Some fun at the beach this week has Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie convinced his hardy stayer My Scotsgrey (NZ) is ready to show his best form in the LR Marton Cup at Awapuni on Saturday.
My Scotsgrey and stablemate Artistic have been stabled with Central Districts trainer David Haworth and Ritchie has been quick to take advantage of the nearby beach environment which he believes is of massive assistance in the build-up to Saturday’s race.
“We are thankful of the opportunity we have to stay at David’s when we bring our horses down this way as the sand, salt water and surf seems to freshen the horses up and they absolutely thrive on it in the lead-in to a race,” said Ritchie.
“I mean, everyone loves a day at the beach having fun in the surf and the horses are no exception. You can see just how much it relaxes them.
“My Scotsgrey has had two separate stints on the sidelines with tendon issues and the opportunity to cool his joints in the salt water is fantastic and he is looking bright and ready to go on Saturday.
“He really does need a trip to show his best and with the injuries he has had it makes it tougher to get the miles into his legs,” explained Ritchie. “Like most of us, he isn’t getting any faster as he gets older but, when right, he can still foot it.”
The Group 2 Wellington Cup is the next item on the grey’s agenda and the G1 Auckland Cup in March his long-term target.
My Scotsgrey (7g Golan – Chameleon by Grosvenor) has won 5 races up to 3200 metres headed by G3 victories in the New Zealand Cup and Metropolitan Trophy. He was passed in for $37,500 when offered by Phoenix Park at the 2007 NZB Select yearling sale.
The lightly-raced veteran is a half-brother to 7 winners including NZ and Perth stakes performer (Our) Isosceles (Star Way). His second dam Princess Burwood (Sovereign Edition) is a half-sister to G2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic winner Moralee (Desert Sun). Third dam Analight (All A’Light) won the 1975 G1 VATC Caulfield Cup.