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Australia beckons again for HB mare Miss Wilson 27 Jan 2017

HB Racing column for Friday 27/1/17

(By John Jenkins)


   Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-breeder Richard Wood says he would like to take his talented mare Miss Wilson back to Australia one day but, if she does go, Hastings trainer John Bary will be the one that campaigns her there.

   The four-year-old made an impressive winning return for Bary in last Saturday’s $40,000 Blue Star Group Premier over 1200m at Trentham suggesting she could go on to much better things in the future.

    Miss Wilson began her racing career from the Bary stable, recording a second and two fourths from her first three starts in 2015. Wood then decided to send her over to Victorian trainer Simon Morrish and she won her Australian debut in a 1400m maiden at Ballarat in October 2015. She then added a second and two thirds in eight more Australian starts.

    The horse was returned to New Zealand after only managing 12th of 15 in a three-year-old race over 1600m at Sandown in April last year and resumed full work with Bary earlier this season. She went into last Saturday’s race without the benefit of an official barrier trial but had won two Hastings jumpouts in recent weeks and paraded in great order for her return.

   The Stratum mare began brilliantly for jockey Jonathan Riddell and quickly took up a trailing position behind the pacemaking Ellerstina. She bounded up outside that horse at the 300m to take a clear lead and then withstood a late challenge from Crookshanks to win by a long neck.

   “It’s a good result and she’s a pretty good filly,” Wood said after the race.

   “She may go back to Australia for a race or two but only with John.

   “We’ll see how she pulls up but it’s just great to see her back.”

   Miss Wilson is a half-sister to the five time Group 1 winner Jimmy Choux, who also raced in the colours of Richard and Liz Wood, was trained by John Bary and was ridden in 24 of his 26 starts by Jonathan Riddell.

   Jimmy Choux had a record of 12 wins, five seconds and two thirds, with his Group 1 victories coming in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas at Riccarton, New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie, Rosehill Guineas in Sydney and both the Windsor Park Plate and Spring Classic at Hastings. He now stands at Rich Hill Stud in Matamata.

   Miss Wilson and Jimmy Choux are both out of the Centaine mare Cierzo, who has also left the winners Choux Diva, Chouxshine and Bootlegger. Rich Hill Stud will offer a colt by Fastnet Rock out of Cierzo at next week’s premier session of the Karaka yearling sales.


Success was sweet

  Talented Hawke’s Bay owned filly Honey Rider bounced back to her best with a dominant winning performance at last Sunday’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa.

   The Pins filly was having her first start since a disappointing 10th out of 11 runners in the Group 2 Sarten Memorial (1400m) at Te Rapa on October 24. She over-raced in the early and middle stages of that race and dropped out in the last 200 metres.

   Trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman gave the filly a freshen up after that performance and, with the benefit of a 935-metre Cambridge trial on January 10, she resumed in top order at Te Rapa last Sunday.

   Honey Rider was opposed by only four runners in the Rating 75 race over 1200m and, after trailing the leaders to the turn, she took control in the home straight and raced clear to win by 2-1/2 lengths.

   Honey Rider is raced by Hawke’s Bay friends Andrew Lockyer and Charlie Whyte, who bred the filly out of their Align mare Southern Heights.

   She gave the pair their biggest moment in racing when successful in the Group 3 $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings on September 17 and has a record of three wins and a second from only six starts.

   Co-trainer Andrew Forsman was pleased with the result Honey Rider’s performance last Sunday.

   “It can be tricky in a small field but she got the right run and she hit the line well,” he remarked.

   “We don’t have any real plans for her at present. She is a Group 3 winner already so we will just look for some more black-type options for her.

   “We’re still trying to figure out what the go is with her, whether we keep her fresh as a sprinter or whether we try to get her to go further.”


Promising stayer

   Hastings trainer John Bary predicts The Cossack will develop into a top stayer with time and intends tackling three-year-old classic races with him later in the season.

   The Mastercraftsman gelding broke through for a maiden over 1600m at Woodville last Monday with a grinding performance, coming from several lengths off the leader at the top of the home straight to get up and score by three-quarters of a length.

   Winning rider Robert Hannam said he definitely earned his riding fee as The Cossack felt flat and wasn’t going anywhere with 600 metres to run but just outstayed his rivals in the home straight. He added that the horse had a big stride and wasn’t suited by the rain affected track.

   The Cossack was having his third start following a debut sixth over 1400m at Hastings in December and a fifth over 1400m at Tauherenikau on January 2.

   Bary said he has always had a good opinion of the horse and, at one time, had him nominated for the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie ion March.

   “I’ve pulled him out of the New Zealand Derby but I think a race like the Manawatu Classic will suit him,” Bary said.

   The Group 3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) will be run on April 1. Bary produced Survived to win the 2013 running of the race before campaigning him at the Queensland winter carnival, where he finished second in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) and eighth in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

   The Cossack is certainly bred to excel over longer distances as he is out of a Galileo mare. He was bred by Hawke’s Bay’s Ivan Grieve who races the horse in partnership with John Bary.


Adventador retired

   Class Hastings sprinter Adventador had his final race start when finishing 10th in last Saturday’s Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Sprint at Trentham.

   The horse’s trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and his Cambridge owner-breeder Tony Rider had decided before that race that it would be his swansong, win lose or draw.

   Adventador was trying to record back-to-back wins in the 1200m feature after scoring in last year’s event at odds of 80 to one. He had to work hard from a very wide draw last Saturday but momentarily gave his connections some hope when still disputing the pace at the top of the home straight and only weakened in the last 200 metres.

   The big Fast ‘N’ Famous eight-year-old was plagued by leg and hoof problems throughout his career which restricted him to just 28 starts. He ended with a tally of seven wins, six seconds and two thirds and won more than $274,000 in stakemoney.


Sydney Cup plans

   Promising stayer Pacorus, part-owned by Havelock North couple Dave and Jenny Morison, is being aimed at the $A1million Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 8.

   The Tavistock five-year-old stamped himself as one of the country’s leading middle distance talents last year when he won six races, including the Mitchelson and Egmont Cups.

   “We’re going to try and get him to the Sydney Cup,” Cambridge trainer Chris Wood said.

   “The form around him is pretty good and he’ll probably have his first run back sometime next month.”

   Pacorus beat subsequent Counties and Waikato Cups placegetter Megablast when winning the Mitchelson Cup at Ellerslie while Perfect Start, who was in the money in the New Zealand and Wellington Cups, was third.

   He then accounted for the New Zealand Cup winner Pump Up The Volume in the Egmont Cup at Hawera before Wood’s hopes of heading to Riccarton with Pacorus were cut short by illness.

   “He got a blood disorder and we thought we had him right, but we were fighting a losing battle and his last gallop wasn’t his best so we gave him six weeks out,” he said.

   “He’s come back really well and he’s bulked up, I couldn’t be happier with him.”


Aussie campaign likely

   A trip to Australia later this year is a possibility for the regally-bred filly Fashionably.

   “It would be nice to think we could get some black print with her in the next year or so, the mare was a bit later maturing so she might yet be a Queensland filly,” part-owner Garry Chittick, of Waikato Stud, said.

   A daughter of Redoute’s Choice and the Group 1-winning Savabeel mare Scarlett Lady, Fashionably opened her account for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards with an impressive 1-1/2 length win at Te Rapa last Sunday.

   “I think she’ll start to put it together now, it’s a pity it’s taken so long because she’s missed out on most of her three-year-old career, but the owners are very patient people and there are some nice races coming up,” Autridge said.



Miss Wilson stretches her neck out for jockey Jonathan Riddell to score a long neck win in the $40,000 Rating 65 race over 1200m at Trentham last Saturday. The Stratum four-year-old is owned by her Havelock North breeder Richard Wood and trained at Hastings by John Bary.




Hastings Trackwork 24 Jan 2017

Racing: Superveloce

(By John Jenkins)


   Superveloce, a likely starter on the last day of the Wellington Cup carnival this Saturday, hit out well on his own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Superveloce was assigned two 600-metre runs, the first in a leisurely 40s and the second much faster in 37.1s.

   The Savabeel four-year-old was scratched from Monday’s Woodville meeting after rain turned the racing surface into a slow9. He finished a good second over 1600 metres at Hastings last start and is likely to contest the Maiden 1600 at Trentham on Saturday.

  Last start winner Powerade, another likely starter at Trentham this Saturday, was also assigned two 600-metre runs and clocked 39.5s and 39s. He looks to have trained on the right way since winning over 1600 metres at Wanganui.

   A Prince Conti-Meander three-year-old filly was always ahead of a Fully Fledged three-0year-old filly when they worked over 1000 metres in 1:10.1, the last 600 in 37.7. They are both in the Thompson/Brown stable.

   A Cape Blanco three-year-old filly was working well on the inside of Red Tiara at the end of 1000 metres in 1:7.2, the last 600 in 38.9. The Cape Blanco filly is trained by Dave Stenning and shows good promise.

   Lamborghini and Alpine Julz, two members of the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked together over 1000 metres in 1:5.6, the last 600 in a quick 37.5 while Dukebox ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:10.1, the last 600 in 39.8.

   A Keeper three-year-old gelding and an Uncle Mo two-year-old colt worked together over 800 metres in 53.3, the last 600 in 39.6 while Wait A Sec was restricted to just three-quarter pace when running a solo 800 metres in 59.2, the last 600 in 45.

   A Playmaker three-year-old filly and one by Nadeem worked easily together over 800 metres in 59.9, the last 600 in 40.2 while Dances With Wolves was kept under a good hold when running 600 metres in 45.3.

   Pakapunch and a Pins-Alleyway three-year-old filly were others restricted to just three-quarter pace.




Farm Life... 20 Jan 2017

Farm life puts the zip back into Powerade’s legs

(By John Jenkins)

   A stint of farm work and some intensive equine physiotherapy seems to have rejuvenated the Hastings-trained seven-year-old Powerade, who scored an upset win at last week’s Wanganui meeting.

   The Electronic Zone gelding was having his second start back after a lengthy spell when he lined up in a Rating 65 race over 1600m and produced a powerful finishing burst to score by half a length, returning a dividend of $18.20 for a win and $4.20 for a place.

   It was Powerade’s third career win but his first since he took out a 2100m race at Woodville in April 2015.

   The horse was bred by Waipukurau couple Dick and Tess Millar who originally raced the horse from the Awapuni stable of Mark Oulaghan before transferring him to the Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.

   Following that Woodville win Powerade then recorded a third over 1600m at Otaki in November 2015 and a second over 1600m at Teuherenikau in February last year before his form tapered off.

   The horse was constantly troubled with injuries, mainly in his back and hind-quarters.

   The Millars decided to finish with the horse earlier this year and gifted him to Grant Cullen and his partner Nikki Lourie, who is an equine physiotherapist based in Dannevirke.

   Lourie spent several months hacking Powerade around her farm property and many hours working on his muscles and joints before he was ready to return to full work.

   The horse showed the benefits of all that treatment when he finished second behind Miss Wilson in a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings on December 9 and has continued to impress in training since, recording a sharp 600-metre sprint in 35.8s in his final trackwork before last week’s win.

   Hayden Tinsley was aboard the horse at Wanganui and settled him perfectly in a trailing position until the home turn before lodging his claim half-way down the home straight. The horse kept up a strong gallop to the line to beat the fast finishing pair of Woodbine Ladd and Fastnet Fire.

   “He’s always been a horse that has had ability but he is still very much a day by day proposition,” Grant Cullen said this week.

   “Nikki and I are grateful to Dick and Tess Millar for giving us the horse to try again and Nikki has spent hours getting him right.”

   Powerade is likely to have his next start in a $20,000 Rating 75 race over 1600m at Trentham tomorrow week.


Polo career on hold

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Shrimp Cocktail was destined for a future career as a polo pony if she didn’t start performing better on the racetrack but the Tiger Prawn mare earned a reprieve when successful at last week’s Wanganui meeting.

   The five-year-old stunned punters and surprised even her connections when she took out a 1340m maiden race at odds of 30 to one.

   Shrimp Cocktail is owned by her Central Hawke’s Bay breeder Sue Harty and was having her eighth start, her best previous placings being two thirds over 1400m at Woodville in October last year.

   Harty told Shrimp Cocktail’s Awapuni-based trainer David Goldsbury that if she didn’t start to show something on the track she would sell her as a polo pony.

    “She’s always been a bit weak and she was always getting bad draws which wasn’t helping her chances,” Harty said this week.

   “She does look to have strengthened up a bit now and that win has given her a reprieve.

   “She will probably now go to Woodville next week providing the track is not too firm.”

   Shrimp Cocktail was ridden to victory by Goldsbury’s daughter Rebecca and scored by a nose over the Hastings-trained Savuno, with race favourite Rip Into Ghia close up in third place.

   Shrimp Cocktail is out of the Kingfisher Mill mare Pacific Heights and a half-sister to Tidal Wave, a horse that won five races in New Zealand before being sold to Australia where he was successful in a hurdle race.

   Pacific Heights has since ceased breeding but Harty has a yearling filly by Towkay out of the mare presently on her Pourerere Beach property.

   “She is a nice looking filly and is on the market,” Harty said.

   “I’ve also got a very nice yearling gelding by Per Incanto out of Out On Bail and a filly by Niagara filly out of Sea Shells here on the property too,” she added.


HB winner at Scone

   Forreel, a half-sister to the outstanding performer Dundeel, broke through for a maiden win at her first Australian start at last Sunday’s Scone meeting in New South Wales.

   The Nom du Jeu mare, owned by Havelock North’s Murray Andersen and prepared by former New Zealand-based trainer Bjorn Baker, scored a head victory in a $A21,500 Maiden race over 1300m.

   Jockey Chad Lever travelled to the Hunter Valley track specially to ride the mare in what was her sixth race start.

   "There's not much to her," Lever said. "She is small and lean and still pretty green, but she did the job."

   Forreel was initially trained in New Zealand by Baker’s father Murray and his partner Andrew Forsman and had five starts from that stable last year for a second and two thirds. She was owned then by Kayano Thoroughbreds Limited but has now been bought outright by Murray Andersen.

   Baker senior prepared Dundeel throughout his illustrious career, which reaped 10 wins from 1200m to 2400m. He was successful six times at Group 1 level, including in the Australian Derby and ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

   Murray Baker was also the trainer of Forreel’s sire Nom du Jeu, who was also successful in the Australian Derby.

   There are 10 Dundeel yearlings catalogued for the forthcoming yearling sales at Karaka, nine of them in the Premier session.


Telegraph hopes dashed

   Thien Ly, a horse part-owned by Hastings man John Flynn, was withdrawn from tomorrow’s Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Sprint at Trentham after it was found that the horse would have fared badly under the set weights and penalties conditions of the race.

   The Stravinsky six-year-old put himself into the reckoning for the 1200m feature with a strong win over 1200m at Trentham a fortnight ago prompting trainer Jeff Lynds to say he would like to get the horse into the Telegraph on a light weight.   

   However the race is not now an open handicap and Thien Ly, despite being only a Rating 77 horse, would have had to carry 55kg against some of the best sprinters in the country.

   The horse’s connections were mindful that the horse would be crucified in future handicap races had he started and finished in a top six position.

   Hawke’s Bay will still have two representatives in tomorrow’s Telegraph Sprint in Adventador and Lady Zafira.

   Adventador will be attempting to record back-to-back victories in the race after he scored last year at odds of 80 to one. The big Fast ‘N’ Famous gelding is trained on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and owned by his Cambridge breeder Tony Rider.

   Lady Zafira is prepared by Hastings trainer John Bary and is the winner of five races, including the Listed Pegasus Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton two starts back.


Allpress aims for Te Rapa comeback

   Champion jockey Lisa Allpress is counting down to her return to serious business.

   The Wanganui rider has made a quicker than anticipated recovery from a serious leg injury that in October cut short her riding stint in Japan.

   “I’m hoping to be back on the first weekend of February at Te Rapa,” Allpress said.

   The Waikato meeting on February 4 will feature the Gr.2 Darci Brahma Waikato Guineas with the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes to follow a week later.

   The 41-year-old has yet to secure a clearance to resume her career and she isn’t anticipating any problem.

   “I have to see the doctor on the second of February, but I’m feeling pretty good,” she said.

   Allpress was in her second riding spell in Japan when she suffered a broken tibia after parting company with a two-year-old on their way to the barrier.

   “Initially, they said I would be out for four to six months and it’s been three months this week,” she said.

   “I’ve done a couple of days of trackwork at Wanganui and one at Waverley and I rode some work for John Bary at Hastings when we were over there.

   Allpress is the reigning champion jockey after an outstanding 2015-16 season that was rewarded with 171 winners.


Broken arm

   Awapuni apprentice Tim Johnson will spend a lengthy period side-lined with injury following an incident last Saturday evening which resulted in a broken arm.

   Johnson’s employer Mark Oulaghan said the injury was not “horse related.”

   Johnson is currently sitting on 21 wins for the season and is lying in second place behind Sam Weatherley on the apprentices’ championship.


McEvoy booked

   Kerrin McEvoy will be reunited with the champion New Zealand sprinter-miler Turn Me Loose in the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley next Friday.

   “He won the Emirates on him last year so he knows him well,” said Murray Baker, who prepares the Iffraaj five-year-old with Andrew Forsman.

   “It’s only 1200 metres and it will be too short for him, he always needs a race to get him going. The main aims are the Orr Stakes and the Futurity Stakes, which he won last year.

   “I’ve got to say that we are thrilled with the way the horse is going.”


The grey Powerade stretches out well for jockey Hayden Tinsley to record a half length win in a Rating 65 race over 1600m at Wanganui last week. It was the seven-year-old’s first success since April 2015.





Hastings Trackwork 19 Jan 2017

Racing: Zed Leppelin


(By John Jenkins)


   The stablemates Zed Leppelin and Moss Jazz took the time honours in a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   Zed Leppelin and Moss Jazz worked in at three-quarter pace from the winning post and steadily quickened over a round. They were timed from the 1200-metre peg in 1:21, running from there to the 600 in 43.4 and then increased the speed over the last 600 in 38.6.

   Both horses are preparing for next Monday’s Woodville meeting, where Zed Leppelin will contest the Woodville Cup and Moss Jazz will line up in either a Maiden 1600 or a Maiden 2100.

   Lamborghini worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:8.4, the last 600 in 41.1. He turned in a useful performance for sixth over 1600 metres at Wanganui last week and will now contest a Rating 65 race over 1600 on the last day of the Wellington Cup carnival.

   Cajun, another likely to contest Monday’s Woodville Cup, worked over two rounds, sprinting the last 600 metres on each occasion.

   Red Tiara had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:15.6, the last 600 in 43.3. She was a last start winner over 1400 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day.

   A Nom du Jeu three-year-old gelding and one by Redwood, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, ended their work with 600 metres in 38.9.

   A Darci Brahma two-year-old filly and a Keeper three-year-old filly worked together over 800 metres in 54.9, the last 600 in 40.1 while an Uncle Mo two-year-old colt ran an easy 600 metres in 42.5.




Hastings Trackwork 17 Jan 2017

Racing: Savvy

(By John Jenkins)


   Last start winner Savvy Dreams showed she has trained on the right way when turning in an impressive track gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session in preparation for Trentham on Saturday.

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

   Savvy Dreams was shading her stablemate Oscar’s Shadow at the end of 1000 metres in 1:4.3, the first 400 metres taking 27s and the last 600 in an excellent 37..3.

   Savvy Dreams is a Savabeel filly who scored an impressive debut win over 1200 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day. She will step up to 1400 metres in the Special Conditions race at Saturday’s Wellington meeting, with Mark Du Plessis booked to ride her.

   Refugee and a Rios three-year-old gelding, two horses trained by Kate Hercock, also worked together over 1000 metres in 1:9.8, running home the last 600 in 39.7. Refugee is a five-year-old mare by St Reims who recorded a good third when making her race debut over 1000 metres at Tauherenikau on January 2 while the Rios gelding won a 750-metre heat at the last Hastings jumpouts.

   Davey Crockett and a Shocking three-year-old filly worked together over 1000 metres in 1:8.1, the last 600 in 38.4. The Shocking filly was another who showed up well at the Hastings jumpouts on January 5.

   Lady Guinness was kept to just three-quarter pace when running 600 metres in 47s while Adventador was restricted to just two rounds of pacework.

   Adventador, who will be trying to defend his crown in this Saturday’s Group 1 Telegraph Sprint at Trentham,  had a strong gallop over 1000 metres at the Hastings track last Saturday where he was timed to run a tick under 1:4. He will have another light gallop tomorrow (Wednesday) to top him off for what is likely to be his final race start on the weekend.

   The big Fast ‘N’ Famous gelding has been plagued by hoof and leg problems throughout his career but is the winner of seven races from only 28 starts and more than $274,000 in stakemoney.



HB-owned Thien Ly races into Telegraph calculations 13 Jan 2017

(By John Jenkins)


   Hastings racehorse owner John Flynn and his fellow connections in Thien Ly now have an anxious wait until next Wednesday before they know whether or not their horse has made the field for the Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Sprint at Trentham three days later.

   The JR & N Berkett Telegraph is one of the feature events on the second day of the Wellington Cup carnival and the field will be finalized after last withdrawals are taken at 10am next Wednesday. At this stage Thien Ly is 22nd in order of entry into the race, with the starting limit being 18.

   Thien Ly raced into calculations for the country’s premier sprint when scoring a strong fresh up win over 1200m at Trentham last Saturday, prompting the horse’s Awapuni trainer Jeff Lynds to state then that he would like to try and sneak the horse into the Telegraph on a light weight.

    “It would be a dream come true if we got into the Telegraph but if we don’t then there are always other races around for him,” John Flynn said this week.

   He and his wife Greta own the Stravinsky six-year-old in partnership with two other Wellington couples, whom they are still yet to meet.

   “The horse has won four races and I still haven’t got to meet the other owners,” Flynn said.

   “Whenever the horse has raced up here they haven’t been on course and whenever he has raced down that way I haven’t been there. But if he gets a start in the Telegraph we will definitely be at Trentham for that.”

   Thien Ly is by Stravinsky out of the Entrepreneur mare Highflying, whose seven wins included the Group 2 City Of Auckland Cup (2400m).

   “He was always a bit wayward when he was younger and he’s been off the scene for a while after he pulled a muscle in his hind-quarters,” Flynn said.

   “That was after he won over 1200 at Te Rapa back in April last year.

   “Jeff had him ready to go again at Otaki a few weeks back but the track was wet and he said he would back off and wait for the better tracks, which is what we got on Saturday.”

   Flynn keeps in contact with Tracy Collis, a trainer in her own right and the strapper for Thien Ly at Trentham on Saturday.

   “She said to me that you’d be amazed how much he has grown up and matured since that trip to Te Rapa last year and he certainly looks a lot stronger now,” Flynn added.

   Thien Ly’s win in the $30,000 Rating 85 race over 1200m at last Saturday’s Marton meeting was aided by a perfect ride by jockey Rosie Myers, who stuck to the inside rail and never went around another horse in the running.

   When the pacemaking Smashing rolled off the fence 300 metres from the finish Myers seized the opportunity to push Thien Ly through to take the lead and the horse stuck on gamely to win by a nose.

   “The speed was quite strong and we were lucky the leader ran out and gave us a beautiful run up the rail,” Myers said.

   “He tends to run in so it suited us. He’s always had a lot of ability.”

   The front-runner Smashing stuck grimly to her guns in the closing 400 metres to take second money ahead of Lucyinrio.

    A half-brother to Thien Ly, by Power, will be offered by Curraghmore Stud at the Select yearling sale at Karaka on February 1.


Van Gogh proves his worth

   Van Gogh, a horse that has been sent to Kevin Myers’ stable to be prepared for a jumping career, is starting to pay his way on the flat.

   The four-year-old scored a runaway 4-3/4 length win in a 1500m maiden race at Greymouth last Saturday. He was then unplaced on an extremely heavy track at Hokitika on Wednesday but could go around again at tomorrow’s Kumara meeting.

   Van Gogh was initially owned by Hawke’s Bay’s James Bridge and his uncle, Auckland veterinarian Ivan Bridge, but now Myers also has a third share.

   The horse was a $60,000 purchase from the 2014 Karaka Ready-To-Run Two-year-old sale and was initially trained by James Bridge when he was based at Byerley Park in Auckland. He recorded a second, a third and a fourth from his first 10 starts before being transferred to Myers.

   “He is a horse that we bought to hopefully sell on but we ended up with him so we’ve decided to race him,” James Bridge said.

   “Taking a horse out of the north they really can be competitive down here and further south.”

   Bridge said Van Gogh has been in work for some time and has done a fair bit of schooling so he was a fit horse for Myers to take down to the South Island’s West Coast circuit.

   “He’s a horse that has always had a bit of ability and he jumps good,” Bridge added.

   James Bridge has moved away from public training and instead he and his father John have developed a property at Pourerere Beach in Central Hawke’s Bay where they want to concentrate on pre-training and preparing young horses for sale.

   “The horses we have got now are all our own horses. I haven’t got any for clients,” Bridge said.

   “I enjoyed public training but the decision was made not to press on with it and the focus is now on buying and selling horses.”

   Bridge said he will still prepare the odd racehorse from the property and intends using the Hastings track for fast work.

   “I think Hastings is the best track in the country,” he said.

   He added that Gilhoolie, a promising two-year-old that he shares in the ownership of, will be one of the horses he will have back racing early in the New Year.


Another Telegraph tilt

   Hastings-trained Adventador will be back to defend his crown in the Group 1 $250,000 JR & N Berkett Telegraph Sprint at Trentham tomorrow week as he tries to become the fourth two-time winner of the race in the last 30 years.

   The big Fast ‘N’ Famous eight-year-old caused a major boil over in last year’s 1200-metre feature when he won at odds of 80 to 1 and beat home two other outsiders in Miss Seton Sands and Trepidation.

   The outstanding sprinters Courier Bay and Mr Tiz both recorded back-to-back wins in the Telegraph. Courier Bay achieved the feat in 1987 and 1988 while Mr Tiz dead-heated with Festal in 1989 and then won it outright the following year. The other two-time winner of the race since then was Mufhasa in 2009 and 2011.

   Adventador’s last start was in an open sprint over 1300m at Hastings on New Year’s Day where he finished last of six runners and carried topweight of 60kg.

   It was hardly an ideal lead up to the Telegraph Sprint but he also failed to flatter in the same Hastings race last year, finishing fourth out of five runners before going on to triumph at Trentham.

   Grant Cullen, who co-trains Adventador with Guy Lowry, said this week they were slightly disappointed with the horse’s last start performance but thought that he wasn’t entirely happy on the firm track that day.

   “The only thing we can put it down to is that he wouldn’t let down on the firm ground,” Cullen said.

   “Hopefully they get a bit of rain down at Trentham and he will also have blinkers back on down there which should make a difference.”

   Adventador is such a big horse that he has always been troubled by hoof and leg problems and has only had 27 starts for seven wins, six seconds and two thirds.

   The Lowry/Cullen stable could have at least three runners at Trentham on Wellington Cup day with the impressive last start winner Savvy Dreams and My Tommy also expected to line up. Savvy Dreams, who won her race debut over 1200m at Hastings on New Year’s Day, will be entered for the $40,000 Special Conditions race over 1400m while My Tommy is likely to contest the Rating 65 1600.


Aussie raider

   Australian sprinter Odyssey Moon has been confirmed as a starter in the Group 1 $250,000 JR & N Berkett Telegraph at Trentham tomorrow week with Melbourne jockey Noel Callow booked to ride him.

   Callow rode the four-year-old to a last start victory in the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day, which was the horse’s fourth win from 21 starts.

   Odyssey Moon is prepared by top Caulfield trainer Robert Smerdon and was placed in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old. The Snitzel entire has also been placed twice at Group 2 level.

   While in New Zealand the horse will be based at Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman’s stables in Cambridge and was due to arrive there yesterday.


Chinese syndicate

   A group of private investors have established the New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club to cater for the high level of interest in racehorse ownership by the Chinese community, both in New Zealand and internationally.

   Headed by Mr Joshua Zong, a prominent Chinese business owner and property developer based in Auckland, the New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club will be officially launched on the eve of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series at a function to be held at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting on Sunday, January 29 at

   Speaking from his Karaka base, Mr Zong spoke enthusiastically about the level of interest shown in racehorse ownership at a seminar held by New Zealand Bloodstock at Karaka prior to last November’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-year-olds.



Thien Ly (inside) stretches his neck out under the urgings of jockey Rosie Myers to out finish race favourite Smashing in a $30,000 Rating 85 event over 1200m at Trentham last Saturday. He could now gain a start in next week’s Group 1 Telegraph Sprint.



Hastings Trackwork 12 Jan 2017

Racing: Proficient 12/1/17


(By John Jenkins)


   Proficient rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s Wellington meeting with a fast 800-metre gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Proficient sprinted 800 metres on her own in 49.4, the last 600 in 35.2. She was a good last start third over 1400 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day and lines up in the 1000-metre Special Conditions event at Trentham on Saturday. Robert Hannam has been booked to ride her.

   Her stablemate Matt Caine also worked over 800 metres and clocked 53.2, the last 600 in 37.7. He was an impressive trial winner at Foxton last month and could be headed back to the Foxton trials next Tuesday.

   A Roc De Cambes three-year-old filly and one by Nom du Jeu, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, sprinted 600 metres together in 36.7s.

   A Pins-Alleyway three-year-old filly and a Keeper three-year-old filly, another two in the Lowry/Cullen stable, clocked 50.9 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37.7.

   Adventador was given two rounds of pacework on the sand. The big Fast ‘N’ Famous gelding finished last of six runners over 1300 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day but is still likely to head back to Trentham next week to defend his title in the Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Sprint.




Racing: Powerade 10 Jan 2017


(By John Jenkins)


   Powerade, preparing for Thursday’s Wanganui meeting, took the time honours in a relatively quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   Powerade sprinted the last 600 metres of his work in a quick 35.8s. The big grey resumed from a lengthy spell in a Rating 65 race over 1400 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day and will now be stepped up to 1600 metres at Wanganui.

   Lady Conraad, another likely starter at Wanganui on Thursday, looked keen to go faster when running 600 metres in 40.7s. She is entered for the Rating 65 race over 1200 metres.

   Matt Caine worked over 1000 metres on his own and was timed to run home the last 600 in 38.9s. He was an impressive trial winner at Foxton last month and is likely to head back to the Foxton trials again next week.

   Moss Jazz was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres in 1:13, the last 600 in 45.7. She is another entered for Thursday’s Wanganui meeting, with Brendan Hutton booked to ride him.

   Caversham ran an easy 600 metres in 40.7 while Lamborghini took 1:7.3 for a solo 1000 metres, the last 600 in 38.8.

   Hunta Pence was kept to just three-quarter pace over 600 metres in 44.7 while Oscar’s Shadow also went easily over 600 metres in 44s.




The dream of an Oaks start now looks likely 6 Jan 2017

HB Racing column for Friday 6/1/17

(By John Jenkins)

   Savvy Dreams took a step towards fulfilling a dream her connections have of having a runner in this year’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks when she scored a stylish debut win at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay New Year’s Day meeting.

   The Savabeel filly has long been held in high regard by her Hastings trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, so much so that they nominated her for March’s New Zealand Oaks before she was officially named.

   The filly hadn’t even had an official barrier trial at that stage but had shown enough promise in jumpouts on the Hastings track to suggest she had an abundance of ability.

   Savvy Dreams finally had her first official barrier trial at Foxton on December 13, where she scored a neck win over 1000m in the hands of experienced jockey Hayden Tinsley, who was also impressed by her performance.

   A list of suitable races was then mapped out for the filly, with her debut run over 1200 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day to be followed by another maiden race at Hastings on February 1 and then a progression towards the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 1 before the $300,000 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 18.

   But those plans have now gone awry after Savvy Dreams broke out of maiden ranks with a dominant 2-1/2 length win over 1200m last Sunday, meaning she is now automatically in Rating 65 grade.

   Both Lowry and Cullen thought that a lack of experience and the distance of the Hastings race would count against Savvy Dreams and they would have been happy to see her run home strongly from the back to fill a minor placing.

   But the filly jumped away smartly from the barrier for jockey Masa Tanaka and quickly took up a trailing position behind stablemate Deb. They were the first two horses into the home straight but once Tanaka angled Savvy Dreams around the leader’s heels she bounded up outside her and then showed a great stretch over the final stages to race clear and score by 2-1/2 lengths.

   Cullen said this week that Savvy Dreams has come through the race in good order and was back undergoing strong pacework at the Hastings track on Wednesday.

   “We will now have to find another suitable race for her in the next few weeks,” Cullen said.

   “There is a Special Conditions 1400 on the second day of the Wellington Cup meeting which could suit.”

   Savvy Dreams was bred by Cambridge-based Tony Rider and is by Savabeel out of the four race winner Elusive Dreams. Her grandam is the Tights mare Dopff, who won eight races including the Group 2 Bluebird Trophy (1600m) at Ellerslie.

   Tony Rider has retained a 50% racing share in Savvy Dreams. Two Napier men, Grant Julian and Kelvyn Marshall, both have a 5% racing share as does Dannevirke couple Jim and Lynne Small and Hawera-based Wendy Spurdle.

   The other 30% racing share has been taken up by the Storming Home Syndicate, a group that raced Elusive Dreams from the Lowry/Cullen stable. The remaining members of that syndicate are Roger Brittin, Michael Newell, Darrel Cook and Robin Vickers from Hawke’s Bay, Philippa Williams, David Lambie and Ryan and Catriona McFarlane (Wellington) and Diana Dobson  and Gavin Duckworth (Gisborne).


Three Hastings wins

   Savvy Dreams was one of three Hastings-trained winners at the Hawke’s Bay New Year’s Day meeting, the others being Notionannagins and Red Tiara.

   Notionannagins brought up the fourth win of her career when she led all the way in a Rating 75 race over 1600m and just lasted for a half-head victory over another Hastings-trained mare in Chic.

   Notionannagins is prepared by John Bary and her last win had also been over 1600 metres, in a Rating 65 event at Woodville in April last year.

   The King’s Chapel six-year-old is raced by the Notionannagins Syndicate, which is managed by Hawke’s Bay man Paul Sullivan. Trainer John Bary is also shareholder in the syndicate with the other members being Paul Sullivan’s partner Annie Phillips, his daughter Theresa Hislop, Hastings real estate agents Vern and Brett Withey, Albie Rewi, Terry & Jennifer Gittings, Kevin & Geoff Weir, Maree Nilsen, Renee Sharplin, Kristi Brown, Colin & Rose Sylvester and Dave Pattison. Nearly all of the members live in Hawke’s Bay.

   Red Tiara stunned the punters when she took out the maiden fillies and mares race over 1400m at odds of 35 to one.

   The Per Incanto mare had shown very little in four starts before but displayed plenty of courage to dive between horses inside the last 100 metres and snatch a neck win over the race favourite Miss Bumblebee.

   Red Tiara is trained by Kelly Burne and named after her daughter. Burne has a racing share in the mare with the other shareholders being the horse’s Matamata breeder Derek Mortleman and two Wellington men, Pat Baker and Ramesh Dayal.

   “Ramesh Dayal only came into the ownership a week ago after another person pulled out,” Burne said.

   She added that although Red Tiara’s form line of 0-0-6-0 from four starts did not look all that great on paper the mare has always shown her plenty in trackwork and she wasn’t surprised by the result.

   “She’s just had no luck with wide barrier draws and also wasn’t happy on a slow track at Otaki last start,” she said.


Maiden win a perfect result

   Hastings trainer John Bary produced his second winner for the New Year when Perfect Shock broke through for a maiden victory over 1300m at Tauherenikau on Tuesday.

   Bary lined up a big team of horses at his home track on New Year’s Day where he picked up a win with Notionannagins and Perfect Shock was one of three he started at the Wairarapa meeting the following day.

   Perfect Shock, under a vigorous ride from jockey Jonathan Riddell, got up to beat the well supported Rusty In Melbourne by three-quarters of a length at odds of nine to one.

   It was the four-year-old’s ninth start with his best previous placings being a third over 1600m at Wanganui in March last year and a fourth over 1400m at Waipukurau.

   He is by the highly successful sire Shocking out of the Pompeii Court mare Etna Court and was purchased by John Bary for $60,000 at the 2014 Ready To Run Two-year-old sale at Karaka.

   His dam Etna Court was the winner of seven races, including the Listed North Canterbury Stakes and he is a half-brother to the winner Xpectacular.

   Perfect Shock is now raced by the Court Racing Syndicate, with the members being John O’Sullivan, Ian and Maggie McGarvie, Colleen and Helen Francis, Richard Koorey, Ivan Grieve, Paul and Marilyn Yortt, Andrew Bayly, Brett Wilkinson and Campbell Bary.

   All but two of the members reside in Hawke’s Bay with Bary’s father Campbell living in Marton and Brett Wilkinson in Auckland.


Waddell back on track

   Jockey Jason Waddell put a lengthy ban behind him when he tasted success on his first day back riding at Tauranga last Monday.

   The 30-year-old was successful aboard the promising Freddy Mac for Emma-Lee and David Browne, who prepare the Pins three-year-old for Windsor Park Stud.

   Waddell was given a 12-month suspension in December, 2015, after he was found guilty of acting detrimentally to the interests of racing and of improper riding.

   The charges arose from an incident at an Avondale trial meeting in September, 2015 after his mount severely interfered with a horse ridden by Samantha Collett.


Ryan Mark retired

   Persistent knee problems have forced the retirement of the Group 1winner Ryan Mark.

   The 2016 Railway Stakes winner’s defence of his title on New Year’s Day was over before it began with the son of Thorn Park scratched on veterinary advice behind the barrier.

   “He’s been a wonderful horse to us and I’m happy as a sand boy that it’s now all over,” co-breeder, part-owner and trainer John Morell said.

   “It’s actually a relief, we’ve done everything possible to keep him going but it had to end somewhere and I’m pleased that he’s home now.”

   Ryan Mark won eight of his 21 starts and more than $350,000.


Telegraph plans

   Australian trainer Robert Smerdon is keen on a crack at the Group 1 J. R & N. Berkett Telegraph Stakes with his in-form sprinter Odyssey Moon.

   “He’s Group 1 placed and if he could win one it would add to his CV,” the Caulfield trainer said.

   Odyssey Moon has won four races, including the Group 3 Standish Handicap at Flemington on New Year’s Day. The son of Snitzel was also runner-up in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Rosehill as a two-year-old.



1: Savvy Dreams stretches out strongly under the urgings of jockey Masa Tanaka on her way to an impressive 2-1/2 length maiden won over 1200m at Hastings last Sunday. The Savabeel filly could now be headed to the New Zealand Oaks at Trentham in March.

2: Hastings trainer Kelly Burne and Matamata’s Derek Mortleman wait for Red Tiara to return to the winner’s stall after her upset win in a 1400m maiden race at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.






Racing: Miss Wilson 5/1/17

 (By John Jenkins)


   Miss Wilson stole the show again at today’s Hastings jumpouts when she scored a decisive win in a 1000-metre heat.

   The half-sister to five time Group 1 winner Jimmy Choux is back in the Hastings stable of John Bary after an Australian campaign and could return to the racetrack at the upcoming Wellington Cup carnival.

   There were six heats held on the course proper, which provided firm footing.

   Miss Wilson contested the second of two 1000-metre heats and was ridden by experienced jockey Robert Hannam. She bounced straight to the front and never looked like being headed, crossing the line 4 lengths clear of her rivals and clocking a quick time of 58.2s.

   Lady Zafira, a stablemate of Miss Wilson, finished second in the heat with Suvano third and Hunta Pence a close fourth.

   The other 1000-metre heat was taken out by the John Bary-trained Xcuses Xcuses, who also led all the way and won by 5 lengths in a time of 60s. Last start winner Hugo The Boss finished second and Donardo was third.

   A Prince Conti three-year-old filly scored a runaway 6 length win in the last of three 750-metre heats and clocked a quick 44.1s. She is in the Hastings stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown.


Jumpout results.-

Heat 1, 400m: The Traveller (K Hercock) 1, Tudor Angel 2, Savabeel 2yr-old 3. Four starters. Margins: 1 length, 3 lengths. Time: 26.1s. Winner trained by David Stenning, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Niagara 2yr-old filly (R Hannam) 1, Shocking 3yr-old 3. Five starters. Margins: ¾ length, 1 length. Time: 45.6s. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: Rios 3yr-old gelding (C Burdan) 1, Pins-Alleyway 3yr-old filly 2, One Fine Day 3. Five starters. Margins: Nose, head. Time: 46.4s. Winner trained by Kate Hercock, Hastings.

Heat 4, 750m: Prince Conti 3yr-old filly (J Bassett) 1, O’Reilly’s Choice 2, Nadeem-Mayfair 3yr-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: 6 lengths, 1-1/4 lengths. Time: 44.1s. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Muick Brown, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: Xcuses Xcuses (Z Thomson) 1, Hugo The Boss 2, Donardo 3. Five starters. Margins: 5 lengths, 2-1/2 lengths. Time: 60s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 6, 1000m: Miss Wilson (R Hannam) 1, Lady Zafira 2, Suvano 3. Five starters. Margins: 4 lengths, 2 lengths. Time: 58.2s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.



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