Racing and harness racing briefs
Harness racing workouts at Ascot Park will be held on Friday at 2pm.
Workouts are staged at the Invercargill track most weekends, but with the Wyndham harness meeting on Saturday and greyhound racing at Ascot Park on Sunday, the workouts have been brought forward.
Nominations close tomorrow at 3pm.
The Glitzy One and The Solitaire will resume racing next month.
They were freshened after being unplaced in the Wellington Cup on January 26. Wingatui trainer Steve Anderton intends to start The Glitzy One in the $25,000 Cromwell Cup on March 3, while The Solitaire will resume in an open 1600m at Wingatui on six days later.
Ric O'Shea, last start winner of the White Robe Lodge Handicap at Wingatui, has been set for the $50,000 Easter Cup at Riccarton on April 6.
''The Easter Cup is his main aim but I would like to give him a race beforehand,'' Steven Prince, his North Taieri trainer, said.
Prince is toying with an open 1200m or 1600m at Wingatui on March 9.
''He had a week off after the White Robe (February 2) and has done well since. He has put on eight kilograms.''
Prince said Ric O'Shea would wind up his campaign in the weight-for-age Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) at Riccarton in May.
It has been nearly 10 years between wins for Dunedin owner Trevor Sillick who races Western Warrior, a maiden winner at Riccarton last week.
Western Warrior had finished third in his other two starts for Sillick, a pest control operator, and Balcairn trainer Danny Frye. The 4-year-old son of Lord Of Warriors - Western Hula was a $2000 purchase as a 2-year-old at the 2010 South Island sale.
Sillick had his other win as an owner with Behind Bars who won at Riccarton in September, 2003 when trained by Frye.
''We will give him (Western Warrior) another couple of starts and put him out, as he still needs to strengthen,'' Sillick said.
The Justice Prevails mare Behind Bars won two races. She is being bred from by Sillick and Frye. She has left three foals in nine seasons at stud. She is the dam of Rafaga (by Lord Of Warriors), the winner of five races in Singapore after being sold as an unraced 2-year-old. She is also the dam of Sandy's Girl (by Danzighill) and a filly foal by Gallant Guru.
Sandy's Girl has been minor placed in 18 of her 48 starts since she began racing as a 2-year-old five years ago.
''We do get a bit of stick for continuing to race Sandy's Girl,'' Sillick added.
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