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HB Racing Column 28 Apr 2017

Bary stable picks up two wins in the past week

(By John Jenkins)


A winning double in the past week has taken Hastings trainer John Bary’s tally for the season to 17 and places him in the top 25 on the national trainers’ premiership.

Bary produced Mocca to score a last stride win in a 1400m maiden race at Woodville on Thursday of last week and then picked up a well deserved maiden win with Myrtle in a 1200m event at Awapuni on Anzac Day.

Bary’s 17 wins for the season have come from 159 starters. He is a clear leader in the race for the most wins by a Hastings trainer during the season with the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and Paul Nelson equal second on seven wins apiece.

Mocca’s win at Woodville was a form reversal after the Fully Fledged filly only managed eighth out of 14 over 1600m at Wanganui on March 30. Jockey Samantha Collett let her settle at the back of the field at Woodville and they were a distant second last at the end of the first 500 metres. Collett then started to improve her position, picking a path between other horses to have Mocca in a challenging position on the home turn.

Race favourite Sardeen had a clear lead early in the home straight and looked the likely winner for apprentice jockey Kate Cowan. But then Collett really got to work on Mocca and, with a vigorous ride, managed to get the horse’s head in front right on the line.

Mocca is raced by a number of Hawke’s Bay people. She was bred by Danny Birnie and Gordon and Jane Thomas-Long and they are members of the Copious Fun Syndicate that races the mare.

Other members in the syndicate are Peter Buckingham from Havelock North, Carolyn Thomson, Lex Verhoeven, Matt Finlayson, Pete Te Amo, Bruce Lewis and Vicki Sanders, all from Napier, Mike White (Hastings), Michael Boland (Eltham) and Les McLiver from Paraparaumu.

The mare is out of the Racing Is Fun mare Copious, who was the winner of three races and is also the dam of Starguru (eight wins) and the one race winners Stole My Thunder and Queenofharpz.

Copious is now deceased but Birnie and the Thomas-Long’s have also bred an unraced two-year-old full-brother to Mocca.

Myrtle’s winning margin at Awapuni on Tuesday was only a short head but her performance suggests she could be headed for much better things in the future.

The Keeper three-year-old filly was having her first start since finishing third over 1200m on a heavy track at Awapuni in November last year but was strong at the finish, getting in the deciding stride over first starter Cossastock after the two horses had gone clear of the rest of the field in the final stages.

Myrtle had three starts for three thirds last year and was close up on each occasion.

She was bred by Hastings-based Gerard Moughan and Napier’s Tony Aldridge and they race the horse with Aldridge’s Wellington-based brother Pat as well as a number of Hawke’s Bay people. They include Ken Lynch and Morrie Belle from Napier, Alan Hunt, Bevan Bramley, Alistair Poulgrain from Hastings, Terry Coffey and John and Stephen Dine from Taradale and Peter Wilkins (Havelock North).

Myrtle is out of the Postponed mare Granuaile, who was purchased by Moughan for $26,000 at a 2009 Karaka Mixed Bloodstock sale.

Myrtle is the only foal Moughan and Aldridge have bred out of Granuaile as the mare unfortunately died in 2015 after being mated with Niagara.

“Hopefully it is now onwards and upwards with this filly,” Aldridge said this week.

“I think she has got a bit of class about her and she was only just beaten in a couple of starts last campaign.”


Filly still on target for Oaks

Hastings-trained filly Savvy Dreams is still on target for the Group 1 Australasian Oaks in Adelaide tomorrow week despite only managing to finish 10th in her Australian debut last Saturday.

The Savabeel three-year-old lined up in the Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville but was slow away and then caught wide in the running. She was then bumped off stride 300 metres from the finish when obviously coming to the end of her run.

Guy Lowry, who co-trains Savvy Dreams with Grant Cullen, flew to Adelaide to watch the filly race at Morphettville last Saturday and said she went into the race too fresh.

“She hadn’t raced for five weeks and had done better than expected since arriving over there,” Lowry said. “She was a bit erratic in the mounting yard before the race and again in the barrier, which is why she probably missed the start.”

Lowry said Savvy Dreams has come through the race well and plans are to push on to the Group 1 $A500,000 Australian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6.

“We are stepping her work up and are hoping she can turn her form around,” he added.

Lamborghini, the stablemate of Savvy Dreams, finished an unlucky second in his Australian debut at Morphettville last Saturday.

The Shinko King six-year-old only went down by a neck in a $A100,000 open handicap over 1800m and probably would have won had jockey Jason Holder not become unbalanced after kicking his right foot out of the stirrup in the last few strides.

Lamborghini has also come through that race very well and will now line up in another $A100,000 open handicap over 2000 metres at Morphettville tomorrow week.

Apprentice’s second win

Hastings apprentice Jordan Bassett kicked home the second winner of her career when successful aboard Heni in a $12,000 Rating 85 race over 1200m at Awapuni on Anzac Day.

Bassett, 26, is attached to the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and chalked up her first win aboard the Kevin Myers-trained Kiddo in a 2200m maiden race at Rotorua in September last year.

She was having her second race-ride on the Mike Breslin-trained Heni, after finishing second aboard the mare in a 1200m race at New Plymouth last year.

Heni was back third last in the early stages of Tuesday’s race but quickly improved around the field to be outside the leader on the home turn. She then took control and Bassett punched her out over the final stages to get up and score by a neck from the pacemaking Platinum Express, with the stablemates Art Deco and Gypsy Fair flashing home late to get third and fourth respectively.

Jockey concussed in fall

Cambridge jockey Zy Nor Azman will be sidelined for the foreseeable future following a fall at Avondale on Tuesday.

“He’s battered and bruised and he was knocked out so he will have to go through the normal protocols before he rides again,” chief stipendiary steward John Oatham said.

The final event at Avondale was deemed a non-race after Nor Azman parted company with Le Moussier following a bump from Brendan Hutton’s mount Dylan De Lago, which collapsed due to a suspected internal haemorrhage.

Hutton was able to walk away, but Nor Azman remained motionless on the track and the remaining riders were aware of the situation and pulled their mounts up.

Both jockeys were taken to hospital but discharged that night, with Hutton complaining of a sore neck.


Livamol expands sponsorship

International Animal Health, the company that sponsors the Group 1 Livamol Classic run at Hastings in October, has extended its sponsorship with a three year contract with the Hawkesbury Racing Club in New South Wales.

The company is the new sponsor of the Group 3  Hawkesbury Gold Cup, which will be run on the Hawkesbury track tomorrow.

Livamol is Australasia’s leading coat conditioner for horses and other livestock for more than 50 years.

“We are thrilled to have an expanding international business, based locally and headed by a prominent owner and breeder in his own right, on board as a new sponsor for the next three years,” Hawkesbury Racing Club chief executive Greg Rudolph said.

International Animal Health is a family owned business that manufactures and markets a range of livestock solutions and Veterinarian only products available throughout Australia, New Zealand and overseas export markets.


Pleasing trial

Group One winner Heroic Valour enjoyed a quiet trial at Hawkesbury last Monday ahead of his Queensland campaign.

The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained colt finished third in his 1000m heat without being out under any pressure.

The three-year-old will make his Australian debut in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas on May 6 with Richards confirming that Opie Bosson will take the ride.

Providing Heroic Valour races up to expectations, the Group 1 Darley Kingsford Smith Cup at Eagle Farm on May 27 will be his primary target.


Tivaci’s stud fee set

Group One-winning sprinter Tivaci will stand his first season at Waikato Stud at $20,000 + GST.

“His fee represents a fantastic opportunity to breed to one of Australasia’s very best sprinters,” Mark Chittick said.

“The way he won the Group 1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick and coming home in 32.1 for the final 600m in the Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington left us in no doubt of his electric turn of foot.”


Mocca, under a vigorous ride by jockey Samantha Collett, gets up to snatch a last stride win over Sardeen in a 1400-metre maiden race at Woodville last week. She was the first of two winners produced by Hastings trainer John Bary in the past week.

Hastings Trackwork 27 Apr 2017

Racing: Hunta 27/4/17

Hunta Pence, one of two horses trainer Patrick Campbell has entered for the Rating 65 race over 1600 metres at Hastings on Saturday, worked well on his own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing. Fog prevented the timing of several gallops.

Hunta Pence worked over 800 metres in 52.8, coming home the last 600 in 38.1. He was unsuited by the slow track conditions when sixth at Awapuni last start and that followed a close second over 1600m on a good track at Waipukurau. Chris Johnson has been booked to ride him on Saturday.

Lady Guinness is the other horse Campbell has entered for the race and this morning she worked over 1200 metres on her own but could not be timed in the fog.

A Darci Brahma two-year-old filly and a Nom du Jeu three-year-old gelding worked together over 600 metres in 39.7 while Zed Leppelin clocked 1:11.7 for a solo 1000 metres, the last 600 in 41.3.

A Rip Van Winkle-Snippins youngster looked to be travelling well on the outside of a Niagara two-year-old at the end of 600 metres in 40.8. They are both in the Lowry/Cullen stable.

Hawkes Bay Racing Column 21 Apr 2017

Home track success a first for Wait A Sec’s owner

Wait A Sec’s win in the $22,500 Stella Artois Stayers Handicap at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting provided the horse’s Hastings breeder and part-owner, Ian Henderson, with a special celebration.

Henderson has been racing horses for many years but it was his first ever success on his home track.

Wait A Sec made up for a couple of unlucky runs in recent weeks with a comprehensive victory. The Postponed six-year-old was given a perfect trip in transit by jockey Johnathan Parkes, who settled the horse in the last four and up against the inside rail in the early stages of the 2500m staying test and never went around a horse.

Parkes waited for the field to fan on the home turn before quickly improving his position and then pushed Wait A Sec through a narrow gap inside the leader El Bayardo 250 metres off the line.

Once into the clear Wait A Sec dashed away from his rivals and went on to win easily by 3-1/4 lengths from Ticket Clipper, with El Bayardo a short neck back in third place.

It was Wait A Sec’s fifth win from 33 starts and his first since he took out a 1600-metre event at Awapuni 12 months ago. The horse was unlucky not to finish a lot closer than ninth in the Waipukurau Cup (2100m) two starts back when held up at a vital stage in the home straight and followed that up with a fast finishing third over 2100m at Awapuni on April 1.

The horse is trained on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and is expected to have his next start at either Hastings or Te Rapa tomorrow week.

“There is a 2100 metre race for him back here at Hastings or a 2400 at Te Rapa so we will have to decide which way to go,” Lowry said.

Ian Henderson races Wait A Sec with his Perth-based son Paul and bred the horse after purchasing the mare Security several years ago. She is out of Secrecy, who was the winner of seven races for another Hawke’s Bay owner-breeder, Don Gordon.

The first foal Henderson bred out of Security was a full-brother to Wait A Sec, called Secured. He was sold to Australian-based trainer Brian Jenkins for $25,000 and went on to a record a win and six minor placings in that country.

Henderson then bred a colt by Handsome Ransom out of Security but it broke down before getting to the races, with Wait A Sec being the next foal and the first one he has raced out of the mare.


Hastings pair in Adelaide

Savvy Dreams and Lamborghini, two in-form horses from the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, will both make their Australian debuts at tomorrow’s Morphettville meeting in Adelaide.

Savvy Dreams will contest the Group 3 $A120,000 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m), a three-year-old fillies’ race run under set weights and penalties conditions. She has drawn seven and will be ridden by South Australian jockey Paul Gatt.

The Savabeel filly has not raced since finishing a game third behind Bonneval and Devise in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 18. That run followed a close second to Bonneval in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 2.

Savvy Dreams will be using tomorrow’s race as a lead up to the Group 1 $A500,000 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6, a race that is also restricted to three-year-old fillies and run at set weights. Top Victorian jockey Craig Williams has already been booked to ride her in that race.

Lamborghini lines up in an $A100,000 Open Handicap over 1800m tomorrow, where he has drawn well at barrier six and will be ridden by Jason Holder. He was a last start winner of the Waipukurau Cup (2100m) on March 23.

Co-trainer Grant Cullen travelled with the two horses when they left New Zealand on Wednesday of last week. They were flown from Auckland to Melbourne and then had a nine hour float trip down to Adelaide.

The two horses are based at Paul Beshara’s Morphettville stables and Cullen says both have settled in well in the new surroundings.

They were given their final hit outs at the Morphettville track on Wednesday and both worked very well.

Lowry and Cullen will be hoping for a change of luck after previous trips to Australia have brought little in return. They lined up Pimms Time in the 2013 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) but she only managed 10th out of 13 and Irish Fling crossed the Tasman after winning the Group 1 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) at Trentham in 2014 but broke down when finishing last in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill in her only Australian start.

Back when Guy Lowry was training on his own he also took Lilakyn over for a crack at the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) in 2007. The horse finished second, beaten a nose, after rider Lisa Cropp thought she had the race won.


Sweet success at Taupo

Hastings-owned Honey Rider returned to her best with a decisive win in a 1300m three-year-old race at Taupo on Easter Monday.

The Pins filly, bred and owned by Hawke’s Bay friends Charlie Whyte and Andrew Lockyer, was recording her fourth victory from only 10 starts but had only managed two sixths and a fourth from her three most recent outings.

Honey Rider only had four rivals in Monday’s race and she was caught three-wide in the early stages so rider Michael Coleman let her roll to the front with 900 metres to run. From then on she was always in control and, after leading by a length on the home turn, she kept up a strong gallop to hold a 1-1/4 length winning margin on the line.

Honey Rider won the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings last spring and her trainers, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, will now aim her at the Group 3 $70,000 Cambridge Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa tomorrow week.

“She did that easily enough today and she’ll now go to the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes,” said Murray Baker.

“She’s had a bit of a freshen up and she was ready to go again.

“She’s pretty good when she’s right and she looked to be waiting for the others a bit,” Baker said.

Honey Rider was the second foal out of the Align mare Southern Heights, who won two races for Whyte and Lockyer when trained at Hastings by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. The first foal, a colt by Savabeel, unfortunately died.


Peso ready to jump

Hastings-trained Peso broke through for an impressive maiden win on the flat at last week’s Rotorua meeting but it is over the jumps that he is expected to excel in the future.

The Colombia gelding was having only his sixth career start when he recorded a dominant 2-1/2 length victory in a 1950-metre highweight at Rotorua, after a second and a third in his previous five outings.

The horse is trained at Hastings by Paul Nelson and raced by him in partnership with his wife Carol. They bred the five-year-old out of the unraced Victory Dance mare All Magic.

Although Peso has yet to race over hurdles he was one of eight horses trainer Paul Nelson schooled at the Hastings track a couple of weeks ago where he gave a dashing display over the hurdles.

He is certainly bred to excel as a jumper as his dam is a full-sister to Hummer, who recorded a win, a second, two thirds and two fourths from 13 hurdle starts.

Jockey Aaron Kuru settled Peso just in behind the leading trio in the early stages of last week’s Rotorua race and secured a charmed rails run rounding the home bend to quickly challenge for the lead. The horse strode clear soon after and was being eased down by Kuru over the final stages.

Owners & Breeders function

The Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners & Breeders Associations will hold their annual race day function at the Hawke’s Bay meeting at Hastings tomorrow week, April 29.

The function will be held in the Karamu/Estella Lounge on the top floor of the Members Stand and will commence at 11.30am.

Each member and a guest will receive a complimentary drink, with a cash bar operating after that.

A complimentary luncheon for members and a guest will be served at approximately 1pm. Any additional guests will be charged $30 per person for the meal.

Throughout the day there will be a member’s draw prior to each race.

For catering purposes those attending are asked to RSVP by today (April 21) to either Tony Lyndon (06) 8768250 or Sharyn Craig 0274 999084. Or they can email:


By-monthly award winner

Hastings trainer Kelly Burne is the recipient of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Kevin Wood Memorial Trophy for the months of February and March.

Burne and her Perth-based son Vinnie Meenehan race the talented stayer Saint Kitt, who has had four starts since the beginning of the New Year for two wins and two seconds. One of those victories was in the $30,000 Hororata Gold Cup (1800m) at Riccarton.


HB races on April 29

Hawke’s Bay Racing will stage an eight-race programme on the Hastings track tomorrow week, with the first race timed for 12.30pm and the last at 4.37pm.

There will be free general admission and access to the Members Stand where you can relax while getting a fabulous view of the horses passing the Winning Post.  It promises to be a great day out for families.   


Wait A Sec and jockey Johnathan Parkes are out on their own at the finish of the Rating 75 race over 2500 metres at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting. It was the horse’s fifth victory and the first home track success for his Hastings owner-breeder Ian Henderson

Hastings Trackwork 18 Apr 2017

Racing: Tui Gold 

A strong 1000-metre gallop by the stablemates Tui Gold and Pakapunch was the highlight in a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

Tui Gold and Pakapunch worked together over 1000 metres in 1:4.3, running the first 400 in 27.8 and then speeding up over the last 600 in 36.5. Both horses looked to be travelling well at the finish and obviously appreciated the better footing.

A Shocking three-year-old gelding and one by Sufficient, two others in the Lowry/Cullen stable, also worked well together when running 800 metres in 51.6, the last 600 in 37.7.

Absolutely Peaches had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:15.2, the last 600 in 43.

A Darci Brahma two-year-old filly owned and trained by Richard McKenzie ran an easy 600 metres in 40.7. She is a full-sister to the stakes winning mare Silver Eclipse.

Hawkes Bay Racing Column 14 Apr 2017

Ballybay runs rivals ragged again in Trentham sprint

(By John Jenkins)

It was a case of déjà vu when Ballybay, a horse part-owned by Napier accountant Paddy Murphy, scored an all the way win in the $25,000 Rating 85 race over 1000 metres at last Saturday’s Wellington meeting.

The six-year-old gelding was ridden to victory by top woman jockey Lisa Allpress and the same combination won the exact same race, with similar tactics, 12 months ago.

Ballybay was recording his second win in a row when he took out last Saturday’s Trentham race by 1-1/2 lengths, after also scoring a long neck victory over 1000 metres at Tauherenikau on March 26.

The horse’s form before that had been well below his best but Murphy explained this week that the six-year-old Sandtrap gelding suffered some health issues which resulted in him losing condition and failing to produce his best on race day.

“They worked it out that he was suffering from stomach ulcers and once we had that treated he quickly recovered and he’s bounced back to his best in his last two starts,” Murphy said.

Murphy races Ballybay in partnership with Wairarapa-based David Woodhouse and the pair bred the horse, along with former Foxton trainer Grant Laursen.

Ballybay began his racing career in Laursen’s stable but was transferred to Woodville trainer Shane Brown after Laursen was seriously injured in a fall from a horse.

Ballybay has now won six races from only 25 starts, with all six of those victories being over a distance of 1000m.

“He will probably head to Blenheim later this month for another 1000-metre race there and his win last Saturday qualified him for the Hanley Sprint Series Final, which is a $50,000 race at Trentham on May 27,” Murphy said.

 “The only thing is that race is 1200 metres and he’s never won at that distance yet.”

Ballybay is out of the Exploding Prospect mare Gee Baby, who was the winner of five races and is still being bred from.

“She produced a magnificent gelding by Per Incanto that we called Bekan. He was trialed and showed plenty of promise but unfortunately went in the wind and never raced,” Murphy said.

 “David Woodhouse has now got a Per Incanto two-year-old filly out of Gee Baby and the mare is now in foal to Niagara,” he added.

 Paddy Murphy has raced horses for many years, with his biggest success being as a shareholder in the 2011 Hawke’s Bay Cup winner Don Domingo.


Lowry/Cullen pair head to Aussie

Talented Hastings-trained filly Savvy Dreams was flown from Auckland to Australia on Wednesday accompanied by her stablemate Lamborghini.

Trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen had been preparing Lamborghini for this Saturday’s Listed Hawke’s Bay Cup but decided to send him across the Tasman as a mate for the three-year-old Savvy Dreams.

“The weather forecast doesn’t look good for Hastings later this week and Lamborghini needs a firm track. We also thought it would be best for Savvy Dreams to have a mate as it would have been a long trip for her on her own,” Lowry said.

Lamborghini was an impressive last start winner of the Waipukurau Cup (2100m) and Lowry said there are a couple of suitable races for the horse in South Australia.

The two horses landed in Melbourne on Wednesday and then had a nine hour float trip to Adelaide, where they are based at the Morphettville stables of Paul Beshara.

Co-trainer Grant Cullen travelled with the two horses and plans to be in Adelaide for almost a month.

Savvy Dreams will make her Australian debut in the Group 3 $A120,000 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville on April 22, a three-year-old fillies’ race run under set weights and penalties conditions.

This will serve as an ideal lead up to the Group 1 $A500,000 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6, a race that is also restricted to three-year-old fillies and run at set weights.

South Australian jockey Paul Gatt has been booked to ride Savvy Dreams in her Australian debut and Craig Williams will take the reins in the Oaks.

“We’ll see how she goes and there are the options of the Derby a week later and then the South Australian Oaks as well,” Lowry said.

“Our biggest worry is the travel. She doesn’t carry a lot of condition, but her work has been first class.”

The win by Bonneval in last Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) has franked the form of Savvy Dreams as she only went down by half a head when second behind that Baker/Forsman trained star in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 2.

Savvy Dreams then followed that up with a last start third behind Bonneval and Devise in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 18.

“She’s not Bonneval, but she’s not that far off her either,” Lowry added.


Owners & Breeders function

The Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners & Breeders Associations will hold their annual race day function at the Hawke’s Bay meeting at Hastings on Saturday, April 29.

The function will be held in the Karamu/Estella Lounge on the top floor of the Members Stand and will commence at 11.30am.

Each member and a guest will receive a complimentary drink, with a cash bar operating after that.

 A complimentary luncheon for members and a guest will be served at approximately 1pm. Any additional guests will be charged $30 per person for the meal.

Throughout the day there will be a member’s draw prior to each race.

For catering purposes those attending are asked to RSVP by April 21 to either Tony Lyndon (06) 8768250 or Sharyn Craig 0274 999084. Or they can email:


Saracino’s stable change

Saracino’s preference for left-handed tracks has prompted a move to Mike Moroney’s Melbourne stable.

The son of Per Incanto has been a multiple Group winner and Group One placed for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

He finished sixth in last Saturday’s Arrowfield Three-year-old Sprint at Randwick in his final appearance for the Cambridge trainers.

 ”He covered some ground on Saturday and I thought it was still a good run,” Baker said. “He has won three Group Two races this season, but he’s better on left-hand tracks.”

Mongolian Wolf, another three-year-old in the Baker/Forsman stable, has been sold and is expected to join Darren Weir’s stable in Victoria. The horse finished third in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas before he was unplaced in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby.


Wheeler chasing 10th victory

Jumps maestro John Wheeler will be shooting for his 10th win in the Great Eastern Steeplechase at Oakbank on Easter Monday.

The New Plymouth trainer will be relying on Racquetor to take him into double figures in the 4950m feature.

“He'll run on the Saturday (Von Doussa) and then the Monday (Great Eastern) and he's a pretty handy horse so I'd be expecting him to run pretty well,” Wheeler said.


Brisbane beckons

Star Wanganui sprinter Start Wondering will be campaigned in Queensland this winter, according to co-trainer J.J. Rayner, who prepares the horse with her father Evan.

 “The BTC Cup and the Doomben 10,000 are very good options and we could also be looking at the Stradbroke,” Rayner said.

Start Wondering established himself as New Zealand’s premier short course performer with his summer campaign netting him Group 1 victories in the Sistema Railway Stakes and the NRM Sprint, as well as the Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint.

He was also runner-up in the Group 1 Telegraph and then stepped up to a mile to finish second in the Group 1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic.


Hannam brings up 1000

Robert Hannam’s successful riding career has been founded on a mix of self-belief and determination.

He had to overcome the slowest of starts to become an established senior jockey and his hard work was rewarded on Saturday when he finally posted his 1000th New Zealand winner aboard Artaxerxes at Trentham.

One of the most popular members of the jockeys’ room, Hannam had got to within one of his milestone victory aboard Classic Touch at Hastings a month ago.

“I’ve had 30 odd rides since then so I’m so happy to have got there,” he said. “To be able to get 1000 is unbelievable. I just wish I could bottle it - I’m proof that dreams do come true!

“Even though I only rode six winners during my four years as an apprentice I was never going to give up. Most people would have, but I love riding and I’m still so passionate about it.”

Hannam, who served his apprenticeship at Otaki with Anton Koolman and Steven Dennett, has five Group 1 successes to his credit – Greene Street (Avondale Cup, International Stakes), Iamishwara (Otaki WFA Classic), Distill (Levin Classic) and Aide Memoire (Captain Cook Stakes).

Hannam, who also rode with success in India during the early 1990s, said he has no plans to retire just yet.

“I’m loving it, my weight’s good and I’m still getting more than 600 rides a season. I’ll do at least another couple of years yet.”


Ballybay, in the hands of jockey Lisa Allpress, scores a dominant 1-1/2 length win in the $25,000 Start Wondering Cup at Trentham last Saturday. It was the horse’s second consecutive win in the 1000-metre race.



Hastings Trackwork 13 Apr 2017

Racing: Goodsav 

The stablemates Goodsav, Lady Guinness and Scandalo were the only horses to gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session and all three worked well in preparation for Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided slushy footing after 6 millimetres of rain fell on the track yesterday.

Goodsav worked on her own over 1000 metres in 1:6.2 and was only really asked to extend over the final stages, clocking 37s for the last 600 metres. The Savabeel mare has trained on extra well since her impressive last start win at Waipukurau and promises to be very competitive again in the Rating 85 race over 1400 metres on Saturday.

Lady Guinness was striding out well at the finish of 600 metres in 37.7 while Scandalo was also working well at the end of his 600-metre sprint in 37.9. Both horses are entered for the Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at Hastings on Saturday.

Absolutely Peaches had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when working over 1000 metres at a bit slower than three-quarter pace while Hastings entrants Strut and Proficient were among a number of horses restricted to just pacework on the plough.

Hastings Trackwork - Perfect 11/4/17 11 Apr 2017


(By John Jenkins)

A dense blanket of fog covered the Hastings racecourse for most of this morning’s trackwork session preventing the timing of the majority of the gallops.

Fast work was carried out on the plough and about half-way out on the No.1 grass, both tracks providing dead footing.

A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up as a dead-5.

Trainer John Bary brought eight horses into the track to gallop but only Perfect Shock and Notionannagins could be timed because of the fog. They clocked 1:2.2 for 1000 metres on the grass, but no sectional times could be taken.

Pakapunch was given an easy 1000 metres on the plough in 1:7, but again the fog prevented any sectional times being recorded.

Goodsav looked to be travelling very strongly when she emerged from the fog at the end of 1000 metres on the plough. The Savabeel mare has obviously trained on well since her fresh up win at Waipukurau last month and is down to start in the Rating 85 race over 1400 metres at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

Lady Guinness also looked to be striding out well when she ended her 800-metre gallop in the fog and she will be one of two horses trainer Patrick Campbell will line up in the Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at Hastings on Saturday. The other is Scandalo, who was given a sharp 600-metre sprint on the plough but could not be timed in the fog.

Zed Leppelin had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when he worked over two rounds of half-pace on the plough. The Zed gelding will contest the Rating 75 race over 2500 metres at Hastings on Saturday.

Hawkes Bay Racing Column for Friday 7/4/17 7 Apr 2017

Hastings filly Savvy Dreams is off to Adelaide

 A trip to Adelaide for a tilt at the Group 1 $500,000 Australasian Oaks has been confirmed for promising Hastings-trained filly Savvy Dreams.

The Savabeel three-year-old will be given a strong workout at the Hastings track tomorrow morning and, all going well, she will then be on a flight from Auckland to Melbourne next Tuesday.   

She will stay overnight in Melbourne and then be floated down to Adelaide the next day. Grant Cullen, who trains the filly in partnership with Guy Lowry, will be travelling with the horse.

Savvy Dreams will be stabled at trainer Paul Bishara’s property at Morphettville and is expected to make her Australian debut in the Group 3 $A120,000 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) there on April 22. It is a three-year-old fillies’ race run under set weights and penalties conditions, with stakemoney paid down to 10th placing.

This race will serve as an ideal lead up to the Group 1 $A500,000 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6, a race that is also restricted to three-year-old fillies and run at set weights.

Savvy Dreams has come a long way in a short time and has not finished further back than fifth in her five starts. She won on debut in a 1200m maiden race at Hastings on New Year’s Day and three races later she finished a close second, beaten a half-head, behind Bonneval in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 2.

The tough filly then went to Trentham a fortnight later and turned in another courageous performance for third behind Bonneval and Devise in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

Savvy Dreams was turned out for a week spell following that hard race and has freshened up well. She underwent an easy 1000-metre workout on her own on the heavy No. 1 grass at the Hastings track on Tuesday, clocking 1:9.6, the last 600 in 39.1. She will have a more testing gallop tomorrow and be floated up to Auckland next Tuesday.

Savvy Dreams is owned by Cambridge’s Tony Rider who has retained a 50 per cent racing share in the filly. The Storming Home Syndicate, which involves a number of Hawke’s Bay people, has a 30 per cent racing share while two Napier men, Kelvyn Marshall and Grant Julian, each have a 5 per cent shareholding along with Dannevirke couple Jim and Lynne Small and Hawera-based Wendy Spurdle.


Saint Kitt at Riccarton

Hastings stayer Saint Kitt has only four rivals in tomorrow’s $30,000 Hornby Working Men’s Club Founders Cup at Riccarton as he attempts to add to his great South Island record.

The Keeper seven-year-old is topweight, with 60kg, in the 2200m event as he chases a third victory from his last four starts.

Saint Kitt is raced by Hastings trainer Kelly Burne and her Perth-based son Vinnie Meenehan but has been in the temporary care of Riccarton trainer Pam Robson since September last year. He has had nine starts since then for three wins, two seconds, a third, a fourth and a fifth and picked up more than $70,000 in stakemoney.


Addictive Habit back on track

Hawke’s Bay-owned Addictive Habit is making good progress toward a return to racing with an Australian campaign his top priority.

The Group 1 winner, bred and part-owned by Hastings couple Graham and Isabell Roddick, hasn’t raced for 14 months but has responded well to treatment for the tendon injury that halted his career.

“We’ve given him a long, slow build-up and he’s been doing very well,” his Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell said.

“I couldn’t be happier with him, he’s thriving and loving his work.”

Addictive Habit furthered his preparation with an outing at last week’s Cambridge trials where he finished third in his open 935m heat. He is likely to have another trial within the next couple of weeks.

Somervell said Addictive Habit was unlikely to race here before the gelding headed across the Tasman.

“There really isn’t anything suitable for him here,” he said. “We’re aiming for another Brisbane campaign so all going well we’ll head over there in the middle of May.

“We haven’t got anything in particular in mind for him yet, but he will get in whatever we decide on and there are a lot of choices.”

Addictive Habit is no stranger to the Queensland winter carnival with a four-start campaign there in 2015 netting a Listed win at the Gold Coast and another minor placing.

The son of Colombia returned home to win the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate before triumphing in the Group 1 Livamol Classic during that year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

He then headed south to Riccarton to successfully defend his Group 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile title under 59.5kg.


Gavin Parker’s first win

Former Hastings-based Gavin Parker celebrated his first win as a trainer when Pure Lorde won the final event at Awapuni last Saturday.

Parker recently joined successful Matamata trainer Graham Richardson in a new partnership and Pure Lorde was their only runner at the Manawatu meeting.

Richardson watched the horse from home while Parker was on hand at Awapuni to accept congratulations for the victory.

“I did ask Gavin to head down there with the mare as I thought she would be a good chance and there is no better feeling than training your first winner,” explained Richardson.

“Parksey is a great guy and is going to be a real asset for the stable. To get that first win on the board certainly takes the pressure off and hopefully it’s the sign of good things to come.

“I’ve always thought that he would be the ideal person to bring into a partnership and when the opportunity presented itself I was delighted that we could get things up and running.”

Gavin Parker worked for a number of years for the strong O’Sullivan-owned Wexford Stables before spending several years in Hawke’s Bay, where he was a member of the track staff at the Hastings racecourse.

Richardson said Pure Lorde, who has now won three of her 12 starts, could now be stepped up in class, indicating a tilt at the Listed $75,000 Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup (2200m) at Hastings tomorrow week was one option being considered.

Sampson, another impressive winner at Awapuni last Saturday, is another likely starter in next week’s Hawke’s Bay Cup, along with this year’s Wellington Cup winner Savaria and recent Waipukurau Cup winner Lamborghini.

The Hawke’s Bay Cup will be one of two black type races at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Easter Saturday, the other being the $50,000 NZ Bloodstock Finance Sprint (1200m).

An eight-race programme is planned for the meeting, with the first timed for 12.24pm and the last at 4.35pm.


Kawi spelling

Top galloper Kawi has been turned out for a six week spell and is unlikely to race again until the spring.

The horse’s New Plymouth trainer, Allan Sharrock, says the Savabeel six-year-old will either kick off another campaign at the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival or in Melbourne.

One thing for certain is that Kawi’s future racing will be restricted to shorter distances after he only managed fifth in the Group 1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie last start.

“I doubt he’ll ever run over 2000 metres again,” Sharrock said. “The ride in his last start was good, but he did have that wind operation last year and when the gap came at the 300 he had run out of oxygen.

“He’s an explosive sprinter-miler so we’ll be keeping him to 1200, 1400 and 1600 metre races.”

Kawi is the winner of 14 races, six of them at Group 1 level.


Godolphin support for CATWALK

The CATWALK’s Trust quest to cure Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) has been boosted by a unique and generous gesture by Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin.

They have gifted a service to Brazen Beau, worth $A44,000, with all proceeds from the sake of the service at the Trust’s event in Queenstown next month to fund research projects.

“This is an amazingly generous gift and it demonstrates the very best co-operation,” CATWALK founder Catriona Williams said.

 “Every single day someone in Australasia is affected by a life changing SCI - a tetraplegic in Australia represents a lifetime cost of $9.4 million dollars and for paraplegics its $5 million dollars.

“This is one race we can’t afford to lose, and we can’t thank Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin enough.”


Savvy Dreams (right) has a narrow advantage over Bonneval inside the last 100 metres of the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 2 but was grabbed right on the line by the Baker/Forman trained runner, going down by half a head. The Savabeel filly is now headed to Adelaide for the Australasian Oaks.

Guy Lowry, co-trainer of Savvy Dreams

Grant Cullen co-trainer of Savvy Dreams.  

Hastings Trackwork 4 Apr 2017

New Zealand Oaks placegetter Savvy Dreams worked well on her in very wet conditions at this morning’s Hastings track session.

Fast work was carried out on the plough (slushy) and wide out on the No.1 grass (heavy). More than 18 millimetres of rain had fallen on the course overnight and was still persistent during the session.

Savvy Dreams had apprentice jockey Jordan Bassett aboard when running a solo 1000 metres on the grass in 1:9.6, the first 400 metres taking 30.5 and the last 600 in 39.1. Bassett said the Savabeel filly did not feel happy in the wet conditions but still worked nicely.

Trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen are considering a trip to Adelaide for Savvy Dreams, with the Group 1 $A500,000 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on May 6 the main target. The trip will be confirmed after the filly has a searching gallop at the Hastings track this Saturday.

Last start winner Lamborghini also worked on his own over 1000 metres on the grass and clocked 1:10.1, the last 600 in 40.7. He was impressive when taking out the Waipukurau Cup (2100m) and is now being aimed at the Listed $75,000 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings on Saturday week.

Stablemates Scandalo and Lady Guinness, two horses entered for Trentham this Saturday, worked together on the plough and ran 1000 metres in 1:11.7, the last 600 in 39.2. Johnathan Parkes has been booked to ride Lady Guinness in the three-year-old race over 1400 metres while Scandalo will contest the Rating 65 1600.

Gilhoolie, another entered for Trentham, worked on his own over 1000 metres on the grass in 1:9.2, the last 600 in 40.2. He disappointed when well beaten over 1200 metres at Trentham last start.

Zed Leppelin ran a solo 1000 metres on the grass in 1:13.5, the last 600 in 41.6 and is being prepared for the Rating 75 race over 2500 metres at Hastings on Saturday week. The Zed gelding could be seen in a jumping role after that.

A Captain Rio four-year-old gelding and a Nadeem three-year-old gelding, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, clocked 56.1 for 800 metres on the grass, the last 600 in 38.6 while Nigella Jazz finished slightly in front of Pakapunch at the end of an easy 1000 metres on the plough, the last 600 in 41.5.

Proficient clocked 1:11.2 for an easy 1000 metres on the grass, the last 600 in 39.9. She could start next at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Saturday week.


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