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Water-walker assists in Myrtle’s comeback 17 May 2018

   The easy access to a water-walker is said to have been instrumental in the form reversal shown by Hawke’s Bay-owned Myrtle, who bounced back to her best with a dominant win at Woodville last week.

   The four-year-old Keeper mare took out a $10,000 Rating 65 race over 1400m, showing an exceptional turn of foot inside the last 200 metres to race clear of her rivals and score by 2 lengths.

   It was the mare’s second win from only nine starts but her first since she took out a maiden 1200m race at Awapuni on Anzac Day last year.

   Back then Myrtle was prepared by Hastings trainer John Bary and she also recorded three third placings while in his stable.

   However she started to develop some niggling problems, according to her Hastings co-owner Gerard Moughan.

   “It was mainly hoof problems,” Moughan said this week.

   “She was constantly being troubled by bruising of the heels and so she came home to my place for a three month spell and when she was ready to go back into work we decided to send her down to David Goldsbury at Awapuni.

   “He has access to a water-walker down there and she does a lot of work on that, instead of pounding her legs working on the track.”

   Myrtle hadn’t raced for six months when she stepped out at Woodville on Thursday of last week but had indicated she was ready to perform well by winning a 1000m Foxton trial the week before and her connections were quietly confident.

   “She is a horse that has always raced well fresh and I think she has also taken a bit of time to strengthen,” Moughan added.

   “But by the way she won I think she might have really come to it now.”

   The Woodville track was rated a dead-5 and Myrtle seemed to relish the conditions. Jockey Darryl Bradley settled the mare in the trail and got a charmed rails run on the home turn, when the rest ran wide, to quickly challenge for the lead. She looked to be just holding her rivals at bay until Bradley gave her a couple of cracks with the whip and she accelerated clear.

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

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


Jumps next for Zed Leppelin

   Hastings-trained Zed Leppelin brought up his fourth win on the flat when successful over 2100m at Woodville last week but he will be back over hurdles at next Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Zed eight-year-old, prepared by the husband and wife team of Mick Brown and Sue Thompson, led all the way over 2100m at Woodville and held on gamely to beat race favourite Nunchucks by three-quarters of a length.

   It was Zed Leppelin’s first success since he scored a winning double at Hastings in the spring of 2016 but he has been placed several times since and recorded two fourth placings in maiden hurdle races last winter.

   Zed Leppelin has spent the past week in Waverley where he has undergone a course of schooling under the guidance of successful jumps jockey Shaun Fannin.

   “We thought it was better to get him schooled over there where there are several horses he can go with and it can teach him a lot more,” co-trainer Mick Brown said this week.

   Zed Leppelin was bred by Hawke’s Bay couple Peter and Sharon Robertson and is raced by them in partnership with Hong Kong-based Marcus Glucina.


First win for HB owner

  Havelock North’s Tess Castles celebrated her first success as a racehorse owner when London Express won the $10,000 two-year-old race over 1200m at New Plymouth last Saturday.

   Castles is the wife of Hawke’s Bay Racing chief executive Andrew Castles and her and three close friends, Emma Davies, Anna McKenzie and Anna Milne, lease a 50 per cent racing share in the Shamexpress filly.

   Andrew Castles and the husbands of the other three women have raced horses successfully for 25 years and they thought it was time to give the wives a chance.

   The win by London Express capped two good third placings from her first two starts, over 1000m at Trentham in March and 1100m at New Plymouth last month.

   She is trained on the New Plymouth track by Allan Sharrock and credited his apprentice jockey Wiremu Pinn with instant success in his first race-ride.

   Pinn, 19, made it a truly memorable day by also winning aboard the Sharrock-trained Art Deco in one of the main races at the New Plymouth meeting, the open 1200m sprint.

   Sharrock has a high opinion of London Express and the filly is now likely to contest the Listed $50,000 Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui on June 2.


Hastings races Thursday

   Fans of jumping racing will be in for a treat at next Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting with the likelihood of one steeplechase race and two hurdle events among at least eight races at the annual Fruitfed Supplies raceday.

   It will be the first lot of jumping races held on the Hastings track this year and will serve as a lead up to the Hawke’s Bay meeting on June 30, which will feature both the Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase and Hawke’s Bay Hurdles.

   There is free admission at next Thursday’s meeting and the members stand will also be open for the general public. The first race is timed for 12.05pm but could be brought forward if an extra race is added.


Miss Wilson still Aussie bound

   Hastings trainer John Bary is mulling over his lead-up options with Miss Wilson ahead of her Group 1 goal at the Queensland winter carnival.

   Bary was forced to withdraw the mare from last Saturday’s Group 3 Rotorua Stakes (1400m) due to a heavy track, but has no concerns about the impact of missing an outing.

   “There’s a flight on June 8 so she’ll head to Brisbane for the Tatts Tiara, it will just be the one run and then she can spell over there,” Bary said.

   “I haven’t quite worked out what we do in the meantime, there are a few options.

“There’s the Waverley trials, although that’s a three and a-half hour trip, or maybe an exhibition gallop here.

   “I think they have jumpouts every Tuesday over there so she could have a run along and then into the Tiara on June 23. We’ve got a few options and she’s still got residual fitness so I’m not worried.”

   The feature fillies and mares’ race will be run at Doomben, a course Bary is confident will suit Miss Wilson, and a track he has enjoyed past Group success on.

   He prepared The Hombre to win the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) there in 2006.

   Miss Wilson hasn’t raced since the daughter of Stratum produced a career-best performance to win the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) in early April. She is also the winner of two Group 2 races and is a half-sister to former New Zealand Horse of the Year Jimmy Choux, now resident at Rich Hill Stud, who was a five time Group 1 winner for Bary and finished runner-up to Pinker Pinker in the 2011 Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).


Bi-monthly award winners

   The connections of Hawke’s Bay-trained Tuigold are the recipients of the Kevin Wood Memorial trophy for the months of March and April.

   The bi-monthly award is sponsored by the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Association and is presented to association members who have achieved recent success.

  Tuigold is raced by John Best, David Lumsden and Steve Wyman and broke out of maiden ranks with an impressive win over 1450m at Wairoa on February 25.

   The horse is prepared by the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and done most of his training this year on the Dannevirke property of Cullen’s partner Nikki Lourie.


Vale Peter Mitchell

   Prominent thoroughbred owner Peter Mitchell died suddenly earlier this week.

   Mitchell, whose colours were most famously carried by the mighty galloper Bonecrusher, passed away aged 73.

   Trained by Frank Ritchie, Bonecrusher was a multiple Group 1 winner on both sides of the Tasman and his victory over Waverley Star in the 1986 Cox Plate (2040m) is acknowledged as one of greatest editions of the race.

   In recent years Mitchell had an ownership interest in the multiple winner Excalibur, trained for him by Ritchie’s son Shaune, while his colours were carried to victory as recently as Wednesday of last week when Cyber Attack won an 1150m maiden race at Te Awamutu.


Taranaki stars doing well

   Star stablemates Kawi and Ladies First are making good progress as they prepare for a return to the racetrack in the spring.

   “Kawi’s on the water walker at Robyn and Russell Rogers’ place at Cambridge and he’s coming along nicely,” trainer Allan Sharrock said.

   “Ladies First has been on the walker for two weeks and she’ll do another week before she goes to Jaimee-Lee Lupton’s place and five weeks later she’ll be back with me.”

   Kawi was sidelined by a fetlock issue in the summer while Ladies First was spelled after her courageous victory in the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m), which prompted plans for a Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) campaign later this year.



   Londaro and War Of Words, two horses entered for Tauherenikau on Thursday, were both hitting out strongly when they galloped together at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was very little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the No.1 grass. The footing was slow after rain on the weekend and another five millimetres of rainfall overnight.

   Londaro and War Of Words worked in from the 800-metre peg but could not be timed due to a thick blanket of fog that covered the track at that stage. Both horses finished the gallop off well however and look on target for Thursday’s Wairarapa meeting, providing track conditions remain reasonably good there.

   Londaro will be stepping up to a middle distance for the first time in the Rating 75 race over 2050m and is coming off a good last start fourth in a Rating 85 grade race over 1600m at Hastings on April 24. War Of Words contests the Maiden Three-year-old 1400 and finished seventh on debut over 1200m at Waipukurau two weeks ago.

   The Puketapu Lad and Aqua House were two others who galloped together on the grass. They worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800-metre peg before sprinting home the last 600 in 36.6.

   The Puketapu Lad has spoilt his chances by racing greenly in his two starts to date but worked in blinkers this morning and will also race in them at Tauherenikau on Thursday.

   Aqua House won a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings last month and then turned in a good debut sixth over 1200m at Waipukurau. He will start next ion a Maiden 1400 at Hastings on Thursday of next week.

   A Showcasing two-year-old in Kate Hercock’s stable was the only other horse timed during the session and ran easy 600 metres on the grass in 42.2.

Dez’s fresh up win a great training feat 10 May 2018

   Waipukurau’s Simon Wilson pulled off an outstanding training feat when he produced Dez to win fresh up on his home track last week after the horse had not raced for more than two and a half years.

   The Zed six-year-old lined up in a Rating 75 race over 1600m and, despite carrying topweight of 59kg, proved too strong for his rivals to get home by a long neck from Ophelia Lee, with Pincanto a further 2 lengths back in third.

   Dez was having just his fourth career start. He showed tremendous potential when successful in his first two races, over 1400m and 1600m, in the winter of 2015 before an unlucky fourth over 1600m at Trentham two months later.

   He then suffered a tendon injury to his nearside foreleg which meant he was sidelined for a couple of years.

   “The injury wasn’t that bad but I decided that I would give him two years out to let him recover properly,” Wilson said this week.

   “He’s actually been in work since September last year but I’ve just been hacking him around the farm at home.

   “Sam Lennox, who is one of the part-owners, has got a treadmill and the horse also spent a couple of months there which has been a great help and the vets gave us a programme which we have followed.

   “It’s been a combination of a few things but mainly working and trotting around the farm that has brought him right. I do take him into the Waipukurau track for faster work occasionally but he spends most of his time on the farm.”

   Dez showed he was ready for a return to the racetrack when recording a decisive length win in a 1200m jumpout at Hastings on April 16.

   Wilson said the horse will probably start next in a Rating 75 race over 1600m at Wanganui on June 2.

   He races Dez in partnership with close friends Sam Lennox (Waverley) and Paul Mitchell (Patea) after purchasing the horse as an unraced two-year-old from two of his Waipukurau neighbours, Doug and Carol Isaacson.

   Wilson, who has been one of New Zealand’s most accomplished equestrian competitors, has four horses in work at the moment.

   “I’ve got a couple of Zed three-year-olds that are unraced and a Burgundy two-year-old filly that shows a bit of promise,” he said.

   The Burgundy filly created a big impression when winning a jumpout at Hastings earlier this season.


Well-bred filly prevails

   Hastings-trained Vickezzmoet went a long way towards living up to her excellent breeding with a game debut win at last week’s Waipukurau meeting.

  The three-year-old filly, prepared by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, capped off two recent wins in jumpouts at Hastings and Waipukurau, with a half length victory over Rock Island Line in a 1200m maiden.

   Jockey Masa Tanaka hunted the filly out from the number one barrier and had her trailing the race favourite Darci Palmer and Classy Lane until the home turn. He then drove her through an inside gap to take a clear lead 300 metres from the finish and the filly withstood a late charge from Rock Island Line.

   The winner was overlooked by the punters, returning a dividend of $23.50 for a win and $3.90 for a place.

   “I was surprised she paid so much considering she has won a jumpout at Hastings and one at Waipukurau in the past month,” co-trainer Guy Lowry said. 

   Vickezzmoet is a daughter of the now deceased stallion O’Reilly out of the Don Eduardo mare Vickezzchardonnay.

   Cambridge-based Murray Baker was training in partnership with his son Bjorn when they had Vickezzchardonnay in their stable. The mare was the winner of five races and filled a first five placing 21 times from 29 starts. She won the Group 3 Taranaki Cup (2000m) and was runner up in the Listed Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton and fourth in the 2009 Group 1 Auckland Cup. She was also third behind Hoorang and Young Centaur in the 2008 Group 2 New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton and fourth in the following year’s Group 2 Wellington Cup (3200m).

   Vickezzchardonnay was raced by Cambridge-based Tony Rider. He is also the breeder and owner of Vickezzmoet and a long time supporter of the Lowry/Cullen stable.

   Vickezzchardonnay has also left the winner Splendido and has since produced a yearling filly and a weanling filly, both by Sacred Falls.


Overdue hurdle success

   Hastings trainer Paul Nelson breathed a sigh of relief when his jumper Perry Mason finally broke through for a maiden hurdle win at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa.

   The Zed eight-year-old was having his 12th jumping start, with his previous best placings being three thirds over hurdles.

   “We actually thought he would win a jumping race earlier on but it has taken him a couple of seasons,” Nelson said.

   “He’s always shown us plenty as a jumper but I think he’ll make a better steeplechaser than a hurdler in time.”

   Former Hastings-based jockey Aaron Kuru partnered Perry Mason to victory in the 2800m maiden event. He settled the Zed eight-year-old in fourth place in the early stages but had a life when the horse hit the top of the fence with 800 metres to run and momentarily lost contact with the first three.

   To Perry Mason’s credit he recovered quickly and ranged up to join the leaders coming to the second to last jump before taking a clear lead soon after. He didn’t negotiate the last jump that well but had enough in reserve to win by half a length from Cashel, with a gap of 5-1/2 lengths back to third placed Justnametheprice.

   Perry Mason had recorded three previous wins on the flat, the most recent being over 2200m at Rotorua in July 2016. He was formerly owned and trained by Levin couple Sylvia and Paddy Kay but is now raced by the I See Red Syndicate, a large group of racing enthusiasts that have raced a number of horses from the Nelson stable over many years.


Redshaw name to the fore

   The memory of one of Hawke’s Bay racing’s stalwarts, Laurence Redshaw, was brought to the fore again when Elle Eye Are was successful in a 1400m maiden race at Matamata on Wednesday of last week.

   Redshaw, who died in May 2016, was a prominent Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-breeder as well as a long time racing administrator of Hawke’s Bay Racing.

   Elle Eye Are was named after his initials and was one of the last horses Cambridge trainer Murray Baker bought on his behalf, paying $42,500 for the filly at the select session of the 2016 Karaka yearling sales.

   Elle Eye Are is by Rip Van Winkle out of the Singspiel mare Bella Rosalia and is a half-sister to the Darci Brahma mare Strolling Vagabond, who has recorded six wins, five seconds and four thirds from the Opaki stable of Gerald Innes.

   Elle Eye Are is now raced by the estate of Laurence Redshaw in partnership with Napier couple Alister and Jeannette Cameron and Gisborne’s Geoff Candy.

   The filly was resuming from a spell last week after her three previous starts this season had resulted in a third, a sixth and a seventh.

   “She is not a very big filly and Murray Baker always said she would be a horse that would need time but hopefully she can go on with it now,” Alister Cameron said this week.

   Elle Eye Are certainly showed great potential with her victory as she was well back off the pace on the home turn and had to weave a passage through the field before responding to a hard ride from jockey Jonathan Riddell to get up and win by a length.


Jumping star in the making

   Zentangle, a horse part-owned by Hawke’s Bay’s Jason Donnelly, indicated he is in for a successful jumping campaign when winning a 2500m open hurdle race at Riverton on Wednesday of last week.

   The big Chinese Dragon six-year-old, was having just his second start back from a spell after finishing third over 1950m on the flat at Blenheim on April 27.

   Zentangle is trained by Wanganui-based Kevin Myers, who is one of the country’s masters at conditioning and preparing jumpers. He gave the horse two hurdle starts last year for a win over 3000m at Timaru and a fifth over the same distance at Wanganui before putting him aside and waiting for him to strengthen a bit more.

   Ridden by Shaun Fannin, Zentangle was always in control in last week’s race. After taking an early lead he raced clear over the final stages to score by 2-1/4 lengths.

   Zentangle is raced by Jason Donnelly together with the estate of his late father Jim, Kevin Myers and former jumps jockey Charlie Gestro, who has worked in the Myers stable for many years.


Hastings Trackwork 8 May 2018

   Hunta Pence, who could head north this weekend to contest the Group 3 $75,000 Rotorua Cup, strode out well in a solo workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Hunta Pence worked in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:10.7, running the first 400 in 31s before quickening slightly over the last 600 in 39.7. He hasn’t raced since finishing third in the Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) on April 14 but looks in good order.

   Trainer Patrick Campbell said the No Excuse Needed gelding will only start in Saturday’s Rotorua feature if track conditions are reasonably firm and top jockey Samantha Collett has been booked to ride him.

   Londaro, a likely starter at Tauherenikau on Thursday of next week, worked over a round on his own but wasn’t hurried, recording 1:13.6 for the last 1000m and 43.3 for the final 600. He looks to have trained on well since his close last start fourth over 1600m at Hastings on April 24.

   Fun Seeker, a Darci Brahma mare in Patrick Campbell’s stable, ran an easy 600 metres in 40 while a Shamoline Warrior three-year-old trained by Kate Hercock was only let stride out over the last 200 metres when running 600 in 45.2.

   Zed Leppelin was travelling very keenly on the outside of The Puketapu Lad at the end of 800m in 58.6, the last 600 in 41.6. Both horses are entered for this Thursday’s Woodville meeting where Zed Leppelin will contest the Jumpers Flat and The Puketapu Lad is in the Maiden 1400.


A special win by One Prize One Goal 4 May 2018

   There was no more fitting winner of the $22,500 Hawke’s Bay Owners Association 1200 at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting than One Prize One Goal.

   The four-year-old is owned by Napier-based Shirin Wood and her son Calvin and raced by them along with the estate of Shirin’s late husband Kevin.

   Kevin Wood, who died in January 2016 after a long battle with cancer, was a long serving committeeman of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Association and his name is now attached to the by-monthly award presented by that body. He also served both as a race day steward and a board member of Hawke’s Bay Racing Incorporated for 10 years and was made a life member of that club in 2015.

  Kevin Wood was also an active member of the Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay Breeders Association.

   The Woods bred One Prize One Goal out of the Towkay mare Sheeza Kinda Magic, who was unplaced from three starts but was out of Wake Up Suzie, a mare that recorded five wins and 11 minor placings.

   One Prize One Goal is trained at Cambridge by Lee Somervell and has now recorded three wins three seconds and three thirds from only 18 starts.

   The Ekraar gelding showed amazing acceleration inside the last 200 metres of last Saturday’s 1200m event to race away for a dominant 2-3/4 length win.

   “He is a very serious racehorse,” Somervell said after the win.

   “I’ve always said he is a horse that could compete in black type races but the thing with him is that he has to have good tracks to show his best.”

   With this in mind Somervell agreed that he may now be running out of opportunities with One Prize One Goal, with the onset of winter track conditions.

   “We’ll just have to see what the weather brings but I think he’s a very good horse and I’d like to bring him back here to Hastings in the spring” he added.

   After jumping well from the barrier One Prize One Goal was lost for early speed over 1200m last Saturday and got back in the running. He then started to track into the race approaching the home turn but then clipped the heels of a horse in front, causing him to dip and momentarily lose momentum.

   Jockey Leah Hemi quickly got the horse balanced up again and, after getting a gap between horses half-way up the straight, he dashed away from his rivals.


Scandalo earns a break

   Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell says his stable star Scandalo has now earned a winter spell and it is hard to disagree with him.

   The Shocking five-year-old not only brought up his seventh win from only 22 starts with another decisive victory on his home track last Saturday but he has also chalked up five wins, two seconds and a third from 10 appearances since October.

   “He’s done enough and can go out now and come back in the spring,” Campbell said.

   Scandalo took on a small but talented field of open sprinters in the $35,000 Preferment @ Brighthill Farm 1400 at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting. He is normally in or near the lead in his races but rider Chris Johnson had to niggle at him to keep in touch with the pacemakers in the early stages.

   Scandalo was still back second last in the seven horse field rounding the home bend but once Johnson got him into the clear he accelerated quickly to hit the front and then staved off a late challenge from Go Nicholas to score by three-quarters of a length.

   It was Scandalo’s second win in a row after he was also successful at the Hawke’s Bay Cup meeting on April 14. Both victories were over 1400m but Campbell is keen to extend the horse out to a middle distance when he comes back in a new campaign.

   “He looked a bit flat down the back when trying to hold his position so he might now be looking for more ground,” Campbell said.

   “He just kept finding, he’s brave. So I may try him over more ground next season – he’s bred to stay.”

   Scandalo is out of the Savabeel mare Grandissima, who won twice up to 2000m and ran second in the Listed Warstep Stakes (2000m).

   Campbell is not only the trainer but he also owns Scandalo, after purchasing him in a private sale from the South Island in December 2016. The horse has won him more than $125,000 in stakemoney since then.


Carnaby’s southern success

   The Hawke’s Bay connections of the galloper Carnaby are usually kept in the dark as to where the horse will line up but as long as he picks up a stakemoney cheque they don’t mind.

   The five-year-old gelding was among a large team of horses Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers took south for the two day Marlborough meeting at Blenheim last weekend and he took out a $10,000 Rating 65 race over 1950m on the first day.

   Myers has never been great at trainer-owner communication and is even more aloof when it comes to dealing with the media. But there is no doubting his tremendous skills as a horseman and his ability to set horses for specific races.

   Carnaby was coming off two fourth placings when successful last Friday, the first over 2100m at Hawera on March 12 and the second over 2200m at Rotorua on March 17. Myers then freshened the horse, dropping him back to 1950m at Blenheim and engaged the services of experienced jockey Chris Johnson.

   It took all of Johnson’s skills to get Carnaby to settle in the early stages but, after restraining the horse into a trailing position, he bided his time until the home turn. He then produced the Danroad gelding at the top of the home straight the horse quickly challenged the leaders before surging clear in the final stages to win by 1-1/2 lengths.

   Carnaby was recording his second win since joining the Myers stable in September last year, after initially being prepared by Awapuni trainer Tony Bambry.

   The horse was bred by well known racing administrator Alan Fenwick of Marton and Feilding-based Michael Collinson and they initially raced him with Alan’s wife Sue and Cam Arnott, from Palmerston North.

   Five Hawke’s Bay men, Tony Lyndon, Peter Johnstone, Peter Unverricht, Greg Horton and Bruce Yanko took over a 50 per cent racing share in the five-year-old at the end of last year and got an instant return on their investment when he won at odds of 20 to one at the Greymouth meeting on January 7.

   Kevin Myers is renowned as a great conditioner of jumpers and Carnaby is likely to be seen in a hurdling role in the future.


Collett on Kiwi hope at Kranji

   Expatriate New Zealand jockey Jason Collett has been booked to ride Ocean Emperor in Singapore later this month.

   He will combine with the Gary Hennessy-trained son of Zabeel in the $S1.5 million Kranji Mile (1600m) on May 26.

   A last-start winner of the Gr.2 Japan/New Zealand International Trophy (1600m), Ocean Emperor is booked to fly to Singapore on May 17 and will be accompanied by his regular work rider, apprentice Tui Miles.


Thorndon Mile winner retired

   Group One winner Thee Auld Floozie has run her last race.

   The six-year-old signed off last Saturday when she finished a game sixth in the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.

   “She just doesn’t quite get the 2000m, but she’s been a great mare for the stable,” part-owner and trainer Stephen Marsh said.

   “She was pretty straight forward to deal with and we never had much go wrong with her.”

   The winner of 11 of her 38 starts, the daughter of Mastercraftsman’s career highlight was her victory in last season’s Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m).

   She also claimed two editions of the Group 2 Westbury Classic (1400m), the Group 3 Sunline Vase (2100m), the Listed Swap Contractors (1400m) and twice finished runner-up in the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).


Coldplay for sale

   Multiple Group-winning Savabeel mare Coldplay is bound for auction, although her racing career may not be over.

   She will be offered for sale by breeder-owners Waikato Stud and Gary Wallace at the Gold Coast, but if she fails to meet her reserve an Australian racing campaign will be considered.

   Coldplay has won six races from the stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, including the Group 2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m), the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m), the Group 3 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) and the Group3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m).


Chocante coming home

   Chocante’s Queensland winter carnival campaign is over.

   The Stephen Marsh-trained Group 1performer has suffered a tendon injury and will return home immediately.

   The winner of last year’s Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2200m), Chocante had been due to run in tomorrow’s Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast as his final lead in to the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 19.



Hastings Trackwork 1 May 2018

   Rawhide, a horse that hasn’t raced for 15 months, showed he is ready to resume when turning in a strong gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was carried out on the plough and wide out on the No.1 grass, with both tracks providing reasonably good footing considering 61 millimetres of rain had fallen in Hastings in the previous 48 hours.

   Rawhide worked with The Cossack and they sprinted 600 metres on the plough in 36.8, with both horses hitting out well at the finish.

   Rawhide is a big five-year-old by Bachelor Duke in the John Bary stable. He showed good potential when recording two seconds from his first four starts before being sidelined with an injury. He looks to have come back in good order and could resume at Thursday’s Waipukurau meeting.

   The Cossack is a four-year-old gelding by Mastercraftsman in the Bary stable and has recorded a win and two minor placings from 11 starts.

   Elston and Thelma were two others from the Bary stable who turned in a quick 600-metre gallop on the plough, clocking 36.7. They were also both hitting out strongly at the finish.

   Elston recorded a fourth and a fifth from three starts at the end of last year while Thelma finished third over 1400m at Hastings on New Year’s Day and followed that up with a second over 1200m at Waipukurau in March.

   Our Little Secret and a Savabeel three-year-old filly, two others from the Bary stable, worked together over 600m on the plough in 37.4 while a Rip Van Winkle two-year-old filly and one by Swiss Ace were not hurried when running their 600m in 40.7.

   An Ekraar three-year-old gelding and a Roc de Cambes three-year-old were given an easy 600m workout on the grass in 40.5 while a Playmaker three-year-old filly also ran 600m on the grass in 42.4.

   A Redwood four-year-old gelding finished his work off on the plough with 400m in 26.5.


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