Taumarunui Cup target for Chapinta

Cambridge trainer Craig Thornton again has his sights set on the Taumarunui Gold Cup meeting at Te Rapa late next month for his talented stayer Chapinta.

It was at the corresponding meeting last year Chapinta stamped herself as a very promising galloper when completing a double of middle-distance wins. She then went on to complete a hat trick when scoring in heavy ground at Awapuni.

Chapinta returns to Awapuni tomorrow to tackle the Courtesy Ford Handicap and prove she is on target for the Listed $80,000 Taumarunui Gold Cup (2100m) on July 27.

“I’m just feeling my way with her at the moment, but if she comes up well I’d have a go at the Taumarunui Cup with her,” said Thornton.

Chapinta goes into tomorrow’s Awapuni event with an encouraging second-up run for second behind Belfast Lad in the Foxton Cup at Wanganui. She powered home in the manner to suggest she could win next start.

“It was a good effort,” said trainer Craig Thornton. “She didn’t do much to get a line on her first-up at Rotorua, but that day she got back behind the pack and was hit with a lot of mud.”

Chapinta is a half-sister by High Chapparal to one of Cambridge’s stars, Sangster, the winner of the VRC Derby, Auckland Cup and Darci Brahma International Stakes.

“She’s well-bred and the objective is to try and get some black type with her,” said Thornton. “She’s had niggling muscular problems and I’m always working around those, but she does seem a lot better this time in. She’s strengthened up a bit.”

Chapinta had one crack at black type last campaign in the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino NZ Cup, but she was at the end of her campaign and finished eighth.

Chapinta was ridden for the first time by Kelly Myers in the Foxton Cup and the talented horsewoman will again take the mount tomorrow.

Thornton will have two other runners at Awapuni tomorrow, Loot ’N’ Lust and Little Butterfly. Loot ‘N’ Lust will start in the first event and be ridden by David Walsh, while Little Butterfly will contest race two with Rosie Myers in the saddle.

Loot ‘N’ Lust has had three starts and was runner-up at Matamata in his fresh-up outing. He has won three trials.

Little Butterfly won the last of her two runs last campaign, scoring over 1400 metres at Matamata, and she was held up in the home straight at Wanganui last start.