Trophy) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 WRC Telegraph) from 17 starts for NZ$180,875 in earnings.
At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, Brighthill Farm's Gr1-winning & dual Gr1-placed Australian-bred stallion Perfectly Ready (More Than Ready-Elle Duccio, by Danehill) added a black-type success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Boots 'N' All (Perfectly Ready-Steel Stilettos, by Hussonet) opened his stakes account in the $50,000 Listed Timaru Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Son Of Maher & Gallant Boy. Boots 'N' All improved his record to 6 wins and 10 placings from 28 starts for NZ$117,969 in earnings.
Riccarton trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman will aim Son Of Maher at Group 1 features over the upcoming New Zealand summer carnival, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Zealand Cup carnival kings produced an impressive eight winners during the meeting, among them their highly-regarded 5YOs dead-heat victory with Shadows Cast in the Gr2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile (1600m). "He's a horse that I've made no secret of the fact that I think he's the best horse I've ever trained," Michael Pitman said. "We're going to come up to Trentham for the Captain Cook Stakes [Gr1] and then bring him back home and get him ready for the Thorndon Mile [Gr1]." Son Of Maher (Al Maher-Dance Hit, by Tights) has two stakes victories to his name, the Coupland's Bakeries Mile and the Listed Dunedin Guineas, but also boasts a second to Dukedom in the 2016 Gr1 Levin Classic.
At Wingatui in New Zealand, White Robe Lodge's multiple group-winning Australian-bred stallion Gallant Guru (Montjeu-Proud Halo, by Don't Say Halo) added a black-type success when 5YO mare Coulee (Gallant Guru-Cherry Creek, by Monashee Mountain) scored by 1.3-lengths for trainers Brian & Shane Anderton in the NZ$70,000 Gr3 White Robe Lodge Hcp (1600m) for Open runners, over stable mate 8YO gelding Tommy Tucker (Gallant Guru-Lady Vital, by Yamanin Vital) from 4YO horse Son Of Maher (Al Maher-Dance Hit, by Tights). Coulee took her record to 8 wins (including the Gr3 South Island Breeders Stakes & 9 placings from 26 starts for $202,572 earnings.
At Wingatui in New Zealand, Emirates Park Stud stallion Al Maher (Danehill-Show Dancing, by Don't Say Halo) added a black type success when 3YO colt Son Of Maher (Al Maher-Dance Hit, by Tights) scored by a half neck for trainers Michael & Matthew Pitman in the NZ$50,000 Listed Dunedin Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, over 3YO fillies Replique (Darci Brahma-Mystique, by Montjeu) & Princess Davone (Iffraaj-Nikey Davone, by Bertolini). This was the first stakes victory for Son Of Maher who took his record to 3 wins and 4 placings (including the Gr1 WRC Levin Classic) from 10 starts for NZ$108,125 earnings.
At Trentham in New Zealand, Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner & NZ The Oaks Stud shuttler Bachelor Duke (Miswaki-Gossamer, by Seattle Slew) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 3YO gelding Dukedom (Bachelor Duke-Bianca Bay, by Bianconi) scored by a short head for trainer Steven Cole in the NZ$225,000 Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colt Son Of Maher (Al Maher-Dance Hit, by Tights) & fellow 3YO gelding Rangipo (Stryker-Holloway Castle, by Zabeel). A NZ$65,000 purchase at the 2014 NZB Ready To Run Sale from the draft of The Oaks Stud, Dukedom took his record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr2 ARC Great Northern Guineas) from 6 starts for NZ$160,050 earnings. "It's amazing, a whole lot of emotions," Cole told NZ Racing Desk. "It's my first Group One winner and a huge thrill. It's an amazing feeling and I didn't think he was going to pick them up, but he's a very, very good horse." Dukedom will now be given a short break before heading to the Gr2 Avondale Guineas and then the Gr1 New Zealand Derby.
At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, The Oaks Stud's 5-time Gr1-winning & 5-time Gr1-placed stallion Darci Brahma (Danehill-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Risque (Darci Brahma-So Explicit, by Straight Strike) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards in the NZ$70,000 Listed Armadillo Stakes (1600m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colt Son Of Maher (Al Maher-Dance Hit, by Tights) & fellow 3YO filly Special Memories (Fastnet Rock-Memories of You, by Galileo). Risque took her record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 5 starts for NZ$55,600 earnings.