Ngatira Gold returning to Te Aroha

Ngatira Gold in winning form at Te Aroha, the scene of his next mission.

Ngatira Gold in winning form at Te Aroha, the scene of his next mission.

Promising Cambridge jumper Ngatira Gold will return to familiar territory for the next appearance of his winter campaign.

The five-year-old will start on Sunday week in an open hurdle at Te Aroha where he was a winner two runs back after opening his account over fences at Ellerslie early last month.

Ngatira Gold stepped up to the big time last time in the Hawke’s Bay Hurdles, but was unplaced after two costly errors.

“It was his first time in that company and when they quickened up he made a couple of rookie mistakes, but he has come through the race really well,” said trainer Sam Logan.

The Te Aroha meeting is also on the programme of his stablemate and black-type winner Caduceus.

The four-year-old has had his issues, including a wind operation, since he claimed the Listed Champagne Stakes as a juvenile but he has made a good early impression as a jumper.

Caduceus was fifth in his hurdle debut behind the highly-rated Danza Lad then finished third to Beverley Beck at Te Aroha.

“He’s taken to jumping really well – he only started schooling this year,” said Logan.

Logan’s more immediate focus will be on the lightly-tried Touch The Sky, who resumes at Tauranga tomorrow in the Citizens RSA Te Puke-Tauranga 1200.

“It’s been a year since she raced and she will benefit from the run, but I still think she can be competitive,” said Logan.

“She’s been galloping well on the heavy tracks and she’s done a lot of work at Mrs Browne’s place as well.”

Touch The Sky has a placing and a maiden victory at Ellerslie to her credit from just four starts.

“She has been very weak and immature and suffered from shin soreness so she had a good break and she’s come back very well,” said Logan.

– NZ Racing Desk.