Aronsay goes for third time lucky
Winning the Oamaru Cup in July is a winter goal for Timaru trainer Michael Daly.
His likely starter, Aronsay, has been unlucky in the past two Cups, especially in 2010 when he got held up and flashed home for second. He finished fifth in Kid Columbus's Cup last year.
Omakau-trained Kid Columbus went on to win the Grand National Hurdles at Riccarton 10 days later.
Aronsay (seven wins) was turned out for two weeks after his 10th in the Hororata Cup at Riccarton on March 24. He will return to racing at Riccarton on June 1.
''He's gone good in the past in June, July and August,'' Daly said.
His lone win this season came in the $13,000 Couplands Crystals at Ascot Park on December 10. Stablemate Stormy Rain finished second to give Daly his first quinella in 25 years of training.
Stormy Rain (four wins) is spelling after having his last start for the season in March.
''His form tapered off and he'd had enough,'' Daly said.
The Hadaad gelding will bypass winter racing because of his aversion to wet tracks.
''Anything worse than dead (easy), he's hopeless.''
The four horses Daly has nominated for the Timaru meeting on Friday are Braemar, Numero De Lago, Killinchy Kid and Blushing. Numero De Lago and another member of the stable, Helios, are preparing for jumping campaigns.
''Numero De Lago is a nice jumper, can stay and doesn't mind it wet.''
Daly is training 20 horses at Timaru's Phar Lap Raceway.
The Southland Times