All eyes to be focused on Allpress
Top North Island jockey Lisa Allpress will be the star attraction at the Winton Jockey Club meeting on Tuesday.
She won the national premiership last season with 159 wins and is off to a good start this term with 12 wins. Four of her mounts at Winton are trained at Isla Bank by Kerry King.
They are Legal Aid (maiden 1200m), Copper Tap (rating 65 1600m), Citycenta (rating 75 1400m) and Luv Da Bling (rating 65 1200m).
Legal Aid won by six lengths at the Wyndham trials on Saturday. Citycenta and Luv Da Bling finished first and second, respectively, in other trials on the day.
Luv Da Bling will be having her first start from King's stable on Tuesday after being previously trained in New Plymouth by Sandy Dravitzki. The Royal Gem 4-year-old mare raced six times in the north for a win and a third on soft tracks.
Christchurch horseman Michael Pitman plans to start eight to 10 horses at the Winton meeting.
His classy sprinter-miler El Chico resumes racing in a $25,000 open handicap, of 1000m, at Riccarton on Friday. Golden Globe, who ran second to So Elusive in the Pegasus Stakes at last year's New Zealand Cup meeting, debuts from Pitman's stable in a rating 75 1200m on Friday.
Three horses in Pitman's stable have been retired because of a lack of suitable races leading up to the Cup meeting in November. The trio are Hill Of Gold (six wins), Sub Prime (six wins) and Cinnamon (two wins).
Hill Of Gold, who recorded two wins and two seconds from four starts at Riverton, triumphed in the $50,000 Great Easter Stakes at Riccarton in May.
- The Southland Times