Rooster's ready to fly
A solid training gallop on Tuesday topped off Robbie Rooster's preparation for the Gore meeting today.
He was to have raced on the first day of the Gore summer meeting on Saturday, but rain early in the programme brought a down grade in track conditions and he was among the 11 late scratchings.
Ascot Park trainer Jim Curran is pleased with Robbie Rooster's work this week and expects a good result in the 2000m-North Gore Dairy Handicap.
''I'll be disappointed if he wasn't thereabouts, he's pretty fit,'' Curran said yesterday.
Robbie Rooster ran second at Gore on December 23 at his last start.
''He got held up a little on the bend. With his big weight, he couldn't accelerate quick enough (to catch the winner).''
The horseman is preparing Willie Roydon for a jumping career after the gelding had one success on the flat for Curran's father-in-law, trainer Kelly Thompson.
Wingatui father and son trainers Brian and Shane Anderton have 13 runners at Gore today.
Shane reckoned Yamanin Vital filly Structure was one of stable's better prospects in the Ted Winsloe Memorial Maiden.
''She looked like she was going to win at Omakau (January 3), but hit a wet patch and went down on her nose.''
Structure made a grand recovery for third.
Whare Creek (Hokonui Suzuki Maiden) and Tunza Vitality (Gore New World Handicap) are also capable of good runs today.
''Whare Creek got caught four wide on Saturday and Tunza Vitality is consistent.''
A rival of Tunza Vitality is former North Island galloper Aint No Lollygagga, who was switched from New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock to Wingatui horseman Paul Richards recently.
Aint No Lollygagga ran sixth of nine at Otaki on January 3 at her last start. She has won twice, both times in a fresh state.
Prominent Invercargill real estate agents Kym Howley and Daryl Spence share the ownership with Sharrock and Dean McKenzie, of Christchurch.
Meanwhile, Sucre is nursing a sore hoof, nine days out from her tilt at the $75,000 White Robe Lodge Handicap at Wingatui.
She twisted a shoe and stood on its nails while playing in her paddock on Tuesday.
Ascot Park trainer Sean Bellew hopes Sucre can resume trackwork tomorrow. She won at Gore on Saturday.
Central Districts jockey Daryl Bradley is booked to ride Sucre at Wingatui and will also be attending the Invercargill Gold Cup meeting on February 16.
Omakau horseman Murray Hamilton has finished with three of his team - Party Brat, Alexstonysaprano and Mr Flexible. The Central Otago licence holder is preparing six jumpers.
Jamie Searle's tips for today's Gore Racing Club meeting:
Race 1: Whare Creek, Turniton, Josephine Baker.
Race 2: Punch, Prodige, Star Royale.
Race 3: The Dewdrop, Wiseguy, Mr Kirk.
Race 4: Kayleen, Langton Katie, Drumreims.
Race 5: Structure, Tullibardine, Rugby Street.
Race 6: Robbie Rooster, Likeitlikethat, Maitland Gray.
Race 7: Aint No Lollygagga, Sometime Later, Shes All Class.
Race 8: Coat Of Arms, Petty Lane, Semper Plus.
Best bet: The Dewdrop.
Longshot: Rotar (R4.
Gore betting information
* Stable changes
Race 2: Prodige, from Stephen Marsh (Cambridge) to Gay Robinson (Ascot Park).
Race 3: Zerpourguru, from Stephen Ralph (Pukekohe) to Graeme Mee (Wingatui).
Race 7: Aint No Lollygagga, from Allan Sharrock (New Plymouth) to Paul Richards (Wingatui).
* Gear changes
First start in blinkers: Just The Truth (R1), Miss Meerkat (R2).
First start with tongue tie: Reddy To Razzle (R2), Ric O'Shea (R8).
First start in side winkers: Zerpourguru (R3), Yazoon (R7).
First start in visor blinkers: Owe The Ransom (R4).
* Trial form
Race 1: My Reason, 3rd Wingatui, September 12; Turniton, 1st Wyndham, December 16; Josephine Baker, 1st Wyndham.
* Stipes' file
Race 1: Just The Truth and Double Tap, Gore, December 23: Raced wide throughout. Whare Creek, Gore, Saturday: Raced wide throughout.
Race 2: Punch, Kumara, January 12: Raced greenly and hung in straight. Star Royale, Gore, Saturday: Raced wide throughout. Ruby's Rose, Wingatui, December 26: Raced wide throughout.
Race 3: Wiseguy, Gore, Saturday: Kicked behind barrier, passed fit to race, wide throughout. Neko, Ascot Park, December 15: Wide mostly.
Race 5: Robert Brook, Kurow, December 30: Raced keenly early, laid in over concluding stages proving difficult to ride in restricted room. Structure, Omakau, January 3: Dipped badly in heavy ground at 250m losing momentum.
- The Southland Times