Keep The Courage on target for cup
Trainer Kelvin Tyler is chasing a hometown win with Keep The Courage in the Riverton Cup today.
Keep The Courage kept up a strong run for third in good footing at Riccarton two weeks ago.
Dickens and Esprit D'Or were first and second, respectively, in that event and are also Riverton Cup contenders.
"He needed that race to clean him up," Tyler said of Keep The Courage.
The five-year-old Keeper gelding won his first start for Tyler in a maiden race on the Riverton Cup day programme 12 months ago.
Stablemate Timy Tyler is a winning chance in the Insurance Brokers Alliance Rating 65 today after an unlucky fourth at Wingatui on April 10.
Timy Tyler was blocked before closing quickly in the final 50m.
Two starts back he ran third in the Southland Guineas at Ascot Park.
Tyler hopes to gain a start with Areuforreel, the first emergency for the Elmwood Catering Rating 75. Areuforreel was a strong finisher at Wingatui on April 10.
Meanwhile, Cambridge jockey Lynsey Satherley is riding for Balcairn trainers John and Karen Parsons today.
Satherley is booked for six Parsons runners spearheaded by Riverton Cup contender Monachee who finished seventh in the corresponding race last year.
Monachee was held up and had to change ground late in the straight when sixth to Dickens at Riccarton on April 5. She has progressed well since.
"She hinted last time that she's not a mile away," John Parsons said yesterday.
"I think she's as good as she's been all season. I'm pretty happy with her."