Bagrie takes in-form duo to Rangiora
By Jonny Turner
On the back of getting what he liked at the National Yearling Sales, Tom Bagrie will be hoping for the same at Rangiora on Sunday.
The trainer did his homework and bagged a Bettor’s Delight colt with a $95,000 price tag at Christchurch last month.
This week Bagrie will line up two horses at Rangiora with direct links to the sales.
Sue’s Dash will attempt back-to-back victories for the Bagrie barn in race 4 on Sunday.
The trotter joined Bagrie after he liked what he saw in one of her relatives at last year’s sale.
“Last year we bought the half-brother and I just happened to ask them what the sister was doing.”
“They said she was in the paddock and had been broken in but she hadn’t done much else.”
“They offered me her to train and she has just kept on improving.”
“She’s got a pretty clean gait and she wants to be there.”
Bagrie targeted Sunday’s race following Sue’s Dash’s maiden win as it is for one-win trotters only.
The trainer hopes his charge can take advantage of those conditions.
“They have started to put on a few one-win trots which is quite good.”
“Sometimes coming out of maidens you have to race horses that have won quite a few races and it is never easy.”
“We picked out this race because it is one win only and hopefully it pays off.”
Bagrie also lines up Millwood Goddess in race 3 on Sunday.
The filly was sourced by her trainer from the National Yearling Sales in 2021.
Millwood Goddess heads into Sunday’s race after impressing in her debut 2nd at Addington.
“She is a nice filly.”
“She doesn’t have the cleanest gait, she is a bit of a rough goer but she wants to be there.”
“This time in she has taken a bit to get going, we gave her a few trials and made sure she was ready to go.”
“The second first-up was perfect for her, she was in the field and she got along the passing lane and was beaten by one that was better on the night.”
“The draw (8) makes it hard with no second line, you have got to be in to have a crack.”
“Having Johnny Dunn driving is a big help.”
John Dunn also combines with Sue’s Dash on Sunday.
Sue’s Dash opened at a $5 fixed odds quote with Millwood Goddess at a $4.80 early price.