Te Rapa selected for Chicane

Chicane (Jason Waddell) clearing out for a decisive win at Ellerslie last year.

Chicane has been dual nominated for both Te Rapa and Hastings meetings tomorrow, but trainer Ross McCarroll has opted to run his mare at the former venue in the Punters’ Challenge 5th May 1400m.

“I’ve got another one (Aileen Grace) in the one at Hastings and she’s drawn in (barrier 1) and Chicane is quite well-weighted at Te Rapa as well in the stronger field,” he said.

Leading apprentice jockey Sam Weatherley will take the ride tomorrow when Chicane will carry 54kg and take on a handy field that includes three-time stakes winner Ugo Foscolo.

“It’s a strong field, but a few of them are out of form and I wonder how genuine some of them are,” said McCarroll “She’ll probably go forward from her barrier of five with the light weight.”

McCarroll was pleased with Chicane’s latest runner-up performance over 1200 metres at Matamata and is looking forward to seeing how she performs this weekend.

“It was a really good run last time and she’s seemed to train on well,” he said.

“She got to the line well and looked like she wanted to go a little further so hopefully with a lighter weight and a little bit more distance she will make it into a win maybe.”

Meanwhile, stablemate Contraband is likely to resume at Pukekohe next Saturday after being in good form in January, posting a win and a placing from just the two starts.

“He was going to run in the lead-up to the Derby, but it was a bad track so we turned him out for three weeks,” said McCarroll.

“He’s come up probably even better so he’s possibly going to run at Pukekohe on Saturday week.”

Meanwhile, stablemate Calligraphy will be looking for redemption when she resumes after her disappointing unplaced performance in the Gr.3 Manawatu Breeders’ (2000m) at Awapuni last Friday.

“I thought her run in the Manawatu Breeders was poor,” said McCarroll. “I think she travelled badly down there and the track was pretty rough.

“We’ve given her ten days off and then she’s going to Rotorua for the fillies and mares race (Gr.3 ISCL Rotorua Stakes 1400m). I’ll try her closer to home in the black-type race.”

– NZ Racing News.