Duncan back on Group One trail

 Cambridge trainer Paul Duncan will be using Saturday’s Tauranga meeting as a stepping stone to another Group One mission for his smart mare Say No More.

Say No More was put aside for a spell after winning the Group I Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile at Trentham on January 28 and originally Duncan planned to give her a lengthier break that she has had.

“I was going to leave her out a bit longer and look towards taking her to Queensland,” said Duncan. “But her owners want to have a go at the Te Aroha Group One race so she ended up having about two and a half weeks out. She hasn’t lost much race fitness and should be right for Te Aroha.”

Since the Trentham win Say No More has trialled at Cambridge and she pleased Duncan with her effort for second behind Run Like Al, who followed up with a bold run when runner-up to Fleur de Lune at Te Rapa last weekend.

“Actually she came through the Trentham race really well and she’s done well since the trial, too,” said Duncan. “I did think of running her in that Te Rapa sprint, but decided it would be better to wait for this weekend. She’ll run at Tauranga as long as the track isn’t too bad.”

Rosie Myers, who in unbeaten on Say No More in three rides, will be on hand to ride the mare in the Morton Estate Sparkling 1200 at the Tauranga meeting and will return north for the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes a fortnight later.

After the Te Aroha race it is highly likely Say No More will be taken to Queensland, where her assignments could be the Hollindale Stakes and the Doomben Cup.

“There’s also the Winter Stakes over there, but that’s only 1400 metres and will probably be a bit short for her,” said Duncan. “She really wants 1600 and should go a bit further.