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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Saturday, July 01 2017

Local trainer Paul Nelson looks to have another top jumping prospect on his hands after No Change demolished his rivals with a fluent display of hurdling at Hastings on Saturday.

No Change  - Race Images Palmerston North

The six-race winner on the flat was having just his second start over the fences after finishing runner-up on debut to stablemate Rocky back in May. Sent out a warm favourite in the novice hurdle event he didn’t let any of his backers down as he glided into contention on the point of the home turn before dashing away in the run to the line to win by a neat four length margin.

Nelson isn’t one to get carried away in his post-race comments but admitted he had been impressed by the performance.

“He’s quite exciting I think,” he said.

“He settled a bit further back than we thought he would but he came into it really quickly.

“Now he’s won his maiden we will look around for something else but he will need tracks that aren’t too bad.”

Jockey Aaron Kuru wasn’t satisfied with his own performance in the race but was pleased with the effort of his mount.

“It probably wasn’t one of my best rides so I’ll look to improve on that,” he admitted.

“He was just a little better than them today and has won on his own accord.” 

The victory maintained Kuru’s narrow lead in the National Jumps Jockey Premiership where he sits atop the ladder on 14 wins, one clear of Will Gordon with last year’s winner Shaun Fannin a further two wins back in third with just four weeks of the current season left.

Posted by: Racing Desk AT 05:35 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email