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Telegraph Sprint winner Adventador has freshened up well since his Group 1 victory last month and hit out well in a very quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   Adventador was kept to just three-quarter pace over 800 metres in 60.8, the last 600 in 45.2. The big Fast ‘N’ Famous gelding was spelled for a couple of weeks after his Telegraph Sprint win on January 16 and is now being aimed at the Listed Lightning Handicap (1200m) at Trentham on March 19.

   Rocky Ride, preparing for the Rating 75 race over 1600 metres at Otaki this Saturday, was even slower in his 800-metre workout, running the last 600 in 48.6. He is a notoriously slow track worker on his own but looks in good order for Saturday’s race. Leith Innes has the mount.

   Castle Of Boom ran a solo 80-0 metres in 58.1, the last 600 in 43.1 while a Guillotine-Mal three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable took 57.4 for an easy 800 metres, the last 600 in 41.9.



   Designated Driver indicated she is coming up well in a new preparation when she ran a fast last 600 metres in company at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Designated Driver and stablemate Percy’s Jazz worked in from the 1000-metre peg at three-quarter pace, running the first 400 metres in 32.7 before sprinting home the last 600 in 36.7. Both horses were striding out well at the finish.

   Designated Driver has not raced since finishing fourth over 1200 metres at Awapuni back in November last year. The Danroad mare suffered a deep cut to a hind leg during that race which took a long time to heal. However she looks fully recovered now.

   Goodsav worked in at half-pace from the 1200-metre peg and increased the speed slightly over the last 600 in 41.7. The Savabeel filly will have an exhibition gallop between races at Thursday’s Wairoa meeting in preparation for next week’s Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings.

   Stablemates Rocky Ride and Oscar’s Shadow worked over 600 metres together in 39.1. Rocky Ride is a likely starter at Otaki this Saturday while Oscar’s Shadow will line up at the Hawke’s Bay meeting the following Wednesday.

   Keep Us Happy, who races at Wairoa on Thursday, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and was let run home a bit stronger over the last 600 in 38.3 while Richie Rox ended his work with 600 metres in 37.4.

   Moss Jazz and Proficient, two horses in the Thompson/Brown stable, clocked 1:15.1 an easy 1000 metres, the last 600 in 41.

   Cafe Culture was given a couple of rounds of pacework on the sand. He has been freshened up since his last start sixth over 2400 metres at Te Rapa on February 23, with trainer Margaret Larsen saying the horse suffered heat stress in that race. He will now be dropped back in distance to a Rating 85 race over 1600 metres at Otaki on March 10.


   Dukebox, preparing for Sunday’s Poverty Bay meeting, worked well when running two 600-metre sprints at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Dukebox had trainer Kelly Burne aboard and clocked 38.9 for the first of his two 600-metre runs before quickening up over the second one in 37.6. He is entered for the Rating 65 race over 1600 metres at Gisborne, with Alysha Collett booked to ride him.

   Wait A Sec, one of Dukebox’s race-rivals, worked with stablemate Castle Of Boom over an easy 1000 metres in 1:10.6, the last 600 in 41.9. Wait A Sec looks improved by recent racing and Cameron Lammas has been engaged to ride him on Sunday.

  Ratpack, who is second emergency for the Maiden 1600 at Gisborne, worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:4.9, the last 600 in 37.5 while Miss Drama Queen worked over the same ground in 1:9.4, the last 600 in 39.3.

   Cajun, who is entered for the Rating 65 race over 2000 metres at Gisborne on Sunday, was also given two 600-metre sprints, the first taking 39.8 and the second in 37.4. She did not have much luck in the running when seventh over 2000 metres at Hastings last start.

   Last start winner Rocky Ride was let off with an easy 800 metres in 57.7, the last 600 in 42.2 while his stablemate Chic looked keen to go a lot faster when hard held over 800 metres in 59.2, the last 600 in 44.4. She is being aimed at the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 2.

   A Zacinto three-year-old gelding was shading a Per Incanto three-year-old filly at the end of 800 metres in 59.1, the last 600 in 42.9 while a D’Cash three-year-old gelding was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres in 1:14.1, the last 600 in 42.2. They are all in the Kelly Burne stable.


HB-owned Mime a game winner in Fillies’ Classic 18 Feb 2016

   Havelock North thoroughbred owner-breeder Laurence Redshaw has raced some top gallopers over the years but he doubts whether he has ever had one as tough as his present star filly Mime.

   The Mastercraftsman three-year-old produced a gutsy performance to win last Saturday’s Group 2 $100,000 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa, the seventh leg of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of The Year series.

   The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained filly went into the feature event with two wins and five seconds from eight previous starts, the only unplaced finish being a sixth in the Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton back in November last year.

   She drew the extreme outside barrier in a 13-horse field and jockey Michael Coleman, who was riding her for the first time, was unable to get across from the draw and found himself close to the pace but posted three-wide.

   The race was run at a pedestrian pace in the early stages but Coleman was able to get Mime moving at the right time, when the pace finally quickened inside the last 600 metres, and had her in a challenging position early in the home straight. The filly then surged to the front and held on gamely to win by a length from Promise to Reign and Capella, who both ran on strongly down the outside of the track.

   Redshaw, who bred Mime and races her on his own, was thrilled to get a Group 2 success to boost the filly’s residual value and is also very proud of Mime’s overall race record.

   “It was only the second time she has raced in her own age group. The first one was in the New Zealand 1000 Guineas and she drew wide that day too and probably should have finished a lot closer,” Redshaw said this week.

   “In all her other races she has been racing against older horses and has still been performing well. She is just a good staying filly and very tough.”

   Mime took her stake earnings past the $108,000 mark and became the seventh different winner of the 10-race Filly of the Year series; with the eight points she earned being her first in the series. She is now in equal fourth place on the table with Sofia Rosa. Risque, who is now based in Australia and was a winner at Caulfield on Saturday, leads the series on 12 points, with Capella second on 10 and Strado Cavallo in third place on 8.5.

   Mime is out of the Montjeu mare Maidjeu, who was also bred by Redshaw but suffered a serious injury as a three-year-old and never raced. She has also left two other successful horses in New Zealand in Ishma (2 wins) and King Zeus (6 wins) and also produced Karrdo, who finished second in the Listed Matamata Slipper before being sold to Hong Kong.

   Redshaw now has a four-year-old mare called Madalyn (by Thewayyouare) out of Maidjeu and a two-year-old full-sister to Mime coming on.

   “The two-year-old has just gone into work with Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and we have got high hopes for her too,” Redshaw added.

   Redshaw paid $110,000 for Mime’s grandam, The Maid, at a 2001 Karaka mixed bloodstock sale and she was a half-sister to the prolific stakes performer Waikiki, twice winner of the Group 2 Te Aroha Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.

   Mime is now expected to contest the Group 3 $70,000 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie on March 5, with the Group 1 $300,000 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 19 the ultimate goal.

   “She also has a nomination for the AJC Oaks in Sydney in April but we are just taking one race at a time at this stage,” Redshaw added.


Cameron on Xtravagant

   Matthew Cameron has been confirmed as the rider for star three-year-old Xtravagant when he travels across the Tasman for a tilt at the Group1 $A750,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 5.
   The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained colt turned in a dazzling display when trouncing his older rivals by 8 lengths in last Saturday's Group1 NRM Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.
   "He was amazing. It was probably the best win of his career. He felt brilliant and he hugs that fence and away he goes," Cameron said after that victory.
   "I gave him one behind the saddle and then it was a track gallop down the straight.
   "He's an easy horse to ride. He pings the gates and it's not the plan to always go to the front – I don't push him to be there – but he's blistering quick out of the gates and he gets to that fence and goes to sleep.
   "He's run the times; he's run track records. Even the other day it was one of the fastest times on an off track for 1400 metres at Te Rapa.
   "He races like an Australian horse. He can sit and he's got a blistering turn of foot
   "What he's done to date is crazy. He's a once in every ten-year horse. The world is his oyster."

   Cameron has gained a medical clearance to resume race-riding at today’s Canterbury meeting at Riccarton after being knocked unconscious in a heavy fall at last Sunday’s Matamata meeting. It means that he is also clear to ride the New Zealand-trained Hasselhoof in tomorrow’s Listed $A125,000 Parramatta Cup (1900m) at Rosehill in Sydney, where the horse has drawn seven in an 11-horse field.


Track investigation

   The Waikato Racing Club is to conducting an internal review into track conditions for its premier meeting at Te Rapa last Saturday and how an incorrect assessment was declared on race morning.

   “The status of the Te Rapa track on Saturday is highly disappointing to the Board and management of the Waikato Racing Club,’’ chairman Karyn Fenton-Ellis and general manager Ken Rutherford said in a joint statement.

   “There are two significant and quite separate issues surrounding the downgrade of the track on Saturday and these are currently being investigated.  The first is the late Friday night watering by track management.  The Board and management of the WRC believes that this was an error.

   “The second factor is the declaration of the track status as a Good 3 on race day morning.  Officials from the Racing Integrity Unit and the WRC walked and assessed the track at approximately 6.30am and confirmed a Good 3 be declared.  The board and management of WRC are also seeking further clarification on this decision making process.’’


Sports Illustrated retired

   The stakes winning mare Sports Illustrated has been retired following an injury to a suspensory ligament in last Saturday’s Group 1 NRM Sprint at Te Rapa.

   “She knuckled over and slipped quite badly about two-strides out of the gates,” co-trainer Andrew Forsman said.

   “On Sunday morning when I got to the stable and we walked her out of her box, it was pretty obvious she had injured herself pretty badly, and scans confirmed it.”

   The Waikato Stud-owned mare won the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa in 2014, and was also twice Group 1 placed, including a third behind Kawi and Stolen Dance in last month’s Thorndon Mile at Trentham.

   “The main thing is she will heal in time, and she will get every chance as a broodmare at Waikato Stud,” Forsman said.


AJC Oaks plans

   Valley Girl, a surprise winner of last Saturday’s Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa, could be a contender in the Group 1 AJC Oaks in Sydney in April.

    The three-year-old filly exceeded all expectations when she toppled Stolen Dance and Kawi in the Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa in her lead-up to the Group1 BMW New Zealand Derby (2400m) on March 5, after which she will head across the Tasman.

   “We were always going for the Derby and the Oaks in Sydney – that’s been on the agenda for quite some time,” said Donna Logan, who prepares the daughter of Mastercraftsman with Chris Gibbs.

   “We would have been happy to pick up a Group 1 placing at Te Rapa and to beat those good horses was a massive bonus.”

   Valley Girl was ridden by Lisa Allpress, but Danielle Johnson will be reunited with the filly in the Derby.

   “Lisa wanted to wait until after she had ridden Dukedom in the Avondale Guineas and Danielle could commit straight away,” Logan said.

   “Time waits for nobody in this game and Danielle did win on her at Ellerslie on Karaka Million night.”


Otaki mission

   The Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs-trained Volkstok'n'barrell will step up to 1600 metres when he has his next start, in the Group 1 $200,000 Haunui Farm Weight-for-age Classic at Otaki tomorrow week.

   The Tavistock four-year-old found the line well when finishing sixth behind Xtravagant in last Saturday’s Group 1 NRM Sprint (1400m), in his first race since contesting the Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October last year.

    “We were very pleased with his run on Saturday and Leith (Innes) said he just came to the end of it late,” Chris Gibbs said.

   “He’s down about 12 kilos now, which is good, because he was a little bit chubby and he has come through the run well.”

   With Leith Innes likely to pilot Kawi in the Otaki Group 1 event, Vinnie Colgan has secured the ride on Volkstok'n'barrell.



   Wait A Sec, preparing for this Sunday’s Poverty Bay meeting, turned in one of the fastest times in a relatively quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   Wait A Sec ended his worked with a sharp 600 metres in 37.1. The Postponed was a last start sixth over 1400 metres at Hastings on February 3 and will contest the Rating 65c race over 1600 metres at Gisborne.

   No Change and Not Allowed, two members of Paul Nelson’s stable, worked together over 1000 metres in 1:8, the last 600 in 38.5 while their stablemate Ooee took 39.2 and 37.6 for two 600-metre runs on his own.

   Dukebox, another likely starter at Gisborne on Sunday, was not doing much more than three-quarter pace when running 800 metres in 56.8, the last 600 in 41.2 while his stablemate Ratpack was also kept under a good hold when running 1000 metres in 1:9.6, the last 600 in 39.4.

   Casino Jack worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1200-metre peg and was timed over the last 1000 in 1:10.2, speeding up slightly over the final 600 in 40.8. He will be entered for the Rating 85 race over 1600 metres at Gisborne on Sunday.

   Goodsav was one of several horses restricted to just pacework. She looks in great order and will step out next in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 2.

   Miss Drama Queen had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running 800 metres in 53.1, the last 600 in 38.2 while stablemate Cajun clocked 1:10.3 for an easy 1000 metres, the last 600 in 40.4.

   My Tommy was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres on his own, the last 600 in 46s. He looks to have freshened up well since finishing seventh over 1400 metres at Trentham on January 16.

   Oscar’s Shadow and Superveloce were others kept to just three-quarter pace when running 800 metres in 59.1, the last 600 in 43.2 while a Per Incanto three-year-old filly in Kelly Burne’s stable took 26.9 in her first serious run along over 400 metres.

In Another Life at home on Hastings track 11 Feb 2016

   Hastings-trained In Another Life added to his good home track record with a dominant win in a Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Per Incanto three-year-old was having his fifth start on the Hastings course and now has a record of two wins and two thirds there. He led all the way to win a maiden race over 1400 metres at Hastings three starts back but was a lot more tractable over the same distance last week, settling perfectly in the trail until the home turn.

   Once rider Michael McNab asked In Another Life to extend he quickly put a break on the field and went to the line 1-3/4 lengths clear of second placed Latin Rose, with Oblivion a further 2-1/4 lengths back in third place.

   In Another Life is trained on the Hastings track by Patrick Campbell, who co-bred the horse with Havelock North’s Ron Spotswood and now races him in partnership with Wellington-based Luke Walding and Ashburton farmer Norm Stewart.

   He is out of the Danasinga mare La Singa, who had a race record of one win and four minor placings from 15 starts.

   In Another Life is the second foal out of La Singa. The first foal was a filly by Thewayyouare called Kaybebe that was unfortunately injured as a young horse and never raced.

   Campbell also has a yearling filly by Handsome Ransom out of La Singa coming on and the mare now has a Per Incanto colt foal at foot, which is a full-brother to In Another Life.

   Campbell said this week that In Another Life has come through last week’s winning  run in such great order that he intends backing the horse up in a $22,500 Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at tomorrow’s Manawatu meeting at Awapuni and has engaged Rosie Myers for the ride.


More success for Hastings pair

  The dream run being enjoyed by the Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen continued at their local meeting on Wednesday of last week when they produced Pakapunch to win a 1200-metre maiden race.

   It was the stable’s sixth individual winner since New Year’s Day and they are now on 11 wins for the season.

   My Tommy started the ball rolling for the partnership when successful at Hastings on New Year’s Day and Adventador then credited them with their second Group 1 triumph when taking out the $250,000 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) at Trentham on January 16. The stable then produced a winning double at Woodville on January 25, with Voxer and Lamborghini, before Rocky Ride added another success for them at Trentham on January 30.

   Pakapunch’s win last week also continued the tremendous run being experienced by her Cambridge breeder and owner Tony Rider. He is also the breeder of Adventador, Voxer and Rocky Ride and shares in the ownership of those three while he races Lamborghini on his own.

   Rider is part of the Pak N Save Syndicate that races Pakapunch, with most of the other members being employees from his Hamilton supermarket. It is basically the same syndicate that also raced the class racemare Irish Fling from the Lowry/Cullen stable, with her five wins including the 2014 running of the Group 1 Telegraph Sprint at Trentham.

   Pakapunch drew one from the outside in last week’s Hastings race and apprentice jockey Shaun McKay had to work on her to get across and lead at the end of the first 400 metres. From then on the filly was always in control and, after kicking clear early in the home straight, she managed to hold on for a three-quarter length victory.

   It was Pakapunch’s third start and followed a debut seventh over 1200 metres at Woodville back in October last year and a good second over 1200 metres at Otaki last month.

   Guy Lowry said this week the filly is likely to have one more start this campaign, in a $20,000 three-year-old race over 1200 metres at Otaki on February 27.

   Pakapunch is out of the Flying Spur mare Cancun and a half-sister to the ill-fated Zedpak, a horse that had seven starts for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh for three wins and two seconds but unfortunately collapsed and died when making his Australian debut at the Gold Coast in May of last year.

   Rider now has a yearling filly by Savabeel out of Cancun coming on.


HB-owned mare hangs on

   Hastings-trained Notionannagins brought up her second win from 18 starts when she prevailed in a close three-way finish to the Rating 65 race over 1400 metres at last Monday’s Wairaraqpa meeting at Tauherenikau.

   The King’s Chapel mare looked set for a convincing win when she shot clear inside the last 300 metres of the race but she was almost swamped on the line by the fast finishing pair of Tronic Rose and Hot Spot, with just noses separating the three horses.

   It has been more than 12 months since Notionannagins chalked up her first win and that was also on the Tauherenikau track, in a 1600-metre maiden event.

   She is raced by the Notionannagins Syndicate, which is managed by Napier man Paul Sullivan.

    The horse’s trainer John Bary is a shareholder in the syndicate with the other members being Paul Sullivan’s partner Annie Phillips, his daughter Theresa Hislop, Hastings real estate agents Vern and Brett Withey, Albie Rewi, Terry & Jennifer Gittings, Kevin & Geoff Weir, Maree Nilsen, Renee Sharplin, Kristi Brown, Colin & Rose Sylvester and Dave Pattison. Nearly all of the members reside in Hawke’s Bay.


Queen finally rules

   The former Hastings-trained mare Queenofharpz broke through for a maiden win when taking out a $20,000 Special Conditions 1400 at last Saturday’s Otago meeting at Wingatui.

   The Fully Fledged mare was having her first start from the Invercargill stable of Sabin Kirkland, after Hastings trainer John Bary produced her for a second and a third from 13 starts.

   She drew wide in Saturday’s 1400-metre event but rider Darryl Bradley had her clear in the lead after the first 600 metres and managed to stave off the late challengers in the home straight to win by half a neck.

   Queenofharpz was bred by Danny Birnie and another Hawke’s Bay couple Gordon and Jane Thomas-Long any they still have a racing share in the mare, along with Sabin Kirkland and another South Island couple.

  The four-year-old is a half-sister to the speedy mare Starguru who won eight races, seven of them when trained on the Hastings track by Patrick Campbell.



   New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing will refund the nomination and acceptance fees for the five horses who were declared non-runners in the Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes at Tauherenikau on Monday.
   NZTR will also pay the fourth prize money of $2500 to the connections of Thee Auld Floozie, who was declared a non-runner after being fourth across the line.
   The other horses deemed to be non-starters, after their barrier gates were slow to open, were Savaria, Somethingvain, Eternity and Moccona Mist.
   Officials are now carrying out further investigations into the incident.


Mongolian Khan back

   The focus was on New Zealand’s reigning Horse of the Year Mongolian Khan at Tuesday’s Matamata trials and the Group1 Caulfield Cup winner revelled in the spotlight.

   The four-year-old continued his impressive comeback from the severe colic attack that ended his spring campaign and a shot at the Group1 Melbourne Cup with a bold showing in his 1200-metre heat.

   Mongolian Khan hit the line strongly for fifth and towed rider Opie Bosson for some distance after the finish – “I couldn't pull him up. He was strong the last bit and he's pretty well,” he said.

   Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and owner Lang Lin, who was in attendance, were equally delighted.

   “He went well. He got back a bit and the rail is well out and he kept improving to the line,” Baker said.

   “In fact, he went around again but not very fast - just at a canter - because Opie couldn't stop him. He's done a bit and that should bring him on.

   “He's on the way back and he looks terrific. We've worked him a couple of times with Turn Me Loose, who's a class act, and he's gone very well. We're happy enough at this stage.”

   Mongolian Khan is expected to head back across the Tasman on February 23 an d will probably resume racing in the Group 1 $A500,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on February 27.

   “I don't think he'd be a big chance at a mile, they would probably go a bit quick for him at weight-for-age, but he'd certainly be okay once he steps up to 2000 metres,” Baker added.


Northern target

   The Diamond One is in line for a second crack at the Group 1 $200,000 Haunui Farm Weight-for-age Classic on February 27.

   The south’s leading mare, who finished sixth in the 1600-metre Otaki race behind Nashville two years ago, is likely to head north after she earned herself a slice of New Zealand racing history on her home track at Wingatui last Saturday. She completed a magical hat-trick of victories in the Group 3 White Robe Lodge Handicap (1600m) and, while the six-year-old is not the only three-time winner of the event, she is the first to complete the feat in successive years.

   The outstanding Grey Way claimed the feature mile in 1976 and 1977 and he was also successful in 1979.

   The Diamond One was prepared for her first win in the race by Steve Anderton, who was tragically killed three days before last year’s event and his wife Claire took over the training of the mare.


Cafe Culture rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s Waikato meeting with another good hit out at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Cafe Culture worked early in the session and was not asked for a serious effort, running a solo 800 metres in 53.3, the first 200 in 14.9 and the last 600 in 38.4. The Citi Habit six-year-old was striding out well at the finish and should be very competitive in the Rating 85 race over 2400 metres at Te Rapa. Craig Grylls will again ride him.

   Knight’s Princess and a Jimmy Choux two-year-old, both in the John Bary stable, worked well together over 800 metres in 51, the last 600 in 37.4 while a Bachelor Duke three-year-old and an O’Reilly two-year-old from the same stable clocked 51.1 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37.1.

   Oscar’s Shadow ran a solo 800 metres in 53.3, the last 600 in 38.4. She showed promise with a couple of minor placings last year and looks to be coming up well again in a new preparation.

   A Jimmy Choux two-year-old and a Sir Percy three-year-old, both trained by John Bary, worked together over 1000 metres in 1:8.6, running the first 400 metres at three-quarter pace before quickening slightly over the last 600 in 38.4.

   Miss Drama Queen had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 800 metres in 55.3, the last 600 in 40.3 while Ratpack ended his work with 600 metres in 38.3.

   Star Of Eclipse and a Thorn Park three-year-old, two more from the John Bary stable, clocked 53.4 for an easy 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.9.


   Cafe Culture turned in a good solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session as he prepares for next Saturday’s Waikato meeting.

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

   Recite and a stablemate were the only horses to use to course proper (firm) with Recite finishing clear of her partner at the end of a quick 1200 metres in 1:13.1, the first 600 metres taking 37.6 and final 600 in 35.5. The Darci Brahma mare will be entered for the Group 1 $200,000 NRM Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.

   Cafe Culture worked over a round on the plough and was timed from the 1200-metre peg in 1:17.6. He ran the first 600 metres in an easy 41.2 but then quickened appreciably over the last 600 in 36.4.

   The big Citi Habit gelding was striding out well at the finish and looked to have plenty in reserve. He was an unlucky last start third over 2000 metres at Matamata, where he was late getting clear in the straight and flashed home to finish only a neck from the winner. He will be stepped up to 2400 metres at Te Rapa this Saturday, in a $30,000 Rating 85 race, and will again be ridden by Craig Grylls.

   Lady Zafira and Docket, two members of the John Bary stable, took the time honours on the plough when they broke a minute for 1000 metres, clocking 59.8s and the last 600 in 35s. Both horses contested a 1000-metre heat at last Thursday’s Hastings jumpouts, where Lady Zafira beat her stablemate by a head.

   Perfect Shock, another who was placed in a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings last week, worked with stablemate High Spirits over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:4.9, the last 600 in 37.

   Most of the other horses at the session were restricted to just pacework, including the last start winner In Another Life, who is a likely starter in the Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at Saturday’s Manawatu meeting.


The well performed Lady Zafira and an unraced Guillotine three-year-old gelding were the most impressive winners at this morning’s Hastings jumpouts.

   There were six heats run up against the inside rail on the course proper, which provided firm footing.

   Lady Zafira contested the last of the three 1000-metre heats, where she was opposed by her two stablemates Cool Hand Duke and Docket.

   Lady Zafira won the heat by a head from Docket, with Cool Hand Duke running on late from a distant last on the home turn to be about 1-1/4 lengths further back.

   Lady Zafira is trained by John Bary and has recorded three wins and eight minor placings from only 14 starts. She hasn’t raced since finishing fourth over 1200 metres at Hawera in October last year.

   Lady Zafira’s winning time of 60.8s was slightly faster than the Guillotine-Mal three-year-old gelding took to win the previous 1000-metre heat. He was also opposed by just two others and came from last on the home turn to win by half a length in a time of 60.9s. He is a member of the Lowry/Cullen team and has had a couple of trials.


Jumpout results.-

Heat 1, 750m: D’Cash 4yr-old gelding (Z Thompson) 1, Zacinto 2yr-old gelding 2. Two starters. Margin: Head. Time: 53.2s. Winner trained by Kelly Burne, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: O’Reilly 2yr-old colt (K Donnelly) 1, Chouxperb 2, Bluesuede Choux’s 3. Three starters. Margins: Neck, 2 lengths. Time: 44.6s.

Heat 3, 750m: Towkay 4yr-old mare (R Goldsbury) 1, Gale 2, Mastercraftsman 2yr-old gelding 3. Three starters. Margins: 1 length, 2-3/4 lengths. Time: 46.1s. Winner trained by Kelly Burne, Hastings.

Heat 4, 1000m: Beams (J Riddell) 1, Duelled 3yr-old filly 2, Glorios 3. Four starters. Margins: Long head, 2 lengths. Time: 1:3.5. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: Guillotine-Mal 3yr-old gelding (J Bassett) 1, Perfect Shock 2, Thewayutwist 3. Three starters. Margins: ½ length, 2 lengths. Time: 60.9s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 6, 1000m: Lady Zafira (J Riddell) 1, Docket 2, Cool Hand Duke 3. Three starters. Margins: Head, 1-3/4 lengths. Time: 60.8s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Hastings stable continues to fire on all cylinders 3 Feb 2016

   The training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen ended the first month of 2016 the way they started by saddling up another winner last Saturday.

   The partners, who operate from Game Lodge Stables in Hastings, brought up their fifth win for the month from five individual horses when Rocky Ride took out a $20,000 Rating 65 race at Trentham last Saturday.

   The Road To Rock four-year-old produced a game performance to win over Platinum Balos by a short head after the two horses went stride for stride over the final stages of the 1400-metre event. He had to lump topweight of 60kg, conceding the second placed horse 2kg in the handicap.

   The Lowry/Cullen partnership kicked off the New Year with a win by My Tommy at Hastings on New Year’s Day before Adventador brought up the stable’s second Group 1 success when taking out the $250,000 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) at Trentham on January 16.

   The stable then produced two winners at Woodville on January 25, Voxer and Lamborghini, and Rocky Ride made it five last Saturday. Those five wins have taken the Lowry/Cullen partnership’s tally for the season to 10.

   Rocky Ride’s win also added to the tremendous run being enjoyed by Cambridge-based Tony Rider, who has been a loyal client of the Lowry/Cullen stable for many years. He owns Rocky Ride, Adventador, Voxer and Lamborghini and has a substantial racing interest in all four horses.

   Rider bred Rocky Ride from the Masterclass mare Enlighten, who died in 2012.

   Rocky Ride was having only his third start when he lined up at Trentham last Saturday. He won his race debut over 1400 metres at Woodville in April last year but was then given a lengthy spell to develop and mature. He resumed with a fourth over 1400 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day and Lowry said he was then aimed for the Wellington Cup meeting.

   “We set him for Trentham and targeted the Rating 65 race over 1400 metres on the first day,” Lowry said.

   “He had to carry a big weight and copped a check in the home straight so it was a good effort to win.”

   Rocky Ride is now likely to head to the second day of the Waikato International meeting, at Te Rapa tomorrow week, where he will contest a R$30,000 Rating 75 race over 1400 metres.


Promising filly

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Sewreel looked a horse headed for much better things in the future when she produced a game performance to win a $20,000 three-year-old race over 1400 metres at last Saturday’s Matamata meeting.

   The Savabeel filly was positioned on the inside, just behind the leaders, until the home turn before being angled across heels and into the open by rider Michael Coleman.

   Preetha Varma and rider Leith Innes had tried to pinch a break on the field early in the home straight but Sewreel quickly reeled her in and went on to score a convincing length win.

   It was the filly’s second success from five starts, with her maiden victory being over 1400 metres at New Plymouth in December.

   Sewreel is trained at Cambridge by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and was a $42,000 purchase from the 2014 Karaka Select yearling sale.

   She is out of the Pins mare Haberdashery, who is a half-sister to the Group 1 Queensland Derby winner Lachlan River.

   The filly is owned by Murray and Jo Andersen, Rod and Sylvia Agnew, Mike and Sharyn Craig, Dennis and Pip Glenn, Adrian and Darren Herd, Cheryl Leonard, Jenny Morison, Robyn Sinclair and Kathleen Wright. All except Robyn Sinclair live in Hawke’s Bay and she resides in Feilding.


Mackintosh sold

   Promising three-year-old Mackintosh has been sold offshore, but he will retain his strong Kiwi connections.

   The son of Pins has won two of his three starts for Byerley Park trainer James Bridge, who raced the gelding with his Hawke’s Bay father John.

   Mackintosh’s good form has resulted in high-profile New Zealanders Tony Muollo, who is based in Sydney, and Wellington’s Lib Petagna purchasing him in a private sale.

   “He won’t run again here, but I will be taking him to Sydney and will be training him until the end of the autumn,” Bridge said.

   “He might have a tilt at the Randwick Guineas and then definitely the Rosehill Guineas and that will decide whether we stick to 2000 metres or go to the mile and a half in the Australian Derby.”

   An $11,000 weanling buy out of Waikato Stud’s draft at Karaka in 2013, Mackintosh was a debut winner at Te Rapa in November and doubled his tally last time out at Ellerslie where he beat the subsequent Listed Karaka 3YO Mile winner Raghu.

   In between times, Mackintosh ran fourth at Awapuni behind the Group performer Scrutinize.

   “He’s a big, lanky horse who thrives on a break between his runs,” Bridge said.   

   “He’s very clean-winded and runs his best races on the fresh side.

   “It’s going to be exciting to take him to Sydney – he’s a really progressive horse and they don’t come around too often.”


Jimmy still starring

   Jimmy Choux continues to give Hawke’s Bay’s Richard Wood cause for celebrations.

   Wood raced the multiple Group One winner with his wife Liz and they retained a significant interest in the former Horse of the Year when he retired to Rich Hill Stud.

   Wood had good reason to smile again on Thursday of last week when his colt by Jimmy Choux was bought out of Lime Country Thoroughbreds’ Select Sale draft at Karaka by Japan’s Big Red Farm for $210,000.

   “Richard bought a number of mares to specifically send to the stallion and this is the result of one of them,” Lime Country’s Jo Griffin said.

   The colt is out of the Testa Rossa mare Diva von Tessa, a winner in Australia and from the family of the unbeaten champion sprinter Black Caviar and top-flight winners and sires All Too Hard and Magnus.

   “There was a lot of really strong interest in him and a lot of x-ray inspections,” Griffin said.

   “He has continued to thrive so we were hoping for a great result and that’s what we got.”

   The progeny by Jimmy Choux were well sought after during last week’s national yearling sales with 25 lots by him sold over the Premier, Select and Festival sales for more than $2million, at an average of $82,300.


Niagara stock sell well

   Following on from his early commercial success at last year’s New Zealand Bloodstock weanling sale, Hawke’s Bay-based stallion Niagara's first crop of yearlings were well received at Karaka last week with yearlings in the Select session averaging $53,333 - a whopping 10.7 times his service fee..
   The Australian-bred stallion, who stands at Lime Country Thoroughbreds, ranked fourth on the leader board for the Select sale, behind Reliable Man, Ocean Park and Power. Three of his yearlings sold at the Select session, including a colt out of Georgia Gold Rush who fetched $85,000.

   There were also nine yearlings by Niagara sold at the Festival sale for an average of $19,611, including three from Lime Country Thoroughbreds’ draft that fetched in excess of $30,000 each. They were a colt out of Peace ($36,000), a colt out of Santorini ($32,000) and a colt out of Miss Prickle ($31,000).

   Lime Country Thoroughbreds also sold three lots, as agents, at the Premier sale. They were a colt by Ocean Park out of Cassata who fetched $185,000, a colt by Redoute’s Choice out of La Praline that made $165,000 and a colt by Sepoy out of Talista that was knocked down for $120,000. All three yearlings were offered on behalf of Dannevirke couple Kevin and Julie Taylor.



Next run the key

   Sacred Master’s next performance will tell Tony Pike if the up and coming stayer is ready for a Group One start.

   The Cambridge four-year-old has made impressive progress to this point with five wins from his 11 appearances, his most recent victory being in a Rating 85 race over 2000 metres at Matamata last Saturday.

   “If he runs well in the Avondale Cup then we’ll probably roll the dice and run him in the Auckland Cup,” Pike said. “It may be a year too soon for him, but we’ll find out.

   “He’s a very lightly-raced horse and that wasn’t really his race at Matamata, but he got the job done.” 

  Currently at $11 for the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup in a market headed by Vavasour at $7, Sacred Master was a narrow victor on Saturday and Pike would have been forgiving had he not won.

   “There was a bias and they were up on the pace and winning all day,” Pike said.    “We had to hook out and go early and he hadn’t run for four weeks.

   “He was quite fresh before the race so he will improve a ton.”


On the way back

   Black type mare Alleyoop is making faster than anticipated progress toward a return to racing.

   “She’s looking as good as she ever has after enjoying a six week break after Australia,” trainer James Bridge said.

   “She’s almost coming up a bit too quickly so if there’s a rain-affected track around she might have a run in the next month.”

   The winner of six races, Alleyoop hasn’t been seen on race day since she was unplaced in the Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase at Caulfield in October.


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