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Pondarosa Miss To Step Out At Te Awamutu Tomorrow
The connections of top-class Kiwi mare Pondarosa Miss (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske) are keen to see her in action on all three days of the Hastings spring carnival before she heads to Australia for the Melbourne Cup, reports NZ Racing Desk. The rising 5YO will further her preparation for the Hawke's Bay Triple Crown series with an appearance at her home meeting at Te Awamutu on Wednesday. "She's going along nicely and she'll have an exhibition gallop here," said Darryl Hollinshead, who shares in the ownership syndicate with his father and the mare's trainer Peter. "She won't be having a trial anywhere and she will run first-up in the Foxbridge Plate before the Makfi." Pondarosa Miss is currently listed as a $12 chance for the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes, $10 for the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate and shares favouritism at $7 with Kawi for the Gr1 Livamol Classic. "It's one stepping stone after the other and the step up in distances will be ideal for her," Hollinshead said. "At this stage our plan is to leave her here until after the Livamol and then have one run in Australia before the Melbourne Cup. We'll be nominating her for both the Moonee Valley Cup and the Cox Plate and see how she's going closer to the time." He added: "She'll let us know and obviously she has to come up here first to warrant going over to Melbourne." Proven at two miles with a third placing in the Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) in March, Pondarosa Miss showed her versatility six weeks later by winning the Gr1 Easter Handicap over a mile. "In theory she should be twice the horse in the spring after all the problems she had last time in with a virus," Hollinshead said. "She spelled particularly well after that and put on about 20 kilos."