Beautiful addition for Tyler
A Beautiful Knight, who competed in last year's $1 million 2-year-old race at Ellerslie, is in work with Riverton trainer Kelvin Tyler.
The Alamosa gelding recorded a win from nine starts for Waikato trainers Graeme and Debbie Rogerson. A Beautiful Knight has not raced since his fifth and eighth in rating 65 events at the two-day Wairoa meeting in February.
He finished 11th in the Karaka Million after stumbling out of the barrier, overracing and getting hampered early.
Two other one-win gallopers from the North Island have joined Tyler's stable. They are Fantamo, formerly with Palmerston North trainer Mike Breslin, and Sir Jack Remington, previously in Shaun Clotworthy's Byerley Park team in Auckland.
Te Rapa horseman John Morell sent an unnamed 5-year-old O'Reilly gelding to Tyler four months ago. He trialled five times in the north for two fourths.
Tyler's team, which numbers between 25 and 30 horses most weeks, also includes The Energizer and Revenge. Both one-win horses were trained at Omakau by Murray Hamilton.
The Energizer didn't race for Hamilton after being earlier in John Sargent's Matamata stable.
An unnamed 4-year-old Le Bec Fin mare will probably be Tyler's only runner at the Wyndham trials next Monday. He expects to have six or seven starters at the Gore meeting on September 18.
Gore trainer John McKay doesn't expect to have a raceday starter until late next month.
The best performed in the stable, All Spice is in his third week of training.
Alottatow, who chalked up a win and two placings from five starts last season, is in his second month of work with McKay. He had an operation to remove a bone chip in a knee.
Trainer Sally McKay's four horses earmarked for the Wyndham trials are Storm Uru and unraced trio of Standout (Minstrel Court-Our Model), a 5-year-old gelding by Coats Choice from Indira and a 3-year-old Istidaad filly.
Storm Uru injured a stifle in a maiden race at Riverton in March last year. He was spelled for 11 months and is in his second preparation for a new campaign.
''Standout has shown me quite a bit in trackwork,'' McKay said yesterday.
Depending on performances at the trials, McKay could have nine entered for the Gore meeting.
Mikabella, winner of four races for Balcairn trainers John and Karen Parsons, is a recent addition to McKay's Ascot Park team.
- The Southland Times