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HB Trainers’ premiership coming down to the wire 28 May 2014

   The race for the title of top Hawke’s Bay trainer for the season on wins is starting to hot up after a double success by the Hastings partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen on their home track last week.

   The Lowry/Cullen stable produced the impressive first starter La Becane to win race three at the Hawke’s Bay meeting and then took out race seven with Takemehomebabe. That double took their season’s tally to 23 wins and gave them a four win lead over second placed John Bary, with Patrick Campbell third on 10 wins.

   Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen were the top Hawke’s Bay trainers last season when they totalled 23 wins, with John Bary second on 19.

   However Guy Lowry doesn’t think he and Cullen can retain their lead before the season ends on July 31 as they have severely cut back on the number of horses they are working over the winter months.

   “We’ve turned out a lot of our horses for a spell and they won’t come back until the spring,” Lowry said.

   “We’ve also got a couple of others that will be going out soon and we might only have two or three more runners before the end of the season and I’m sure John will have a lot more than that.”

   John Bary had strong representation at yesterday’s Feilding meeting at Awapuni, with the promising two-year-olds Xcuses Xcuses and Our Tavilight contesting race one there and Kingiesstar in race five and has probably already closed the gap. He will also have runners at Wanganui tomorrow where Commett looks to have a great chance in the Foxton Cup (2040m).

   The win by La Becane in a maiden 1200-metre race at Hastings last Thursday wasn’t unexpected after the Guillotine three-year-old had impressed when winning a 1000-metre trial at Wanganui last month.

   Hastings-trained horses ran the quinella in the race with La Becane just managing to hold out the fast finishing Golan Express by a long head, with Karenza just a short head away in third place.

   The performance of Golan Express was particularly eye-catching as she was also making her race debut and came from a clear last on the home turn. She is a Golan five-year-old mare owned by Hastings woman Peggy Khan and trained by Fred Pratt.

   La Becane is owned by two loyal clients of the Lowry/Cullen stable in Cambridge-based Tony Rider and Masterton bloodstock agent Bruce Perry. The horse was a $6000 purchase as a weanling from the 2011 Karaka mixed bloodstock sale and is out of the Black Minnaloushe mare Matata, who was placed as a two and three-year-old.

   La Becane is likely to be turned out now and brought back in the spring and should continue to develop in the new season.

   The win by Takemehomebabe was well deserved after the Keeper mare had recorded two thirds and four fourths from her previous 11 starts. She looked likely to be headed off again in the final stages of her 1400-metre race when challenged by Storm Bro and Thien Ly but fought back gamely to score by half a neck.

   Takemehomebabe was bred by Sir Patrick Hogan and is out of the Zabeel mare J’abeel, making her a half-sister to the smart sprinter Baby Guinness.

   She is owned by Cambridge-based Tony Rider and raced by him in partnership with Hawke’s Bay’s Gareth Arnold and the Storming Home Syndicate, many of whose members also reside in Hawke’s Bay.

   Takemehomebabe is expected to have one more race before she goes out for a winter spell, that being in a Rating 65 event over 1600 metres at Tauherenikau next Monday.


Cup plans for Addictive Habit 

   Addictive Habit, bred and part-owned by Hawke’s Bay couple Graham and Isabell Roddick, is now being aimed at the $40,000 Kiwifruit Cup (2100m) at Tauranga on June 21 after a dominant 4 length win over 1600 metres at last Saturday’s Auckland meeting.

   The Colombia four-year-old has now recorded two wins and two seconds from five starts this campaign and looks a definite cup horse in the making. He will now contest the $25,000 open 2040-metre race at Wanganui tomorrow as a final lead up to the Kiwifruit Cup.

   Addictive Habit is trained at Cambridge by Lee Somervell and is raced by the Roddicks in partnership with several members of Graham Roddick’s family. There are five couples involved, each having a 20 per cent share.

   Addictive Habit won his first ever race, as a two-year-old, over 1200 metres at Tauranga in July 2012 and was runner up in four of his next seven starts, including seconds in the Listed Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Otaki and both the Group 2 Great Northern Guineas (1600m) and Group 2 Championship Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie. He suffered an injury when unplaced in last year’s Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) but Somervell says that has probably been a blessing in disguise as, by being sidelined, it has given the horse time to both mature and strengthen.

   Addictive Habit is out of the Sky Chase mare Chasing The Habit, who is a half-sister to the champion galloper Rough Habit. He won 29 races in an illustrious career on the racetrack, 11 of them at Group 1 level.


Second win for Field Daze

   Waipukurau owner-trainer Simon Wilson picked up a second win with his tough winter galloper Field Daze when the five-year-old slogged his way through atrocious track conditions at Trentham last Saturday to take out a $25,000 Rating 75 race over 2100 metres.

   The No Excuse Needed five-year-old, aided by a 3kg apprentice allowance with Kei Chiong in the saddle, improved on a last start third over 1600 metres at Woodville to score by 1-1/4 lengths on the heavy-11 track.

   The horse seems to cope well with testing track conditions as his maiden win came over 2200 metres on a heavy track at Rotorua in May of last year.

   Wilson races Field Daze in partnership with two close friends, Waverley trainer Sam Lennox and Patea-based Paul Mitchell.


Sonny Ben will soon be jumping

   Sonny Ben, bred and owned by Graeme and Ashley Hart of Fernhill Stud in Hawke’s Bay, recorded his second win on the flat at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting but it could be as a jumper that he really makes his mark.

   The China Cat four-year-old is trained by Wanganui’s Kevin Myers, regarded as one of the best conditioners of jumpers in the country, and he said at the presentation ceremony after last Thursday’s win, that the horse could be aimed at this year’s Grand National Hurdles.

   Sonny Ben hasn’t raced over hurdles yet but Graeme Hart said the gelding has got his hurdling ticket and it won’t be long before he is seen in a hurdle race.

   The horse was a decisive 3-1/4 length winner of the 2200-metre amateur riders’ race at Hastings last week, aided by a good ride by amateur jockey Scott MacNab. He settled the horse perfectly midfield in the early stages before improving him quickly, along the inside, rounding the home bend. The horse then took a gap between two horses and raced clear.

   Graeme and Ashley Hart stood the stallion China Cat at their stud for a time before he was sent to a farm in Tutira and he has since died.

   Sonny Ben is out of the Jetball mare Deborah Coup, who has since left two other colts by China Cat, neither of whom have got to the races.


Another powerful win

   Ocean Power, bred by Taupo’s Pat Lowry, continued on his winning way in Hong Kong by taking out a $A725,000 Class 4 race over 2200 metres there on Sunday.

   The four-year-old gelding is a half-brother to former champion Hong Kong galloper Ambitious Dragon and has now won his last two starts, the other being over 1800 metres on the Sha Tin track earlier this month.

   Ocean Power is by High Chaparral out of the Oregon mare Golden Gamble and was sold for $420,000 at the 2011 Karaka yearling sales.

   Golden Gamble has since produced a yearling full-brother to Ocean Power and is now back in foal to Pins.


HB foal walk

   The annual Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s’ foal walk will this year be staged on Sunday, June 29.

   This is the day after the Hawke’s Bay winter race meeting.

   At this stage it is envisaged that the foals will be on display at just one site, Lime Country Thoroughbreds, which is part of the old Okawa Stud property on the Taihape Road.

   The foal walk will commence at 10.30am and there will be a luncheon at the Off The Track Restaurant afterwards, at approximately 12.45pm, at a cost of $35/head.

   Bookings for the luncheon are essential and those wishing to dine are asked to contact Isabell Roddick at 8798662.

All systems go with Thunderbird One 22 May 2014

Thunderbird One, a horse that won five of his first 10 starts but was later barred from racing in New Zealand, is close to a return to the racetrack in Australia after finishing third in a 1000-metre trial at Cranbourne last Monday.

   The Storm Creek five-year-old was last successful in an open 1200-metre sprint at Hastings in August last year, when he cruised to a 2-1/4 length victory. It was his fifth win in a row and he then finished sixth in the Group 3 Merial Metric Mile (1600m) at Awapuni the following month.

   Thunderbird One was trained then by the Cambridge partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and they had hopes of stepping the horse up in distance and setting him for some of the rich cup races last spring. But, after finishing third in the Group 3 Sofitel Luxury Hotel Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie in November, he was a late scratching when a heavily supported favourite for the Group 2 Counties Cup (2100m) later that month after refusing to load into the starting stalls.

   It wasn’t the first time Thunderbird One had been cantankerous on race day. He flipped over backwards in the mounting yard at Hastings one day and was declared a late scratching and was also withdrawn at the start on at least one other occasion when he suddenly went berserk in the barriers.

   Following his inglorious performance on Counties Cup day Thunderbird One was ordered to either barrier trial or undergo a jumpout to the satisfaction of stewards before being allowed to race again in New Zealand. He lined up in a barrier trial at Cambridge in the first week of December where he was walked into the gates riderless without any issue but then lunged forward soon afterwards, injuring a barrier attendant.

   Stipendiary steward John Oatham deemed the horse’s behaviour not good enough to gain a clearance to race again in New Zealand and so he was sent to Australia to join the Sydney stable of Chris Waller.

   Thunderbird One’s wayward behaviour was no better in Waller’s big stable environment. In fact they couldn’t get him to work on the track at all so he was banished to a rehabilitation establishment, just out of Sydney, to try and straighten him out. That lasted just a short time and proved to no avail so he was then sent to ex-New Zealand trainer Francis Finnegan at Cranbourne.

   Finnegan was formerly based at Woodville and had Thunderbird One in his care when the horse was a youngster, before he was transferred to the Baker/Forsman stable. He said this week the horse was a “problem child” right from the start and is still very much a work in progress.

   He says he and his partner, former New Zealand jockey Samantha Bambry, understand the horse and say he is a carbon copy of the top mare Eileen Dubh that they trained, both horses being by the sire Storm Creek.

   “Neither one of them liked being bullied and so it was more of a leave it until tomorrow approach if things didn't work,” says Finnegan.

   “Samantha, who rides him daily, and jockey Adam McCabe, who will ride him on race day, are fantastic for him and are really kind to him. Each day you just set out with a plan that you think won’t annoy him and hope for the best and, at the moment, he is working terrific.”

   Finnegan says he has taken Thunderbird One to several race meetings just for a trip, as a mate for other runners, to help settle him down and has also been working him on the beach, a method he used to curb Eileen Dubh’s wayward tendencies.

   “He is still very much his own boss and I’m not sure whether he will ever be a quiet horse. But I’m sure his toughness will be of benefit if we do get him to race consistently in the future,” Finnegan said.

   Thunderbird One settled well back in the early stages of last Monday’s trial but made ground strongly, under a hold, to easily finish third.

   “We wanted him to have a soft trial and it was more just for barrier practice. As long as he continues to make progress he could resume racing in about a fortnight’s time,” Finnegan added.

   Thunderbird One is part-owned by Auckland-based Frank Gilchrist, who has raced a number of horses over the years including several with Hastings trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. He was at Cranbourne to see the horse trial on Monday.


Win a boost for owners

   Napier racehorse owner Paddy Murphy has raced several successful horses over the years, including the 2011 Hawke’s Bay Cup winner Don Domingo, and he looks to have another promising galloper in Don’t Blame Buster.

   The Sandtrap four-year-old created a big impression when scoring a fresh up win in a 1200-metre maiden race at Woodville last Thursday and looks the type that will only get better with more time.

   Murphy is the co-breeder of Don’t Blame Buster and races the huge four-year-old in partnership with Foxton trainer Grant Laursen and Wairarapa’s David Woodhouse.

   Laursen originally prepared the horse but he was seriously injured in a trackwork accident almost a year ago and so the horse was transferred to the Woodville stable of Shane Brown after having one start for a fifth over 1200 metres at Awapuni last July.

   Brown was unsure how the horse would perform last Thursday in what was his first race for almost 10 months but he powered home strongly, in the hands of jockey Hayden Tinsley, to win by three-quarters of a length.

   Don’t Blame Buster is the first foal out of the Exploding Prospect mare Gee Baby, who won five races from Grant Laursen’s stable.

   Murphy, Laursen and Woodhouse are still breeding from Gee Baby who has since left an unraced three-year-old full-brother to Don’t Blame Buster as well as a Towkay yearling colt and a Per Incanto weanling.

   Last week’s win also provided Paddy Murphy with a timely boost as he is recovering from a triple heart bypass operation he had two months ago. He is also involved in the harness code and is a shareholder in the three-year-old trotter Tout Noir, who won five of his eight races this season before being sidelined with a cracked pastern. He has undergone and operation and is also now on the mend.


Frankly shows promise   

   Hastings-trained Frankly will now be given a two week spell and resume racing in the spring following her game win in a $17,500 Rating 75 race over 1600 metres at last Saturday’s Rangitikei meeting at Awapuni.

   The Pins mare showed a touch of class by staving off several challengers for a half head victory in testing heavy-10 track conditions.

   Trainer John Bary said the four-year-old is not a true wet track horse and is doing it on natural talent at the moment, which showed with the way she fought back when headed near the post.

   “With another six months on her she will be a very handy galloper who won’t be out of place in some of those black-type fillies and mares events during the spring,” Bary said.

   Frankly is owned by Waikato Stud and her win provided a rare moment of joy for the stud’s owners, the Chittick family, as they come to terms with the passing of Mark Chittick’s wife, Lisa on Tuesday of last week.

   Lisa Chittick lost her brave 16-month battle with leukaemia, a loss that the entire racing community is mourning including Frankly’s trainer John Bary, who described the victory as a “bittersweet” experience.

   Frankly now boasts a record of three wins, five seconds and two thirds from 12 starts. She is out of the Centaine mare O’Really and a full-sister to the five race winner Keano. Her grandam is the 1989 Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Courtza.


Kapsboy back in form

   Hawke’s Bay couple John and Colleen Duncan celebrated another racetrack success last week when their good winter galloper Kapsboy returned to winning form in a Rating 85 event over 1200 metres at Te Aroha.

   The Duncans are the co-breeders and owners of the Ishiguru gelding with Cambridge-based Ada Parnwell and the horse is trained on the Cambridge track by Lee Somervell.

   Kapsboy had not won a race since August of last year but he relished the heavy track conditions at Te Aroha and scored a decisive 2 length win in the hands of jockey Jason Jago.

   It was the horse’s fifth victory from 22 starts and he looks in for a successful winter campaign. He is certainly bred to win races as he is a half-brother to the Group 1 winner Fleur de Lune, both horses being out of the Kaapstad mare Kapsjoy.


Jimmy Choux’s half-sister

   Laced Up, a half-sister to the former champion galloper Jimmy Choux, was sold at a mixed bloodstock sale at Karaka last week for just $5000.

   The Keeninsky three-year-old filly was offered by Hawke’s Bay’s Lime Country Thoroughbreds, on behalf of her Havelock North owners Richard and Liz Wood, and was purchased by well known Auckland photographer Trish Dunell.

   Laced Up has had two race starts from the Hastings stable of John Bary, finishing second on debut over 1200 metres at Hastings in August last year and then sixth on the same track in January.

   She is out of the Centaine mare Cierzo, who has left Jimmy Choux and two other winners in Chouxshine and Bootlegger.

   Jimmy Choux, by Thorn Park, was the winner of 12 races when raced by the Woods from John Bary’s stable. Five of those victories were at Group 1 level, the New Zealand 2000 Guineas, New Zealand Derby, Rosehill Guineas, Hawke’s Bay Windsor Park Plate and the Hawke’s Bay Spring Classic. He is now standing as a stallion at Rich Hill Stud in the Waikato for a service fee of $10,000 plus GST and his oldest progeny are now weanlings.


Quake rounded off her preparation for Saturday’s Rangitikei meeting with an easy 800-metre workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was very little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the plough (slushy).

   Quake was not after a fast time when running 800 metres in 57, the last 600 in 41. She needed the run when resuming over 1200 metres at Trentham last month and could show improvement in the 1200-metre three-year-old race at Awapuni on Saturday. Apprentice Aimee Taylor has the mount and will claim a 2kg allowance.

   Viceroy worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:6.8, the last 600 in 39.7 and may resume racing at the Hawke’s Bay meeting next Thursday.

   Indiscretion ended her work with 600 metres in 40.3 and she is a five-year-old half-sister to The Innkeeper, by Howbaddouwantit.

   Golan Express was restricted to just three-quarter pace over 800 metres in 58.4, the last 600 in 43.4.

   Our Destiny schooled over 15 hurdle fences in the centre as he prepares for another jumping campaign. He is now back in the stable of Corrina McDougal.

Great training feat lands Wanganui Steeples 14 May 2014

   Hastings thoroughbred trainer Paul Nelson is renowned for his ability to produce top class jumpers but even he achieved a feat out of the ordinary when Bally Heights was successful in the $20,000 Wanganui Steeplechase on Thursday of last week.

   Bally Heights is an 11-year-old and had not raced for more than seven months but Nelson was able to have the Lord Ballina gelding fit enough to score a decisive length win in the 4100-metre event.

   Ridden by Hastings-born jockey Aaron Kuru, Bally Heights settled at the back of the seven horse field in the early stages but then improved quickly entering the last 800 metres and took a clear lead rounding the home bend. He approached the last fence with a handy advantage over his rivals and put in a great leap before racing clear for a comfortable win.

   The victory has earned the horse a start in this Saturday’s $50,000 Waikato Steeplechase (4000m) at Te Rapa, where he will also be joined by stablemate Yorkie, who finished fourth in last week’s Wanganui Steeples.

   Bally Heights has now won eight races from 80 starts, with two of them being over hurdles and two over steeples. He was bred by Hawke’s Bay Racing board member Barry Smyth and Paraparaumu’s Mike Alexander and was originally raced by Smyth in partnership with Havelock North’s Mike Cooch.

   When Cooch pulled out of the horse a couple of seasons ago Paul Nelson and his wife Carol arranged for the I See Red Syndicate to race him in partnership with Smyth and that syndicate has now taken over full ownership of the horse.

   The I See Red Syndicate is a large group of mainly Hawke’s Bay people which has raced a number of successful horses from the Paul Nelson stable over the years, the most notable being Just A Swagger.

   That Just A Dancer gelding competed over fences for five seasons and amassed eight wins, seven seconds, seven thirds and five fourths from 65 starts. His victories included the Grand National Steeplechase, Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase and Grand National Hurdles (twice).

   Solid Steal, whose six wins included a Wellington Hurdles, was another successful jumper raced by the I See Red Syndicate.


HB quinella in amateur race

   Hawke’s Bay-owned horses took out the quinella in the amateur riders’ race at last week’s Wanganui meeting with the winner, Lady’O, crediting jockey Rebecca Goldsbury with her second riding success.

   Waipukurau’s David Goldsbury, Rebecca’s father, trains and races Lady’O while the second placed horse in the race was Ripdiddler, trained at Foxton by Christine Eagle and owned by his Waipawa breeders John and Jan Frizzell.

   Lady’O is a six-year-old mare by St Reims out of Organdy and was bred by another Central Hawke’s Bay man, Craig Harvey, in partnership with Napier’s Duncan MacLean and Tim Morris, who now lives in Australia.

   This trio raced the mare originally from the Awapuni stable of Lisa Latta and she won them one race, a 1600-metre maiden at Awapuni in June 2011.

   The mare’s win at Wanganui last week followed a game second in a Rating 65 race over 2100 metres at Awapuni on Anzac Day.

   Rebecca Goldsbury, 21, was having just her sixth race-ride and rode a heady race aboard Lady’O, sticking to the fence and saving every inch of ground in the early stages before angling to the middle of the track rounding the home bend. She opened up a break on the field and, although Ripdiddler was closing late, Lady’O managed to hold on to win by a neck.

   Lady’O is certainly bred to be good, being by a New Zealand Derby winner out of the American-bred mare Organdy, making her a half-sister to the 2010 Group 1 Easter Handicap winner Time Keeper.


Double for Keltern Stud

   The now defunct Keltern Stud, formerly owned by Hawke’s Bay identity Sam Kelt and his Hastings-based sister Sue Foote, was the co-breeder of last Saturday’s Group 1 winner Famous Seamus and also bred a winner in Singapore last Friday.

   Famous Seamus registered his ninth win from 29 starts and his first Group 1 success when he upstaged the favourites in last Saturday’s $A400,000 BTC Cup on the Doomben track in Brisbane.

   The Elusive City five-year-old was the rank outsider in a seven horse field and defeated Spirit Of Boom by half a length, with the hot favourite Buffering three-quarters of a length further back in third place.

   The win also credited Hawkesbury trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith and jockey Ryan Wiggins with their first Group 1 victories.

   Famous Seamus was bred by Keltern Stud in partnership with Cambridge’s Trelawney Stud and was sold at the select session of the 2010 Karaka yearling sales for $70,000.

   He is out of the unraced Dance Floor mare Clinique and a half-brother to Ahdashim, who won four races in Australia and was three times stakes placed. It is also the family of the good New Zealand sprinter-miler Ferragamo (11 wins).

   Keltern Stud was the sole breeder of Hear Me, who was the winner of a $S80,000 Class C race over 1200 metres at Singapore’s Kranji racetrack last Friday night.

   The Van Nistelrooy nine-year-old was recording his ninth win in Singapore and his third this year for Singapore trainer Sam Chua.

   Hear Me is out of the Kaapstad mare Gordon’s, who was raced by the Kelt family and won six races including the 2002 Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m).

   At stud the mare has also left the winner Tanqueray, by Red Ransom.


Top QTC Derby chance

   Amexed, winner of the Group 3 $A125,000 Rough Habit Plate at last Saturday’s Brisbane meeting at Doomben, is a year younger half-brother to the Hastings-trained Legless.

   The two horses are out of the Danasinga mare Danex and bred by Cambridge-based Tony Rider.

   Legless is prepared on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and raced by Tony Rider. She has recorded a win, a second and a third from 14 starts.

   Rider has also retained a share in Amexed, who is trained at Eagle Farm by Tony Gollan. The Pentire three-year-old was a strong winner over 2000 metres last Saturday, heading home the New Zealanders Telepathic and Glorious Lad.

   Amexed has now had seven starts for two wins, two seconds and a third and Gollan has had the Group 1 $A500,000 Queensland Derby (2400m) in mind for the gelding since he first came into work for this preparation.

   The Queensland Derby will be run at Eagle Farm on June 6 and Gollan says Amexed is a big horse that should be suited by the step up to 2400 metres.

   Rider is still breeding from Danex, who has since left a yearling filly by Savabeel and a weanling filly by O’Reilly and is now back in foal to Savabeel.

   Danex is out of the Shy Rambler mare Balm, who was the winner of three races when trained at Hastings by Marlene Todd.


Hastings races next week

   Hawke’s Bay Racing will stage its May race meeting on the Hastings track next Thursday, May 22.

   At this stage there is a seven race programme, including an open hurdle and an open steeplechase, but the number of races could be increased depending on the number of horses entered.

   The first race is timed for 12.10pm and gate admission is free.


   Quake, preparing for Saturday’s Rangitikei meeting, stretched out well in training at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Quake was not after a fast time when running a solo 800 metres but looked to be working very well when clocking 56 for the full distance and 39.6 for the last 600.

   The My Halo filly resumed from a lengthy spell with a seventh over 1200 metres at Trentham on April 26 and she looks to have improved since that run.

   Viceroy turned in one of the quickest times of the morning when running 1000 metres on his own in 1:3.8, the last 600 in 36. He is another who needed the run when unplaced, fresh up, over 1200 metres last start and should show quick improvement.

   Whoopi Gee was another who showed good speed this morning when running 1000 metres in 1:3.4 and final 600 in 36.2. Trainer Marlene Todd is having trouble finding a suitable race to kick her off again.

   Tradtri appreciated the firmer footing by running a strong 1000 metres in 1:3.6, the last 600 in 36.5 and he may start next at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Thursday of next week. His stablemate Centarose also worked over 1000 metres and was timed to run the last 800 in 50, the final 600 in 36.5.

   Swinging, a well bred four-year-old in the Lowry/Cullen stable, was not hurried when running 800 metres in 54.6, the last 600 in 40.3 while a Towkay-Rhumba three-year-old gelding in the same stable worked over 1000 metres in 1:8.5, the last 600 in 40.8.

   Revolution, a likely runner at Woodville on Thursday, was also stretching out well at the end of an easy 1000 metres in 1:11.9, the last 600 in 39.9. He is a Guillotine three-year-old trained by Paul Nelson.

   Colt Forty Five and Joe Cool, two jumpers from the Nelson stable, schooled well over nine hurdle fences in the centre and passed their hurdling tickets.

   Kayleen, another likely runner at Woodville on Thursday, ended her work with 600 metres in 39.5 while Hymn ended her work with an easy 600 metres in 44.6.

   No Governance, entered for the 2100-metre highweight at Woodville on Thursday, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:14.4, the last 600 in 41.5 while Inzabar and a Danroad four-year-old gelding from the Nelson stable ran 1200 metres in 1:23.6, the last 600 in 40.

Survived back in the spring 9 May 2014

Star Hastings galloper Survived is unlikely to be seen back on the racetrack until the first day of this year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival on August 30.

   The Zed four-year-old, winner of seven races and more than $330,000 in stakemoney, is now trained by Kelly Burne after doing all his past racing from the stable of John Bary.

  Burne said this week that she has taken the horse along quietly since he joined her stable and, with no ideal races for him in the coming weeks, it was decided to give him a complete break.

   “I rode him for a week but there was nothing for him coming up so I thought it was better to turn him out and get him back for the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival,” Burne said.

   “He’s been turned out at his owner Don Gordon’s property and he’ll come back on June 1.”

    Survived is likely to resume racing in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m), the race he won at last year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival. That was the horse’s second stakes win on his home track after he took out the Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) in April last year. He also won the Group 3 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) last year and finished second in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) in Brisbane and third in the Group 1 Hawke’s Bay Classic (2040m).

   Survived has not raced since finishing seventh in the Group 1 Thorndon Mile  (1600m) at Trentham on January 25 as he suffered a leg injury soon after that race.

   Burne said the horse has now fully recovered from that injury and she is hopeful that he will return to his best in the spring.

   “I’ve planned to take a holiday next month but I’m going to make sure that I’m back for when he is ready to come back into work,” she added.

   Survived’s race record stands at seven wins, two seconds and a third from 16 starts.


Commett is firing

   Hastings owned and trained Commett indicated he is in for a lucrative winter campaign when he scored a dominant win in a Rating 85 1400-metre race at last Friday’s Otaki meeting.

   The No Excuse Needed gelding had been unplaced in three previous starts this campaign but had struck unsuitable firm tracks in the first two and then only blew out over the final stages when fifth over 1600 metres at Hastings on April 19.

   He stripped a lot fitter for last Friday’s race after some impressive track gallops. He settled well back in the early stages before apprentice rider Miranda Dravitzli sent him on a forward move approaching the home turn and he seemed to relish the almost heavy track conditions to race clear in the home straight to win by 2 lengths.

   It was the horse’s fifth success from 30 starts and he has also recorded two seconds and seven thirds.

   Hastings trainer John Bary races Commett in partnership with Havelock North’s Alan Chapman and the horse was credited with a stakes placing when finishing second behind Thrive in the Group 3 Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni in September last year.

   Commett will have his next start at tomorrow’s Rotorua meeting where he will contest race 4, the Rating 85 race over 1560 metres. He has drawn barrier 10 and will be ridden by in-form apprentice Rory Hutchings.


Star jumper returns

   Sea King, bred and part-owned by Central Hawke’s Bay’s Sue Harty, added to his impressive record as a jumper with a dominant victory in a $20,000 Restricted Open Hurdle over 2800 metres at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting.

   It was the Shinko King gelding’s first jumping start this year but trainer Kevin Myers had prepared the horse well by giving him two races on the flat, over 2040 metres at Wanganui and 1950 metres at Rotorua, and the horse ran out an easy 1-3/4 length winner in the hands of Matamata apprentice Daniel Miller.

   It was Sea King’s sixth win over hurdles and his ninth in total. The seven-year-old is out of the Prince Of Praise mare Ocean Princess and is raced by Sue Harty in partnership with Otaki trainer Rachel Frost and Auckland-based Chris O’Reilly.

   Frost prepared Sea King as a young horse but decided to transfer him to Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers to further his education as a jumper. The horse won both the Waikato Hurdles and Hawke’s Bay Hurdles early last winter and then added the Sydenham Hurdles at Riccarton in August.


Powerful success

   Ocean Power, a half-brother to former champion Hong Kong galloper Ambitious Dragon and bred by Taupo’s Pat Lowry, was an impressive winner in Hong Kong last Sunday.
   The four-year-old gelding scored a half-length win in a Class 4 race over 1800 metres that was worth $HK725,000. It was the horse’s seventh start in Hong Kong and followed a second over 1800 metres there in March.

   Ocean Power is by High Chaparral out of the Oregon mare Golden Gamble and was sold at the premier session at the 2011 Karaka yearling sales for $420,000. He races in the same colours as former outstanding New Zealand galloper Ocean Park.

   Ambitious Dragon is by Pins out of Golden Gamble and has won 13 races in Hong Kong and more than $HK57million in stakemoney. He has won two Group 1 events in each of the last two racing seasons there.


Prince off to Trentham

   Lavish Prince, a last start winner at Woodville on April 28, is likely to have his next start in a $20,000 Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at Trentham on May 24.

   The O’Reilly four-year-old scored by half a length over 1200 metres at Woodville, crediting Hastings apprentice Cory Anderson with his first win as a jockey.

   Guy Lowry, who co-trains Lavish Prince with Grant Cullen, said this week the gelding has trained on well since his maiden win.

   “He seemed to handle the heavy track at Woodville well so hopefully he will handle a heavy track at Trentham okay,” Lowry said.


Milestone for Coleman

   Michael Coleman, one of New Zealand’s senior jockeys, brought up his 1800th career win when successful aboard Makarska at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting.

   Born in Hawke’s Bay, 53-year-old Coleman has spent the majority of his life based in Matamata where he served his apprenticeship under trainer Jim Gibbs. He has included 151 group and listed wins among his tally, which was increased to 1802 after he notched a winning double at Wednesday’s Matamata meeting.

   Two apprentice jockeys recorded their first wins at last Monday’s Waipa meeting at Te Awamutu.

   Zinjete Moki led throughout aboard Penzance in a maiden two-year-old race over 1150 metres. The winning margin was three-quarters of a length and she then had to survive a protest by the connections of the second horse before getting the victory. It was the 25-year-old’s third race ride.

   Ulrika Holmquist was also having her third race ride when she steered Holy Affair to an easy win in a Rating 65 race over 2000 metres. The 20-year-old had the Civics gelding positioned outside the leader from the outset and he kicked him clear in the home straight to win by 5 lengths.



   Second Hope rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s Rotorua meeting with a quick 600-metre sprint at today’s Hastings track session.

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

   Second Hope ended his work with a 600-metre sprint in 36.4s. He was unsuited by the very heavy track conditions when unplaced in the Hawke’s Bay Cup last start and contests the Rating 85 race over 1560 metres at Rotorua.

   Double O Seven worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:6 and he is likely to resume racing in a 1400-metre open sprint at Woodville next Thursday. Trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen have the Taumarunui Cup (2100m) at Te Rapa in July as his main winter assignment.

   A Viking Ruler three-year-old gelding trained by Corrina McDougal worked over 1200 metres in 1:19.6, coming home the last 5600 in 39.1 while Viceroy was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres in 1:12.6, the last 600 in 42.8.

   Indiscretion had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 600 metres in 40.3 while Kayleen ran an easy 1000 metres in 1:15.4, the last 600 in 40.3.

   Hymn was kept under a good hold over 800 metres in 56.2, the last 600 in 41.6 while Need A Diamond did three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 46.


   Second Hope, preparing for Saturday’s Rotorua meeting, hit out well in training at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was not much in the way of fast work, which was confined to the plough (soft).

   Second Hope was not after a fast time when working over 1000 metres in 1:9.7, running the first 400 metres in 29.9 and coming home the last 600 in 39.8. The Deputy Governor gelding has not raced since finishing well back on a very heavy track in the Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) on April 19.

   His stablemate Viceroy also worked easily over 1000 metres in 1:9, coming home the last 600 in 41.1. He was another unsuited by the very heavy track conditions at Hasting last month and may start next at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on May 22.

   Centarose worked over 1000 metres on her own in 1:11.7, the last 600 in 40 and looked to be working keenly at the finish. She is another who needs track conditions that are not too testing.

   La Becane, a first starter at Thursday’s Wanganui meeting, clocked 56.6 for an easy 800 metres, the last 600 in 42.3. He is a promising Guillotine three-year-old in the Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen stable and was a trial winner over 1000 metres on the Wanganui track last month.

   Revolution had trainer Sue Thompson aboard when running 1000 metres in 1:13.7, the last 600 in 41.8 while Tradtri ran over the same ground in 1:13.9, the last 600 in 41.5.

   Need A Diamond worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 41.2 while her stablemate Kayleen was not doing much more than half-pace over 1000 metres.

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