‘Amour’ Strongest in Herbie Dyke?


Lizzie l’Amour | Trish Dunell

2017 G1 Livamol Spring Classic victor Wait a Sec (NZ) (Postponed) has already captured the G3 Anniversary H. At Trentham this term, and is looking to add his second victory at the highest level in the G1 Herbie Dyke S. on Saturday. He was eighth last out to Beefeater (NZ) (Alamosa {NZ}) in New Plymouth’s G3 Taranaki Cup on Feb. 3. Runner-up in the Jan. 20 G1 Thorndon Mile over the Trentham course, Watch This Space (NZ) (Elusive City) was ninth in the Cup.

The 2000-metre distance of the Herbie Dyke should suit 2017 G1 Bonecrusher New Zealand S. heroine Lizzie l’Amour (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}). Victorious over 1600 metres in the G2 Cal Isuzu S. on Dec. 16, the Muray Baker/Andrew Forsman trainee was a good second to Authentic Paddy (NZ) (Howbaddouwantit) in the G1 Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and, with the latter’s scratching from Saturday’s contest, looks primed for a big effort. She found only G1SW Thee Auld Floozie (NZ) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) too good in the G2 Westbury Classic at Ellerslie most recently on Jan. 27.

“She’s done well and she likes Te Rapa,” Baker, who also fields Jan. 1 G2 Rich Hill Mile victress Coldplay (NZ) (Savabeel {Aus}), and GSW Nicoletta (NZ) (Savabeel {Aus}), told www.nzracing.co.nz. “She’s got to be hard to beat. Coldplay has only had a few cracks over ground and, if she gets the trip, she’s a chance. As for Nicoleta, it’s a tough ask, but she’s a Group 3 winner and she runs it out all right.

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