Wood scraps NZ Cup plans

Pacorus and regular rider Viktoria Gatu scoring an easy win in the Kaponga Hotel Egmont Cup.

Pacorus and regular rider Viktoria Gatu scoring an easy win in the Kaponga Hotel Egmont Cup.

Chris Wood has pulled the pin on Pacorus’ trip to Riccarton for a crack at the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup.

He wasn’t satisfied with the promising stayer’s work at Cambridge this morning and he has sent the Tavistock five-year-old for a spell.

“He’s out, he’s not quite 100 per cent,” said Wood. “He galloped okay without getting carried away.

“It’s a $6000 to $7000 exercise to fly them down there and the way Nymph Monte won last Saturday you wouldn’t want to be going down there unless you’re confident your horse is 110 per cent.

“He had a blood infection recently and we got that sorted out and his blood was good, but he just wasn’t working like he was prior to that.”

Pacorus has been one of the brighter staying prospects to emerge this year, going from a maiden success at Matamata in January to spring open handicap victories in the Mitchelson and Egmont Cups.

In between times the gelding won races at New Plymouth (two), Tauranga and Te Rapa.

“He’s done a great job for his connections,” said Wood. “He’ll go out for a spell at (part-owner) Gary Edge’s place for a month to six weeks.

“He’s still got a lot of improvement in him and he’ll be a better horse in the autumn. We’ll look around for some nice races for him then.”

A son of the Group-performed Zabeel mare Za Tiara, Pacorus has banked nearly $140,000 for a handy return on his $15,000 purchase price at Karaka.

– NZ Racing Desk.