Pair headed across the Tasman

DRIVER: Amanda Turnbull
DRIVER: Amanda Turnbull

King Caractacus and The Octagon, both scratched in the TLC Tiling Pace at Ascot Park today, have been sold to Australia.

Four-year-old King Caractacus has been bought by New South Wales driver Amanda Turnbull, of Bathurst. Katrina Price, who along with husband John, trained the Christian Cullen gelding to win a maiden race at Winton last Saturday. Turnbull is a fan of Christian Cullen's offspring.

Christchurch owner Len Mosely thought The Octagon (one win) might be heading to a trainer in Victoria. The Octagon raced for trainer Lauren Pearson at Winton, but had a luckless passage when coming from the back and being held up in the straight. He finished sixth.

The Price-trained Arden Caviar could place in today's Caduceus Club of Southland 2-Year-Old Fillies' Classic, if she paced OK.

''She's not the best gaited but if she can get round [safely], I think she's a pretty good place chance,'' Katrina Price said yesterday.

Char Do Neigh's late run for second at Winton last Saturday should have tightened him for the Autumn Futurity today. It was his first start for five weeks.

Gore trainer Allan McVicar is happy with the Bettor's Delight gelding, whose eight starts have produced two wins, four seconds and two fifths.

''I was pleased with his run the other day and he seems pretty good to me,'' he said.

''I don't want to sell this fella.''

McVicar said the main dangers to Char Do Neigh were Cyclone Kiwi and the Lee-trained stablemates Royal Counsel and Shak'n Cullen.

Le Sol (five wins) is an interesting runner for the final event, the Harrington Electrical Pace. He drops from C2 company to C1 and starts from No 1.

He has been running handy races recently and should appreciate an easier task today.

The Southland Times