Tauranga step toward Te Rapa

Ngatira Gold (Richard Cully) recording his first jumps win at Ellerslie..

Ngatira Gold (Richard Cully) recording his first jumps win at Ellerslie..

Sam Logan is putting thoughts of a trip to Australia aside with a domestic target the first jumping priority for Ngatira Gold.

The Cambridge trainer already has the winning polish on the versatile six-year-old, who will attempt to remain unbeaten this year when he runs in the Classic Cuisine Caterers & Event Management Highweight at Tauranga tomorrow.

“He’s good to go and we’re just hoping the track doesn’t dry out too much,” said Logan.

“After Tauranga he’ll go to Te Rapa on May 6 for the open hurdle and then back there again a fortnight later for the Waikato Hurdles.

“He goes well left-handed so that’s his first target and potentially we could look at going to Australia for some steeplechases for him.

“I don’t think he’s got the speed to go hurdling over there. They would go a bit quick for him.”

Ngatira Gold finished third in last year’s Great Northern Hurdles and following a spell he successfully returned to action at Rotorua earlier this month.

The Gold Centre gelding, whose owners include Logan and her mother Donna, won a highweight event in the hands of Gary Walsh, who will again take the reins at Tauranga.

Meanwhile, Ngatira Gold’s talented stablemate Iwannadancelikehim has been sent for his winter break.

“He’s a good horse and we’ll have him back for the spring,” said Logan.

Iwannadancelikehim collected the fourth win of his career last preparation when he downed the Group Three winner Serious Satire at Ellerslie. ‘

– NZ Racing Desk.