Southern stakes winner Showemup has joined the premiership-winning stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
A majority interest in the daughter of Showcasing has been purchased by Lib Petagna’s JML Bloodstock, who will race the mare with original owners Dennis and Sally Mullally.
“She’s got a lot of ability, but we had a few issues with her,” former trainer Sally McKay said.
“She kept hitting herself, but they will have good farriers up there and after her trial they seem to be on the right track.”
Showemup, who finished third in her open 935m heat at Cambridge on Monday, has won three times from 13 appearances, including last season’s Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton.
She also placed at Listed level in the Warstep Stakes (2000m), the Dunedin Guineas (1500m) and the Gore Guineas (1335m).
McKay will have four runners at her home meeting at Ascot Park on Thursday, including the promising three-year-old Courte Zarindi in the Phillips Horse Transport Handicap (1600m).
“She’s a nice filly and I’d expect her to go well with the weight,” she said.
To be ridden by four kilogram claimer Sutvhire Toolooa, Courte Zarindi was third behind the subsequent Group One performer Savvy Coup during the New Zealand Cup carnival and she was then a winner on her home track in December.
At her most recent appearance, she was out of the money in the Listed Gore Guineas (1335m) after a tough run.
“She drew the outside and didn’t have any luck,” McKay said.
She also likes the chances of Shotglass in the Central Southland Freight Maiden (2130m).
“He needed the run the other day and he’s been working a treat,” McKay said