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HASTINGS TRACKWORK 27 Feb 2014

Saint Kitt, a possible starter in next Wednesday’s Group 1 $500,000 Auckland Cup, hit out well in training at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when working over a round on his own. He was timed to run the last 1200 metres in 1:21.6 and looked to have plenty in reserve as he finished off the final 600 in 36.4.

   Burne was thrilled with the way the horse worked and thinks she has now got the Keeper gelding back to 100 per cent fitness, after his progress was hampered by a series of injury problems earlier this season.

   “He felt really good today and I worked him over about seven kilometres around a track at home on Tuesday and when he finished that he could have gone again,” she said.

   At this stage Saint Kitt is 19th in order of entry into the Auckland Cup and Burne is keen to line him up in the 3200-metre event.

   “There is also a $30,000 race over 2100 metres on the undercard at Ellerslie that day that he could run in if he doesn’t get in the cup,” she added.

   The Knight’s Queen, a stablemate of Saint Kitt, showed she could be ready to break out of maiden ranks at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting by also working well this morning.

   She was partnered by Need A Diamond over 800 metres in 54.6, the last t600 in 38.4 and looked to be striding out well at the finish. The Any Suggestion mare has been freshened since finishing a close second over 1200 metres at Rotorua in December and lines up in a maiden 1400 at Hastings on Saturday.

   Black Bridge, one of the race rivals for The Queen’s Knight, ended his work with a quick 600 metres in 35.8. He disappointed over 1300 metres at Wairoa last Sunday.

   Wairoa winner Malrose ran a solo 800 metres in 54, the last 600 in 38.6 and looked to be working well at the finish. She contests the Rating 75 1600 at Hastings on Saturday with Darryl Bradley again the rider.

   Centarose rounded off her preparation for the Rating 65 1400 with a solo 1000 metres in 1:9.3, the last 600 in 38.4. Kane Smith has been booked to ride her.

   A Starcraft-Irish Belle two-year-old gelding looked to be travelling better than an O’Reilly-Disciple two-year-old filly at the end of 800 metres in 53.9, the last 600 in 38.7. They are both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, with the Starcraft gelding being a half-brother to the Telegraph Handicap winner Irish Fling.

   A Mastercraftsman-Curbyourenthusiasm two-year-old filly and a Road To Rock-Enlighten two-year-old gelding, worked together in a quiet run over 800 metres in 57.8, the last 600 in 42.1. They are also both in the Lowry/Cullen stable with the Mastercraftsman filly being a half-sister to Thedepot.

   A Prince Arthur-Geeta three-year-old gelding and one by Towkay out of Rhumba worked together over 800 metres in 52.4, the last 600 in 38.4 while The Innkeeper was timed to run a solo 1200 metres in 1:23.3, the last 600 in 39.9.

   Label and a Zed three-year-old gelding, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, ended their work with an easy 600 metres in 41.5 while Kayleen was restricted to just three-quarter pace over 1200 metres.

Survived now in a new stable 26 Feb 2014

   Group 1 winning galloper Survived has had a change of stable and will do his future racing in the care of Hastings trainer Kelly Burne.

   The Zed gelding had 16 starts for Hastings trainer John Bary for seven wins, two seconds and a third but was transferred to Burne’s stables last Monday.

   Bary prepared Survived to win the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings at the beginning of this season and also collected three Group 3 victories with the horse last year, the Manawatu Classic (2000m), Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) and Tauranga Classic (1600m).

   The four-year-old also finished a close third in the Group 1 Turks Spring Classic (2040m) at last year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and second in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) at the Queensland winter carnival. His stake earnings amount to more than $339,000.

   Survived’s Hawke’s Bay owner-breeder, Don Gordon, said this week the main reason for the change of stable is that he already has other horses trained by Kelly Burne.

   “I decided that, seeing as I have all my other horses with Kelly, I might as well have them all in the one stable,” he said.

   Gordon is the co-breeder and owner of Saint Kitt, who he has leased out to a syndicate that races him from the Burne stable. He also bred the Burne-trained Pit A Pat and is a member of the syndicate that races her and has other unraced horses in the stable.

   “It is unfortunate for John,” Gordon added.

   “He looked after him well and did a good job with him but it is something I have decided on.”

   It was Kelly Burne that broke Survived in as a young horse and Gordon said she would have trained the horse from the beginning had she not been sidelined for several weeks with an injury she sustained when she took a fall while riding trackwork.

   Gordon said there are no set plans of when Survived will return to the racetrack or what races he will be aimed at this year.

   “He was out for four weeks so we’ll just take him along quietly. He might be back at the track within the next three weeks but at the moment he’s just doing pacework at Kelly’s property and he looks exceptionally well.”

 

A second chance

   Hastings thoroughbred owner-trainer Tim Symes was going to retire the nine-year-old gelding Second Hope if the horse didn’t perform well at last week’s two day Wairoa Racing Club’s meeting but a win and a second there will probably see the horse go around again in the near future.

   Second Hope added to his winning tally by taking out the $15,000 Juken New Zealand Limited Cup Trial over 1850 metres on the first day and then finished a game second behind Likeapins in the $20,000 Affco NZ Limited Wairoa Cup (2100m) on the second day.

   The horse’s combined stake earnings from the two races was $13,375, enough to convince Symes to keep the horse going for a few more races.

   “He actually won more stakemoney from his two races than Likeapins did for winning the Wairoa Cup,” Symes said this week.

   Second Hope is also now the new track record holder at Wairoa for 1850 metres as he clocked a quick 1:51.65 when beating Willy Duggan by a long neck on the first day.

   That was the Deputy Governor gelding’s ninth win but his first since he dead heated for first with Via Veneto in a Rating 75 race over 2000 metres at Hastings in January of last year.

   Symes bred Second Hope and trained the horse for the early part of his racing career before he was transferred to the Wanganui stable of Kevin Myers. The horse recorded a winning double at the 2010 New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton while in the care of Myers but Symes took over training the horse again in 2012.

   Second Hope is out of the Virginia Privateer mare Sweet Hopes and from a family that Symes and his late parents have bred successfully from for decades.

   The nine-year-old looked to have taken no harm from his two energy sapping runs at Wairoa when he underwent pacework at the Hastings track on Tuesday.

 

Double success

   The connections of Hastings galloper Malrose have had a double reason to celebrate in the past week.

   First the mare chalked up her second career win on the first day of last week’s Wairoa meeting and then her connections were awarded the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Association’s by-monthly award for the months of December and January.

   Malrose is trained on the Hastings track by Patrick Campbell. The five-year-old Mr Nancho mare was bred by Otane-based Katherine Donoghue, who races her in partnership with her son Mark Donoghue, who is a successful trainer in Cambridge, and a close friend Peter Cairns.

   Malrose has been a model of consistency since joining Campbell’s stable and has recorded two wins and four thirds from nine starts this season. She broke through for a maiden win over 1200 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day.

   Malrose was credited with a new track record time of 1:25.64 when winning a Rating 65 race over 1450 metres on the first day at Wairoa but that time was eclipsed by another Hastings-trained galloper, Gold, when she clocked 1:25.13 in winning a similar race on the second day.

   Gold was also bringing up her second success and she showed good improvement after finishing third behind Malrose and The French Way on the first day of the meeting.

   Gold is trained on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. The Thorn Park mare is owned by her Taupo breeder Pat Lowry and raced by him in partnership with the H.O.T. Syndicate.

   The H.O.T. Syndicate comprises of eight shareholders and is managed by Hastings woman Megan Harvey. Her and husband Jim have a share along with Robert Kale, Pat Walsh, Patrick O’Rourke, Mick and Dawn Small, Sam and Jenny Nelson, Bryan Hutchinson and Margaret-Ann Klingender.

   Apart from Patrick O’Rourke, who lives in Auckland, the others all reside in Hawke’s Bay.

   Gold has now recorded two wins, a second, a third and two fourths from 15 starts and is out of the St Hilarion mare Gilded Saint.

 

St Leger next

   Hastings-trained Rosehip earned a start in the Listed $50,000 New Zealand St Leger (2500m) at Trentham on March 15 with a strong win in the $15,000 St Leger Trial at last Saturday’s Otaki meeting.

   The John Bary-trained mare recorded her second win when heading home a Hastings quinella in the 2100-metre event, with the Kelly Burne-trained Saint Kitt second.

   The two horses had the finish to themselves; with third placed Brad Thorn being a further 2 lengths back.

   Rosehip is owned by Waipawa couple John and Jan Frizzell, who paid just $7000 for the Savabeel mare at the 2011 Karaka yearling sales. She has now won them more than $23,000 in stakemoney with two wins, a second and two thirds from 11 starts.

   Rosehip is certainly bred to be a good stayer as she is a full-sister to Brambles, who won the 2012 running of the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) and also took out the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) and Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at that year’s Queensland winter carnival.

    Rosehip could not manage a win in six starts as a three-year-old, when still weak, but has shown genuine promise over ground this campaign. She won a 1600-metre maiden at Awapuni on Boxing Day and her two starts at 2100 metres have produced a win and a second.

   Trainer Kelly Burne is unsure what race Saint Kitt will contest next but there is a chance he may line up in next Wednesday’s Group 1 $500,000 Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie.

   The Keeper four-year-old is presently 19th in order of entry into the cup, with the starting limit being 18.

   “There is also a $30,000 2100-metre race on the undercard at Ellerslie that day which we could look at if he doesn’t run in the cup,” Burne said this week.

   Saint Kitt finished fourth in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie 12 months ago and has been plagued by injuries and bad luck since then. His second at Otaki last Saturday followed an unlucky fourth over 2060 metres at Wanganui on February 13.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 25 Feb 2014

   Irish Fling, preparing for Saturday’s Group 3 Darley Plate at Ellerslie, worked keenly on her own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing. A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up at a dead-5 after two and a half hours of irrigation yesterday.

   Irish Fling looked keen to go faster when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:4, the last 600 in 38.8 and final 600 in 23.7. The Darci Brahma mare has freshened up well since her last start win in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham on January 18 and looks ready for another big effort this weekend.

   Time honours for the session went to Tradtri, who galloped a strong 1000 metres in 1:2.1, the last 600 in 36.3. He is a likely starter in the Rating 75 1600-metre race at this Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Showstopper is another who was striding out well at the end of 1000 metres in 1:7.2, the last 600 in 39. She looks to be coming up well in a fresh campaign and is likely to have a jumpout at Hastings next Monday.

   Lamborghini, entered for the Maiden 1600 at Awapuni on Thursday, was let off with 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, the last 600 in 44.4. Jonathan Riddell has been booked to ride him.

   Centarose turned in one of the quickest times of the session when running 1000 metres in 1:4.1, the last 600 in 36.6 while Broadwalk also looked to be hitting out well at the end of 1000 metres in 1:8.2, the last 600 in 38.3. He is another likely runner at next Monday’s Hastings jumpouts.

   The Knight’s Queen looked to be travelling well on the outside of stablemate Need A Diamond at the end of 1000 metres in 1:8.7, the last 600 in 37 while Lavish Prince was timed to run his last 600 metres in 37.3.

   Pearls was kept under a good hold when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:10.4, the last 600 in 39 while stablemate Tansava clocked 55.2 for an easy 800 metres, the last 600 in 40.4.

   Golan Express ended her work with 600 metres in 40.2 while Kayleen had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 600 metres in 41.3.

   Hawkeye Chief and a Bachelor Duke three-year-old gelding ended their work with 600 metres in 41 while King Of Rock came home the last 400 metres of his work in 27.6.

Wairoa outing helps prime Irish Fling 20 Feb 2014

   Hastings-trained Group 1 winner Irish Fling furthered her preparation for the Group 3 $100,000 Darley Plate at Ellerslie tomorrow week with an exhibition gallop between races at yesterday’s Wairoa meeting.

   The Darci Brahma mare, prepared by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, has not raced since taking out the Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham on January 18 but has been getting through some good work at the Hastings track since then and her trainers are confident she will be ready to perform well again in the 1200-metre Ellerslie feature.

   “She has had a gallop the right-handed way around and seemed to handle it well and we are looking forward to giving her a run at Ellerslie and then possibly taking her to Australia,” Guy Lowry said this week.

   If she crosses the Tasman Irish Fling is expected to make her Australian debut in the $A350,000 Galaxy Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill, in Sydney, on March 29. The plan is for the five-year-old to then go on to the Group 1 $2.5million T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick a fortnight later. This race is now the richest sprint event in the world.

   Irish Fling has a record of five wins, three seconds and a third from 15 starts. She beat a field of top sprinters in the Telegraph Handicap and also won the Listed Pegasus Stakes (1000 metres) at Riccarton in November last year.

   Pimms Time, another stakes winner in the Lowry/Cullen stable, will have an exhibition gallop between races on the second day of the Wairoa meeting on Sunday.

   The Pins mare, winner of the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa last year,  is in the early stages of a new preparation that is aimed at having her at her peak for the Group 1 $200,000 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha on April 5.

   “She has been galloping very well on the track at Hastings and the exhibition gallop at Wairoa will help prepare her for a jumpout at Hastings on March 3,” Lowry said.

   “She is likely to kick off a fresh campaign in the Listed $50,000 Lightning Handicap (1200m) at Trentham on March 15.”  

 

Adrienne a popular winner

   Waipukurau’s Bill Rose had only one regret when his mare Adrienne broke through for a maiden win at Wanganui last Thursday and that was that he wasn’t on course to witness the victory first hand.

   There are few thoroughbred owners that are more passionate about their horses than Rose and he said this week it was the first time he hadn’t been on course when one of them has won.

   “We were shearing on the farm that day so I couldn’t really get away,” Rose said.

   “I thought about jumping in the car at one stage and reckoned I could get to the track in three hours but we decided to all go down to the Leopard Hotel in Waipukurau instead and watch the race there.”

   Rose said the hotel erupted when Adrienne won the 2060-metre maiden race at odds of eight to one as most of the patrons backed her on the TAB.

   “They all backed her and I got about $5000 off her so it was a great result,” Rose added.

   Adrienne is raced on lease by Bill Rose and his brother Murray from the horse’s Manawatu owner Gary Freeman and she is trained by Palmerston North’s Kevin Gray.

   The Roses have raced a number of well performed horses over the years, originally in partnership with their late father. Black Ace was probably the best of them and he was the winner of 18 races, 12 on the flat, three over hurdles and three over steeples.

   Rough Planet (12 wins), Kiora Star (8 wins) and Miss Simbir (3 wins) are three others they have raced over the past 30 years.

   Adrienne was making up for an unlucky last start fifth over 2050 metres at Tauherenikau on Waitangi Day, where she flashed home late after having to overcome traffic problems in the running.

   Rose said he made a special trip through to Gray’s stables on Wednesday to check on Adrienne and said the mare has come through the win well and is now being aimed at a Rating 65 race over 2200 metres at Hastings tomorrow week.

 

 Wait A Sec shows promise

   It has been a long time between celebration drinks for Hawke’s Bay racehorse owner Ian Henderson but he looks to have finally bred a good one in Wait A Sec, who scored an impressive maiden win at last Thursday’s Wanganui meeting.

   Henderson has raced horses for more than 25 years but the last time he had one grace the winner’s stall was when Ima Happy Chappy took out a maiden 1400-metre race at Woodville in November 1991. It was a significant victory that day as the second horse home was Karaoke, who went on to win nine races including the 1993 New Zealand Cup (3200m).

   Henderson bred Ima Happy Chappy, who was trained at Hastings by Dean Howard. The horse was sold to Hong Kong soon after that Woodville win and went on to perform well in that country.

   Henderson also bred Wait A Sec, who is a three-year-old by Postponed out of the Grosvenor mare Security.

   He purchased Security in a private sale several years ago and she is a daughter of Secrecy, a mare that won seven races for her Hawke’s Bay owner-breeder Don Gordon.

   The first foal Henderson bred out of Security was a full-brother to Wait A Sec called Secured and was sold to Australian-based trainer Brian Jenkins for $25,000. He went on to record a win and six minor placings, including a second behind the top performer Platelet.

   Henderson then bred a colt by Handsome Ransom out of the mare but it broke down before getting to the races and Wait A Sec is the next foal and the first one he has raced out of the mare.

   “He is also the last one that I bred from her as I got rid of the mare last year,” Henderson said this week.

   Before Henderson bought Security she had also left a full-sister to Wait A Sec called Somewhere Safer, who won seven races in Australia, and also Lok ‘N’ Kay, who is a Towkay mare that has won twice.

   Henderson races Wait A Sec in partnership with his Perth-based son Paul and the three-year-old is trained at Woodville by James Bridge.

   The three-year-old was having his third start and following on from a close second behind Malrose over 1200 metres at Hastings back in December. He is now being aimed at a $30,000 Rating 65 race over 1400 metres at Trentham on March 15.

 

On track for the Derby

   Dannevirke-owned Weregoingtogetcha is back on target for the Group 1 $750,000 TV3 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie tomorrow week after a strong exhibition gallop between races at Wednesday’s Counties meeting at Pukekohe.

   The Testa Rossa colt missed a start in last Saturday’s Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie after trainer David Hayes found he was suffering from a minor stone bruise in one of his feet.

   “It wasn’t serious and the decision not to run him was just a precaution,” Hayes said.

   Instead the Dannevirke-based Hayes headed north with Weregoingtogetcha and three other horses at the beginning of this week and will have them based at Auckland’s Byerley Park training centre for the next couple of weeks.

   Weregoingtogetcha was partnered by stablemate Huarwee in the exhibition gallop, with regular rider Kelly Myers settling the colt a length behind his partner until the home turn.

   Once in the straight Weregoingtogetcha quickly bounded up outside Huarwee and then dashed clear over the final stages to win the gallop easily. He was timed to run the 1000 metres in 59s and final 600 in 34.4s.

   Myers said Weregoingtogetcha “felt super” in the gallop.

   “He hadn’t done a lot of work right-handed and took a while to get on the right leg but the more experience he has going that way the better he will be,” Myers said.

   “He is going to have a gallop at Ellerslie next Tuesday so that will give him a good look around the course there.”

   Weregoingtogetcha is coming off a fast finishing third in the Waikato Guineas (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 1, where he spoilt his chances by wanting to lug in over the final stages. Hayes applied blinkers to the horse for Wednesday’s exhibition gallop and they seemed to make the horse concentrate a lot more. He will also have the blinkers on when he lines up in the New Zealand Derby.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 18 Feb 2014

   Centarose, preparing for the second day of the Wairoa meeting next Sunday, hit out well in a solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   A thick blanket of fog covered the track for the early part of the session, preventing the timing of some gallops.

   Centarose worked over 1000 metres on her own in 1:4.9, coming home the last 600 in an excellent 36.5. She looks to be improved by recent racing and could be a chance in the Rating 65 race over 1450 metres at Wairoa.

   Beyond Belief, a contender for the Open 1850-metre race at Wairoa this Thursday, also hit out well when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:5.5, the last 600 in 37.4. He is a very capable front runner who could be hard to catch on the turning Wairoa track. Darryl Bradley has been booked to ride him.

   Second Hope sprinted 600 metres in 36.4. He is expected to contest the Open 1850-metre race on the first day at Wairoa and the Wairoa Cup on the second day.

   Malrose, another likely runner at Wairoa, looked to be working well at the end of a solo 1000 metres but could not be timed because of the fog.

   Rocky Molly, another preparing for the Rating 65 race over 1450 metres at Wairoa on Sunday, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1200-metre peg and was let quicken slightly over the last 600 in 39.1.

   Tradtri had to be ridden out over the final stages of his solo 1000-metre gallop in 1:1.3, the last 600 in 36.1 while Kayleen ended her work with an easy 600 metres in 39.2.

   Impressive last start winner Captain Zippo was restricted to not much more than three-quarter pace over 800 metres, the last 600 in 42.8 while his stablemate Star Perfect was sent twice over 600 metres, the first in 42.6 and the second in 41.1.

   Need A Diamond had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:12.8, the last 600 in 40.3 while A Bridge To Far worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800-metre peg and was timed to run the last 600 in 41.3.

   A Strategic Image three-year-old gelding and one by Street Sense, both trained by Greg Griffin, sprinted 5600 metres together in 36.8 while an Edenwold two-year-old and a Lucky Unicorn three-year-old worked over 600 metres together in 42.9.

   The Knight’s Queen and Odencian were kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 43.3 while a Shinko King two-year-old in the Lowry/Cullen stable and one by Nom de Jeu ran 800 metres at three-quarter pace.

Hall Of Fame inductees had HB beginnings 13 Feb 2014

   A jockey and a horse with Hawke’s Bay origins were among the nine 2014 inductees into the New Zealand Racing Hall Of Fame, which were announced at a special dinner in Hamilton last Friday night.

   Jim Cassidy was the jockey and was nominated by top New Zealand trainer Graeme Rogerson and prominent Australian thoroughbred owner Max Whitby while Moifaa was the horse and was nominated by the Waipukurau Jockey Club.

   Jim Cassidy was born in Wellington but started his riding career in Hastings, apprenticed to trainer Patrick Campbell.

   Cassidy recorded his first win aboard the Campbell-trained Tarlton at Hastings in August, 1978 and went on to win 257 races as an apprentice and has kicked home 508 winners on New Zealand racetracks.

   He topped the national jockeys’ premiership for the 1981-82 season with 120 wins and was second the following year behind David Peake.

   He was awarded the title of both New Zealand Racing Personality of the Year and Hawke’s Bay Sportsman of the Year in 1982.

   Cassidy became just the third Australasian jockey to win 100 Group 1 races this season when successful aboard Zoustar in the Coolmore Stakes at Flemington on November 2 last year, following in the footsteps of legendary jockeys George Moore and Roy Higgins.

   He has won Australasia’s greatest race, the Melbourne Cup, twice with the first aboard Kiwi in 1983 and the second on Might And Power in 1997, whom he also steered to win the Cox Plate the following year.

   He is one of only a handful of jockeys to have completed the Australian Grand Slam, winning the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper Stakes.

   He has recorded two Caulfield Cup victories, aboard Might And Power in 1997 and Diatribe in 2000, and kicked home Ha Ha to win the 2001 Golden Slipper.

   Cassidy has won the Australian Derby three times, aboard Dr Grace in 1990, Innocent King in 1993 and Roman Emperor in 2009.

   He has also won the VRC Oaks five times, aboard Diamond Shower in 1986, Sandy’s Pleasure (1987), Tristanagh (1989), Weekend Delight (1990) and Dear Demi (2012) and the VRC Derby twice, on Omnicorp (1987) and Handy Proverb (1985).

   Of all the New Zealand thoroughbred jumpers during the decade of 1900-1909, the best remembered was Moifaa.

   He was the first New Zealand-bred to win the famous English Grand National at Aintree.

   In his home country Moifaa was no champion. Yet, in the space of six weeks, he won the Wanganui Steeples, Great Northern Steeples and Hawke’s Bay Hurdles and Steeples as a five-year-old.

  The 1901 Great Northern Steeples, in which Moifaa lumped 10 stone 12lb to a decisive win, was undoubtedly his best New Zealand performance.

   Hawke’s Bay-based Alf Ellingham bred Moifaa and his wife owned the horse when he won the Great Northern Steeples and in his other major wins as a five-year-old.

   But it was another prominent Hawke’s Bay racing identity, Spencer Gollan, who bought the big jumper and took him to England for his historic win in the English Grand National.

   Gollan had long nurtured the ambition of owning the first colonial horse to win the English Grand National.

   Moifaa was sent to England in the care of trainer Jim Hickey, a noted conditioner of jumpers who had won the 1888 New Zealand Grand National Steeples with Mangaohane.

   Moifaa, a huge gelding by New Zealand Derby winner Natator from a good steeplechasing mare named Denbigh, failed to show up in his first English start, at Hurst Park.

   He improved to finish third at his second start, in the Liverpool Trial and then, at odds of 40 to one, he took the lead in the first round of the Grand National at Aintree and cleared out to win easily.

 

Recite out for a spell

   Plans to race star Hastings-trained filly Recite in Australia this autumn have been scrapped and she will instead be spelled for six to eight weeks.

   Trainer John Bary had been contemplating heading across the Tasman with the Darci Brahma filly for a crack at the Group 1 $A500,000 Australian Guineas at Flemington on March 1 but said this week it is an opportune time to give her a well earned break while the weather is still good and she is at the peak of her powers.

   Bary said Recite, who was a dominant last start winner of the Listed $50,000 Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Tauherenikau on Waitangi Day, could be ready to race again in June and is now considering taking her to Queensland for the Group 1 $A500,000 Tattersalls Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 21.

   “I’d like to take her over there and also have Survived there for the Stradbroke Handicap and then spell them both in Queensland before preparing them for Melbourne in the spring,” Bary added.

 

Showed plenty of zip

   It may have only been a lowly rated maiden race and he might have only had four rivals to beat but Hastings-trained Captain Zippo certainly created a huge impression when scoring a debut win at Tauherenikau on Waitangi Day.

   The Captain Rio three-year-old lined up in the opening event at the Wairarapa Racing Club’s meeting, a maiden race over 1000 metres, and looked a forlorn hope after he missed the start by four lengths and was tailed off at the end of the first 200 metres.

   He was still a distant last rounding the home bend but unleashed a phenomenal finishing burst to get up and snatch a half-head victory over the pacemaking Miss Kaylee.

   Captain Zippo is trained at Hastings by the husband and wife partnership of Mick Brown and Sue Thompson and both were pleasantly surprised that the horse was able to win after blowing the start.

   “He really had no right to win it,” Thompson said this week.

   She said the horse got his head down just before the start was made so a barrier attendant got up alongside him and he was probably concentrating on him instead of when the gates opened.

   Captain Zippo had shown a glimpse of his ability by winning a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings last month, where he jumped quickly from the barrier and led all the way.

   He was bred by Hastings woman Margaret Harkema and is raced by Mick Brown.

   The three-year-old is certainly bred to win races, being by Captain Rio out of the Zabeel mare Itza Beel, and is now on the market according to Thompson.

   He is just the second foal to race out of Itza Beel, with the other being Miss Liberty, who was placed.

   Harkema has also bred a two-year-old filly by Faltaat out of Itza Beel, which she has also leased out.

   If he is not sold in the interim, Captain Zippo is likely to have his next start in a Rating 65 1200-metrec race at Wairoa at the end of this month. He is one of 10 horses the Thompson/Brown stable is preparing at the moment.

 

Lead up for NZ Oaks

   Promising Hastings-trained filly Far Fetched will continue her path towards the Group 1 $300,000 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 15 when she lines up in the three-year-old fillies’ race over 1800 metres at New Plymouth tomorrow.

   The big Pins filly is coming off a last start seventh in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on January 25 and that followed a win and two minor placings from her first three starts.

   Trainer John Bary wants to give Far Fetched two more runs before the Oaks and she will have her final lead up in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 1.

   There she will come up against her stablemate and fellow New Zealand Oaks aspirant Miss Selby, who has been installed a $5.00 favourite on the fixed odds market for the Group 1 race at Trentham on March 15.

   Bary says Miss Selby has thrived since her last start second in the Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on January 25 but he only wants to give her one more run before the Oaks.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 11 Feb 2014

   Saint Kitt rounded off his preparation for Thursday’s Wanganui meeting with a sound workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which was slushy after moiré than 40 millimetres of rain in the past 24 hours.

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:10.6, the last 600 9n 39.4. The Keeper gelding has not raced since finishing fourth over 1600 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day but has been working well for several weeks and should be suited by the step up to 2060 metres at Wanganui.

   Peit Rox, a race rival for Saint Kitt on Thursday, was let off with just 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, the last 600 in 44.6. She was denied clear racing room in the home straight when fifth over 2000 metres at Hastings last start.

   Pit A Pat, another likely runner at Wanganui on Thursday, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and increased the speed over the last 600 in 38.7.

   Second Hope, preparing for the Wairoa meeting at the end of this month, was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres in 1:14, coming home the last 600 in 43.2.

   Centarose, entered for the Rating 65 1600-metre race at Wanganui on Thursday, ran solo 1000 metres in 1:7.1, the last 600 in 38.2.

   Telegraph Handicap winner Irish Fling was let off with an easy 600 metres in 41.4. She was given a few days off after her Group 1 win on January 18 and is now being aimed at the Group 3 $100,000 Darley Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie on March 1.

   Lamborghini was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 44.7. He is among the nominations for the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on March 1 but would need to perform very well in a maiden 2060-metre race at Wanganui this Thursday to have any chance of making the field.

   Legless worked on her own over an easy 1000 metres in 1:10.1, the last 600 in 40.8 while Showstopper ended her work with an easy 600 metres in 42.2.

   A Street Sense three-year-old being prepared by Greg Griffin clocked 23.6s for a 4000-metre sprint up the straight.

   Pearls, Chuck It In Bro, Tradtri, Rocky Molloy and Need A Diamond were among others who were restricted to just three-quarter pace.

Franzac sold to Hong Kong buyers 5 Feb 2014

   Talented Hastings-trained three-year-old Franzac has been sold overseas and will do his future racing in Hong Kong.

   The Iffraaj gelding left trainer John Bary’s stable last week after being sold to Hong Kong buyers for an undisclosed six-figure sum.

   Franzac had seven starts for Bary for two wins, two seconds and two thirds. He was a two-year-old winner over 1200 metres at Wanganui in March last year and carried 59kg when winning as a three-year-old over 1300 metres at Tauherenikau at the beginning of last month.

   His last start resulted in game second behind stablemate Recite in the Group 1 $240,000 Ocean Park Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on January 18, where he led for most of the race and was run down in the last 200 metres to be beaten half a length.

   Bary had been aiming Franzac at next month’s Group 1 $750,000 TV3 New Zealand Derby (2400m) but said the offer on the horse was too good to turn down.

   Franzac was part-owned by former All Black Zac Guildford. He raced him with his Wairarapa-based grandfather Frank Burt, who bred the horse out of the Kingsttenham mare Fitzy. Another family friend, Christchurch-based Wayne Higgs, also had a third share.

 

Survived having a spell

   Star Hastings galloper Survived is a notable absentee from this Saturday’s Group 1 $200,000 Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa.

   Trainer John Bary had been aiming the Zed gelding at the 2000-metre weight-for-age race but has instead decided to turn him out for a spell.

   “He’s going to have a five week break and we will re-evaluate things after that,” Bary said.

   “He’s been up a long time and has been doing really well but just needs a decent break.”

   Survived won the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings in August of last year and has had a further six starts since, adding a close third in the Group 1 Turks Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings and another win in the Group 3 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) in November.

   He was a last start seventh in the Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham on January 25 and Bary said the horse felt the firm track that day and was jarred up after the race.

 

Syndicate’s golden girl

   It was a night of celebrations at The Elbowroom Sports Bar in Hastings after Mahora Gold broke through for a maiden win at last Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Golan mare is raced on lease by The Elbowroom Syndicate, a group of loyal supporters of the bar. There are 10 shares in the syndicate, which is managed by owner-proprietor Mike Newrick and the horse’s Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell also has a share. For many of the syndicate it was their first ever success as racehorse owners.

   Several of the members were on course to witness the mare’s win and they almost drowned out the commentator as they cheered her home over the final stages.

   Mahora Gold trailed the leaders to the home turn in her 1400-metre event before taking the lead inside the last 250 metres. She kept up a strong run to the line to win by 1-1/4 lengths from Sir Delahoya, who just nosed out Rocky Molloy for second.

   The Elbowroom Sports Bar is situated in the Mahora Shopping Centre and Mahora Gold is out of the Truly Vain mare Gold Cloud, hence her name. She was having her 11 start, with her previous best placings being a second and two fourths.

   She was turned out for a spell after finishing last of eight runners over 2000 metres at Gisborne back in September of last year and last Thursday’s race was her first in a new campaign.

   Mahora Gold was bred by Windsor Park Stud. Her dam, Gold Cloud, was the winner of 10 races including the Group 3 Instrument Supplies Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa and the Group 3 Thames Valley Stakes (1600m) at Tauranga.

   Mahora Gold was galloped on during last Thursday’s race and suffered a minor cut to a leg. However Campbell says it was fortunately only a superficial injury and he plans to start her next over the two day Wairoa meeting, which is on February 20 and 23.

 

Overdue success

   It has been a long time between celebration drinks from racing for the Hawke’s Bay pair of Peter Rochester and Hamish MacGregor but they were rewarded for their patience when Missteeflying won the 2200-metre maiden race at last Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The pair bred the Perfectly Ready mare and are among an all Hawke’s Bay syndicate that races her from the Awapuni stable of Lisa Latta.

   For Rochester it was his first racing success since Hypernova won a 1600-metre maiden race at Waipukurau in March 2011. For MacGregor it was his first winner since Kasend took out a Rating 76 race over 1600 metres at Wanganui in October, 2006.

   MacGregor set up the syndicate to race Missteeflying, with 10 shares divided among family members and friends. Others involved are MacGregor’s wife Katherine, Ross and Caroline Caulton, Jeremy Harrison, Margaret Kenny, Barry and Wendy McGaveston, Andrew Mulligan, Rachel Pedersen and Ron and Pam Whyte. For some of them it is their first success as racehorse owners.

   Missteeflying was having her 17th start, with her best previous placings being three seconds, two thirds and a fourth. She took the lead early in the home straight in last Thursday’s race and staved off a challenge from race favourite Zulu Boy to win by a long head.

   The four-year-old mare is out of the Black Minnaloushe mare Miss Toffelees, who was raced by Rochester from the Hastings stable of Dianne Sergeant. She only won one race, that also being on the Hastings track eight years ago, but she was also placed fourth in the country’s richest two-year-old race at that time, a 1200-metre race at Te Rapa.

   Missteeflying is the second foal out of Miss Toffelees to get to the races, the other being her full-brother Fready Kruger, who was placed twice from 12 starts.

 

Ooee shows promise

   Hastings trainer Paul Nelson gave most of the credit for Ooee’s win at last Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting to jockey Jonathan Riddell.

   Ooee was having his fourth start in the 1600-metre maiden and Riddell has been aboard on each occasion. The horse bucked soon after the start and was pulled up when making his race debut over 1400 metres at Waipukurau in December so Nelson decided to send the horse down to Riddell in Palmerston North for a couple of weeks to straighten him out.

   Riddell obviously worked the oracle with the horse as his three starts since have resulted in a third, a second and a win.

   “Jonathan obviously did a pretty good job with him because he hasn’t looked like bucking since,” Nelson said.

   Riddell took Ooee to the front soon after the start of last Thursday’s 1600-metre event and dictated his own rules. The horse kicked clear early in the home straight and kept up a strong run to the line to score a decisive 1-1/4 length win over another Hastings-trained galloper in Starperfect.

   Ooee is owned by Nelson in partnership with his wife Carol and they bought the four-year-old for $2000 at a South Island mixed bloodstock sale in 2011.

   He is by the little known sire Ruff Nipper, who is a son of Pentire who stands at stud in the Waikato and has only had a couple of horses to the races.

   Ruff Nipper is out of the Sound Reason mare Ruff and a grandson of the well bred mare Lyn’s Orchid. It is the family of the South Australian Oaks winner Lee’s Bid, the New Zealand Oaks winner Tartan Tights and the VRC Derby winner Arena.

   Ooee is out of the unraced Rhythm mare Astro Girl, who is a half-sister to the top Australian performer Sir Pentire, who won the VRC St Leger on the flat and the Grand Annual Steeplechase as a jumper.

   With that sort of breeding Ooee is expected to excel when stepped up over longer distances and could develop into another top jumper from the Nelson stable in the future.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 4 Feb 2014

   A fast 800 metres by Saint Kitt and a solid workout by Tradtri were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running a solo 800 metres in 50.8, the last 600 in 36.2. The big Keeper gelding has not raced since finishing fourth over 1600 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day and may start next over 1400 metres at Otaki this Saturday.

   Tradtri, entered for the Wairarapa meeting on Waitangi Day, worked over 1200 metres in 1:16, running the first 600 in 39.3 and coming home strongly over the last 600 in 36.7. He lines up in the Rating 75 1600-metre race at Tauherenikau.

   Captain Zippo, a likely starter in the maiden 1000-metre race at Tauherenikau, ended his work with a 400-metre sprint in 24.4. He is a first starter from the stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown.

   Lamborghini was restricted to just three-quarter pace over 1200 metres, the last 600 taking 43.6. He tackled a strong three-year-old race at Ellerslie last start but will drop back to a maiden race over 2040 metres at Wanganui on February 13.

   Beyond Belief was another restricted to just three-quarter pace, running his last 600 metres in 45.6. He was not far away when seventh in the Douro Cup at Trentham last start and is likely to start next in the open 1850-metre race at Wairoa on February 20.

   A Bridge To Far and a Danroad three-year-old filly, two others in the Thompson/Brown stable, worked together over 1000 metres in 1:8.5, the last 600 in 38.1 while a Prince Arthur-Jetta three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable worked over 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, the last 600 in 44.8.

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