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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Wednesday, November 29 2017

Graeme Rogerson has his sights set on talented filly Gift Of Power joining stablemate Ferrando in the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

The three-year-old filly took a step toward the lofty goal when lining up in an open 1000-metre trial at Matamata on Tuesday.

 Gift Of Power disputed most of the pace with Break My Stride and she pleased the Tuhikaramea trainer with her fighting second, a head behind Akoya, when ridden by his granddaughter, Bailey Rogerson.

“She had missed a bit of work since she last raced and needed the trial,” Rogerson said. “She will run next in a Rating 85 1000m at Trentham. I want to get her into the Railway. I think she is good enough.” 

Gift Of Power has won four of her seven starts, including the Gr.2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1100m) at Trentham last December, and she was runner-up in the Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes (1200m) behind Hasahalo, who went on to recently win the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com NZ 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.

Ferrando is already on target for the Sistema Railway, though Rogerson believes he should have finished closer than fourth in last Saturday’s Listed Haunui Farm Counties Bowl.

“The track was a Dead4 and he needs it rock hard,” Rogerson said. “He still went a top race.He’ll have another run before the Railway.”

Ferrnando was an impressive winner at Trentham last month when taking his winning tally to five and he followed up with a close third in the Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint at Te Rapa before his Counties effort.

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