Phase one of Arbitrage’s development has gone according to plan
and the Rip Van Winkle colt is now home to complete his Group One mission.
returned to the Matamata stable of Michael Moroney and Chad Ormsby to prepare
for the BMW New Zealand Derby, with his domestic preparation to open at
Ellerslie in Sunday’s Listed BMW 3YO Salver.
bought at Karaka and Chad broke him in and took him up to the trialling stage
before he went over to Mike in Melbourne,” Ballymore Stables’ racing manager
Nick Fairweather said.
arrived here about 10 days ago and he’s a lovely, athletic type. He’ll be going
into Sunday’s race a primed and fit horse.”
A son of
Rip Van Winkle and My First Fifteen, whose Nadeem filly (Lot 1367) will be
offered by Lime Country Thoroughbreds at Karaka in 2016, Arbitrage has shaped
promisingly in his four Victorian starts out of Moroney’s Flemington stable.
“He won at
Kilmore two runs back and was then third there with both runs over 1900
metres,” Fairweather said.
been racing him forward in his races and we will probably adopt similar tactics
got a very high cruising speed and he’s got a kick, but in saying that he is
tactical enough to take a sit if need be.
really nice horse and after the weekend Mike and Chad will work out the path to
the Derby for him.”
is owned by Aucklanders Mark Wyborn and Robin Peel-Walker and they also race
Tavistock’s son Margin Trader, who followed a similar programme for the stable
12 months ago.
maiden winner, he made his next four appearances in New Zealand before
finishing seventh in the Derby behind Mongolian Khan and he has subsequently
returned to Australia.