Weather Dictates Sword of State

Date: 31 Mar 2021

Weather Dictates Sword of State


NZ Racing News reports below - UPDATE - Sword of State will bypass Saturday's Group 1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes, trialling on Thursday at Taupo with future plans decided post-trial.


Plans for Group One winning juvenile Sword Of State (Snitzel) will be determined by the volume of rain in the coming days, with the Jamie Richards-trained colt a warm favourite for Saturday's Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m).

The son of Snitzel is not a confirmed runner, with the Te Akau team keen to keep the valuable colt to better surfaces where possible.

Awapuni was rated a Dead 6 on Tuesday, with rain forecast on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We have given him some work this morning like he is going to Awapuni for the Sires',” Richards said.

“We have probably got to pay up and then work out by Thursday morning how we think the weather is going to be.

“That will dictate whether he does a bit of three-quarter pace like he is going to go to Awapuni or whether he goes to Taupo for a trial on Thursday.

“We possibly look at Sydney (for the Gr.1 ATC Sires', 1400m) or we look at giving him a break and just pulling up stumps for the preparation. That is where we are at and won't make a decision for at least another 24 hours.”

The Gr.1 ATC Sires' (1400m) was originally on the same day as the Manawatu Sires' but Sydney's deluge a fortnight ago saw the entire carnival pushed back a week.

Irrespective of whether Sword Of State takes his place on Saturday, Richards will have a strong hand, with Karaka Million winner On The Bubbles (Brazen Beau) a likely starter, joined by late nomination I Wish I Win (NZ) (Savabeel).

A gelded son of Savabeel, I Wish I Win was an impressive debut winner at Awapuni in early March and has trialled impressively since at Cambridge.

“He has always been in the mix for the Sires' and ever since he won at Awapuni he had been in the mix, but when they were calling for nominations he hadn't been named at that stage, and hence why he wasn't on those nominations,” Richards said.

“He is a pretty exciting galloper. He has had three trials for three wins and a raceday win.”

Richards also has classy mares Avantage (Fastnet Rock) and Entriviere (NZ) (Tavistock) down to trial at Matamata on Wednesday where they are scheduled to clash with exciting mare Levante (NZ) (Proisir), although he will again have his eyes on the weather.

“They won't be trialling if it is heavy, they will be nominated for Taupo as well,” Richards said.

One horse punters can follow with a view to the future is two-year-old filly Synchronize (NZ) (Savabeel), who will take her place in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1050m) at Matamata on Wednesday.

“She is quite an exciting filly. Her trials have been superb, she looks to have a good future in front of her,” Richards said. “We have just got to point her towards this race and then we will give her a little break and get her ready for next season. We will just see how everything goes in the next 24 hours in terms of the weather.”


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