Libetto a good bet at Gore
Libetto, coming off a fourth in the $50,000 Canterbury Belle Stakes, looks a top bet in a maiden race at Gore tomorrow.
She was running on strongly in the Canterbury Belle at Riccarton on September 21, finishing three lengths behind winner Orovela.
Libetto, trained at Tapanui by Nikki and Barrie Blatch, will contest the $12,000 Davis Shearing Fillies and Mares' Maiden at Gore.
One of her rivals, Last Danske, has won two trials and is held in some regard by Knapdale horseman Ellis Winsloe. Last Danske won a maiden trial by two lengths at Wyndham on September 12.
Japanese jockey Masaji Haruki could win with his first race ride in New Zealand when he combines with Five Kings in race one, the Hokonui Contracting Ltd Maiden.
Haruki, who works for Five Kings' Otautau owner-trainer, Bruce Tapper, has ridden five winners in New South Wales.
Five Kings won at the Wingatui (Thursday) and Wyndham (September 12) trials.
Riccarton trainers Richard and Les Didham will have one runner at Gore. They have Mispatch stepping out in the Gore Town and Country Club Restaurant Handicap.
She rates highly after finishing fifth at Ashburton (September 13) and second at Timaru (August 23).
Former North Islander Life's In A Spin debuts from Kelvin Tyler's Riverton stable in the Gore Septic Tank Cleaners Handicap.
Life's In A Spin won twice in 12 starts for Matamata trainer Glenn Old.
* Trial form for the Gore meeting.
Race 1: Courtabadhabit, 1st Ashburton, Sept 16; Five Kings, 1st Wingatui, Thursday, 1st Wyndham, September 12; Alfie's Belle, 1st Wingatui, Sept 11; Barter, 2nd Wingatui, Sept 11; Our Castle, 3rd Wyndham.
Race 4: Ishiacourt, 3rd Ashburton, Sept 16; Avow, 1st Wingatui, Thursday, 3rd Wingatui, Sept 11; Last Danske, 1st Wyndham, 1st Winton, Nov 24.
Race 5: Heroic Guru, 3rd Wingatui, Thursday; Lykabettus, 2nd Wingatui, Sept 11; Great Guns, 2nd Wyndham; Ready To Rule, 2nd Wyndham.
Race 7: Valiant, 1st Wingatui, Thursday, 1st Wingatui, Sept 11; Newsflash, 3rd Wingatui, Sept 11.
Race 8: Gunna Fly, 3rd Wyndham.
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