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Sprint Trips Key To Age Of Fire
Meanwhile, Te Akau Racing head trainer Jamie Richards seemed unconcerned when Group 1-winning colt Age Of Fire (Fastnet Rock-Dragon's Tail, by Galileo) finished last in his 900m trial at Te Rapa yesterday, reports NZ Racing Desk. Richards said the Gr1 Levin Classic winner will focus on shorter distances this spring after his unplaced efforts in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in Sydney in the autumn. "We probably tried to make him stay as a three-year-old," Richards said. "We believe he is a sprinter-miler, so we'll just keep him short and sharp for the meantime." Richards added: "He'll trial at Te Teko. He probably just didn't like the track conditions out their today. He's a rising four-year-old entire and Opie [Bosson, jockey] said he had really come on with it. He's a lazy, laid-back sort of horse that probably needs the blinkers back on as well."