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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Friday, February 03 2017

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is making plans for a double two-year-old play for Group One honours.

Aim Smart showing a touch of class when winning at Pukekohe.

Aim Smart showing a touch of class when winning at Pukekohe.

Pike has eyes for the Sistema Stakes at Ellerslie on March 11 with the highly-impressive debut winner Aim Smart and the Karaka Million placegetter Felton Road.

“Aim Smart looks very good at this stage – on what he did at Pukekohe he looks pretty special,” he said.

Raced by the China Horse Club, the Smart Missile colt coasted home by three lengths at the expense of the highly-regarded pair of Summer Passage and Excelleration.

“At this stage he’ll either go to New Plymouth for the Group Three race or for Matamata,” said Pike.

The Phoenix Park 2YO Classic is at New Plymouth on February 18 while the Listed Rein & Harrison Slipper is a week later.

Meanwhile, Felton Road was unbeaten in his first two appearances before he was placed behind Melody Belle and Hasahalo in the Karaka Million.

“He pulled up really well after that and we’re giving him a week off,” said Pike.

“He’ll come back in the stable on Monday and we’ll either run him in the Matamata race or go straight for the Group One races at Ellerslie and at Awapuni.”

The Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes is at Awapuni on April 1.

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