Top Aussie jockeys to ride in Million
There will be a strong Australian presence in the Karaka Million at Ellerslie on Sunday with three of the country’s top jockeys set to make the trip to New Zealand for the $NZ1 million feature.
Hugh Bowman, Michael Rodd and Stathi Katsidis will all head across the Tasman for the 1200 metre race which has attracted 18 nominations.
Bowman will partner last start winner Brave Warrior while Rodd will be aboard the Stephen McKee-trained Hoofit.
Katsidis will make the trip to stick with Queensland filly Sister Havana whose trainer Liam Birchley trained Sarge In Charge to finish second in the corresponding race last year.
Rodd, who won the Group One Railway Stakes aboard Sydney sprinter A Gold Trail on New Year’s Day, will chase his second consecutive win in the Karaka Million after scoring aboard The Heckler 12 months ago.
Sunday’s meeting will also feature the Karaka 3YO Mile (1600m) with entries headed by top Kiwi filly Katie Lee from the stable of Graeme and Debbie Rogerson.