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Miss Selby on target for NZ Oaks 29 Jan 2014

   Hastings filly Miss Selby showed she is right on target for the Group 1 $300,000 New Zealand Oaks at Trentham on March 15 with a game second in last Saturday’s Group 3 $70,000 Tiger Prawn Desert Gold Stakes on the last day of the Wellington Cup carnival.

   The O’Reilly filly only went down by a neck in the 1600-metre event and was closing that fast that she probably would have won in another couple of strides.

   It was Miss Selby’s fifth start and she has never failed to return a dividend with a win, three seconds and a third to her credit.

   Her trainer, John Bary, said she felt the firm track slightly which meant she couldn’t accelerate over the final stages like she has in the past.

   He has always held Miss Selby in high regard but added that she is a lightly framed filly and will probably have just one more start before the New Zealand Oaks. That is likely to be in the Group 3 $70,000 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 1.

   She is now the equal fourth highest rated filly among the nominations for this year’s New Zealand Oaks, behind Spellbinder, Costa Viva and Moozoon, and is presently a $6.00 favourite on the fixed-odds futures market for the 2400-metre event.

   Miss Selby was bred by the late Graeme Lowe, one of the most influential businessmen Hawke’s Bay has ever had, and is raced by the Ask Partnership which consists of his three children, Andy Lowe, Sarah Whyte and Kate Stace.

   The filly is out of the Danasinga mare Singing Star, who was probably the best horse Graeme Lowe raced over many years as an owner-breeder and included the 2004 Waikato Cup (2400m) and Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes (2100m) among her eight wins.

   It has been 35 years since a Hastings-trained filly won the New Zealand Oaks, that being Tang in 1979.

   That Taipan II filly was trained by the late Charlie Cameron and owned by Hastings veterinary surgeon Doug Callaghan in partnership with his late father Ted and his Waipukurau-based brother-in-law Dick Miller.

   Hastings trainer John Bary is likely to have two runners in this year’s New Zealand Oaks, with Far Fetched also headed for the race. The big Pins filly only managed seventh in last Saturday’s Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham but needed the run according to her trainer and also found the track conditions a bit too firm for her.

   She was having her fourth start, following a win and two minor placings, and is likely to start next in the Group 2 $100,000 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 8. She is presently at a quote of $31.00 for the New Zealand Oaks.

   Bary’s other two runners on the last day of the Wellington Cup carnival, Rosehip and Survived, also finished seventh respectively.

   Bary was not unhappy with Survived’s run in the Group 1 Thorndon Mile, where he carried topweight of 57kg and conceded 7kg to the first two home and 6kg to the third horse. The Zed gelding also sweated up quite a lot before the start in what was his first race for a month. He will now be stepped up in distance and return to weight-for-age conditions in the Group 1 $200,000 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 8.

   Bary’s class three-year-old filly Recite, a last start winner of the Group 1 $240,000 Ocean Park Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham a fortnight ago, is likely to be campaigned in Australia in the autumn.

    The Darci Brahma filly is likely to have her  next start in the Listed $50,000 Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Tauherenikau on February 6 and another good performance there should see her head to Melbourne for the Group 1 $A500,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 1.

   Recite recorded her first win as a three-year-old when taking out the Levin Classic and was unbeaten in four starts as a two-year-old last season, culminating in a dominant victory in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni.

   Recite is owned by The Oaks Stud in Cambridge, whose manager Rick Williams is keen to test the filly against the top Australian three-year-olds.

   “She’s now won two Group 1 races in this country and so she doesn’t need to do much more here and I think she is still on the way up so it is probably a good time to give her a crack at a Group 1 race in Australia, Williams said at Trentham last Saturday.

   Recite is likely to come against this season’s Cox Plate winner Shamus Award in the Australian Guineas while other top three-year-olds nominated for the race include Prince Harada, Polanski, Complacent and Hucklebuck.

 

Dundeel gearing up for Sydney

   Star Hawke’s Bay-bred galloper Dundeel has been back in work with Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman for a few weeks now as he builds towards a crack at more Australian riches in the autumn.

   The High Chaparral four-year-old is already the winner of five Group 1 races across the Tasman and Murray Baker believes the best could be yet to come for the entire.

   “He looks really good and we are very happy with him, he just keeps maturing and improving,” Baker said.

   “We’ve always said that, with the way he is bred, he should be at his best as an autumn four-year-old.”

   Dundeel is the winner of nine races from just 15 starts. He was sold to the Australian-based Arrowfield Stud in the spring of last year but was bred by Havelock North couple Murray and Jo Andersen, who owned a 20 per cent share in the horse. Their daughter Tracy and her husband Gavin Chaplow owned a 10 per cent share as did Murray Andersen’s sister Sharon Craig and her husband Mike and Havelock North couple David and Jenny Morison.

   The other 50 per cent was split between Tony and Wendy Craig (Wellington), Tony Muollo (Wellington), Tony and Jenny Joyce (Wellington), Max and Jo Brown (Wellington), Dino and Ange Focas (Gold Coast) and Tony and Jana Muollo (Sydney).

   Plans are for Dundeel (known as Its A Dundeel in Australia) to be flown to Sydney next month for a four-race campaign at the rich Sydney autumn carnival. He will resume racing in the $A500,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on March 8, followed by the $A500,000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on March 22, the $A2.25million BMW (2400m) on April 5 and culminating in the $A4million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on April 19.

   He finished second in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes last season and Baker believes he can go one better this year.

   “He is another year older and he got beaten by a pretty good horse in Reliable Man last year. Plus he will have one less run in the lead up to the Queen Elizabeth this time --- he had four last year.”

 

Wrong colours

   Hastings-trained Double O Seven didn’t get to race in his normal colours when he contested last Saturday’s Group 2 $200,000 Platinum Homes Wellington Cup, much to the disappointment of his connections.

   The horse’s co-trainer, Grant Cullen, had the right colours in a special bag when he arrived on course but, under the strict rules governing jockeys’ rooms nowadays, he had to drop them in an area outside that room for rider Danielle Johnson to pick them up.

   The cup was race nine on the programme and when Johnson went to collect the colours to put them on they were not there. Another trainer, Aidan Schumacher, had a runner in race four and had mistakenly picked up the wrong colours after that race and and was about half-way back to his home base of Stratford when contacted by phone.

   Double O Seven had to race in the official Wellington Racing Club colours and finished 13th in the 15-horse field. He found the track conditions too firm and was probably still getting over having raced on a rock hard track on the first day of this year’s Wellington Cup carnival.

  

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 28 Jan 2014

   The Knight’s Queen indicated she is ready to clear maiden ranks at Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting by turning in a quick 600 metres at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing. A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up as a dead-5.

   The Knight’s Queen worked with stablemate Need A Diamond over 600 metres in 36.1 and looked to be travelling better than her partner at the finish. The Any Suggestion mare only went down by a nose when second over 1200 metres at Rotorua last start and lines up in another maiden 1200-metre race at Hasti9ngs on Thursday.

   Her stablemate Pit A Pat, a likely starter in the Rating 65 1600 on Thursday, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg on her own and sprinted home the last 600 in 37.9. She was a last start winner over 1400 metres at Waipukurau.

   Ooee rounded off his preparation for the Maiden 1600 at Hastings on Thursday with a solo 1000 metres in 1:6.9, the last 600 in 39.6. Jonathan Riddell has the mount. He has recorded a third and a second in his last two starts and should take out a maiden race soon.

   Second Hope, entered for the Rating 75 2000, ended his work with 600 metres in 37.8. Bridget Grylls has been booked to ride him and will claim a 2kg apprentice allowance.

   Mahora Gold and Black Bridge, two others entered for Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, worked in from the 1000-metre peg together and were timed to run the last 800 in 50.5 and final 600 in 37.5. That was good work for the session.

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 1000 metres, the last 600 in 41.3 while Malrose also worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-mertre peg, quickening over the ;last 600 in 38.2.

   Centarose worked nicely on her own over 1000 metres in 1:6.3, the last 600 in 37.3 and she will contest the Rating 65 fillies & mares 1600 at Hastings on Thursday.

   Grenade, another entered for Thursday’s meeting, worked on his own over 1200 metres in 1:20.9, the last 600 in 37.4 while Rocky Molloy ran 1000 metres in 1:10.1, the last 600 in 40.3.

   Chuck It In Bro, a first starter from the Lowry/Cullen stable at Hastings on Thursday, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000, running the last 600 in 43 while Peit Rox did similar work, running the last 600 in 40.3. She is another entered for Hastings on Thursday.

   Star Regent was sent twice over 600 metres, the first in 37.9 and the second slightly slower while stablemate Captain Zippo rounded off his preparation for the maiden three-year-old 1200 on Thursday with a 600-metre sprint in 38.6.

   Colt Forty Five, who was balloted out at Trentham on Saturday, ran a solo 1200 metres in 1:22.5, the last 600 in 38.7 while a Danroad three-year-old filly ended her work with an easy 600 metres in 41.5.

   A Street Sense three-year-old gelding trained by Greg Griffin worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:7.8, the last 600 in 39.3.

   A Savabeel-Lady Ista three-year-old gelding and a Fast ‘N’ Famous-Frangelico two-year-old gelding, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, clocked 50.8 for 800 metres while their stablemate Boosting Eleanor was restricted to just three-quarter pace.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 23 Jan 2014

Beyond Belief rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s Douro Cup at Trentham with another sound workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Beyond Belief worked in steadily from the 1200-metre peg and was timed to run home the last 1000 metres in 1:4.5, the final 600 in 36.9.

   The big Magic Ring gelding looks to have trained on the right way since his all the way win over 1600 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day and could be hard to catch again from barrier two on Saturday. In-form apprentice Rory Hutchings has the mount.

   Wellington Cup candidate Double O Seven was schooled over the pony fences in the bullring before working over a round at strong three-quarter pace. He fini9shed the work off well and looks ready for Saturday’s big assignment. Any rain will help his chances and Danielle Johnson has the mount.

   Gold, preparing for the Hawke’s Bay meeting next Thursday, clocked 1:21 for a solo 1200 metres, the last 600 in 37.9 and looked to be working well at the finish. She will contest a Rating 65 fillies and mares 1600-metre race at Hastings.

   Lamborghini, entered for the Karaka Three-year-old Mile at Ellerslie on Sunday, worked over about 1000 metres the reverse way with a Perfectly Ready three-year-old gelding. They were timed from the 600 to the 1200-metre peg in 37.3s and both looked to be working well at the finish.

   Lamborghini is still a maiden but has recorded two good second placings from his four starts and holds a nomination for the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on March 1.

   Mahora Gold also worked reverse over about 1000 metres and ran home the last 600 in 38.1. She is likely to contest a maiden race at Hastings next Thursday.

   Rocky Molloy was the only other horse to work reverse and he ran 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, coming home the last 600 in 41.7.

   The Innkeeper and a Fast ‘N’ Famous-Frangelico two-year-old gelding worked together over 800 metres in 51.4, the last 600 in 37.3 while a Shinko King-Whakanui Heights three-year-old gelding ran a solo 1000 metres, the last 600 in 38.5.

   Omana worked over a round on her own and was timed to run the last 1200 metres in 1:20.5, the final 600 in 38.1 while Second Hope was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres in 1:14.4, the last 600 in 43.5.

  A Savabeel-Lady Ista three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable worked in the from the 1000-metre peg at three-quarter pace, quickening slightly over the last 600 in 41.5 while a Street Sense three-year-old gelding recorded 38.3 for the last 600 metres of his work.

Group 1 double a first for Hastings stables 22 Jan 2014

   Hastings racing stables certainly had a day to remember at last Saturday’s Wellington premier meeting with their Group 1 winning double thought to be the first time the centre has achieved such a feat.

   Recite headed home her stablemate Franzac to give John Bary the winning quinella in the Group 1 $240,000 Levin Classic for three-year-olds and two races later Irish Fling, prepared by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, took out the country’s richest sprint, the Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Handicap.

   Hastings-trained horses have won more than their fair share of Group 1 races over the years but winning two at the same meeting is something unique.

   For Guy Lowry the win by Irish Fling brought up his first ever Group 1 success and went some way to obliterating the disappointment of narrowly missing out in the 2007 Brisbane Cup.

   Lowry took Lilakyn across the Tasman for the 2400-metre feature and she looked to have the race won with jockey Lisa Cropp giving a celebratory salute just short of the line. But Australian galloper Newport put in a lunge as Cropp went up and got the decision by a nose.

   Lowry was operating on his own back then and has had a public trainers’ licence for 14 years. He joined forces with Grant Cullen three years ago and they are now in their fourth season in partnership.

   One of Lowry’s biggest highlights before last Saturday was when he trained five winners in a day at Hastings in November, 2006 while another was when he and Cullen produced Pimms Time to take out last season’s Group 2 $100,000 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.

   Lilakyn has been the best performed horse Lowry has trained besides Irish Fling, with her eight wins including both the Listed Wanganui Cup and the Listed Feilding Cup in 2005.

   For Grant Cullen, 47, Irish Fling brought up his second Group 1 victory as he was the trainer of Miss Bailey when she rocked the punters when winning the 1999 Wellington Cup at odds of 143 to one.

   The Lowry/Cullen stable has not had a lot of runners in Group 1 races with Lowry saying this week the stable has had to mainly concentrate on getting horses up to a certain stage and then selling them on, mostly overseas.

   “We’ve been a high turnover stable,” Lowry said.

   “We’ve never had big numbers and we’ve tended to sell the good ones to help keep the business going.”

   The pair are fortunate to have the backing of Cambridge supermarket owner Tony Rider, who regularly has a number of horses in work and has been steadily improving the bloodlines he has been breeding from.

   Rider bred Irish Fling, who is by the boom sire Darci Brahma out of an O’Reilly mare Irish Belle. He then set up a syndicate to race the mare, taking in a number of his supermarket employees, and called it the Pak n Save Syndicate. For many involved it is their first ever venture into horse racing.

   Most of them were on course at Trentham to cheer Irish Fling home as the mare managed to hold out the fast finishing Natuzzi by a neck in the 1200-metre feature, with 1-1/4 lengths back to third placed Jaggard.

   It was Irish Fling’s fifth win from 15 starts and she has been a model consistency, with three seconds and a third also to her credit. The winning stake from last Saturday’s race was $146,875 boosting her stake earnings to more than $210,000.

   Lowry said the mare pulled up remarkably well after the race, considering the very hard nature of the track. She will now have a brief 10 day spell before resuming work and will be aimed at feature races in the autumn.

   Lowry and Cullen are contemplating taking her Australia for a crack at the Group 1 $A400,000 Galaxy Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on March 29 but she was only given six points for her win last Saturday so is still only rated on 98 points. If she is unable to make the field for the Galaxy there are several other options in New South Wales around that time.

   She will first of all kick off an autumn campaign in the Group 3 $100,000 Darley Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie on March 1 and her performance there will decide whether or not she crosses the Tasman.

   John Bary also brought up a personal milestone at Trentham last Saturday, his first ever quinella in a Group 1 race.

   Bary, 44, recorded his eighth Group 1 victory when Recite ran down her stablemate Franzac to win the Levin Classic by half a length. The two horses had disputed the pace throughout in the 1600-metre event and both fought strongly to the line, with Aspen half a neck back in third place.

   It was Recite’s second Group 1 success, following her dominant win in the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni last March.

   The Darci Brahma filly was unbeaten in four starts as a two-year-old last season and had recorded two seconds and two fourths in four previous starts this season

   Bary is best known as the trainer of the outstanding performer Jimmy Choux, whose five Group 1 wins were in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas, New Zealand Derby, Rosehill Guineas, Windsor Park Plate and the Hawke’s Bay Spring Classic.

   He also produced Survived to win the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings last August and has another chance at Group 1 glory when that horse contests tomorrow’s $200,000 Thorndon Mile on the last day of the Wellington Cup carnival.

   Survived has to lump topweight of 59kg in the 1600-metre event but has drawn perfectly at barrier one.

   “I’m really happy with the draw as the horse is quite tractable in his races now and we should be able to ride him where we want from that barrier and take some of the bad luck out of the equation,” Bary said this week.

   Survived won’t be the only Hastings-trained horse chasing more Group race spoils at Trentham tomorrow. Bary will also be represented by Miss Selby and Far Fetched in the Group 3 $70,000 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) while Lowry and Cullen will saddle up Double O Seven in the day’s main event, the Group 1 $200,000 Wellington Cup (2400m).

   Bary said that both Recite and Franzac pulled up fantastically well after their hard races in the Levin Classic.

   Both were given a few days off but Franzac resumed strong work again on Wednesday and Recite was due to have a light gallop yesterday.

   Bary is unsure where Recite will start next but will be meeting with the horse’s connections over the next week and a plan will be made then.

   The Darci Brahma filly is owned by the Cambridge-based Oaks Stud, which is owned by Australian mining magnate Dick Karreman and managed by Rick Williams.
   The sire Darci Brahma stands at the Oaks Stud and also chalked up a notable double by producing the winners of both Group 1 races at Trentham last Saturday.

   Recite was passed in for $65,000 at the premier session at the 2012 Karaka yearling sales, with a reserve of $80,000. She has now won in excess of $400,000.

   She is out of the Traditionally mare Chant, who was a top two-year-old of her time, and who has left two foals to race and both of them winners.

   Franzac will now continue on a path towards the Group 1 $750,000 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on March 1 and will take in the Group 2 $100,000 Waikato Guineas (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 1 and the Group 2 $100,000 Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie on February 15 as lead up races.

   “We are just going to take it one race at a time but he’s a big strong horse who should cope with the step up in distance,” Bary added.

 

Hastings-trained Group 1 winners in the last 25 years

 

Noble Khan: 1989 Wellington Cup. Trained by Don Sellwood.

Dancing Lord: 1993 Wellington Cup. Trained by Wyn Pearson.

Moss Downs: 1997 ARC Easter Handicap. Trained by Chris McNab.

Moss Downs: 1997 Kelt Capital Stakes. Trained by Chris McNab.

Miss Bailey: 1999 Wellington Cup. Trained by Grant Cullen.

Jimmy Choux: 2010 New Zealand 2000 Guineas. Trained by John Bary.

Jimmy Choux: 2011 New Zealand Derby. Trained by John Bary.

Jimmy Choux: 2011 Rosehill Guineas. Trained by John Bary.

Jimmy Choux: 2011 Windsor Park Plate. Trained by John Bary.

Jimmy Choux: 2011 Hawke’s Bay Spring Classic. Trained by John Bary.

Recite: 2013 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes. Trained by John Bary.

Survived: 2013 Makfi Challenge Stakes. Trained by John Bary.

Recite: 2014 Levin Classic. Trained by John Bary.

Irish Fling: 2014 Telegraph Handicap. Trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen. 

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 16 Jan 2014

Saint Kitt, preparing for the second day of the Wellington meeting next Monday, hit out well in the final piece of his work at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when sent over two 600-metre runs. He was kept to just three-quarter pace for the first one in 45.3s but was let stride out the second occasions and clocked 36.6.

   The big Keeper gelding has finished third and fourth in two recent races over 1600 metres and will step up to a more suitable 2200 metres in a Rating 75 race at Trentham.

   Telegraph Handicap entrant Irish Fling was restricted to just trotting and cantering in the centre of the course. She missed a run when the open 1200-metre open sprint was cancelled at Woodville a fortnight ago but co-trainer Guy Lowry is confident he has been able to get enough work into the mare to have her ready for Saturday’s big assignment.

   Legless, entered for the Rating 65 2100-metre race at Trentham on Saturday, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and was let run home the last 600 in 41.8. She has unfortunately drawn very wide.

   Grenade, another likely starter in the Rating 75 2200-metre race at Trentham next Monday, was also restricted to just three-quarter pace over 1200 metres. He has won his last two starts.

   Need A Diamond looked to be working well on the outside of a Patapan two-year-old gelding at the end of their 800-metre gallop, the last 600 in 36.3. Need A Diamond produced two useful runs earlier this season and has been given a brief freshen up.

   Viceroy ran a solo 800 metres in 54.4, the first 200 in 14.2 and the last 600 in 40.2 while The Innkeeper was not hurried when running 800 metres in 58.4, the last 600 in 42.8.

   A Prince Arthur three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable clocked 52.7 for 800 metres, the ;last 600 in 38.5 while The Knight’s Queen worked with a Lucky Unicorn three-year-old gelding over 1000 metres in 1:12.2, the last 600 in 41.7.

   Boosting Eleanor worked in from the 1200-metre peg in 1:27.1, running the first 600 metres in 44.7 and the last 600 in 42.4.

Four local wins at Waipukurau meeting 15 Jan 2014

Horses either trained or owned by Hawke’s Bay people won four of the eight races at last Sunday’s Waipukurau meeting.

   Andalou upset punters when taking out the opening event at odds of 25 to one and was followed Pit A Pat in race three, A Bridge To Far in race four and Edge Of Glory in race seven.

   Andalou is trained on the Waipukurau track by her owners, Penny and Tony Ebbett, and was recording her first win from 21 starts when she held out the well supported Princess Sienna by a neck in the maiden fillies and mares event over 1400 metres.

   The five-year-old Shinko King mare has shown ability in the past but had failed badly at her most recent start, when finishing last over 2100 metres at last month’s Waipukurau Christmas meeting.

   “She was disappointing last start so we freshened her up, dropped her back in distance and put the blinkers back on,” Penny Ebbett said.

   “And it seems to have done the trick.”

   The Ebbetts bred Andalou out of the Housebuster mare Sounds Stylish, who was the winner of two races. They gave the mare away a couple of years ago but are also racing a Bachelor Duke filly out of her called Single Girl, who has won one race from six starts.

   Pit A Pat brought up her second win from 16 starts when she just lasted to win the Rating 65 race over 1400 metres. The Towkay filly hit the front early in the home straight and managed to hold out the fast finishing Pinocchio Boy, the margin between the two being a very slender nose.

   Pit A Pat is trained at Hastings by Kelly Burne who races the mare in partnership with Waipukurau couple Mike and Stephanie Stanley, Hastings-based Don Gordon, John Whittle  (Whangamata), Mike Taylor (Wellington) and Scott Amor (Gisborne).

   The win followed a last start fourth over 1400 metres at Rotorua on December 27 and Burne said the mare has not had a lot of luck in some of her races this season.

   “She really needs 1600 metres so I’ll step her up to that distance next start and she is a mare that has to have a rock hard track,” Burne added.

   A Bridge To Far went some way towards living up to his excellent breeding when he also got home by a nose in a maiden 1200-metre race.

   The Faltaat three-year-old is a full-brother Little Bridge, a former champion sprinter in Hong Kong who won nine races in that country and was also successful in a Group 1 1000-metre sprint at Ascot in the United Kingdom.

   Little Bridge was originally owned by Hastings woman Margaret Harkema and was briefly in work in Hastings before being sold to Hong Kong.

   Harkema also bred A Bridge To Far and the horse is raced by Sue Thompson, who trains him on the Hastings track in partnership with her husband Mick Brown. His win followed a good debut third over 1200 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day.

   Golden Rose, the dam of Little Bridge and A Bridge To Far, is now deceased but has also left the placegetter London Bridge.

   Hastings couple Kevin and Shirin Wood picked up a well deserved win with their mare Edge Of Glory when she scored an easy 2-1/4 length victory in a maiden over 1400 metres.

   The Towkay mare was notching her first win from 14 starts and had previously recorded a second, four thirds and two fourths.

   The Woods bred Edge Of Glory out of their Woodborough mare Wooden Doll and race him in partnership with her Otaki trainer Karen Zimmerman and her husband Kelvin.

   Wooden Doll was the winner of two races and is now deceased but has also left the winners Xpectation and Sixty Eight Carat.

  

Firing on all cylinders  

   Guns At Five, a dominant winner of last Saturday’s Listed $55,000 Gallagher Marton Cup (2200m) at Awapuni, began his career in Hastings.

   The Duelled six-year-old was purchased by Hastings woman Margaret Harkema for $12,000 at the 2008 national weanling sale and got up to a stage of having a barrier trial for Hastings trainer Sue Thompson before he was sold to two Melbourne-based clients of Cambridge trainer Chris Wood.

   Guns At Five has since won nine races and more than $230,000 in stakemoney and is now one of the favourites for the Group 2 $200,000 Wellington Cup (2400m) at Trentham tomorrow week.

   He took the lead early in the home straight in the Marton Cup and kept up a dour staying effort to win by 2 lengths from Smartly, with third placed Figure Again a further 1-3/4 lengths back in third place.

   Guns At Five is out of the Cape Cross mare Accidentallyinlove who has also left Fantastic Honour, a filly that recorded two wins and three seconds from seven starts last year before breaking down.

   A half-brother to Guns At Five, by Perfectly Ready, will be offered for sale at the select session of this month’s Karaka yearling sales.

 

Hastings mare in big sprint

   Hastings will have a representative in tomorrow’s Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham with Irish Fling, from the stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, a definite outside chance in the 1200-metre event.

   The Darci Brahma mare has not raced since finishing third in the Group 3 Stewards Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton two months ago but has impressed in trackwork since then.

   Her connections wanted to give her a lead up race in an open 1200-metre sprint at the Woodville meeting on January 4 but that race was cancelled due to a lack of entries. Instead she had an exhibition gallop with Weregoingtogetcha in between races at that meeting and they were timed to come home their last 600 metres in under 33 seconds.
   Irish Fling then had another good hit out in trackwork at Hastings on Tuesday, where she was timed to run a solo 1000 metres in 1:3.6, the last 600 in 37.1.

   She has drawn well at barrier five in tomorrow’s big race and in-form jockey Mark Du Plessis will have the mount.

 

Bary has strong pair in Desert Gold

   Hastings trainer John Bary will have a strong two-pronged attack on the Group 3 $70,000 Tiger Prawn Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham tomorrow week.

   Bary will saddle up last Saturday’s Awapuni placegetter Far Fetched in the 1600-metre three-year-old fillies’ feature as well as the highly promising Miss Selby.

   Far Fetched finished a good second behind Thorn Pass in the 1400-metre three-year-old event at Awapuni and Bary said the Pins filly will be improved by that run, which was just her third start and her first since finishing third over 1400 metres at Awapuni on December 21.

   “I was really happy with the run and she had a good blow after it,” Bary said. “She is a filly going forward.”

   Miss Selby was also at Awapuni last Saturday where she was hugely impressive in an exhibition gallop between races at the Marton meeting.

   The O’Reilly filly worked with stablemate Rosehip and looked to be just coasting on the outside of her companion as they came up the home straight. She was timed to run from the 1200 metres in 1:13.2, the last 600 in 36s.

   It was Miss Selby’s first serious hit out since she finished second in the Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni five weeks before and her workout impressed jockey Jonathan Riddell so much that he immediately confirmed he wants to ride her in the Desert Gold Stakes.

   Bary has the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) as the main target for Miss Selby this season and said she will probably take in both the Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 8 and the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 1 as other lead up races.

   Rosehip is also a likely starter on the third day of the Wellington Cup meeting, tomorrow week. She is coming off a last start maiden win over 1600 metres at Awapuni on Boxing Day and will step up to a Rating 65 race over 1600 metres.

 

Ginner Hart kept fresh

   Ginner Hart, preparing for tomorrow’s Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham, also turned in an excellent exhibition gallop between races at last Saturday’s Marton meeting.

   The Volksraad five-year-old has not raced since contesting the Stewards Stakes at Riccarton in November and trainer Alexander Fieldes only wanted him to have an easy hit out, in what was his first serious gallop since that race.

   He was ridden by Trudy Thornton in the gallop and was timed to work in from the 800-metre peg in 51.2, running the first 200 metres in an easy 13.8s before coming home his last 600 in 37.4.

   Both Fieldes and Thornton were surprised at how quick the horse went as he appeared to be just cruising all the way.

   “He’s very deceptive and does have a big stride so he can run a quicker time than it looks,” Fieldes said.

   He added the horse’s work would be restricted to just pacework this week as he wants the horse fresh for tomorrow’s 1200-metre feature, where he has drawn 12 and will again be ridden by Noel Harris.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 14 Jan 2014

Irish Fling, preparing for Saturday’s Group 1 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham, turned in a quick 1000-metre gallop on her own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, where the ground was good.

   Irish Fling cut out 1000 metres in 1:3.6, coming home the last 600 in 37.1. She was blowing a fair bit after the gallop and obviously needed the good hit out as she has not raced since finishing third in the Stewards Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton on November 16. She was to have contested a 1200-metre open sprint at Woodville on January 4 but the race was scrapped because of a lack of entries.

  Double O Seven, who could start in this Saturday’s Trentham Stakes as a lead up to the Wellington Cup (2400m) the following Saturday, also worked on his own over a round, running home the last 1200 metres in 1:19.2, the final 600 in 38.6.

   Theodore, a likely runner in the Rating 65 1400-metre race at Trentham on Saturday, sprinted the last 600 metres of his work in 36.6. He finished sixth over 1200 metres at Waipukurau last month.

   Saint Kitt finished well clear of Second Hope at the end of their 1200-metre workout. They went very keenly over the first 600 metres in 38.6 and slowed up a lot over the last 600 in 41 to give Saint Kitt a total time of 1:19.6. He is likely to start next in a Rating 75 2200-metre race on the second day of the Wellington meeting, next Monday.

   The Knight’s Queen ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:6, the last 600 in 36.4. She was narrowly beaten at Rotorua last start and lines up next in a maiden 1200-metre race at Hastings on January 30.

   Colourful Lady worked over 1000 metres in 1:4.9, the last 600 in 37.9 while stablemate Legless ran 1200 metres in 1:18.8, the last 600 in 38.9. She was a fast finishing second over 1600 metres at Woodville last start and could be stepped up to a middle distance next start.

   Grenade, a likely runner at Trentham next Monday, covered 1200 metres on his own in 1:20.9, the last 600 in 39.6. He has won his last two starts and will contest the Rating 75 2200-metre race at Trentham next Monday.

   Need A Diamond and a Savabeel three-year-old filly worked together over 1000 metres in 1:5.6, the last 600 in 39.6. They are both in the Kelly Burne stable.

   The Innkeeper was not hurried when running 1000 metres 1:13, the last 600 in 42.4 while Viceroy was only kept to three-quarter pace, coming home his last 600 in 45.6.

Notable winning double for Patrick Campbell 3 Jan 2014

   The first day of 2014 was a red-letter day for Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell, who lined up four runners at the Hawke’s Bay New Year’s Day race meeting for two wins, a third and a fifth.

   Campbell produced Live Life to win a $7000 maiden over 1400 metres and then took out the $10,000 Rating 75 1600-metre race with Beyond Belief.

   Both horses were ridden by Palmerston North jockey Hayden Tinsley who had a 100 per cent winning strike-rate at the meeting, with four victories from four mounts. He also won the opening event aboard Colourful Lady and took out race three on Flying Captain.

   The wins by Live Life and Beyond Belief were particularly satisfying for Campbell. He shares in the ownership of Live Life and has been instrumental in turning Beyond Belief’s form around after the horse was on the point of being sacked by his owners.

   Campbell races Live Life in partnership with two close friends, Wellington-based Luke Walding and Ashburton’s Norm Stewart. The horse was named in memory of another good friend of Campbell’s, Joe Giles, who was killed when the CTV building collapsed in the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011.

   Stewart made a special trip up from the South Island to watch Live Life record her first win on Wednesday. He had bought the horse as a weanling for $1600 at a dispersal sale of Christchurch’s Selwyn River Stud and copped some flak from his two partners as they thought he had paid too much at the time.

   Live Life is now a four-year-old mare but was having just her sixth start on Wednesday and her first since finishing second in a 1200-metre maiden at Gisborne back in September. She was always a bit weak as a young horse and light in condition.

   “She has needed time but she has really strengthened up now and looks really good,” a happy Luke Walding said after Wednesday’s win.

   The mare certainly showed a great will to win on Wednesday, fighting back gamely after being headed by the race favourite Slice Of Class to get the decision by a nose.

   Live Life is by Edenwold out of the unraced Zabeel mare Lady Gazelle, whose dam was the six race winner Night And Day.

   The win by Beyond Belief in the $10,000 More FM Mile was the result of some astute training methods adopted by Campbell.

   The big Magic Ring seven-year-old was having his third start back in a new campaign, the first two resulting in a second over 1200 metres at Hastings in November and the second a fourth over 1200 metres at Trentham last month.

   It is unusual for trainers to give their horses a strong training gallop the day before they race but Campbell did just that with Beyond Belief. The horse ran a solo 800 metres on the plough track on Tuesday morning in a quick 49.5 seconds, coming home his last 600 in 35.8 and Campbell was confident the extra work was just what the horse needed.

   Tinsley took the horse straight to the front from the start of Wednesday’s 1600-metre race and the horse managed to stave off a late challenge from race favourite Gwynethanne to win by a short neck.

   Beyond Belief showed plenty of ability as a young horse, when trained in Awapuni, but hadn’t graced the winner’s stall since taking out a Rating 85 1340-metre race at Wanganui in November 2011. He was again disappointing in his first four starts when Campbell took him over last year but was then turned out for a good spell and has come back a different horse.

   Palmerston North’s Lance Hickman bred the gelding and races him in partnership with Foxton’s Peter Evans.

   He is out of the Kings Island mare Sky Bird, who won two races and has also left two well performed horses in Singapore in Royal City and Wonder.

 

More success for Hastings stable

   The successful run being enjoyed by the Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen has continued, with the stable producing another three winners in the past eight days.

   Broadwalk stamped himself as a rising star when he took out a $12,500 Rating 65 1600-metre race at Awapuni on Boxing Day while Colourful Lady and Grenade were successful for the stable at Wednesday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The winning treble has taken the Lowry/Cullen combination to 14 wins for the season which is eight short of their season best tally of 22 in 2010-2011. They are presently in the top dozen on this season’s trainers’ premiership.

   Few horses win their next start out of the maiden grade but Broadwalk did it in style at the Manawatu meeting on Boxing Day. The Casino Prince four-year-old looked to be battling when in second place 300 metres from the finish but rallied strongly in the final stages to get up and win by a long head.

   It was the gelding’s seventh start and he has now recorded two wins, two seconds and a third. He is owned by JML Bloodstock Limited, which is managed by Wellington-based Lib Petagna, and was a $60,000 purchase from the 2011 Karaka yearling sales.  

   Colourful Lady’s win in a Rating 65 1400-metre race at Hastings on Wednesday have delayed retirement plans for the mare.

   Co-trainer Grant Cullen said the Towkay mare was on her last chance to show a return to form after a string of disappointing runs and scored a dominant 2 length victory.

   It was her third win from 16 starts and her first since taking out a Rating 65 1200-metre race at Waipukurau last March.

   Colourful Lady is owned by a director of Hawke’s Bay Racing, Andrew Lockyer, and a former director in Charlie Whyte. They bred the mare and race her in partnership with another Hawke’s Bay man, Ross Beaton.

   Grenade completed a winning double on Wednesday when he ground out a tough win in the $8000 Roger Russell & Charlie Keenan Memorial, a Rating 65 race over 2100 metres.

   The Pins five-year-old had also been successful in a similar race at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting, on December 12, and has now won three races from 13 starts. He is owned by Grant Cullen and Guy Lowry in partnership with Cullen’s older brother Brent along with Wayne Mudgway, David Vesty, Bernard Hinton and Jeff Drinkwater. The horse was bought privately from Waikato Stud as a young horse and is a half-brother to Double O Seven, who has won four races and finished second in the $12,000 Rating 85 race over 2100 metres at Wednesday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Grenade, Nothing Trivial and Slippery Mistake fought out a close three-way finish in the final stages of Wednesday’s race before Grenade surged clear close to the line to win by a length.

 

Rosehip lives up to her breeding

   Waipawa couple John and Jan Frizzell picked up a win with their well bred mare Rosehip when the Savabeel four-year-old took out a $12,500 maiden race over 1600 metres at the Manawatu meeting on Boxing Day.

   Rosehip, who is trained at Hastings by John Bary, is a younger full-sister to the Group 1 Queensland Derby winner Brambles (5 wins) and was purchased by the Frizzells for $7000 at the select session of the 2011Karaka yearling sales.

   She is out of the Pins mare Prickle, who was the winner of three races and has also left Lopov, who won seven times.

   Rosehip has been a slow maturer and was having just her eighth start. The win followed a fast finishing fourth over 1400 metres at last month’s Waipukurau meeting and she is expected to excel once she is stepped up to a middle distance.

   A full-brother to Rosehip and Brambles will be offered by Waikato Stud at this month’s premier session of the Karaka yearling sales.

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