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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Friday, February 03 2017

The Cambridge training partnership still have five horses in contention for the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie on March 4.

Highlad winning the West Brook Winery Mdn
Highlad winning the West Brook Winery Mdn Picture:Kenton Wright Race Images

The Cambridge training partnership still have five horses in contention for the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie on March 4.

Highlad  will contest Saturday’s Gr.2 Darci Brahma Waikato Guineas at Te Rapa following his third placing in a Rating 75 1600m at Tauranga last month.


 

He will be fitter for his first-up run, though Baker considers the horse could need the race again when he steps up in distance this week.

Matt Cameron has ridden Highlad in each of his New Zealand starts and he has the mount again in a field headed by Gr.1 Levin Classic winner Hall Of Fame.

There is also a good chance that Highlad, who can handle wet tracks, will return to Australia in the autumn, for a tilt at the Australian Derby.

Stablemate Jon Snow  is likely to tackle the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday week.

“It has taken a while for the penny to drop with him, but he has been only half a neck from the winner in his last three starts,” Baker said.

Mongolian Legend has had only four starts, but has impressed his trainers and will probably tackle a rating 65 2100m at Te Rapa on Saturday week.

Shocking gelding Camino Rocoso  was a dominant last-start winner and he is expected to tackle the Gr.2 Retina Specialists Avondale Guineas at Ellerslie on February 18.

“We do think he’s a good horse and he’s another who might get to Sydney,” Baker said.

Mongolian Wolf has kept his Derby hopes alive by beating older horses, in rating 65 and rating 75 company, at his two starts in a new campaign.

He beat his talented stablemate Break My Stride  over 1400m at Rotorua before comfortably winning a rating 75 1600m at Pukekohe last weekend.

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