Southland RC briefs
Negotiations on Irish Excuse's sale to Hong Kong could be revived after his convincing win at Ascot Park on Saturday.
Buyers showed interest when Irish Excuse ran an unlucky seventh in the Gore Guineas on January 18. Knapdale trainer Ellis Winsloe said the 3-year-old was involved in two lots of interference.
Dropping back to a non winners' race on Saturday, Irish Excuse looked a big chance in the Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub Maiden. Winsloe shares the ownership with Mike Millard, Peter Grant, Roy Copland and his cousin Grant Copland, all of Gore.
Veteran jumper Kidnuot is in his first week of light exercise with Winsloe, but the horseman remains uncertain on whether to race him again.
Apprentice jockey Kam Wong won his last ride before returning to Malaysia on Thursday.
Google Me, ridden by Wong, beat stablemate Master Chief in Saturday's Centrepoint and Southcity Liquorland Handicap to give Riverton trainer Kelvin Tyler his first quinella.
Wong, who is attached to Neil Ridley's Christchurch stable, hoped to be back in New Zealand later in the year.
''I love New Zealand and I hope I can continue my riding career here,'' Wong, 22, said.
He has ridden five winners during 27 months in New Zealand.
Ascot Park winners Jealous Much and Sucre are pencilled in for the $30,000 open fillies and mares' 1400m at Riverton on April 19.
Isla Bank trainers Ian and Kerry Taplin are also considering Jealous Much for a rating 75 1400m on the same programme. She was returning from a four-month break on Saturday and hopes were high in the Taplin stable for a bold run in the Elmwood Catering Handicap.
''She goes good fresh,'' Ian said.
Sucre will have a week off before she is prepared for the Riverton feature. Saturday's win was her third for the season and ninth from 29 career starts for Ascot Park trainer Sean Bellew.
A trip to Christchurch for the South Island Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes nine days ago took no toll on her in the Fireside Cup, jockey Jamie Bates said.
''She felt the same as usual,'' Bates said.
''She was flat on Findlay Road but once in the clear, I knew she wouldn't stop.''
Sucre has won all three of the Southland Racing Club's $25,000 open sprints this season.
Picture Perfect, given to Ashburton trainer Ineka Lee at no cost in December, won the Homestead Cobb and Co Maiden. The 4-year-old mare had two thirds from nine starts when trained in Auckland by Joanne Surgenor.
Lee trains from the stable of her partner John Hay. She owns Picture Perfect with Murray Vaughan, who has cleaned loose boxes at Hay's stable for 10 years.
Vaughan owned the 1985 Waikouaiti Cup winner Hugo Porta, trained and driven by Hay.
- The Southland Times