Vaughan eyes possible cup bid
The connections of Our Bee Jay are considering him for the Wellington Cup meeting in January.
He is worthy of a trip to the capital after gaining a win and a second at the New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton last week.
Our Bee Jay, who is owned by Ascot Park trainer Lisa Vaughan and Southland rugby great Simon Culhane, finished stoutly in both starts at Riccarton. With Sam Spratt riding, the 6-year-old ran second in a $40,000 open 2000m on Wednesday.
Opie Bosson rode him to victory in a $30,000 rating 85 benchmark 1800m on Saturday. Earnings from both starts totalled $26,150.
Vaughan said yesterday that Our Bee Jay would contest a $25,000 open handicap at the Southland Racing Club's Christmas meeting at Ascot Park on December 15. A $25,000 open handicap at Wingatui on Boxing Day is also on his agenda.
Good performances at those meetings would probably cement plans to campaign Our Bee Jay at the Wellington Cup meeting on January 19, 21 and 26.
Vaughan is interested in starting Our Bee Jay in the Wellington Cup on January 26.
Stablemate Petty Lane ran creditable races on the second and third days of the New Zealand Cup meeting. She will also start at Ascot Park on December 15.
Meanwhile, Ascot Park trainer Sean Bellew has scratched Peter Richard at Winton tomorrow. The 10-year-old is nursing a cut heel.
He was retired during the winter, but Bellew decided to try him again after being unable to find a suitable home for him.
Stand Up (three wins) will soon join Bellew's stable after racing for Hawera trainer Anna Clement. Seven-year-old Stand Up ran third of six starters at Hawera on November 5.
- The Southland Times