Blizzard on track for Hastings again

Blizzard and regular rider Craig Grylls. (Photo: Wally O'Hearn)

Blizzard and regular rider Craig Grylls. (Photo: Wally O’Hearn)

Cambridge-trained Blizzard is again on a path to Hastings, but with loftier goals in place this time around.

The free-going grey was an undercard star at last year’s spring carnival when he appeared on all three days for two wins and a second to the subsequent Group winner Addictive Habit.

Blizzard later won at Te Rapa before he finished fourth in the Gr. 3 New Zealand Cup and was sent for a deserved spell after he was unplaced in the Gr. 1 Auckland Cup.

“The 3200 metres stretched him a bit too far,” said co-trainer Emma-Lee Browne. “He’s been back with us since June and doing some faster work now.

“He’s doing really well and he has developed. He’s not as gangly as he used to be.

“We’ll trial him at Te Teko on August 4 and we’re looking to go back to the Hastings carnival again. Depending on how he progresses, he could be a Spring Classic contender.”

While Blizzard will be Hawke’s Bay bound, his talented stablemate Stratocaster will remain at home.

“He’s still out spelling. We’re going to give him a bit longer out and concentrate on the summer with him,” said Browne.

Stratocaster showed his raw talent when he defeated the subsequent Gr. 1 NZ 2000 Guineas winner Turn Me Loose in the Hawke’s Bay Guineas Prelude earlier this season. He later finished fourth in both the Gr. 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas and the Gr. 3 Sarten Memorial and fifth in the Riccarton feature.

Stratocaster was then spelled and on his return he added a third placing behind the star three-year-old Volkstok’n’barrell in the Listed Karaka Mile.

“He fought maturity issues all the way through and if he hadn’t have been battling those we would have seen a lot different results,” said Browne. “That’s why we have decided to give him a good break and I’m sure we’ll see a much more serious horse when he comes back.”

– NZ Racing Desk.