The Bishop prepares for Riverton Cup at Wyndham
Riverton Cup candidate The Bishop trained at Wyndham racecourse on Monday. The Bishop missed a race at Ascot Park last Saturday when slippery track conditions caused the Southland Racing Club meeting to be abandoned after four races. Stablemate The Fascinator also went home without racing on Saturday.
The Dennis brothers, who train The Bishop, worked four other horses at Wyndham - The Fascinator, The Solitaire, The Weddings Off and The Rook. They will all race on one of the days at the Riverton Easter meeting on Saturday and Monday.
A total of nine horses will compete for the brothers at Riverton, others being The Gallant Girl; The Barmaid, Yeah Sister and The Theme.
The Solitaire, who won last year's Riverton Cup, will line up in the $30,000 open fillies' and mares' 1400m on Saturday. The weight-for-age $100,000 Canterbury Gold Cup at Riccarton on April 18 is also on her programme.
If the track is heavy at Riverton, The Solitaire will bypass the meeting and start in the $50,000 Easter Cup at Riccarton the following weekend.
Tony Dennis will not be at Riverton on Saturday, as he is booked to fly north to watch The Diamond One contest the Group I $200,000 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes at Te Aroha. She is trained for the Dennis brothers by Claire Anderton and her father-in-law Hec Anderton, of Wingatui.
The Diamond One won the $70,000 Cuddle Stakes at Trentham on March 14 at her last start.
Jockey Daniel Bothamley is enjoying his work in the Riverton stable of Kelvin Tyler and has no plans to return to Christchurch. Bothamley, who moved south a month ago, spends some of his spare time hunting.
He brought up his 150th win when All Things Nice prevailed in the Homestead Cobb and Co Maiden at Ascot Park on Saturday. All Things Nice copped interference and ran seventh at Ashburton at his previous start.
Ascot Park winner Come Fly With Me is among the four or five runners Stephen Blair-Edie intends starting at Riverton.
The trainer raced Fly The Coop (four wins), the dam of Come Fly With Me, six times at Riverton for three wins, a second and two thirds. Fly The Coop finished second (2006) and third (2005) in the Riverton Cup.
She is the dam of a Raise The Flag 3-year-old filly, a Castledale yearling colt and a Highly Recommended filly foal.
Koxinga, whose record stands at two wins from four starts, will step out in a rating 75 1400m at Riverton on Saturday. Jockey Darrin Skerrett and owner-trainer Wayne Humphries, both of Gore, have a high opinion of the Gallant Guru gelding.
- The Southland Times