Roger James had to settle for fourth with Touch Win in the Group I $250,000 Levin Classic at Otaki today, but he looks set to enjoy a successful day tomorrow at Ellerslie.
The Cambridge trainer will have four runners at the Auckland meeting and each one of them is capable of picking up some of the prizemoney.
James’ representative in the first event will be Jack’s Run, who boasts two seconds from as many starts, and he will also saddle up Future King, Prestigious Miss, The Tidy Express and Le Moussier.
Future King, a son of James’ Gr I 2000 Guineas winner Foxwood, has picked up a win and two placings from his three appearances and is held in high regard by his trainer.
“Soundness issues have restricted him,” said James. “Every time he has lined up he’s been tragically shinsore afterwards. Really he should be unbeaten.”
The four-year-old finished third on debut at Te Rapa last February and did not reappear until the Taupo meeting on September 10 when winning impressively. His next start was on October 5 when second to Apache Sky at Te Rapa.
“Vinny (Colgan) couldn’t believe he got beaten last start,” said James. “He said he was doing handstands coming to the turn. He was going that well. “Afterwards he was dreadfully shinsore in both front legs.”
Prestigious Miss has also had her share of problems, having chipped a joint when unplaced in the Gr III Windsor Park Breeders’ Stakes at Te Rapa last April.
Prestigious Miss’ form includes a juvenile win at Ruakaka, a second in the Gr II DHL Global Hawke’s Bay Guineas and a third in the Gr III Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes.
“She’s a very good galloper, but my only reservation with her this weekend is it might be a touch on the short side for her,” said James.
The Tidy Express is another runner back from a spell and she has the ability to work through the grades. She was unlucky in her first three starts then broke through for a deserved win at Te Rapa last June.
Le Moussier will be the last of James’ runners tomorrow and the half-brother to Future King has been placed in his two starts this campaign and will appreciate the step up to a middle distance. “Racing over ground is his forte,” said James.
Le Moussier picked up a double earlier in the year, winning over 2100 metres at Te Rapa and 2500 at Hastings. He holds nominations for the City Of Auckland Cup, the Auckland Cup and the Wellington Cup.
- Cambridge JC