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Racing World 25 Apr 2012

Tremendous week for Hawke’s Bay horses

Hawke’s Bay thoroughbreds have had a stellar past week with eight winners either trained or owned in the district and another one bred here.

Ambitious Prince, trained at Hastings by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, and Red Rhapsody, prepared by Waipukurau’s Kirsty Lawrence, both won at Woodville last Thursday where The Phoenix, part-owned by Hawke’s Bay Racing general manager Jason Fleming, was also successful.

The Knight and Jakob Gambino were Hastings owned and trained winners at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting while the Hawke’s Bay-owned Pellegrini was successful at Tauranga on the same day.

Then, at Wanganui on Monday, the Hastings owned and trained Shesalljazz added to her winning tally while Hastings-trained Cheryl Moana Marie broke through for a maiden victory.

Added to this was Powerplaya’s impressive win in a Rating 75 2100-metre race at Tauranga on Saturday. The Bachelor Duke is not owned or trained in Hawke’s Bay but was bred by Pourerere’s Sue Harty and the half-brother to Sydney Cup winner Honor Babe was sold at the 2009 select yearling sale for $32,000.

Hawke’s Bay Racing Club board member Kevin Wood and his wife Shirin celebrated a red letter day on their home track on Saturday as the breeders and owners of the consecutive race winners The Knight and Jakob Gambino.

It is the first time the couple have had two winners on the same day and for Kevin Wood it provided him with a great boost as he has been battling ill-health for several months.

“This is a dream come true,” an emotional Wood said. “To win two races is incredible but to do it with two horses that you have bred is unbelievable.”

The Woods own Jakob Gambino in partnership with their son Kelvin, who lives overseas. They have leased The Knight out but have retained a 30 per cent share in the TK Syndicate that races the horse, who has now won two races. Other members in the syndicate are the horse’s trainer John Bary, the Wood’s daughter Tina and Michael Corbett, Mike Newell, Zane Hinton, Chris Cowan, Belinda Buchanan, Grant Dias and Simon and Crystal McAuley. All apart from Dias and the McAuleys are based in Hawke’s Bay.

Bary also trains Jakob Gambino, who was recording his second win on Saturday. The Sandtrap three-year-old is the only living foal the Woods have bred from the Towkay mare Sheeza Kinda Magic and nearly died at birth. His dam was also lucky to live after haemorrhaging.

Sheeza Kinda Magic is a full-sister to the multiple Group 1 placegetter Kays Awake and is presently in foal to Don Eduardo.

The Knight is by No Excuse Needed out of the Al Akbar mare Melanie, who now has a fill full-sister to The Knight at foot and is back in foal to No Excuse Needed.  

Ambitious Prince made an impressive winning debut over 1200 metres at Woodville last Thursday, recording a good time of 1:10.07 for maidens. The Zed three-year-old gelding is prepared on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and was following up a 7 length win in a recent Waipukurau jumpout. The horse is owned by the same Hong Kong people that Lowry sold Ambitious Dragon to and that horse has since gone on to become Hong Kong Horse of the Year.

Red Rhapsody brought up the second win of his career with a convincing 3-3/4 length victory in the 2100-metre highweight at Woodville. The Brilliance seven-year-old is raced by his trainer, Kirsty Lawrence, along with her husband Steve and mother Jacqui, from Waipawa.

The Phoenix made it win number three from eight starts when taking out a Rating 75 event over 1400 metres at Woodville. Hawke’s Bay Racing general manager, Jason Fleming, is part of a syndicate of mainly Taranaki people who bought the horse for $575,000 as a yearling. The O’Reilly four-year-old was initially trained at New Plymouth by John Wheeler but is now in the Hawera stable of Paul Moseley.

Pellegrini is fast building an impressive race record with his win in Rating 75 1400-metre race at Tauranga on Saturday his third success from 10 starts, to go with his five second placings.

The Mr Nancho three-year-old is trained at Cambridge by Murray Baker but owned by Taradale’s Alan Jackson, who races him in partnership with his father Vic, son David and brother Terry.

Alan Jackson bought the horse’s dam Cashcade two years ago, with Pellegrini a weanling at foot. The mare has also left the Group 1 winner Ekstreme.

Shesalljazz made it four wins from 16 starts with a half length victory in a Rating 75 1200 at Monday’s Wanganui meeting. The Coats Choice mare is trained on the Hastings track by Patrick Campbell and owned by her Hawke’s Bay breeders, Chris and Ken Russell.

Cheryl Moana Marie finally lived up to her excellent breeding and potential with a game half length win in a 1600-metre maiden at Woodville. The Savabeel filly was having her fifth start for Hastings trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, her best previous placings being two sevenths.

Cheryl Moana Marie is owned by Waikato Stud proprietor Gary Chittick. She is out of the unraced Danasinga mare Zephyr Song and a granddaughter of Zepherin, winner of the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks and third placed in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby.

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