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Hastings Trackwork 16 Jan 2018

   Miss Wilson, preparing for Saturday’s Group 1 J & N Berkett Telegraph Sprint at Trentham, took the time honours when running a solo 1000 metres at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was carried out close to the running rail on the course proper (good) and on the plough (soft).

   Miss Wilson had track rider Zane Thomson aboard when running a 1000 metres on the course proper in 1:2.7, the first 400 metres in a leisurely 28.2 and the last 600 in 34.5. She has been freshened since finishing last in the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham a month ago and drops back to 1200 metres in this Saturday’s feature at Trentham.

   Savvy Dreams, preparing for Saturday’s Group 1 Thorndon Mile at Trentham, looked to be travelling strongly at the finish when finishing ahead of Tavijazz at the end of 1000 metres on the course proper in 1:4.3, the last 600 in 35.9. Savvy Dreams has trained on well since winning over 1200 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day and Samantha Collett has been booked to ride her on Saturday.

   Swiss Precision looked to be travelling slightly better than Smokin’ Oak at the end of their 1000-metre gallop on the course proper and clocked 1:6.1, the last 600 in 36.1. Swiss Precision has won her last two starts in impressive style and will now contest the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.

   Real Beach and Gates To Rio worked together over 1000 metres on the plough and were timed to run the last 800 in 49.9 and final 600 in 36.4. Real Beach is another heading to Trentham this Saturday where she will contest the Rating 65 1600.

   Perfect Shock and Chouxperb also worked together over 1000 metres on the plough and clocked 1:4.3, the last 600 in 35.9. Perfect Shock is likely to race at Woodville on Monday while Chouxperb could start next at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on February 1.

   Silhouette Beauty ended her work on the plough with 600 metres in 42. She is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Adventador, by Ocean Park, and turned in a very encouraging third on debut at Hastings on New Year’s Day.

   A Jakkalberry two-year-old gelding trained by Tim Symes ended his work on the plough with a 400-metre sprint in 24.1 while Estefania and a Thewayyouare three-year-old gelding were kept to three-quarter pace over 600 metres in 45.6.

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Hastings horses bag seven winners in two days 4 Jan 2018

   Hastings stables have kicked off the New Year in the best possible way with seven winners coming out of the centre in the first two days of 2018.

   Hastings horses dominated the traditional New Year’s Day meeting on their home track, with five of the eight races taken out by locals. John Bary and Patrick Campbell each picked up two wins while the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen partnership saddled up one. Then, at the following day’s Wairarapa meeting, Bary picked up another brace of wins to give him four in the space of two days.

   Bary started the successful run at Monday’s New Year’s Day meeting when he produced Quick Choice to win the 1200m maiden race for three-year-olds. Apprentice jockey Holly Andrew gave the Darci Brahma filly a perfect run, fourth and one off the fence, until the home turn and she unleashed a strong finishing burst to win by 1-1/4 lengths.

   It was Quick Choice’s second start and followed a debut eighth over 1200m at Awapuni in November. The filly is certainly bred to be good as her dam Bonaichi won three races including the Listed Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.

   Quick Choice is owned by Auckland’s Haunui Farm Stud which races the filly in partnership with a large group of people that include two Hawke’s Bay men, Chris Tremain and Andrew Bayly.

   Bary’s other success at Hastings came with Swiss Precision, who made it two wins in a row when taking out the Rating 65 event over 1400m. She was also ridden by Holly Andrew and, after sitting three-wide to the home turn, she still had plenty in reserve to kick clear and hold on to win by a length.

   Swiss Precision is owned by the Challenge No.7 Syndicate, one of several syndicates set up and managed by bloodstock consultant Adrian Clark. The filly has only had five starts for two wins and a third, with her maiden victory coming over 1200m at the Waipukurau meeting on December 10.

   Bary now intends to step her up in class in the Group 3 $70,000 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on January 20.


Two from two for Campbell

   Trainer Patrick Campbell had a 100 per cent winning strike-rate on his home track on Monday, producing Scandalo to win the $20,000 Russell Roads City Of Hastings Cup and Lady Guinness to take out the Kahungunu Kapa, a Rating 75 race.

   Campbell only has a small team in work and only had the two runners on New Year’s Day.

   The win by Scandalo was especially satisfying for Campbell as he owns the horse outright while he also has a small racing share in Lady Guinness.

   Scandalo only had two rivals in the day’s feature event over 1300m, the first time there has been only a three horse field at Hastings for many years.

   Jockey Darryl Bradley settled the Shocking five-year-old behind the leading pair of Morse Code and Petite En Jeu and waited until they were well into the home straight before asking his mount to extend. Once he did the big gelding bounded up outside  the leading pair before racing on for an emphatic 1-3/4 length win.

   Campbell bought Scandalo privately from the South Island after the horse had recorded two thirds and three fourths from seven starts down there. He had immediate success when the horse took out a 1450m maiden race at Wairoa in February last year and has given him a further nine starts for four wins and two seconds.

   Lady Guinness is starting to become a Hastings track specialist with all four of her victories having now been recorded on her home track.

   The Falkirk mare led all the way for apprentice Holly Andrew in Monday’s 1600m race and held out the fast finishing Wide Awake by 1-1/2 lengths.

   The four-year-old won her maiden race over 1300m at Hastings in March last year and then added two Rating 65 victories, the first over 1600m at Hastings in April and the second over 1300m there in November.

   Lady Guinness is owned by Windsor Park Stud and is raced on lease by a 14-member syndicate, all of whom live in Hawke’s Bay.

   Jason Britton manages the syndicate and has a 20 per cent share with the other members being Don, Rob and Alistair Poulgrain, Aaron Brittin, Nick Dorwood, Aaron Bourke, Jamie Flett, Mark O’Shaughnessy, Kelly O’Rourke, Eddie and Scotty Burn, Kim Bone and Patrick Campbell.


Thorndon Mile next

   Savvy Dreams confirmed another tilt at a Group 1 race when she proved a class above her three rivals in the Rating 75 Best Travel 1200 at Hastings on Monday.

   The mare’s Hastings trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen have had the $200,000 Thorndon Mile in mind for the horse and she will now go straight into that 1600-metre Trentham feature on January 20.

   The Savabeel four-year-old was having her second start a new campaign, following a close and unlucky third over 1200m at Hastings on December 14.

   Visiting Australian woman jockey Katelyn Mallyon was aboard Savvy Dreams on Monday. The mare was slow to begin and a clear last on settling down but started to close on her three rivals coming to the home turn and quickly took control in the home straight, racing away to score by 1-1/2 lengths.

   It was only the mare’s second win, with her first coming in a 1200m maiden race at the same Hawke’s Bay New Year’s Day meeting 12 months ago. However she was also stakes placed on three occasions last year, finishing a close second behind Bonneval in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2000m) at Hastings before a third in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham and a fourth in the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) in Adelaide.

   Bred by Tony Rider at Milan Park in Cambridge, Savvy Dreams is raced by the breeder along with Kelvyn Marshall (Napier), Jim and Lynne Small (Dannevirke) Wendy Spurdle (Hawera), Grant Julian (Perth) and the Storming Home Syndicate.

   There are four Hawke’s Bay people involved in the 10-member Storming Home Syndicate,  Roger Brittin (Hastings), Darrel Cook (Havelock North), Mike Newall (Havelock North) and Robin Vickers (Taradale).


Promising three-year-old filly

   The John Bary-trained Vinnie’s Volley looked a filly headed for much bigger things when winning her race debut in a 1000m maiden race at Tauherenikau on Tuesday.

   The Iffraaj three-year-old jumped awkwardly from the barrier but quickly mustered speed for jockey Samantha Collett and was in front entering the last 600m. She tended to run out making the home turn but, once balanced up, stretched out strongly to win by 1-1/2 lengths.

   Vinnie’s Volley showed a glimpse of her ability when scoring an impressive win in a 750m Hastings jumpout back in November and then finished a close second in an 800m Foxton trial on December 12.

   She is raced by the Too Posh Syndicate, a large group of keen racing enthusiasts. Several members reside in Hawke’s Bay and are Carl Taylor, Renee Dever and Trent Miller, Wink and Andrew Hildreth, Brian and Karen Strachan, Rob Hardie, Craig and Vicki MacMillan, Vicki Sanders, Arron & Vicki Cook, Tina King, Tracey Saxton, BJ Moleta, Richard Koorey, Doug Callaghan, Lex Verhoeven, Merv Dudley and Robbie Lawton.

   Bary’s other winner at Tauherenikau was Hugo The Boss who brought up his third victory from 11 starts when taking out a Rating 65 race over 1000m. The Stratum four-year-old disputed the pace with Katie’s So Kool before shaking her that runner off rounding the home turn and raced right away over the final stages to score by 2-1/2 lengths. He is now expected to contest a $30,000 Rating 75 race over 1200m at Trentham tomorrow week.

   Hugo The Boss is raced by the Best Dressed Syndicate, another large group of owners who include Taradale couple Alan and Paula Keall and Innes Nesbitt from Hastings.


Timely win by Bizzwinkle    

   Bizzwinkle’s win in last Sunday’s $30,000 Stratford Cup was a timely result for the horse’s Hawke’s Bay breeders John and Lucy Scoular and their two children, Andy Scoular and Sally Tothill.

   The quartet sold the Rip Van Winkle gelding but are still breeding from his dam Bizz and have a Charm Spirit yearling filly out of the mare entered at for this month’s Karaka sales.

   They bred the yearling in partnership with Windsor Park Stud and Lucy Scoular said she is a “magnificent looking filly.”

   Bizz was the winner of three races for the Scoulars, from 1400m to 2000m, and has also left the winners Murdoch and Runny Honey. It is also the family of Jolly Jake, a horse that won nine races in New Zealand including the 1984 New Zealand Derby.

   Bizzwinkle was sold as a yearling for $36,000 and brought up his third win when he led all the way in last Sunday’s feature race at Stratford. Apprentice jockey Jasmine Fawcett rated the horse well in front and he kicked on strongly to score by 2-1/2 lengths.


Instant southern success

   Former Hastings-trained Red Tiara made a winning debut from her new South Island stable when successful in a Rating 65 race over 1200m at the Timaru meeting eight days ago.

   The Per Incanto mare was having her first start for Riccarton trainer Pam Robson and, after taking the lead early in the home straight, she staved off all the challengers to score by a head.

   Red Tiara was formerly prepared on the Hastings track by Kelly Burne, who has taken time out from training to pursue other employment. She still shares in the ownership of the mare, along with the horse’s Matamata breeder Derek Mortleman and two Wellington men, Pat Baker and Ramesh Dayal.

   Red Tiara was recording her second win with her first coming almost exactly 12 months ago, when successful in a 1400m maiden at Hastings.

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Authentic Paddy finally gets his Group 1 success 28 Dec 2017

   There was no more deserving winner of last Tuesday’s Group 1 $200,000 Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie than Authentic Paddy, a horse part-owned by three Hawke’s Bay siblings of the Gray family.

   It was the eight-year-old’s 11th success from 77 career starts but, more importantly, it was his first triumph at the elite level after a string of minor placings in Group 1 events.

   He was lining up in the Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic for the third year in a row, following third placings in both 2015 and last year. He has also been runner-up in consecutive runnings of the Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham and was third in this year’s Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa.

   Hastings sisters Marilyn Te Paa and Christine Gray and their Havelock North brother Tony Gray own Authentic Paddy in partnership with their Paraparaumu-based brother Phillip and their sister Janice Berry, who lives in Upper Hutt.

   Marilyn Te Paa said this week they usually travel around the country to watch Authentic Paddy race but most had their family’s home for Christmas so they watched the race it on Trackside instead.

   “It was a great thrill,” she said.

   “We were jumping up and down and yelling at the TV and it was just wonderful to see him finally get his Group 1 win.”

   The family members became involved in racehorse ownership through their late uncle Don Robinson, who bred Authentic Paddy as well as his younger half-brother The Rippa.

   “Our uncle passed away three years ago this Saturday and we bought Authentic Paddy and The Rippa off his estate,” Te Paa said.

   The Rippa, a four-year-old by Rip Van Winkle, has won twice from 10 starts and was an unlucky fifth over 1550m at last Saturday’s Manawatu meeting.

   Both horses are prepared by Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta and Te Paa said they all met at Awapuni last Saturday where they discussed tactics for Authentic Paddy in the Zabeel Classic.

   “We had a change of jockey and the plan was to let him go to the front and just lob along and that’s exactly what happened,” Te Paa added.

   Experienced jockey Trudy Thornton took Authentic Paddy to the front from the outset in the 2000m weight-for-age feature and set a dawdling pace in the early stages. She still hadn’t asked the horse to do too much coming to the home turn and when the challengers came in the straight he had plenty in reserve, surging clear in the final stages to win by 1-1/4 lengths.

   Thornton described the Howbaddouwantit gelding as “an absolute pleasure to ride.”

   “He knows his job out there and Lisa had him fit and ready to go,” she added.

    Lisa Latta described Authentic Paddy’s latest success as one of the most satisfying wins of her training career.

   “It’s just an absolute buzz,” Latta said. “He’s a lovely horse and he so deserved that. It’s been a great day for us.”

   “He needs a strong rider and Trudy does exactly what she’s told,” she added.

   Latta was at her home track at Awapuni last Saturday where she also celebrated a winning treble with That’s Amore, Lincoln’s Gal and Denny’s Lincoln.


Hunta Pence stepping up

   Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell has plans to step his promising galloper Hunta Pence up in distance following the horse’s dominant victory over 2100m at Otaki last week.

   Campbell has the $30,000 Summer Cup (2400m) at Trentham on January 27 in mind for the five-year-old and will probably give him one more race before that.

   “I’d like to try him over 2400 and he’ll probably have another run over 2100 at Awapuni next week to help prepare him,” Campbell said.

   Campbell owns Hunta Pence in partnership with Wellington’s Luke Walding and the son of No Excuse Needed has now won them four races from 21 starts.

   The horse only had five rivals at Otaki last week and was well ridden by top apprentice Sam Weatherley.

   Hunta Pence had over-raced in front when finishing fourth at Waipukurau at his most recent start but Weatherley got him to settle perfectly in the trail and he was cruising behind the leader Gorbachev as they entered the last 600m.

   Weatherley sent the horse forward to take control rounding the home turn and they raced away over the final stages to score by 2-1/4 lengths.

   Hunta Pence has come through the win in good order. He is a horse that doesn’t carry a lot of condition but has a big stride and certainly looks a good stayer in the making.


Well deserved win

   Handfull, bred and part-owned by Takapau’s Jenny Dalby, picked up a deserved win when taking out a $25,000 Rating 75 race over 1550m at Awapuni last Saturday.

   The Fully Fledged gelding was having his fourth race in a new campaign and it followed three consecutive second placings, over 1400m at Hastings, 1600m at Wanganui and 1550m at Awapuni.

   Jockey Dylan Turner settled Handfull in sixth place before lodging a claim half-way up the home straight and they managed to stave off the challengers to win by a neck.

   Handfull has rarely been far away in any of his 13 starts, with two wins, five seconds and a third to his credit. He is trained at Woodville by Shane Brown who said the horse has been a slow maturing type and is still learning how to race properly.

   “In 12 months he’ll be a better horse,” Brown said.

   “He is still doing a few things wrong and was changing legs in the straight there today.”

   Dalby has bred and raced thoroughbreds for many years, with two of her best being the top racemares Milo and Saunter.


De Koning causes an upset

   Taradale woman Judith Buckeridge was back in the winner’s circle when De Koning upset the punters when breaking through for a maiden win a at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa.

   Buckeridge shares in the ownership of the Niagara three-year-old with some friends, including Cambridge trainer Fred Cornege. The horse won at odds of 18 to one.

   De Koning was sold for $13,000 as a weanling at a 2015 mixed bloodstock sale when offered by the former Hawke’s Bay-based Lime Country Thoroughbreds.

   He was having his sixth start last Saturday, with his previous best placings being a third and a fourth.

   Jockey Lynsey Satherley positioned him outside the leader from the start in the 1400m event and they went to the front at the top of the home straight. They were pressured over the final stages by first starter Gold Spice and jockey Doni Prastiyou but managed to get the decision by a head.


Hartley shows good promise

   Hartley, a three-year-old bred by Pourerere’s Sue Harty and close friend Christine McKay, looks to have a bright future on the racetrack following his game win in a 1300m maiden race at Otaki last week.

   The big gelding is a son of the ill-fated sire Azamour out of the Towkay mare Madam Butterfly and is now owned by Woodville trainer Neil Connors and his wife.

   Hartley was having only his second start, his first resulting in a fourth over 1100m on his home track in August last year. He suggested he was ready for a big fresh up performance when winning a 1000m Foxton trial on December 12.

   Top apprentice Sam Weatherley was aboard the horse at Otaki and had him trailing the leader until the home turn before taking control early in the home straight. The horse kept up a strong gallop to win by three-quarters of a length.

   Hartley was sold for $23,000 as a weanling and his dam Madam Butterfly was the winner of five races. She has produced a colt foal this year by Sweynesse.


Top jockey at Hastings

   Australian woman jockey Katelyn Mallyon will be in action at next Monday’s Hawke’s Bay New Year’s Day race meeting at Hastings.

   The successful hoop will ride the Hastings-trained Savvy Dreams in the Rating 75 race over 1200m and has also been booked for mounts from the powerful Te Akau stable of Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards as well as those prepared by Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie.

   Mallyon is based in Victoria, where she has recorded several group race victories, including last year’s Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes on the Robert Hickmott-trained Assign. She also rode that horse in the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

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