In-form three-year-old Euphoria will make just one classic
appearance at the New Zealand Cup carnival.
Rachael Frost had designs on both this Saturday’s Gr.1 Sothys New Zealand 2000
Guineas and the Gr. 1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas a week later with
the filly, but a missed run at Wellington last month due to a heavy track
changed those plans.
have liked to have gone to Trentham, because that would have left open the
option of going to the 2000 Guineas, but she’ll be saved for the 1000 Guineas
only now,” the Otaki horsewoman said.
debut in the Listed O’Leary’s Fillies’ Classic, she was then a runaway maiden
winner at Tauherenikau before the daughter of Rip Van Winkle headed Frost’s
four-strong team south.
headstrong Euphoria duly completed a winning double at Motukarara on Sunday for
Frost, who had earlier produced Redefine to make a winning debut.
travelled down well, especially Euphoria, but she is pretty hard going,” Frost
track work there’s no stopping her. Hopefully, with the benefit of this trip
she might settle down.
raceday manners are a lot better though. She’s quite an arrogant filly, but on
Sunday she took a sit and didn’t over-race. I’ve got no doubt that she will run
out a good 1600 metres.”
has been ridden in all three starts by Kelly McCulloch, who also guided Redefine
he might have needed the track to be a bit firmer, but he went really well,”
Frost said. “He’ll probably run on the middle day at Riccarton in the
three-year-old race over 1400 metres.”
placegetters Free Rein and Travimyfriend complete the southern party.
will run on Saturday and back up over 2000 metres on the last day and
Travimyfriend will be in the maiden 1200 on the middle day,” Frost said.