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HB Racing Column 28 Apr 2017

Bary stable picks up two wins in the past week

(By John Jenkins)


A winning double in the past week has taken Hastings trainer John Bary’s tally for the season to 17 and places him in the top 25 on the national trainers’ premiership.

Bary produced Mocca to score a last stride win in a 1400m maiden race at Woodville on Thursday of last week and then picked up a well deserved maiden win with Myrtle in a 1200m event at Awapuni on Anzac Day.

Bary’s 17 wins for the season have come from 159 starters. He is a clear leader in the race for the most wins by a Hastings trainer during the season with the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and Paul Nelson equal second on seven wins apiece.

Mocca’s win at Woodville was a form reversal after the Fully Fledged filly only managed eighth out of 14 over 1600m at Wanganui on March 30. Jockey Samantha Collett let her settle at the back of the field at Woodville and they were a distant second last at the end of the first 500 metres. Collett then started to improve her position, picking a path between other horses to have Mocca in a challenging position on the home turn.

Race favourite Sardeen had a clear lead early in the home straight and looked the likely winner for apprentice jockey Kate Cowan. But then Collett really got to work on Mocca and, with a vigorous ride, managed to get the horse’s head in front right on the line.

Mocca is raced by a number of Hawke’s Bay people. She was bred by Danny Birnie and Gordon and Jane Thomas-Long and they are members of the Copious Fun Syndicate that races the mare.

Other members in the syndicate are Peter Buckingham from Havelock North, Carolyn Thomson, Lex Verhoeven, Matt Finlayson, Pete Te Amo, Bruce Lewis and Vicki Sanders, all from Napier, Mike White (Hastings), Michael Boland (Eltham) and Les McLiver from Paraparaumu.

The mare is out of the Racing Is Fun mare Copious, who was the winner of three races and is also the dam of Starguru (eight wins) and the one race winners Stole My Thunder and Queenofharpz.

Copious is now deceased but Birnie and the Thomas-Long’s have also bred an unraced two-year-old full-brother to Mocca.

Myrtle’s winning margin at Awapuni on Tuesday was only a short head but her performance suggests she could be headed for much better things in the future.

The Keeper three-year-old filly was having her first start since finishing third over 1200m on a heavy track at Awapuni in November last year but was strong at the finish, getting in the deciding stride over first starter Cossastock after the two horses had gone clear of the rest of the field in the final stages.

Myrtle had three starts for three thirds last year and was close up on each occasion.

She was bred by Hastings-based Gerard Moughan and Napier’s Tony Aldridge and they race the horse with Aldridge’s Wellington-based brother Pat as well as a number of Hawke’s Bay people. They include Ken Lynch and Morrie Belle from Napier, Alan Hunt, Bevan Bramley, Alistair Poulgrain from Hastings, Terry Coffey and John and Stephen Dine from Taradale and Peter Wilkins (Havelock North).

Myrtle is out of the Postponed mare Granuaile, who was purchased by Moughan for $26,000 at a 2009 Karaka Mixed Bloodstock sale.

Myrtle is the only foal Moughan and Aldridge have bred out of Granuaile as the mare unfortunately died in 2015 after being mated with Niagara.

“Hopefully it is now onwards and upwards with this filly,” Aldridge said this week.

“I think she has got a bit of class about her and she was only just beaten in a couple of starts last campaign.”


Filly still on target for Oaks

Hastings-trained filly Savvy Dreams is still on target for the Group 1 Australasian Oaks in Adelaide tomorrow week despite only managing to finish 10th in her Australian debut last Saturday.

The Savabeel three-year-old lined up in the Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville but was slow away and then caught wide in the running. She was then bumped off stride 300 metres from the finish when obviously coming to the end of her run.

Guy Lowry, who co-trains Savvy Dreams with Grant Cullen, flew to Adelaide to watch the filly race at Morphettville last Saturday and said she went into the race too fresh.

“She hadn’t raced for five weeks and had done better than expected since arriving over there,” Lowry said. “She was a bit erratic in the mounting yard before the race and again in the barrier, which is why she probably missed the start.”

Lowry said Savvy Dreams has come through the race well and plans are to push on to the Group 1 $A500,000 Australian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6.

“We are stepping her work up and are hoping she can turn her form around,” he added.

Lamborghini, the stablemate of Savvy Dreams, finished an unlucky second in his Australian debut at Morphettville last Saturday.

The Shinko King six-year-old only went down by a neck in a $A100,000 open handicap over 1800m and probably would have won had jockey Jason Holder not become unbalanced after kicking his right foot out of the stirrup in the last few strides.

Lamborghini has also come through that race very well and will now line up in another $A100,000 open handicap over 2000 metres at Morphettville tomorrow week.

Apprentice’s second win

Hastings apprentice Jordan Bassett kicked home the second winner of her career when successful aboard Heni in a $12,000 Rating 85 race over 1200m at Awapuni on Anzac Day.

Bassett, 26, is attached to the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and chalked up her first win aboard the Kevin Myers-trained Kiddo in a 2200m maiden race at Rotorua in September last year.

She was having her second race-ride on the Mike Breslin-trained Heni, after finishing second aboard the mare in a 1200m race at New Plymouth last year.

Heni was back third last in the early stages of Tuesday’s race but quickly improved around the field to be outside the leader on the home turn. She then took control and Bassett punched her out over the final stages to get up and score by a neck from the pacemaking Platinum Express, with the stablemates Art Deco and Gypsy Fair flashing home late to get third and fourth respectively.

Jockey concussed in fall

Cambridge jockey Zy Nor Azman will be sidelined for the foreseeable future following a fall at Avondale on Tuesday.

“He’s battered and bruised and he was knocked out so he will have to go through the normal protocols before he rides again,” chief stipendiary steward John Oatham said.

The final event at Avondale was deemed a non-race after Nor Azman parted company with Le Moussier following a bump from Brendan Hutton’s mount Dylan De Lago, which collapsed due to a suspected internal haemorrhage.

Hutton was able to walk away, but Nor Azman remained motionless on the track and the remaining riders were aware of the situation and pulled their mounts up.

Both jockeys were taken to hospital but discharged that night, with Hutton complaining of a sore neck.


Livamol expands sponsorship

International Animal Health, the company that sponsors the Group 1 Livamol Classic run at Hastings in October, has extended its sponsorship with a three year contract with the Hawkesbury Racing Club in New South Wales.

The company is the new sponsor of the Group 3  Hawkesbury Gold Cup, which will be run on the Hawkesbury track tomorrow.

Livamol is Australasia’s leading coat conditioner for horses and other livestock for more than 50 years.

“We are thrilled to have an expanding international business, based locally and headed by a prominent owner and breeder in his own right, on board as a new sponsor for the next three years,” Hawkesbury Racing Club chief executive Greg Rudolph said.

International Animal Health is a family owned business that manufactures and markets a range of livestock solutions and Veterinarian only products available throughout Australia, New Zealand and overseas export markets.


Pleasing trial

Group One winner Heroic Valour enjoyed a quiet trial at Hawkesbury last Monday ahead of his Queensland campaign.

The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained colt finished third in his 1000m heat without being out under any pressure.

The three-year-old will make his Australian debut in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas on May 6 with Richards confirming that Opie Bosson will take the ride.

Providing Heroic Valour races up to expectations, the Group 1 Darley Kingsford Smith Cup at Eagle Farm on May 27 will be his primary target.


Tivaci’s stud fee set

Group One-winning sprinter Tivaci will stand his first season at Waikato Stud at $20,000 + GST.

“His fee represents a fantastic opportunity to breed to one of Australasia’s very best sprinters,” Mark Chittick said.

“The way he won the Group 1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick and coming home in 32.1 for the final 600m in the Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington left us in no doubt of his electric turn of foot.”


Mocca, under a vigorous ride by jockey Samantha Collett, gets up to snatch a last stride win over Sardeen in a 1400-metre maiden race at Woodville last week. She was the first of two winners produced by Hastings trainer John Bary in the past week.

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Hastings Trackwork 27 Apr 2017

Racing: Hunta 27/4/17

Hunta Pence, one of two horses trainer Patrick Campbell has entered for the Rating 65 race over 1600 metres at Hastings on Saturday, worked well on his own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing. Fog prevented the timing of several gallops.

Hunta Pence worked over 800 metres in 52.8, coming home the last 600 in 38.1. He was unsuited by the slow track conditions when sixth at Awapuni last start and that followed a close second over 1600m on a good track at Waipukurau. Chris Johnson has been booked to ride him on Saturday.

Lady Guinness is the other horse Campbell has entered for the race and this morning she worked over 1200 metres on her own but could not be timed in the fog.

A Darci Brahma two-year-old filly and a Nom du Jeu three-year-old gelding worked together over 600 metres in 39.7 while Zed Leppelin clocked 1:11.7 for a solo 1000 metres, the last 600 in 41.3.

A Rip Van Winkle-Snippins youngster looked to be travelling well on the outside of a Niagara two-year-old at the end of 600 metres in 40.8. They are both in the Lowry/Cullen stable.

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Hawkes Bay Racing Column 21 Apr 2017

Home track success a first for Wait A Sec’s owner

Wait A Sec’s win in the $22,500 Stella Artois Stayers Handicap at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting provided the horse’s Hastings breeder and part-owner, Ian Henderson, with a special celebration.

Henderson has been racing horses for many years but it was his first ever success on his home track.

Wait A Sec made up for a couple of unlucky runs in recent weeks with a comprehensive victory. The Postponed six-year-old was given a perfect trip in transit by jockey Johnathan Parkes, who settled the horse in the last four and up against the inside rail in the early stages of the 2500m staying test and never went around a horse.

Parkes waited for the field to fan on the home turn before quickly improving his position and then pushed Wait A Sec through a narrow gap inside the leader El Bayardo 250 metres off the line.

Once into the clear Wait A Sec dashed away from his rivals and went on to win easily by 3-1/4 lengths from Ticket Clipper, with El Bayardo a short neck back in third place.

It was Wait A Sec’s fifth win from 33 starts and his first since he took out a 1600-metre event at Awapuni 12 months ago. The horse was unlucky not to finish a lot closer than ninth in the Waipukurau Cup (2100m) two starts back when held up at a vital stage in the home straight and followed that up with a fast finishing third over 2100m at Awapuni on April 1.

The horse is trained on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and is expected to have his next start at either Hastings or Te Rapa tomorrow week.

“There is a 2100 metre race for him back here at Hastings or a 2400 at Te Rapa so we will have to decide which way to go,” Lowry said.

Ian Henderson races Wait A Sec with his Perth-based son Paul and bred the horse after purchasing the mare Security several years ago. She is out of Secrecy, who was the winner of seven races for another Hawke’s Bay owner-breeder, Don Gordon.

The first foal Henderson bred out of Security was a full-brother to Wait A Sec, called Secured. He was sold to Australian-based trainer Brian Jenkins for $25,000 and went on to a record a win and six minor placings in that country.

Henderson then bred a colt by Handsome Ransom out of Security but it broke down before getting to the races, with Wait A Sec being the next foal and the first one he has raced out of the mare.


Hastings pair in Adelaide

Savvy Dreams and Lamborghini, two in-form horses from the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, will both make their Australian debuts at tomorrow’s Morphettville meeting in Adelaide.

Savvy Dreams will contest the Group 3 $A120,000 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m), a three-year-old fillies’ race run under set weights and penalties conditions. She has drawn seven and will be ridden by South Australian jockey Paul Gatt.

The Savabeel filly has not raced since finishing a game third behind Bonneval and Devise in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 18. That run followed a close second to Bonneval in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 2.

Savvy Dreams will be using tomorrow’s race as a lead up to the Group 1 $A500,000 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6, a race that is also restricted to three-year-old fillies and run at set weights. Top Victorian jockey Craig Williams has already been booked to ride her in that race.

Lamborghini lines up in an $A100,000 Open Handicap over 1800m tomorrow, where he has drawn well at barrier six and will be ridden by Jason Holder. He was a last start winner of the Waipukurau Cup (2100m) on March 23.

Co-trainer Grant Cullen travelled with the two horses when they left New Zealand on Wednesday of last week. They were flown from Auckland to Melbourne and then had a nine hour float trip down to Adelaide.

The two horses are based at Paul Beshara’s Morphettville stables and Cullen says both have settled in well in the new surroundings.

They were given their final hit outs at the Morphettville track on Wednesday and both worked very well.

Lowry and Cullen will be hoping for a change of luck after previous trips to Australia have brought little in return. They lined up Pimms Time in the 2013 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) but she only managed 10th out of 13 and Irish Fling crossed the Tasman after winning the Group 1 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) at Trentham in 2014 but broke down when finishing last in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill in her only Australian start.

Back when Guy Lowry was training on his own he also took Lilakyn over for a crack at the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) in 2007. The horse finished second, beaten a nose, after rider Lisa Cropp thought she had the race won.


Sweet success at Taupo

Hastings-owned Honey Rider returned to her best with a decisive win in a 1300m three-year-old race at Taupo on Easter Monday.

The Pins filly, bred and owned by Hawke’s Bay friends Charlie Whyte and Andrew Lockyer, was recording her fourth victory from only 10 starts but had only managed two sixths and a fourth from her three most recent outings.

Honey Rider only had four rivals in Monday’s race and she was caught three-wide in the early stages so rider Michael Coleman let her roll to the front with 900 metres to run. From then on she was always in control and, after leading by a length on the home turn, she kept up a strong gallop to hold a 1-1/4 length winning margin on the line.

Honey Rider won the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings last spring and her trainers, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, will now aim her at the Group 3 $70,000 Cambridge Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa tomorrow week.

“She did that easily enough today and she’ll now go to the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes,” said Murray Baker.

“She’s had a bit of a freshen up and she was ready to go again.

“She’s pretty good when she’s right and she looked to be waiting for the others a bit,” Baker said.

Honey Rider was the second foal out of the Align mare Southern Heights, who won two races for Whyte and Lockyer when trained at Hastings by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. The first foal, a colt by Savabeel, unfortunately died.


Peso ready to jump

Hastings-trained Peso broke through for an impressive maiden win on the flat at last week’s Rotorua meeting but it is over the jumps that he is expected to excel in the future.

The Colombia gelding was having only his sixth career start when he recorded a dominant 2-1/2 length victory in a 1950-metre highweight at Rotorua, after a second and a third in his previous five outings.

The horse is trained at Hastings by Paul Nelson and raced by him in partnership with his wife Carol. They bred the five-year-old out of the unraced Victory Dance mare All Magic.

Although Peso has yet to race over hurdles he was one of eight horses trainer Paul Nelson schooled at the Hastings track a couple of weeks ago where he gave a dashing display over the hurdles.

He is certainly bred to excel as a jumper as his dam is a full-sister to Hummer, who recorded a win, a second, two thirds and two fourths from 13 hurdle starts.

Jockey Aaron Kuru settled Peso just in behind the leading trio in the early stages of last week’s Rotorua race and secured a charmed rails run rounding the home bend to quickly challenge for the lead. The horse strode clear soon after and was being eased down by Kuru over the final stages.

Owners & Breeders function

The Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners & Breeders Associations will hold their annual race day function at the Hawke’s Bay meeting at Hastings tomorrow week, April 29.

The function will be held in the Karamu/Estella Lounge on the top floor of the Members Stand and will commence at 11.30am.

Each member and a guest will receive a complimentary drink, with a cash bar operating after that.

A complimentary luncheon for members and a guest will be served at approximately 1pm. Any additional guests will be charged $30 per person for the meal.

Throughout the day there will be a member’s draw prior to each race.

For catering purposes those attending are asked to RSVP by today (April 21) to either Tony Lyndon (06) 8768250 or Sharyn Craig 0274 999084. Or they can email:


By-monthly award winner

Hastings trainer Kelly Burne is the recipient of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Kevin Wood Memorial Trophy for the months of February and March.

Burne and her Perth-based son Vinnie Meenehan race the talented stayer Saint Kitt, who has had four starts since the beginning of the New Year for two wins and two seconds. One of those victories was in the $30,000 Hororata Gold Cup (1800m) at Riccarton.


HB races on April 29

Hawke’s Bay Racing will stage an eight-race programme on the Hastings track tomorrow week, with the first race timed for 12.30pm and the last at 4.37pm.

There will be free general admission and access to the Members Stand where you can relax while getting a fabulous view of the horses passing the Winning Post.  It promises to be a great day out for families.   


Wait A Sec and jockey Johnathan Parkes are out on their own at the finish of the Rating 75 race over 2500 metres at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting. It was the horse’s fifth victory and the first home track success for his Hastings owner-breeder Ian Henderson

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