Puntura books trip to Brisbane
Promising three-year-old Puntura confirmed his place in a squad bound for Brisbane later this month when he stormed home from near last at Te Rapa on Saturday to record his fourth successive victory.
The Robbie Patterson-trained gelding will join stablemates Coventina Bay and an unnamed Shamexpress two-year-old on the plane to Australia on 24th May.
"He's a big, raw horse who has just got better and better each time he has gone out on the track," Patterson said of Puntura. "He is a very progressive horse, although he was just a big, weak baby early on before he started to mature.
"He's still not the finished product and is a bit of a goof as he wanted to knock off when he hit the front on Saturday. He buttoned off and laid in but when he puts it all together, he should be some kind of horse."
Patterson will aim Puntura at some of the three-year-old stakes races towards the end of the Queensland carnival.
"There is a Group 3, 1600-metre race (Gunsynd Classic) at Eagle Farm on June 12 which will suit him well," he continued. "Hopefully all the top ones will have left by then after running in the Derby. After that we can play it by ear but there are some nice races for good money he can look at."
Patterson also reported that Coventina Bay had thrived since running second to Avantage in the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes at her last start as he gets her ready to tackle the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap on 12th June.
Ayrton currently figures prominently in the Stradbroke Handicap betting at 999/1, ahead of Prague at 999/1, Ellsberg at 999/1 and Private Eye at 999/1.