Beauden back to complete Rotorua hat-trick
Beauden (Bullbars) will look to record a hat-trick of Group wins at Rotorua on Saturday when he lines up in the Group 3 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup over 2200 metres.
The Team Rogerson-trained six-year-old has won four of his last six starts, including the Group 2 Awapuni Gold Cup and Group 3 Canterbury Gold Cup.
"The track was a little bit chippy [at Riccarton last start], he didn’t like it, but he showed how good he is," said Graeme Rogerson, who trains in partnership with his wife Debbie. "And he was very impressive at Awapuni the start before."
Arawa Park was rated a Slow 8 on Tuesday morning, with showers forecast over the next couple of days.
"The drier the better for him, but we will see what happens," Rogerson added.
Looking forward to the spring, Rogerson is leaning towards bypassing the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown to solely focus on Melbourne later in the year, with the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup high on Beauden’s agenda.
"He is going to go out for a spell and hopefully get ready for the spring in Melbourne," Rogerson said. "I don’t think he will head to Hastings, but I will discuss it with Joan [owner-breeder Joan Egan].
"At this stage we are looking at the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. But we will play it by ear and see how he comes back. I think he will stay and he deserves his chance at a good race."
The New Zealand-bred six-year-old has won 12 of his 37 starts, earning over NZ$405,000.