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   Last start winner Hoskins turned in one of the best gallops in a relatively quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   Hoskins worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800-metre mark and increased the pace over the final stages. She was timed to run the full distance in 54.2, the last 600 in 38.9.

   The Volksraad filly led all the way for a maiden win over 1200 metres at Woodville last week and will now step out in a strong Rating 65 race over the same distance at Hastings this Saturday.

   Her stablemate Hunta Pence also worked in from the 800-metre peg at three-quarter pace and quickened over the last 600 metres. He was timed to run the 800 in 56.4 but a thick blanket of fog prevented any 600-metre time being taken. He had no luck when unplaced over 1600 metres at Trentham last start and is another who lines up at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Castle Of Boom, who is likely to start next in a 1600-metre three-year-old maiden at Hawera next Thursday, was restricted to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres in 1:14.5, the last 600 in 43.9. He turned in a much improved race for third over 1400 metres at Woodville last week, finishing the race off strongly.

   Percy’s Jazz, entered for the Maiden 1600-metre race at Hastings on Saturday, was given two easy 600-metre runs in 46.5 and 42.1. She lost a shoe in during the running when sixth over 1600 metres at Woodville last week.

   A Redwood two-year-old gelding and one by Fully Fledged, both in the Thompson-Brown stable, took the time honours for the session when running 800 metres together in 51.5, the last 600 in 37.4. The Redwood gelding won a 750-metre jumpout at Hastings two weeks ago.

   A Per Incanto three-year-old filly and a D’Cash four-year-old gelding, both in the Kelly Burne stable, were among several horses restricted to just three-quarter pace. The Per Incanto filly was also a winner at the last lot of Hastings jumpouts.

Drinks all round after Hoskins prevails 27 Apr 2016

There was plenty of celebrating done at The Elbowroom Sports Bar in Hastings on Thursday of last week after Hoskins won at Woodville that day at odds of 32 to one.

   The three-year-old Volksraad filly is raced by The Elbowroom Syndicate, a group of passionate racing followers who regularly frequent the bar. Mike Newrick, the bar’s owner-operator, is the manager of the syndicate.

   Hoskins is the third horse the syndicate has raced from the Hastings stable of Patrick Campbell and the second winner. The other was Mahora Gold, a Golan filly who was successful in a 1400-metre maiden race at Hastings in January 2014.

   Mahora Bay was the other one they raced and she was unplaced in three starts for Campbell before the syndicate decided to finish with her. She is now racing in the South Island where she has recorded one second placing.

   Hoskins is leased from Windsor Park Stud with trainer Patrick Campbell having a 25 per cent racing share and the other 75 per cent split between Newrick, Peter Britten, Sarah Taylor, Hamish Brock, Ash Barrett, Kevin Duff, Wayne Horne, Les Byford and Ian Newton.

   The horse is named after the late Greg Hoskins, another former member of the syndicate and the partner of Sarah Taylor. He was also a regular at The Elbowroom bar but died suddenly from a heart attack late last year.

   Ash Barrett was the only one from the syndicate on course at Woodville last week to cheer Hoskins home and the filly led from start to finish in a 1200-metre maiden race, holding out the fast finishing Hutch by a long neck.

   Hoskins was originally the third emergency for the race and Campbell was without a rider for the horse two days out from the race. However she managed to make the field after three scratchings and promising apprentice Dylan Mo was engaged, claiming a 2kg allowance.

   She was having her fifth race start and returned a dividend of $33.30 for a win and $8.40 for a place.

   “It was a bit of a surprise win and I think the apprentice allowance definitely helped and the fact that it was only 1200 metres,” Newrick said this week.

   Hoskins’ first four starts had resulted in a sixth and three sevenths but she had indicated she was ready to show some form by matching stablemate In Another Life in a smart 1000-metre gallop in Hastings trackwork on April 12 and followed that up with another good hit out on her own two days before the Woodville meeting.

   Campbell now has her entered for a Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at tomorrow’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Hoskins is by Volksraad out of the Thorn Park mare Splinter, who is a three-quarter sister to Burlesque, the dam of the top South Island sprinter Soubrettes.

   Splinter only raced seven times for a win, two seconds and two thirds and Hoskins is her first foal. She has since left a Pour Moi filly and a Guillotine colt. The filly was passed in at this year’s Select session of the Karaka yearling sales when she failed to meet the reserve of $30,000 and the colt is likely to be offered for sale at next year’s Karaka yearling sales.


Four Hastings wins

   Hastings-trained horses won half of the eight-race programme at Woodville on Thursday of last week, with San Pedro, Hoskins, Knight’s Princess and Notionannagins all successful.

   San Pedro brought up the ninth win of his career when he took out the jumpers’ flat race over 2200 metres. The Colombia nine-year-old was ridden by former Hastings-based jockey Aaron Kuru who settled him perfectly midfield in the early running before improving his position, three-wide, approaching the home turn.

   Once in the home straight San Pedro quickly collared his stablemate and race leader Ooee and then fought out a neck to neck tussle with race favourite Zed Em over the final 200 metres, finally getting in the deciding stride to win by half a head.

   San Pedro is the winner of seven races on the flat and two over hurdles and is likely to again be seen in a jumping role in the coming winter months.

   The horse is trained at Hastings by Paul Nelson and raced by him in partnership with his wife Carol.

   Knight’s Princess finally broke through for her first victory at her 12th start when she got up in the last stride to win a 1600-metre maiden event by a nose.

   Apprentice jockey Lee Magorrian settled the No Excuse Needed mare back sixth in the running until the home turn before angling her between horses to get clear running. She stretched out well over the last 200 metres to get up and collar race favourite Judith Kate right on the line.

   Knight’s Princess is trained on the Hastings track by John Bary. She was bred by the late Kevin Wood and his wife Shirin and is now raced by the later in partnership with the Knight’s Princess Syndicate.

   The four-year-old is out of the Al Akbar mare Melanie and a full-sister to The Knight, who was the winner of four races from the Bary stable and has since won two more since transferring to the South Island.

   Melanie is also the dam of The Knight’s Princess (three wins) and Generous Bobo, who has won two races in Hong Kong.

   Trainer John Bary picked up a double at the meeting when Notionannagins led all the way in Rating 75 race over 1600 metres.

   The King’s Chapel mare was hunted out of the barrier by rider Robert Hannam to take a clear lead at the end of the first 200 metres and kept up a strong gallop to win by a neck from the fast finishing Roydon Bergerson-trained pair of Irish Whisper and Castup.

   Notionannagins brought up her third win from 23 starts and her second for this season. She was also successful over 1400 metres at Tauherenikau in February.

   The five-year-old is raced by the Notionannagins Syndicate, which is managed by Napier man Paul Sullivan. Trainer John Bary is also 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 live in Hawke’s Bay.


By-monthly award

   Napier man Paul Sullivan and his Blenheim-based daughter Theresa Hislop are the recipients of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners by-monthly award for the months of February and March.

   The pair are the breeders and owners of the good racemare Cajun, who recorded a winning double in February, the first leg being a $12,000 Rating 65 race over 2000 metres at Gisborne and the second in the $30,000 Wairoa Cup (2100m).

   The Keeninsky mare, who is trained on the Hastings track by Kelly Burne, has now won five races in total.


Timely triumph

   Lady Le Fay hopefully provided her Hawke’s Bay part-owner Dan D’Esposito with a much needed fillip when she recorded a dominant win in a $A50,000 race at Randwick in Sydney last Monday.

   D’Esposito, who races the mare in partnership with Waikato Stud’s Garry and Mark Chittick and several others, was diagnosed with a brain tumour late last year and has been undergoing intensive treatment since.

   Lady Le Fay, a five-year-old mare by Thorn Park, began her racing career in New Zealand where she won five races when trained by Chris and Paul Shailer. She was then transferred to the Sydney stable of Chris Waller at the beginning of this season and has since recorded a win, two thirds and a fourth from six Australian starts.



The stablemates Steppenwolf and Docket, both preparing for Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, stretched out well when working together at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   A Tavistock four-year-old mare and a Nom du Jeu three-year-old filly worked early in the session and ran 1200 metres up against the running rail on the course proper (dead). They ran the first 600 metres at three-quarter pace and then quickened over the last 600 in 36.7.

   Steppenwolf and Docket worked over 1200 metres together on the plough in 1:17.8, running the first 600 metres in an easy 41.8 before quickening appreciably over the last 600 in 36. Steppenwolf finished a close third over 1200 metres at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting while Docket finished fourth over 1300 metres on the same day.

   Hunta Pence worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg on his own and sprinted home the last 600 metres in 36.9. He was a game maiden winner over 1600 metres at Waipukurau two starts back and then ruined his chances by rearing as the gates opened and losing many valuable lengths over 1600 metres at Trentham. He may have one more start at Hastings this Saturday before going out for a winter spell.

   Lady Zafira and High Spirits, two others from the John Bary stable who could start at Hastings on Saturday, ran 1000 metres together on the plough in 1:3.6, the last 600 in 36.3. Lady Zafira will contest the Rating 85 1600 while High Spirits may run in a Maiden 1600.

   Percy’s Jazz, another likely runner at Hawke’s Bay, was not hurried when running 1000 metres in 1:12.1, the last 600 in 40.9. She only managed sixth in a Maiden 1600 at Woodville last week but was found to have lost a shoe during the race.

   Rocky Ride worked with a Pins three-year-old in the John Bary stable over 1000 metres in 1:8.6, the last 600 in 39.7 while Blue Suede Shoes and a Fully Fledged two-year-old filly clocked 1:4.6 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 37.6.

   Missy Moo was kept under a strong hold when running 1000 metres in 1:14.5, the last 600 in 42.7 while Chuck It In Bro and a No Excuse Needed four-year-old mare clocked 55.9 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 40.3.

   Double O Seven worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:12.4, the last 600 in 39.3 while Wait A Sec was restricted to just two rounds of pacework on the sand. He suffered a minor injury that prevented him from starting at Trentham last Saturday and is now expected to line up in a Rating 85 race over 1600 metres at Hastings this Saturday.


Impressive wins by Festival Porper and a Per Incanto three-year-old filly provided the highlights at today’s Hastings jumpouts.

   There were eight heats, run up against the inside rail on the course proper. The track provided dead footing after overnight rain.

   Festival Porper, a member of the John Bary stable, showed a good turn of speed to lead all the way in the last of the three 750-metre heats, winning by 3 lengths in a time of 45s. Second home was Kinnimont, who was a further 3 lengths in front of a Captain Rio three-year-old gelding.

   A Per Incanto three-year-old filly trained by Kelly Burne also clocked 45s when winning another 750-metre heat by 2 lengths and was striding out well at the finish. She is a half-sister to the race winner Miss Serena and shows plenty of promise.

   The good winter performer Kipkeino showed he is coming up well in a new preparation by getting up to snatch a last stride win in the second of the two 1200-metre heats. His winning time of 1:13.7 was 1.4 seconds faster than the other 1200-metre heat, which was taken out by his stablemate Havataste.



Heat 1, 400m: Gold Centre 4yr-old gelding (Z Thomson) 1, Howbaddouwantit 3yr-old filly 2. Two starters. Margin: 2-3/4 lengths. Time: 30.1s. Winner trained by Kirsty Lawrence, Waipukurau.

Heat 2, 750m: Redwood 2yr-old gelding (S Thompson) 1, Jimmy Choux 2yr-old gelding 2, Mastercraftsman 2yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: 1-1/2 lengths, 2 lengths. Time: 45.2s. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Mick Brown, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: Per Incanto 3yr-old filly (Z Thomson) 1, Beams 2, Fully Fledged 2yr-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: 2 lengths, 3 lengths. Time: 45s. Winner trained by Kelly Burne, Hastings.

Heat 4, 750m: Festival Porper (K Donnelly) 1, Kinnimont 2, Captain Rio 3yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: 3 lengths, 3 lengths. Time: 45s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: Darci Brahma 2yr-old filly (J Bassett) 1, Cosmic 2, Red Dust 3. Four starters. Margins: Long head, 4 lengths. Time: 59.8s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 6, 1000m: Tavistock 4yr-old mare (Z Thomson) 1, Divine Shiva 2, Double O Seven 3. Four starters. Margins: 3 lengths, 1-1/4 lengths. Time: 60.8s. Winner trained by Corrina McDougal, Hastings.

Heat 7, 1200m: Havataste (J Bassett) 1, Bachelor Duke 3yr-old gelding 2, Nom du Jeu 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Long neck, ¾ length. Time: 1:15.1. Winner trained by Lucy de Lautour, Waipukurau.

Heat 8, 1200m: Kipkeino (S Thompson) 1, Rocky 2, Runny Honey 3. Five starters. Margins: Long head, neck. Time: 1:13.7s. Winner trained by Lucy de Lautour, Waipukurau.



   Wait A Sec, a possible starter at Trentham this Saturday, worked well on his own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Wait A Sec was given two 600-metre sprints. He ran the first one in 38.9 and then quickened over the second one in 37.7. The Postponed five-year-old is chasing a hat-trick of victories after wins over 1600 metres at Waipukurau and Awapuni in his last two starts. He will be entered for the $25,000 Rating 85 race over 1600 metres at Saturday’s Wellington meeting.

    Hoskins, a possible starter at Woodville on Thursday, worked in from the 800-metre peg in 51, running the first 200 in a leisurely 14.7 before quickening over the last 600 in 36.3. She has not raced since finishing seventh over 1200 metres at Wairoa in February.

   Hunta Pence was given an easy 800 metres in 58.9, the last 600 in 42.3. He may have one more start, at Hastings on April 30, before going out for a winter spell.

   Keep Us Happy was also let off with an easy 800 metres in 54.8, the last 600 in 39.5. She struggled in the heavy track conditions at Awapuni last start but had recorded two useful fourth placings before that.

   Percy’s Jazz, entered for Woodville on Thursday, was given an easy 1000 metres in 1:13.2, the last 600 in 41.2 while stablemate Proficient underwent similar work over 800 metres in 59.8, the last 600 in 43.5.

   Missy Moo, in her first serious hit out in a new preparation, clocked 57 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 41.3.

   A Nom du Jeu two-year-old filly looked to be well on the outside of a Pins-Alley Way filly and a Brilliance filly at the end of an easy 600 metres in 42.8. They are all in the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen stable.


Designated Driver rounded off her preparation for Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting with a good spool workout at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   Designated Driver had blinkers on when working in from the 800-metre peg and was only let stride out fully over the final 400 metres. She clocked 54.4 for the 800, the last 600 in37.7 and was hitting out well at the finish.

   The Danroad mare faces tough opposition in Saturday’s Open 1200-metre sprint, where she will again be ridden by Robert Hannam.

   Shezgorgeous was another who worked in blinkers this morning and clocked 51.9 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37.1. Trainer Patrick Campbell was disappointed in the way the mare finished her race off at Trentham last start and is hoping that the addition of blinkers will help her concentrate a bit more when she lines up in the Rating 85 race over 1400 metres on Saturday. Chris Johnson has been booked to ride her.

   Divine Shiva, formerly in the Baker/Forsman stable but now trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, ran a solo 800 metres in 53.6, the last 600 in 38.9 while a Keeper three-year-old filly from the same stable ran over the same ground in 54.7, the last 600 in 39.5.

   A Nom du Jeu three-year-old filly and a Tavistock four-year-old mare, both trained by Corrina McDougal, worked together over 1000 metres in 1:6.6, the last 600 in 37.3.

   Tartan Bearer and a Savabeel-Elusive Dreams two-year-old filly worked together over 800 metres in 54.2, the last 600 in 38.9 while Red Dust and a Shocking three-year-old gelding recorded 56.4 for an easy 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.2.

   Percy’s Jazz and Proficient, both in the Thompson/Brown Stable, were not hurried when running 1000 metres in 1:13.8, the last 600 in 42.2 while Castle Of Boom was also doing not much more than three-quarter pace over 800 metres in 58.3, the last 600 in 42.5.

   Cosmic and a Darci Brahma two-year-old filly worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800-metre peg and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 40 while a Per Incanto three-year-old filly in Kelly Burne’s stable ran home her last 600 metres in 40.7.

   A D’Cash four-year-old gelding in the Burne stable took 41.3 for an easy 600 metres.

Recite’s death a tragic loss for all concerned 14 Apr 2016

   Hawke’s Bay has lost two highly successful thoroughbreds in the past fortnight, one of them being the dual Group 1 winner Recite and the other the former high class jumper Just A Swagger.

   Recite unfortunately broke a leg during the running of last Saturday’s Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha and her injuries were such that she had to be euthanatized.

   It was a devastating end for a mare that had not only reached huge heights on the racetrack but also promised so much as a future broodmare. Being a dual Group 1 winning daughter of Darci Brahma, her progeny would have been worth immense value in the sale ring.

   Recite was only a five-year-old and was having just her 22nd start last Saturday. She ended her career with a record of seven wins, five seconds and two thirds for stake earnings of more than $576,000.

   She won the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old in March 2013 and added the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) as a three-year-old the following season.

   Her other victories included the Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m) at Trentham, the Group 2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) and the Listed Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).

   The mare was owned by The Oaks Stud in Cambridge and prepared by Hastings trainer John Bary.

   Just A Swagger died suddenly last week on a farm property in Wanstead, where he had been enjoying retirement since he finished racing in September 2009. He was 18 years old.

   The Just A Dancer gelding was an ‘iron horse’ during an illustrious jumping career that spanned five seasons.

   Just A Swagger was trained by Paul Nelson and owned by the I See Red Syndicate, a large group of mainly Hawke’s Bay-based racing enthusiasts that have had a number of other successful jumpers in the Nelson stable.

   He raced 65 times for eight wins, seven seconds and seven thirds and amassed stake earnings of close to $230,000.

   He had his first race start, on the flat, in December 2001 but it was not until June 2004 that he had his first jumping start. From that point on he built an outstanding record over fences, both as a hurdler and a steeplechaser.

   His record of two wins and a second in the Canterbury Jockey Club’s Grand National Hurdles is unmatched while his other victories on the Riccarton track were in the 2008 Grand National Steeplechase and 2004 Sydenham Hurdles.

   The horse’s win in the 2007 Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase was especially significant as it was his first major victory on his home track and he led all the way in the 4800-metre event. He then went on to finish a good third in the same race the following year.


A winning ticket

   Thatstheticket, a horse that Hawke’s Bay Racing general manager Andrew Castles co-bred and shares in the ownership of, broke through for a deserved maiden win over 1600 metres at Trentham last Saturday.

   The Librettist four-year-old was having his fifth start, with his first four runs producing two seconds, a third and a fourth.

   Thatstheticket represents the third generation of horses Castles has raced in partnership with three close friends, Christchurch-based Dean McKenzie and Paul Baker and Gary Milne from Auckland.

   “The four of us bought a horse 24 years ago and called it The Gifted Shifta and she is the grandam of Thatstheticket,” Castles said this week.

   The Gifted Shifta recorded five wins, three seconds and two thirds from 24 starts, with one of her third placings being behind Second Coming and McDa Knife in the 2000 Wellington Cup (3200m).

   That was to be the mare’s last race as she broke down soon after and Castles and his partners then decided to breed from her. They also took in New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock as an additional partner.

   The first foal The Gifted Shifta produced was the Pins gelding Oliveranotha, who won four races on the flat before ending up as a hurdler in the South Island.

   The second foal was Kash Only (by Kashani) who recorded a win and a second in two trials before being sold to Singapore, where he raced successfully from the Bruce Marsh stable under the name of Guru Glee.

   The third foal , a colt by Shinko King, was also sold after a couple of impressive trial performances and went to Hong Kong where he won four races from only nine starts before he unfortunately broke down.

   The fourth foal was Taatledoya, a filly by Faltaat who recorded two wins and a second from only seven starts. She is the dam of Thatstheticket and has since left a three-year-old filly by Shinko King, a yearling colt by Zed and a weanling filly by Road To Rock.

   Thatstheticket, who is trained by Allan Sharrock, led from the outset in last Saturday’s 1600-metre race at Trentham and held on, under a vigorous ride from Jonathan Riddell, to score by a nose from Valour.


Distance specialist

   Ballybay, part-owned by Napier accountant Paddy Murphy, showed why he is regarded as a 1000-metre specialist when he scored a convincing victory in a $25,000 Rating 85 race at last Saturday’s Wellington meeting.

   It was the Sandtrap gelding’s fourth success and all of them have been at 1000 metres. He disputed the pace from the outset in the hands of jockey Lisa Allpress and kept up a strong run to the line to win by a length from Isola Bella and Miss Appleton.

   Ballybay is trained at Woodville by Shane Brown but began his racing career from the Foxton stable of Grant Laursen. The five-year-old is out of the Exploding Prospect mare Gee Baby, who was also part-owned by Paddy Murphy and won five races.

   Ballybay has now had 19 starts for four wins, four seconds and three thirds.


By-monthly award

   Havelock North couple Dave and Jenny Morison are the recipients of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners by-monthly award for the months of December and January.

   The Morisons are part-owners of the black type performers Saavoya and Sewreel, who are both prepared by the Cambridge training partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

   Sewreel won a maiden race over 1400 metres at New Plymouth on December 3 and has since added two more victories, one over 1400 metres at Matamata and the other in the Listed Bob Sharrock Oaks Prelude (1800m) at New Plymouth.

   Saavoya, who won two Group 2 races as a three-year-old last season, was back in winning form as a four-year-old when successful  over 1400 metres at Ellerslie on January 9.


Vet’s mistake costly

   Stephen Marsh has given his Group 1 Australian Oaks winner Sofia Rosa a few extra days in Sydney to get over her traumatic post-race ordeal.

   The Cambridge trainer is at a loss to understand how a Sydney vet could have got the dosage of a pre-flight insect spray so wrong that his filly and fellow Kiwis Valley Girl and Capella had to be taken straight to a veterinary clinic after suffering from blistering and colic.

   “The fillies got terribly agitated and it basically burned them so we had to hose them off – it was shocking,” he said.

   Under the circumstances, Sofia Rosa would remain in Sydney until Monday before she returned home with stablemate No More Tears. The latter will contest the Group 3 $A150,000 Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick tomorrow, where she will be ridden by Hugh Bowman.

   “After what Sofia Rosa has gone through I didn’t want to put her through the stress of travel straight away and she will fly home on Monday, all going well,” Marsh added.


Big winner

   One punter collected handsomely from a multi bet on the two New Zealand-owned winners, Sofia Rosa and Lucia Valentina, at last Saturday’s Champions race day at Randwick in Sydney.

   The punter bet $50 on a futures win multi combination of Lucia Valentina at $51.00 and Sofia Rosa at $15.00 for a return of $38,200.


Off to Japan

   New Zealand jockey Mark Du Plessis has picked up a three month riding stint in Japan and will be heading off at the beginning of next month.

    “I’m going there on May 3 and will be back on the 5th of July,” Du Plessis said. “It’s going to be nice to get out there and miss part of the winter here.

   “I’ve been to Japan before when I was riding Green Birdie, but that was for a couple of weekends and not a stint.”

   Du Plessis won Singapore’s Group 1 KrisFlyer International Sprint aboard the New Zealand-bred Green Birdie in 2010 and later that year they finished runner-up in the Group 2 Hanshin Centaur Stakes in Japan.

   “I had been contacted last year about riding in Japan, but I was out then with my shoulder and they said when I had been back riding for three or four months they would ring me again,” Du Plessis said.

   The 40-year-old will be based at Ritto, home to the Japan Racing Association’s training centre and the base of leading trainer Katsuhiko Sumii.

   “He has asked if he can use me as much as he can so that’s a big positive,” Du Plessis said.


Brisbane plans

   The Group 2 Hollindale Cup at the Gold Coast on May 7 is the likely starting point for the Queensland campaign of Volkstok’n’barrell.

   “We’ll get through that race and it will determine whether he goes on to the Doomben Cup or if he drops back in class to something like the Lord Mayor’s Cup,” part-owner Garry Cossey said.

   Volkstok’n’barrell returned home for a break after the multiple Group 1 winner was out of the money on an unsuitably slow track in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick a fortnight ago.

   “He was bit tired after that, but he’s doing well now,” Cossey said.


Goodsav and In Another Life, two horses from Patrick Campbell’s stable who are likely starters at Riccarton this Saturday, both hit out well at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing. A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up as a dead-4.

   Goodsav worked early in the session and on her own. She went from the 1000-metre peg to the 600 at just three-quarter pace, clocking 28s, before sprinting home quicker in the straight. The Savabeel filly looks in tremendous order and will head south to contest the Listed $50,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Stakes (1600m) at Saturday’s Canterbury meeting. Lisa Allpress will ride her again.

   Allpress has also been booked to ride In Another Life in the Rating 75 race over 1800 metres at Riccarton and this morning he worked strongly alongside stablemate Hoskins over 1000 metres in 1:4.1, the last 600 in 36.1.

    In Another Life is coming off a good last start second over 1600 metres at Trentham, where he finished behind Santiago and in front of last week’s Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes winner Endure.

   Hoskins is likely to race next at the Woodville meeting on Thursday of next week.

   Adventador was another who worked well this morning. The big Fast ‘N’ Famous seven-year-old ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:4.7, the last 600 in 36.5 and was striding out freely at the finish. Johnathan Parkes has been booked to ride him in the Listed 1200-metre sprint at this Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Designated Driver, who is likely to be one of Adventador’s race rivals, also worked on her own and ran an easy 1000 metres in 1:8.1, the last 600 in 37.4. She made up ground for sixth after being slow away over 1400 metres at Trentham last start.

   No Change showed he could be a good chance in the Rating 75 2400-nmetre race on his home track this Saturday by running a solid 1000 metres in 1:5.3, the last 600 in 36.6. He looks in great order.

   A Redwood two-year-old gelding and Fully Fledged two-year-old filly, both in the Sue Thompson and Mick Brown stable, worked together over 600 metres in 39s while Tartan Bearer and a Savabeel-Elusive Dreams two-year-old ran an easy 600 metres together in 42.8.

   No Quota and a Deputy Governor five-year-old gelding, both in the Paul Nelson stable, went sent twice over 400 metres, the first one taking 26.8 and the second one in 27.1.

   A Captain Rio three-year-old gelding worked on his own over 600 metres in 39.4 while Cosmic was one of several horses restricted to just three-quarter pace, running 600 metres in 45.6.

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