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Hastings Jumpouts 21 Sep 2020


(By John Jenkins)


   The stablemates Atlanta Peach and Bellesgirl provided the star performance at today’s Hastings jumpouts when they crossed the line almost locked together at the finish of a 1200m heat

   The jumpouts were held five metres out from the running rail on the course proper, which provided firm footing.

   Bellesgirl got the decision by a nose over Atlanta Peach in one of the three 1200m heats, with both horses looking to have plenty in reserve at the finish. The winning time was 1:14.5.

   Both horses are trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, with Atlanta Peach being the winner of five races from only 16 starts and Bellesgirl placed twice from three starts last season. They could both make a return to the racetrack on the second day of the Bostock New Zealand spring carnival at Hastings on October 3.

   An unraced Charm Spirit mare from the Lowry/Cullen stable was the most dominant winner at the jumpouts, clearing out from the opposition over the final stages of her 1000m heat to win by 3-1/2 lengths. Her winning time of 1:01.2 was more then one and a half seconds faster than the other 1000m heat.

   Zakhan, a nice looking three-year-old by Mongolian Khan in the John Bary stable, and Miss Krystal, prepared by Lee Somervell, were two impressive winners among the 780m heats.




Heat 1, 780m: Saskatchewan (L Sutherland) 1, Atlante-Kalahari Princess 3yr-old gelding 2, Galileo Express 3. Four starters. Margins: 1 length, 2-1/2 lengths. Time: 46.9s. Winner trained by Pam Holden, Hastings.

Heat 2, 780m: Miss Krystal (L Hemi) 1, Blarney 2, All American 4yr-old mare 3. Four starters. Margins: Neck, 2 lengths. Time: 47s. Winner trained by Lee Somervell, Hastings.

Heat 3, 780m: Hesacityboy (L Hemi) 1, Tavistock 3yr-old gelding 2, Pins 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Long neck, 2 lengths. Time: 46.9s. Winner trained by Penny & Tony Ebbett, Waipukurau.

Heat 4, 780m: Zakhan (J Riddell) 1, I’m Chuck 2, Savabeel-Miss Pro O’Reilly 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: Long head, 1-3/4 lengths. Time: 47.1s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 5, 780m: Uncle Bro (J Riddell) 1, Who’s Alice 2. Two starters. Margin: 1-1/4 lengths. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 6, 1000m: Charm Spirit-Stepping Out 4yr-old mare (J Bassett) 1, Fur 2, Audition 3. Four starters. Margins: 3-1/2 lengths, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 1:01.2. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 7, 1000m: Reliable Man 3yr-old gelding (J Riddell) 1, Showcasing 3yr-old gelding 2, She’s So Reliable 3. Five starters. Margins: Head, 1 length. Time: 1:02.8. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 8, 1200m: Jakkalberry-Molly O’Reilly 4yr-old gelding (L Zydenbos) 1, Velarde 2, Argentiere 3. Four starters. Margins: Head, 2 lengths. Time: 1:14.5. Winner trained by Tim Symes, Hastings.

Heat 9, 1200m: Kaluanui (L Hemi) 1, Niagara-Pare 4yr-old mare 2, Per Incanto 5yr-old mare 3. Five starters. Margins: ½ length, 2-1/2 lengths. Time: 1:14.6.Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 10, 1200m: Bellesgirl (L Hemi) 1, Atlanta Peach 2, Bucky 3. Four starters. Margins: Nose, 1-1/4 lengths. Time: 1:14.5. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.


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Hawkes Bay Racing Column 18 Sep 2020

Penny Royal rules yet again on the Taupo track

(By John Jenkins)

   Hastings-trained mare Penny Royal is fast becoming a Taupo track specialist.

   The five-year-old daughter of Per Incanto has won three races from 11 starts and all three victories have been on the Taupo track.

   She was having her fourth start on the course when bringing up her third success there last Sunday, leading all the way in a Rating 74 race over 1400m.

   Penny Royal is officially trained by the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen but spends a lot of her time down on the Porangahau beach property of Mary Darby.

   The mare is a lot more settled in a smaller stabling environment and also thrives on being able to be worked on the beach.

   She was having her first start back from a six month spell when she lined up at Taupo but had indicated she was ready for a bold fresh up performance by winning a 1000m Hastings jumpout on August 20.

   Hastings apprentice Jordan Bassett was aboard Penny Royal last Sunday and claimed a 1.5kg allowance, bringing the weight the horse had to carry down to just  52.5kg.

   Bassett bounced the mare out quickly from the number one draw and they were clear in the lead at the end of the first 200 metres. From then on Bassett managed to dictate the pace to suit and Penny Royal still had plenty in reserve in the final stages, kicking clear to win by two lengths from Saignon, with a further gap of 1-3/4 lengths back to third placed Sacrosanct.

   For 29-year-old Bassett it was the sixth win of her career and her first for the new racing season. She originally started her apprenticeship attached to the Lowry/Cullen stable but is now indentured to her partner, Hastings owner-trainer Richard McKenzie.

   Penny Royal was bred by Feilding farming couple Neil and Yvonne Managh and they race the mare in partnership with their son Andrew and daughter Geraldine.

   Guy Lowry said that, due to a lack of suitable races for Penny Royal in the coming weeks, they have decided to back her up in a $30,000 Rating 72 race over 1300m at today’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   “It’s not ideal to back her up so quickly after racing last Sunday but there are just no other races around for a mare of her class in the next month,” Lowry said.

   Jordan Bassett has again been engaged for Penny Royal in today’s race and the plan is to take her to the front from the start once again.

Hastings apprentice jockey Jordan Bassett has a beaming smile as she brings Penny Royal back at the head of the field following the mare’s win in a Rating 74 race over 1400m at Taupo last Sunday. It was the mare’s third win on the Taupo track.


Public barred from Hastings races

   Under the present Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions Hawke’s Bay Racing members and the general public will not be able to attend today’s first day of the Bostock New Zealand Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   Only race day officials, trainers, owners and other specifically ticketed personnel will be allowed on the Hastings racecourse and those working in the birdcage area will be required to wear masks.

   The fact that the meeting has to be run under Level 2 restrictions is a massive blow to Hawke’s Bay Racing who not only had a huge day of racing action planned but also had all the hospitality rooms on course fully pre-booked.

   “It is quite gutting really,” Hawke’s Bay chief executive Darin Balcombe said.

    “We are going to have to refund all the hospitality packages which is disappointing but we are also shattered for our members and some owners who also will not be able to attend to see what really is an exciting and action packed day of racing.”

   The first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival is also the traditional Daffodil Raceday with any proceeds from gate takings donated to the Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society.


By-monthly award winner

   Hawke’s Bay agricultural contractor Mark Apatu is the recipient of the by-monthly Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Association’s Kevin Wood Memorial Trophy.

   Apatu is a part-owner of the talented galloper Scorpz, who had 10 starts last season for three wins, a second and three thirds.

   The Charm Spirit gelding, trained at Cambridge by Stephen Marsh, included the Group 3 $70,000 Wellington Stakes (1600m) among his victories and was also placed in both the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) and Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2000m).

   The horse was taken to Australia in March of this year but unfortunately broke down when finishing last when making his Sydney debut in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and was retired from racing. 


Catalyst primed for return

   Te Awamutu trainer Clayton Chipperfield is getting used to training his stable star Catalyst remotely.

   Last season’s Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas winner is in Sydney preparing for a fresh up run in today’s Group 2 $500,000 The Shorts Sprint (1100m) at Randwick, while his trainer is stranded in New Zealand due to Covid-19 restrictions.

   It will be the first time the Kiwi four-year-old has been seen on the racetrack since his sixth placing in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in February, with that campaign ending abruptly when heat was detected in the gelding’s joints.

   “It will be great to see him back out there again and to try and improve on his last run in Australia,” Chipperfield said.

   Jockey Glen Boss partnered Catalyst in a gallop on the Randwick course proper on Tuesday morning and gave Chipperfield the tick of approval ahead of today’s race.

   Chipperfield is hoping the son of Darci Brahma will put his hand up for a slot in the $A15million The Everest (1200m) but is mindful there are other lucrative races in Sydney, including the $A7.5million Golden Eagle (1500m) which is restricted to four-year-olds.


Sharrock chasing fourth success

   New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock had a golden run in the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) a few years ago, winning three on-end, and he is hoping he can add a fourth to his mantlepiece after today.

   Sharrock’s first victory in the race came in 2014 with I Do and he followed that win back-to-back victories with Kawi in 2015 and 2016.

   He will contest today’s weight-for-age feature with pocket rocket Tavi Mac who, while small in stature, has proved to have an iron willpower which was evidenced by his brave runner-up performance behind Avantage in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa earlier this month.

   Tavi Mac’s diminutive stature is in stark contrast to Sharrock’s dual-race winner Kawi, but he believes the little gelding’s determined character far exceeds his stable predecessor.

   “Kawi was a beast,” Sharrock said. “He was 16.2 hands and half a tonne. This horse is 14.3 with a sway back and probably only 450kg.

   “You wouldn’t have bought him out of the paddock, and he would still be in the paddock now if I didn’t breed him for his owners.

   “You wouldn’t have tried him. But he defies science, it is his character and will to win that makes him the horse he is.”

   Tavi Mac has drawn out at barrier 11 for today’s classic race and will have another change of jockey, with Troy Harris taking the mount.

   Sharrock’s stable apprentice Hazel Schofer has ridden the horse in four of his seven wins while Michael McNab was aboard for his last start second in the Foxbridge Plate.


Dragon Leap is sidelined

   New Zealand-trained four-year-old Dragon Leap has suffered a set-back that will curtail his Sydney spring campaign.

   The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained gelding had looked in for a good campaign, having found the line well for eighth in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m), beaten just two lengths, and was on target for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

   “It’s a minor injury and certainly nothing of any note that is going to have any long-term effect on his racing career,” O’Sullivan said.

   “It is a case of six weeks rest and he will be as good as gold.”

   The Hong Kong-owned galloper will recuperate initially in Australia but will return to the O’Sullivan-Scott stable Matamata.

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Hastings Trackwork 15 Sep 2020


(By John Jenkins)


   Strong gallops by Satu Lagi, King Farouk and the jumpers Revolution, Perry Mason and No Tip were among the highlights in a busy session at the Hastings track this morning.

   Fast work was mainly confined to the plough (good) although a few horses galloped on the No. 1 grass and four horses from John Bary’s stable were allowed to use the course proper.

   Satu Lagi was in front of One Prize One Goal at the end of 1000m on the plough in 1:02.3, the last 600 in 36.6 and looked to have something in reserve at the finish.

   Satu Lagi resumes from a spell in the Rating 82 race over 1200m at Hastings on Saturday. He has not raced since finishing third in the Poverty Bay Cup (1600m) at Gisborne in  February but has had the benefit of a couple of jumpouts to help prepare him.

   King Farouk finished clear of his stablemate Resolution at the end of 1000m in 1:07.2, the last 600 in 36.6. King Farouk hasn’t raced since May but finished a close second in a 1000m Foxton trial last week and is entered for the special conditions maiden over 1200m at Hastings on Saturday.

   Revolution, one of two horses from the Nelson/McDougal stable entered for Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay Hurdles (3100m) worked keenly over 1200m on the plough in 1:17.6, the first 600 in 38.3 And final 600 in 39.3. Matthew Cropp has been engaged to ride him.

   His stablemate No Change is also entered for the Hawke’s Bay Hurdles and this morning he ran a solo 1200m in 1:21.6, the first 600 in 43.5 and final 600 in 38.1. Aaron Kuru has taken the ride on him.

   Perry Mason, who will be looking to defend his title in Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay Steeples, worked with stablemate No Tip over 1200m in 1:19.4, the first 600 in 40.7 and final 600 in 38.7. Perry Mason looks to have come on since having a run on the flat at Otaki earlier this month and should be at peak fitness for Saturday’s 4800m feature.

   Callsign Mav, entered for Saturday’s Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings, galloped with stablemate Motivation over 1000m on the course proper in 1:01.9, the last 600 in 35.5. They worked about five metres out from the inside rail.

   Wicket Maiden, entered for Saturday’s Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) and stablemate Cinzento, worked up against the inside rail on the course proper and clocked 1:04.1 for 1000m, the last 600 in 34.8.

   No Rock No Pop, another who may line up in Saturday’s Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m), ran a solo 1000m on the plough in 1:04.9, the last 600 in 37.3. She is still a maiden but shows plenty of promise.

   Estefania, preparing for the Rating 65 2000m race at Hastings, was hitting out well at the end of 1000m on the plough in 1:05.6, the last 600 in 37.2. She was a good last start second over 1600m at Wanganui and any rain will enhance her chances on Saturday.

   Mohaka, who races next in a Rating 65 race over 1400m at Woodville next week, was let off with an easy 800m gallop in 55.3, the last 600 in 39.6 while stablemate Alpine Charm, another headed to the Woodville meeting, clocked 1:21 for 1200m, the last 600 in 39.

   Sanlorenzo, who will line up in a maiden 2200m race at Woodville next week, worked on his own over 1200m on the plough in 1:20.2, the last 600 in 37.7 while Belfast Babe ran a solo 1000m in 1:08.5, the last 600 in 39.

   Red ‘N’ Surf, was one of several horses from Vicki Wilson’s stable who worked close to the plough on the No.1 grass, making timing difficult. The son of Redwood looked to be working well at the end of 1000m.

   Hanging Loose, Rippin and Truly Remarkable were three others from the same stable who underwent similar assignments.

   Sheezacatch was not hurried when running a solo 1000m on the plough in 1:08.2, the last 600 in 40.1 while Pablo Esk looked to be travelling better than stablemate Who’s Alice at the end of 1000m on the grass in 1:07.8.

   Call Me Jack, entered for the Rating 65 2000m race at Hastings, worked on his own over1000m on the plough in 1:08.6, the last 600 in 39.3 while Overstayer finished off his work with a 400m sprint in 25.8.

   Blarney and an Atlante-Kalahari Princess three-year-old gelding, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, turned in a quick 800m on the plough in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.4 while Atlanta Peach was restricted to just three-quarter pace, finishing her work off with 600m in 41.1.

   Kaipawe recorded 1:05.6 for a solo 1000m, the last 600 in 37.3 while an El Roca two-year-old gelding and a Zed two-year-old filly, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ended their work on the plough with 600m in 39.1.



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