New Moon ready to back up in Cup

Cambridge owner-trainer Tony Devcich is confident New Moon is ready to back up in the Listed $50,000 Amcor Kiwi — LRK Trays Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga on Saturday.

New Moon returned to winning form at Ellerslie last Saturday when fighting on strongly to win over 2200 metres in Rating 85 company and will slip into the Kiwifruit Cup on 53.5kg, just 0.5 kg above the minimum.

“The Kiwifruit Cup was in the back of my mind before last Saturday’s run, but it all depended on how she went,” said Devcich. “I just wanted to see her back to form and she did that so she can run again. She is very well.”

Last weekend’s victory was New Moon’s first success beyond 1600 metres and the way she found the line suggests she has a future as a stayer.

“She’s always been a staying type, but I’ve gone with the 1600-metre races to try and keep her speed up,” said Devcich. “She always had plenty of ability, but she’s had a bit of trouble with her shoulders. I’ve had the chiropractor working on her and she’s come right.”

As well as the treatment, New Moon has also been helped by the switch to slow tracks, even though she has won on all types of footing.

Her best win came on a heavy track and coincidentally that was also at Tauranga, in the $60,000 Winning Edge Presentations Championship Final (1600m) in April last year.

Since that sound win over fellow Cambridge gallopers Allende and Sum Up, New Moon had to settle for six placings before last weekend’s win. The most notable of those placings was a fourth to Jimmy Choux in the Group One $300,000 NZB Insurance Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings last October.

The Hawkes Bay performance was New Moon’s first start over ground and she has now raced beyond 1600 metres on four occasions. One of the outings was a seventh in the Counties Cup.

If New Moon shapes up well on Saturday Devcich will head to Te Rapa for the Taumarunui Gold Cup next month. “After that I could look at the (big) Hastings meeting again,” he said.