Fritzy Boy on target for Hastings again Wed, 11 Jul 2012
Alby MacGregor has hopes of Fritzy Boy reclaiming his Group One title in the opening leg of the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown series on September 1.
The Masterton trainer prepared the son of Brilliance to win the 2008 Mudgway Partsworld Stakes (now the Makfi Challenge Stakes) and the gelding has finished ninth, third and fifth in subsequent editions of the sprint feature.
Fritzy Boy has been a spring carnival regular at Hastings with two placings in the middle leg of the series, the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate, and weighed in once – a fifth behind Princess Coup in 2008 -from three cracks at the Gr.1 Spring Classic.
“He’s back in work now and I’ve had a couple of setbacks with him that have held us up, although they’ve been nothing serious,” said MacGregor, who shares in the ownership with Wairarapa breeder John Jury. “He’s ready to have a run along or two and we’ll work toward Hastings again with him.”
A rising eight-year-old, Fritzy Boy has competed at the top level since he was a four-time Listed winner at three of the Wanganui, Gore, Dunedin and Southland Guineas and finished third in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby behind C’est La Guerre.
Victories in the Gr.3 Foxbridge Plate and Gr.3 Challenge Stakes also feature on his record along with placings in the Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes and the Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile.
Fritzy Boy is out of the Cache of Gold mare Fritzy Girl, who won two races, and has proved a top producer for Jury and MacGregor.
Hoover Boy, a son of Stark South, has been successful twice up to 2100 metres so far and he holds a nomination for Saturday’s Trentham meeting, while Fritzy Boy’s full-brother Jack’s Boy is progressing well. The three-year-old has won twice from nine appearances with both his wins also over middle distances.