"All Things Local" with Glenn Watson

 He is also the editor of Racing Tips www.racingtips.co.nz 

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Photo shows Mufhasa ... nice easy gallop

By Glenn Watson

Jockey Cameron Lammas' heart stopped when he was kicked by a horse this week.
"It was pretty scarey," the 27-year-old Matamata rider said today.
"I don't remember much about what happened.
"I was unsaddling a horse while my partner was holding it and it lashed out and kicked me in the chest.
"I apparently collapsed and my partner had to give me CPR."
Lammas was taken to hospital for treatment. He was told he had suffered some bruising to the heart.
He hopes to be back riding within a week but will forego some good rides on premier day at Te Rapa on Saturday and Counties on Sunday.

Ritchie's Sir Tristram trio

Shaune Ritchie is thrilled with the leadup work of Zurella and Artistic heading into the $100,000 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Eulofy winner Zurella hasn't raced since January 1 where she rebelled against the slow track at Ellerslie and finished a well beaten fifth while Artistic just failed to pick up Quintessential at Trentham last start.
Forgive No Forget is Ritchie's third stringer in the event.
"Of my three I'd say Zurella would the best of them but Artistic has drawn a decent gate for a change (6) and if she can be ridden in midfield she'll be a really strong chance.
"We've had to ride her cold lately because of the draws.
"Forgive No Forget probably won't be hitting her peak around Oaks time."
Ritchie hasn't decided whether to chase the Derby or the Oaks with Zurella as yet.
Chicharita is the $5 fixed odds favourite for the race followed by Planet Rock $5.50 Zurella $6 and Artistic $7

Mufhasa $1.90

Sam Spratt said she gave Gr1 Waikato Draught Sprint hotpot Mufhasa a nice relaxed gallop today ahead of Saturday's $200,000 dash for the cash.
"He did his work well. He's very well," said Spratt of the winner of last year's race.
The dominant Captain Cook Stakes winner from two months ago - his last race - is a $1.90 fixed odds favourite for Saturday's race ahead of his main danger, class mare and Telegraph winner Guiseppina ($3.20).
Other starters are the versatile Veyron, AJC Derby winner Sangster and problem-plagued Run Like Al, now in the care of Frank Ritchie, who has taken over the training from a retired Jacki Good.

UK rider on The Hombre

An English rider holidaying in New Zealand over the summer has landed the ride on likely Ashhurst Cup favourite The Hombre at Awapuni on Saturday.
David Nolan, brother of Northern jockey Derek Nolan, has ridden 150 winners in England.
"The horses love him. He's got great hands," said The Hombre's trainer John Bary.
"He's here with his girlfriend and he got a year's working permit so we'll see what happens."
Bary said The Hombre was a bit flat for the Telegraph, where he ran ninth, but was now back to his old self.
He also said Jimmy Choux was lapping up the sunshine and would soon return to the training track.
"It's taken him a bit of time to get over the Hong Kong trip."

 Green Supreme rests

 Green Supreme, the favourite who finished last in the Wellington Cup, has been sent to the spelling paddock.


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