Include on track for Australian Oaks


Include, who romped home in the Southland Guineas on Saturday, has been nominated for the $1,000,000 ATC Australian Oaks on April 19.

The Australian Turf Club Australian Oaks (2400m) is run at Randwick. The $50,000 Southland Guineas was over 1600m and came a fortnight after Include won the $50,000 Dunedin Guineas (1400m) at Wingatui.

''She could go to the Australian Oaks. It is only two and a half hours to Sydney from Christchurch on a plane,'' said Brian Anderton, who trains the filly at Wingatui with his son, Shane.

Anderton is viewing a start for Include in a rating 85 2000m at Motukarara on March 6 as a final lead up to the $300,000 NZ Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 15.

Include is 122nd in the order of entry for the Australian Oaks. The most recent New Zealand-trained winner of the Australian Oaks was Daffodil in 2009. Daffodil, trained by Kevin Gray, won the New Zealand One Thousand Guineas and staged a big run for fourth in the New Zealand Oaks. She subsequently ran fourth in the Manawatu Classic before heading to Sydney , where she was ridden by Hugh Bowman.

Solicit is favourite for the Australian Oaks at $3.75 with Sportsbet and Include is at $51. Solicit resumed racing with a win in the Vanity Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday. She ran third to Kirramosa and Zanbagh in the Victoria Oaks (2500m) at Flemington in November.

Red Bull, who had a setback with a bee sting, won a barrier trial at Wingatui yesterday.

He won by a length and a half from Puddle Alley over 1000m on the inside grass in 60.78, the last 800 in 48.48 and 600 in 37.15.

Red Bull, a maiden winner has been placed in his last three starts, the most recent a fourth at Omakau on January 3.

''A bee got under his cover and he got stung about a week after Omakau. He came up in lumps and we had to treat him with antibiotics and give him time off work,'' said Steven Prince, his North Taieri trainer.

Red Bull, a half-brother by Spartacus to Ric O'Shea, has shaped well over middle distances and there is race to suit him at Wingatui on March 8. Stablemate Ric O'Shea will resume over 1600m at Wingatui after being freshened.

Coat Of Arms completed the trial riderless after dropping Amber Edmeads at the start.

Neither horse nor rider were injured.

''He jumped out of the gates and seemed to trip and sent me over his head,'' Edmeads said.

Coat Of Arms looked in forward condition and his Invercargill owner-trainer Sabin Kirkland plans to start him afresh in a rating 85 1100m at Omakau on Friday week.

Coat Of Arms has not raced since August. He is a proven performer on wet tracks and ran second to Propel in the 2012 Whyte Handicap at Trentham as a 3-year-old. He has also collected two cars and paid holidays in bonuses.

Kirkland has his eye on a $30,000 bonus race for 2-year-olds on March 8 with an Elusive City-Milord A Lady filly. She finished third, a nose and two and a half lengths from a 2-year-old Raise The Flag-Cherry Creek filly and a 3-year-old Gallant Guru - Mega Babe colt over 600m in 36.96 yesterday.

The Raise The Flag filly in the Brian and Shane Anderton stable is the second foal of Cherry Creek, a 2-year-old winner at Cromwell and successful in the 2007 Canterbury Belle Stakes at Riccarton.

Stablemate Gallant Dan dashed over 800m in 47.48, the last 600 in 35.97 to win his heat. Cleo Layne finished fast to win in 47.37 and 36.15.

Mr Trimbole who has not raced since June, won his heat in 50.82 for 800m. He won by half a length from stablemate Emily Trimbole with Richard Trimbole close up.

The Mac Henry-trained Koffee 'N Kream shaded Nutinear over 600m in 36.17. Koffee 'N Kream, a 3-year-old filly by Coat's Choice, is the only registered foal of Hot Koko, who won eight races for Henry.

The Southland Times