Da Moon primed for takeoff
Fly Me To Da Moon will be on trial for the $40,000 Winter Classic at Riccarton when she steps out at Sunday's Oamaru meeting.
Otautau owner-trainer Stephen Blair-Edie hopes Fly Me To Da Moon will race well in a rating 75 1600m at Oamaru to firm up plans to start her in the Classic. The 1800m classic is on the third and final day of the Grand National meeting on August 9.
All of Fly Me To Da Moon's three wins in 11 starts have been on heavy tracks, including a last-start victory against rating 75 opposition at Riccarton on June 21.
She won a rating 65 1600m at Riverton in May and gained her maiden win at Oamaru last August.
Her dam Fly The Coop also handled wet ground, posting three of her four wins on heavy tracks. Among her 15 placings was a second in the 2006 Riverton Cup.
''I'd like to win it [Riverton Cup] one day,'' Blair-Edie said yesterday.
Others in his stable accepted for the Oamaru meeting are Golden Tower (rating 65 1400m) and maiden gallopers Catalan King and All In Touch.
Blair-Edie's well-performed mare, Miss Maximuss, won the Oamaru Cup last year. Three days after the race Miss Maximuss was tender in a leg and X-rays revealed she had fractured a sesamoid bone. Miss Maximuss was then retired.
The Cup is the feature race on Sunday and includes four Southland gallopers - Coat Of Arms, Keep The Courage, King Prawn and The Gordonian.
- The Southland Times