Enzo’s Lad successful the Lightning Stakes at Trentham. Picture / Trish Dunell
Coach Michael Pitman says there may be an unheralded motive Trentham has grow to be a gold mine for therefore many South Island horses.
Pitman and son Matthew will work their horses at Riccarton tomorrow morning earlier than placing them on a transporter to Picton for the 2pm ferry crusing to Wellington, arriving at Trentham tomorrow night time earlier than taking over the North Island gallopers on Saturday.
Any journey with that many transferring components can go improper, because it did final 12 months.
“One journey final 12 months we bought caught in Blenheim for 2 days with Enzo’s Lad, so it may be difficult,” says Pitman.
“However we love going there. We have now gained two Telegraphs with this horse [Enzo’s Lad], the Oaks and a few occasions we’ve got gained the trainers prize for many factors accrued over the three days.
“So we take plenty of delight in our outcomes up there.”
Whereas South Island horses are sometimes seen as inferior to the perfect of the northerners, their file within the Telegraph lately has been excellent and Enzo’s Lad went inside a protracted neck of turning into a NZ sprinting legend final season when, after successful the earlier two, he was overwhelmed by Avantage.
One of many causes for the southern success at Trentham often is the reluctance of some northern trainers to make the street journey to Wellington on the again of a busy Ellerslie carnival and every week out from the Karaka Million, whereas today lots of the superstars of the north, comparable to Probabeel, barely race in New Zealand in order that ranges the sphere, too.
However Pitman says there may be one more reason.
“I feel we get excellent lead-up racing to this carnival,” he explains. “Heading into, say New Zealand Cup week at Riccarton, it may be onerous to get good, constant racing into horses down right here however we’ve got plenty of racing over summer season which means they’re very match once they get to Trentham.”
The southerner sprinters are additionally extra used to the hard-out 1000m and 1200m dogleg races down the straight at Trentham, which mirrors what they accomplish that typically at Riccarton. There are 4 within the Telegraph on Saturday.
Ought to Enzo’s Lad win his third Telegraph on Saturday his web page in New Zealand racing historical past books can be written in daring ink as there are few issues, after a Triple Crown, racing historians love greater than a threepeat.
He meets an analogous subject to final season, with Avantage once more the favorite, third-placegetter Spring Warmth additionally again and the massive addition of Central Districts cult hero Tavi Mac.
“We all know Avantage can be onerous to beat as a result of she is the category horse of the sphere,” says Pitman.
“Tavi Mac can also be excellent however whether or not or not he’s a Group 1 1200m horse we’ll discover out.
“However we all know our horse is. His last-start run at Kurow was each bit pretty much as good if not higher than his different lead-up runs to this race and I feel he can win it, I actually do.”
Enzo’s Lad, who as soon as represented New Zealand at Royal Ascot, has gained his two earlier Telegraphs and a Lightning at Trentham by settling useful and refusing to cease.
“I can see that occuring once more this week. He needs to be useful and perhaps even trailing a horse like Wekaforce. If he does that he will get his probability once more and he has proven what he can do, on this observe beneath these circumstances.”
The TAB has opened Enzo’s Lad an $11 probability to win his third Telegraph, with Avantage the $1.65 favorite to win her second. She begins from barrier 10, just like final season.
Her stablemate Brando is $1.75 for Saturday’s Group 1 Levin Basic after drawing ideally at barrier 5.