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Trackwork 24 Jan 2013

 

   Shezgorgeous, one of only a few Hastings horses entered for Saturday’s Wellington meeting, was let off with an easy workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.

   Shezgorgeous worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800, running home the last 600 in 42. She turned in a good race for sixth in the Rating 85 1400 at Trentham last Saturday where she was forced to cover plenty of extra ground. She drops back to Rating 75 grade there this Saturday but has an outside draw to overcome again.

   Grenade and Lowe Flyer turned in the fastest time of the morning when they covered 1000 metres together in 1:3.2, the last 600 in 36.5. Grenade is a half-brother to Double O Seven, by Pins, in the Lowry Cullen stable.

   Tullumayo and The Hare, two others in the Lowry/Cullen stable, clocked 1:6.2 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 38.1 while a Casino Prince three-year-old gelding ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:6.4, the last 600 in 37.6.

   My Guy was sent two 600-metre runs, the first taking 38 and the second in 39.5.

Trackwork

Trackwork 22 Jan 2013

 

Gold Moet and Firekeeper, two possible runners at Saturday’s third day of the Wellington Cup meeting, stretched out well in trackwork at Hastings this morning as did Viceroy, who is preparing for the Hawke’s Bay meeting on January 30.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.

   Gold Moet worked over 1000 metres on his own in 1:4.3, running the first 400 metres in an easy 27.5 and the speeding up over the last 600 in 36.8. The Gold Mine four-year-old followed up an excellent debut second over 1200 metres at Hastings last month with a third there last week. He will be entered for both the $20,000 Special Conditions 1400 at Trentham on Saturday and a Maiden 1400 at Rotorua on Friday and trainers Sue Thompson and Mick Brown will decide later in the week which race to go for.

   Firekeeper ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:6.4, running the first 400 metres in an easy 29.9 and then running home strongly over the last 600 in 36.5. He has raced well on the big Trentham track in the past and will be entered for the Rating 65 1600 there on Saturday.

   Viceroy worked in from the 1400-metre peg and was clocked over the last 1000 metres in a quick 1:1.3, the last 600 in 36.9. He finished third in a Maiden 1600 at Hastings last week and there is another 1600-metre maiden race for him on the same track next week.

   Last start winner King Of Rock worked early in the session and ran two 600-metre gallops but was not timed. He is another likely starter at Trentham this Saturday.

  Miss Lioness and Irish Fling worked together over 1200 metres, running home the last 1000 in 1:6 while Tansava and Alicia clocked 1:5 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 37.5. They are all in the Lowry/Cullen stable.

   Youtoofast worked over 1000 metres on her own and was timed to sprint home the last 800 in 53.1, the last 600 in 37.1. She could start in a Rating 65 1200 at next week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   A No Excuse Needed three-year-old gelding in Patrick Campbell’s stable clocked 38.6 for 600 metres while stablemate Short Of Cents ran home the last 600 metres of her work in 39.

   Colourful Lady worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000, speeding up slightly over the last 600 in 40.6 while Tullumayo underwent similar work and was timed to run her last 600 metres in 42.3.

   My Guy, preparing g for the Maiden 1600 at Hastings next week, was also given an easy workout and ran home his last 600 metres in 42 while a Casino Prince three-year-old gelding ran 800 metres at three-quarter pace, the last 600 in 41.6.

   A Danroad three-year-old gelding in the Thompson/Brown stable clocked 56.5 for an easy 800 metres, the last 600 in 41.5 while a Danroad filly and a Kings Chapel gelding in the same stable ended their work with 600 metres in 39.6.

Matamata stakes race next for speedy Hastings filly

Matamata stakes race next for speedy Hastings filly 22 Jan 2013

 

   Exciting Hastings-trained two-year-old Recite will try to go one better than her dam Chant when she contests the Group 2 $100,000 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes a month from today.

   Chant was the winner of only two races but they were both black type events, the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie and Listed Fairview Ford Stakes (1000m) at Te Rapa. She was also runner-up in both the Group 1 Diamond Stakes (1200m) and Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) in her two-year-old year, going down by just half a length when second to Naturo in the 2006 running of the Matamata feature.

   Recite made it two wins from two starts with an outstanding performance in the Group 2 $85,000 Little Avondale Stud Wakefield Challenge Stakes at Saturday’s Wellington meeting. The John Bary-trained filly was an easy debut winner over 1000 metres at Trentham at the beginning of last month but was even more impressive on Saturday, leading from the outset and dashing clear of her rivals in the final stages to win by 2-1/4 lengths.

   Recite is raced by Cambridge’s Oaks Stud, which is owned by Australian mining magnate Dick Karreman and managed by Rick Williams. She was part of the Oaks Stud draft entered for the premier session at last year’s Karaka yearling sales but passed in at $65,000, with a reserve of $80,000.

   The Oaks Stud is also the home of Recite’s sire Darci Brahma and her win on Saturday added another dimension to his already impressive record as a stallion.

   The stock of Darci Brahma have been winning races with uncanny regularity over the past 12 months, including last season’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham with Artistic. But Recite is his first high profile two-year-old winner.

   “It’s good to get a two-year-old classic win for Darci Brahma. Most of his top progeny have been three-year-olds and autumn horses at that,” Rick Williams said.

   Dick Karreman, who had made a special trip across the Tasman to watch Recite race, echoed those comments saying: “We are very excited to win this race today and it is great to get a Darci Brahma two-year-old as precocious as this one.”

   Williams said he thought Recite was under pressure and in for a serious fight when challenged by Charlestown inside the final 300 metres but winning rider Mark Du Plessis said his mount seemed to change gear when he really asked her to extend.

   “She’s a filly with a high cruising speed but never gets on the bridle,” Du Plessis said. “She’s still learning but was pretty impressive today.”

   Charlestown held second by half a length from Delzzup, who produced an eye-catching debut run for third.

 

Burne gets a second win on the Coast

   Hastings trainer Kelly Burne picked up her second success on the West Coast circuit when Peit Rox broke through for a deserved maiden win at last Wednesday’s Westland meeting at Hokitika.

   Burne took a small team south at the beginning of this month and also produced Quality Street for a maiden win at Reefton on January 9.

   Peit Rox was having her 17th start and had previously recorded a second and two thirds. The St Petersburg four-year-old mare is owned by Dean Smith, who has been assisting Burne in recent months, and Napier man Buddy Beacham and cost $5250 at the 2010 Karaka yearling sales.

   Peit Rox coped well with the heavy-10 track conditions at Hokitika, leading from the outset of the 1645-metre event and racing clear over the final stages to win by 3-1/4 lengths.

 

Mare building impressive record

   Scarlet O’Hara, owned by Havelock North’s Jonathan Wallace, brought up her fifth win from just 17 starts with another strong performance in a $30,000 Rating 85 1400-metre race at last Saturday’s Wellington meeting.

   The Fast ‘N’ Famous mare was caught three-wide in the early stages of the race so rider Hayden Tinsley let her go forward and take the lead with 600 metres to run. She kicked clear early in the home straight and then staved off several challengers to win by a neck from Arietta, with Special Draw three-quarters of a length back in third place.

   Scarlet O’Hara is trained at Palmerston North by Kevin Gray. She was bred at the former Keltern Stud in Hawke’s Bay and is out of the San Luis mare Southern Belle, who recorded a win and a second from just three starts when trained at Hastings by Guy Lowry. She is now deceased and Scarlet O’Hara is the only horse to race out of the mare.

 

Arizona Jazz in tune last Saturday

   Arizona Jazz, bred by Hawke’s Bay brothers Chris and Ken Russell, recorded his second win from five starts when successful in a $12,500 Rating 65 1600 at Saturday’s Counties meeting at Pukekohe.

  The six-year-old gelding is by High Chaparral out of the Virginia Privateer mare Johnny Loves Jazz and closely related to a number of well performed gallopers including the three-time Group 1 winner Shoot Out and the Adelaide Cup runner-up Native Jazz.

   Arizona Jazz won a maiden race at Gisborne back in November 2011, when trained on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. The horse was then prepared for a time by Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell before being sold at a Karaka mixed bloodstock sale in May of last year. He is now owned by his Taupo trainer James Cropp and raced by him in partnership with his parents.

   Arizona Jazz’s win followed a third over 1600 metres at Taupo on January 11, where he led for most of the race before being run down late. Last Saturday jockey Andrew Calder settled the horse back second last until the home turn and then weaved a passage through the field before racing clear to win by 1-1/2 lengths.

 

First win for apprentice

   Promising apprentice Michael Dee kicked home his first winner aboard Bamboo in a Rating 65 1200-metre race at last Thursday’s Taranaki meeting at New Plymouth.

   Dee, 16, is a son of former successful Matamata trainer Richard Dee. He is apprenticed to Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers but started out riding trackwork in Hastings for the training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. He rode a number of winners in trials and jumpouts and has now had 18 race-rides for one win and several minor placings.

   He took Bamboo to an early lead in last Thursday’s New Plymouth race and kicked him clear in the home straight to score by 2-3/4 lengths.

   Bamboo is prepared by Hunterville trainer Adrian Bull and was completing a winning double, after an easy maiden victory over 1200 metres at Riccarton two months ago.

   Michael Dee teamed up again with Bamboo at Monday’s second day of the Wellington Cup carnival and they finished third in another Rating 65 1200-metre race. He also rode the Kevin Myers-trained Titch into second place in the Wellington Cup Prelude (2100m).   Exciting Hastings-trained two-year-old Recite will try to go one better than her dam Chant when she contests the Group 2 $100,000 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes a month from today.

   Chant was the winner of only two races but they were both black type events, the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie and Listed Fairview Ford Stakes (1000m) at Te Rapa. She was also runner-up in both the Group 1 Diamond Stakes (1200m) and Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) in her two-year-old year, going down by just half a length when second to Naturo in the 2006 running of the Matamata feature.

   Recite made it two wins from two starts with an outstanding performance in the Group 2 $85,000 Little Avondale Stud Wakefield Challenge Stakes at Saturday’s Wellington meeting. The John Bary-trained filly was an easy debut winner over 1000 metres at Trentham at the beginning of last month but was even more impressive on Saturday, leading from the outset and dashing clear of her rivals in the final stages to win by 2-1/4 lengths.

   Recite is raced by Cambridge’s Oaks Stud, which is owned by Australian mining magnate Dick Karreman and managed by Rick Williams. She was part of the Oaks Stud draft entered for the premier session at last year’s Karaka yearling sales but passed in at $65,000, with a reserve of $80,000.

   The Oaks Stud is also the home of Recite’s sire Darci Brahma and her win on Saturday added another dimension to his already impressive record as a stallion.

   The stock of Darci Brahma have been winning races with uncanny regularity over the past 12 months, including last season’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham with Artistic. But Recite is his first high profile two-year-old winner.

   “It’s good to get a two-year-old classic win for Darci Brahma. Most of his top progeny have been three-year-olds and autumn horses at that,” Rick Williams said.

   Dick Karreman, who had made a special trip across the Tasman to watch Recite race, echoed those comments saying: “We are very excited to win this race today and it is great to get a Darci Brahma two-year-old as precocious as this one.”

   Williams said he thought Recite was under pressure and in for a serious fight when challenged by Charlestown inside the final 300 metres but winning rider Mark Du Plessis said his mount seemed to change gear when he really asked her to extend.

   “She’s a filly with a high cruising speed but never gets on the bridle,” Du Plessis said. “She’s still learning but was pretty impressive today.”

   Charlestown held second by half a length from Delzzup, who produced an eye-catching debut run for third.

 

 

Trackwork 15 Jan 2013

 

   Outback Girl strode out well in trackwork at Hastings this morning and looks to have improved since her good fresh up run at the Hawke’s Bay New Year’s Day meeting.

   There was very little in the way of fast work as a number of horses had contested jumpouts held on the Hastings track yesterday. Galloping was confined to the plough, which provided soft footing.

   Outback Girl worked over two rounds, sprinting home the last 800 metres of the second lap in 50.7, the final 600 in a quick 35.8. The O’Reilly mare resumed from a spell with a fast finishing second over 1400 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day and is now being prepared for the weight-for-age Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Tauherenikau on February 6.

   Rockweiler also strode out well when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:13.2, coming home his last 600 in 42. The Volksraad four-year-old has recorded a win and a third from his last two starts and will be entered for the Rating 75 1200 at Trentham this Saturday.

  An Edenwold three-year-old filly in Patrick Campbell’s stable was kept to just three-quarter pace in her workout, coming home the last 600 in 44.2.

   Firekeeper, Ambitious Prince, Legless and a three-year-old gelding by Fast ‘N’ Famous out of Pare were among the winners at yesterday’s Hastings jumpouts. They are all in the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen stable.

King Of Rock’s win a huge thrill for his HB owner-trainer

King Of Rock’s win a huge thrill for his HB owner-trainer 15 Jan 2013

 

   It has been a long time between celebration drinks for Waipukurau thoroughbred owner-trainer Steve Ellis so it was little wonder he was jumping for joy when King Of Rock was successful at Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Ellis had positioned himself against the outside fence, in the line with the winning post, to watch his charge contest a $7000 Rating 65 2500-metre event and started yelling for him well before the field turned into the home straight.

   When King Of Rock strode to the front in the final 300 metres Ellis became even more vocal and he was ecstatic and leaping about as the four-year-old crossed the finish line a long neck in front of the opposition.

   Ellis not only trains King Of Rock but also bred the Istidaad gelding and races him on his own. The horse was a maiden before Sunday and was thus racing out of its class. But he had finished second in a Rating 65 2100-metre race at Hastings on New Year’s Day.

   Ellis, who is employed as the large animal technician for Vet Services in Waipukurau, has dabbled at horse training for a number of years but had prepared only one previous winner and that was Pennies‘n Promises, who took out a 1600-metre maiden at Waipukurau on March 2006. He was jumping for joy that day too.

   King Of Rock is out of the Rhythm mare Zazu and a half-brother to the winners Mink and Bally Duff. Ellis has also bred a two-year-old colt by Sir Percy out of Zazu but has since leased the mare out for two years to Melbourne-based Brent Reeks.

   Reeks is formerly from Hastings and has had shares in thoroughbreds for a number of years. He is presently holidaying in New Zealand and was on track to see King Of Rock win on Sunday. He said Zazu is now in foal to Redwood, a son of High Chaparral who stands at Auckland’s Westbury Stud.

   Ellis has always had a high opinion of King Of Rock and is confident he will develop into a good stayer. His next start is likely to be in a Rating 65 2300-metre race at Trentham on Wellington Cup day, January 26.

 

Karaka Million next for star filly

   Star two-year-old filly Ruud Awakening, part-owned by Hastings orchardist Reg White, is now the number one qualifier for the $1million Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 27 after another impressive winning performance last Saturday.

   The Bernardini filly only got home by a long neck in a 1200-metre race at the Auckland Racing Club’s meeting but the margin flattered her rivals as jockey Jason Waddell had eased her up in the home straight.

   Trained at Cambridge by Stephen Marsh, Ruud Awakening now heads the Karaka Million order of entry – based on prize money earned – with $50,050 in stakes and is shaping up as the likely race favourite for the feature.
   With three wins from just four career starts the two-year-old had not been seen on the track since the Listed Murdoch Newell Stakes at Counties in late November, where she ran a good second to Bounding.

   She had to lump topweight of 59kg on Saturday and was taken straight to the front from a wide gate. She was cruising all the way and Waddell had several looks behind to check on his rivals before easing her down. The filly seemed to switch off and he had to shake her up again in the last few strides to get her mind back on the job.  

   “It really was a great effort,” commented Stephen Marsh. “She showed good early speed and in the straight Jason had three good looks over his shoulder. He probably eased her up a bit early but she was always in control.

   “She has come through the race well and will drop 4.5 kilograms for the Karaka Million. She is a very clean winded filly who doesn’t need a lot of work so we will give her a couple of gallops in the next two weeks before the big race.

   “It would be great to win the $1 million race.”

   Ruud Awakening is the first horse Reg White has raced and he is one of 10 people involved in the Go Racing Almighty Dawn Syndicate, which is managed by Albert Bosma. Marsh and Bosma bought Ruud Awakening for $90,000 at last year’s premier session at the Karaka yearling sales.

   The filly is out of the Danehill mare Dawn Almighty, who was a winner over 1100 metres in Adelaide and is closely related to the dual Group 2 winner Ruud Van Slaats.

 

Mixed week for Burne

   Hastings trainer Kelly Burne has experienced mixed results with her horses in the past week.

   Burne is presently campaigning a team on the West Coast of the South Island and saddled up Quality Street for a record breaking win at last Wednesday’s Reefton meeting. Closer to home she was also represented by Saint Kitt in the opening event at last Saturday’s Marton meeting but the horse finished last and is now on the easy list after suffering an injury in the race.

   Jockey Noel Harris said Saint Kitt whacked his side as he jumped out of the barrier in the 2100-metre special conditions race and failed to stretch out properly at any stage in the race. A post-race veterinary examination revealed a large hematoma on Saint Kitt’s right hip.

   Quality Street cleared maiden ranks in no uncertain terms in a 1020-metre dash around the Reefton track last week. The Coats Choice mare was taken straight to the front by rider Lee Callaway and quickly opened up a sizeable break on the field, being out by 8 lengths at one stage.

   She rounded the home turn still well clear and kept up a strong gallop to the line to score by 3-1/2 lengths, clocking a new track record time of 57.70s.

   It was Quality Street’s eighth start and she had previously recorded a second and two thirds. The four-year-old mare is raced by Burne in partnership with her Hawke’s Bay breeder Don Gordon and well known Hastings businessman Bryan Hutchinson.

 

Yearling parade

   Lime Country Thoroughbreds, which has a draft of 16 horses entered for this month’s Karaka yearling sales, will have most of them on display at its annual yearling parade tomorrow.

   Lime Country Thoroughbreds is run by Greg and Jo Griffin and operates from part of Okawa Stud, situated on the Hastings-Taihape road. Everyone is welcome to attend tomorrow’s parade, which will begin at 11am.

   Some of the yearlings on show include fillies by Zabeel and O’Reilly that are entered for the premier sale. A colt and a filly by new sire Mastercraftsman entered for the select sale, a colt and a filly by Time Thief, two colts by Red Giant and colts by Iffraaj and Road To Rock.

Trackwork 10 Jan 2013

 

   Saint Kitt rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s Marton meeting with a quick final 600 metres at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Galloping was confined to the plough, which provided soft footing.

   Saint Kitt worked over two rounds. He cantered to the 600-metre peg on the first lap and worked home from there in an easy 42.7s and then cantered around to the 600-metre peg again and sprinted home the last 600 in 36.4.

   The Keeper three-year-old was running on well for fourth over 1600 metres at Ellerslie last start and steps up to a middle distance in the Special Conditions 2100 at Awapuni. Noel Harris has been booked to ride him.

   Irish Fling, the only other Hastings-trained runner at Saturday’s Marton meeting, was let off with just 1000 metres at three-quarter pace this morning, coming home her last 600 in 43.9. The Darci Brahma mare has been freshened since finishing sixth over 1200 metres at Trentham in October and resumes in the Rating 65 1200 at Awapuni, with Hayden Tinsley the rider.

   Pit A Pat, preparing for a Maiden 1200 at Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, turned in the quickest time of the morning when she sped over 800 metres in 48.3, the last 600 in 35.7. She is a Towkay filly in Kelly Burne’s stable and is coming off a last start seventh over 1200 metres at Ellerslie.

   Adios, another likely runner at Hastings on Sunday, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:6.8, the last 600 in 37.2 while Rhodan also worked over 1000 metres on his own in 1:5.2, the last 600 in 38.5. He looks to be coming up well in a new campaign and won a recent 750-metre jumpout on the Hastings track.

   Grenade and a Spartacus three-year-old gelding worked over 1000 metres together in 1:6.8, the last 600 in 37.7. They are both in the Lowry/Cullen stable.

   Legless and a Danroad three-year-old gelding were also sent over 1000 metres in 1:8m, the last 600 in 37.3 while Bat Pad ended his work with 800 metres in 52.9, the last 600 in 39.6.

   A Savabeel-Tycoon Miss three-year-old colt and a Darci Brahma three-year-old gelding worked together over 800 metres in 52.2, the last 600 in 37.2 and both horses were stretching out well at the finish. They are also in the Lowry/Cullen stable.

   A Fast ‘N’ Famous-Pare three-year-old gelding worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg in 1:7.4, speeding up over the last 600 in 37.7 while a Casino Prince three-year-old gelding and a Patapan three-year-old gelding were given an easy 800 metre workout in 55.4, the last 600 in 39.4. They are all in the Lowry/Cullen stable.

   Short Of Cents and a No Excuse Needed three-year-old gelding, both trained by Patrick Campbell, ran an easy 600 metres together in 40.5 while Tansava, who is down to make her race debut at Hastings on Sunday, was let off with 1000 metres at three-quarter pace.

Trackwork 8 Jan 2013

 

Viceroy, preparing for next Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, recorded a good time for a solo 1000-metre gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.

   Viceroy clocked 1:3.9 for 1000 metres, coming home the last 600 in 36. He is a three-year-old full-brother to the 2008 Hawke’s Bay Cup winner The Veep and has had two starts for a fifth and a last start fourth over 1200 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day. He could be a good chance in one of the maiden races at Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   His stablemate Gingerbread Man worked over 1200 metres on his own in 1:16.5, coming home the last 600 in 36.3 and is another likely starter at Hastings on Sunday.

   Miss Serena, a likely candidate for the Special Conditions 2100 at Saturday’s Marton meeting, worked on her own over 1200 metres in 1:18.6, the last 600 in 39. She finished fourth in a Rating 65 1600-metre race at Tauherenikau last Wednesday.

   Saint Kitt, another who could be racing at Awapuni on Saturday, worked over 1200 metres on his own in 1:15.9, coming home the last 600 in 37.3. He was a good last start fourth in a strong 1600-metre maiden race at Ellerslie and could be stepped up to 2100 metres at Awapuni.

    Irish Fling showed her usual speed when sprinting 600 metres on her own in 36.8 while Miss Lioness was not asked to do too much when running 1000 metres, coming home the last 600 in 39.3.

   Legless was shading a Danroad three-year-old gelding at the end of 1000 metres in 1:9, the last 600 in 39.2. Legless is being geared up for another campaign from the Lowry/Cullen stable while the Danroad gelding is being prepared by Greg Griffin.

   Short Of Cents ran 600 metres in 41.9 while Adios was kept to just three-quarter pace, coming home his last 600 in 43.1.

   A Savabeel-Latanza four-year-old mare from the Lowry/Cullen stable clocked 38.6 for 600 metres while a King’s Chapel three-year-old gelding trained by Greg Griffin ran his last 600 metres in 42.9.

First Group 1 success for HB couple 8 Jan 2013

 

   The win by Fleur de Lune in the Group 1 $200,000 Sistema Railway Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day brought about a string of firsts for her connections, two of whom are Hastings couple John and Colleen Duncan.

   For the Duncans it was their first Group 1 success from more than 20 years involvement as thoroughbred owners and breeders.

   They bred and race the Stravinsky mare in partnership with well known Cambridge identity Ada Parnwell. She has bred and raced numerous notable thoroughbreds over many years but had also never before celebrated a Group 1 success.

   Then there is Fleur de Lune’s Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell. In the twilight of his career he must have been thinking he would never saddle up a winner at the elite level, especially after Fleur de Lune had recorded five previous Group 1 placings. For her to finally get her just reward was the result of a well thought out plan by Somervell, who had freshened her up since her failure in the Group 2 Auckland Breeders Stakes (1400m) at Pukekohe in November and took advantage of the set weights and penalties conditions of the Railway to get the mare in with just 54kg on her back.

   Finally there was South African-born jockey Jason Jago. Although he had experienced Group 1 success in his homeland, he has struggled for rides since moving to New Zealand and getting Fleur de Lune home first in the second biggest sprint race in New Zealand is the undoubted highlight of his career.

   For Jago the success also helped repay John and Colleen Duncan for their generosity as they paid for him to have laser surgery on his eyes last year after he was having problems race-riding wearing contact lenses.

   “Lee took him off the horse at one stage and we asked him why and he said Jason couldn’t see properly,” recalled John Duncan. “My wife had got to like Jason and he’s got a great affinity with Fleur de Lune so she said she would pay for his eye surgery.”

   Fleur de Lune had come within centimetres of Group 1 success before, including a nose defeat behind Say No More in the Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha last April. That is a race Somervell would dearly love to win with the mare this year and she will take in the Group 1 Waikato Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa next month as a lead-up.

   “She is only a little horse, standing just 15.1 hands, and we don’t want to race the guts out of her. She’s best when she’s kept fresh and Lee takes her to the water-walker in Cambridge and she does a lot of work on that between races,” Duncan added.

   Like most racing people the Duncans have also had their share of disappointments. They had a very promising filly called Oringi Belle in Guy Lowry’s Hastings stable several years ago and she was by Kingdom Bay out of Beryl. She recorded two wins and seven minor placings from 14 starts but then unfortunately dropped dead after competing in a race on the Hastings track. They also raced Go Dolly, who won three times, and Proof, who won once for them before being leased out to a South Island owner.

   Fleur de Lune is out of Kapsjoy, who was also raced by the Duncans in partnership with Ada Parnwell and she won three races before her racing career was cut short by injury.

   Fleur de Lune was the first foal to race out of the mare and she has since left Saragarhi, who recorded a winning double in the South Island back in November last year.

   There is now an Ustinov two-year-old filly out of Kapsjoy that Ada Parnwell will race on her own and the mare has produced a Stravinsky colt this year that the Duncans will own outright. He is a full-brother to Fleur de Lune.

 

Big plans for well bred filly

   Hawke’s Bay-owned filly Omana went some way to living up to her excellent breeding with an impressive maiden win over 1600 metres at last Saturday’s Woodville meeting.

  The three-year-old is by the Australian-based sire Bernardini out of the Last Tycoon mare Gussy Godiva, making her a half-sister to the Group 1 Australian Derby winner Roman Emperor and Rios, whose six wins included the Group 2 Wellington Guineas.

   Omana is trained at Hastings by John Bary and was having her third start, after a debut seventh over 1200 metres, as a two-year-old last May, and a sixth over 1400 metres at Hastings last month.

   The filly was bred by Waipukurau’s Mick Ormond who has set up a syndicate to race her. The other members are his son Ru and his wife Fleur, Sam and Bron Twigg, Rich and Sana Wynne-Lewis, Hamish and Wynne de Latour, Paul and Kate Dearden and Mary and Johnny Hutton. All apart from the Huttons are based in Hawke’s Bay and were on course to celebrate Omana’s victory on Saturday.

   “For a lot of them it is their first horse and they got a great thrill out of it,” Ormond said. “You would have thought they’d won the Melbourne Cup.”

   Omana is the first and only filly that Gussy Godiva has produced. A Redoute’s Choice colt out of her sold for $A400,000 at last year’s Sydney yearling sales and she has since produced a colt foal by Medaglia d’Oro and is now carrying a colt foal by Redoute’s Choice.

   Mick Ormond said trainer John Bary has always had a high opinion of Omana and thinks the further she goes the better she will be.

   “The long term plan is the New Zealand Oaks in March but she will have to do a bit before then and she could start next at the Wellington Cup meeting,” Ormond said.

 

Deserved success

   Hastings-trained Colourful Lady broke through for a deserved maiden win at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on New Year ’s Day.

   The four-year-old Towkay mare had produced two good third placings from six previous starts and been unlucky on a few occasions. She scored a game long neck win over Little Dragon Girl and Cinna Miss in a 1400-metre maiden at Hastings.

   Colourful Lady is prepared by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and was the only Hastings-trained winner at the local meeting. She is owned by her Hawke’s Bay breeders, Charlie Whyte and Andrew Lockyer, and is raced by them in partnership with Napier man Ross Beaton.

   Colourful Lady is the first winner produced by the Carolingian mare Colouring Up.

 

Win number four

   The well bred mare Scarlet O’Hara, raced by Havelock North’s Jonathan Wallace, recorded her fourth win from 15 starts when taking out a Rating 75 1400-metre race at Tauherenikau last Wednesday.

   The four-year-old mare is by Fast ‘N’ Famous out of the San Luis mare Southern Belle and was bred at the former Keltern Stud in Hawke’s Bay. She is trained at Palmerston North by Kevin Gray.

Hastings Jumpouts 3 Jan 2013

 

Irish Fling recorded a quick time when winning a 1000-metre heat at today’s Hastings jumpouts.

   There were five heats held up against the running rail on the course proper, which provided firm footing.

   Irish Fling contested the second of three 1000-metre heats and clocked 1:1.9 when finishing a head in front of a Darci Brahma three-year-old gelding, with 2 lengths back to Post Online in third place.

   The first two home are both in the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen stable, with Irish Fling having recorded a win and a second from five starts to date.

   The other two 1000-metre heats were also won by horses from the Lowry/Cullen stable, with Grenade taking out the first heat by three-quarters of a length in a time of 1:5.3 and a Savabeel-Latanza four-year-old mare winning the last heat by a long neck in 1:3.1.

   Grenade is a four-year-old half-brother to Double O Seven, by Pins, who hasn’t been placed in a couple of starts to date but stretched out well in today’s jumpout.

   The other two heats were run over 750 metres, with the first one taken out by a Shinko King three-year-old gelding in the John Bary stable and the second heat going to Rhodan, trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.

   The Shinko King gelding recorded 44.5s when beating a My Halo two-year-old filly by a neck while Rhodan was an easy 1-1/2 length winner of his heat and clocked 46.8.

   Rhodan was a maiden winner at Waipukurau last season and looks to be coming to hand well in a new preparation.

 

Results.-

Heat 1, 750m: Shinko King three-year-old gelding (A Wheadon) 1, My Halo two-year-old filly 2, Spartacus three-year-old gelding 3. Three starters. Margins: Neck, head. Time: 44.5s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Rhodan (S Fannin) 1, No Excuse Needed three-year-old gelding 2, Handsome Ransom three-year-old filly 3. Three starters. Margins: 1-1/2 lengths, 8 lengths. Time: 46.8s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 3, 1000m: Grenade (S Fannin) 1, Zardetto 2, Dukebox 3. Four starters. Margins: ¾ length, neck. Time: 1:5.3. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 4, 1000m: Irish Fling (A Kuru) 1, Darci Brahma three-year-old gelding 2, Post Online 3. Five starters. Margins: Head, 2 lengths. Time: 1:1.9. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: Savabeel-Latanza four-year-old mare (S Fannin) 1, Danger Looms three-year-old gelding 2, Party Horse 3. Five starters. Margins: Long neck, neck. Time: 1:3.1. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, 

Voodoo casting the right spell 2 Jan 2013

 

Hastings school principal Peter Johnson is getting a huge buzz out of being part of the syndicate that races Voodoo.

   The South Island-trained mare brought up her seventh win from 35 starts when she took out a $12,000 Rating 85 2100-metre race at the Timaru meeting last Friday and is now likely to be aimed at open middle distance races in the coming weeks.

   Johnson is a member of the Voodoo Syndicate which races the Pins mare in partnership with her Riccarton trainer Mike McCann. He has shared in the ownership of other horses in the past but none of them have been as successful as Voodoo.

   Experienced South Island jockey Chris Johnson was aboard Voodoo at the Timaru meeting and guided her to a decisive 1-1/2 length win over the open class performers Lisa Love and Eleanor Coup.

 

New Year specials for punters

   The following 10 horses have produced eye-catching performances over the holiday period and should be worth backing when they are next produced in the New Year.

   Abraham Lincoln: Lisa Latta-trained three-year-old who was most impressive when winning a 1600-metre special conditions 1600 at Awapuni on December 22, bounding clear of his opposition over the final stages. He is being aimed at the New Zealand Derby in March.

   Double Image: Only went down by a nose when second over 2000 metres at Awapuni on December 22 after jumping from the extreme outside barrier and being caught four and five wide in the running. Should pick up a middle distance win soon.

   Ebullient: A son of the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winning mare Ethereal who showed he has the family ability by powering away to a 2-1/2 length win over 1200 metres at Taupo last Sunday. A horse that has been plagued by injuries but is capable of picking up a major sprint race if he can be kept sound.

   Haoli: Sent out a warm favourite in a 1600-metre maiden at Ellerslie last Saturday but punters did their money cold after he was inconvenienced at the start and got too far back in the running. Ran home late for seventh and should not be long in clearing maiden ranks.

   King’s Royal: John Bary-trained three-year-old who turned in a good debut performance for third over 1200 metres at Otaki on December 20, finishing just a length from the winner. He will have taken plenty of improvement from that run and a maiden win should not be long in coming.

   Luck At Last: A horse that has had no luck in her last two starts, the most recent being over 1400 metres at New Plymouth last Thursday where she got back from a wide draw and was then held up in the straight. Finished the race off strongly for sixth once she got clear.

   On The Level: Former good three-year-old who finished third behind Jimmy Choux in the 2011 New Zealand Derby (2400m). Was off the scene for more than 12 months and has had two starts back in a new campaign, the second of those being a fast finishing second over 1600 metres at Ellerslie last Saturday.

   Poetic Licence: Impressed when winning a Rating 75 1600-metre race at Awapuni on December 22, her third victory from 12 starts. A well bred Darci Brahma mare who should go on to much better things this season.

   Neena Rock: Created a huge impression when winning her race debut by 7 lengths over 1200 metres at New Plymouth last Thursday. A four-year-old mare by boom Australian sire Fastnet Rock and should quickly go through the grades.

   Recite: A Darci Brahma two-year-old filly who showed real class when winning her race debut by 3 lengths over 1000 metres at Trentham in early December. Trained at Hastings by John Bary and is now being aimed at the Group 2 $85,000 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m) at Trentham on January 19.

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