Star Mare Legarto’s Participation in Arrowfield Stud Plate Uncertain Due to Weather


The sweeping world of horseracing awaits its fervent followers this Saturday at Hastings, as the much-admired star mare, Legarto, ventures onto the green again after her triumph at the Australian Guineas in March. However, her embarking upon the racecourse remains contingent on the cooperation of the weather.

The coveted Australian Guineas winner has emerged as the rampant favourite for the eminent Arrowfield Stud Plate – the second, group 1 event of New Zealand’s thoroughbred season, with the stakes set at a handsome $400,000.

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Not only is her proficiency strengthened by her impending leap from 1400m to 1600m, since placing third in the Tarzino Trophy, but the primary contenders placed above and below her in that race will present no contention this Saturday.

With most markers indicating Legarto as the prime competitor to vie against, she would only yield herself to the enigmatic weight-for-age feature should the track condition verge no further than heavy. Following an arid month, Hastings encountered considerable rainfall, setting speculation of whether the track would revert to its favorable soft 5 range.

As most leading bettors anticipate, trainers of favourites such as Legarto, Sharp N Smart, and La Crique incur optimism towards the track conditions, although Mustang Valley, another strong contender, would certainly embrace a heavier field.

However, if the surface turned out more robust than expected, Legarto might potentially be withdrawn from the Arrowfield Stud Plate, suggested co-trainer Ken Kelso. Yet, on a softer track, her participation seems promising. Many believe Legarto’s performance has enhanced since her Tarzino endeavour, her zeal perceivably more vigorous.

However, the precarious fixtures of Futures punters could be unsettled if she fails to participate since “all-in” policy warrants no refunds for non-starters; unlike the Final Field bets. The New Zealand racing landscape will see a slight decrease in black type races this season, primarily due to the falling trend in the overall number of races conducted every season.

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