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Quartet of runners at Te Aroha

Ballymore will line up four runners in tomorrow’s midweek meeting at Te Aroha - with three horses to resume following spells and the other looking to go one better following an encouraging debut effort at Matamata last month.

The regally bred son of Red Giant, Saint Finn, produced a gallant effort when running second on his home track and all indicators are pointing to another encouraging performance despite the wide barrier draw.

“He’s taken a stack of improvement from his first outing and it’s really switched him on,” co-trainer Pam Gerard said.

“We decided to give him another go at the mile, before stepping him up to 2000m, but going by his work, he won’t be far away if he can get some the wide barrier draw.”

Saint Finn carries the colours of Westbury Stud’s principal, and prominent owner, Gerry Harvey, and will be ridden by international jockey Mark du Plessis.

A horse we have been looking forward to seeing back at the track is the lightly tried, but hugely talented, Sororia who is gearing up for another successful winter campaign when she resumes in the Rating 75 event over 1400m.

Well short of her ideal distance, the daughter of Iffraaj has come back bigger and stronger and has a fresh-up record, although she is another that will have to overcome a wide barrier draw.

“She’s been working well and doing everything right. She goes well fresh, but naturally she will take plenty of improvement and we are looking forward to seeing her in some nice staying races in the coming weeks.”

Despite several setbacks, The Heat Is On looks right on target to produce an encouraging run and is another who will take plenty of improvement for the outing. With Craig Grylls under saddle, The Heat Is Son initially showed very good promise early on, although has had to overcome a run of back luck.

“He’s looking fantastic and is working very well, and again, we need a bit of luck in running to overcome the wide barrier draw – other than that we couldn’t fault him.”

Another that has shown plenty of ability is the regally bred You Are Amazing who resumes in the Rating 65 event over 1200m and will be ridden Michael Coleman.

“She shows plenty of the track at home, but has a hard time relaying that on the track,” Gerard said.

“The owners have been patient and given her the time to mature both mentally and physically, so here’s hoping they will be rewarded this time around.”

[19 Apr 16]

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