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Trackwork 30 May 2013


   Tradtri, a possible starter at next Monday’s Wairarapa meeting at Tauherenikau, turned in an excellent solo workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There were only two gallops timed, both on the plough, which was soft after a heavy overnight frost.

   Tradtri looked to be striding out very easily at the end of 1000 metres in 1:4.7, the last 600 in 37.6. The Traditionally gelding will be entered for the Rating 75 1400 at Tauherenikau but will only start if the track is not too heavy. He struggled in very heavy ground at Awapuni last start but had recorded a good third over 1400 metres on a dead track at Hastings before that.

   A Fast ‘N’ Famous-Lucerne three-year-old filly trained by Fred Pratt worked in from the 600-metre peg in 38.5 in her first serious workout. She looked to be working well at the finish.

   Whoopi Gee, another possible runner at Tauherenikau on Monday, was one of a number of horses restricted to just pacework when working over two rounds. She went a much improved race for fourth at Hastings last Monday. 

Survived on target for Queensland Derby

Survived on target for Queensland Derby 29 May 2013


   Hastings trainer John Bary is confident of another top effort from his star three-year-old Survived in Saturday’s Group 1 $A500,000 Queensland Derby, despite the horse not having raced for four weeks.

   Bary was at Tuesday’s Hastings jumpouts and said he has had nothing but good reports on the Zed gelding’s condition going into Saturday’s 2400-metre event.

   “He had a good breeze up in trackwork this morning and had a good strong hit out last Saturday with Jonathan Riddell aboard and I’m really happy with him,” Bary said.

   While many of the Derby contenders used last Saturday’s Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben as a final lead up to the Derby, Survived was back in his box after having undergone a solid workout on the Eagle Farm track that morning.

   New Zealand jockey Jonathan Riddell said Survived worked strongly over 1400 metres and felt tremendous in his action.

   “Missing this race (Grand Prix Stakes) should not be a problem,” Riddell said.

   It was always Bary’s plan to give Survived just one lead up race in Australia before the Queensland Derby and that was in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2200m) at Eagle Farm on May 11. He was a fast finishing second in that race, to subsequent Grand Prix Stakes winner Hawkspur, after he had to change ground early in the home straight.

   Riddell came in for some criticism for his ride on Survived that day, with the stipendiary stewards saying he should have angled his mount to the outside of Usainity at the top of the home straight instead of opting for a run inside that horse. Survived ran out of room and had to be checked and angled across Usainity’s heels before getting balanced up again.

   Survived, who is owned by his Hawke’s Bay breeder Don Gordon, has had just eight starts for five wins and two seconds. He won a Group 3 double in New Zealand, in the Manawatu Classic (2000m) and Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m), before heading to Queensland.


Rider’s first win

   Waipukurau’s Rebecca Goldsbury kicked home her first winner at just her second race day ride when King Of Rock took out the amateur riders’ race at last Monday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Goldsbury, 20, had her first race ride aboard Shanghai Lil at the Wanganui meeting on May 7 and finished third the amateur riders’ race that day. Both horses are owned and trained by Waipukurau-based Steve Ellis.

   Ellis instructed Goldsbury not to get boxed in on King Of Rock in Monday’s 2000-metre race as the horse needs plenty of racing room and so she kept him well away from the inside rail all the way. He shot to a clear lead inside the last 600 metres and, despite going very wide on the home turn, kept up a strong gallop to the line to win by three-quarters of a length.

   Steve Ellis is employed as a large animal technician for Vet Services in Waipukurau and says he only has limited time to devote to racehorse training, with King Of Rock and Shanghai Lil the only horses he has in work.

   “I had to take a day off my holidays so that I could be at the races today,” Ellis said.

   He bred King Of Rock out of the Rhythm mare Zazu and the Istidaad four-year-old has now won twice. His other success was also on the Hastings track, when he took out a Rating 65 2500-metre event in January.

   King Of Rock’s form dropped away after that win which had Ellis baffled until he found that the horse had a deep seated abscess in his off-side foreleg.

   “I couldn’t work it out but he just wasn’t finishing his races off like I knew he could,” Ellis said.

   “I put a poultice on the hoof and the abscess was so deep that it ended up coming out at the coronet instead of the foot.”

   King Of Rock will now be aimed at a Rating 75 2500-metre race at Hastings on June 29.

   Ellis has leased Zazu out for two years to keep her producing and has a rising two-year-old colt by Sir Percy out of the mare presently up for sale.


Winning double for Kuru

   Aaron Kuru, who started out as an amateur jockey in Hastings, chalked up his first two jumping wins as a professional at last Monday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Kuru, 21, was successful aboard Comte De Jeu and No Governance in the two maiden hurdle races on the programme to go with his three previous wins on the flat.

   Born in New South Wales, Kuru came to New Zealand when he was 11 and spent his teenage years in Hawke’s Bay. He worked for the Hastings stable of Patrick Campbell for two years and then spent another two years riding work for another Hastings trainer, John Bary.

   He rode as an amateur jockey last season with his first win being aboard the John Bary-trained D’Goldie in an amateur riders’ race at Ellerslie in August 2011. He has also been a successful sportsman and a former member of the New Zealand Black Sox Softball team.

   Kuru is nowadays based in Cambridge where he rides morning trackwork for the training partnership of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young and then spends most days schooling horses at the property of fellow jumps jockey Shelley Houston.

   He gave a polished display of jumps riding in both wins last Monday, extracting everything out of Comte De Jeu in the final stages to hold out Mungo Jerry by a long neck and then leading all the way aboard No Governance, rating the horse perfectly in front to score by 2-1/2 lengths.

   No Governance is trained at Hastings by Paul Nelson, who races the horse in partnership with his wife Carol. The Corrupt gelding had been unplaced in five previous hurdle starts but had won twice on the flat, over 2400 and 2500 metres.


Rod Pedersen has died

   Rod Pedersen, a former successful Hastings thoroughbred owner-trainer, died last Saturday aged 89.

   Pedersen was a well respected horseman and a rabbiter in the district for many years. He was regularly seen riding a horse, with a team of dogs trailing behind him, around Hawke’s Bay country roads before reverting to a motorbike in later years. He took up training horses as a hobby and produced two very good performers in Roy and Lady Arabella, who each won six races.

   Lady Arabella, a mare by Reindeer, had 10 starts in the 1983-84 racing season for four wins, three seconds, two thirds and a fourth. Pedersen was the clerk of the course at Hastings race meetings at that time and got to lead the mare back at the head of the field after she won the $5500 White Horse Whisky Handicap at the Napier Park meeting in November, 1984.

   In later years Pedersen was the swabbing steward at Hawke’s Bay race meetings and had to swab his own horse, Beluga, after he won a 1400-metre maiden race at Hastings in June 1990 at odds of 100 to one. The racecourse inspector at the time, Bud Flavell, had to oversee the swabbing procedure to make sure everything complied with the rules of racing.

   Rod Pedersen was not a betting man but his life revolved around horses and he loved life to the full. His stock standard reply if anyone asked him how he was doing was: “Just the best.”


Destiny Cove upset winner

   Destiny Cove surprised even her Waipukurau trainer Katrina Alexander when she got up to snatch a last stride win in the $25,000 Rating 75 1400-metre race at last Saturday’s Wellington meeting at odds of 26 to one.

   The Dubai Destination mare was having her first start since October last year and was racing on a very heavy track.

   “I knew she was fit because we’d done a lot of work with her but I was just hoping she would run on okay,” Alexander said.

   “We were going to go to Waverley two days ago for a 1600-metre race but decided to run her here over 1400 instead and it was like a 1600 out there anyway.”

   Destiny Cove was recording her fourth win from 26 starts and has won fresh up before, that being over 1600 metres at Hastings in August last year.

   The six-year-old was bought by Alexander and her husband Simon for $60,000 as a yearling and they race her in partnership with a group of people from Tauranga and Auckland.

   Alexander is best known for producing Honor Babe to win the 2003 Sydney Cup. She was based then in Matamata before shifting to Woodville and now her and Simon operate a 74 acre property at Onga Onga.

   Destiny Cove is the only horse Alexander has in work at the moment but she says she has another four ready to bring in and would be keen to train more.

   “We do most of the training around the farm at home and then I go into the Waipukurau track to do the fast work,” she said. 


Borrack jumps ahead

   Borrack, part-owned by Havelock North’s Alistair Cuming, recorded his eighth jumping win and his second over steeples when taking out the $12,000 Restricted Open Steeplechase at last Monday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Black Minnaloushe eight-year-old scored by 4-1/2 lengths in the 4000-metre event, following on from a 2-1/4 length victory in a 3450-metre steeplechase at Warrnambool in Australia last winter.

   Before that the baldy-faced chestnut had won six races from eight starts over hurdles.

   Cuming races Borrack in partnership with the horse’s Hunterville trainer Adrian Bull and he has now won them 15 races in total and more than $197,000 in stakemoney.


Second win for Sonata

   Sonata, part-owned by Havelock North surgeon Noel Nicholson, recorded her second win from just five starts when taking out a Rating 65 1400-metre race at last Monday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Nicholson bred the Bahhare three-year-old filly in partnership with Cambridge-based Ross McCarroll, who trains her.

   She is out of the Masterclass mare Dupre, who was the winner of four races and has also left Purde, who won three races and was stakes placed in Australia.

Gifted Sand easy winner at Hastings jumpouts

Gifted Sand easy winner at Hastings jumpouts 28 May 2013


Foxton last week with another decisive win at today’s Hastings jumpouts.

   The jumpouts were held up against the running rail on the course proper, which provided slow footing.

   Gifted Sand showed plenty of speed when leading all the way for a 6 length win in a 750-metre heat and clocked a good time of 46.3s. The Sandtrap gelding has been unplaced in five starts to date but showed a marked improvement when winning a 1000-metre trial at Foxton last week and looks to have trained on the right way since. He is trained by Kylie Wakely.

   An Any Suggestion-Melanie three-year-old filly won the other 750-metre heat by 4 lengths and clocked a time of 48.4s. She is an unraced half-sister to the well performed The Knight and is now in the stable of Kelly Burne.

   Lavish Prince had too much experience for his three rivals in the first of the 1000-metre heats, winning easily by 7 lengths in a time of 1:5.3. The O’Reilly three-year-old has shown up well in trials and jumpouts but has disappointed in his three race starts to date. He is trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.

   Make Big, a member of the John Bary stable, clocked the quickest time of the three 1000-metre heat winners when recording 1:4.9. He was ridden by senior jockey David Walsh and scored by a long neck from Super Sonic and Turn On D’Light. Make Big is a Shinko King three-year-old gelding who has had two starts for a fifth and an 11th.

   The other 1000-metre heat was won by Honky Dory in a time of 1:6.3 while Midnight Paddle scored a 6 length win in the only 1200-metre heat and clocked a time of 1:17.7.



Heat 1, 750m: Any Suggestion-Melanie 3yr-old filly (C Studd) 1, Notionannigans 2, Scaredee Cat-Likenothinelsie 2yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 4l, 1-1/2l. Time: 48.4s. Winner trained by Kelly Burne, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Gifted Sand (Z Thompson) 1, Sloshed 2, Patapan 3yr-old gelding 3. Four Starters. Margins: 6l, 1-3/4l. Time: 46.3s. Winner trained by Kylie Wakely, Hastings.

Heat 3, 1000m: Lavish Prince (C Anderson) 1, No Excuse Needed 3yr-old filly 2, Super Soph 3. Four starters. Margins: 7l, 2l. Time: 1:5.3. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 4, 1000m: Honky Dory (S Pashai) 1, Edenwold-Claudia 3yr-old filly 2, Bay Dancer 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/4l, 1l. Time: 1:6.3. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Mick Brown, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: Make Big (D Walsh) 1, Super Sonic 2, Turn On D’Light 3. Four starters. Margins: Long neck, neck. Time: 1:4.9. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 6, 1200m: Midnight Paddle (D Walsh) 1, Post Online 2, Party Horse 3. Four starters. Margins: 6l, 1l. Time: 1:17.7. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Mick Brown, Hastings.

Hurdle win caps great weekend for HB breeder

Hurdle win caps great weekend for HB breeder 22 May 2013


   Central Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-breeder Sue Harty had plenty to celebrate about last weekend.

   Harty bred Saturday’s $40,000 Waikato Hurdles winner Sea King and still owns a 50 per cent share in the Shinko King six-year-old. She also bred Legal Aid, who was a maiden winner over 1600 metres at Winton the previous day.

   Sea King picked up $25,000 for his dominant win in the Waikato Hurdles, taking his total stake earnings to more than $67,000. Harty decided to keep a half-share in the gelding when he was first put into work with Otaki trainer Rachael Frost, who has also retained a 20 per cent share. The other 30 per cent is owned by Auckland-based Chris O’Reilly.

   Sea King was recording his sixth win last Saturday and his third over hurdles. Frost prepared him for two wins on the flat before sending him on to Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers to be prepared as a jumper.

    Frost has a good record with jumpers in her own right and was chalking up her third Waikato Hurdles success after preparing Spirit Of Alaton for back-to-back wins in 2009 and 2010. But, while that horse was a natural and an easy horse to do anything with, Sea King is quite the opposite and so she put him in the too hard basket.

   “I gave him up a couple of years ago. He was too difficult for me and he needed more jumping than I could give him, Frost said.

   “He always showed heaps of ability and that is why I sent him to Dummy (Kevin Myers) but he’s still a very difficult ride and hangs both ways and pulls.”

   Harty said this week that Sea King has never been an easy horse to do anything with.

   “We know he’s got ability and can gallop but he’s always been a problem,” she said. “He’s a character when he comes home to spell at my place but he’s terribly hyperactive and you don’t know what he is going to do next.”

   The great horseman skills of Kevin Myers and patient handling by jumps jockey Jo Rathbone have got Sea King to settle a lot better in his races and he was near the tail of the field for the early part of last Saturday’s 3200-metre feature at Te Rapa. However he improved quickly from the 800 metres to challenge for the lead rounding the home bend and ran clear after jumping the last fence to win by 4-1/4 lengths.

   Harty wasn’t at Te Rapa to celebrate the win but said she got a great thrill watching it on television.

   “I was screaming for him over those last few fences,” she said.

   Sea King is out of the Prince Of Praise mare Ocean Princess, who was sold by Harty a few years ago.

   “I needed to cut down on the number of mares I had and so she was one of the ones that went.”

   One mare that Harty has retained and is still breeding from is Out On Bail, a daughter of Justice Prevails and a half-sister to the 2003 Sydney Cup winner Honor Babe.

   Out On Bail is the dam of Legal Aid and when that horse was successful at last Friday’s Wairio meeting it brought up the 30th win by the mare’s progeny.

   “There are not many mares out there that have produced the winners of 30 races,” Harty added.

   Ocean Storm was the first foal to race from Out On Bail and was the winner of four races. Then followed Parole (8 wins), Acquit (10 wins), Surf Patrol (7 wins) and now Legal Aid.

   Harty sold Legal Aid as a young horse and the Colombia mare is now raced by a syndicate that includes her Riverton trainer Kerry King.

   Out On Bail will be 18 years old this year and Harty still has more of her progeny coming on.

   “I’ve got a yearling filly by Patapan out of her and a cracking weanling colt by Per Incanto and she is back in foal to Per Incanto again,” she said.


Belfast Lad leads from the front

   Underrated Hawke’s Bay galloper Belfast Lad brought up the 11th win of his career when leading all the way in a $15,000 Rating 85 race over 2100 metres at last Saturday’s Rangitikei meeting at Awapuni.

   The Colombia gelding, owned and trained by Waipukurau couple Tony and Penny Ebbett, was recording his first success for more than 12 months but has rarely run a bad race when he strikes his favourable wet track conditions and gets his own way in front.

   He is also not an easy horse to ride according to the Ebbetts but Levin jockey Buddy Lammas has built up a great association with him, being aboard in each of his last five wins.

   The Ebbetts will tell you that Belfast Lad can be as cantankerous as they come but, given the right conditions and his own rules in front, he will always be a hard horse to run down.

   Lammas took the horse straight to the front in last Saturday’s race, opening up a sizeable lead but also dictating the pace perfectly from then on. The rest of the field looked to close on the leader approaching the home bend but he still had enough in reserve to kick away in the final stages and win by two lengths.

   Belfast Lad has now won more than $122,000 in stakemoney, a huge return on the $2500 the Ebbetts paid to buy the horse as a yearling. He was bred by another Central Hawke’s Bay man, Craig Harvey, in partnership with Duncan MacLean of Napier and Tim Morris, who now lives in Australia.


Time for a spell

   Hastings-trained Pimms Time, who contested last Saturday’s Group 1 $A500,000 Doomben Cup in Australia, is now having a brief spell in Queensland and is booked on a flight back to New Zealand on June 3. The mare will then have another 10 day spell before being aimed at a spring racing campaign, kicking off with a run in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings at the end of August.

   The Pins mare only managed 10th out of 12 in last Saturday’s 2000-metre feature but her co-trainer, Guy Lowry, said this week she wasn’t that happy going the right-handed way around on the tight Doomben track and got stuck down against the inside rail, which is not where she is most comfortable.

   “She still finished less than five lengths from the winner and she has done pretty well considering she only won an $8000 race at Waipukurau two months ago,” Lowry said.

   Pimms Time goes to the spelling paddock as the winner of five races from just 13 starts, her biggest victory being in the Group 2 $70,000 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on April 27.


HB races next Monday

   Hawke’s Bay racegoers will have another week day race meeting to attend at the Hastings track next Monday, May 27.

   It is classed as an industry day with the flat races at the meeting restricted to apprentices only. There will also be at least two jumping races on the programme and an amateur riders’ race. Admission is free.

First win for Hawke’s Bay trainer

First win for Hawke’s Bay trainer 15 May 2013


Waipukurau’s Simon Wilson, a New Zealand representative in showjumping, chalked up his first win as a thoroughbred racehorse trainer when Field Daze took out the 2200-metre maiden race at Rotorua last Saturday.

   Wilson, 41, has held an owner-trainers’ licence for about 17 years but has had very few runners on racetracks, concentrating instead on a highly successful equestrian career with his wife Claire.

   The couple are regular competitors at show jumping arenas around the country and have set up a website called Horsesalesnz, which specialises in the buying and selling of competition equestrian horses.

   Field Daze is the only thoroughbred Wilson has in work and the only one he wants at the moment as he and Claire are also pre-occupied looking after a property they farm just out of Waipukurau.

   Simon Wilson owns Field Daze in partnership with Waverley trainer Sam Lennox and Patea-based Paul Mitchell. The three have been close friends from a young age and always said they would like to race a horse together one day.

   Wilson said this week the trio acquired Field Daze after he had been given up on by another syndicate after producing one fourth from 10 starts. He has given him four starts now for a win, a second and a third.

   Wilson says he does a lot of the slow work on Field Daze over the hills at their farm and then uses the Waipukurau track for fast work.

   He is unsure where the No Excuse Needed four-year-old gelding will race next but is looking at the Wanganui meeting on June 3.

   “There is a Rating 65 2060-metre race there that could suit him,” Wilson said.


Pimms Time in Doomben Cup

   Hastings-trained Pimms Time has been assured a start in tomorrow’s Group 1 $A500,000 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane.

   The Pins mare was originally 17th in order of entry to make the final 16-horse field but, with a couple of horses dropping out at final acceptance time, she will now take her place. She has drawn barrier 11 in a field of 14 and highly successful Queensland jockey Damian Browne has been booked the ride her.

   Pimms Time, trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, is coming off a winning double. She followed up success in a Rating 85 1600-metre race at Hastings on April 20 by picking up a Group 2 victory in the Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa a week later.

   The horse was flown to Australia on Thursday of last week in the care of a stable representative and Guy Lowry left for Brisbane last Monday to oversee her preparation for tomorrow’s race.

   Pimms Time is expected to have just the one race at the Queensland winter carnival before returning home for winter spell. She is the winner of five races from 12 starts.


Winning double for Lowry/Cullen stable

   The Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen picked up a winning double at last Thursday’s Woodville meeting.

   Legless improved on some useful recent performances to score in a 2100-metre maiden race while Adventador resumed from a lengthy spell with a strong victory in a 1200-metre maiden.

   The brace of wins continued a successful run for the Lowry/Cullen stable, which has also picked up two wins with Pimms Time and one with Tansava in recent weeks.

   Legless is owned by Cambridge supermarket owner Tony Rider, who also races Tansava. He bred the O’Reilly filly out of the Danasinga mare Danex, who is out of the former good racemare Balm.

   Legless was having her fifth race start and had not had a lot of luck in her previous runs, including clipping heels and losing her rider in a 1400-metre race at Otaki last month.

    The Lowry/Cullen partnership pulled off an outstanding training achievement when they produced Adventador to win at his first start for 17 months.

    The Fast ‘N’ Famous four-year-old showed ability in his first two starts with a second and a fourth back in 2011 but then had to undergo a wind operation which necessitated him being sidelined for several months.

   He is owned by Milan Park Stud and is out of the Khozaam mare Alpine Beauty.


First steeplechase win

   Noess, a former successful galloper on the flat and over hurdles, brought up his first steeplechase win with a decisive 3-3/4 length victory in last Sunday’s $30,000 Great Western Steeples (4000m) at Riverton.

   The nine-year-old Generous gelding was having his second start over the big fences, the first resulting in a third over 4100 metres at Wanganui on May 7.

   Noess is owned by Hawke’s Bay’s Peter Grieve in partnership with the horse’s co-breeder Ron Smith, who lives just out of Christchurch. The horse started out in the Hastings stable of Corrina McDougal who prepared him to win five races on the flat and one over hurdles, before he was transferred to Myers’ stable last winter.

   Bulls-based jockey Jo Rathbone rode Noess in last Sunday’s feature race at the Riverton meeting and was recording back-to-back wins in the race after guiding Lautenschlager to victory last year.

   Rathbone rode the perfect race on Noess, settling the horse in fourth place for most of the race before sending him forward to put pressure on the leaders from the 600. They took the lead soon after and victory was never in doubt after they jumped the last fence clear of the opposition.


Sixth win for HB-owned mare

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Scarlet O’Hara brought up her sixth success from 23 starts with a dominant 2 length win in the $25,000 open sprint at last Saturday’s Taranaki meeting at New Plymouth.

   Rider Kane Smith took the Fast ‘N’ Famous mare to an early lead in the 1400-metre event and steadily increased the margin. She was well clear of her rivals rounding the home bend and kept up a strong gallop to the line to comfortably hold out race favourite Oak Park.

   Scarlet O’Hara is trained at Palmerston North by Kevin Gray and owned by Havelock North’s Jonathan Wallace. She was bred at the former Keltern Stud in Hawke’s Bay and is out of the San Luis mare Southern Belle, who only had three race starts for a win and a second.


Daisy Louise causes upset

   Daisy Louise, part-owned by Hawke’s Bay Racing’s general manager Jason Fleming, pulled off a minor upset when winning a 2100-metre Rating 65 race at last Thursday’s Woodville meeting at odds of 16 to one.

   It was the five-year-old mare’s second win from 14 starts but her first since she took out a 2000-metre maiden race at New Plymouth in February, 2011. She was trained back then by New Plymouth’s John Wheeler but is now in the Hawera stable of Paul Moseley.

   Fleming is part of a syndicate of mainly Taranaki people that have bought and raced a number of well bred horses in recent years and they paid $57,500 for Daisy Louise at the premier session of the 2009 Karaka yearling sales.

   She is out of the Centaine mare Go Hayley Go, who was the winner of three races in Queensland and whose dam Sneetch also won three races and finished third in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).


Two wins for the week

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Tristan’s Choice completed a winning double in a week when he led all the way in a Rating 75 1600-metre race at last Friday’s South Canterbury meeting in Timaru.

   The No Excuse Needed eight-year-old, raced by Sarah Gregory-Hunt and her mother Diana Clough, had also been successful in a Rating 75 1600-metre race at Wingatui the previous Sunday and has now won eight races.

   Apprentice rider Ashley Frye made the most of the horse’s number one barrier to take a clear lead from the start and he staved off the challengers in the straight to win by half a neck.

Star Hastings gallopers now in Brisbane

Star Hastings gallopers now in Brisbane 8 May 2013


   The Hastings-trained pair of Pimms Time and Survived were among a number of New Zealand horses on a flight to Brisbane yesterday where they have major assignments at the upcoming Queensland winter carnival.

   Both horses left New Zealand on a winning note, with Pimms Time making it two wins in the space of a week when taking out the Group 2 $100,000 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa on April 27 and Survived successful in his last four starts, the most recent being in the Group 3 $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings on April 20.

   Trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen held off making a final decision about Pimms Time’s Brisbane trip until they knew what chance the mare had of getting a start in the Group 1 $A500,000 Doomben Cup on May 18, the only race they have in mind for her in Queensland.

   First acceptances for the event closed at 11am on Wednesday and Pimms Time was 17th in order of entry in the 2000-metre race, with the starting limit being 16.

   “We are not guaranteed a start in the race at this stage but we decided to send her over anyway,” Lowry said.

   The John Bary-trained Survived has been entered for this Saturday’s Group 3 $A125,000 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) at Eagle Farm as a lead up to the Group 1 $A500,000 Queensland Derby (2400m) on the same track on June 8.

   The Zed three-year-old delighted Bary when he galloped powerfully, going the right-handed way around, in trackwork last Friday morning.

   “Plan A for him is to run in Saturday’s Rough Habit Plate at Doomben and then in the Queensland Derby but of course this all depends on how he travels,” Bary said.

   Another New Zealand-trained three-year-old, the Murray Baker-trained Usainity, will be one of Survived’s rivals in Saturday’s Rough Habit Plate. The two horses, both by Zed, filled the first two placings in the Group 3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) at Awapuni on March 30, with Survived the victor by three-quarters of a length.


Tristran’s Choice making amends

   It is fair to say Tristan’s Choice is no longer Hawke’s Bay owner-trainer Sarah Gregory-Hunt’s favourite horse but the No Excuse Needed eight-year-old did put a bit more money into her bank account when taking out an $8000 Rating 75 race at last Sunday’s Beaumont meeting at Wingatui.

   Gregory-Hunt owns Tristan’s Choice in partnership with her Hawke’s Bay-based mother Diana and prepared him to win his first four races. However the association between the two soured after he pinned her against a fence two and a half years ago, crushing her arm and severely damaging tendons in her right wrist.

   “My right hand doesn’t work so well now so I decided to give up training after that and we sent Tristan’s Choice down to Warwick and Mel Stokes at Washdyke,” she said this week.

   The eight-year-old gelding has since won another four races in the South Island and his win last Sunday took his stake earnings to more than $68,000. He disputed the pace throughout in the 1600-metre event and surged clear in the final stages to win by 1-1/4 lengths.

   Whilst she is no longer training horses Gregory-Hunt is still heavily involved in the thoroughbred industry, including standing a stallion on the property her and husband Tim own.

   Playmaker is the name of the stallion and he is an unraced half-brother to Tristan’s Choice, by the highly successful sire Pins.

   “He injured himself as a two-year-old which is why he didn’t race and we are standing him at just $500 plus GST,” Gregory-Hunt said.

   “We’ve stood him for the last three years and have got a two-year-old by him out of La Cat that has just been broken in and will also be trained by Mel and Warwick Coles.”

   Gregory-Hunt also has another two-year-old by Playmaker on the property and the stallion served two other mares in the last breeding season, one for outside owners.

   “The two-year-olds he has produced are both nice big horses,” she added.


Tansava has family ability

   Hastings-trained Tansava went some way towards living up to her excellent bloodlines with a strong win in a 1400-metre maiden race at last Friday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Savabeel mare, prepared by the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, is out of a Danehill mare and closely related to the 1993 Melbourne Cup winner Vintage Crop.

   Tansava was having her fifth start on Friday and appreciated the rain affected track conditions after she had jarred up on a firm Otaki track at her previous start.

   Rider Hayden Tinsley had the mare positioned midfield against the inside rail in the early part of the race but then angled her out at the top of the home straight and she finished strongly to win by a long neck.

   Tansava was bred by Cambridge supermarket owner Tony Rider, who has been a great supporter of the Lowry/Cullen stable for many years. He races the mare with a group of other people from around the Waikato area.

   Rider has since sold Laa Tansaa, who was out of the Irish-bred mare Kendo, the dam of Vintage Crop.


New jumping star

   No Quota could be the new star jumper for Hastings trainer Paul Nelson judging by his decisive two length victory in the Restricted Open Steeples over 4100 metres at Wanganui on Tuesday.

   The Kingfisher Mill eight-year-old made it two wins from two starts over the big fences following his success in his steeplechase debut at Te Rapa in September last year. He has also shown good ability over hurdles with six starts resulting in a win and three thirds.

   No Quota has been ridden in his two steeplechase wins by 34-year-old English-born jockey Charlie Studd, who has based himself in Hastings and works at Nelson’s Air Hill Stud.

   Studd rode the perfect race aboard No Quota on Tuesday, settling the horse at the back for the first half of the race and then sending him forward to put pressure on the leaders entering the last 600 metres. They jumped the last fence in front and  went clear to win by 2 lengths.

    Nelson and his wife Carol bred No Quota out of the Victory Dance mare All Magic, who has since left a three-year-old filly by Shinko King and a yearling colt by Colombia.


HB owner reaps benefit

   Salamanca’s win in last Saturday’s Listed $50,000 Champagne Stakes at Riccarton was certainly a great result for Havelock North thoroughbred owner and racing enthusiast Judy Holland.

   The Alamosa gelding made it two wins from as many starts with a strong neck win in the 1250-metre event and is rated by his Awapuni trainer, Mike Breslin, as one of the most exciting horses he has trained. He was an $80,000 purchase from the premier session of the 2012 Karaka yearling sales and is part-owned by Bill Gleeson, who stands the stallion Alamosa at his Wellfield Stud in Palmerston North.

   Holland has both bred and raced many successful horses over the years and she looks to have pulled off a major coup by buying a full-sister to Salamanca at this year’s select session of the Karaka yearling sales for $70,000.

   Both horses are out of the Howbaddouwantit mare Anca, who was the winner of seven races from the stable of Stephen Marsh, including two sprint races in Queensland.

   A weanling colt by Darci Brahma out of Anca was offered at Wednesday’s mixed bloodstock sale at Karaka and sold for $85,000, adding further value to the filly Judy Holland has purchased.

   Trainer Mike Breslin also rates Ringo as potentially one of the best he has trained  and the three-year-old showed why with great determination to win  a $15,000 Rating 75 race over 1600 metres at Te Rapa last Saturday. It was the Fastnet Rock gelding’s third win in a row from just four starts and followed a strong victory over 1400 metres at Hastings on April 20.

   Breslin said both Salamanca and Ringo will now be spelled over the winter months and be brought back for classic races in the spring. 


Trackwork 7 May 2013


Mink, preparing for the Listed $50,000 Rotorua Stakes this Saturday, took the time honours in a quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which was slushy after overnight rain.

   Mink worked keenly on her own over 1000 metres, coming home the last 800 in 51.4 and final 600 in 37. The Scaredee Cat mare needed the run when resuming from a lengthy spell over 1200 metres at Hastings on April 20 and looks to have improved a lot since the race.

   Her stablemate Youtoofast is also expected to contest Saturday’s weight-for-age Rotorua Stakes over 1400 metres and this morning she was kept under a good hold when running 1000 metres in 1:7, the last 600 in 38.5. She found track conditions a bit too heavy for her at Trentham last start.

   Whoopi Gee, preparing for the Rating 65 1400 at Woodville on Thursday, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and sped up over the last 600 in 37.3. She has been disappointing this time in but has been placed on the Woodville track in the past.

   Grenade, who could race at either Woodville on Thursday or Rotorua on Saturday, was not asked to do too much when running 1200 metres in 1:29.1, the last 600 in 42.8 while Adventadore worked on his own over 1000 metres, the last 800 in 54.6 and final 600 in 40.7.

   Legless worked over 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, the last 600 taking 42.3 while a Lucky Unicorn three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable was also restricted to just three-quarter pace over 800 metres.

Queensland trip beckons for Pimms Time

Queensland trip beckons for Pimms Time 1 May 2013


   Hastings trainers Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen will make a decision over the next few days regarding whether or not Pimms Time heads to Australia for a crack at the Group 1 $A500,000 Doomben Cup in Brisbane on May 18.

   Guy Lowry indicated a trip to Queensland could be on the cards for the Pins mare after her decisive win in last Saturday’s Group 2 $100,000 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa but said much depends on how she progresses over the next few days and also what chance she has of her making the final field for the Doomben Cup.

   Lowry said he only wants to target the one Queensland race for Pimms Time before bringing her back home and turning her out for a winter spell.

   “The Doomben Cup is the obvious race to go for but there is no guarantee she will get a start,” Lowry said.

   “She has only won five races and the win the other day was her first in open class. If there were more than 20 nominations for the race it would be a waste of time going because she wouldn’t get in.”

   Pimms Time is tentatively booked on a flight to Brisbane next Wednesday.

   The Doomben Cup is rated one of the most prestigious staying events at the Queensland winter carnival. It is run under weight-for-age conditions over 2000 metres on the Doomben track.

   The race was taken out last year by Mawingo, who beat Lights Of Heaven and Manighar, while other winners in the past four years have been Scenic Shot (twice) and Metal Bender.

   The Peter Moody-trained Lights Of Heaven, who scored an impressive last start win in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill, is a likely contender again for this year’s race.

   Pimms Time had her first start at weight-for-age in last Saturday’s Travis Stakes and was also stepping up to 2000 metres for the first time after a strong win in a Rating 85 1600-metre race at Hastings the previous Saturday.

   Jockey Mark Sweeney settled the mare midfield on the inner until the 600-metre peg before angling her away from the rails rounding the home bend. Once in the straight she burst between horses to hit the front and showed great determination to stave off the challenge of race favourite O’Fille and win by a long neck.

   Lowry said the hard race, her second in the space of seven days, combined with the long trip to Hamilton and back did takes its toll on Pimms Time.

   “She has lightened up but that was to be expected,” Lowry said.

   “Hopefully she will put the weight back on before next week.”

   Pimms Time is owned by Hawke’s Bay Racing board member Charlie Whyte in partnership with his wife Anna, parents Malcolm and Elizabeth, cousin Hamish Whyte and his wife Sarah and friends Pip and Dean McCarroll.

   The mare was a $60,000 purchase from the 2010 Karaka yearling sales and has now won more than $100,000 in stakemoney. She is certainly bred to be good as her dam Brampton Legs is a full-sister to the 2005 Caulfield Cup winner Railings and from the family of former champion Australian racemare Emancipation (19 wins).


First win from new stable

   Post Online, a relative newcomer to the Hastings stable of Paul Nelson, recorded his first win from the new base when successful in the Rating 65 2400-metre event at last Saturday’s Wellington meeting.

   It was the Postponed gelding’s second success, his first being in a 1450-metre maiden at Wairoa in February of last year. The now five-year-old was trained then by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen at Hastings and raced on lease by the Storming Home Syndicate.

   Nelson took the horse over late last year to try him out as a prospective jumper and he has now had five starts on the flat for him and his wife Carol for a win and a fifth.

   Post Online was bred by Tom Lowry at Okawa Stud and is out of the St Hilarion mare Mal, a half-sister to the winners Go Kay, Go Dan Go and Saint Agata.

   Apprentice Mick Dee kicked Post Online to victory last Saturday, crediting the promising jockey with his 13th win in just his first season of race-riding.

   Dee had Post Online settled in fifth place in the middle stages of the race before sending him forward to challenge for the lead rounding the home turn. The horse went clear soon after and kept grinding to the line to win by 2-1/4 lengths.

   Nelson says Post Online does show promise as a jumper and the horse could be seen over hurdles this winter.


Two new riders

   Two Hawke’s Bay amateur jockeys will have their first race-rides at next Tuesday’s Wanganui meeting.

   Seventeen-year-old Shaun Fannin and Rebecca Goldsbury, 20, will both have mounts in the maiden 2060-metre race restricted to amateur riders. Both have recently been granted a licence to ride in races.

   Fannin is employed as a trackwork rider for the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and is a son of former Hastings trainer Jill Fannin (nee Martin). He has been engaged to ride the Paul Nelson-trained Party Horse.

   Goldsbury works for her father, Waipukurau permit to train licence holder David Goldsbury. She has been booked to ride Shanghai Lil, who is owned and trained by Waipukurau’s Steve Ellis.


Otaki double

   Talented jumper Sea King, part-owned by his central Hawke’s Bay breeder Sue Harty, indicated he is in for another successful winter campaign by winning a flat race at Tuesday’s Otaki meeting.

   The Shinko King six-year-old got in the deciding stride in the 2100-metre highweight to snatch a nose victory over Ishidanzin and then had to survive a protest before being credited with the win. The connections of third placed Sea Eagle lodged an objection on the grounds that Sea King had moved out and caused interference to their horse in the final stages. However the judicial committee ruled that, although there was some outwards movement from the winner, the interference was only minimal and dismissed the protest.

   Sea King was notching his fifth win from 23 starts and looked a top jumper in the making when he recorded two wins and three minor placings from six hurdle starts last winter.

   He is trained at Wanganui by Kevin Myers and raced by Harty in partnership with Otaki trainer Rachael Frost and Auckland-based Chris O’Reilly.

   Sea King was one of two Hawke’s Bay-owned winners at Tuesday’s Otaki meeting, with Sunday’s News also successful in a maiden race.

   The four-year-old Don Eduardo mare was having her 10th start and scored by a neck in a 1600-metre event. She is trained at Hastings by John Bary who races her in partnership with his father Campbell Bary, who lives in Marton, and Hawke’s Bay’s Sam Wood.

   John Bary bred the mare in partnership with Mike Sanders and she is the first horse he has bred, owned and trained.

   Sunday’s News is out of the Star Way mare Oloroso, who has also left the winner Belinda’s Girl and is now in foal to Jimmy Choux.

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