EMPYREAN HEADING SOUTH AFTER TRIAL
Smart three-year-old pacer Emyprean will head to Invercargill for a 2-3 win mobile 2200m pace on Saturday after trialling solidly at Ashburton on Tuesday.
The Christian Cullen colt settled three back on the inner for driver Dexter Dunn, then improved outside 3YO filly stablemate Highview Chasue, driven by Anthony Butt, rounding the home turn.
Photo: Empyrean, will race at Invercargill on Saturday after trialling satisfactorily at Ashburton on Tuesday.
He kept up an improver’s run for a half-length second at the end of the mobile 2400m in a leisurely 3:06.4 overall, the leader quickening over her last 800m in 57.8s and final 400m in 27.5s.
“It was a nice run with a slow time overall but a quick half. It was what we wanted for with him with that race on Saturday in mind,” said trainer Cran Dalgety.
Meanwhile stablemate Hip Hop Anvil, fourth in the same heat on Tuesday, has been withdrawn from Invercargill after requiring a little more fine tuning.
“Highview Chasue went good. She was four back early then rolled to the front for the last 1200m,” Cran said.
The Elsu filly is being aimed at the $175,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Sales Series 3YO Fillies Pace over 2000m at Rangiora next Wednesday, March 30.
Texican, who qualified at Rangiora last week, may contest a Garrards Sires Stakes 2YO Heat at Rangiora on March 30 after he finished well for second to Panama Bromac at the Ashburton trials.
The Wayne Higgs-trained Panama Bromac (Badlands Hanover-Dawn Bromac gelding) scored by a neck in 2:02.1 for the 1609m, the leaders running their last 800m in 59.3s and final 400m in 27.5s.
“Texican went very good. He came from a fair way back,” Cran said.
Kentuckiana Lodge 2YO stablemate gained his qualifying ticket after leading up and holding fourth, after being beaten by a neck and two noses.
“It was a good effort first-up from Bettors Creek,” Cran said.
Bettors Creek (Bettor’s Delight-Millie Rose colt), owned by Murray Boyd, qualified, returning 2:02.3 for the 1609m.
Kiwi Mondeo, another juvenile in the stable, ran on for third in another 2YO colts and geldings pace, won by the Ray Jenkins-trained Beaudiene Beckham in a slower 2:05.6 (outside the qualifying time).
“Kiwi Mondeo is not a natural two-year-old so he can have six weeks aside. He ran on as good as he could,” Cran said.
Three-year-old maiden Double Happy furthered his solid trial form, finishing best to win by a nose after leading up, then trailing, for driver Jack Trainor.
Double Happy, who may debut at Rangiora next week, won in 3:08.7 for the mobile 2400m, the leaders running their last 800m in 57.9s.