NZ racing wrap – Riccarton on Campari’s radar

Thoroughbred horse racing
HIGHLY-TOUTED filly Campari has the Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas on its radar after a solid debut preparation.

The three-year-old daughter of O’Reilly won both of its trials last season before she finished third at Rotorua on an unsuitably heavy track.

“She could go to the Gold Trail Stakes or we might find a nice three-year-old maiden field for her,” trainer Stephen Marsh said.

“We will work that out after she trials, which is likely to be at Cambridge on September 7.”

Kiwi bluebood scores at Geelong

New Zealand-bred filly True Excelsior is the newest addition to the honours board of the legendary Eight Carat family.

The daughter of Exceed And Excel and the Zabeel mare Special Diamond was successful when resuming at Geelong on Wednesday following placings at both of its two-year-old appearances last season.

Trained by Leon and Troy Corstens, True Excelsior was a $450,000 Karaka purchase for Rosemont Stud out of the 2016 Premier Sale draft of Cambridge Stud.

Dubai Cup trip on offer

A trip for two to the 2018 Dubai World Cup will be up for grabs at next month’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards.

All ticket purchases to the function to be held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland on September 10 will go into the draw for the prize, courtesy of Al Basti Equiworld. The winner will be drawn on the night.

The Al Basti Equiworld VIP Experience for two includes return Emirates business class flights, airport pick up and transfer to the Meydan Hotel for six nights, tickets to the Dubai World Cup barrier draw, the Breakfast with the

Stars and the Gala Reception and hospitality in the Al Basti private box on Dubai World Cup night.

“The atmosphere at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night is unparalleled anywhere in the world,” Al Basti owner and founder Malih Al Basti said.

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