CHRISTEN ME & MIGHTY FLYING MAC OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWN FROM PERTH INTERDOMINONS
West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety has one horse left on the flight to Perth late next week but unfortunately no Interdominion contenders.
Cran reluctantly officially withdrew both Christen Me and Mighty Flying Mac from the Gloucester Park Interdominions on Wednesday November 4.
Christen Me is being given time to shrug off a viral complaint, while Mighty Flying Mac was under consideration for the Inters but will continue to race domestically.
Mighty Flying Mac will fly the flag for the Kentuckiana Lodge team as an upset chance in next Tuesday’s $750,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup
Meanwhile, 5YO Art Major mare Digital Art is still booked for Perth.
The winner of four from 27 starts for $23,928, Digital Art has a best winning mile rate of 1:57 over 1950m at Addington.
“She’s owned in Perth by John Lohman of Solid Gold Standardbreds so she’ll go over there and try and improve her record, then go to stud,” Cran said.
“Its just a bit hard for her here being on a C3 mark,” he said.
Digital Art finished eighth in both her Addington starts this spring.
After a brief freshener, she ran on well for third to Motu Premier and Booster at the Addington Cup trials on Wednesday.
Motu Premier led up and rated 2:01.9 over 1950m, running his last 800m in 59s and his last 400m in 28.5s.
Digital Art’s three-win stablemate Black Regal Princess also contested the heat and after settling back, wasn’t extended in the run home.
Sires Stakes contender Franco Cristiano broke early in the run home tailing the field.
SKY MAJOR NEW NZ CUP FAVOURITE
The Barry Purdon-trained Sky Major became the overnight NZ Cup favourite after sprinting best from a one-one sit to beat Ohoka Punter (parked) in the five-horse Christchurch Casino Cup Trial on Wednesday.
Sky Major, the $3.20 favourite, displacing Smolda ($3.70), paced the 2600m (stand) in 3:17.9, the leaders running their last 800m in 57s and final 400m in 27s.
No Doctor Needed was a close-up third with an inside run from the trail behind pacemaking ex-Kiwi and the visiting Dean Braun-trained Victorian Corzin Terror, who was swamped over the final 200m for cup driver, Mark Jones.
Tuesday’s NRM Sires Stakes contender Chase The Dream was good leading up and extending to hold stablemates Itz Bettor To Win, Didjamaken Bolt (recovered well after an early break from the ace draw), Have Faith In Me and Willow, in the C5 and faster mobile 1950m heat.
Chase The Dream rated 2:00.5 for the journey for co-trainer Mark Purdon, quickening over his last 800m in 58.3s and final 400m in 27.1s.
Meanwhile, rising trot star Monbet again impressed coming from a one-one to dash clear of Prince Fearless, Kincaslough, One Over Da Moon and Sheemon in the C4-0C trot heat in 3:22.1, the last 800m in 58.5s.
Harriet Of Mot also impressed outfinishing Eyre I Come in the C1-3 trot in 3:21.1, the last 800m in 58.7s.
By Jeff Scott