Foxbridge Test for Sprinter

Frank Ritchie is keen on a start in the Gr.3 Foxbridge Plate on Saturday week for his in-form sprinter Aaja Nachle.   “I’ll try to get her in – it might be a step too far, but she likes the 1200 at Te Rapa and she is well-seasoned,” he said. “It will be a good field and a lot of them will be fresh-up.”

Aaja Nachle won her first attempt at 1400 metres this preparation and last time out she was a brave second in her open class debut. “She really struggled in the ground at Otaki,” Ritchie said. “Danielle (Johnson) said she thought she was going to run last, but she tried hard and battled away.”

Meanwhile, her unbeaten stablemate Moon Tide may return to New Plymouth in a bid to stretch her winning run to four. “I’ll throw in a nomination for the Interprovincial Challenge, but she’s a 74-rated horse and she will find some stiff opposition there,” Ritchie said. “I’m toying with the idea of running her first at Counties as I’ve been pretty easy on her since Taranaki.”

Moon Tide won on debut at Te Awamutu before claiming a Rating 65 event at Avondale and then beat Teddytwinkletoes, subsequently seventh in Saturday’s Gr.3 Winter Cup, in a three-year-old event at New Plymouth last month.