Bechtolsheimer sent north

19:45, Feb 18 2014
NEW STABLE: Bechtolsheimer is now being trained in Auckland.

Capable mare Bechtolsheimer is in work with Auckland trainer Joanne Surgenor.

Bechtolsheimer, owned by Surgenor's aunt, Glennis Munro, of Avondale, was blocked in the straight and finished an unlucky seventh in the White Robe Lodge Handicap at Wingatui on February 1.

She left Riverton trainer Kelvin Tyler after the White Robe and arrived at Surgenor's stable 11 days ago. Surgenor has not mapped out a racing programme for the two-win mare .

''She had a big trip and we're giving her time to settle in.''

Meanwhile, Keep The Courage (three wins) has rejoined Tyler's stable after being trained by part-owner Victoria Bonham-Hoskin, of Alexandra.

''He's coming up really good,'' Tyler said.


One of his 3-year-olds, Timy Tyler, ran a game third in Saturday's $50,000 Southland Guineas at Ascot Park. His next start will be in a rating 65 1600m at Wingatui on March 8.

North Canterbury jockey Matthew Cropp is likely to have only one mount at the Timaru meeting on Sunday.

Cropp became unwell after race two at Ascot Park on Monday and was stood down from his three remaining rides.

''I got quite a fright, my heart was beating quite high,'' Cropp said yesterday.

He is having a quiet week and hoped to contact a dietician to help with his weight issues. The apprentice is pencilled in to ride for New Plymouth trainer John Wheeler at the Oakbank (South Australia) and Warrnambool (Victoria) jumping carnivals in April and May, respectively.

Injured apprentice Lisa McKay is convalescing at her parents home in Ashburton.

She was discharged from Dunedin Hospital on Friday after suffering a broke pelvis at Waikouaiti racecourse two days earlier. McKay was riding a horse in training for Michael Pitman when it slipped, fell and rolled.

Her father, Ashburton trainer Russell McKay, said his daughter had a haematoma on her left leg, from the hip to the knee.

''She can move around on crutches, but she's been told to rest as much as she can,'' Russell McKay said.

''It's going to be a long slow recovery.''

The Southland Times