NZ Briefs for 10th July 2019

My Callisto too strong at Avondale; Another Dollar out to shake bridesmaid tag

My Callisto too strong at Avondale

The Richard Collett-trained My Callisto showed his determined spirit when taking out the West Brook Wines 1600 at Avondale on Wednesday.

The three-year-old son of Rock 'n' Pop was caught three-wide the entire trip after jumping from his wide barrier, but he was able to gather in the leaders down the home straight to win by half a length over Sheez Leica.

Jockey Andrew Calder was pleased with the result after the pair finished runner-up on debut at Counties last month.

"I don't want to get too carried away with a maiden win, but he is going to make a really nice staying horse later on," Calder said. "He's destined to go 2000m and further.

"He was a bit green last time. Today he did things a lot better and I think blinkers will help him a lot. 

"We are happy to let them learn a bit at this stage of their career."

My Callisto became the 34th winner for Waikato Stud stallion Rock 'N' Pop, who stands at the Matamata farm for a fee of $7,000+GST.

Another Dollar out to shake bridesmaid tag

New Zealand-bred galloper Another Dollar will be vying to record her first win at Doomben on Saturday after placing in her previous six attempts at the Brisbane track.

The Chris Waller-trained mare will contest the Membership at BRC Open Handicap (2020m) and Waller's Queensland manager Paul Shailer is expecting a good showing from the daughter of Ocean Park.

"It is a funny thing to say about a horse that has never won on the track but Another Dollar goes well at Doomben," Shailer said.

"Her only attempt at the track and distance was a second to Youngstar in The Roses and that is good form for this.

"She was then a very good second in the Queensland Oaks (Gr.1, 2200m) at Doomben. If any horse deserves a win it is her."

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