Stablemates locked in for Sydney

Endowment – NZ desk

Ruakaka stablemates Danzdanzdance and Endowment are set to join the party at the Championships in Sydney.

Co-trainer Chris Gibbs has confirmed carnival plans for the talented duo with the former on target for the A$1 million Gr.1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on April 14 and the latter to run a week earlier in the A$2 million Gr.1 Australian Derby (2400m).

“We’re happy with Danzdanzdance and she’s put the weight back on,” said Gibbs, who prepares the three-year-old with Donna Logan.

“We’re moving forward with our plans for Australia and she’ll go over and run in the Vinery first.”

The lightly-tried Danzdanzdance, a daughter of Mastercraftsman, was a last-start third in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) in her fifth race day appearance.

Endowment was having his sixth outing when the son of Savabeel finished fifth in the Ellerslie feature after jumping from a wide gate.

“He’s doing well and he’ll run in the Rosehill Guineas and then hopefully on to the Derby,” Gibbs said. “No riders have been decided on for either of them at this stage.”

The stable’s more immediate focus is on Ellerslie on Saturday where their runners include Comin’through in the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m).

The four-year-old finished a solid fifth last time out under jockey Alysha Collett, who has nominated the son of Bullbars as her best ride at the meeting.

“It’s going to be interesting and he deserves his chance, if he’s ever going to get two miles it will be at Ellerslie,” Gibbs said.