Karen Parsons finally got the ride she  wanted on Delacroix Saturday and now she’s lost the jockey to suspension.

Shaun Phelan let the southerner bowl along on his terms at Te Aroha and then  outkicked his rivals over the final stages.

“All winter I’ve been crying out for a ride like that,” Parsons said.”Why the others had to ride him so far back I’ don’t know.”

Now she has to look for a replacement for the final jumps day of the year, also at Te Aroha, on September 30, after Pherlan was suspended on Sunday.


Lisa Allpress has gone for Winter Cup placegetter Dez ahead of smart winter mare Rosewood in Saturday’s Merial Mile at Awapuni.

Trainer Marilyn Paewai understands Allpress’ choice even if might not  neceassarily be the right one.

Despite her love for the mud, Rosewood has not raced for a few weeks, Paewai choosing to protect her small mare from the wrath of the handicapper.

“Allan Sharrock said I should be careful she doesn’t get too much weight,” said Paewai.

She doesn’t know whether she will continue racing the mare through spring. ”The tracks will begin to dry out soon.”

Rosie Myers will ride Rosewood Saturday.


Spider could be racing on home turf this Saturday but is instead in Victoria preparing for a short campaign on trainer Kim Knight’s ”great adventure”.

She said the horse had settled well on Bryce Stanaway’s property at Torquay outside Melbourne.

She still had to settle on a schedule for her pride and joy but his first run would likely be at Geelong.


Kementari i will have a new jockey when he starts in Saturday’s Group I Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.

Glyn Schofield has been aboard the James Cummings-trained entre in his three runs this campaign however, with Schofield staying in Sydney it will be Craig William ride in the $1m contest over 1600m at Flemington.

Kementari finished runner-up last time out to Humidor in the Group I Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield  on September 1 after racing wide for much of the way.


The Rayners have turned star sprinter Start Wondering out for a spell.

“He’ll come back for some of those summer sprint races,” said JJ

Their other stable star, Taurus, will have an exhibition gallops between races at Woodville Friday before being set for an open sprint at Hastings next month.


Murray Baker’s Melbourne and Caulfield Cup hopefuls have arrived in Australia. Zacada, Jon Snow and Vin  de Dance carry his hopes in 2018.

Vin  de Dance is rated a $61 chance with Sportsbet in the Caulfield Cup and $101 for the Melbourne Cup.