Foote’s frustrating run

Illuminati (Viktoria Gatu) charging past fourth-placed Goldminer and on to victory in the ITM/Gib Open 1400 at Ruakaka. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Illuminati (Viktoria Gatu) charging past fourth-placed Goldminer and on to victory in the ITM/Gib Open 1400 at Ruakaka. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Ben Foote is wondering when his luck will turn after a series of frustrations with three higher profile members of his Cambridge team.

Foote hasn’t been able to take a trick recently and the barrier draw for Saturday’s Gr. 3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes at Hawera may prevent him from playing another potential trump card.

“Illuminati was topweight for the Matamata Cup so I took her out and now she’s drawn the outside in the Breeders’ Stakes so she’s an unlikely starter,” said Foote.

Foote’s focus has subsequently turned to the Otaki meeting on Saturday week where he is finally hoping to get two other talented members of the stable back in action.

Niggling problems have held up the progress of both Enigma Machine, an impressive winner in his only juvenile appearance, and So it Goes, the winner of two of his seven starts.

“Enigma Machine has had foot problems and he went shin sore again,” said Foote. ”All the plans have gone out of the window and he won’t be going south for the Guineas.

“He might run in the three-year-old race at Otaki. He’s put on 15kg in the last three weeks and he’s jumping around again now.

“I just want to get him back to the races and then go from there. I don’t know yet whether he’s just an out and out sprinter or not.”

So it Goes has also been held up by foot issues and he hasn’t raced since New Year’s Day, but recent signs have been encouraging.

“He’s trialled up well and I would expect him to be hard to beat at Otaki,” said Foote.

– NZ Racing Desk.