Feature winners backing up in Cambridge JC feature

Pondarosa Miss (Daniel Hain) winning the Manco Easter Handicap, the last Group One of the season in New Zealand, will be tackling Cambridge's feature on Saturday. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Pondarosa Miss (Daniel Hain) winning the Manco Easter Handicap, the last Group One of the season in New Zealand, will be tackling Cambridge’s feature on Saturday. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

 

Group One Manco Easter Handicap winner Pondarosa Miss and the Gr. 3 Hawke’s Bay Cup winner Classcoroc are on target to back up in Saturday’s Gr. 2 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa.

The fillies and mares 2000-metre event is one of two black-type races on the Cambridge Jockey Club’s Premier meeting programme, the other being the Gr. 3 $70,000 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders Stakes.

Darrell Hollinshead, part-owner and co-breeder of Pondarosa Miss, confirmed today the Te Awamutu mare has come through her Easter Handicap win in good shape.

“She looks good and she’ll be suited by the 2000 metres,” he said. “She goes well at Te Rapa, too. She’ll go out after this one.”

Classcoroc has also bounced through her win last weekend and trainer Graeme Hughes plans to throw in a nomination for the feature.

Also backing up from last weekend will be the Te Aroha-trained Carlotta, who was a decisive winner of the open 2200 metres at Ellerslie.

“Rory (Hutchings) only gave her a couple behind the saddle to win and she did it quite easily last Saturday,” said trainer Scott Wenn. “She can back up but I have to find another ride. Rory has got to ride Chintz in it.”

Chintz also ran at last Saturday’s Ellerslie meeting, finishing unplaced in the Manco Easter Handicap.

Lauren Tate, who won the Travis last year, is also likely to be back to defend her crown.