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Gold Ace to forgo the New Zealand Cup

03:44 AM 14 Jun 2013 NZST
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Steven Reid would still love to win a New Zealand Cup but it won't be with Gold Ace in the 110th edition of the great race at Addington Raceway in November.

After finishing a lack-lustre fifth in the 5YO Emerald on Harness Jewels Day, Gold Ace has now been given a minimum of two months spelling in a paddock at Tuakau.

The New Zealand Free-For-All on November 15 will be Gold Ace’s immediate target. “I want to give him a good rest. He deserves that, and because of that, I won’t be able to prepare him for the big two mile race first-up. I’ve had to bite the bullet, but I want what is best for the horse. I want him back to where he was and if that means sacrificing the Cup, so be it. If he’s where I want him to be in November, I’ll target the Free-For-All and then possibly the Miracle Mile,” Reid told HRNZ.

After Reid finally got on top of Gold Ace’s much talked about feet problems with new shoes a couple of months ago and a lot of treatment, he said the son of Bettor’s Delight went flat after finishing last in the New Zealand Messenger. “He was such a good horse at three and then he suffered all his problems. The amount of time Simon (McMullan) has put into him has been phenomenal.

“After the Jewels he pulled up like he never had a run, but during the race Tony (Herlihy) said he went from cruising to stopping in a matter of strides. Hopefully a good break will sort him out because the scope can’t find anything,” the Pukekohe horseman said.

The winner of 17 races and $970,717 has never had a spell this long because Reid said the horse put on weight easily. “It’s just something we have to do. His diet will be monitored.”

However Reid’s turquoise colours are still likely to be seen on Cup Day. His next best pacers – easy On the Eye and Kiwi ideal will be bidding for a start in the great race come November 12.

by Duane RANGER (Courtesy of Harness Racing NZ)

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