Aiming at Zacinto Stakes

Aim Smart is being sent in a bid to get his 2000 Guineas tilt back on track.

Smart Cambridge three-year-old Aim Smart is likely to make his next appearance in the South Island.

Unplaced in the Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) prospect will enjoy a look around Riccarton before the classic.

“He’ll probably go down for the Zacinto Stakes,” said trainer Tony Pike, referring to the Listed $70,000 1600-metre event on October 28.

Aim Smart went into the Hawke’s Bay Guineas with an encouraging fresh-up second to Prom Queen in the Gr.3 Tavistock Northland Breeders Stakes at Ruakaka to his credit, but spoilt his chances at Hastings when tossing his head and racing keenly back in the field.

He seemed to react to racing in blinkers for the first time and had run his race before the home turn. He wound up beating two home and finishing just over 11 and a half lengths from the winner Hard Merchandize.

Bostonian fared best of Pike’s runners in last Saturday’s Hastings feature when third off a wide run, while Felton Road and Haussmann failed to threaten after interrupted runs.

“Bostonian will head to the Sarten Memorial and Felton Road and Haussmann will be given short breaks and come back with the Levin Classic in mind,” he said.

Pike enjoyed success with another of his three-year-old team at Taupo today when Mulanchi broke his maiden in the Kiwi Contractors 1300m.

“He relaxed nicely outside the leader,” he said. “I think he’ll go on to bigger and better things later on.”