Seguin smiling in the rain

One trainer particularly pleased with the recent wet spell in the northern region is the Frenchman Yves Seguin.

Seguin, who has attracted attention as a trainer from his Cambridge base, will be saddling up Arcenciel in the Group II City Of Auckland Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

Arcenciel slips into the feature with a luxury weight of 53.5kg and rates as one of the big chances on the strength of recent form, which includes a last-start third to Annie Higgins in the Group II Waikato Times Gold Cup over the same distance at Te Rapa.

“I’m happy to see this rain,” said Seguin. “The mare is very well and any easing of the track will help her.”

Arcenciel has gained two of her five wins on slow tracks and has been placed on heavy footing. Her other three wins have been on good tracks with the most recent being at Counties last January.

Three starts after that Counties 2200-metres win, she took the Bay Of Plenty Cup at Tauranga on a slow track and, though she hasn’t won since that March 24 success, she has picked up a few placings, including a third in the Group III Rotorua Cup.

Arcenciel has had four starts this campaign and has acquitted herself well in each outing, improving with the racing. Two starts ago she was second, beaten a neck by fellow Cambridge mare Jeu de Cartes in the Group II DHL Counties Cup (2100m).

Arcenciel gives every indication she will master the ultimate staying test, 3200 metres, and if her form holds up she will be given her chance at Ellerslie in March in the Group I Auckland Cup.