Open ‘N’ Shut case for Telegraph Hcp

Trainer Chris Wood faces a nervous wait to see if Open ’N’ Shut (NZ) has won his way into the G1 Telegraph Handicap field later this month.

The Cambridge based conditioner headed south for the sprinter’s final lead-up to the Trentham feature at Woodville on Saturday.  He saw the chestnut son of Bachelor Duke stage the perfect dress-rehearsal with a straight-forward victory in the Prenters Concrete Hcp (1200m).

“I don’t know if he will get enough rating points to get in the Telegraph so we will just have to wait and see,” Wood said.  “This race fitted in well and he got the job done.”

Open ’N’ Shut (4h Bachelor Duke – Blooming by Stravinsky) has made a rapid progress through the grades with five wins from seven appearances.  He was coming off an impressive victory over subsequent winner and fellow Telegraph prospect Huffer.

“He’s a far better chaser as he showed when he won at Te Rapa when he came from off them and powered home,” Wood said.  “Woodville can be a tricky track and Kelly (Myers) rode him the way she was asked to – it was a better option than sitting back.”

Open ’N’ Shut was second into the straight and let down stylishly for a comfortable victory at the expense of Jaggard (Falkirk) and Trapiche (Sandtrap).  He was a $47,500 buy from The Oaks Stud at the 2010 NZB Select yearling sale.

The Oaks sire Bachelor Duke (Miswaki) was a G1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner and was New Zealand’s leading first-season sire in 2007-08.  Open ’N’ Shut is a brother to Cavendish who has taken a liking to the Geelong synthetic course winning four races there last season.

Their dam Blooming was stakes placed at Riccarton and she has a yearling filly by Sakhee’s Secret.  Second dam Down The Avenue (Salieri) is a sister to six-time Group 1 sprinter-miler Shaftesbury Avenue.