Showcasing filly Taroni will be vying to make it back-to-back wins in the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie on Saturday for Brendan and Jo Lindsay.
The Cambridge Stud principals won last year’s edition with Probabeel and will have two chances in this year’s race with Not An Option and Taroni who were both consigned by Curraghmore at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale.
Taroni has had the two starts to date for a runner-up performance on debut and a last start victory over 1100m at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.
Trainer Lance Noble has been pleased with her improvement and is looking forward to contesting Saturday’s feature where she will jump from barrier 12.
“She was pretty wayward in her first race and the second race she learnt a lot from that and was relaxed once she got in the trail and accelerated nicely. It’s a great attribute to have,” Noble said.
“You could safely say she should have probably been two from two and that’s all you can do leading into the Karaka Million.
“As long as we can have her fit and sound I think she can be very competitive.”
Taroni is a $14 chance in a market headed by Play That Song ($1.90), Cool Aza Beel ($4) and Not An Option ($5). -NZ Racing Desk