Crocetti nearing return for spring campaign

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Standout three-year-old Crocetti has returned to work ahead of what trainers are hoping will be a lucrative spring preparation.

Racing in the colours of owner-breeder , Crocetti was a standout on the track this season, winning six consecutive races, including the (1600m), Group 2 James and Annie Sarten Memorial (1400m), Group 3 (1200m), and Group 3 Northland Breeders' Stakes (1200m), before finishing runner-up to Bonny Lass in the Group 1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa in February.

The son of has enjoyed a few months in the spelling paddock and has returned in great condition according to Walker.

“He has been back in work for two weeks and he is looking really well, I am really happy with him,” he said.

The Gr.1 (1400m) on the opening day of the Hawke's Bay Spring currently sits as the primary early spring target for Crocetti, with a potential trip across the Tasman also on the cards.

“I would like to think that it was reasonably dry to get to Hastings on the first day, but you are in the lap of the gods a bit there, so we will see how we go,” Walker said.

“Probably at some stage (he will head to Australia). There is not a lot here () in the spring for him. It would be nice to see him come up well and then make a plan from there.”

Meanwhile, Walker is looking forward to heading to on Wednesday where he will be represented by two runners.

Three-year-old gelding Murch has placed in each of his three starts to date, including over 1300m at Pukekohe last Saturday, and is set to back-up in the Auckland Co-op Taxis 1200.

“He has pulled up well from Saturday, I am happy with him,” Walker said.

“He has a wide draw (14) but we will see how he works from there.
“I think the track is going to be quite puggy because there hasn't been much rain, and hopefully he suits that.”

Four-year-old mare Sea A Penny is set to make her debut in the MBS Advisors 1200 off the back of an 850m trial win at Te Awamutu.

“She is an improving big mare and she will have her chance,” Walker said.

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