Masterton sprinter Fritzy Boy (NZ) is doubtful for his defence of the G3 Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa this Saturday.
Fritzy Boy (8g Brilliance – Fritzy Girl by Cache Of Gold) has been compromised by a recurring leg injury that flared up in training last week. ‘‘It’s an old niggle and I might have to ease up on him,” trainer Alby MacGregor admitted. “I’ve been working on it but it’s not coming right.”
Foxbridge Plate is a key lead-up to the G1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings on September 1.
Last year’s placegetters Fleur de Lune (Stravinsky) and Smoulder (Traditionally) will again contest this Saturday’s feature sprint while others expected to be there include: Shez Sinsational (Ekraar), Xanadu (Elusive City), Sweet Suitor (Bachelor Duke), Justanexcuse (No Excuse Needed), Te Toro Lass (Ekraar), Baby Guinness (Stravinsky), Master Power (Testa Rossa), Special Days (Keeper), Miko (Jungle Pocket) and Guevara (No Excuse Needed).
Fleur de Lune and Xanadu completed exhibition gallops between races at Te Aroha on Friday and both pleased their respective trainers.
Cambridge based Lee Somervell was thrilled with Fleur de Lune’s gallop. “Grass tracks are at a premium to work on and that was as good as a trial. She blew a bit afterwards,” Somervell said. ‘‘She’s not topped off by any means yet. She wintered very well so she’s probably a few kilos overweight.’’
Matamata trainer Ken Kelso said Xanadu had taken a lot of benefit out of her exhibition gallop. “‘I just elected to do that rather than take her to the trials and that and the trip to the races will have done her the world of good,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m happy with her. There’s still improvement going forward to Hastings.
‘‘She doesn’t mind the cut in the ground but I just hope it’s not too wet because I don’t want her to have a gut-buster first-up.’’
Meanwhile, NZ bred stars Mufhasa (Pentire), He’s Remarkable (Pentire), Green Supreme (Oasis Dream), Guiseppina (Johar) and Ocean Park (Thorn Park) will all race first-up in the $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) in a fortnight.