Rain not all bad news for talented 2YO

4th May 2013

While Mike Breslin would have preferred a better track at Riccarton on Saturday for his promising juvenile Salamanca (NZ) (Alamosa), he has drawn one positive from the rain.

“He’s down there and he’ll run and at least the soft or heavy going will negate the draw,” the Awapuni trainer said.

Salamanca will jump from the outside gate in the Listed Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes, in what will be the Alamosa two-year-old’s last start before a spell.

“If we had waited for the Castletown Stakes it would have eaten into his spelling time and I’d rather put him out in May when at least it’s a bit warmer,” Breslin said.

“The trip away to Christchurch will do him a lot of good and this race will tell us a little bit more.”

An impressive winner on debut at Otaki, Salamanca already has a return trip to Riccarton for the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas pencilled in on his spring programme.

Breslin also has a strong winning prospect at Te Rapa on Saturday with the Fastnet Rock three-year-old Ringo (NZ) aiming to complete a hat-trick of wins when he steps out in the Clinique Elan Appearance Medicine 1600.

“The trip away will do him a lot of good as well and he’s another who might go to the paddock on Monday,” he said.

“There’s not much left in New Zealand for him – if he won well there’s a chance we could shoot him over to Sydney or Melbourne for a one or two run campaign. There’s not enough time for the Queensland Derby.”

Runner-up on debut, Ringo won his maiden at Otaki and then claimed a special conditions event at Hastings.

“We’ll get a good line on him at Te Rapa,” Breslin said. “He’s still pretty dumb and green, but he’s going to make into a lovely staying horse.”

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