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No More Tears (Michael Coleman) being chased home by fellow Cambridge galloper Curious at Rotorua today.

No More Tears (Michael Coleman) being chased home by fellow Cambridge galloper Curious at Rotorua today.

Cambridge filly No More Tears put herself on track for another black-type mission when ploughing through the mud at Rotorua today, but the location of that assignment has yet to be decided.

No More Tears had her fifth start of the season when tackling the Magnum Industries 1400, a rating 75 event, and lived up to expectations when proving far too strong for her six rivals when scoring by two lengths in the hands of Michael Coleman.

It was the Darci Brahma filly’s third win from six starts and Coleman has been aboard in each of her raceday outings. The partnership’s first win came in her debut at Te Rapa in the Listed Hamilton Vets Equine Stakes last May and two starts later she won second-up this season in the Listed Harold Plumley Junior Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie last October.

Between the two wins No More Tears had finished fourth in the Gr. 3 Windsor Park/ Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings and following her Ellerslie win she headed south for her fourth consecutive black-type mission, Riccarton’s Gr. 1 NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas, in which she finished ninth.

Now trainer Stephen Marsh believes she is ready to return to the black-type arena and he has two features in mind.

She will either head to Ellerslie on January 24 for the Listed $250,000 NZ Bloodstock Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile or trek south six days later in search of NZ Bloodstock Filly Of The Year points in the Gr. 3 $70,000 Wellfield Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham.

“I’m not sure at this stage which race she’ll go for,” said Marsh. “I just want to see how she comes through this one. I think she’ll get a mile, but she might not go much further.

“She got through that wet track today, but she can run on any ground.”

While rain at Rotorua today caused a flurry of late scratchings (including stablemate Nahema in the following race), Marsh was confident No More Tears could handle the going. She had won the Soliloquy Stakes on a slow7 track.

Coleman has been a big fan of No More Tears since her debut win in fast time.

“She’s been the pick of my three-year-old filly rides since the start of the season and she keeps showing it,” said Coleman. “I’m still a believer. She was an unlucky fifth against older horses in a good race at Ellerslie on Boxing Day last time out.

“That was a nice effort today, although it was what we expected. She puts herself in the race.

“The track is probably worse than it was when she won the Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie, but she got through it really well. When I let her slide forward, she did it pretty easily.

No More Tears has now won almost $75,000 and is raced by the Go Racing Don’t Cry Syndicate, whose members include Sir Colin Meads, who braved the wet weather to be at Rotorua today to cheer on the filly.

Marsh had hoped for a few wins on today’s programme, but the rain put paid to that dream. Scarlet’s Secret was expected to quit maiden ranks, however she failed to handle the going and tailed the field home, while straight after that event Nahema was withdrawn from the NRM 1230, which had looked an ideal opportunity for her to regain her best form.

“Nahema wouldn’t have handled it and it was no use risking running her,” said Marsh. “She can run at Wanganui next Thursday in a rating 65 1200.”