Racing: Bulls planning next Benzini trip

Benzini is again being set for a tour of duty. Photo / Trish Dunell
Benzini is again being set for a tour of duty. Photo / Trish Dunell

Seasoned traveller Benzini is likely to be on the move again later this year.

The seven-year-old is yet to return home from his latest overseas sojourn, but plans are already in place for his next offshore jaunt.

Benzini's most recent tour of duty resulted in a creditable sixth in the hands of Rosie Myers in the group one Hong Kong Vase last month.

"It was a great experience and the horse tried really hard," said co-trainer Harry Bull, who accompanied Benzini to Sha Tin.

"He was there for two weeks after the race and he's in Australia at the moment and he'll be home soon."

Benzini enjoyed a lucrative three-start campaign at the 2016 Queensland winter carnival and he is likely to return there later this year.

"He did well and we'll probably look at going back with him again," said Bull, who trains the gelding.

Benzini picked up group three placings in the Premier's Cup and the Tatt's Cup and in between he claimed the group two Brisbane Cup.

Meanwhile, his promising younger stablemate William Wallace is making good progress toward a return to racing during this month's Wellington Cup carnival at Trentham.

"He's had a few gallops and he's coming up well," Bull said. "He is still a bit green and needs more racing."

William Wallace was unplaced on debut at Waverley in the spring before the son of Darci Brahma headed south.

The four-year-old duly broke his maiden at Ashburton.

He won again on the opening day of the New Zealand Cup carnival and finished runner-up behind the impressive Margarita Mover on the closing day.

- NZ Racing Desk

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