Three three-year-old races have been upgraded by the New Zealand Pattern Committee.
The Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings has been upgraded from Group III to Group II and the Partners Life Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie has been promoted from listed to Group III. Both races are confined to fillies.
The Shaw’s Wires Ropes Uncle Remus Stakes (1400m), a three-year-old race run at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, has been upgraded to listed status.
No other changes were made to the black type schedule.
Options aplenty for Melt
Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley is pleased with the way in which Melt has come through her win in the Gr.3 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) last Saturday and her next assignment will likely be the Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings on October 6.
“I am quite keen to take the boys on in the Hawke’s Bay Guineas because if she happened to step up and be superior to them, I wouldn’t be adverse to running in the 2000 Guineas,” Tiley said.
Melt is currently rated a $4.50 chance in the Gr.1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and a $12 chance in the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).
O’Malley wins for Myers
It’s been a memorable month for Levin apprentice Sam O’Malley. First he got his first win on the flat, now he’s picked up one over the sticks for Kevin Myers.
O’Malley cruised along in front on Yipson and they were never tested in the final phase of the restricted open steeples.
Buddy Lammas scored a double on Nom Du Beel and Bigredmoon to take his season tally to 8 wins..
Rising to the occasion
Rising Red missed the 2017 spring carnival because of injury but his connections are hoping the New Zealand Derby runner-up can be a contender in feature staying races this time year.
The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained gelding clashes with a host of other stayers trying to secure a prized ballot exemption into this year’s Caulfield Cup in Saturday’s Group Three MRC Foundation Stakes.
Saturday’s 2000m race has a capacity field of 16 plus four emergencies and only two of the runners – Megablast and Northwest Passage – are not among Caulfield Cup nominations.
The New Zealand-bred and owned galloper sits equal 82nd in the Caulfield Cup ballot.
“He’s just a bit low in the ratings so we’ve just got to try to win a decent race in his next couple of starts to get him up in the ratings,” Young said.
“The end result would be nice if we could end up in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups”