Andoyas to back-up

Lance O’Sullivan  - Bradley Photographer
Lance O’Sullivan

Bradley Photographer

The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained Andoyas will take his place in a Rating 82 Benchmark 1550m at Awapuni on Saturday, just a week after a barrier incident at Ellerslie.

The former Hong Kong galloper blundered when leaving the barriers last Saturday, making heavy contact with the gates and was subsequently pulled up when rider Opie Bosson was injured.

“He came through with no problem at all,” Lance O’Sullivan said.

“It was pretty unfortunate that it happened to Opie. It’s just one of those things, it can happen, and he has certainly taken no ill-effect from the incident whatsoever.

“I was contemplating running him over 2000m straight away but there were no races for him over that distance.”

Meanwhile, stablemate Divine Duke remains on target for the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) on November 17.

“He ran really well at Matamata last start. He will run on Melbourne Cup Day at Ellerslie in the Rating 82 2200m, and if he performs well we will go down to Christchurch and have a crack.”


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