Lack of races hurting Kidunot's comeback

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 28/05/2014

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A lack of suitable races on the flat is delaying Kidunot's comeback.

Knapdale trainer Ellis Winsloe wants to give Kidunot a few runs on the flat before stepping him over jumps. The chestnut's low rating of 55 for flat racing is making it difficult to gain starts.

Kidunot has not raced since his second, beaten a nose, in the Great Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie in September. He won the Great Northern Hurdles in 2009.

Winsloe hopes to race the 12-year-old at the Grand National meeting at Riccarton in August and the Great Northern carnival a month later.

Winsloe is getting brassed off with protracted negotiations to sell Irish Excuse to Hong Kong buyers. Discussions have been going on since his unlucky seventh in the Gore Guineas in January. One subsequent start resulted in him winning at Ascot Park in March.

His consistent stablemate Our Castle was turned out after winning a maiden race at Riverton nine days ago.

Lagerfeld is in retirement after injuring a suspensory ligament in a steeplechase at Riverton on May 1. He was trained in Christchurch by Neil Ridley.

Aronsay pulled up sore in a hurdle race at the same Riverton meeting. Timaru trainer Michael Daly said a veterinarian told him the injury was similar to a sprained ankle.

"He had two weeks off and is in light work," Daly said of Aronsay.

Isla Bank trainers Ian and Kerry Taplin have turned all their racehorses out. The last four were put aside this week. Joe Bonanno, Northern Tap, Jealous Much and Tappy's Best would have raced at Wingatui on Sunday, but there are no suitable races for them.

The Taplins have retired Triple Tap (maiden) and Legal Aid (one win).

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- The Southland Times

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