Cigar ready to light up

Lite My Cigar, a recent trials winner who is poised to run well tomorrow.

Promising Cambridge youngster Lite My Cigar is in good order for his return to racing at Rotorua tomorrow.

He will resume from a spell in the Motion Entertainment 2YO (1230m) with trainer Brendon Hawtin pleased with the colt’s progress.

“I’m really happy with him. He’s had a good break and he trialled up well,” he said.

A son of Darci Brahma and the Group Two winner Smoulder, Lite My Cigar won his 800-metre heat at Cambridge last month following a lay-off after two unplaced runs last year.

“He didn’t have much luck in his first start at Pukekohe then we went to Trentham, probably one of those silly things you do when you’re trying to qualify for the big race (the Karaka Million),” said Hawtin.

Lite My Cigar was out of the money in the Gr.2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m), but has come back a stronger individual this time around.

Meanwhile, Hawtin will withdraw the promising Aligns With Me from his Saturday engagement at Te Rapa due to a wide gate.

“He won’t be running and we’ll trial him next Tuesday at Te Awamutu,” he said.

Aligns With Me hasn’t raced since he was successful on debut in the spring.

“He’s been a slow maturing horse and he hasn’t been easy,” said Hawtin. “He’s been a bit headstrong, but he’s coming right and he’s got a fair bit of ability.”

While Aligns With Me won’t start in Saturday’s Sensortronic Scales 1200m, the stable has two other strong chances in Pitch And Switch and Indian Maid.

The latter was a solid fourth when resuming at Te Aroha, while Pitch And Switch broke her maiden at Avondale and was then runner-up off a wide run at Avondale.

“She’s got a good barrier this time and I’d like to think she can go close,” said Hawtin. “If she does enough we may look at the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes with her.”

– NZ Racing Desk.