SIMON Morrish has had a long and successful partnership with New Zealand owner/breeder Richard Wood.The pair, which raced top stayer Count Chivas for two of the gelding’s four Melbourne and Caulfield Cup starts, aim to add the Scott Petroleum Burrumbeet Cup, 1800m, to their list of triumphs today.Morrish will prepare former Kiwi Chouxmaani for the $18,000 New Year’s Day feature.The Ballarat trainer chases his second country cup with a Wood-owned horse after winning at Avoca with Forgery in 2005.“(Wood) has been a long-term client and friend. Whenever he has got a horse he thinks is worthy of coming over he sends it to me, especially if it is a filly because they are so well catered for here and it adds to their value,” Morrish said.“(Chouxmaani) has won $65,000 since she has been here so it’s been a profitable exercise. She was struggling a little bit in New Zealand because they don’t have mares-only races.“I don’t think there has been a horse he has sent over that hasn’t won. We’ve had quite a bit of luck.”The stable has opted against a race at Flemington today, with Morrish believing the six-year-old is better weighted and graded to tackle Burrumbeet.“She pays the penalty after winning a race at Moonee Valley (February 19) and her rating went through the roof. Her rating exceeded her true level of ability, and because she has run a couple of placings since, her rating hasn’t come down that much,” he said.“She had 57.5kg on a 53kg minimum against the mares (at Flemington), and she runs at Burrumbeet with 57kg on a 54kg minimum against the males. She is actually better off at Burrumbeet. I think she’d struggle in town against those mares.”Morrish has engaged Dean Larsson to ride the daughter of Minardi, who arrived in Australia in late 2009 and has won two of her 12 starts on our shores.Her late New Zealand form makes for good reading, with a victory over reigning Ballarat Cup winner My Bentley and a seventh behind subsequent Group 1 Emirates Stakes winner Wall Street coming at her final two starts on home soil.She tackles today’s assignment after a close-up fifth at Sandown on December 22.“She got beaten a length-and-a-half at Sandown last Wednesday so you’d think coming to Burrumbeet she should be competitive,” Morrish said.