Bellevue on trial for cup
Lady Bellevue is on trial for the $25,000 Ashburton Cup when she competes at the Gore Racing Club meeting today.
Her eight rivals in the AON Insurance Handicap include The Diamond One, who ran fourth in the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton last season.
Lady Bellevue's Christchurch trainer, Peter Rudkin, said his mare would have to win today to warrant a start in the Ashburton Cup on October 19.
''I'm very happy with her, she looks a picture.''
She has not raced since her second in a fillies and mares' rating 75 1200m at Oamaru on July 8. Her two wins have been recorded fresh up.
Stablemate Nolawood is entered for the Gore Town and Country Club Restaurant Handicap. She was badly checked at the 300m in a rating 65 2100m at Ashburton on September 13.
Rudkin said Nolawood was travelling OK when the interference happened.
However, Rudkin suspects the 6-year-old daughter of Duelled might have reached her mark.
''I hope she proves me wrong.''
Wingatui trainer Steve Anderton is expecting a prominent showing from The Diamond One today in her first start for nine months.
''She's come up good and her work's been very good.''
Anderton's well-performed mares, The Glitzy One and The Solitaire, kicked off new campaigns at Wingatui on Saturday. They started in an open 1100m on a heavy track.
The Glitzy One powered home late for second after being four lengths behind the second last runner at the 600m. The Solitaire finished sixth, three and a-half lengths from winner Anzac Star.
Anderton was delighted with The Glitzy One on Saturday.
''She went awesome, she really put in. The Solitaire needs a dead to good track. She's carrying more condition this time in and the run [on Saturday] will tighten her up.''
Both horses will be set for an open 1600m at Ashburton on October 19.
Ascot Park trainer Murray Carter has his staying mare Rugby Street ready for today's Clearwater Crutching Maiden. She is unraced since a minor leg injury halted her 4-year-old campaign in February.
Carter said he had had no interruptions getting Rugby Street prepared for today's resumption.
''I'm expecting a bold run,'' he said yesterday.
''All my horses go good fresh.''