Anzac Star is on target to resume racing later this month after a trial win at Wingatui yesterday.
The winner of seven races, Anzac Star has been away from racing with a fractured cannon bone since he won at Oamaru in July last year. Trainer Paul Richards is viewing an 1100m race for Anzac Star at Wingatui on September 28. Anzac Star has won over that distance at Wingatui.
A Coats Choice - Monsanto 3-year-old filly in the stable won an 800m trial by five lengths. She is a sister to Natuzzi, winner of six races, including the Lightning Handicap at Trentham and Southland Guineas.
Princess Brook, the upstanding 2-year-old filly, was confirmed for the first South Island race of the season for her age group at Riccarton tomorrow week when she won an 800m trial. The daughter of Raise The Flag - Lesley Brook, trained by Terry Kennedy, ran on strongly.
''She is still a bit green but she felt good,'' said Chris Johnson, who rode Princess Brook. He is unable to take the mount at Riccarton as he is committed to ride Final Touch in the Group One $200,000 Windsor Park Plate at Hastings the same day.
Bailey Kennedy, the 15-year-old son of Terry and Debbie Kennedy, rode Alfie's Belle to win an 800m heat yesterday when having his first trial ride.
''He (Bailey) is in his third year at secondary school and his education will come first before any consideration of a riding career,'' Debbie said.
Sigourney Kelly, a 21-year-old third year Otago University student, rode a Coats Choice - Bromista 3-year-old to win an 800m heat. She hopes to obtain a licence as an amateur rider. Kelly has been riding work for the Richards stable this year.
Brian and Shane Anderton won heats with Valiant, Include and a Gallant Guru - Danann gelding yesterday. Valiant, winner of the Guineas Prelude at Wingatui in December from six starts last season, could make an immediate impression as a 4-year-old.
Kirkie, who has not raced since February, is now in the Richards stable.
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