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   No Change, preparing for next Monday’s Tauherenikau race meeting, turned in a quick 800-metre gallop on his own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   No Change worked in from the 1000-metre peg and increased the speed appreciably over the last 800 metres in 49.5, the final 600 in 36.1. The Shinko King seven-year-old has been freshened since finishing eight over 2500 metres at Hastings on April 16  and will be dropped back in distance in a Rating 75 race over 2050 metres at Tauherenikau.

   Missy Moo and Samogon, two likely starters at Wanganui on Saturday, also turned in a quick last 600 metres this morning when they worked over 1000 metres together in 1:5.8, the final 600 in 36.2. Missy Moo needed the run when resuming at Hastings earlier this month and is a past winner on the Wanganui track. She will contest the Rating 65 race over 1340 metres at Wanganui while stablemate Samogon will be entered for the maiden race. South Island apprentice Samantha Wynne will ride Missy Moo while Hastings apprentice Jordan Bassett has been engaged for Samogon.

   Designated Driver, a likely starter in the feature weight-for-age race over 1600 metres at Wanganui, was let off with an easy 1000-metre workout this morning in 1:10.8, the last 600 in 40.2. She had a strong workout last Saturday and looks to have trained on well since her last start fourth in the Rotorua Stakes (1400m). She is another past winner on the Wanganui track and Samantha Wynne will also ride her on Saturday.

   Havataste rounded off his preparation for Thursday’s Awapuni meeting with a strong solo 1000 metres in 1:4.9, the last 600 in 37.1. He is another who needed the run when unplaced at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Kipkeino, entered for Wanganui on Saturday, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:5.6, the last 600 in 37.6 while Razzle Dazzle Man ran over the same ground in 1:6, the last 600 in 39.2.

   Not Allowed was shading stablemate Runny Honey at the end of 1000 metres in 1:8.4, the last 600 in 38.5 and No Allowed is another likely starter at Tauherenikau on Monday.

   Second Innings, a member of Paul Nelson’s team, tan an easy 1000 metres in 1:11.4, the last 600 in 40.3 while stablemate The Bouncer ended his work with 600 metres in 41.7.

   Trinovantes work early in the session and worked in easily from the 600-metre peg in 41.3. He was only let stride out over the last 400 metres.


   Red Tiara and an unraced Mastercraftsman three-year-old gelding provided one of the best workouts in another quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   Red Tiara and the Mastercraftsman three-year-old gelding worked together over 1000 metres in 1:15.1, coming home the last 600 in 42.9. Red Tiara was unplaced on debut at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting but will have derived plenty of benefit from that run and she won a 750-metre jumpout at Hastings last month.

   Missy Moo worked on her own over 1000 metres and was kept under a firm hold throughout, clocking 1:14.9 for the full distance, the last 600 in 42.7. She is another Per Incanto filly who needed the run when unplaced at Hastings last week.

   A Zacinto two-year-old gelding in Kelly Burne’s stable ran 600 metres in 40.8 while a Nadeem two-year-old ran an easy 600 metres in 41.5.

   Cowboys Don’t Cry ran an easy 1000 metres in 1:11.7 but bad light prevented any sectional times being taken.


San Pedro, preparing for Saturday’s Waikato Hurdles, turned in an impressive training gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   San Pedro worked from about the 2000-mmetre peg and was timed to run the last 1200 in 1:20.1. He went from the 1200 to the 600 in 42.9 and then came home strongly over the final 600 in 37.2.

   The Colombia nine-year-old was an impressive winner over hurdles at Te Rapa on May 7 and has obviously trained on the right way since. Aaron Kuru will again ride him in Saturday’s Waikato Hurdles and has also been engaged to ride the other Paul Nelson-trained runners in No Quota (Waikato Steeples) and Ooee (maiden hurdles).

   Ooee also worked well this morning when he was timed over two 600-metre runs, the first one in an easy 41s and the second a lot quicker at 37.5s. He finished third in his hurdling debut at Te Rapa on May 7.

   No Quota was given two rounds of three-quarter pace and he also looks in good order. The Kingfisher Mill gelding is a past winner over the big fences at Te Rapa and needed the run when sixth there last start.

   Hoskins, entered for Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, ended her work with a 600-metre sprint in 37.2. Apprentice Dylan Mo has been booked to ride her.

   Samogon clocked 50.1 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37.5. He is entered for the maiden 1200-metre event at Hastings on Thursday and will be ridden by new Hastings-based apprentice Jordan Bassett, who will be having her first race ride.

   Bassett, 25, is indentured to the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen stable, after originally starting out riding work for fellow Hastings trainer John Bary. She has been riding in jumpouts for more than two years and has had several official trial rides in recent months.

   Missy Moo, another entered for Hastings on Thursday, worked with a Fully Fledged two-year-old filly over 800 metres in 51.5, the last 600 in 37.1. Apprentice Anna Jones has been booked to ride Missy Moo.


   Superveloce, a probable starter at next Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, stretched out well in a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   Superveloce was not asked for a serious effort when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:7.9 but looked to be striding out nicely over the last 600 in 39.7. The Savabeel three-year-old has not raced since October last year but has been working well for some time and was an easy winner over 1000 metres at the last Hastings jumpouts.

   Razzle Dazzle Man was also striding out well at the end of an easy 1000 metres in 1:9, the last 600 in 42.2. He was withdrawn from this week’s Otaki meeting and is another who is likely to start at Hastings next Thursday.

   Hoskins ended her work with 600 metres in 38.6 while a Per Incanto two-year-old filly and one by Raise The Flag ran the last 600 metres of their work in 38.8s. They are all in the Patrick Campbell stable.

   Red Dust, Tavi Jazz and Red Tiara all worked together at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg in 1:13.6, the last 600 in 43.1 while Cowboys Don’t Cry was also kept to just three-quarter pace when working over a round, the last 600 in 43.6.

   Castle Of Boom, another likely starter at Hastings next Thursday, ended his work with an easy 600 metres in 43.9 while a Sufficient two-year-old colt and Tartan Bearer took 41.1 for 600 metres.

   A Keeper three-year-old filly and a Nom du Jeu filly, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ended their work with an easy 600 metres in 43.1.


Viceroy has what it takes to become a top jumper 11 May 2016

Hastings owned Viceroy showed plenty of promise as a flat performer but it is as a jumper that he may really excel.

   The Deputy Governor six-year-old was having only his second start over fences when he scored a dominant 2-1/2 length win in a maiden hurdle race at last Sunday’s Wanganui meeting and looks a horse that will only improve with more experience over jumps.

   Viceroy was bred and owned by Tim Symes and his son Wilfred and they now race him from the Wanganui stable of Kevin Myers, who is regarded as a doyen when it comes to conditioning jumpers in this country.

   Tim Symes prepared Viceroy on the Hastings track for the early part of the horse’s career and saddled him up to win two races, the first being a 2000-metre maiden at Gisborne in September 2013 and the second in a 1600-metre highweight at Woodville in August 2014.

   He and his son then decided to send the horse to Myers last winter, to be prepared as a jumper. He was unplaced in his hurdling debut at Hawera in August last year but has obviously been well schooled since as he gave an accomplished performance at what was only his second jumping start last Sunday.

   It was fitting that Charlie Studd should be the jockey that rode Viceroy to his first hurdle victory as he was the one that first started schooling the horse when he was based in Hastings a couple of years ago and was also aboard when the horse won his highweight race at Woodville in 2014.

   Studd, 37, is English-born and rode with success in his homeland before coming to New Zealand and has now ridden 30 winners in this country.

   He has not ridden a lot for the Myers stable but picked up one of his biggest wins over fences when riding Snodroptwinkletoes to victory for the trainer in the 2013 Pakuranga Hunt Cup Steeplechase at Ellerslie.

   Studd let Viceroy roll to an early lead in last Sunday’s 3000-metre event and dictated the pace from then on. They were challenged by the Myers-trained stablemate Cheese Maker over the last two fences in the home straight but managed to draw clear again in the run to the line.

   Viceroy now has a record of three wins, a second and eight thirds from 37 starts. He is out of the Spectacular Love mare Love Proposal and a full-brother to The Veep, who won 10 races for the Symes’, including the 2008 Hawke’s Bay Cup.

   Love Proposal has also left Sordid Affair, who won four races, and My Tommy, a Towkay three-year-old who won his race debut over 1200 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day and has since had one more start for a seventh over 1400 metres at Trentham.


Rain to assist San Pedro

   Jockey Aaron Kuru is hoping the belated winter weather arrives in Hamilton before the running of tomorrow week’s $50,000 Porrit Sand Waikato Hurdles, one of the feature races at that day’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa.

   The 24-year-old will partner Hastings-trained San Pedro in the 3200-metre event and says the rising star’s prospects will be further boosted by a softening of the ground.

   Kuru partnered the nine-year-old to a strong length win a restricted open hurdle race over 2800 metres at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting and the Colombia nine-year-old has now had five hurdle starts for three wins, a second and a third.

   Hastings-born Kuru, who is now based in Cambridge, has been aboard San Pedro in all of his hurdle starts and rates him as a top liner in the making.

   “He’s pretty good and any rain between now and next week will be perfect for him,” Kuru said.

    “He won well today, but he didn’t enjoy the firmer ground.

   “He still does a few things wrong, but he’s learning. He’s got it all there and he’s in the right stable.”

   San Pedro is prepared by Hastings trainer Paul Nelson, who races the gelding in partnership with his wife Carol.  The horse has now won them 10 races, seven of them on the flat, and more than $127,000 in stakemoney.

   San Pedro settled in the body of the field in last Saturday’s race before Kuru urged the nine-year-old forward across the top to challenge three flights from home. The son of Colombia was inclined to lay in down the straight, but he still proved too strong.

   “He made the last well and he got away nicely,” Kuru said. “He’s improved with all his jumping starts and he’s going to improve again with this run.”

   The pacemaking Thenamesbond, who conceded the winner six kilograms in the weights, rallied strongly for his second placing and will get his chance to turn the tables in the Waikato Hurdles.


Quality mare to join Bary

   Bohemian Lily, a stakes winning mare in Australia, will be joining the Hastings stable of John Bary in the new season to be prepared for the three Group 1 races at the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   The O’Reilly mare, owned by prominent New Zealand thoroughbred breeder Kevin Hickman, has been prepared in recent times by top Australian woman trainer Gai Waterhouse and has a record of three wins, three seconds and three thirds from 19 starts.

   Bohemian Lily was initially trained in New Zealand by Lance Noble at Matamata, who prepared her to win a maiden race over 1400 metres at Te Rapa and also finish fourth in the Group 2 Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie before she was transferred to the Waterhouse stable.

   She made a quick impact across the Tasman with victory at her second Australian start in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) at the Gold Coast and a further success in the Group 2 The Roses (2020m) at Doomben earning her favouritism for the Group 1 Queensland Oaks before injury ruled her out of the classic.

   Bohemian Lily was Group 2 placed in the Herbert Power Stakes and the Moonee Valley Cup and in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality last spring, but she failed to find her best form in the autumn of this year.

    “She will be targeting the Triple Crown series at Hawke’s Bay and Kevin will be sending her down to John Bary to train her,” Valachi Downs manager Jonathan Scully said.

   “There won’t be any travelling for her and she will be working on the track.

    “She’s been back about three weeks and she’s flourishing on the Waikato pasture,” Scully said.

   “John will come up within the next month and we’ll sit down to sort out a plan of action – we’ve got our own pre-training facility here so we’ll work her on our track and treadmill before she leaves.

   “As long as she races well, she’ll go back to Gai for the Melbourne spring carnival.”


Fannin in great form

   Hastings-born jockey Shaun Fannin has struck a purple patch of form in the early stages of this year’s jumping season.

   The 20-year-old won two of the three jumping races at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa, aboard Zed Em in the maiden hurdle event over 2800 metres and on Mister Deejay in the Restricted Open Steeplechase (4000m). He then added another victory the following day, on Wise Men Say, in the Restricted Open Steeplechase (3650m) at Wanganui.

   Fannin was also successful aboard Cecil in the $20,000 Hazlett Contracting Steeples (3400m) at the Riverton meeting on May 4 to give him four wins in the space of three riding days.

   Fannin was an accomplished equestrian rider before taking up an amateur jockey’s licence. He was initially attached to the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen before transferring to top jumps trainer Kevin Myers at Wanganui more than a year ago.

   Through the show jumping circles Fannin became good friends with another Hastings rider in Mick Dee, who began an apprenticeship with Kevin Myers soon after leaving school.

   Dee has gone on to forge a highly successful career as a jockey in the competitive Victorian racing scene.

   Weekend visits to catch up with Dee when he was in the Myers stable, got Fannin keen to join the same stable and it wasn’t long before he took out a professional licence.

   Fannin is now in his third season with Myers and regards him as “a genius.”

   “I owe everything to him,” Fannin said.

   “I’m reaping the rewards of what he has taught me and the hard work I’ve put in.”

    Fannin has now won 20 races and the majority of them have been on Myers-trained horses, Zed Em being one of them.


Next HB races

   Hawke’s Bay racegoers will get to see some more action at the Hastings racecourse next Thursday when Hawke’s Bay Racing stages another early winter meeting.

   At this stage there are eight races planned, with the first timed for 12pm and the last at 4.10pm.

   Admission is free as is entry to the members’ stand and the gates will open at 11am.


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