Cambridge boosts Go Racing prospects

Ruud Not Too (Danielle Johnson) looms as a big chance for Go Racing Syndication in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile after proving too strong in the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile today.

Ruud Not Too (Danielle Johnson) looms as a big chance for Go Racing Syndication in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile after proving too strong in the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile .

The Go Racing team, buoyed by a strong Cambridge representation, will be out in force this weekend.

The syndication company’s blue and white colours should be prominent in feature races at both Trentham and Ellerslie.

Go Racing will have two form runners in the Stephen Marsh-trained stablemates Seize The Moment and Ruud Not Too in the Gr.1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile at Trentham on Saturday and Hasahalo, prepared by Stephen McKee, and another Marsh runner Sophie’s Choice in the Karaka Million at Ellerslie on Sunday.

In addition, Go Racing have Rip Into Ghia, from the Lisa Latta stable, in the Gr.3 Desert Gold Stakes at Wellington and the Marsh-trained What A Diva in the $100,000 Karaka Stayers Cup at Ellerslie.

Hasahalo and Sophie’s Choice were among 15 yearlings the company bought last summer and will attempt to match Ruud Awakening, who won the 2013 Karaka Million in the same colours from the Marsh barn.

“We have to be excited about having two Karaka Million runners,” said Go Racing’s Albert Bosma. “It’s a hard race to get them to and we’ve only had three runners before. The horses have to shape up physically and mentally to get there.”

Hasahalo, a Savabeel filly who cost $110,000 as a yearling from the Waikato Stud draft, was syndicated into 13 shares, spread among 20 shareholders.

“Quite a few of them are first-time owners,” said Bosma. “There are about five or six surgeons involved, from Auckland and Wellington, and there’s a whole crew coming up from Invercargill.”

Sam Spratt has ridden Hasahalo in her three races and two trials, but Sydney jockey Blake Shinn has the mount on Sunday.

“That was our decision,” said Bosma. “This is our business and it was a business decision. It’s a $1 million race and Blake is a top international rider and has ridden for us before.

“Sam has taken it very well and rode the filly in her final gallop this morning and the syndicate will look after her if the filly does win.”

Sophie’s Choice, who is still a maiden, drifted to $35 after drawing wide.

“A good draw would have been a big help to her,” said Bosma.

– NZ Racing Desk.