Burgundian’s win a double success for trainer 26 Mar 2014
Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell’s great eye for a thoroughbred was never more evident than in the win by Burgundian at last Friday’s Waipukurau meeting.
Campbell not only trains the three-year-old gelding but he also owns the horse, after buying him in a private sale from his breeders.
Burgundian is by the unfashionable sire Patapan out of the Kingdom Bay mare Victoria Bay and is a half-brother to two horses that raced in the South Island in Katie Jay and Slick Nickel, who recorded five minor wins between them.
Campbell has always been a patient trainer and Burgundian was having just his second start last Friday. He made his debut over 1050 metres at Wairoa last month where he finished sixth after he got back in the running and was never really given a chance to improve.
Campbell added a tongue-tie to the horse’s gear for last Friday’s Waipukurau race and the horse was ridden a lot more positively by apprentice Michael Dee. He jumped him out quickly from the barrier and settled him in fourth place until the home turn.
Burgundian reached the lead inside the last 300 metres and then withstood a strong finishing burst from Boxamosa to win by a nose.
That was the last of three races staged at Waipukurau that day, with the meeting abandoned after that event due to the unsafe nature of the racing surface.
Jockeys, stewards, racing club administrators and racecourse inspector Gary Foskett inspected the track after several jockeys said their mounts slipped in race two but everyone was happy to continue racing at that stage.
However Stunning Princess, ridden by Robert Hannam, slipped badly and almost fell making the home bend in race three and following that race the stewards deemed the track unsafe and abandoned the remaining races.
Campbell said Burgundian lost his footing a couple of times in the home straight, adding to the merit of the horse’s win.
“It was a pretty good effort and I think he is a horse that could get better with a bit more time,” Campbell said.
Campbell was born in Hastings and was the district’s leading racehorse trainer of the early 1980’s before being lost from the area for nearly 18 years. He spent time in Palmerston North, Australia and Malaysia before returning to his home town in 2005.
Campbell was leading Hastings trainer for three consecutive seasons, from 1982-83 to 1984-85. In that time he prepared some of the best horses to come out of Hastings, including the likes of Burletta, Claymore Boy, Out Of The Blue, Tarlton, Our Buddy and Lagerfeld.
Burletta won 16 races and was the 1983-84 three-year-old Filly of the Year. The daughter of Three Legs won the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas as well as the Levin Bayer Classic (then rated Group 2), ARC Ladies Mile (Group 3), HBJC Gold Trail Stakes (Group 3) and Manawatu Eulogy Stakes (Group 3).
Claymore Boy won 11 races including an Ipswich Cup in Australia while Tarlton won eight races and Out Of The Blue six.
Campbell’s success continued when he moved to Palmerston North in 1987 where he prepared such top liners as Avedon, Val d’Arno, Straight Order, Merrett, Merry Maiden, Val d’Arno and Wexford King from his Awapuni Lodge Stables.
Avedon won three Group 1 races, the New Zealand 2000 Guineas, Levin Bayer Classic and Waikato Draught Sprint.
Val d’Arno included the Group 1 Avondale Cup among his wins while Straight Order was also a Group 1 winner when taking out the DB Mile at Trentham.
Merry Maiden was another Group 1 winner from the stable, taking out the New Zealand 1000 Guineas at Riccarton.
Star Hastings-trained filly Recite turned in a scintillating exhibition gallop between races at last Friday’s Waipukurau race meeting as she prepares for the Group 1 $200,000 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha tomorrow week.
The Darci Brahma filly was sent over 1000 metres on her own and galloped strongly throughout to record a slick 59.6s, the last 600 in 33.3s.
Trainer John Bary was delighted by the way the filly worked and said she has finally started to build into the horse he expected she would.
“She’s a lot stronger filly now and this is the first time I’ve really been able to get the work into her,” Bary said.
Jockey Shannon Doyle rode Recite in the gallop and was equally impressed, saying the filly did it all on her own and he hardly had to move on her.
“She did it very easily,” Doyle added.
Recite is the winner of six races from 10 starts, including the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni 12 months ago and the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham two months ago.
She has not raced since recording an easy 2-1/2 length win in the Listed Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Tauherenikau on February 6.
Recite will now have another exhibition gallop between races at tomorrow’s Manawatu meeting to top off her preparation for next week’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.
Bary said, providing Recite performs well in the Te Aroha feature, she is likely to be flown to Sydney for the $A1million Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 19.
That is likely to be her last run for the season.
Big test for Irish Fling
Hastings-trained mare Irish Fling has settled in well in her new surroundings in Sydney as she prepares for tomorrow’s Group 1 $A400,000 Galaxy Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill.
The Darci Brahma mare was flown from Auckland to Sydney last Monday accompanied by co-trainer Grant Cullen and was given a light workout this week.
She has been weighted on 52kg for tomorrow’s race and will come up against several of Australia’s top sprinters including last year’s Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter, Snitzerland, Famous Seamus, Rain Affair and Sessions.
She has drawn 9 in a field of 14 which should not be a disadvantage according to co-trainer Guy Lowry.
“She gets back in her races anyway and there should be plenty of speed on which will suit her,” Lowry said.
“Hopefully she can measure up.”
Irish Fling will be ridden by New Zealand-based jockey Mark Du Plessis, who was aboard the mare when she won the Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham in January.
Mae West too good
Despite being in season Hastings-trained filly Mae West still proved too good for her rivals in the opening event at last Friday’s Waipukurau meeting.
The Sir Percy three-year-old was noticeably fractious and sweated up badly before the start of the 1400-metre three-year-old maiden and trainer John Bary informed stewards she was heavily in season.
“Normally she is as quiet as a lamb,” Bary said.
Mae West’s condition certainly didn’t dent her performance on the track however. After trailing her stablemate and leader Miss Gaiety to the home bend she quickly took control and kept up a strong run to the line to win by a length.
Mae West is raced by a group of Wairarapa people. She 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.
For the Moores it is the first horse they have raced.
The filly is out of the Centaine mare Wee Tipple, who won three races and has also left the four race winner Flynn.
Mae West was having her fifth start and had recorded a second, a third, a fourth and a fifth from her four previous runs. Bary said the filly will continue to race through the autumn and he expects her to perform well on tracks that are slightly rain affected.
Saint Kitt back home
Talented Hastings stayer Saint Kitt has trained on well since his good sixth in the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) on March 5 and is likely to start next in a $17,500 Rating 85 race over 2100 metres at the Hawke’s Bay meeting tomorrow week.
The Keeper four-year-old looked likely to pay a dividend when in a challenging position 300 metres off the line in the Auckland Cup and just peaked on his run in the final stages.
Trainer Kelly Burne left the horse in Auckland for a week to freshen up after that hard race and he is now back home, where he has had a couple of gallops in the past week.
Burne said she will nominate Saint Kitt for the Group 3 $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings on April 19 or he could run in a $17,500 Rating 75 race over 2500 metres on the same day.
Nippin wins again
Nippin, part-owned by Hawke’s Bay Racing general manager Jason Fleming, made a return to the winner’s stall at last Sunday’s Waverley meeting.
The six-year-old Pins gelding held on for a head victory over the fast finishing Loves The Show in a $12,000 Rating 75 race over 1650 metres to record her fourth win from 18 starts and her first since she took out a 1400-metre race at Te Rapa 12 months ago.
Fleming is a member of a group of mainly Taranaki people that race Nippin from the New Plymouth stable of Allan Sharrock.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 25 Mar 2014
A dense blanket of fog covered the Hastings track this morning, preventing the timing of most gallops.
Fast work was again confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Several members of the Lowry/Cullen stable worked at three-quarter pace over 1000 metres including the class mare Pimms Time, who was timed to run the distance in 1:10.8. No sectional times could be taken but she looked to be travelling well at the finish of the workout.
The Pins mare was to have had a jumpout at Waipukurau yesterday but they were cancelled. She will now resume from a spell in the Open 1200-metre race at Hastings on April 5 to help prepare her for the Listed $50,000 Anzac Mile at Awapuni on April 25.
Legless was another who ran a solo 1000 metres at three-quarter pace and clocked 1:9.3. She looks in good order but missed a start at Waipukurau last Friday when the meeting was abandoned after three races.
Voxer finished ahead of a Prince Arthur-Geeta three-year-old gelding at the end of their 1000 metres in 1:12.8. Voxer finished a good third on debut over 1300 metres at Wairoa and then slipped and lost his rider in a maiden 1600-metre race at Waipukurau last Friday.
Broadwalk looked to be travelling keenly at the end of his 1000 metres but could not be timed in the fog. He is a promising stayer, who dead-heated for first over 1600 metres last start and will now be stepped up 2100 metres at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on April 5.
So close yet so far away for Hastings filly’s owners 19 Mar 2014
Miss Selby’s defeat by Miss Mossman in last Saturday’s $300,000 New Zealand Oaks meant more than just the $119,000 difference in stakemoney between first and second for her Hawke’s Bay connections.
If the O’Reilly filly had won the 2400-metre event she would have been crowned the New Zealand Bloodstock Three-year-old Filly of the Year but, by finishing runner-up, her owners had to settle for second place in that contest too.
The Filly of the Year title is a much sought after prize by those that race three-year-old fillies during the season and adds immense value to the winner as a future broodmare. It also earns her connections $50,000 in bonus cheques including $10,000 for her breeder, $10,000 for her trainer and $30,000 for her owner.
The series is run over 10 races, commencing with the Group 3 $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) run at Hastings in September and culminating with the running of last Saturday’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks.
The other races in the series are the Listed $50,000 Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie, Group 1 $300,000 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton, Group 3 $70,000 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni, Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie, Group 2 $100,000 Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie, Group 3 $70,000 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham, Group 2 $100,000 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa and Group 3 $70,000 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings.
The first three placegetters in each race earn points in the series, awarded on a basis of 12 for a win, 7 for a second and 3.5 for a third in Group 1 events down to 6 for a win, 3 for a second and 1.5 for a third in a Group 3 or listed race.
Miss Selby trailed Costa Viva by 8.5 points going into last Saturday’s final race in the series and a victory there would have seen her supersede that filly at the top. But her second placing meant she only earned 7 points and finished just 1.5 points in arrears.
Costa Viva had just six starts this season, recording three wins, a second and a third. Her series points came in the Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings (second), the New Zealand 1000 Guineas at Riccarton (first), the Cambridge Stud Eight Carat at Ellerslie (second) and Trentham’s Desert Gold Stakes (third), after which she was turned out for a spell.
Miss Selby earned her points from the Eulogy Stakes (second), Desert Gold Stakes (second), Lowland Stakes (first) and New Zealand Oaks (second).
Third placegetter in the series was Hera on 16 points, with last Saturday’s New Zealand Oaks winner Miss Mossman next on 15 points.
Costa Viva is trained at Matamata by Jason Bridgman and owned by Dave and Nicky Hurst, Dianne Ford and Ray and Jan Batten. The daughter of Encosta de Lago is the fifth filly prepared by Te Akau Stables to have won the series in the last eight years, following Shikoba (2005/06), Princess Coup (2006/07), Insouciant (2007/08) and King’s Rose (2010/11).
Miss Selby is trained at Hastings by John Bary. The O’Reilly filly was bred by the late Graeme Lowe and is owned by his three children, Andy Lowe, Sarah Whyte and Kate Stace.
Irish Fling ready for Aussie trip
An outstanding training gallop by Irish Fling at the Hastings track a week ago has her trainers buoyant about her chances as she prepares to embark on an Australian campaign.
The Darci Brahma mare turned in a quick 800-metre gallop on her own on the plough track at Hastings which was described by co-trainer Guy Lowry as “enormous work.”
Irish Fling followed that up with another good hit out in trackwork at Hastings on Tuesday, running 800 metres in 54s and the final 600 in 37 and is booked on a flight to Sydney next Monday.
Plans are for the mare to make her race debut in the Group 1 $A400,000 Galaxy Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill tomorrow week.
Depending on how she performs in that race she could then go on to either the Group 1 $A2.5million T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick a fortnight later or the Group 2 $A300,000 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 19.
“We might be mad taking on the Australian sprinters but the Galaxy looks the right race for her,” Lowry said.
New Zealand sprinters usually struggle against their Australian counterparts but have had some success in the Galaxy, with Mr Illusion (1984) and Mr Tiz (1991) winning the race, while Mr Illusion also ran third in 1986 and Coogee Walk was third in 1998.
Irish Fling won the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham in January. She has since had one further start, that resulting in an unlucky fourth in the Group 3 Darley Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie on March 1 where she was denied clear racing room over the final stages.
Grant Cullen, who co-trains the mare with Lowry, will accompany Irish Fling on the flight to Sydney and she will be stabled there at the former Patinack Farm property, now owned by Tony McEvoy.
Irish Fling has had 16 starts for five wins, three seconds and a third.
Queensland beckons again
There is a strong chance Hastings-trained Pimms Time will be campaigned again in Queensland this winter.
The Pins mare is expected to kick off a fresh campaign in an open 1200-metre sprint at Hastings on April 5 before contesting the Listed $50,000 Manawatu ITM Anzac 1600 at Awapuni on April 25.
“If she won that mile at Awapuni she will go to Queensland and, if not, she will probably be aimed at the James Bull Mile at Awapuni in May,” co-trainer Guy Lowry said.
Pimms Time is the winner of five races from 16 starts and took out the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa last season before heading to Brisbane, where she had one start for a 10th in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).
She has not raced since finishing unplaced in the Group 1 Turks Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings five months ago but has been in work for several weeks and is one of nine horses the Lowry/Cullen stable plan to run at the Waipukurau jumpouts next Monday. She will contest an Open heat over 1000 metres there.
Up in distance
Exciting Hastings-trained galloper Broadwalk has trained on the right way since dead-heating for first over 1600 metres at Tauherenikau on March 9 and will now be stepped up in distance, in a Rating 65 race over 2100 metres at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on April 5.
The Casino Prince four-year-old completed a winning hat-trick when he and stablemate Gold dead-heated in a Rating 75 race at Tauherenikau. It was his first start since winning over 1600 metres at Awapuni on Boxing Day and prior to that he had been a maiden winner over 1600 metres at Hastings on December 12.
He has now had eight starts for three wins, two seconds and a third and is expected to really excel over a middle distance. He strode out well when running an easy 1000 metres in trackwork at Hastings on Wednesday.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 19 Mar 2014
A strong 800-metre gallop by Viceroy and a sound workout by last start winner Broadwalk were among the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Viceroy was timed to run a solo 800 metres in 52.9, the last 600 in 37.9. It was just his second serious gallop this time in and he is unlikely to be seen racing until the Hawke’s Bay meeting on April 19.
Last start winner Broadwalk was kept under a good hold over 1000 metres in 1:9.2, the last 600 in 40.7. He looks to have thrived since dead-heating with stablemate Gold over 1600 metres at Tauherenikau on March 9 and is likely to start next in a Rating 85 race over 2100 metres at Hastings on April 5.
Centarose, entered for the Rating 65 1600 at Waipukurau on Friday, sprinted home the last 400 metres of her work in 26s while her stablemate Tradtri was timed to run his last 600 in 42.7. He will contest the Rating 65 1200 at Waipukurau.
Colourful Lady worked keenly over 1000 metres in 1:9.6, the last 600 in 39.5 while her stablemate Pearls clocked 53.4 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.3.
Pearls needed the run over 1600 metres at Tauherenikau last start and will now step up to 2100 metres at Otaki on April 3 while Colourful Lady will contest a Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at Awapuni on March 29.
The Innkeeper, a possible runner at Wanganui next Thursday, ran a solo 1200 metres in 1:25.1, the last 600 in 39.9 while King Of Rock ended three rounds of strong pacework with 600 metres in 38.9.
A No Excuse Needed three-year-old filly in Corrina McDougal’s stable ran 600 metres in 40.9 while Coz I’m Lucky ran over the same ground in 41.1.
Don’t Change and a Road To Rock two-year-old gelding, both trained by Patrick Campbell, ran an easy 600 metres together in 41.4.
Several horses from the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen stable were restricted to just three-quarter pace, including Lavish Prince, Tansava, Boosting Eleanor and a Towkay-Rhumba three-year-old gelding.
Irish Fling, the star galloper in the Lowry/Cullen stable, galloped at the track yesterday and was timed to run 800 metres in 54, the last 600 in 37. She is booked on a flight from Auckland to Sydney next Monday and will contest the Group 1 $A400,000 Galaxy Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill the following Saturday.
Dead-heat for first for Hastings stable 13 Mar 2014
The Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen pulled off a unique feat at last Sunday’s Masterton meeting at Tauherenikau when two of their horses, Broadwalk and Gold, dead-heated for first in the $10,000 Rating 75 race over 1600 metres.
The training partners lined up four of the seven runners in the race, with the other two being Pearls (sixth) and The Innkeeper (seventh).
Dead-heats in races are a rarity these days, with modern technology now being able to get down to a pixel on a screen to define a margin between horses in a photo-finish. So for one stable to produce a dead-heat for first is extremely rare.
Broadwalk looked likely to score an outright win in the race when jockey Hayden Tinsley drove him to the front inside the last 50 metres but Gold flashed home down the outside and they were locked together on the line.
Third placegetter Revolve was just a short head behind the dead-heaters, with a gap back to the rest.
Broadwalk was having his first start back after a two month break. The Casino Prince four-year-old showed great potential earlier this season when recording two wins, two seconds and a third from five starts. He showed he was ready for a big fresh up performance when easily winning a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings on March 3.
Palmerston North jockey Hayden Tinsley has ridden Broadwalk in all three of his wins and obviously rates the horse highly. He even made a special trip to Hastings to ride the horse in that jumpout win.
Broadwalk is one of a number of horses raced by JML Bloodstock, which is managed by Wellington-based Lib Patenga. The horse was a $60,000 purchase from the premier session at the 2011 Karaka yearling sales and is out of the Stravinsky mare Femmebot, who won one race in Australia. It is the family of the 1982 Melbourne Cup winner Gurner’s Lane and the VRC Derby winner Sovereign Red.
Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen expect Broadwalk to really excel once he gets up over more distance and would like to get the horse into the Group 3 $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) on April 19.
“At this stage he will probably go to Awapuni next on March 29 for either a Rating 85 race over 1600 or a Rating 75 over 2100 and then to Hastings for a Rating 85 over 2100 before the Hawke’s Bay Cup,” Grant Cullen said.
“We’ll just see how he does over the next few days before making a decision.”
Gold’s win last Sunday has earned her a crack at a stakes race at tomorrow’s Wellington meeting.
The Thorn Park mare was recording her second win in a row and her third in total and will now contest the Group 3 Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.
Gold is owned by Taupo’s Pat Lowry and raced by him in partnership with the H.O.T Syndicate, a group of Hawke’s Bay people managed by Megan Harvey.
The mare is a three-quarter sister to the champion Hong Kong galloper Ambitious Dragon and even a minor placing in a black type race would add significantly to her future value as a broodmare.
“The Cuddle will be a tough race for her as there are some very good mares in it but she is in-form and we are optimistic of another good run,” Cullen added.
Pimms Time, a Group 2 winner for the Lowry/Cullen stable last year, will kick off a fresh campaign in the Listed $50,000 Lightning Handicap (1200m) at tomorrow’s Wellington meeting.
The Pins mare was the winner of five races last season including the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa in May but has not raced since finishing unplaced in the Group 1 Turks Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings in October.
She finished second in a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings on March 3 but is likely to find the 1200-metre distance tomorrow a bit too short for her.
“She has won fresh up in the past but you’d think the others might go a bit too quick for her in an open sprint over 1200,” Cullen said.
“But we need to get her up and going if she is going to get to the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes next month.”
The Group 1 $200,000 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes will be Pimms Time’s main mission this autumn and is a weight-for-age fillies and mares race run over 1600 metres at Te Aroha on April 5.
Syndicate rejoices in Savanite’s win
Hastings-trained Savanite brought a smile to the faces of more than 70 people when she broke through for a maiden win at last Sunday’s Masterton meeting at Tauherenikau.
The Savabeel filly is raced by the Challenge No.2 Syndicate, whose member’s number 70 and range from Auckland in the north down to Temuka in the South Island.
The syndicate is one of three managed by Hamilton-based bloodstock consultant Adrian Clark, who says there are 70 people involved in the syndicate.
“A dozen of them have never had a win as a racehorse owner before and some of them are first time owners,” Clark said this week.
“There were only three people out of the syndicate on track to see the win but I’ve had tremendous feed-back from other syndicate members since win,” he added.
The syndicate leases Savanite from Christchurch’s Nearco Stud and the filly is trained at Hastings by John Bary.
The three-year-old showed a glimpse of her ability by winning a 750-metre jumpout at Hastings at the end of January but then only finished fourth out of four runners in her debut over 1150 metres at Wairoa on February 23.
“She raced like a green horse at Wairoa and we were a bit puzzled by the run but she turned that form around last Sunday and certainly showed what she’s got,” Clark added.
Bary added blinkers to Savanite’s gear last Sunday and it certainly helped the filly to concentrate. She settled well in the trail for rider Shannon Doyle and mounted a strong finishing burst in the straight to win by half a neck from Wills Road.
Savanite is out of the Crested Wave mare Jelignite Jen and closely related to tomorrow’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks favourite Miss Selby, who is also prepared by John Bary.
Clark said Savanite is now likely to head to Awapuni on March 29 for a $30,000 three-year-old 1400-metre set weights and penalties race before being stepped up in distance.
Savanite is one of two horses being raced on lease by the Challenge No 2 Syndicate, with the other being Avisto, a two-year-old trained at Matamata by John Sargent and Hayden Allen. The Alamosa filly was unplaced in two starts earlier this season and has just come back into work after a spell.
Sanriba’s cup win
Waipukurau owned and trained Sanriba brought up his fifth win when successful in last Sunday’s $12,000 Masterton Cup, feature race at Tauherenikau.
The Sandtrap eight-year-old has not finished further back than sixth in six starts this season and his victory was his second this time in, following a win over 1200 metres at Awapuni in December.
Sanriba is trained by Waipukurau racecourse manager Peter Evans, who races the gelding in partnership with his wife Ann, their son Royce and Lyn Bibby, who lives in Ongaonga.
Peter Evans bought Sanriba for $9500 as a weanling at the Karaka sales and he has now won more than $70,000 in stakemoney.
The horse will now back up in a $30,000 Rating 85 race over 1400 metres at tomorrow’s Wellington meeting.
Hong Kong success
Generous Bobo, a horse bred by Hawke’s Bay couple Kevin and Shirin Wood, was successful at last Sunday’s Hong Kong meeting on the Sha Tin track.
The three-year-old Towkay gelding took out a Class 4 race over 1000 metres by half a length, crediting his dam Melanie with her third winner from three horses to have raced.
The Woods own the Al Akbar mare Melanie whose first foal was The Knight, a son of No Excuse Needed who has won four races. The second foal is The Knight’s Queen, a four-year-old mare by Any Suggestion who broke through for a maiden victory at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on March 1.
Generous Bobo is the mare’s third foal and she has since produced a two-year-old full-sister to The Knight, who is now in work with Hastings trainer John Bary. She has been syndicated, with Kevin and Shirin Wood retaining a 45 per cent shareholding.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 13 Mar 2014
A fast last 600 metres by stablemates The Knight’s Queen and Pit A Pat was the highlight in a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.
Fast work was again confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
The Knight’s Queen and Pit A Pat worked in from the 800-metre peg in 52.5, sprinting home the last 600 in 36.7.
The Knight’s Queen was a last start maiden winner over 1400 metres at Hastings and is likely to start next at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on April 5 while Pit A Pat will start next at the Waipukurau meeting on March 21.
Malrose rounded off her preparation for the Rating 75 1600-metre race at Trentham on Saturday by running a solo 800 metres, the last 600 in 38. She was run down late by a smart one in Waikaha over 1600 metres at Hastings last start.
Her race-rival Tradtri worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800-metre peg and quickened over the last 600 in 38. He went a much improved race for fourth over 1600 metres at Hastings last start.
Centarose, entered for the Cuddle Stakes at Trentham on Saturday, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:7.4, the last 600 in 38 while New Zealand St Leger entrant Starperfect ended his work with an easy 600 metres in 42.6.
Labill, an Electronic Zone filly in the stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, looked to be travelling well on the inside of a Danroad three-year-old filly at the end of 1000 metres in 1:10, the last 600 in 37.4.
Need A Diamond and a Minstrel Court colt worked together over 600 metres in 38.9 while King Of Rock ended three rounds with 600 metres in 43.8.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 11 Mar 2014
Last start winner Starperfect showed he has trained on the right way by running a strong 1200-metre gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Starperfect was paired up with King Of Rock and worked in from the 1400-metre peg. They were timed over the last 1200 metres with Starperfect working clear of his partner over the final stages to record 1:17.3, the last 600 in an excellent 36.9.
Starperfect was only a maiden when he comfortably beat a field of Rating 65 horses over 2200 metres at Hastings last start. He will either contest the Listed $50,000 New Zealand St Leger (2500m) or the $30,000 Rating 65 race over 2200 metres at Trentham this Saturday.
Tradtri, another likely runner at Trentham on Saturday, also turned in a good time when he ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:2.4, the last 600 in 36.1. He turned in an improved run for fourth over 1600 metres at Hastings last start.
His stablemate Centarose also worked on her own over 1000 metres and recorded 1:3.6, the last 600 in 36.1. She was outpaced over 1400 metres at Hastings last start.
Colourful Lady clocked 1:3.9 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 37.1 while Beyond Belief finished his work with 600 metres in 39. He is a likely entrant for the Rating 85 race over 1400 metres at Saturday’s Wellington meeting.
Last start winner The Knight’s Queen was let off with an easy 600 metres in 43.1 while her stablemate Pit A Pat also worked quietly over 600 metres in 43.
Tansava looked keen to go faster when kept under a firm hold over 1000 metres in 1:9.3, the last 600 in 40.1 while Legless worked in from the 1000-metre peg on her own and was timed to run the last 600 in 40.3.
Voxer looked to be working better than a Prince Arthur-Geeta three-year-old gelding at the end of 1200 metres in 1:25.3, the last 600 in 40.9 while Pimms Time and a Guillotine three-year-old, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ran 1000 metres in 1:12.2, the last 600 in 40.6.
Malrose was kept to not much more than three-quarter pace in her work, running the last 600 in 43.8 while Boosting Eleanor did similar work, her last 600 metres taking 43.6.
Kayleen sprinted her last 400 metres in 24.7 while O’Dencia and Need A Diamond worked together over 600 metres in 37.7. They are all in the Kelly Burne stable.
Impressive winners at Hastings jumpouts 3 Mar 2014
Effortless wins by the proven four-year-olds Frankly and Broadwalk and an impressive victory by the unraced Xcuses Xcuses were the highlights at today’s Hastings jumpouts.
There were seven heats run up against the inside rail on the course proper, which provided good footing.
Frankly was a dominant 1-1/2 length winner in one of the three 1000-metre heats, with rider Shannon Doyle just sitting on the Pins mare as she cruised to the line in a time of 1:2.2. The John Bary-trained mare had six starts earlier this season for a win, four seconds and a fifth and looks to have come back from a spell in great order.
She beat a good field in yesterday’s jumpout, with the Group 2 winner Pimms Time second, the Waipukurau Cup winner Pearls third and Commett a fast finishing fourth after walking out of the gates and missing the start by five lengths.
Broadwalk clocked a quick 59.9s in taking out one of the other 1000-metre heats by three-quarters of a length from a Danroad three-year-old filly with Tansava finishing strongly down the outside for third.
Broadwalk is another who was in good form earlier this season, recording two wins, two seconds and a third in the space of six starts. Palmerston North jockey Hayden Tinsley rode the Casino Prince gelding in his two wins and he was again aboard the horse in today’s jumpout. He had the horse under a gold hold at the finish.
Xcuses Xcuses looked to be a two-year-old with an abundance of ability when she gave her rivals a galloping lesson in one of the four 750-metre heats, winning by 8 lengths in a quick time of 44.7s. The No Excuse Needed filly is trained at Hastings by John Bary and raced by him in partnership with one of his loyal stable clients, Ivan Grieve.
The filly is out of the Shinko King mare Xpectacular, who only had two starts for a win and a fifth.
Heat 1, 750m: Stratum Stripe (S Govsky) 1, Minstrel Court 2yr-old colt 2, Nom de Jeu-Cancun 2yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: 2 lengths, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 47.3s. Winner trained by Greg Griffin, Hastings.
Heat 2, 750m: Xcuses Xcuses (S Doyle) 1, Edenwold 2yr-old 2, Road To Rock-Enlighten 2yr-old 3. Five starters. Margins: 8 lengths, ½ length. Time: 44.7s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 3, 750m: Sally Greensticker (S Govsky) 1, Starcraft-Irish Belle 2yr-old gelding 2, Shinko King-Demarara 2yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Neck, head. Time: 46.1s. Winner trained by Greg Griffin, Hastings.
Heat 4, 750m: Golan Express (C Studd) 1, Hawkeye Chief 2, Coz I’m Lucky 3. Four starters. Margins: 1_1/4 lengths, ¾ length. Time: 45.4s. Winner trained by Fred Pratt, Hastings.
Heat 5, 1000m: Lavish Prince (S Doyle) 1, Shinko King-Whakanui Heights 3yr-old gelding 2, Guillotine 3yr-old gelding 3. Six starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, ½ length. Time: 60.3s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 6, 1000m: Frankly (S Doyle) 1, Pimms Time 2, Pearls 3. Six starters. Margins: 1-1/2 lengths, ¾ length. Time: 1:2.2. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 7, 1000m: Broadwalk 1, Danroad 3yr-old filly 2, Tansava 3. Four starters. Margins: ¾ length, ½ length. Time: 59.9s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
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