Resplendent, who emerged a capable performer on rain affected tracks last winter, is down to start a fresh campaign at Riccarton on Saturday.
The Royal Gem mare, trained at Wingatui by Paul Richards, is in a $25,000 rating 65 1200m race for fillies and mares. The race was added to the card with the abandonment of the Oamaru meeting tomorrow which had a New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing $12,000 race for fillies and mares programmed.
The stable apprentice Sigourney Kelly has the mount. Kelly has ridden four winners from 15 rides since she began riding nine weeks ago. Her claim will reduce from 4kg to 3kg after her next win.
Resplendent has not raced since early September when she finished fourth at Riccarton. She won a 1200m maiden at Oamaru in July and five days later finished fourth at Trentham. She did not finish further back than fourth in her seven starts last season.
She will be accompanied to Riccarton by Amarok, the 3-year-old who cleared maiden ranks at Oamaru on June 8 at his last start. Chris Johnson has retained the ride on Amarok who is in a $15,000 race for his age group.
Chapel Star is set to resume racing over 1400m at Ashburton on July 4 with the $100,000 Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton on August 2 his target.
The Terry Kennedy-trained Chapel Star won an open 1600m on a rain affected track at Wingatui in March. He was put aside at the end of that month. He has also won on a heavy track at Wingatui this season.
His stablemate Drumregal, who has raced consistently well, is also due to resume racing at Ashburton. Drumregal has only once finished further back than fourth in nine starts. She has won twice and recorded four second placings. She was spelled in March.
Trainer Shane Anderton is not of a mind to start High Forty on a heavy track at Wingatui tomorrow week. High Forty was back to his best with a steeplechase win at Washdyke on Friday.
"It will depend on the track at Wingatui. He [High Forty] is not at his best in heavy ground," Anderton said.
Stablemate Harry Hill will start in the hurdles at Wingatui. He finished third in his debut as a jumper at Washdyke.
- The Southland Times