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Trackwork 30 Apr 2013


 Lavish Prince, preparing for the three-year-old maiden 1200-metre race at Friday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, hit out boldly over 1000 metres at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Lavish Prince ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:3.8, coming home the last 600 in 37.1. He is an O’Reilly gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable who had one start late last year for a fifth over 1200 metres at Hastings. He won a 1000-metre jumpout at Waipukurau last Wednesday.

   The Miner’s Son ran a quick 1000 metres in 60.5, the last 600 in 36.1. He is expected to resume racing in a Rating 65 1200-metre race at Wanganui next Tuesday.

   Colourful Lady, another entrant for Friday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, clocked 1:5.6 for her solo 1000-metre gallop, the last 600 in 37.7. She will be entered for the Rating 75 race over 1200 metres.

   Pheasant looked to be working well on his own over 1000 metres in 1:3.5, the last 600 in 37.3. He finished third over 1600 metres at Hastings last start.

   Rockweiler was another who galloped over 1000 metres and recorded 1:5.4, the last 600 in 38.6. He may be a starter in the Rating 65 1400 at Hastings on Friday.

   Boosting Eleanor took 1:6.7 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 38.7 and is a likely starter in the maiden fillies and mares race over 1400 metres at Hastings on Friday.

   An O’Reilly three-year-old filly being prepared by David Goldsbury was timed to run 600 metres in 39 while a Colombia three-year-old filly in the same stable took 41.1 for an easy 600 metres.

   A Savabeel-Longlands four-year-old mare showed good speed to cut out 800 metres on her own in 50.2, the last 600 in 36. She is trained by Wayne Chittick.

   Pearls worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and quickened over the last 600 in 38 while Mink was timed to run home the last 600 metres of her work in 41.

   Whoopi Gee was given two easy 600-metre runs, the first one taking 42.9 while a Bachelor Duke two-year-old gelding in Greg Griffin’s stable ran an easy 600 metres in 42.4.

   Firekeeper ended two rounds of strong pacework on the plough with 1000 metres in 1:14.3, the last 600 in 43.6 while a Handsome Ransom three-year-old gelding in the stable of James Bridge ran an easy 600 metres in 43.4.

   A Perfectly Ready two-year-old gelding and a Rusty Spur two-year-old filly, both prepared by Greg Griffin, ran 600 metres together in 39.3.

It’s A Dundeel in line for Australasian Horse of the Year

It’s A Dundeel in line for Australasian Horse of the Year 24 Apr 2013


   Another win by It’s A Dundeel in tomorrow’s Group 1 $A500,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Sydney would see the horse become a legitimate contender for horse of the year on both sides of the Tasman.

   The High Chaparral colt is already assured of the New Zealand Three-year-old title with a four Group 1 wins in Australia this season to his credit and is vying for New Zealand Horse of the Year honours with Cox Plate winner Ocean Park.

   It’s A Dundeel became the first horse in Australian history to win the four Group 1 races for three-year-olds in Sydney during the season, the Spring Champion Stakes last October and then the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby this year. If he can beat his older rivals over 2000 metres at weight-for-age tomorrow he will not only be crowned champion three-year-old in that country but also join the likes of Black Caviar and All Too Hard as contenders for Australian Horse of the Year.

   All Too Hard has won three Group 1 races this season and also contests another one tomorrow, the $A400,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney. Victory in that race would put him on a par with It’s A Dundeel.

   Havelock North’s Murray Andersen, breeder and co-owner of It’s A Dundeel, says it would then make for an interesting contest between the two horses for Australian three-year-old honours.

   “Knowing the Aussies they will probably go for their own horse over ours so we really have to win again on Saturday to take it out,” Andersen said this week.

   Australian form expert Gary Crispe said his exclusive Timeform ratings identify It's A Dundeel as a special talent.

   Crispe said It's A Dundeel's Australian Derby win was one of the easiest in a Group I he has ever seen and the most emphatic in the Randwick classic since Prince Grant won it by eight lengths in 1965.

   "It's A Dundeel ran a new Timeform rating of 127, a figure well above the five-year winning average rating for the ATC Australian Derby," Crispe said.

   "At that level It's A Dundeel is the highest-rated Derby winner in the last 20 years, eclipsing Octagonal (126) in 1996."

   Although It’s A Dundeel has not raced in New Zealand this season he will still qualify for New Zealand Horse of The Year honours.

   “The criteria are that you must be a New Zealand-trained horse and domiciled in New Zealand for more than six months of the year,” Andersen said.

   “To qualify he has to be back in New Zealand by the end of next month and that will definitely happen.”

   Win, lose or draw tomorrow’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes will be It’s A Dundeel’s last race for the season. He will return to New Zealand and be spelled in Cambridge before being prepared for another spring campaign.

   “He is definitely going to race on as a four-year-old next season, with the Cox Plate the main aim,” Andersen added.

   Bjorn Baker, who has been overseeing It’s A Dundeel’s Sydney autumn campaign for his New Zealand-based father, Murray, says the colt has held his form and condition perfectly since the Derby win.

   “He looks every bit as good now as he did before the Derby,” Baker said this week.

   James McDonald has been aboard It’s A Dundeel in all of his eight wins to date but is presently suspended so Melbourne jockey Michael Rodd will take over the reins tomorrow.

   Rodd made a special trip to Sydney last Tuesday to ride It’s A Dundeel in his final serious workout  and said the horse gave him an awesome feel.

   “He felt fantastic.,” Rodd said.

   “He’s only a little horse but he takes such a big stride. He worked with a mate, sat off him, then rounded him up with ease and won the gallop nicely.

   “I’m really excited to be riding this horse on Saturday.”


Queensland Derby for Survived

   Survived, an outstanding winner of last Saturday’s Group 3 $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Cup, is now headed to Brisbane for a crack at the Group 1 $A500,000 Queensland Derby on June 8.

   The horse’s Hastings trainer, John Bary, confirmed this week that the horse is booked on a flight to Australia on May 9 and will have one lead-up race there before the Derby.

   “We’ll see how he is with the flight and how quickly he settles in before deciding which race it will be,” Bary said.

   “If he does well we will look at the Rough Habit Plate two days later because the race has been transferred to Eagle Farm and I think that track will suit him.”

   “But if we have to wait a few days then there is the Grand Prix Stakes at Doomben two weeks later.”

   Survived became the first three-year-old to win the Hawke’s Bay Cup for 36 years and just the fourth since 1957 when he demolished a good field in last Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 feature at the Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Zed gelding came from near last at the 600 metres to sweep past his rivals half-way up the home straight and then accelerated clear to score by 4-1/4 lengths, with his ears pricked.

   It was one of the most authoritative wins in the time-honoured 2200-metre event and stamped Survived as a future star in the making.

   Bunvaro was the last three-year-old to take out the 2200-metre event when he slogged his way through rain soaked track conditions to also record a big win in 1977. The only other three-year-old winners of the race in the past 60 years have been Bridie in 1957 and Fury’s Order in 1974.

   Survived’s win also earned him automatic entry into the Group 1 Hawke’s Bay Classic (2040m) run at Hastings next spring.

   Survived’s cup win was an all Hawke’s Bay success. The gelding is owned by his 81-year-old breeder Don Gordon, a great stalwart of Hawke’s Bay racing and a former committeeman of the Hawke’s Bay Jockey Club.

   Gordon has been breeding thoroughbreds for 60 years, the best of them being Mun Lee, who won 14 races and was the champion three-year-old filly of her year.

Survived descends from Mun Lee’s bloodlines, a family Gordon has been breeding successfully from for 40 years. Secrecy (seven wins) is another good performer from the line.

   Gordon said the cup win was one of his most satisfying, although he admitted to getting a bit worried when rider Masa Tanaka had the horse still back near last with 600 metres to run.

   “You get a bit nervous when they are so far back,” Gordon said.

   “I’ve won a lot of races here but this one beats the lot.”


Pimms Time chasing black type

   Hawke’s Bay owned and trained Pimms Time will be trying to earn some important black type next to her name when she contests tomorrow’s Group 2 $100,000 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa.

   The Pins mare was hugely impressive when winning a $30,000 Rating 85 1600-metre race at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting and a placing in a Group 2 race would certainly boost her future value as a broodmare.

   “It was always our intention to run her over 1600 at Hastings and then back her up a week later over 2000 metres,” co-trainer Guy Lowry said this week.

   “The Travis Stakes looks like drawing a very strong field and she might not be up to winning it at this stage but she is a tough mare and deserves a chance in a black type race.”

   Pimms Time brought up her fourth win from 11 starts when she came from a long way back on the home turn to score a long neck win last Saturday. Jockey Mark Sweeney said the mare wasn’t entirely happy in the slow track conditions and was showing little interest in improving her position coming to the home turn.

   “Guy said don’t push her early and she was floundering at the half-mile, but when I got her out in the better ground she really let down well,” Sweeney said.

   Surreal Storm looked the likely winner when jockey Bridget Grylls had her clear inside the final 100 metres but Pimms Time powered home down the outside of the track to get up in the last few strides.

   Pimms Time is prepared on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and was a $60,000 purchase as a yearling. The mare is owned by Hawke’s Bay Racing director Charlie Whyte and his wife Anna in partnership with other members of his family. They are Hamish and Sarah Whyte, who also live in Hawke’s Bay, Malcolm and Elizabeth Whyte from Wellington and Pip and Dean McCarroll, who live on the Kapiti Coast.

   Pimms Time is out of the Zabeel mare Brampton Legs, a horse that won only two races but is a full-sister to the 2005 Caulfield Cup winner Railings. It is also the family of the champion Australian racemare Emancipation, whose 19 wins included the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap.

Trackwork 18 Apr 2013


A good 800-metre gallop by Shesgorgeous and a fast last 600 metres by Whoopi Gee were the highlights in a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track today.

   Fast work was again confined to the plough, which was slushy after rain yesterday. A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper and came up as a dead-6.

   Shesgorgeous seemed to get through the conditions well when running a solo 800 metres in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.9. She has not had much luck in her races this time in and gets another chance in the Rating 85 1600 at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting. Samantha Collett has the mount.

   Whoopi Gee, who makes a fresh start in the Rating 65 1200 on Saturday, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800 and then sprinted home the last 600 in a quick 36.7. She is another who seemed to appreciate the wet underfoot conditions.

   Pimms Time, one of the stars at Tuesday’s track session, was let off with just 1000 metres at three-quarter pace this morning. She looks a good chance in the Rating 85 1600 on Saturday, where Mark Sweeney has been booked to ride her.

   Mink, who makes a fresh start in the Open 1200, was another restricted to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres and clocked 1:10.4, the last 600 in 41.8.

   A Scaredee Cat four-year-old mare in the Lowry/Cullen stable ran a solo 800 metres in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.3 while Pearls was timed to run an easy 800 metres in 54.2.

   A Bachelor Duke two-year-old looked to be travelling better than a Deputy Governor three-year-old at the end of 1000 metres in 1:8.7, the last 600 in 40.7. They are both trained by Greg Griffin.

   Jamaa and Honky Dory schooled together over six hurdle fences in the centre.

Trackwork 16 Apr 2013


  Pimms Time turned in one of the best gallops at this morning’s Hastings track session as she prepares for Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay premier meeting.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which was conducive to fast times after light overnight rain.

   Pimms Time worked on her own over 1200 metres in 1:18.6, running the first 60-0 in a leisurely 41s and then coming home strongly over the last 600 metres in 35.6. The Pins mare covered a huge amount of extra round when fifth over 1400 metres at Otaki last start and that followed an impressive win at Waipukurau. She will be contest the Rating 85 1600 at Hastings on Saturday.

   Gold Moet, another likely runner at Hastings on Saturday, also worked well on his own when running 1000 metres in 1:5.4, the last 600 in 36.6. He could contest the special conditions 1400.

   Hawke’s Bay Cup candidate Double O Seven worked over three rounds of strong pacework on the sand and then jumped several pony fences in the bullring. Any rain will help his chances in Saturday’s Group 2 2200-metre feature.

   Just Call Me Bond worked over 1000 metres in 1:4.6, coming home the last 600 in 35.9 in preparation for the Rating 75 1400 on Saturday. His stablemate Colourful Lady is a likely contender in the same race and this morning she ran 1000 metres in 1:5.2, the last 600 in 36.4.

   Tradtri was not asked to do too much but looked to be striding out well at the end of 1000 metres in 1:8.9, the last 600 in 39.4. He looks to have improved a lot since his fresh up run at Awapuni on March 30. His stablemate Centarose also worked easily over 1000 metres in 1:9.3, coming home the last 600 in 38.8.n She has been working well for several weeks and could make a fresh start in the Rating 65 1600 at Hastings on Saturday.

   Mink, who is set to resume in the Open 1200-metre sprint at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, clocked 1:5.6 for a solo 1000 metres, the last 600 in 37 while stablemate Pheasant ran his 1000 metres in 1:2.4, the last 600 in 36.4.

   No Change and Ooee, two horses in Paul Nelson’s stable, worked strongly together over 1000 metres in 1:6.1, the last 600 in 35.9. No Change has recorded a win and a second from his last two starts.

   Zedetto and Party Horse, two others in the Nelson stable, worked over 1200 metres together in 1:20.3, the last 600 in 37.4 while Tansava ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:7.1, the last 600 in 37.5.

   Erbe worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800-metre peg but was keen to go quicker and ran the last 600 metres in 37.8 while Mahora Gold ran an easy 600 metres in 39.3.

   A Postponed-Security two-year-old and one by Perfectly Ready, both in the James Bridge stable, were restricted to just three-quarter pace over 800 metres. The Postponed youngster is a half-brother to last Saturday’s Ellerslie winner Lok ‘n’Kay.

   Whoopi Gee was let off with an easy 1000 metres in 1:10.6, the last 600 in 43.1 while a Shinko King two-year-old gelding looked to be travelling better than a Scaredee Cat-Likenothinelsie two-year-old at the end of an easy 600 metres in 43.

   Boosting Eleanor ended her work with 600 metres in 41.2 while a Danroad three-year-old gelding the Bridge stable ran home his last 600 metres in 41.4.


Trackwork 4 Apr 2013


   Whoopi Gee was one of only a few horses to work at speed in a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   Galloping was confined to the plough which provided good footing. Steady rain fell for most of the session.

   Whoopi Gee worked early and in bad light. She ran 1000 metres on her own, coming home the last 600 in 38.1. The St Petersburg mare looks to be coming up well in a new campaign but, like a lot of horses, she is waiting for the tracks to ease before trainer Marlene Todd kicks her off in another racing campaign.

   Second Hope worked over 1000 metres in 1:5.9, coming home the last 600 in 39.3. He is a likely starter in the Rating 85 1600 at Awapuni next Friday and that will serve as a lead-up to the Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) on April 20.

   Code Black and a Keeper-Inzabeel three-year-old filly worked together over 800 metres and were timed to run the last 600 in 38.8 while last start winner Colourful Lady was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 44.9.

   A Lucky Unicorn three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:7.8, the last 600 in 38.4 while a Savabeel-Ferrazure three-year-old gelding from the same stable was keen to go a lot further after sprinting up the straight.

   Two three-year-old geldings by Prince Arthur, trained by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, worked over 600 metres at three-quarter pace while Takemehomebabe ran 800 metres at three-quarter pace.


It’s A Dundeel caps great week for HB horses

It’s A Dundeel caps great week for HB horses 3 Apr 2013


   A winning treble by Hastings trainer John Bary, including a Group 1 victory, and a stunning win by It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas in Sydney made for a tremendous past week for Hawke’s Bay owned and trained horses.

   Bary produced the promising Franzac to win a maiden two-year-old race over 1200 metres at Wanganui on Thursday of last week and then picked up two black type races at last Saturday’s Manawatu meeting with Survived and Recite.

   Survived looked a top stayer in the making when coming from second last at the 600 metres to win the Group 3 $70,000 Higgins Manawatu Classic (2000m) while Recite took her record to four wins from four starts with another outstanding performance in the Group 1 $225,000 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

   Survived is owned by his Hawke’s Bay breeder Don Gordon while Franzac is raced by his Wairarapa breeder Frank Burt and Recite is owned by The Oaks Stud, Cambridge.

   Over in Australia It’s A Dundeel created a huge impression when he blitzed his opposition in the $A500,000 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).

   The High Chaparral three-year-old is trained at Cambridge by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and was bred by Havelock North couple Murray and Jo Andersen, who have retained a 20 per cent shareholding in the horse.

   The Andersen’s daughter Tracy and her husband Gavin Chaplow own a 10 per cent share as do Murray Andersen’s sister Sharon Craig and her husband Mike and  Havelock North couple David and Jenny Morison.

   The other 50 per cent is split between Tony Muollo (Wellington), Tony and Jenny Joyce (Wellington), Max and Jo Brown (Wellington), Dino and Ange Focas (Gold Coast) and Tony and Jana Muollo (Sydney).

   Most of the owners were on course to witness his runaway 6-3/4 length win in last Saturday’s Rosehill Guineas, his seventh success from 10 starts.

   Rider James McDonald settled It’s A Dundeel near the tail of the eight horse field and was giving the leaders a good head start mid-way through the race. But the colt showed electrifying acceleration to swoop around his rivals on the home turn and race away with a minimum of urging.

   It was one of the most comprehensive wins seen in an Australian Group 1 race for a long time and has now shot It’s A Dundeel to clear favourite for the $A1.5million Australia Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 13.


Recite reaches new heights

   Experienced jockey Mark Du Plessis put a huge wrap on Recite after the two-year-old added to her unbeaten record in the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.

   Du Plessis had already stated Recite was the best two-year-old he has ridden in New Zealand after she strung together three wins from three starts. But he felt she lifted to another level last Saturday.

   “She showed today she is one of the best I’ll ever ride,” Du Plessis said in his victory speech following the 104th running of the 1400-metre feature race at the Manawatu meeting.

   “I think today was her most impressive win for sure and I think she will only get better as a three-year-old next season.”

   Recite was sent out a $1.60 favourite for the race and settled fifth in the early running. However she quickly improved approaching the home turn and was there to pounce when the field straightened for the run home.

   “I wanted to hold her up as long as I could and I was going to count to 20 before letting her go but I only got to three,” Du Plessis added.

   “I just had to let her go…she was going that good.”

   Al Strada and jockey Reece Jones had set the pace in the race and were still comfortably in front 300 metres from the finish. But then Recite unleashed a tremendous turn of foot to quickly take control and accelerate away for a 1-1/2 length win.

    Recite was trainer John Bary’s second runner in the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes, after Jimmy Choux finished third in the 2010 event.

   Bary said Recite will now be turned out for a winter spell and be brought back for the early three-year-old races next season, with a possible tilt at the Group 1 $A1million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October.

   The filly’s win last Saturday took her stake earnings to more than $256,000 and meant that her owner, Australian mining magnate Dick Karreman, got back the sponsorship money he put up for the race.

   Karreman owns The Oaks Stud in Cambridge, which is managed by Rick Williams.   

   Recite was originally part of the draft offered by the stud at the 2012 Karaka yearling sales but was passed in for $65,000, with her reserve being $80,000.

   Karreman made a special trip from Australia to see Recite win on Saturday and said he is certainly glad now she didn’t sell as a yearling. “She’s a very special filly,” he said.

   The Oaks Stud has a policy of farming its horses out to trainers who have supported them in the past and Bary got to train Recite after he bought a Bachelor Duke yearling colt offered by the stud at the same Karaka sales for $110,000. That two-year-old is called Cool Hand Duke and has so far had three starts for a sixth, a fourth and an eighth.


A true survivor  

   Survived certainly had to be good to win last Saturday’s Manawatu Classic after becoming fractious before the start and then encountering traffic problems in the running.

   The Zed three-year-old dropped rider Jonathan Riddell on his way to the barrier  and ran around riderless for several minutes before being recaptured. He was then the subject of a veterinary examination before being allowed to start.

   “The vet didn’t really want to let him start but I said he feels okay,” Riddell said later.

   Survived was second last with 600 metres to run and then got held up a couple of times when Riddell tried to improve his position. It was not until he was able to get him to the outside in the straight that he really let down.

   Race favourite Usainity had made the pace and looked the likely winner when still in front 200 metres off line but Survived swept past him in the final stages to win by three-quarters of a length.

   “It was a big win,” Riddell said.

   “He was having a look around and just idling a bit in the straight and then decided to go,” Riddell said.

   It was Survived’s fourth win from six starts and confirmed a trip to Australia for either the South Australian Derby in May or the Queensland Derby in June.

   “At this stage we are leaning towards the South Australian Derby in Adelaide because it's on a left-handed rack and we can do it and then get him home and turn him out quicker,” trainer John Bary said.

   Survived is owned by his Hawke’s Bay breeder Don Gordon and hails from the family of Gordon’s great mare Mun Lee, who was the winner of 14 races and the top New Zealand three-year-old filly of her year.

   “It’s a family that I’ve raced for 40 years and Mun Lee won the Awapuni Gold Cup at this meeting in 1981,” Gordon said.

   Secrecy (7 wins) was another top performer Gordon raced from the family.


Franzac could be headed south

   The listed $50,000 Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton on May 4 could be on the agenda for Franzac before the two-year-old is turned out and brought back for three-year-old classic races next season.

   Trainer John Bary is keen to give the horse a trip to Christchurch to familiarise him with the big Riccarton track with thoughts of aiming him at the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) there in November.

   Franzac finished third on debut at Woodville in January behind subsequent Group performer Charlestown and was then turned out.

   Bary said the horse was pinching himself and needed to be gelded and given a short break.

   The son of Iffraaj made an impressive return to racing at Wanganui last week with a dominant 2 length victory over 1200 metres.

   Franzac is raced by Wairarapa farmer Frank Burt, who bred him out of the Kingsttenham mare Fitzy, who was the winner of one race and that was also on the Wanganui track.

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