Hopes of two-pronged Auckland Cup bid

Cambridge trainer Yves Seguin will be switching his attention from one Auckland Cup prospect to another at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Last weekend Seguin watched his consistent mare Arcenciel finish a sound third behind Annie Higgins in the Group II Waikato Times Gold Cup at Te Rapa and this time Petergabriel will be the centre of attention when he resumes in the White Bros Panelworks & Truck Steering Services 1600.
Petergabriel, who is owned by Seguin’s wife, Barbara, has not raced since winning over 2200 metres at Ellerslie last March, but does go into the Te Rapa event with a trial last week under his belt.
“Mickey Coleman rode him in the trial and I was pleased with the way he went,” said Seguin. “It’s going to be far too short for him on Saturday and he’s up against specialists milers. He’ll need the run and I’ll be happy to see him come through it well.”
Seguin has a tight schedule mapped out for Petergabriel to get him to the Auckland Cup.
“He’ll have three runs before the Cup,” said Seguin. “After this one over 1600, he’ll run over 2100 at Ellerslie on January 12 then over 2400 at Te Rapa in mid-February.”
Petergabriel has won four times from 25 starts with three of the wins being over ground. His first win was over 1800 metres.
Meanwhile, Seguin is pleased with the condition of Arcenciel following her Te Rapa performance.
“She lost a bit of weight, but she’s very well,” said Seguin. “Her next step will be the City Of Auckland Cup at Ellerslie. I think she’d a better mare at Ellerslie and right-handed so I’m looking forward to that.”
After placings in both the Counties and Waikato Cups, Arcenciel seems on the right track for the 3200-metre Auckland Cup in March.