Timely win for Crawford

Luen Yat Miracle (outside, Dylan Turner) about to grab fellow Cambridge galloper So It Goes short of the finish at Tauranga yesterday.

Luen Yat Miracle (outside, Dylan Turner) about to grab fellow Cambridge galloper So It Goes short of the finish at Tauranga yesterday.

Cambridge trainer Shane Crawford took time out from last-minute preparations for the  NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale to grab a timely victory with former Hong Kong galloper Luen Yat Miracle at Tauranga yesterday.

Raced by long-time stable client Tony Chan, Luen Yat Miracle had failed to produce his best in Hong Kong after showing promise when downing last week’s Gr. 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile runner-up Ringo in his only New Zealand start. His 16 starts in Hong Kong produced just one victory and he returned to Crawford’s care earlier this year to continue his career.

“He just didn’t really acclimatise in Hong Kong which was a worry I did have for him when he went up there,” said Crawford. “He is the type that likes being outside in a paddock so the stable environment in Hong Kong wasn’t really for him so Tony thought he might be better back here.

“He came back in really good shape but I’ve given him plenty of time and right now he is a very happy horse.

“We’ve piled the work into him and he’s been busy with four starts in the space of three weeks but he is thriving and that was a pretty good win in a nice field.”

Crawford hopes to work his way through the grades with the six-year-old gelding and believes he has the ability to be competitive at the highest level.

“He is probably best suited to a mile now but I do think he will be able to get up to a mile and a half in the future,” he said. “A race like the Rich Hill Mile at Ellerslie during the Christmas Carnival is an aim for him if he can continue to step up which I firmly believe he can.”

Crawford and partner Kara Waters are looking forward to the annual Ready To Run sale, which begins at Karaka next Wednesday, with 10 two-year-olds under their Regal Farm banner.

“We’ve got a really nice group of horses going to the sale this year and I’m pretty excited about their prospects,” he said.

“Through the deeds of Mongolian Khan and Turn Me Loose lately I expect there to be plenty of international interest at the sale which can only be good for everyone involved. Mongolian Khan went through the sale under our banner and while we may not have one like him I expect our horses to attract plenty of attention.”

Crawford nominated Lot 63, a colt by Showcasing from Stravinsky mare Spamalot, as one to watch from his draft along with Lot 258, the More Than Ready colt who is a half brother to VRC Sire’s Produce Stakes winner Running Tall.

– NZ Racing Desk