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Trackwork 26 Feb 2013


Strong 1000-metre gallops by Youtoofast and Enuffisenuff were the highlights in a busy session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   Youtoofast ran clear of stablemate Pimms Time over the final stages of their 1000-metre gallop, clocking 1:1.9 and coming home the last 600 in 35.6. Both horses are likely starters in the Rating 75 1200 at next Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Youtoofast was an impressive last start winner over 1200 metres at Rotorua on January 25 where she came from last on the home turn and ran a track record. She has obviously trained on well.

   Enuffisenuff ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:1.6, coming home the last 600 in 36. She has developed into a big strong mare and her last start resulted in a fourth in the Woodville Cup (1600m) in early January.

   Makeba also worked on her own and ran 1000 metres in 1:2, the last 600 in 37.8 while  last start winner Turquoise ran 1000 metres in 1:6.1, the last 600 in 39.4.

   ‘Er Indoors, another likely contender for the Rating 75 1200 at Hastings on Saturday, clocked 52.1 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37.3 while stablemate Live Life ran 800 metres in 53.9, the last 600 in 38.9.

   Double O Seven, who is likely to resume in the open 1400-metre sprint at next Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, hit out well over 1000 metres in 1:3.5, the last 600 in 36.6 while Cajun ran 1000 metres in 1:2.9, the last 600 in 37.1.

   Post Online and Inzabar, two members of Paul Nelson’s stable, were sent 1200 metres together in 1:20.8, the last 600 in 36.9 while Rockweiler ran home the last 600 of his 1000-metre gallop in a quick 35.4. He is another likely starter in the Rating 765 1200 at Hastings on Saturday.

   Frankie Van Hatt took 53.3 for a solo 800 metres, the last 600 in 38. He disappointed in his race at debut at Wairoa but trainer Patrick Campbell could not find anything wrong with the horse and me may start next at Hastings this Saturday.

   Jakob Gambino worked over 1000 metres on his own, coming home the last 800 in 50.1 and final 600 in 37.4 while The Innkeeper went easily over 800 metres in 54.5, the last 600 in 39.9.

   Takemehomebabe was not doing much more than three-quarter pace when running 800 metres in 58.1, the last 600 in 42.7 while stablemate Miss Lioness ended her work with an easy 600 metres in 42.8.

   Jamah had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:11.6, the last 600 in 40.9 while Adventadore was restricted to just three-quarter pace, coming home the last 600 in 45.5.


Trackwork 21 Feb 2013


The Hombre, a likely starter in the Group 3 $100,000 Darley Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie on Saturday week, took the time honours at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   The Hombre sprinted keenly over 1000 metres in 1:1.2, coming home the last 600 in 35. The big Lucky Unicorn gelding hasn’t raced since beating one home in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day but that followed an impressive all the way win in the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on the same track.

   Enuffisenuff worked over 1200 metres on her own and was timed to run the last 1000 in 1:2.7 and final 600 in 36. She pulled up well after the workout and is another who has been freshened since her last start, which resulted in a fourth in the Woodville Cup (1600m) on January 5.

   Firekeeper rounded off his preparation for the Rating 65 2000-metre race at Matamata on Saturday by running an easy 1000 metres in 1:13.6, the last 600 in 43.1. He finished fourth over 1850 metres at Wairoa last week and should be better suited by 2000 metres on a roomier track this weekend. Jason Waddell has the mount.

   Makeba hit out well over 1000 metres in 1:3.5, the last 600 in 36.4 while her stablemate Rosehip also ran 1000 metres and clocked 1:3.2, the last 600 in 35.8.

   They are both in the John Bary stable with Rosehip being a full-sister to last year’s Queensland Derby winner Brambles. She finished seventh over 1850 metres at Wairoa last week while Makeba is a well bred mare by Postponed and has recorded a win and a second from six starts.

   Basildon Bond was another from the Bary stable to gallop 1000 metres and was timed to run home the last 600 in 37.6. He finished fourth over 1450 metres at Wairoa last week.

   Miss Serena ended three rounds of pacework by speeding up over the last 600 metres in 36.9 while Beyond Belief ran an easy 600 metres in 41.2.

Four Hastings-trained wins at Wairoa

Four Hastings-trained wins at Wairoa 20 Feb 2013


   A double success by Kelly Burne headed a four win haul by Hastings trainers at this year’s two day Wairoa Racing Club’s meeting.

   Burne saddled up Peit Rox to win on the first day, last Thursday, and then produced Pit A Pat to score at Sunday’s second day. John Bary picked up a win with Turquoise on the first day while Patrick Campbell won with ‘Er Indoors on Sunday.

  Burne took a team of six horses to the annual meeting, Peit Rox, Saint Kitt, Pit A Pat, Agent Eighty Six, Fashionelor and Adios, and decided to base herself there for the week to give them time to get used to the new surroundings.

   “I took them up on the Monday and galloped them all on the Wairoa track the next morning and they all settled in well,” Burne said this week.

   She lined up five of the six on the first day for a win, a second and a fifth and had three runners on the second day for a win and a fifth.

   Peit Rox, a horse Burne won a maiden race with at Hokitika last month, continued the good form with a decisive 1-1/4 length victory in an $8000 Rating 65 race over 1450 metres last Thursday. The St Petersburg mare has now recorded two wins, a second and four thirds for her Hawke’s Bay owners Dene Smith and Buddy Beachen.

   Burne also had Peit Rox entered for the second day of the meeting but decided to scratch her after she was weighted on 59.5kg for the Rating 65 2100.

   “She’s as tough as teak and came through her first day win really well but she’s not very big and I didn’t want to run her with that much weight on her back,” Burne said.

   She added that she will now sort out another suitable race for the mare in the Central Districts in the coming weeks and would like to take her back to the South Island for a crack at a fillies and mares black type race at some stage.

   Pita A Pat finished second on the first day at Wairoa and showed significant improvement from that run to score an easy 4 length win in a maiden 1150-metre race on Sunday. The Towkay filly was taken straight to the front by jockey Sam Collett and never looked like being caught.

   Pit A Pat is owned by her Hawke’s Bay breeder Don Gordon who has leased her out to a group of people and retained a racing share. Burne is a member of the group, along with loyal stable client John Whittle from Whangamata, Mike and Stephanie Stanley (Waipukurau), Mike Taylor (Wellington), Scott Amor (Gisborne) and Brian Bluett (Whangamata).

   The three-year-old is out of the Dance Floor mare Secret Step and from the same family as Mun Lee and Secrecy, two outstanding performers Gordon raced back in the 1970s and 1980s.

   Burne started the talented three-year-old Saint Kitt on both days at Wairoa to help prepare him for the Group 1 $750,000 TV3 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on March 2. The Keeper gelding was a fast finishing fifth over 1850 metres on the first day and then finished fifth in Sunday’s Wairoa Cup (2100m).

   Burne was happy with both runs, saying the horse was allowed to get too far back on the first day and was affected by the hard track on Sunday.

   She said she was initially disappointed with the horse’s performance on Sunday but, after taking everything into consideration, she has decided to push on to the Derby with the horse.

   “He was feeling the ground quite bad on Sunday but was still running on at the finish and the winner broke a track record that had been held since 1980,” Burne added.

   ‘Er Indoors completed a winning double when she headed home a Hastings quinella in a Rating 65 1200-metre race on Sunday.

   The grey mare was following on from a maiden win over 1200 metres at Hastings on January 30 and got the decision by half a head from Irish Fling, trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.

   ‘Er Indoors is owned by her trainer Patrick Campbell in partnership with Tim Mills, the chief executive of the Canterbury Jockey Club.

   Turquoise made sure she gave herself every chance to win a Rating 65 1200-metre race at Wairoa last Thursday by knocking one of her main rivals out of the race before the start.

   As the field was assembling behind the starting barrier Turquoise suddenly kicked out with both back legs, striking the well supported Willing Spirit on its off-side shoulder. The start was delayed while the Darci Brahma mare underwent a veterinary examination and she was declared a late scratching.

   Turquoise, well ridden by promising apprentice Michael Dee, went on the take out the race by three-quarters of a length, recording her third victory from 16 starts. The Ishiguru mare is trained by John Bary and owned by his mother Ann, who bought her in a private sale after she was originally raced by her breeder.


Southern success for HB couple

   Hawke’s Bay couple Graham and Isabell Roddick trekked north to Ellerslie on the weekend to watch their three-year-old Addictive Habit contest Sunday’s Group 2 Avondale Guineas but it was down at the bottom of the South Island that they achieved their best results.

   While Addictive Habit could only manage ninth in the Guineas the Roddicks still had good reason to celebrate after Petty Lane bolted in at Saturday’s first day of the Southland meeting and Queens Habit was successful at Monday’s second day.

   The couple purchased Petty Lane for $10,000 from a Highview Stud deplinishing sale in 2008 and are part of the Trinny Syndicate that races the mare. Her 3-1/2 length victory in a $15,000 Rating 85 1600-metre race on Saturday was her eighth from 39 starts and took her stake earnings to more than $70,000.

   Isabell Roddick said the Danroad mare will now race at Cromwell on March 3 and then be aimed at the $70,000 Valachi Downs South Island Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton on March 23.

   The Roddicks bred Queens Habit, who is a close relation to the former champion galloper Rough Habit. The three-year-old filly is by Bachelor Duke out of the Danehill mare Danish Habit, who was a half-sister to Rough Habit (29 wins).

   Danish Habit died of a heart attack two years ago with Queens Habit being her last living foal. She had previously produced Good Samaritan, who won five races in Australia, Nordic Dancer (3 wins) and Elsie’s Habit (1 win).

   Queen’s Habit was having her third start when she lined up in a 1400-metre maiden race on Monday and came from about 5 lengths off the leader on the home turn to get up and score by half a length.

   The three-year-old filly is raced by the Queens Habit Partnership, which includes the Roddicks and several others who are also the syndicate that races Petty Lane. Both horses are trained on the Invercargill track by Lisa Vaughan.


Trackwork 20 Feb 2013


A strong solo gallop by Firekeeper was one of the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   The big Keeper gelding recorded a good fourth over 1850 metres at Wairoa last Thursday and looks close to a return to his best form.

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

   Firekeeper worked over 1000 metres in 1:3.3, running the first 400 metres in 26.3 and coming home the last 600 in 37. He is a big striding horse who was probably not suited by the tight Wairoa track so his effort to finish fourth there had plenty of merit.

   The John Bary-trained pair of Jakob Gambino and Desi Girl recorded the fastest time of the session when they sped over 1000 metres in 1:1.7, coming home the last 600 in 35.9. Jakob Gambino was a last start third over 1600 metres at Tauherenikau on Waitangi Day while Desi Girl has not raced since finishing ninth over 2400 metres at Te Rapa two months ago.

   Beyond Belief, now in the Hastings stable of Patrick Campbell, was another who hit out boldly over 600 metres in 36.7. He is a big strong six-year-old by Magic Ring and has won three races from 24 starts.

   Youtoofast, a likely runner at Otaki this Saturday, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and quickened over the last 600 in 37. She has been freshened since her impressive win over 1200 metres at Rotorua on January 25 and will be entered for the Rating 85 1200 at Otaki.

   Survived worked in from the 1200-metre peg on his own, increasing the speed as he went, and came home the last 600 strongly in 36.1 while the John Bary-trained Sir Keith and a two-year-old stablemate clocked 1:5.7 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 36.3.

   Cajun, another from the John Bary stable, worked on her own over 1000 metres, running the first 400 metres at three-quarter pace and coming home the last 600 in 38.4 while Miss Lioness ended her work with 600 metres in 41.2.

   A Keeper three-year-old filly and a Lucky Unicorn three-year-old, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800 in 58.1, speeding up slightly over the last 600 in 41.4 while a Savabeel three-year-old gelding from the same stable ended his work with 600 metres in 43.6. The keeper filly is a full-sister to The Innkeeper.


Trackwork 12 Feb 2013


Last start winner Bat Pad and Firekeeper recorded fast gallops in a reasonably busy session at the Hastings track today.

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

   Pat Pad worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and was let sprint home the final 600 metres. He was timed from the 800 in 50.2, the final 600 in a quick 36s.

   The One Cool Cat gelding won fresh up at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting and is a likely starter in the Rating 65 1450-metre race on the second day of the Wairoa meeting, next Sunday.

   There are more than 30 horses Hawke’s Bay-trained horses entered for the first day of the annual Wairoa meeting this Thursday and several more likely to line up on the second day. The Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen stable nominated eight for the first day and also have other fresh runners for Sunday. The majority of them were given good hit outs in training this morning.

   Firekeeper was another from their stable who stretched out well, running a solo 1000 metres in 1:5.7, the last 600 in 36.8. He was an unlucky last start seventh at Trentham on Wellington Cup day and will be using the Rating 65 1650-metre race on the first day at Wairoa as a possible lead up to the $20,000 Wairoa Cup (2100m) on the second day.

   Ambitious Prince, a likely runner at Wairoa on Thursday, was another who worked well this morning when running 1000 metres in 1:5.5, the last 600 in 37. He hasn’t raced for three months but won first up at Woodville last season.

   Frankie Van Hatt, a first starter from the Patrick Campbell stable entered for Wairoa on Thursday, worked in from the 1000-metre peg and was timed to run home the last 800 in 52.2, speeding up over the last 600n in 36.6. He is a promising three-year-old by No Excuse Needed and Mark Hills has been booked to ride him.

   Short Of Cents, another from the Campbell stable, worked over 1200 metres and was time to run the last 1000 in 1:4.9, the final 600 in 37.2. She is entered for the Rating 65 1850-metre race at Wairoa on Thursday.

   Irish Fling, a possible starter on the second day at Wairoa, clocked 1:6.4 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 37.1 while Alicia also worked in from the 1000-metre peg on her own and was timed to run home the last 600 in 37.5.

   Lowe Flyer was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 42.1 while Cheryl Moana Marie underwent similar work, running the last 600 metres in 45.3.

   Pimms Time ran 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, the last 600 taking 45.6

HB horses target this week’s Wairoa meeting

HB horses target this week’s Wairoa meeting 12 Feb 2013


   Hawke’s Bay trainers are attacking this year’s annual Wairoa race meeting in force with 30 horses either based in Hastings or Waipukurau entered for tomorrow’s first day and several others likely to line up on the second day, next Sunday.

   The Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen have seven horses entered for tomorrow, Firekeeper, Cheryl Moana Marie, Ambitious Prince, Lowe Flyer, Tullumayo, Tansava and Broadwalk.

   Firekeeper contests the Rating 65 1850-metre race. He didn’t get a lot of clear racing room over the final stages when seventh over 1600 metres at Trentham last start and could go on to next Sunday’s $20,000 Wairoa Cup (2100m) if he performs well tomorrow. Lowe Flyer and Tullumayo were both placed at the recent Hawke’s Bay meeting while Cheryl Moana Marie and Ambitious Prince showed plenty of potential last season. Broadwalk is a first starter by Casino Prince.

   Hastings trainer John Bary will also be strongly represented at the meeting with six horses entered tomorrow, Basildon Bond, Turquoise, Rosehip, Kings Royal, Make Big and Diamonds Forever.

   Kings Royal has finished third in each of his two starts while Rosehip has recorded two fourths and is a full-sister to the Queensland Derby winner Brambles. Make Big and Diamonds Forever are both first starters, with the latter being a three-year-old filly by Keeper bred and owned by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan.

   Kelly Burne is another Hastings trainer with six horses entered tomorrow, Saint Kitt, Peit Rox, Agent Eighty Six, Adios, Pit A Pat and Fashionelor.

   Saint Kitt was an impressive last start winner and is using tomorrow’s Rating 65 1850-metre event as a stepping stone to a possible start in next month’s Group 1 $750,000 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie.

   Hastings trainer Paul Nelson has five horses entered tomorrow including the consistent No Change in the Maiden 1850. The Shinko King gelding certainly deserves to win a race after several minor placings, the most recent being a second over 1600 metres at Awapuni last Saturday.

   Hastings-based Patrick Campbell has two horses entered tomorrow, including a promising first starter in Frankie Van Hatt, who is a three-year-old by No Excuse Needed. Waipukurau’s Kirsty Lawrence will also line up two horses, La Sommeliere and Notsofallible while Tim Symes has Viceroy entered and Daniel Coddington will line up Sandrascal, who was an easy winner over 1000 metres at the last lot of Hastings jumpouts.


Former jockey Brian Dodds dies     

   Brian Dodds, a successful jockey of 1960s and early 1970s and the man who rode Simon de Montfort to a historic win in the 1972 Wellington Cup, died in Palmerston North last Saturday aged 75.

   Dodds was born in the South Island and served his apprenticeship under Christchurch trainer Clarry McCarthy. He then moved north to Hastings where he etched out a successful career as a jockey and also trained horses for a short time.

   He is best known for his daring front running ride aboard the rank outsider Simon de Montfort in the 1972 running of the Wellington Cup (3200m). Dodds took the horse straight to the front and had him out in front by a big margin in the middle stages before staving off all his rivals to score at the massive odds of $180.10 for a win.

   Described as a gentle and caring rider, Brian Dodds often got the best out of his mounts without punishing them with the whip, concentrating instead urging them with just hands and heels.

   His other major wins as a jockey included the 1966 Stewards Handicap on Wavering, 1968 Manawatu Cup on Jay Ribbon, 1968 Desert Gold Stakes on Brazil, 1968 Gold Trail Stakes on Brazil, 1967 Wakefield Challenge Stakes on Aquarelle, 1969 Wellington Racing Club Handicap on Highland Rebel and the 1965 Waipukurau Cup on Diacol.

   After retiring from race-riding Dodds moved from Hastings to Palmerston North and later served as a stipendiary steward at gallop race meetings for a number of years.


Veldt’s win eases pain for HB owner

   Havelock North racehorse owner Laurence Redshaw’s disappointment when his high class mare Lady Kipling finished well back in Saturday’s Group 1 Darci Brahma International Stakes at Te Rapa was tempered slightly when Veldt won the next race on the programme.

   Redshaw owns Lady Kipling in partnership with Gisborne-based Geoff Candy. The Savabeel mare started a $4.00 favourite for the International Stakes but, after racing in the first half a dozen for most of the race, she drifted out to finish 11th out of 14 runners. It was uncharacteristic performance from the five-year-old, who is the winner of nine races and had not finished further back than fourth in her previous five starts. Redshaw said yesterday the mare may have jarred up on the firm track and she will now have a 10 day break before being prepared for more autumn races.

   Veldt, on the other hand, scored a strong win in a $30,000 Rating 85 2200-metre race, coming from the tail of the field on the home turn to sweep past his rivals and score by half a length. Despite having won two starts previously the Volksraad six-year-old was overlooked by punters, returning a dividend of $18.10 for a win and $4.70 for a place.

   Redshaw races Veldt in partnership with Havelock North’s David Mossman and Wellington’s John Rattray and the horse was a $75,000 purchase from the 2008 Karaka yearling sales. He is trained at Cambridge by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and is now the winner of five races from 32 starts.


Trackwork 5 Feb 2013


   Short Of Cents was one of only a few horses to work at speed at this morning’s Hastings track session and stretched out well over 1200 metres on her own.

   Galloping was confined to the plough, which provided good footing after overnight rain.

   Short Of Cents worked in from the 1200-metre peg in 1:23.5, running the first 600 metres in an easy 45.3 and then increasing the speed over the last 600 in 38.2. The D’Cash mare was not far away when seventh over 1600 metres at last Wednesday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting and could show a return to form once she is stepped up over more distance.

   A Thorn Park three-year-old filly in James Bridge’s stable finished clear of a Danroad three-year-old gelding at the end of 800 metres in 53.7, the last 600 in 38.1. The Thorn Park filly shows plenty of promise and won a jumpout on the Hastings track late last year.

   A Casino Prince three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable was not hurried when running 600 metres in 42.9 while Cheryl Moana Marie was restricted to just three-quarter pace, running the last 600 in 45.3.

Four Hastings winners at local meeting

Four Hastings winners at local meeting 5 Feb 2013


   Hastings-trained horses dominated their local Hawke’s Bay meeting last Wednesday, gracing the winner’s stall four times over the eight race programme.

   While Saint Kitt, ‘Er Indoors and Bat Pad all had defined winning margins, Second Hope had to settle for a deadheat for first in the main race of day, the $8000 JM Bostock Limited 2000.

   Saint Kitt took a step towards a possible start in next month’s Group 1 $750,000 TV3 New Zealand Derby with a game maiden win over 1600 metres, getting home by a long neck from La Hoya.

   Trainer Kelly Burne says she has had the Derby in mind for the horse since his race debut over 1200 metres at Gisborne last September and was to make the next payment of $1602 for the three-year-old feature yesterday.

   “I drew up a plan for him for the Derby but at the moment he’s 32nd in order of entry,” Burne said this week. The starting limit for the 2400-metre event is 18.

   At this stage the plan is for Saint Kitt to run on both days of the coming Wairoa meeting, in a Rating 65 1850-metre race on the first day (February 14) and the Wairoa Cup (2100m) on the second day (February 17).

   “I know he’ll be running out of his class in the Wairoa Cup but it will be a good run over 2100 metres before the Derby.”

   However Burne may have to instead run Saint Kitt in the Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie on February 17 to try and ensure a Derby start, with the first four horses in that race being exempt from the ballot for the Derby.

   “I don’t really want to have to take him back to Ellerslie again before the Derby because he’s already had two starts there but I’ll just have to wait and see how many drop out after this next payment,” she said.

   Saint Kitt is raced by Scott’s Syndicate, a nine member group that is managed by Napier woman Elizabeth Beachen. Her and her husband Buddy each have a share with the other members being Kelly Burne, John Whittle, Charlie Bridgman, Bob Atkinson, Barry Woodmass, Colwyn Hercock and Dene Smith. John Whittle lives in Whangamata and is the only syndicate member not residing in Hawke’s Bay.

   The syndicate leases the horse off his breeders, Hawke’s Bay’s Don Gordon and his son Jamie along with Little Avondale Stud, Masterton.

   Saint Kitt’s win last week made up for his misfortune the start before, where he whacked himself against the side of the starting stalls when jumping out of the barrier in a 2100-metre race at Awapuni. He tailed the field throughout and was found to have a huge haematoma on his hip after the race.

   “He was sore for four days after that race and could hardly walk,” Burne added.

   “He’s such a big horse that he fills his starting stall right up I now tell the jockeys to make sure he jumps out straight so that he doesn’t hit himself.”

   The win by ‘Er Indoors in a 1200-metre maiden was well deserved after the mare’s two unlucky runs on the South Island’s west coast last month.

   Trainer Patrick Campbell sent the Handsome Ransom mare south with members of Kelly Burne’s stable and she recorded a fourth over 1150 metres at Kumara and a second over 1200 metres at Westland. In both races she got well off the pace in the early stages and made ground strongly in the straight.

   Promising apprentice Bridget Grylls claimed a 3kg allowance aboard ‘Er Indoors last week and had the mare in the first three or four throughout. She was four-wide making the home bend but kept up a strong run to the line to win by 1-1/4 lengths.

   ‘Er Indoors was a $5500 purchase from a South Island sale in August 2010 and is raced by Campbell in partnership with Canterbury Jockey Club chief executive Tim Mills.

   Bat Pad surprised his connections when scoring a fresh up win in a maiden 1400-metre event.

   Trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen thought the One Cool Cat five-year-old would need the run, his first race since May last year, and that the stablemate Grenade was the better chance of the two in the race.

   But, while Grenade only managed fifth, Bat Pad got up to win by half a neck in the hands of promising apprentice Mick Dee.

   Bat Pad was having his eighth start and did show plenty of potential when placed twice in his last campaign, albeit over longer distances than 1400 metres.

   He was a $20,000 purchase from the select session at the 2009 Karaka yearling sales and is owned by Guy Lowry in partnership with his cousin Thomas Lowry and two Auckland men, Jeff Dore and Jim Macdonald.

   Second Hope was opposed by just three others in his Rating 75 event and the Deputy Governor eight-year-old held a clear advantage until the last couple of strides. Then race favourite Via Veneto put in another lunge up against the inside rail and the two horses crossed the line locked together.

   Second Hope was recording his eighth win but his first since taking out a Rating 90 1600-metre race at Ellerslie in March 2011. He is owned by his Hastings breeder Tim Symes, who also trains the horse nowadays after he spent several months in the Wanganui stable of Kevin Myers.


Mare was just too fast

   Hastings-trained Youtoofast created a new track record of 1:09.84 when winning a Rating 65 1200-metre race at the Rotorua meeting on January 25.

   The Fast ‘N’ Famous mare carried second topweight of 58.5kg and had to overcome a wide barrier draw but still proved too good for the opposition, powering home down the outside of the track to score by a neck.

   It was Youtoofast’s second win from 11 starts, the first coming in a 1200-metre maiden at Woodville in February last year. In most of her races she has led from the outset but trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen decided to adopt different tactics this time and instructed jockey Kelly Myers to restrain her to the back in the early stages to see if she could run on.

   The mare was giving her rivals a big start entering the short Rotorua home straight but unleashed a huge finishing burst.

   Youtoofast is raced by The Nineteenth at Bridge Pa Syndicate, a group made up of mainly golfers who regularly get together to play at the Hastings Golf Club. The syndicate is managed by Hastings businessman Wayne Mudgway.

   Intentions were for Youtoofast to go on to the coming two-day Wairoa meeting after racing at Rotorua but her win means that she is now ineligible for races there.

   “We’ll just have to look around for something else but at least we know now she can race from behind so it gives us a lot more options,” co-trainer Grant Cullen said.

   Youtoofast was one of two Hawke’s Bay-owned winners at that day’s Rotorua meeting, the other being Jed who took out a Rating 75 race over 1400 metres.

   The Al Jadeed gelding is owned by Alan Hunt, Bill Amner and Don Poulgrain and they also bred the six-year-old. He is trained by Auckland-based Leo Molloy.

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