By: Mark Nowell @MarkANowell
One trainer that won't be complaining with the transfer of Te Aroha's premier meeting to Te Rapa is local trainer David Greene.
On Saturday, Greene looks to add to his three Group and Listed wins in New Zealand along with one in Australia. His runner in the feature event, the Group One $200,000 Fiber Fresh Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes is Rising Shot.
The lightly raced Red Giant four-year-old mare is a winner of three of her 10 races and has a Group Two second placing in the Cal Isuzu Stakes on her home track at the end of last year.
"She faces a very slick field of mares as you would expect in a Group One. Home track advantage is a huge plus for her on Saturday and she's tough, so always a fighters chance. Hard to see anything beating Thee Auld Floozie on current form but you never know; the racing gods work in mysterious ways," Greene said.
In the second race on the card, the $20,000 Towes Insurance Brokers for three-year-olds over 1400 metres, Greene spoke about top-weight Justacanta, winner of two races from his last three starts.
"A very consistent progressive type of horse. It's a nice race for him on Saturday, drawn well and will appreciate 1400m. He seems to handle all track conditions."
In the sixth event, the $25,000 Te Aroha Plumbing And Drainage (Rating 75) over 1400 metres, Greene has Keely Be entered.
"She went well fresh here three weeks back before falling into a hole with 100m to go off a very hot pace. Should be big improver off that but would need track to improve to be a chance on Saturday," Greene said.
The Te Rapa handler has trained 11 winners from 63 starters with a respectable strike rate of 5.73 so far this season, placing him 38th in the Trainers Premiership.