James’ stable out in force

Von Tunzelman, pictured winning on debut at Te Aroha, will be ridden by in-form apprentice Zy Nor Azman tomorrow.

Von Tunzelman, pictured winning on debut at Te Aroha, will be ridden by in-form apprentice Zy Nor Azman tomorrow.

Punters would be well-advised to be taking notes on Roger James’ runners at Te Rapa tomorrow.

The Cambridge trainer will run a handful of promising prospects led by the resuming Von Tunzelman in The Riv Bar & Bistro 1400.

“His trial was only average, but it was in an open trial and he’s only a one win horse,” said James. “His work between times has been very good and I’ve chosen to claim three kilos.”

Zy Nor Azman will partner Von Tunzelman, who was a debut winner at Te Aroha in the autumn and was put aside after finishing runner-up at Te Rapa at his next appearance.

“Whatever he does he will improve, but he is good enough to feature,” said James.

James also has future staying prospects Howland and Cool Tart to kick off new campaigns in the same event.

O’Reilly four-year-old Killarney, a brother to his multiple winning stablemate Gracehill, will debut in the Te Kauwhata Tavern Bay & Restaurant 1200.

He has won his only trial and will be ridden by Vinnie Colgan, while Sam Spratt will be on Doubtless Bay in the Distinction Hamilton $5KPunters Challenge 5 Nov @ Te Rapa 1200.

James has high future hopes for Amazing Lady, who will make her four-year-old debut in The Yardhouse Bar 1400.

“She needs further, she’s very much a staying mare,” he said. “I wouldn’t be expecting huge things of her at 1400 metres – she could be a cups mare in the future.”

Amazing Lady was placed in the Gr. 3 Lowland Stakes last season and finished in behind the placegetters in the Gr. 1 New Zealand Oaks.

“I thought her run in the Oaks from an awkward position on the turn was very good – she still got to the line resolutely,” said James.

Amazing Lady will be ridden at Te Rapa by stable apprentice Gee Saejorhor.

“He’s had a lot of trial rides and he’s very light and balanced,” said James.

– NZ Racing Desk.