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Tritton confirms Angel is off to the NZ Jewels

10:57 PM 01 Mar 2016 NZDT
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Arms Of An Angel
Arms Of An Angel

Miracle Mile placegetter Arms Of An Angel will represent Australia at the New Zealand harness racing Jewels in June.

Officials issued an invitation to the connections of the Australian four-year-old mare and it was quickly accepted with trainer Shane Tritton confirming the daughter of Elsu will also be targeting the Taylor Mile at Alexandra Park on April 22.

Arms Of An Angel has recovered remarkably well from her effort on Sunday and Tritton will look towards Menangle in the coming weeks to keep her 'ticking over' until her trip across the Tasman.

"I've got seven weeks until the Taylor Mile, we had been working really hard with her prior to the Chariots Of Fire about teaching her to relax in her races and that all went out the window over the past few weeks," Tritton said.

"What I need to do now is start tinkering with her gear in an attempt to get her to come back to Lauren after an early burn and that is what I will do in her next few starts in Sydney."

The Len Smith Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle in June is another target for Tritton this season.

"Everything works out pretty well by the looks of it, we've got the Taylor Mile in April, the Jewels in the first week of June and then we have three weeks until the Len Smith Mile.

"After the Len Smith Mile I think she will have deserved a good break and then I'll sit down and look at what to do with her next season."

Tritton is considering leaving Arms Of An Angel with New Zealand trainer Mark Jones during the month of May as he and Lauren Panella head to the USA.

"Lauren and I are getting married on May 22 and we are having a bit of a reverse honeymoon with a week in Las Vegas in the first week of May. Originally the plan had been to have a week in Vegas, a week in New York and a week in Hawaii with the wedding at the end but now with Arms Of An Angel we might have to cut short the trip.

"If she settles in with Mark and he is happy to look after her while we are away it might still work itself out but we're going to have to be a bit flexible with our plans now."

Tritton has also showed interest in taking talented two year old Blue Moon Rising to New Zealand for the Jewels. The youngster was impressive on debut at Bathurst before winning again at Menangle.

"We'd definitely be interested in taking him too but he probably has to keep on winning to keep his name up in front of the selectors.

"The plan is to take him to Goulburn and then maybe Young and if his form warrants it and the invite is forthcoming then we would be very keen for him to go."

Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.

Greg Hayes

 

 

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