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Shezenthusiastic thwarts a betting plunge 25 Feb 2015

   While the connections of one Hastings-trained horse were celebrating following the running of the second race at last Sunday’s Wairoa meeting the backers of the second placegetter were left lamenting when a nose decision went against them.

   Docket, a first starter from the Hastings stable of John Bary, was the centre of a huge betting plunge that saw the horse start a raging hot $2.40 favourite for the Kiwi Transport Maiden (1300m). The Iffraaj three-year-old had recorded a second in a 1000-metre trial at Waverley back in October and then comfortably won a jumpout at Hastings earlier this month and the word was out that he was the next best thing to a certainty.

   However another Hastings-trained horse in the race was Shezenthusiastic, a little grey filly prepared at Hastings by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. The Mastercraftsman three-year-old was having her third race start, following a debut ninth over 1100 metres at Woodville last year and a sixth over 1200 metres at Hastings at the end of last month.

   While Docket was heavily supported on the tote Shezenthusiastic was the second to rank outsider in the eight horse field, paying $16.40 for a win.

   Docket did look the likely winner of the race when jockey Jonathan Riddell drove him to the front early in the short Wairoa home straight but Shezenthusiastic was starting to wind up from fourth and, when rider Miranda Dravitzki angled her into the clear, she charged at the line to get up and snatch victory in the very last stride.

   For the connections of Shezenthusiastic the win was like a dream come true as, for some of them, it is their first ever venture into racehorse ownership.

   The filly is raced by her Cambridge breeder Tony Rider in partnership with Arron Cook, Brent Cullen, Grant Julian, Kelvyn Marshall, Lance Mackie and Dean Winiata, from Hawke’s Bay, along with Hawera-based Wendy Spurdle and the Storming Home Syndicate.

   Several members of the Storming Home Syndicate also live in Hawke’s Bay and have been loyal supporters of the Lowry/Cullen stable for several years but had not had a win since Takemehomebabe was successful in a maiden race at Hastings in May of last year.

   Shezenthusiastic is a half-sister to Thedepot, another capable galloper in the Lowry/Cullen stable who has recorded a win, two seconds and three thirds from only 14 starts.


Second Hope’s run ends

   Hastings owned and trained Second Hope bowed out of racing on a high note with a game second in last Sunday’s Wairoa Cup.

   The horse’s owner-breeder Tim Symes had already decided to retire the 10-year-old once he competed at this year’s annual two-day Wairoa meeting and the horse did him proud by finishing a close second behind Group race winner Scapolo in the $15,000 Cup Trial (1850m) on the first day and followed that up with another second behind Likeapins in last Sunday’s $30,000 Wairoa Cup (2100m).

   Those two placings took the horse’s stake earnings to more than $160,000 and he retires with a record of nine wins, 12 seconds and seven thirds from 87 starts.

   It was fitting that Second Hope had his last race on the Wairoa course as he held the track record for 1850 metres there until Scapolo bettered it when winning last week.

   Second Hope finished second behind Likeapins in last year’s Wairoa Cup and it was the exact same result this year, with Likeapins coming from well off the pace on the home turn to sweep past him for a 1-1/4 length victory.

   Wairoa has certainly been a happy hunting ground for the Symes family. Second Hope had seven starts on the track for a win and five minor placings while Tim Symes parents won the Wairoa Cup back in 1965 with Money and again in 1971 with Dalvui.

   Second Hope is by Deputy Governor out of the Virginia Privateer mare Sweet Hopes and is a half-brother to another good performer Tim Symes raced called Molasses, who won six races.


Recite back big time

   Class Hastings racemare Recite showed she is in for another successful campaign on the racetrack with an outstanding fresh up win in a $40,000 1200-metre open sprint at last Saturday’s Matamata meeting.

   The Darci Brahma mare was having her first start since finishing unplaced in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at last year’s Melbourne spring carnival but had won a Hastings jumpout and an Otaki 1000-metre trial in preparation for her return and was ready to strike fresh up.

   Rider Craig Grylls settled the four-year-old in behind the pacemaking Goldminer until the home turn and once he angled her into the clear she accelerated away for a dominant 1-1/4 length win.

   The performance was made to look even better in that Recite had to lump equal topweight of 59kg in the race and ran the 1200 metres in a very quick 1:08.14, on a track that was rated a dead-4.

   Trainer John Bary said after the win that the Group 1 $200,000 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha on April 4 will be Recite’s main mission this campaign and she may take in the Group 3 $70,000 Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on March 14 as a lead up.

   The John Bary stable had seven starters over three race days last week for three wins, three seconds and a ninth.

   The other winners were Mae West in a $25,000 Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at Matamata last Saturday and Lady Zafira in an $8000 Rating 65 event over 1300 metres at Wairoa on Sunday.

   Mae West was recording her fourth win from 14 starts and is raced by a group of Wairarapa people. The Sir Percy mare was bred by Rosemary Laffey and Margaret Wallace and is raced by them in partnership with Laffey’s husband Pat and Wallace’s husband Jim, along with Davey and Wendy Moore.

   Pat and Rosemary Laffey are also part-owners in Lady Zafira, who returned to the winner’s stall with a short neck win over Born Happy at Wairoa.

   The Iffraaj mare was recording her second victory and has not finished further back than third in seven starts.

   The Laffeys are members of the 14-member Lady Zafira Syndicate that race the four-year-old on lease from her Wairarapa breeder, Jim Wallace.

   Vicki Sanders, wife of John Bary’s racing manager Mike Sanders, is one of eight Hawke’s Bay people involved in the syndicate, the others being Brian and Karen Strachan, Jill Hardie, Noel Lister, Wink Groome, Andrew Hilldreth and John Freeth. The other members are Emma and Caitlin Laffey from Masterton and two Australian-based people, Tyson Parker and Kathryn Parker.


Longshot Goldsbury

   Hawke’s Bay apprentice jockey Rebecca Goldsbury added to her tally of long-priced wins with another winning double last weekend.

   Goldsbury, 22, steered the 35-to-1 shot Beau Agen to an all the way win in the last race at Saturday’s Otaki meeting and repeated the performance aboard another 35-to-1 shot, Goodspeed, in the final event Wairoa on Sunday.

   Goldsbury is apprenticed to her father, Waipukurau trainer David Goldsbury, and now has a winning tally of 14.

   A former amateur jockey, Goldsbury was granted a professional licence in August last year and the average win dividend for her 10 wins since then has been $20.20.

   Beau Agen, one of Goldsbury’s two winners last weekend, is part-owned by Napier couple Bruce and Annette Keighley and has now won four races.

   The Keighleys are members of a syndicate that races the Skagen six-year-old from the Foxton stable of Christine Eagle and the horse has also recorded two seconds and eight thirds from 35 starts.

   Beau Agen drew an outside barrier in the Rating 65  race over 1600 metres at Otaki but Goldsbury quickly crossed the field on him and took a clear lead at the end of the first 200 metres. The horse kept rolling along in front and held out a late challenge by Angelica Rox and Iffwedance to win by a long head.

   Goldsbury’s ride aboard Goodspeed at Wairoa the next day was almost a carbon copy of that Otaki success. The horse also drew wide but was hunted to the lead in the early stages and kept up a strong gallop to score by a long neck.


Dukebox delivers

   Dukebox, trained at Hastings by Kelly Burne and raced by a syndicate of mainly Hawke’s Bay people, broke through for his first win in an 1850-metre maiden race at Wairoa on Thursday of last week.

   The Bachelor Duke five-year-old was having his fifth start, with his best previous results being a two seventh placings last month.

   Burne lined the horse up again on the second day of the Wairoa meeting, last Sunday, but he finished last of 10 runners in a Rating 65 race over 2100 metres.

   Dukebox is raced by the Ocean View Racing Syndicate, a group that is managed by the horse’s Napier co-breeder Paul Sullivan.


By-monthly award  

   The recipient of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners by-monthly award for the months of December and January is Otane-based Margaret Larsen.

   Larsen owns and trains the five-year-old Café Culture, who made an auspicious winning debut in a 1200-metre maiden race at Wanganui on January 15 and has since had one more start for a fast finishing third over 1400 metres at Tauherenikau.

   Larsen bred Café Culture, who is by Citi Habit out of Irish Wonder, making him a half-brother to the useful performer Belfast Lad, who won 12 races. She will be presented with her award at tomorrow’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.


Don’t Change, a possible runner at this Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, turned in the quickest time in a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing. A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up as a dead-4.

   Don’t Change ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:3.7, finishing the gallop off strongly by recording 36.5 for the last 600. The three-year-old has not raced since finishing well back in the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings more than five months ago and is likely to kick off a fresh campaign in a Rating 65 race over 1200 metres on Saturday.

   In Another Life, another likely starter at Hastings on Saturday, worked with Beautiful Man over 1000 metres in 1:3.8, the last 600 in 37. In Another Life disappointed in the Group 3 Phoenix Park Classic (1200m) at New Plymouth last start but had recorded a good debut third at Trentham before that and is another promising two-year-old by Per Incanto.

   Decorum, who will race at either Awapuni this Thursday or Hastings on Saturday, ran an easy 1200 metres in 1:31.1, the last 600 in 43.2 while Adventador was kept under a good hold when running 800 metres in 55.9, the last 600 in 41.1.

   A Road To Rock three-year-old gelding and on by Shinko King, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, clocked 55.4 for an easy 800 metres, the last 600 in 40.3 while a Castledale two-year-old colt and a Towkay three-year-old gelding ran over the same ground in 56.2, the last 600 in 40.2.



   Gold Moet, preparing for the second day of the Wairoa meeting on Sunday, was one of only a few horses to work at speed at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Gold Moet had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when running 1000 metres in 1:5.8, coming home the last 600 in 37.6. He finished a good second over 1360 metres at Wanganui last week and will line up in a Rating 65 race over 1450 metres at Wairoa, with Robert Hannam booked to ride him.

   His stablemate Samogon, another likely starter at Wairoa on Sunday, worked on his own over 1200 metres in 1:21.4, the last 600 in 37.5. He disappointed over 1600 metres at Wanganui last week but will be stepped up to 2100 metres at Wairoa, with apprentice Brendan Hutton booked to ride him.

   Wait A Sec, down to start in the Rating 65 race over 1600 metres at Otaki on Saturday, was let off with just a 1000 metres at three-quarter pace this morning, running the last 600 in 43.6. He looks close to another win after two thirds and a second from his last three starts.

   Powerade, another likely starter at Wairoa on Sunday, was let off with an easy 1000 metres in 1:13.9, the last 600 in 41 while Shezenthusiastic was given 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, running the last 600 in 43.3. She is likely to contest a maiden race over 1300 metres at Wairoa on Sunday.

   Kinimont, a Gold Centre four-year-old in the Lowry/Cullen stable who is expected to make his race debut at Wairoa on Sunday, was another who was restricted to just three-quarter pace, running the last 600 in 45.4.

  An Edenwold four-year-old mare and one by Danske, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, ran an easy 600 metres in 41.9 while Legless ran 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, the last 600 in 43.6.

Goldsbury proving a Wanganui specialist 18 Feb 2015

   The Wanganui track is proving a happy hunting ground for Hawke’s Bay apprentice jockey Rebecca Goldsbury.

   The 22-year-old brought up the 12th success of her career when she got The Beama up to snatch a last stride victory in a Rating 75 race at last week’s Wanganui meeting and five of those 12 wins have been on the Wanganui course.

   Four noses separated the first five horses home in the Guthrie Bowren Hospice Cup (2060m) at last week’s Wanganui meeting. The Beama came from last on the home turn to get up and score a nose decision over the New Zealand Derby aspirant Dee I Cee. Mischievous Mis was a nose back in third place, with City Chic the same margin away in fourth and Love Me Moore another nose back in fifth.

   It was Goldsbury’s second win on The Beama after they also combined to win a Rating 65 race over 1600 metres at Wanganui on January 15.

   Goldsbury is apprenticed to her father David at Waipukurau and recorded her first race win aboard King Of Rock in an amateur riders’ race at Hastings in May, 2013.

   She posted another three wins as an amateur, including two aboard Lady’O, a mare that she raced herself for a time and one that is trained by her father.

   One of those two wins by Lady’O was on the Wanganui track in May of last year and since then Goldsbury has also racked up wins on the course aboard On The Hill last November and Mischievous Mis last month.

   While Rebecca Goldsbury is proving to be a jockey to follow at Wanganui race meetings she has not been popular with the punters. She has ridden eight winners since becoming a professional apprentice earlier this season and the average win dividend for those eight victories has been $14.40.

   Her first win as a professional was aboard Wild Rock ($5.90) in a Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at Awapuni on November 1, where the horse got well back in the early stages before storming home down the outside of the track to get up by half a length.

    Her seven victories since then, with the win dividends in brackets, have been On The Hill ($17.40), Good One Glady ($22.30), Rock Band ($40.00), The Beama ($13.90), Mischievous Mis ($9.90), Notting Hill ($8.40) and The Beama ($12.00).


Guineas plans for Notting Hill

   With no immediate sale in the offing for the promising three-year-old Notting Hill his Hawke’s Bay connections have decided to continue racing the horse and are now aiming him for the Group 2 $100,000 Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham on March 14.

   Waipukurau trainer David Goldsbury, who shares in the ownership of the Don Eduardo gelding, said this week there has been plenty of interest in the horse from Asian buyers but nothing has eventuated at this stage and, with this being the time of the Chinese New Year, a lot of people from that region are away on holiday.

   “We haven’t heard anything so we have made a plan to set him for the Wellington Guineas,” Goldsbury said this week.

   He added that the horse will probably have one more race before the guineas and that could be in a $70,500 three-year-old race over 1200 metres at Otaki tomorrow or in a $17,500 Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at Hastings the following Saturday.

   Notting Hill has only had one start for an impressive maiden win over 1400 metres at Trentham on January 19, where he bounced to the front almost from the outset and led all the way for a three-quarter length win. Prior to that he had recorded two dominant trial wins.

   By Don Eduardo out of a half-sister to the Group 1 Thorndon Mile winner Just Tommy, Notting Hill was a $17,000 purchase at the 2013 Karaka yearling sales.

   Goldsbury owns the horse in partnership with his wife Anne and two other Hawke’s Bay couples, Lester and Kay Drake and Neville and Jenny Jackson.

    “I saw him walking around at the sales and really liked him,” Goldsbury said. “We took him back to the Ready to Run Sale that year, but we couldn’t sell him so we brought him home and gave him some time.

   “His breeding suggested he was going to be an autumn three-year-old and that’s why we only trialled him in the spring without racing, he was still learning.”


Special day at HB

   The Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Association and the Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Thoroughbred Breeders Association will stage their annual members’ race day at Hastings on Saturday, February 28.

   All members of both associations are welcome to attend the day but need to register with Tony Lyndon at 876-8250 no later than next Monday.

   There will also be a $26 per head charge for members’ guests.

   The Hawke’s Bay race meeting that day will feature the running of the Group 3 $70,000 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2000m), which will be the eighth race in the New Zealand Bloodstock Three-year-old Filly of the Year series.

   The 10-race series kicked off at Hastings back on September 20 last year with the running of the Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) and culminates with the running of the Group 1 $300,000 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 14.

   The Hawke’s Bay-owned filly Saavoya, raced by the Waimarama Syndicate, leads the series on 20 points, two more than Platinum Witness and eight in front of third place Vavasour.
   Being a Group 3 event the Lowland Stakes carries points of 6 for a win, 3 for a second and 1.5 for a third.

   Nine races are programmed for next week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, with the first timed for 12.35pm and the last at 5.28pm. There will be free entry onto the course with the gates open from 11am.


Weregoingtogetcha back

   Dannevirke-based trainer David Hayes is hoping all the bad luck he has had with the talented Weregoingtogetcha is finally behind him when the horse resumes racing in tomorrow’s Group 1 $200,000 Haunui Farm Weight-for-age Classic (1600m) at Otaki.

   Hayes was all smiles after Weregoingtogetcha scored a dominant win at the Otaki trials on Tuesday of last week following what he considered as a “hell” of a month with his charge after he got badly dehydrated on a trip home from Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

   “He spent three days at Massey on fluids," said Hayes, “then two weeks off in the paddock," he added. “All he has done since is a little work along the beach so he is still a touch on the fat side."

   Weregoingtogetcha, who was last start second behind class mare Soriano in the Group 1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, contested an open 1000-metre heat at Otaki and scored a nice three-quarter length win over Group 1 2014 Diamond Stakes and Karaka Millions winner Vespa.

   “Jockey Rosie Myers was rapt with the trial as he did it all himself and he has pulled up well and we are pleased with what he did," Hayes said.

   Providing he comes through tomorrow’s Otaki race well, Weregoingtogetcha will return to Ellerslie on March 7 for the Group 1 weight-for-age $200,000 New Zealand Stakes over 2000 metres.

   “The Haunui is a lead-up to Ellerslie," said Hayes, “and if he performs well in Auckland, who knows, there could be a trip to Australia," he added.


Kawi aimed at HB in the spring

   New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock has earmarked his rising star Kawi for two of the Group 1 features at this year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and then wants to take the horse to Australia for a crack at the Cox Plate in Melbourne.

   The Savabeel four-year-old stamped himself as a horse with immense ability when he overcame a slow start to loop the field and score a decisive victory in last Saturday’s Group 3 $80,000 Hooker Pacific Taranaki Cup and is described by Sharrock as “a special horse.”

   The trainer said he would like to give Kawi one more start this campaign, probably in the Group 2 $100,000 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) on March 28, before he is turned out for a spell and then set for a spring campaign.

   Sharrock said the horse would probably contest the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on the first day of Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and then head to Australia, thereby missing the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) on the last day of that carnival.

   “He will tackle the first two at Hawke’s Bay in the spring,” Sharrock said. “I don’t think he can run in the last of them there and win the Cox Plate.”

   Kawi has now won six of his 12 starts for a syndicate that includes the estate of Sharrock’s late father Bob.


Oaks plans for Savaria

   Talented three-year-old Savaria showed she's on track for higher honours when an eye-catching second in the Platinum Homes Oaks Prelude (1800m) at New Plymouth last Saturday and will have her next start in the Group 3 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings tomorrow week.

   The filly’s Awapuni trainer, Roydon Bergerson, has the Group 1 $300,000 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 14 as the for the filly’s main mission and thinks she will only need one more run before then.

   “She’s pulled up really well after Saturday’s effort and her next run will be in the Lowland," Bergerson said.

   “All going to plan, after that we will progress onto the Oaks.”



   Quick solo gallops by the stablemates Pit A Pat and Survived were the highlights during a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   Pit A Pat sped over 800 metres on her own in 50.1, running the first 200 metres in 13.9 and then sprinting home the last 600 in 36.2. The Towkay mare is coming off a last start fourth over 1600 metres at Hastings and is expected to start next on the first day of the Wairoa meeting next Thursday.

   Survived had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when sprinting the last 600 metres of his work in 36.8. He went an improved race for sixth over 2000 metres at Te Rapa last start and will now contest the $40,000 Nathans Memorial (2200m) at Ellerslie on February 28.

   Saint Kitt, a candidate for Saturday’s Group 2 Avondale Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie, was let off with just two rounds of pacework after undergoing a stronger workout yesterday. Samantha Collett rides him on Saturday.

   Second Hope, another preparing for next week’s Wairoa meeting, clocked 1:6.5 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 38.7. The 10-year-old is likely to start on both days at Wairoa and could then be retired.

   A Patapan three-year-old filly in the Patrick Campbell stable worked on her own when running an easy 800 metres in 55.5, the last 600 in 40.1 while a Guillotine two-year-old gelding and a Dane Shadow two-year-old filly, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ran an easy 600 metres in 43.9.

  The Knight’s Queen and a Bachelor Duke three-year-old filly, two others in the Lowry/Cullen stable, were not hurried when running 600 metres in 43 while Armalia, entered for Sunday’s Poverty Bay meeting, was only let stride out over the last 300 metres when running 600 in 45.9.

   Dukebox and a Castledale two-year-old colt ran 600 metres together at three-quarter pace.


Recite back on track with impressive trial win 11 Feb 2015

Class racemare Recite showed she is gearing up for another successful campaign with an impressive win at Tuesday’s Otaki trials and trainer John Bary says she is likely to be seen back on the racetrack at Matamata tomorrow week.

   The Darci Brahma four-year-old won a 1000-metre open class heat by a length at the trials and her winning time of 60.1s was the fastest of the day over that distance.

   “She went really well,” Bary said.

   “Shannon Doyle rode her and sat her in behind the pace until the turn and then let her work her way to the front.

   “She extended well and did it very nicely,” he added.

   Recite’s trial win followed a 4 length victory in a jumpout at Hastings eight days before and Bary is very happy with the way she has come back after a lengthy spell.

   The mare’s last start was in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on the Caulfield track in Melbourne on October 14 last year, where she finished 12th out of 15 after having to overcome a very wide draw.

   Bary said Recite is likely to resume in a $40,000 open sprint over 1200 metres at Matamata on February 21 and that will help prepare her for two important Group races in the autumn.

   The first of those will be the Group 3 $70,000 Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on March 14 with her main mission being the Group 1 $200,000 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha on April 4.

   “There is a three week gap between each of the three races which is ideal,” Bary said.

   Recite finished a game second behind Viadana in last year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes and Bary would dearly like to see her get another Group 1 victory before she is retired to stud.

   She has a record of six wins, three seconds and a third from 15 starts and is already a dual Group 1 winner, having taken out the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old and last year’s Levin Classic (1600m) for three-year-olds at Trentham.

   Bary said another of his stable stars from last year, Miss Selby, is back in work and is also being prepared for an autumn and winter campaign.

   The O’Reilly four-year-old has not raced since finishing well back in the Group 3 Merial Metric Mile (1600m) at Awapuni in September last year but, prior to that, she had only once finished further back than third in nine starts and that was when she was seventh in the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) in Sydney.

   Miss Selby won the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings in March of last year and then finished second behind Miss Mossman in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.

   Bary said Miss Selby has bulked up a lot in condition since her last preparation and he is looking forward to getting her back on the racetrack with thoughts of possibly taking her back to Australia for this year’s Queensland winter carnival.

   “She’d have to win one or two races here first to make the trip but I’d like to take her over there,” he said.

   He added that he has another two or three horses that could also be possible candidates for Brisbane in the winter, including the three-year-old Taken The Liberty.

   “He has had a brief spell but is back in the stable now and he’ll probably kick off again in a $30,000 1200-metre three-year-old race at the Manawatu meeting on March 28,” he said.

   “We’ll probably keep him to the shorter distances at this stage.”

   Taken The Liberty was impressive when winning his race debut over 1200 metres at Hastings at the beginning of this season and followed that up with a second over 1200 metres at his next start. However he has been unplaced in three starts over 1400 and 1600 metres since.


Satin Ridge to miss Derby

   Plans to run the Hastings-trained three-year-old Satin Ridge in the Group 1 $750,000 TV3 New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie on February 28 have been scrapped with the colt unlikely to race again until the end of next month.

   Trainer John Bary had been aiming the son of Encosta De Lago at this year’s Derby but said this week that he and the horse’s connections have decided to lower their sights at this stage after he finished last in the Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) at Te Rapa a fortnight ago.

   “We’ve decided to take a backward step with him and he won’t run again until the Manawatu Classic at Awapuni on March 28,” Bary said.

   The $70,000 Manawatu Classic is a Group 3 event run over 2000 metres and is a race Bary won two years ago with Survived.

   Satin Ridge is a half-brother to the Group 1 winner Time Keeper and has had six starts for a win and a second.


The Knight rules again

   The Knight part-owned by Hawke’s Bay couple Kevin and Shirin Wood, brought up his fifth success and by far his biggest when he took out a $40,000 open sprint at last Friday’s Otago premier meeting at Wingatui.

   The No Excuse Needed gelding overcame a slow start and interference early in the home straight to get up and take out the 1200-metre event by three-quarters of a length at odds of 56 to one.

   The Knight is raced by the Woods in partnership with his Otautau-based trainer Bruce Tapper.

   The seven-year-old won two races from the Hastings stable of John Bary before heading south and has now won three races from his new base.

   The Knight is out of the Al Akbar mare Melanie, who was purchased by the Woods when in foal to No Excuse Needed. They have since bred three other foals out of the mare.

   The first of those is The Knight’s Queen, by Any Suggestion, who has won one race from eight starts and is now in work with the Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.

   The next foal was Generous Bobo, by Towkay, who was sold to Hong Kong and has been a dual winner there and the Woods now own a three-year-old full-sister to The Knight, called Knight’s Princess, who has three starts towards the end of last year and has just gone back into work with Hastings trainer John Bary after an 11 week spell.


Taranaki stakes runner

   Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell will be trying to maintain an unbeaten record in tomorrow’s Group 3 two-year-old race in New Plymouth.

   Campbell will line up the promising In Another Life in the $75,000 Phoenix Park Two-year-old Classic, one of two feature events at the Taranaki meeting and a race that has had several name changes over the years.

   Campbell, one of the most experienced trainers in New Zealand, has had three starters in the race since its inception and all three were winners.

   The first was Burletta, a champion two and three-year-old of her year, who took out the race in 1983 with Jim Cassidy aboard. The second was Straight Order, who was ridden to victory in 1988 by Noel Harris and the third was Avedon in 1994, when ridden by David Walsh.

   Campbell said this week that In Another Life pales in comparison to those three outstanding performers but he rates the two-year-old highly and is confident he can be competitive in the black type event.

   In Another Life is a son of the in-form stallion Per Incanto and is raced by Campbell in partnership with Wellington-based Luke Walding and Norm Stewart from Ashburton.

   The gelding has only had one start and that resulted in a close third over 1000 metres at Trentham on January 19.

   Campbell said In Another Life got into a fair bit of trouble during the running of that Trentham race and did well to finish just half a neck and a neck from the winner.

   “He’s gone ahead since that race too,” he said.

   In Another Life has drawn well at barrier two in tomorrow’s race and Johnathon Parkes has been engaged to ride him.


Strong workouts by Beautiful Man and Notting Hill were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Beautiful Man, a likely candidate for next Sunday’s Poverty Bay meeting, strode out well over 1000 metres in 1:5.3, running the first 400 metres in 26.9 and coming home the last 600 in 38.4. He is coming off a last start second over 1600 metres at Wanganui on January 15, where he over-raced with blinkers on and was run down late. He will have the blinkers removed when he lines up in a Rating 65 race over 1600 metres at Gisborne.

   Notting Hill galloped keenly over 800 metres in 52.9, the last 600 in 36.6. The Don Eduardo gelding has not raced since scoring an impressive all the way win in a maiden 1400-metre race at Trentham on January 19. His stablemate Zellis sprinted 600 metres on his own in 36s.

   Gold Moet, preparing for the Rating 65 race over 1360 metres at Wanganui on Thursday, worked over 1000 metres on his own in 1:6.2, the last 600 in 37. Robert Hannam has been booked to ride him again.

   His stablemate Samogon worked easily over 1200 metres in 1:25.7, the last 600 in 39.3. He disappointed over 1400 metres at Hastings last start and will now line up in a Maiden 1600 at Wanganui on Thursday.

   A Gold Centre four-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable was not hurried in his gallop but looked to be working well at the end of 1000 metres in 1:7.9, the last 600 in 41.1. He has shown up well in jumpouts and could make his race debut on the second day of the Wairoa meeting, on Sunday week.

   Powerade, a likely candidate for the Maiden 1450-metre race on the first day of the Wairoa meeting, on Thursday of next week, was let off with an easy 1000 metres in 1:12.8, the last 600 in 44.7. He went a good race for second over 1400 metres at the Last Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Sanshin, another entered for Wanganui on Thursday, worked over 1000 metres in 1:9.5, the last 600 in 38.9 while Decorum clocked 1:8.7 when working over the same distance, the last 600 in 38.5.

   Showus worked well on his own when running 1000 metres in 1:4.7, the last 600 in 37.5 while Legless worked in from the 1000-metre peg at three-quarter pace, increasing the speed slightly over the last 600 in 39.

   Shezenthusiastic was restricted to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres and she is likely to start next on the second day of the Wairoa meeting.

   Saint Kitt, a likely candidate for this Saturday’s Group 2 $100,000 Avondale Cup at Ellerslie, was let off with two rounds of half-pace.

Saint Kitt now on a cups assignment 6 Feb 2015

   Hastings trainer Kelly Burne now has two major cup races in mind for her promising stayer Saint Kitt following the horse’s impressive return to winning form at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Keeper gelding started a warm favourite for a 2000-metre Rating 75 race over 2000 metres at Hastings and did not disappoint his backers, racing away over the final stages to win by 1-1/4 lengths.

   Burne said this week Saint Kitt has come through that race very well and she is now aiming him at the Group 2 $100,000 Avondale Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie on February 14 as a final lead up to the Group 1 $500,000 Auckland Cup (3200m) there on March 4.

   She added that earlier reports indicating Saint Kitt would take in the Wairoa Cup (2100m) as a lead up to the Auckland Cup were incorrect.

   “I said there was a possibility that he could go to Wairoa but the race there doesn’t really suit him,” Burne said.

   “I think he is better to go to the Avondale Cup because it’s run over 2400 metres and he won over 2300 metres at Awapuni two months ago.”

   Following that Awapuni success Saint Kitt was taken south for a crack at the New Zealand Cup (3200m), where he finished seventh after covering plenty of extra ground in the running.

   Burne then gave him a freshen up before he resumed with another seventh over 1600 metres at Te Rapa on January 17, which served as his lead up to last week’s Hastings triumph.

   Saint Kitt was recording just his third win from 24 starts when successful last week but he has recorded several good placings in strong events and has been unlucky on a number of occasions.  As a three-year-old he finished fourth behind Habibi, Fix and Castlzeberg in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) and also finished sixth in last year’s Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m).

   He headed home a quinella for Burne in last week’s Hastings race as she also saddled up the second placegetter Cajun. And another Hastings galloper, the Paul Nelson-trained No Change, finished third.

   Burne said she was pleasantly surprised by Saint Kitt’s win as she thought the horse would have needed another run to bring him to full fitness.  

   “I honestly didn’t think he could win and I actually thought Cajun was the better chance of the two as she was a lot more seasoned,” she said.

   Saint Kitt was bred by prominent Hawke’s Bay owner Don Gordon and his son Jamie in partnership with Sam Williams of Little Avondale Stud.

   They have leased the horse out to the Scott’s Syndicate, which is managed by Napier woman Elizabeth Beachen. She and her husband Buddy are shareholders in the syndicate with the other members being Kelly Burne, John Whittle, Bob Atkinson, Barry Woodmass, Charlie Bridgman, Dene Smith and Colwyn Hercock.

   Whittle lives in Whangamata but all of the other syndicate members are in Hawke’s Bay.

   Saint Kitt is out of the Kaapstad mare Southern Cry, who raced in the South Island and recorded two seconds and four thirds from 15 starts.

   She was out of War Cry, who was a half-sister to Mun Lee, one of the best horses Don Gordon has raced.

   Mun Lee was by Great Wall and was the winner of 14 races and crowned New Zealand Three-year-old Filly of the Year for the 1977-78 season. She was a versatile mare who won from 1200 to 2400 metres and took out the Group 1 Lion Brown Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.


Andaluci show promise

     Hawke’s Bay owned Andaluci looked a three-year-old headed for bigger things when he scored a runaway victory in a 1600-metre maiden race at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Mastercraftsman gelding was having his third start and improved on a seventh and a sixth in his first two runs to win by 2-1/4 lengths, completing a winning treble for jockey Matthew Cameron.

   It was also one of two winners on the day for the Cambridge training partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, who went on to add another three wins at Te Rapa on Saturday and now have a commanding lead in the trainers’ premiership for this season.

   Andaluci is owned by his Havelock North breeder Laurence Redshaw and he races the three-year-old in partnership with another Hawke’s Bay man, Jim Scotland. The pair have raced a number of horses together over the years with one of the first being Noble Cheval, who won three races back in the early 1990s.

   Redshaw said this week that Andaluci has come through his last start win in good order and is now likely to head to New Plymouth tomorrow week for a $20,000 Special Conditions race over 1800 metres.

   Andaluci is out of the Volksraad mare Missraad, who won four races for Redshaw.

   She is also the dam of the High Chaparral mare Lady Kalimara that Redshaw races in partnership with Napier couple Alister and Jeannette Cameron. She was a maiden winner at Matamata back in October and has just come back into work in the Baker/Forsman stable to be prepared for an autumn campaign.

  Since foaling Andaluci, Missraad has produced a two-year-old full-brother to him that Redshaw sold at last year’s Karaka yearling sales for $20,000 and a colt by Guillotine that was sold as a weanling last year, also for $20,000.

   “The mare now has a nice Nom du Jeu colt at foot and is in-foal to Thewayyouare,” Redshaw added.


Gifted Lad hits a six

   Gifted Lad, part-owned by Hawke’s Bay cricket personality Mark Greatbatch, was one of the most impressive winners at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Zabeel three-year-old scored a dominant 2-1/4 length victory in a 2200-metre maiden and should develop into a good stayer in time.

   Greatbatch is a member of a large syndicate of people that race Gifted Lad from the Cambridge stable of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young and the gelding was having his fourth start, the first three resulting in a debut third and two unlucky eighths.

   Gifted Lad was a $120,000 purchase from the 2013 two-year-old Ready To Run sale. He is by the champion sire Zabeel out of the Australian-bred mare Gifted Lass, who was unplaced in two Australian starts.

   Gifted Lass had left the Australian winner Rock Express at the time Gifted Lad went through the sale ring and she has since left the highly promising two-year-old Serena Miss, who has had three starts this season for a win and two seconds. One of her seconds was behind Showboy in the Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1100m) at Trentham.

   Gifted Lass is out of the Centaine mare Centaine’s Gift, who was the winner of five races and is also the dam of the good Australian performers Presently (10 wins) and Another Time, who was runner-up in the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes.


Good sale for HB stud

   Hawke’s Bay’s Lime Country Thoroughbreds achieved good results at last week’s select session of the Karaka yearling sales, selling six lots for an average of $70,000.

   The thoroughbred breeding and agistment property, which operates from part of the famous Okawa Stud, is operated by Greg and Jo Griffin and only offered yearlings solely at the select sale. Their average far exceeded the overall sale average of $46,813.

   Top price among the Lime Country Thoroughbred lots on sale was a colt by Thorn Park out of the Irish-bred mare Naturally which fetched $200,000, the fifth highest price at the select session.

   The colt was offered by Lime Country Thoroughbreds as agents for the horse’s breeder, well known New Zealand thoroughbred owner-breeder Bob Emery, and was bought by a Queensland buyer.

   It was one of the last yearlings to be offered for sale by the now deceased sire Thorn Park and his dam Naturally was placed three times in France and is a sister to Coroner, who was a Group 2 winner in France.

   Lime Country Thoroughbreds also sold a colt by Tavistock out of La Capanella for $80,000, the yearling being a close relation to the Group 1 winner Xanadu. He Was purchased by bloodstock agent Dean Hawthorne and is likely to do his future racing in Australia.

   Taupo’s Pat Lowry offered a colt by Savabeel out of the Prized mare Pare as part of the Lime Country Thoroughbred draft and the colt was sold for $55,000.

   The horse’s dam Pare was placed three times from the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and has already left the winners Pearls (3 wins) and Mr Hare.

   The other Lime Country Thoroughbred sales were a filly by Keeper out of Piece Of Cake for $40,000; a filly by Pins out of Desert Imp for $25,000 and a colt by Darci Brahma out of Katchme If Youcan for $20,000.



   The Depot, preparing for the Poverty Bay meeting on Sunday week, hit out well in a quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   There was very little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the plough (soft).

   The Depot worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and steadily increased the speed, running the last 600 in 38.1 and the final 400 in 25.2.

   The General Nediym  gelding was an unlucky last start fourth over 1200 metres at Trentham on January 19, where he got blocked behind the leaders in the straight and never got clear until too late. He will contest a Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at Gisborne.

   Wait A Sec, another likely to head to the Poverty Bay meeting, was let off with an easy 1000 metres this morning and clocked 1:15.8, the last 600 in 43.8. He will contest a Rating 75 event over 1400 metres.

   Rule The Court furthered his preparation for the final event at Te Rapa on Saturday by running two rounds at half-pace. He underwent a much stronger workout on Wednesday.


Rule The Court, a likely starter at Saturday’s Waikato meeting, was one of only a small number of horses who worked at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was very little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the plough (soft).

   Rule The Court  worked over three rounds on the plough, running the first two at half-pace before increasing the speed slightly over the third one to run home the last 1000 metres in 1:12.3 and final 600 in 42.4.

   The Viking Ruler four-year-old resumed from a spell with a good run for third over 1500 metres at Trentham on January 19 and will step up to a more suitable 2100- metres in a $30,000 Rating 65 race at Te Rapa this Saturday. Matthew Cameron will again have the mount.

   Second Hope, a likely runner in the Wairarapa Cup (2050m) at Tauherenikau on Friday, was another who was not hurried when working over 1000 metres in 1:14.3, the last 600 in 40.2.

   Decorum had co-trainer Sue Thompson aboard when running the last 1000 metres of her work in 1:11.9, the last 600 in 41.9 while Beautiful Man also worked over 1000 metres in 1:13.6, the last 600 in 42.9.

   Saint Kitt, an easy winner over 2000 metres at Hastings last week, was restricted to just a couple of rounds of pacework on the plough. He looks to have come through that run very well and will now head to the Group 2 $100,000 Avondale Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie on February 14 before having a second attempt at the Group 1 $500,000 Auckland Cup (3200m) on March 4.

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