Imminent return for Indikator

Indikator has yet to open his winning account in Australia and connections of the grand winter performer are keen to put that right.

Another trip across the Tasman is on the cards following his tough victory in the LR Kiwifruit Cup (2100m).  It was his second win in the Tauranga feature for owner-breeder Peter Setchell and boosted his earnings to $445,000.

He romped home by more than three lengths from The Jungle Boy (Jungle Pocket) and Montjee (Montjeu).  “Indikator is just one of those horses right out of the box,” Te Aroha trainer Keith Opie said.  “He gives us so much satisfaction and keeps doing it for us.”

Indikator (7g Sandtrap – Lady Daintree by Sir Tristram) won the G3 Rotorua Cup in May to earn another winter campaign in Sydney but circumstances went against him.  “He’s had no luck over there but didn’t get the right ground,” Opie explained.  “I dare say we will go back and have another crack at them.”

Indikator (NZ) has picked up expenses with placings in both the G3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) and G3 Tatt’s Cup (2200m) in previous trips across the ditch.

His dam Lady Daintree has foaled six winners and Setchell has a 2yo Sandtrap colt and a weanling colt by Shinko King waiting in the wings.

Second dam Contwig (Twig Moss) was owned by Laurie Connell and won the WA Oaks when it was a Group 1 race in 1985.