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Taupo runners to set the precedent


Taupo will be the starting point for three talented Ballymore runners on Wednesday including the lightly tried three-year-olds Starstripe (pictured) and Lorde Royals, while the ultra-consistent Massale will be kicking off this campaign following a well-deserved break.

Having finished third and second in her only race day outings as a juvenile, Starstripe lines up against a hot field of fillies in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series event over 1100m, although will have to overcome a wide barrier draw.

“She showed a good amount of ability last time and were are hopeful she can go onto it and compete against the best three-year-old fillies in the country,” Co-trainer Chad Ormsby said.

Fellow three-year-old Lorde Royals will be lining up in the Mark Ewen & Associates maiden over 1200m and will be hoping to put some bad luck behind him after looking very exciting in the early stages of last preparation, including a trial win over recently crowned 2YO Champion Marky Mark.

“He looks superb and we’re hopeful that a couple of setbacks last preparation are a blessing in disguise,” Ormsby said.

“He’s always shown us a bit from day one so Wednesday’s event will hopefully give us a line on where he’s at going forward.”

The third and final runner will be the super consistent Massale, a horse that never fails to run a good race, and with the services of Opie Bosson aboard he is always a chance every time he steps out onto the race track.

“He’s only a one win horse, but he continues to run well against strong company, hence why he is carrying such a big weight in Rating 65 company.” said Ormsby.

“We considered an apprentice to relieve a bit of weight, although he has shown he can carry it and you can’t overlook the ability of Opie.”

[17 Aug 15]

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