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Trackwork 26 Mar 2013


   There was very little in the way of fast work at this morning’s Hastings track session with a number of horses from the centre having either raced at Waipukurau last Friday or had a run at yesterday’s Waipukurau jumpouts.

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

   Legless looked to be working well when sent 1000 metres at three-quarter pace but could not be timed due to a blanket of fog covering the track at that time. The O’Reilly filly has recorded two good fourth placings from her two starts to date and should not be long in clearing maiden ranks.

   Whoopi Gee galloped 800 metres on her own but the fog also prevented any times being taken. She looks to be coming up well again in another preparation for trainer Marlene Todd.

   A Spartacus three-year-old gelding and one by Darci Brahma worked together over an easy 600 metres in 42.6 while Youtoofast worked over 1000 metres in 1:16.3. They are all in the Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen stable.

   The Lowry/Cullen stable produced two winners at last Friday’s Waipukurau meeting and will have one runner at next Saturday’s Manawatu meeting, Double O Seven in the Rating 85 1600.

   The No Excuse Needed gelding had an exhibition gallop between races at last Friday’s Waipukurau meeting in company with Intransigent, from the Waipukurau stable of Kirsty Lawrence. They worked well together over 1000 metres and both horses look to be coming up well in new preparations.


Trackwork 20 Mar 2013


   Gold Moet indicated he could be ready to clear maiden ranks at this Friday’s Waipukurau meeting with a fast solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing after 6 millimetres of rain fell overnight.

   Gold Moet had co-trainer Sue Thompson aboard when working in from the 1000-metre peg. He was keen to go fast and was timed to run the last 800 metres in 47.9, the final 600 in 35.7. The Gold Mine gelding has recorded a second, a third and two fourths from four starts so he certainly deserves to break through for a win.

   Pimms Time, another likely runner at Waipukurau on Friday, worked early when the light was bad. She gradually increased the speed from the 1100-metre peg and was time to run the last 800 in 51, the final 600 in 38.

   Mink ran 1000 metres on her own in 1:7.4, the last 600 in 38.5 while Jamah ran over the same distance in 1:4.3, the last 600 in 36.2. He is another who could be a starter at Waipukurau on Friday.

   Frankie Van Hatt was given two 600-metre sprints, the first in 36.9 and the second in 38.1. He has been working well for some time but has so far failed to reproduce it in two starts on the racetrack.

   Rhodan worked over 1200 metres early in the session and was timed to run the last 600 in 40.1 while a Danroad three-year-old gelding in the James Bridge stable ended his work with 600 metres in 42.6.

   A Faltaat two-year-old gelding and one by Captain Rio, both in the Thompson-Brown stable, ended their work with 600 metres in 39.4. The Faltaat youngster is a full-brother to the top Hong Kong sprinter Little Bridge.


Trackwork 14 Mar 2013


Outback Girl rounded off her preparation for Saturday’s Group 3 Cuddle Stakes at Trentham with a quick final 600 metres at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Outback Girl had trainer Corrina McDougal aboard and worked in at half-pace over a round and a half before sprinting home 600 metres in 35.4, the final 400 in 22.4.

   McDougal said the O’Reilly mare is a deceptive galloper and didn’t feel like she was going that quickly. She has recorded three minor placings from her last three starts and has drawn well at barrier seven on Saturday and will be ridden by Robert Hannam. Any rain would enhance her chances.

   Shezgorgeous, a definite chance in the Rating 75 1600 at Wellington, also worked well this morning when running a solo 800 metres in 51.3, the last 600 in 36.9. She was a fast finishing second over 1600 metres at Otaki last start and has won twice on the Trentham track in the past. Rosie Myers has the mount.

   Rosie Myers will also ride Beyond Belief in the final event at Saturday’s Wellington meeting. The big Magic Ring gelding did his final gallop on Wednesday and is coming off a good last start seventh at Hastings.

   Firekeeper, preparing for the Rating 65 2200-metre event at Trentham, worked over a round on his own at three-quarter pace and was timed to run the last 1200 metres in 1:29.5, the final 600 in 44.2. Jonathan Riddell rides him on Saturday.

   Gold Moet, preparing for the Waipukurau meeting on Friday of next week, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:7.4, the last 600 in 38.1 while his stablemate Jamah also worked over 1000 metres in 1:10.9, the last 600 in 39.5.

   The Miner’s Son clocked his usual fast time in training when running 1000 metres in 1:1.4, the last 600 in 36.1. He hasn’t raced since October last year but won two races in a row last winter.

   Miss Lioness was not hurried when running 1000 metres in 1:8.1, the last 600 in 39.3 while a Hawkeye three-year-old and one by Zed were given an easy 600 metres in 42.3.

Saint Kitt does the Bay proud with gallant fourth in NZ Derby

Saint Kitt does the Bay proud with gallant fourth in NZ Derby 6 Mar 2013


   Hastings trainer Kelly Burne’s decision to push on to a New Zealand Derby start with her promising three-year-old Saint Kitt was well and truly vindicated when the Keeper gelding recorded a creditable fourth in last Saturday’s Group 1 $750,000 race at Ellerslie.

   Saint Kitt was the winner of only one race going into the 2400-metre classic but Burne had always had a high opinion of the three-year-old and he did her proud by chasing home three of this seasons racetrack stars in Habibi, Fix and Castlzeberg.

   “He did do pretty well didn’t he?” a modest Kelly Burne said when contacted earlier this week.

   “We are pretty stoked because he was beaten by the three best three-year-olds in the country and there were some pretty classy three-year-olds behind him.”

   Saint Kitt was Burne’s first ever New Zealand Derby runner and was coming off a last start fifth in the Wairoa Cup (2100m) on February 17. The horse’s only win to date was in a 1600-metre maiden race at Hastings on January 8.

   His fourth placing in last Saturday’s Derby was worth $28,000 for his connections, the equivalent of winning a $48,000 race.

   Saint Kitt was bred by well known Hawke’s Bay racing identity Don Gordon and his son Jamie in partnership with Little Avondale Stud. He has been leased to the Scott’s Syndicate, a group of nine people that also hold a right of purchase on the horse.

   Burne is one of the syndicate members along with seven other Hawke’s Bay people, Buddy and Elizabeth Beachen, Charlie Bridgman, Bob Atkinson, Colwyn Hercock, Barry Woodmass and Dene Smith. The other partner is John Whittle, who lives in Whangamata.

   Colwyn Hercock and Barry Woodmass were the only two not on course at Ellerslie to see Saint Kitt’s gutsy performance as they had work commitments. The rest celebrated on Saturday night as though they had won the Derby and were joined by Charlie Bridgman’s daughter, who had flown over especially from Tokyo.

   Burne has always rated Saint Kitt a top stayer in the making and jockey Rogan Norvall confirmed that after last Saturday’s race.

   “Rogan said when he got off him that he will win the Auckland Cup next year,” Burne added.

   “The horse is still a big baby and sweated up badly before the start but is going to get a lot better as he gets older.”

   Burne said before last Saturday that Saint Kitt would be given a spell following his Derby run, win, lose or draw, and has been true to her word.

   “He deserves a good break now and so I’ll turn him out for a month and then have him pre-trained for another month.

   “I’d like to get him up again and run him on all three days at this year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, unless he is sold in the meantime.”

   She said she has already answered several calls from bloodstock agents interested in buying the horse.


Evans goes close to a winning double

   It has been a long time between celebration drinks for Waipukurau owner-trainer Peter Evans but he went close to recording a winning double at Hastings last Saturday.

   Evans produced Zedetta to win the 1400-metre maiden event while the other horse he is racing at the moment, Sanriba, only went down by a nose when second in an earlier race on the programme.

   Sanriba had been the last winner for Evans, that being in a $12,000 Rating 90 1200-metre race at Waipukurau in March 2011.

   Zedetta was having her fourth start on Saturday and her first run for more than two months. The four-year-old mare was a shade slow to begin but rider Rosie Myers soon had her up trailing the first two and sent her forward to challenge for the lead rounding the home bend. The pacemaking Legal Advice kicked back strongly but Zedetta wore him down in the run to the line to get the decision by a long neck.

   The result was a quinella for the Little Avondale Stud-based stallion Zed, as he sired the first two horses home.

   Evans bred Zedetta, who is out of Towkahn, a Towkay mare who was injured as a young horse and never got to show her true potential on the racetrack.

   Zedetta is raced by Evans in partnership with his wife Ann along with his son Royce, his brother Noel and two other Hawke’s Bay people, Lyn Bibby and John Bateman.

   Evans normally only ever has one or two horses in work at any time but he has four in his stable at the moment. Astro Lad, a half-brother to Towkahn by My Halo, is one of them while Aribasan, a full-sister to Sanriba, is another. Astro Lad was unplaced in one start last year while Aribasan is unraced at this stage.


Fleming gets home track win

   Hawke’s Bay Racing’s general manager Jason Fleming celebrated his first win at one of his home meetings for more than three years when Down Town won the $12,500 Rating 65 event over 2200 metres at Hastings last Saturday.  

   Fleming is a member of a group of mainly Taranaki-based people that have had extensive racing interests in recent years.

   Keyora gave the partners one of their biggest wins when he won the 2009 running of the Group 2 $85,000 Hawke’s Bay Guineas and Fleming says that was his last win on the Hastings track.

   Down Town has now won two races from 22 starts and is trained at Hawera by Paul Moseley. He is a five-year-old gelding by O’Reilly out of the Grosvenor mare Ashley Downs and cost $140,000 at the select session of the 2009 Karaka yearling sales.


Survived shows great potential

   Hastings owned and trained  Survived chalked up his second win from just four starts with an impressive performance in a Rating 65 1400-metre race at the Marton meeting on Thursday of last week.

   The three-year-old Zed gelding scored by 1-1/4 lengths, following a three-quarter length maiden win over 1400 metres at Hastings back in December.

   In between the two wins Survived contested the Group 3 Wellington Stakes (1600m) at Trentham. He only beat two home but was found to have got his tongue over the bit during the race and a tongue-tie was added to his gear for last week’s race at Awapuni.

   Survived is owned by his Hawke’s Bay breeder Don Gordon and trained at Hastings by John Bary.


Ryan wins by-monthly award

   Steve Ryan is the recipient of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners by-monthly award for the months of January and February.

   Ryan is the breeder and owner of Rockweiler, a Keeninsky four-year-old who is out of the Shinko King mare Medoody.

   The horse is trained by Ryan’s partner Tina Wood and followed up a win at Otaki in December with two good third placings, at Otaki and Trentham, in January.

Hastings jumpouts 4/3/13

Hastings jumpouts 4/3/13 4 Mar 2013


Impressive wins by Takemehomebabe and an Any Suggestion three-year-old filly were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings jumpouts, which were held up against the running rail on the firm course proper.

   There were five heats, three at 750 metres and two run over approximately 980 metres.

   Takemehomebabe had too much speed for her four rivals in one of the 750-metre heats, racing right away over the final stages to win by 10 lengths in a time of 46.4s. She is an unraced three-year-old filly by Keeper in the Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen stable.

   An Any Suggestion-Melanie three-year-old filly trained by Tina Wood was just as impressive when winning her 750-metre heat by 4 lengths and recorded a good time of 46.2s. She is an unraced half-sister to The Knight and also shows plenty of promise.

   The other 750-metre heat was restricted to two-year-olds and here a Captain Rio gelding from the Sue Thompson & Mick Brown stable proved too experienced for his three rivals, winning by 8 lengths in a time of 50.1s.

   The Miner’s Son won the first of the two 980-metre heats by three-quarters of a length from Tradtri while a Patapan three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable beat The Innkeeper by a long neck in the other 980-metre heat.



Heat 1, 750m: Captain Rio 2yr-old gelding (S Thompson) 1, Darci Brahma 2yr-old filly 2, Shinko King 2yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: 8 lengths, 4 lengths. Time: 50.1s. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Mick Brown, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Any Suggestion-Melanie 3yr-old filly (J Linton) 1, Savabeel 3yr-old gelding 2, Golan 3yr-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: 4 lengths, 3 lengths. Time: 46.2s. Winner trained by Tina Wood, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: Takemehomebabe (K Davidson) 1, Handsome Ransom 3yr-old gelding 2, Zed 3yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: 10 lengths, 3 lengths. Time: 46.4s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 4, 980m: The Miner’s Son (R. Goldsbury) 1, Tradtri 2, Rhodan 3. Four starters. Margins: ¾ length, 4 lengths. Time: 57.8s. Winner trained by David Goldsbury, Waipukurau.

Heat 5, 980m: Patapan 3yr-old gelding (K Davidson) 1, The Innkeeper 2, Andalou 3. Five starters. Margins: Long neck, 2 lengths. Time: 60.2s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

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