Victorian jockey Daniel Moor has picked up the plum ride on Australian-trained Ockhams's Razor in the group three race for two-year-olds at New Plymouth on Saturday.
Ockham's Razor won the $1m Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 29 in his first up in New Zealand after being flown in from Melbourne especially for the race.
The Any Suggestions colt has remained in New Zealand since with a view to contesting further group races for first season gallopers on this side of the Tasman starting with the $75,000 Platinum Homes 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Taranaki meeting.
Moor will be replacing leading Melbourne hoop Craig Williams who was aboard Ockham's Razor in the colt's impressive Karaka Million victory.
Williams has commitments in Australia this weekend that prevents him from riding the horse on Saturday.
Moor has ridden 40 winners in Victoria this season and is among the top 20 on the riders' premiership ladder in the state, his mounts having won just over half a million mark in prizemoney.
''(Daniel) has ridden quite a few winners for us at bush meetings and he's been hardworking and rides a lot of work for us so hopefully he can reap the rewards on Saturday,'' said Freedman stable spokeswoman Hillary Fleming yesterday.
It will be a fleeting visit to New Zealand for Moor, who will arrive in Auckland on Friday head to to New Plymouth and be back in Melbourne on Sunday.
''There won't be any time for celebrating as he has to ride at Bendigo on Sunday,'' said Fleming.
Ockham's Razor has been stabled on the property of Cambridge trainer Murray Baker since his Karaka Million success.
The striking grey colt has thrived since winning the the Karaka Million, according to Fleming.
''He has no issues. He pulled up really well after the Karaka Million and still has the zest for galloping.So while he's like that we'll just continue on.''
Ockham's's Razor was a $170,000 buy from last year's Karaka yearlings sales.
The colt has already won $567,075 from just two starts, one in Melbourne before prior to being sent to New Zealand when he finished second in a 1100m dash at Caulfield early last month.
- Taranaki Daily News