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Hastings Trackwork 21 Nov 2017

   Hunta Pence, preparing for the Wanganui meeting on Saturday week, looked in good order when undergoing an easy workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the plough. Several horses from the centre were entered for the Foxton trials later in the day.

   Hunta Pence was kept to just three-quarter pace when working on his own over 1200m, the last 600 in 44.8. The No Excuse Needed gelding only beat two horses home over 1550 metres at Awapuni last start but trainer Patrick Campbell said he was unsuited by the track conditions that day. He will now be stepped up to 2000 metres in a Rating 75 race at Wanganui.

   Whowouldknow had trainer Kate Hercock aboard when running 1000m, the last 800 in 53.6 and final 600 in 38.9 while Pakapunch was let off with an easy 800 metres in 56.1, the last 600 in 41.7.

   My Big Sister, a filly by Nadeem in the Patrick Campbell stable, ended her work with 600 metres in 39.9. She was a winner over 1000 metres at the last Hastings jumpouts and could make her race debut at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on December 14.

   Oscar’s Shadow clocked 54.1 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.8 while Dare To Rock was restricted to just three-quarter pace, running her last 600 metres in 46.4.


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Lady with an attitude has what it takes 16 Nov 2017

The skills of Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell have turned Lady Guinness from a one-time problem horse into now being a three race winner.

   The Falkirk mare brought up her third victory from only eight starts when she got a last stride decision in a $10,000 Rating 65 race over 1400m at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Campbell is the first to admit that when Lady Guinness first entered his stable she was nothing but trouble. She was difficult to do anything with and it was always a mission just to get her on and off the track of a morning to undergo normal work.

   It got to a stage that, instead of walking out, Lady Guinness was jogged from the tie up stalls to the training track to prevent her from stopping and either spinning around or rearing up.

   Campbell says Lady Guinness is still not easy to train but at least she now walks out to do her trackwork without too much fuss.

   “She can still be a problem coming off the track, especially when there are other horses around her, but she is a lot better,” Campbell said.

   Lady Guinness certainly lacks nothing on the score of ability and toughness, as she showed when winning last Sunday.

   She jumped from the extreme outside barrier and was always at least three-wide in the running. Apprentice jockey Jasmine Fawcett sent the mare on a forward move starting the last 600m and she was the widest runner making the home turn.

   Handful, with Jonathan Riddell aboard, looked the likely winner when in front 100 metres out but Lady Guinness was not to be denied and got up on the line for a half-head victory.

   All three wins by Lady Guinness have been on her home track and at three different distances. The first was over 1300m in March of this year and she was then successful over 1600m the following month.

   Campbell said he will now step the mare back up to 1600m in a Rating 75 race at Otaki on December 1.

   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.

   Lady Guinness is out of the Danske mare Grace Park, who recorded three wins and eight minor placings from only 16 starts and one of her victories was in the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Air Freight Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton.


High Spirits back in form 

   It was a case of déjà vu when Hastings-trained High Spirits won over 2100m on her home track last Sunday.

   It was the horse’s second success and the first was also over 2100m at the same Hawke’s Bay meeting 12 months ago. The only differences were the winning margin and dividend.

   When High Spirits won her maiden race 12 months ago she came from eighth on the home turn to get up and snatch victory by a long head and paid $6.90. Last Sunday she again came from off the pace at the 600m but quickly got to the front early in the home straight and kept up a strong run to the line to win by 1-3/4 lengths, returning outside odds of 16 to one.

   It was a complete form reversal after her best placing from her four most recent starts had been a seventh.

   High Spirits is a four-year-old mare by Darci Brahma out of the Montjeu mare Spiriting and is trained by John Bary. He bought the filly for $80,000 from the premier session of the 2014 Karaka yearling sales and then set about syndicating her.

   Havelock North couple Hylton and Colleen Gudsell own a 40% share in the horse with Bary being one of 12 shareholders who own the other 60 per cent between them.

   Other Hawke’s Bay people involved are Napier couple Bruce and Annette Keighley, Richard Koorey and Mark Donnelly. Gisborne-based John McLaughlin also has a share while the other owners live in Auckland, Wellington and Ashburton.

   John Bary’s racing manager Mike Sanders said this week that High Spirits has been a work in progress.

   “She’s quite a quirky mare. She can do some unbelievable things in trackwork and can run 11 seconds for 200 metres but hasn’t always done it on race day.

   “John has varied her training and given her dressage and jumping to keep her mind ticking over and it has obviously worked.”

   Sanders said last Sunday’s win was mainly attributed to a great ride from in-form jockey Samantha Collett, who sensed that she needed to get the horse going at the 600m and never missed a beat in urging her to the line.

   “It was an 11 out of 10 ride,” Sanders said.

   “She is a big striding mare and you’ve got to get her out and keep her rolling and that was what she did.”

   High Spirits was only on a rating of 56 points before last Sunday and that win has taken her to 62 points, which will now make her eligible for a Rating 65 race over 2300m at Otaki on December 1.

   Sanders said John Bary thinks the mare is an out and out stayer and can’t wait to get her up to 3200 metres. Her dam Spiriting was the winner of one race and that was over 2000m.


Miss Wilson on song

   Class Hastings-trained mare Miss Wilson turned in an impressive exhibition gallop between races at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting in preparation for tomorrow’s Group 2 $100,000 Stella Artois Tauranga Stakes (1600m).

   Jockey Jonathan Riddell was aboard the Stratum mare and she recorded 1:11 for a solo 1200m, up against the running rail, on the course proper. She ran the first 600 metres in 36.3 and quickened over the last 600 in 34.7.

   Riddell said the horse felt great in the gallop, adding that she is obviously a class galloper.

   Miss Wilson, who is trained by John Bary, was an impressive last start winner of the Group 3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings on October 22. Bary will be using tomorrow’s race as a lead up to the Group 1 $200,000 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on December 9.


HB connection with greys’ race

   The Subzero Handicap, a race confined to grey horses, is one of the feature events on Oaks Day at Flemington each year and last week’s edition was won by a horse with a strong Hawke’s Bay connection.

   Tribal Wisdom, a four-year-old gelding by Makfi, scored a game head victory in the 1400m event for former Kiwi trainer Mike Moroney, who is now based at Flemington.

   Moroney is best known as the trainer of the 2000 Melbourne Cup winner Brew, who was by Sir Tristram out of the outstanding mare Horlicks and was bred by Hawke’s Bay’s Graham de Gruchy.

   Tribal Wisdom is a grandson of Horlicks. His dam is Platinum Passion, who is by Redoute’s Choice out of the unraced mare Stella Artois.

   De Gruchy bred Stella Artois, who was by Star Way out of Horlicks. She recorded three seconds and a third in barrier trials but never got to the races and was sold to Jomara Bloodstock.

   Horlicks was the winner of 17 races from 1200m to 2400m including the Group 1 Japan Cup. Her other Group 1 victories were in the Auckland Racing Club’s DB Draught Classic (twice), The New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie (twice) and the LKS MacKinnon Stakes at the Flemington track in Melbourne.


Savabeel’s stock to the fore

   New Zealand’s champion sire Savabeel has continued to scale new heights as a sire in recent weeks, with his progeny extending his number of individual Group 1 winners to 14.

   Shillelagh kicked things off strongly for the Waikato Stud stallion on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, winning the Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) for owners and breeders Christopher and Susanna Grace.

   A week later regally-bred colt Embellish improved his sire’s statistics further by taking out last Saturday’s Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.

   Purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis for $775,000 out of Waikato Stud’s 2016 Premier yearling sale draft, Embellish is a brother to Group 1 winner Diademe and is now being set for lofty targets on both sides of the Tasman.

   “We’ll now get him ready for the Karaka Mile at Ellerslie in January,” Ellis said.

   “We’ll then look at taking him to the Australian Guineas at Flemington and then we’ll head up to Sydney for the classic races up there.”

    Savabeel was represented by another classic winner last Saturday when  Savapinski won the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington, in Melbourne.

   Savapinski was purchased by Gai Waterhouse and Dynamic Syndications for $70,000 at the 2015 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale.

   The four-year-old’s victory has helped extend Savabeel’s impressive strike-rate to 6.3 per cent Group winners to runners and an incredible 10.1 per cent Stakes winners to runners.

   Savabeel stands at Waikato Stud for a service fee of $100,000 + GST and will be represented by five lots at next week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale.

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Peso progressing well as a stayer 10 Nov 2017

   The $100,000 Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day is now the long range goal for Hastings galloper Peso, who made it two wins in a row with another runaway victory last Saturday.

   The Colombia six-year-old took out a $22,500 Rating 65 race over 2100m by 4-3/4 lengths at the Tauranga meeting and that followed a 4 length win over 1950m at Rotorua on October 21.

   He now boasts a record of three wins, two seconds and two thirds from 13 starts for Hastings trainer Paul Nelson, who races the horse with his wife Carol.

   Paul Nelson said this week Peso will now try and earn some valuable points in the Dunstan Stayers series so as to guarantee a start in the final, which is run over 2200m.

   “He’ll probably go to Ellerslie at the beginning of next month,” Nelson said.

   “There is a Rating 75 race over 2100m there on December 2 or one over 2200m on December 9 and well look at running him in one of those two.”

   Although he was the winner of two races before last Saturday, Peso was still eligible for a Rating 65 grade race as the handicapper had obviously not put a lot of emphasis on the horse’s two minor placings in amateur races earlier this season.

   He was carded to carry topweight of 60kg but Nelson engaged promising Singapore-born apprentice Hairi Marzuki, who was able to claim a 3kg allowance.

   Peso drew the extreme outside barrier and was forced to travel three-wide for almost the entire race yet still raced clear of his rivals over the final stages for a dominant win.

   The Nelsons bred Peso out of the unraced Victory Dance mare All Magic and is certainly bred on stout staying lines. His dam is a full-sister to Hummer, a horse that recorded a win, a send, two thirds and two fourths from 13 hurdle starts.


Exhibited a touch of class

   Hastings-owned Exhibit, a mare that promised plenty as an early three-year-old last season, bounced back to form with a good win in a $22,500 Rating 65 race over 1250m at Awapuni last Saturday.

   The Iffraaj mare is bred and owned by Hastings couple Gerard and Vera Moughan and looked a horse headed for big things when scoring an easy 2 length win on debut over 1200m at Woodville in October 2016. However her form then dropped away, with her best placing in her next six starts being a fourth over 1200m at Wanganui in September this year.

   Trainer David Goldsbury, who prepares Exhibit on the Awapuni track, said the filly had suffered a couple of setbacks and been unsuited by wet tracks but is now back to 100 per cent fitness and that certainly showed with her excellent performance last Saturday.

   Apprentice jockey Timothy Johnson bounced Exhibit out quickly from the barrier and had her sitting outside the leader Pure Daze until the top of the home straight. The mare then shot to the front and showed great tenacity to fight off a late challenge by the topweight Abbey Road to score by a long neck.

   The Moughans acquired Exhibit after buying her dam, Royal Show, for $16,000 at a dispersal sale of stock owned by the late Jim Campin. The mare was in foal to Iffraaj at the time and Exhibit was the resultant foal.

   Royal Show, is by Deputy Governor and was the winner of four races including the listed Gore Guineas. She is also the dam of Folding Gear (by Johar), who won four races in Australia including three stakes races at Caulfield, the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m), Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) and Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m).

   Royal Show has also left Royal Striker, who won two races in Australia; Cactus Jack, who has been twice successful in Singapore and Royal Success, who was a $130,000 yearling purchase by David Ellis of Te Akau Thoroughbreds and has won five of his 10 starts.

   Since foaling Exhibit, Royal Show has produced a two-year-old colt by Niagara and is due to foal this year to El Roca.

   Exhibit came through last Saturday’s win in such good order that Goldsbury was keen to back her up in a Rating 65 race over 1200m at Otaki yesterday.


Hastings races Sunday

   Another family day of racing is planned for Hastings this Sunday with eight races carded in what will be the first Christmas at the Races meeting in the district this year.

   The first race is timed for 1.25pm and the last at 5.30pm, with the main event being a Rating 75 over 1200m which has drawn an even field of very promising gallopers.

   There will be a $10 gate charge with free admission for anyone under 18 years old and tickets to the members stand can be purchased at a cost of $30 each.


Distance too far for Humidor

   The New Zealand-bred Humidor failed to cope with the distance of Tuesday’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), according to his rider Blake Shinn.

   “He just doesn’t run the two miles, it’s as simple as that,” he said. “He gave me a nice ride throughout, but the pressure went on and he didn’t respond.”

   Despite his unplaced effort, the Darren Weir-trained Humidor has enjoyed a lucrative spring campaign with a victory in the Group 1 Maybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and placings in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) and in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

   The Teofilo five-year-old finished second behind Willie Cazals in the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings in the spring of last year, when prepared by the Otaki training partnership of Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard.


Fanatic brings back memories

   Eight years after Rich Hill Stud stallion Shocking won the Melbourne Cup, a daughter of the highly successful sire graced the winner’s stall at Tuesday’s big Cup day at Flemington.

   Fanatic, a five-year-old mare by Shocking out of the Groom Dancer mare Komplete Klass, claimed top honours in the undercard staying contest, the $A130,000 Ronald McDonald House Plate (2800m). She was ridden by Kiwi jockey Michael Walker and produced a brilliant late burst to score by 1-1/4 lengths.

   Fanatic triumphed in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) for Te Awamutu trainers Graeme Sanders and Debbie Sweeney before transferring to the powerful Victorian operation of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig.

   Tuesday’s win came at her sixth start from her new quarters.

   “She was in season at her last start so we were looking for her to bounce back,” said Jack Kiernan, son of the mare’s Taranaki breeder and owner Sean Kiernan.

   Shocking won the 2009 running of the Melbourne Cup when ridden by Corey Brown and he was again the successful jockey in Tuesday’s cup, aboard the European entrant Rekindling.

   Shocking is also the sire of the talented stayer Chocante, who will be given opportunities to star at weight-for-age during a two-start summer campaign.

   The five-year-old is back in New Zealand after an Australian spring campaign and has rejoined the Cambridge stable of Stephen Marsh.

   Chocante will open his summer campaign in the Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on December 9 ahead of the Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

   “If he wins or goes very well in the Zabeel, which is his main goal, then we might take him back to Sydney in the autumn,” Marsh said.

   The winner of last season’s Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2200m) and the Group 3 Counties Cup (2100m) raced creditably during his first campaign in Sydney.

   Chocante resumed with a placing behind the champion mare Winx in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) before he finished out of the money in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m).

   The gelding bounced back to finish third in the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) and was then seventh in the St Leger Stakes (2600m) before heading for a break.

   “He had 10 days in a nice paddock over there before coming home,” Marsh said. “He won’t take too much work to get ready, he’s still got that residual fitness after racing over 2600m.”


Comeback date confirmed

   Dual Group 1 winner Start Wondering is likely to kick off a new campaign at Otaki at the beginning of next month.

   Connections had originally pencilled in this Saturday’s Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint (1200m) as the starting point for the champion sprinter’s resuming run, but have now delayed his return until the Listed Chainey’s Panasonic Levin Stakes (1200m) on December 1.

   “He’s had a couple of jumpouts, but he needs another jumpout, trial or a gallop at the races,” said J.J. Rayner, who trains Start Wondering with her father Evan.

   Start Wondering was crowned champion New Zealand sprinter for the last racing season following his Group 1 victories in the Sistema Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie and NRM Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa. He also finished a gallant second behind Signify in the Group 1 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) at Trentham.

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