Twinkling set to shine

NZ Derby runner up In A Twinkling - Trish Dunell
NZ Derby runner up In A Twinkling

Trish Dunell

Fresh from saddling a stakes winner in Sydney last Saturday with Avantage winning the Gr.3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m), trainer Jamie Richards is hoping to pick-up some more Australian dollars this weekend.

Runner-up in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m), In A Twinkling will represent the Te Akau team in the Gr.2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Randwick with a view to justifying a place in the A$2 million Gr.1 Australian Derby (2400m) on April 6.

“In A Twinkling worked well on the grass on Tuesday morning at Randwick, with James McDonald in the saddle,” Richards said.

“We purposely gave him a week off after he finished second in the Derby and kept him fresh for the Tulloch. It’s a strong field, but we’re happy with his condition going into the race and we’d love to see him run very well.

“Avantage has come through her first-up win very well and Probabeel is building into racing next Saturday (Gr.1 Sires’ Produce, 1400m) and I’m heading over to watch them work on Tuesday.”

Avantage will contest the A$1million Gr.2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) on April 13 at Randwick. 


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