He’s An Ace more focussed

He's An Ace kicking on strongly for Matt Cameron to win at Ellerslie .

He’s An Ace , who is returning to Ellerslie in search of more success in the Gr. 3 Stella Artois Mr Tiz Trophy.

A gear addition might be the trump card He’s An Ace needs to return to winning ways at Ellerslie on Saturday.

The talented three-year-old was beaten for the first time in his most recent appearance, resulting in a new look for the gelding when he runs in the Gr. 3 Stella Artois Mr Tiz Trophy.

“We’re going to apply the blinkers and they will sharpen him up that bit more,” said trainer Shaune Ritchie. “He was over-thinking things a bit at his last start.”

He’s An Ace won his first two starts at Ellerslie, accounting for his stakes-performed stablemate Way In last December after beating the highly-regarded His Majesty on debut. The Swiss Ace gelding then lost his perfect record last month when he finished third in a special conditions event.

“He’s freshened up really nicely,” said Ritchie. “A dead track would suit him. He likes a bit of give in the ground and that would make him super competitive.”

Any softening of the track will also be relished by stablemate Megawatt, who runs in the Gr. 3 McKee Family Sunline Vase and remains in contention for the Gr. 1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks.

“She was stakes placed the last time she went to Ellerslie (in the Royal Stakes),” said Ritchie.

“She is one-paced and a genuine stayer. Rain will make all the difference to her being competitive, but I need to run her either way so she’s ready if they happen to get a wet track at Trentham for the Oaks.”

– NZ Racing Desk.