HASTINGS TRACKWORK 27 Jan 2015
Saint Kitt indicated he could be ready to show a return to form at Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting when he finished his work off strongly at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Saint Kitt has trainer Kelly Burne aboard and finished clear of stablemate Dukebox at the end of 1000 metres in 1:5.5, the last 600 in 38.5.
Saint Kitt is coming off a last start seventh over 1600 metres at Te Rapa on January 17, where he got too far back and was caught wide in the running. He will step up to a more suitable distance of 2000 metres at Hastings on Thursday, with Jonathan Riddell the rider.
Gold Moet was another who worked well this morning, running a solo 800 metres in 54.7 and the final 600 in 37.7. He looked like he had hardly had a gallop when he pulled up and could be a good chance in the Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at Hastings on Thursday.
Rule The Court, a likely candidate for a $30,000 Rating 65 race over 2100 metres at Te Rapa on Saturday week, was not hurried when working with a Stratum four-year-old gelding over 1000 metres in 1:12, the last 800 in 55.5 and final 600 in 40.4. Rule The Court produced a good performance for third over 1500 metres on the second day of the Wellington Cup meeting and is another who will appreciate a step up in distance.
Second Hope, who is likely to start next in the rating 85 race over 2050 metres at Tauherenikau on February 6, was let off with an easy 1000 metres this morning, running home the last 600 in 43.2.
Pit A Pat, another likely runner at Hastings on Thursday, clocked 52.5 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37.5 and Sam Collett will ride her in the Rating 65 race over 1600 metres.
Legless ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:8.5, the last 600 in 39.1while Mahora Bay clocked 51.9 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37.7.
Cajun rounded off her preparation for the Rating 75 2000 at Hastings on Thursday with 1000 metres in 1:6.7, the last 600 in 37.1. Sam Collett has also been engaged to ride her.
A Keeper three-year-old filly in the Patrick Campbell stable ran 1000 metres in 1:7, the last 600 in 38.1 while Robbie Kapow ended his work with 600 metres in 39.5.
Sanshin worked at three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 43.2 and Kelly Myers will ride her when she makes her race debut at Hastings on Thursday.
Survived was let off with two rounds of trotting in the centre. He will head to this Saturday’s Waikato meeting where he will contest the Open 2000-metre race.
Notting Hill adds to his value with stunning debut win 22 Jan 2015
Hawke’s Bay-owned three-year-old Notting Hill was already on the market before his stunning debut win at Trentham last Monday and the only difference now is that the asking price has probably doubled.
The Don Eduardo three-year-old could not have been more impressive when leading practically all the way in a $10,000 maiden race over 1400-metres, kicking on strongly over the final stages to score by three-quarters of a length.
That race day victory followed two trial wins, over 1000 metres at Otaki and 1200 metres at Foxton, along with an easy 3 length win in a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings earlier this month.
Notting Hill is trained by Waipukurau’s David Goldsbury and he owns the horse in partnership with his wife Anne and two other Hawke’s Bay couples, Lester and Kay Drake and Neville and Jenny Jackson.
The horse was bought privately for $17,000 at the 2013 select session of the Karaka yearling g sales, after initially being passed in when he went through the ring.
Goldsbury said he and Drake picked the horse out on type and breeding.
“He was a nice moving colt and both Lester and I liked him because he was out of an O’Reilly mare,” Goldsbury said.
Drake said he was drawn to the horse because his dam, Just Polly, had left two previous foals that had both won and she was a half-sister to Just Tommy, whose 13 wins included the Group 1Thorndon Mile at Trentham.
Prospective buyers had shown interest in Notting Hill after his two trial wins and the horse would have been a cheap buy at that stage but nothing eventuated.
Both Goldsbury and Drake said the horse is still on the market but at the right price.
“He’s quite a big horse at 16.2 hands and I think he could make into a good horse overseas but we’ve just got to wait for someone to come up with the right money to buy him,” Drake added.
Notting Hill was ridden to victory on Monday by Goldsbury’s daughter Rebecca, who was posting the 11th win of her career. She bounced the gelding out quickly from the barrier and soon had him across to the inside rail and clear in the lead. She then dictated terms in front before kicking clear in the final stages to comfortably beat Prioritise and race favourite Balham.
The success also added to trainer David Goldsbury’s impressive strike-rate as he has now won seven races from 60 starters.
Notting Hill is one of six horses Goldsbury has in work at the moment, the others being the good racemare Lady’O, King Of Rock, Zellis and two unnamed youngsters.
Lady’O recorded three wins and several minor placings last winter and is being prepared for another late autumn and winter campaign while King Of Rock was also placed several times last winter.
Zellis is a Sir Percy three-year-old colt and a half-brother to King Of Rock.
Lester Drake and Neville Jackson have raced a number of horses together over the years but their last winner before Notting Hill was Te Mata Prince, who notched five wins in the South Island with the last of them being at Riccarton in May of 2008.
Drake is waiting to undergo a hip operation so he wasn’t at Trentham to celebrate Notting Hill’s win on Monday.
“But I didn’t feel any pain in the hip when he was clear in front coming down the home straight,” he said.
Waipukurau-trained Café Culture stunned punters when he produced an outstanding debut win at odds of 30 to one at last week’s Wanganui meeting.
The Citi Habit five-year-old looked a forlorn hope when well back and wide making the home turn in a maiden 1200-metre event but rocketed home down the outside of the track to get up and snatch a short head victory.
The horse returned a dividend of $30.20 for a win and $8.70 for a place and the performance surprised even his Central Hawke’s Bay trainer, Margaret Larsen, who thought the distance would be too short for him.
“I expect him to go over ground, with his breeding, so the win was a real bonus,” Larsen said this week.
“He’s always shown a bit and I think he’ll get better once he gets over more ground.”
Café Culture had no trials form to recommend him but had shown ability when winning a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings on January 6.
Larsen has been involved with thoroughbreds for most of her working life and has operated an 18 acre agistment farm just south of Otane for many years.
She has cut back on the number of horses she now has on the property and is concentrating instead on raring bull calves.
Larsen held an owner-trainer’s licence many years ago with the last winner she produced being The Batsman in a 1200-metre intermediate race at Otaki in December 2001. She let her licence lapse while working to establish her property but decided to renew it last month and Café Culture is the only horse she has in work.
“I just wanted one horse to potter around with and so I bred this one and decided to have a go with him,” Larsen added.
She was gifted the McGinty mare Irish Wonder and Café Culture was the last of 14 live foals the mare produced before she died. The best of her progeny has been Belfast Lad, who has won 12 races for Central Hawke’s Bay couple Tony and Penny Ebbett.
Larsen said Café Culture is likely to have his next start in a Rating 65 race over 1400 metres at Tauherenikau on February 6.
More in store for mare
Hastings-trained mare Designated Driver, who produced a huge run for second in last Saturday’s Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham, may have one more start before she goes out for a well earned spell.
The Danroad mare came from last at the top of the home straight in the 1200-metre feature and had to overcome a severe bump at the 200 metres and still finished strongly to be a clear second behind runaway winner Sacred Star.
Sue Thompson, who prepares Designated Driver in partnership with husband Mick Brown, said this week the horse has come through that very hard race amazingly well and her connections are now weighing up some options over the next few weeks.
One race in mind is the Group 1 Waikato Sprint at Te Rapa on February 7 but that 1400-metre event is run under weight-for-age conditions and Designated Driver would have to carry 3.5kg more weight than she had last Saturday. Another possible target is the Group 3 $100,000 Darley Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie at the end of next month.
Designated Driver is the winner of only four races but among her other minor placings is a close second behind Adventador in the Listed Levin Stakes (1200m) at Trentham last month.
Special racing carnival
The Poverty Bay Turf Club and the Wairoa Racing Club have joined forces to promote a special week long racing carnival encompassing their respective race days next month.
Known as the Great Eastern Racing Carnival it is billed as being three great days to enjoy the three great “R’s”---racing, relaxation and recreation.
The first of the three race days will be staged at Gisborne on Sunday, February 15, followed by Wairoa on Thursday (February 19) and Sunday (February 22).
The minimum stakemoney on offer is $8000 across all three days and the two feature races, the Poverty Bay Cup and the Wairoa Cup, will both carry stakes of $30,000.
There will also be $15,000 in trainer’s prizes on offer. The trainer that accumulates the most points after having 12 or more starters over the three race days will win $10,000. For trainers with less than 12 starters over the three days there will also be a $5000 prize.
To qualify for both prizes the trainers will need to have at least one runner on each of the three race days and, in the event of a tie for either prize, it will be divided evenly.
As an incentive to attract as many trainers to the race days as they can the two clubs will be offering travelling allowances for horses that start at either or both venues and earn less than $1600.
To qualify for the travel allowance a horse must start at Gisborne and then on at least one day at Wairoa or both days at Wairoa.
The East Coast is famous for its hospitality and those attending are sure to be well entertained both at the race days and on the days in between, with numerous activities planned.
In Gisborne you can take the opportunity to visit the many great wineries, beaches, charter a boat, play a round of golf or take in a meal at the varied selection of food outlets and restaurants.
In Wairoa there will be a fishing excursion and the golf course is situated right alongside the racecourse. It is also half an hour’s drive to Mahia, regarded as one of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches.
A highlight of the carnival will be a complimentary barbecue followed by a Calcutta on the Wairoa Cup and this will be staged at the Wairoa Club on Saturday, February 21, starting at 5.45pm. This fun night of entertainment is open to everyone.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 22 Jan 2015
Pit A Pat, a likely runner at next Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, showed she has taken no harm from her good run at Te Rapa last Saturday with a strong gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Pit A Pat worked with an unraced Keeper three-year-old filly over 1000 metres in 1:5.8, running the first 400 metres in a leisurely 29.9 and then sprinting home the last 600 in a quick 35.9.
Pit A Pat didn’t get a lot of luck in the running when finishing fifth in a Rating 65 race over 1600 metres at Te Rapa and will line up in a similar event at Hastings next week.
Last start winner Satin Ridge was one of six horses trainer John Bary brought into the track and he worked with Commett over 1200 metres in 1:21.4, the first 600 metres in 43.6 and the last 600 in 37.8.
Bary said Satin Ridge will have his next start in the Group 2 $100,000 Waikato Guineas (2000m) on January 31 as a lead up to the Group 1 $750,000 TV3 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on February 28.
Lenin The Brown and Notionannigans, two others in the Bary stable, ran 1000 metres together in 1:5.1, the last 600 in 36.9 and they are also both expected to start at next Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.
Saint Kitt and Dukebox, both in the Kelly Burne stable, clocked 1:6.2 for 10900 metres, the last 600 in 38.1 while Takemehomebabe was keen in the early stages when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:4.3, the last 600 in 37.8.
Foibles, a runner at Saturday’s Wellington meeting, was sent over 800 metres and was timed to run the last 600 in 37.1. Trudy Thornton has been booked to ride him in the Special Conditions 1400.
Shezgorgeous, entered for the Rating 85 race over 1600 metres at Trentham on Saturday, was let off with just two rounds of half pace. She went a good race for fourth over 1400 metres on the first day of the Wellington meeting and should appreciate the extra 200 metres on Saturday.
An Alamosa two-year-old and one by Stratum, both in the John Bary stable, sprinted 600 metres together in 36.4. The Stratum filly is a half-sister to Jimmy Choux.
Mahora Bay, another in the Patrick Campbell stable, worked on her own over 800 metres in 50.9, the last 600 in 37.3. She is a three-year-old filly by Patapan.
Cajun was another who worked on her own and she clocked 1:5.8 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 37.5 while Mini Minskin and a Handsome Ransom three-year-old gelding went easily over 600 metres together in 40.2.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 19 Jan 2015
Ooee indicated he could be a top chance at next Saturday’s final day of the Wellington Cup meeting when he finished his gallop off strongly at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Ooee worked over a round and was timed to work home from the 1200-metre peg in 1:21.1. He took a leisurely 44.6s to run the first 600 metres but then came home strongly over the final 600 in a quick 36.6.
The Ruff Nipper five-year-old showed a return to form with a good last start second over 2200 metres at Woodville at the beginning of this month and will contest the Rating 65 event over 2300 metres at Trentham on Saturday.
No Change, a stablemate of Ooee, also showed good speed when he ran home the last 600 metres of his work in 36.1 while Powerade went twice over 600 metres, running the first one at just a bit faster than three-quarter pace and the second in 37.5.
San Pedro ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:9.7, the last 600 in 38.2 and is likely to be aimed at next month’s Wairoa Cup.
Shezenthusiastic worked with Show Us over 1000 metres in 1:7.8, the last 600 in 37.7. Shezenthusiastic is expected to make a return to racing in a maiden 1200-metre race at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on January 29.
A Dane Shadow two-year-old filly and a Guillotine two-year-old gelding ran an easy 600 metres together in 43.7 while a Starcraft-Irish Belle three-year-old gelding ran 1000 metres at three-quarter pace.
Hastings horses shaping up well again in Trentham features 16 Jan 2015
Hastings stables took out the two Group 1 features on the first day of last year’s Wellington Cup meeting and look to have a strong hand again in both major races at Trentham tomorrow.
The training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen produced Irish Fling to win last year’s $250,000 Telegraph Handicap while John Bary saddled up Recite to take out the $240,000 Levin Classic.
Tomorrow the Lowry/Cullen stable will be looking to record back-to-back wins in the Telegraph Handicap when they line up the impressive last start winner Adventador. The Fast ‘N’ Famous six-year-old will be one of two Hastings-trained runners in the 1200-metre event with the Danroad mare Designated Driver, from the stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, being the other.
John Bary will also be looking to record back-to-back victories in tomorrow’s Levin Classic when he lines up Taken The Liberty in the 1600-metre event. The O’Reilly three-year-old is coming off a last start sixth in the Great Northern Guineas (1600m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day and is using tomorrow’s race as a stepping stone towards the Group 1 New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie at the end of February.
Adventador is coming off a last start win in the Listed Levin Stakes (1200m) at Trentham on December 6, where he managed to stave off a late challenge from Designated Driver to get the decision by a nose.
Lowry and Cullen have resisted the temptation to start Adventador again since that win, relying on the fact that the horse performs best when fresh. They have kept the big gelding ticking over with plenty of pacework on the Hastings track in the past month and gave him a solid hit out at Tuesday’s Hasting trackwork session, where he ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:6.7, the last 600 in 38.
Vanessa Johnston, who rode Adventador to win last start, will again have the mount tomorrow and the 27-year-old will be looking to record her first Group 1 success.
Designated Driver has had one start since her Levin Stakes placing, that resulting in a sixth out of seven over 1400 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day. She wasn’t suited by the very firm track conditions that day and tended to over-race in the middle stages. She has also been ticking over nicely in training since that run and took the time honours at Tuesday’s Hastings trackwork session when she beat stablemate Samogon over 1000 metres in 1:5, the last 600 in 36.5.
Robert Hannam has ridden Designated Driver in her last three starts for a second, a third and a sixth and will again have the mount tomorrow. She will have concussion plates fitted to her front hooves to help lessen the jar on her legs.
Top jockey Opie Bosson has been engaged to ride Taken The Liberty in tomorrow’s Levin Classic and another good performance will see him head to the Group 2 $100,000 Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie on February 14 ahead of a tilt at the $750,000 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on February 28.
John Bary said this week that Taken The Liberty’s run for sixth in the Great Northern Guineas was better than it looks on paper as the horse was caught three-wide without cover for most of the race and still managed to finish not far from the placegetters.
Taken The Liberty is owned by Havelock North couple Tony Clark and Michelle Scanlon in partnership with Cambridge-based race commentator George Simon and his wife Maryanne.
The O’Reilly gelding is out of the Stravinsky mare Starbelly and from the family of the Group 1 Australian Derby winner Roman Emperor. He was impressive when winning his race debut over 1200 metres at Hastings last August and has since had three more starts for a second, a fifth and a sixth.
Timely win by Satin Ridge
The win by Hastings-trained colt Satin Ridge at last Sunday’s Egmont meeting could not have come at a better time for his owner-breeders.
The Encosta De Lago three-year-old is raced by Craig Harvey (Waipukurau), Duncan MacLean (Elsthorpe) and Tim Morris (Sydney) and the trio will offer a Zabeel half-brother to him at this month’s premier session of the Karaka yearling sales.
The colt will be Lot 102 and offered from the Cambridge Stud draft on the first day of the sale. Harvey, MacLean and Morris bred the colt in partnership with Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan of Cambridge Stud and is one of the last foals produced by that stud’s former champion sire Zabeel.
“He is the very last Zabeel colt ever produced,” Craig Harvey said this week.
“Zabeel only had five foals born from his last year at stud, four fillies and one colt.”
One of those fillies will be the only other Zabeel yearling offered on the first day at this month’s premier session of the Karaka yearling sales. It is Lot 28 and is out of the Australian-bred mare Laurinel Princess.
Satin Ridge and the Zabeel colt are out of the American-bred mare Organdy, who was purchased 10 years ago by Harvey, MacLean and Morris when in-foal to Postponed.
The resultant foal was a filly called Sheerdelay and she has been the only one of Organdy’s progeny that hasn’t won.
Her next foal was Time Keeper, whose six wins included the Group 1 Easter Handicap (1600m) at Ellerslie and she then produced Lady’O, who has won four races in New Zealand and St Sully, who has won four races in Australia.
Lady’O is raced on lease by Waipukurau trainer David Goldsbury and his wife and struck a purple patch of form in the autumn and winter of last year, recording three wins, two seconds and three fourths from eight starts.
Satin Ridge is prepared by Hastings trainer John Bary and was having his fifth start when he stepped out at Hawera last Sunday. His best performance from his first three starts was a fourth but he then indicated he was close to a win with a good second over 1400 metres at Tauherenikau on January 2.
“He’s been a horse that has been a little bit immature up until now but I think the penny is now starting to drop,” Harvey said.
“I think the extra 200 metres and the roomier track at Hawera suited him and he won well.”
Trainer John Bary has always held Satin Ridge in high regard and is now plotting a path towards the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on February 28 for the horse. His next start is likely to be in the Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) at Te Rapa on January 31 followed by the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie on February 14 before the New Zealand Derby a fortnight later.
Harvey, MacLean and Morris are still breeding from Organdy, who is now 17 years old.
“She now has a real nice Pentire colt at foot and the Zabeel colt that is going to the sales is a beautiful animal and a bit like Satin Ridge,” Harvey said.
Organdy has been left empty this year and her owners are now considering several options for her for this year’s breeding season.
Dee in Melbourne
Former Hastings apprentice Michael Dee will be on loan to Australian trainer Mick Price for the next three months.
Dee, 18, was on a flight to Melbourne on Wednesday of last week and will be based at Price’s Caulfield stable.
He began his apprenticeship with Hastings trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen before transferring to Kevin Myers at Wanganui.
Dee has ridden 106 New Zealand winners which means that he can no longer claim an apprentice allowance in this country. However most of his wins are not recognized as metropolitan ones in Australia so he will still be eligible to claim a 3kg allowance when he rides at city meetings there.
Burne’s assault on Te Rapa
Hastings trainer Kelly Burne is taking four horses to tomorrow’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa, including the Group 1 winner Survived.
The Zed five-year-old will contest a $25,000 Open race over 1600 metres and will be backing up after finishing seventh in a 1400-metre open sprint at last Saturday’s Marton meeting.
Survived was beaten for early speed in that Awapuni race but was making ground at the finish and Burne was pleased with the performance.
“It was a good run and he’s just looking for more ground now,” she said this week.
The extra 200 metres tomorrow should suit Survived and he has drawn well at barrier four.
Saint Kitt, Pit A Pat and Cajun are the other three Burne-trained runners at tomorrow’s Waikato meeting.
Saint Kitt has not raced since finishing seventh in the New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton two months ago but he has been ticking over well in training and will resume in a Rating 75 race over 1600 metres while Pit A Pat will contest the Rating 65 event over 1600 metres and Cajun is in the Rating 85 race over 2200 metres.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 14 Jan 2015
Telegraph Handicap entrants Designated Driver and Adventador were let off with easy assignments when rounding off their preparation at this morning’s Hastings track session.
There was very little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the plough (good).
Designated Driver had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when running an easy 800 metres in 60.1, the last 600 in 42.7. The Danroad mare was a well beaten sixth over 1400 metres at Hastings last start but found the track conditions too firm for her that day and also over-raced in the middle stages. She was a close second over 1200 metres at Trentham before that and looks in good order for Saturday’s Group 1 sprint, where she will again be ridden by Robert Hannam.
Adventador also looked in great order when he underwent two rounds of pacework on the sand. The big Fast ‘N’ Famous gelding has not raced since winning the Levin Stakes (1200m) at Trentham more than a month ago but races best when kept fresh. Vanessa Johnston has been booked to ride him again.
Second Hope, a likely candidate for the Wellington Cup Prelude (2100m) at Trentham next Monday, was also let off with an easy workout this morning when he ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:17, the last 600 in 43.8.
Mahora Bay worked over 800 metres on her own in 54.5, the last 600 in 39.6 and she is a Patapan filly in Patrick Campbell’s stable.
Sanshin and a Handsome Ransom three-year-old gelding, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, ran an easy 800 metres in 59.3, the last 600 in 42.1while Legless was restricted to just three-quarter pace over 800 metres.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 13 Jan 2015
Designated Driver, preparing for Saturday’s Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham, turned in the quickest time in a quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Designated Driver finished ahead of stablemate Samogon at the end of 1000 metres in 1:5, running the first 400 metres in a leisurely 28.5 before quickening to run home the last 600 in 36.5.
The Danroad mare only managed to beat one home when sixth in a 1200-metre race at Hastings last start but was unsuited by the very firm track conditions that day. She was a close second behind Adventador in the Listed Levin Stakes (1200m) at Trentham before that. Robert Hannam rides her on Saturday.
Adventador is also entered for Saturday’s Telegraph Handicap and he also underwent a 1000-metre gallop this morning but was kept under a good hold by rider Shannon Doyle, clocking 1:6.7 for the full distance and 38 for the last 600. The big Fast ‘N’ Famous six-year-old has not raced since winning the Levin Stakes (1200m) at Trentham on December 6 but races best when kept fresh and looks in great order for Saturday’s big sprint. Vanessa Johnston will ride him.
Second Hope, who could start on the second day of the Wellington Cup meeting, next Monday, worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:9.8, running the first 400 at three-quarter pace before quickening over the last 600 in 37.5.
Sanshin ran a solo 800 metres in 54.4, the last 600 in 38.9 while Legless was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 44.8.
Shezenthusiastic was another who was kept to just three-quarter pace when running 1000 metres in 1:17.2, the last 600 in 45. She is likely to resume racing at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on January 29.
A Castledale two-year-old gelding and a Starcraft three-year-old gelding, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ran an easy 600 metres in 46.3.
Trainer Kelly Burne was pleased with Survived’s run for seventh in the 1400-metre open sprint at last Saturday’s Marton meeting and said this morning the horse will back up in the 1600-metre open handicap at Te Rapa this Saturday.
“He went a much better race and is just looking for more distance now,” Burne said.
She intends taking four horses up to Saturday’s Waikato meeting, the others being Pit A Pat, Saint Kitt and Cajun.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 8 Jan 2015
A strong 1000-metre gallop by Saint Kitt was the highlight at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Saint Kitt, with trainer Kelly Burne aboard, finished clear of stablemate Dukebox at the end of 1000 metres in 1:4, the last 600 in 36.5.
Saint Kitt has been freshened since finishing seventh in the New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton in November and is likely to resume racing in a Rating 75 race over 1600 metres at Te Rapa on Saturday week.
Survived also had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when he rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s Open 1400-metre sprint at Awapuni with two 400-metre sprints. He ran the first one in 23.8 and the second in 24.5. The Zed gelding was supposed to have contested the Woodville Cup last Saturday but that race was cancelled due to a lack of entries. Hayden Tinsley has been booked to ride him on Saturday.
Casino Jack, entered for the Rating 75 race over 2300 metres at Awapuni on Saturday, was let off with 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, running home the last 600 in 43.6. He was run down late when second over 2100 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day and Matthew Cameron has been booked to ride him on Saturday.
Grenade was not hurried when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:8.8, the last 600 in 40.5 and he is likely to start next in a Rating 65 race over 2100 metres at Trentham on Saturday week.
Designated Driver clocked 1:6.7 for 1000 metres, running the first 400 in an easy 29.4 before speeding up slightly over the last 600 in 37.3. She disappointed at Hastings on New Year’s Day but probably wasn’t suited by the very firm track that day and is still being aimed at the Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham on Saturday week.
Pit A Pat clocked 1:9.8 for 1000 metres, running the first 400 metres at three-quarter pace and quickening slightly over the last 600 in 38.9. She was ridden a lot handier than usual and was forced to cover a lot of extra ground in her race at Woodville last Saturday and is another who is likely to head to the Waikato meeting on Saturday week.
Beautiful Man was kept under a strong hold over 1000 metres in 1:10.4, the last 600 in 41.5 while Pearls was also given an easy assignment when running 1000 metres in 1:13.9, the last 600 in 43.2. She is likely to start next on the second day of the Wellington Cup carnival.
Cajun ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:9.8, running the first 400 metres at three-quarter pace and the last 600 in 39. She went a much better race for second over 1800 metres at Taupo last start and is another likely runner at Te Rapa on Saturday week.
Second Hope worked in from the 1000-metre peg at three-quarter pace and was timed to sprint home the last 600 in 36.5.
A China Cat four-year-old gelding ran 800 metres in 56.8, the last 600 in 41.5.
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