New plan for Kidunot
Knapdale trainer Ellis Winsloe has run out of time to get Kidunot ready for the Grand National meeting at Riccarton next month.
Kidunot ran third in the Grand National Steeplechase last year before finishing second in the Great Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie a month later.
Winsloe decided this week to ditch plans to take Kidunot to Riccarton. He will now concentrate on returning north with the gelding for the $100,000 Northern on September 6.
A shortage of suitable races has made it difficult for Winsloe to condition the rising 13-year-old.
''He hasn't had enough racing to take them on on [testing] wet tracks,'' Winsloe said.
Skeet and Irish Excuse, both last-start winners, and Howlongdowewait will campaign at the National meeting for Winsloe.
''Howlongdowewait's had a stone bruise that's been causing me headaches.''
Meanwhile, Invercargill Gold Cup runner up Black Stockings is a fortnight away from resuming work with Rangiora trainer Steven Woodsford.
Black Stockings' racing schedule next season is uncertain but her owners are interested in campaigning her in Australia. The 5-year-old mare was an unlucky fifth in the $500,000 Auckland Cup when held up in the final stages.
Gold 'N Kash, also trained by Woodsford, won at the Rangiora trials yesterday. The three-win galloper was switched from Emily Wilson's Ashburton stable to Woodsford five weeks ago.
- The Southland Times