Maygrove boosts NZ Cup hopes

Maygrove (Michael Coleman) producing a fine NZ Cup dress rehearsal at Rotorua today.

Maygrove (Michael Coleman) producing a fine NZ Cup dress rehearsal at Rotorua today.

Wellington Cup winner Maygrove showed at Rotorua today his readiness for another Cup triumph.

The six-year-old is being set for next month’s Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup at Riccarton on November 12 and he furthered his preparation when comfortably taking the Listed Jakkalberry Classic.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Maygrove had to give runner-up Gentil Tonton (also a NZ Cup hopeful) six kilos and he did that in fine style with the well-performed gelding taking major honours under rider Michael Coleman.

“He’s a good horse and he’s been consistent all the way through, especially going left-handed,” said Coleman. “I had a look back at his Awapuni Gold Cup win on a heavy track and even with 60kg today that gave me confidence.”

Maygrove settled toward the back of the field before Coleman let him stride around runners to take control at the top of the straight and surging clear to score by one and a quarter lengths.

“He travelled sweetly and we probably got there too soon, but you can’t lose momentum in that ground,” said Coleman.

Maygrove was making only the second appearance of his current campaign following a sound fifth when resuming at Hastings behind Humidor, who finished second in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic on the final day of the Hawke’s Bay carnival.

The grey subsequently missed two races due to rain-affected going and his connections had little choice other than to run him today to keep him on a path to Christchurch.