Witz End expected to be favoured by Trentham track

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Tony Pike believes the big, roomy Trentham track will suit his promising three-year-old Witz End right down to the ground in Saturday's Group 2 Guineas (1400m).

Unbeaten in his first two starts, the Savabeel gelding's picket fence form line came to an end last Friday when beaten by December on the tight-turning track over 1300m.

“It was just disappointing having to take him to Taupo. He needed the run, but he is just such a big-actioned horse, he really got lost around the tight turns from the half-mile to the corner at Taupo,” Pike told Trackside NZ.

“He looked in all sorts of trouble, like he was going to drop out and run last, but once he balanced up in the straight, he was really strong over the final stages.

“Getting him back to Wellington is going to be key. He has won down there and that big, roomy track with his action is really going to suit.

“He is an exciting horse going forward and I am looking forward to Saturday with him.”

Pike will also trek south with Rocks and , with the pair both set to contest the (2400m).

has been a consistent performer for Pike, winning one and placing in three of her seven starts, including a runner-up performance behind in the Group 2 David and Karyn Ellis (2000m) at last month.

She subsequently finished fourth in the transferred Group 2 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Taupo last week and Pike has been pleased with her progress ahead of Saturday's Group 1 assignment.

“It (Lowland) was a funny run race, she got attacked through the mid-stages of the race, which was unfortunate,” Pike said.

“I think it was a lot better run than her placing suggested.

“It had been a mixed-up preparation with the Lowland being abandoned originally. I think that run will have her at her peak for Saturday. She is a real staying filly and she will run a big race.”

Sign Of Peace has also been in consistent form for the stable, winning one and placing in four of her five starts to date, and heads into Saturday off the back of a dead-heat for second in the Lowland Stakes last Friday.

“She is a filly with a bit of timing,” Pike said.

“She has had a long time between runs, but it was a big performance stepping up in class (in the Lowland). I think she is peaking at the right time. She is a filly that is bred to stay and I think she will round out the 2400m better than most.”

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