Draw determines venue for Pinzalot

Pinzalot, a promising member of Mark Forbes' team, will be out to boost his record at Te Rapa tomorrow.

Pinzalot, a promising member of Mark Forbes’ team, will be out to boost his record at Te Rapa tomorrow.

Cambridge trainer Mark Forbes will be staying closer to home this weekend.

He has opted to run his talented sprinter Pinzalot at the Waikato meeting tomorrow in preference to the Listed Phill Cataldo Bloodstock Lightning Handicap at Trentham.

“He’s drawn a much better gate at Te Rapa so that’s where we’ll be going with him,” said Forbes.

Pinzalot will jump from barrier three and in his current form he is expected to be a hard horse to beat in the Cal Isuzu 1400.

The Pins four-year-old has two wins and two placings in four appearances from Forbes’ stable and last start he was an impressive winner on the course over the highly-regarded Terrafique.

“He’s very well and I’m sure he will be extremely competitive again,” he said.

Forbes had early experience with Pinzalot and broke in the gelding before he joined Tony Millard’s Hong Kong stable.

His career in Hong Kong was cut prematurely short when he suffered a tendon injury in his only appearance before he returned to Forbes’ care.

Meanwhile, the onset of rain-affected ground has prompted a break for Pinzalot’s stablemate Royal Fashion.

“She’s gone out for a spell. There’s no point keeping her in work the way the tracks are,” said Forbes.

“She’s only been out of the money once and that was in the 1000 Guineas when it rained.”

Royal Fashion has won two of her nine starts and last start she finished runner-up in the Gr.3 Mongolian Khan Trophy at Ellerslie.

– NZ Racing Desk.