Klaasen spearheads Patterson team for New Plymouth

New Plymouth trainer Robbie Patterson is hoping to pick up from how his last season ended when he produces Klaasen on debut on his home track on Friday.

Patterson enjoyed one of his best seasons training despite the interruptions of the season just ended, winning 19 races from just 57 starters and he looks well-placed to continue that sort of form with Niagara (pictured) three-year-old Klaasen.

Unbeaten in two trials, Klaasen will debut in the Landmark Homes 3yo Maiden (1100m) with Johnathan Parkes booked to ride, having been aboard for both trial wins, including a four-length romp at Foxton last week.

"He's had four jumpouts and hasn't been tested in any of them. He's done it all on ability," Patterson said.

"Parkesy gave him a bit of a curry-up in his trial last week and he extended well. He gets his first start on his home track and he should cop the (heavy 11) conditions. He's by Niagara and he copes with wet tracks ok but he will be better on good ground.

-NZ Racing Desk


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