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Harness Briefs - 12th February
Sun, 11 Feb 2018

Yearling sales ready to kick off

The annual three-day national yearling sales kick off in Auckland today with 165 lots to go under the hammer at the Karaka sales complex.

Auckland has endured three straight days of rain and it is forecast to continue on Monday, ensuring testing conditions for both horses and buyers.

Champion sire Bettor’s Delight has the most progeny in the Karaka catalogue with 43 lots while first season sires represented there are He’s Watching, Sunshine Beach, Sweet Lou, Terror To Love and The Best Madrik.

The Australian buying bench is expected to be strong once again, with a number of Perth-based horsemen present at the sale yard on Sunday doing inspections.

The sale will continue in Christchurch on Tuesday after with a trotters-only session of 43 lots.

Wednesday sees the premier pacing session, with 196 lots down to go through the ring as of Sunday afternoon, before a supplementary session rounds out proceedings late in the day, a further 55 lots catalogued for that.

Rookie sires represented in Christchurch include Gold Ace, Shadyshark Hanover and Trixton.

Butt nearly wins Chariots Of Fire

New Zealand horseman Tim Butt went close to adding to his illustrious Group 1 record in Australia at Menangle in Sydney last night.

Let It Ride, trained by the now Sydney-based horseman, ran second in the A$200,000 Chariots Of Fire after trailing for most of the race in the hands of Anthony Butt.

The race was won brilliantly my Melbourne visitor Jilliby Kung Fu, who ran in his last half in 53.2secs on the way to a 1.48.8-mile rate win.

“He went super and it took a good one to beat him,” said Tim Butt on Sunday.

Let It Ride has now won well over $100,000 in stakes since Butt purchased him unraced out of the Michael House stable at the start of last year.

Butt says Let It Ride will now return to New Zealand for a crack at the four-year-old features at Alexandra Park in late April.

“He’ll have a freshen-up now and then head over for the Messenger and Taylor Mile.”

Butt went on to win the last on the card, a A$16,500 trotters’ free for all, with his charge Daryl Boko, also driven by Anthony Butt.

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