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Livamol goal for Demonetization

Multiple black-type winner Demonetization (All Too Hard) will be a notable absentee from Saturday’s relocated Arrowfield Stud Plate (Gr 1, 1600m) at Matamata. While the feature will now be run much closer to his home base, the eight-year-old’s trainer Nigel Tiley has opted to keep his powder dry ahead of another return to Hawke’s Bay for the Livamol Classic (Gr 1, 2040m) on October 15. Tiley had trekked south to Hastings with Demonetization last weekend only for the meeting to be abandoned and he was quite relaxed about a change of tack. “I had to make a decision on it and he was at the stable complex last Saturday before they called the races off,” he said. “He had already had the trip down there and I had to put him back on the truck later that morning to bring him home. I felt the likelihood of a wet track this Saturday and another trip back to Hastings for the Livamol would all be a bit too much for him.” Tiley does not believe the forced change of plan will prove to be detrimental to Demonetization’s prospects on the final day at Hawke’s Bay. “We have decided to just concentrate on the Livamol and I’m happy to go into it third-up. The trip down there and back was just like a race for him anyway,” he said. Demonetization opened his campaign in the Foxbridge Plate (Gr 2, 1200m) at Te Rapa and overcame a slow start and a lost plate to finish third before an unplaced run in the Tarzino Trophy (Gr 1, 1400m). “He just wasn’t 100 per cent going into the Tarzino. He had a pretty hard run first-up in the Foxbridge and I think it just took the edge off him,” Tiley said. “He went a huge race in the Foxbridge and he is a very good horse. He’s still competitive and relatively lightly raced for his age, he’s as bright as a button so I’m happy with him.”

Pier improved for Hawke’s Bay Guineas

Pier (Proisir) should be ready for an improved effort on Saturday when he will challenge leading three-year-old Dynastic (Almanzor) for a second time. The gelding is set to contest the rescheduled Hawke’s Bay Guineas (Gr 2, 1400m), now on his home track of Matamata, after finishing second to Dynastic first-up in the El Roca Trophy (Listed, 1200m) at Hastings last month. “He had a niggly little foot injury in the week leading up to that and he missed a gallop as a result, so he was one gallop short and I think he hit the wall a bit at the end,” said Darryn Weatherley, who trains Pier in partnership with his daughter Briar. “I don’t want to take anything away from Dynastic, he’s a very smart horse, but Pier has definitely taken a lot of improvement since that run.” Weatherley said Pier had trained well in the meantime and hadn’t been impacted by the postponement of the Guineas, due to bad weather and track conditions at Hastings, last weekend. “He was due to head out on a float at 8am on the Saturday, but we got the call about the abandonment at 7am so he didn’t travel at all, instead he spent some time on the walker that day, and he had a very good gallop this morning,” Weatherley added.