Open ‘N’ Shut bid for Telegraph start

A start in the Group I $250,000 J. & N. Berkett Telegraph Handicap at Trentham later this month will be on the line for Cambridge sprinter Open ‘N’ Shut at Woodville on Saturday.

Open ‘N’ Shut, a last-start winner at Te Rapa, is currently on a rating of 87 for the Telegraph Handicap and desperately needs extra points to have a chance to secure a place in the big sprint.

He gets that opportunity at Woodville in the Prenters Ready Mix Concrete Open in which he has drawn barrier five and will be ridden by the in-form Kelly Myers.

“He needs to win at Woodville if he’s to have any chance of running in the Telegraph and really if he can’t foot it with them there he’s no chance at Trentham,” said trainer Chris Wood.

Open ‘N’ Shut is a lightly tried four-year-old with six starts for four wins and the second of those victories was at the corresponding Woodville meeting a year ago.

“He was a bit immature early on and we just had to wait and let his joints settle,” said Wood. “He hasn’t had a lot of experience, but he’s got a nice turn of foot.”

Open ‘N’ Shut’s latest form is good as the runner-up to him in that Te Rapa race was Huffer, who went on to beat the hot favourite Future King at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

Wood is planning another trip to the central districts next weekend for the Marton meeting.

“I’m planning to take down Single Currency, Black Hennessy, Bob Valdez and Bravado,” said Wood. “They should all be good chances.”

Single Currency won the Listed Timpson Family Trust Sprint at Te Rapa two starts ago and holds a nomination for the Group I Harcourts Thorndon Mile at Trentham.