James favouring second option

Monrecour looked good when winning on debut at Tauranga.

Monrecour looked good when winning on debut at Tauranga.

Roger James is favouring Ellerslie as the venue for the next appearance of his smart debut winner Monrecour.

The Cambridge trainer has accepted for tomorrow’s NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race at Avondale, but Sunday is his preferred option.

“I’ve nominated her for the special conditions 1400 and that’s where she’ll go if she gets in,” said James.

Monrecour caught James off guard when she was successful at the Te Aroha trials last month before she repeated the dose on raceday at Tauranga.

“She surprised me in her trial because she hadn’t showed anything out of the ordinary, but her trial was the quickest of the day, including Xtravagant,” he said.

James is expecting improvement from Pythagoras when he steps out in tomorrow’s AJC Members’ Maiden.

“He was a bit disappointing in his first run, but in saying that he blew the start and was 12 lengths off them at the 600 and finished a bit over four lengths from them at the finish,” said James. “His work had been above average before that.”

– NZ Racing Desk.