No Change looks a rising jumping star 31 May 2018
The $50,000 Te Whangai Romneys Hawke’s Bay Hurdle at the end of this month is now the main immediate mission for talented Hastings jumper No Change.
The nine-year-old Shinko King gelding only won by a long neck in a 2500m restricted open hurdle at Hastings on Thursday of last week but the winning margin flattered his rivals.
Jockey Aaron Kuru settled No Change in third place and bided his time before lodging a challenge with three fences to jump. The horse looked to be cruising when he ranged up outside the leaders rounding the home turn and jumped to the front with a magnificent leap at the second to last fence. He then only had to negotiate the last obstacle safely and, once over that, Kuru only urged him with hands and heels in the run to the line to comfortably hold second placed Just Ishi at bay.
It was No Change’s second hurdle success and he has also recorded three seconds from his six jumping starts. He has also been the winner of six races on the flat for Nelson, who owns the horse with his wife Carol. They bred him out of the Grosvenor mare Grosveness, who has now ceased breeding but has also left the winners Ho Down (8 wins), No Cash (7 wins) and No Governance (3 wins).
At this stage No Change is the only one Nelson has confirmed for the Hawke’s Bay Hurdle (3100m) at Hastings on June 30 but he also has several others in mind for both that race and the $50,000 Animal Health Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase (4800m) on the same day.
Amanood Lad, Kings Deep and Second Innings were all headed to Levin for a jumping trial this week and may have a run on the flat in the coming fortnight to measure their fitness.
“The Shackler, Zardetto, The Arabian Duke and Perry Mason are all going to Te Rapa this Sunday and we will see how they go up there,” Nelson said.
Rippin shows real promise
Hawke’s Bay-owned Rippin may have only won a lowly rated maiden race at Hawera last Sunday but the way she toughed it out at the finish suggests she could go on to better things in the future.
The three-year-old Rip Van Winkle filly was having her first start for the powerful Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable and it was her first race appearance since November last year. She was sent out a hot favourite following an 800-metre trial win at Cambridge on May 8 and managed to win by three-quarters of a length, after looking beaten early in the home straight.
Jockey Matthew Cameron bounced the filly away quickly from the barrier and they disputed the early pace before taking a clear lead approaching the home turn. The filly then looked under pressure when challenged but rallied again, under a vigorous ride from Cameron, to surge clear close to the line.
“She can handle some cut in the track and she just kept going strongly in it today,” Murray Baker said after the race.
“We think she has a fair bit of ability and could get over more ground in the future as she looks like the type who will get a mile at least.”
“She will probably have a couple more runs in this campaign and then we will put her aside.”
It was Rippin’s fourth career start, after she initially began her racing career from the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.
The filly was bred by Havelock North couple Dave and Jenny Morison who have retained a 40% shareholding in the horse.
“We race her now with some good friends of ours, Dennis and Pip Glenn from Napier and Cheryl Leonard and Kathleen Wright from Havelock North,” Dave Morison said.
“They wanted to buy into the horse and so they own 60% between them.”
Rippin is out of the Pins mare Snippins, who recorded two wins and seven minor placings when prepared from the Lowry/Cullen stable at Hastings.
“She was a good tough mare and probably would have won more but she got an eye injury,” Morison added.
Rippin is the second d foal out of Snippins. The first is Pincanto, a four-year-old by Per Incanto who is trained at Waipukurau by Penny and Tony Ebbett and finished third in a Rating 65 race over 1300m at Hastings on Thursday of last week.
Snippins has also produced an unraced three-year-old gelding by Not A Single Doubt and a weanling filly by Charm Spirit and is back in foal to Charm Spirit again.
“The plan is to mate her with Iffraaj this year,” Morison added.
Miss Wilson headed to Aussie
Top Hastings-trained mare Miss Wilson is still on target for the Group 1 $A500,000 Tattersall’s Club Tiara in Queensland on June 23 despite not having raced since taking out the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha on April 7.
Trainer John Bary has been keeping the horse ticking over, giving her an exhibition gallop between races at Hastings on Thursday of last week and another searching solo gallop at Tuesday’s Hastings track session.
The Stratum mare worked in from the 1000m peg, on her own, at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting and was timed to run home the last 800m in 49.4, the final 600 in 35.6.
Miss Wilson was one of several horses Bary brought in to the Hastings track for Tuesday’s trackwork session, where she worked over 1200m on the plough in 1:16.1, the last 600 in 35.7. She was stretching out well at the finish.
Bary intends giving Miss Wilson a barrier trial at Taupo next Wednesday and she is then booked on a flight to Brisbane two days later. She will be only having the one race in Queensland and will then return home for a winter spell.
Collett bound for Japan
Samantha Collett will be following in family footsteps after accepting an invite to represent New Zealand in the Japan Racing Association’s World Allstars Jockeys’ Series in August.
The daughter of former successful jockey Jim Collett and Trudy Thornton, who is still riding, has enjoyed an outstanding season and with more than 110 wins on the board this season she holds a commanding lead over Chris Johnson in the race for the jockeys’ premiership.
“It looked pretty exciting to me and after talking it over with Dad I was definitely happy to accept,” Collett said.
“Dad rode in the series twice in the 1990s and he took my granddad with him on one trip. He’ll be coming with me when we fly to Japan and the four-race series will take place on consecutive days at Saporro racecourse on August 25 and 26.”
Richardson happy with results
Despite not managing to pick up a placing at Doomben last Saturday Matamata trainer Graham Richardson was delighted with the efforts of stablemates Wildflower and Volpe Veloce, who made their first appearance at the Queensland winter carnival.
(The) Wildflower made up good ground to finish midfield in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) while a slight blunder at the start cost Volpe Veloce a higher placing in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) later in the day.
Richardson, who prepares the pair with co-trainer Gavin Parker, was looking forward to the coming weeks with the pair.
“I thought on the whole they both went very well and I can’t wait to see them line-up again,” he said.
“Wildflower didn’t have much luck as she got well back and was really only rounding in to her race in the last little bit.
“I thought she was very strong to the line and it took Jake (Bayliss) another 1000m to pull her up. She really needed that run and will strip a much fitter horse next time.
“We haven’t really decided on a target for her as there are any number of options that include the Brisbane or Ipswich Cups.”
Richardson was left rueing Volpe Veloce’s powers of anticipation which cost her dearly at the start of her Group 1 assignment last Saturday.
“Jake said she just got her timing wrong as she charged the gate and clipped it as it opened,” he said.
“That cost her half a length and she had to settle further back than was ideal. They didn’t go that hard in front so it was only a sprint home which meant she wasn’t really a winning chance from that far back.
“She got to the line nicely though and she will also take improvement out of the race.
“She goes best with her races spaced so the Tatts Tiara next month is where we will aim with her now.”
The Group 1 Tattersall’s Club Tiara (1350m) at Doomben is the feature event on the last day of the Brisbane winter carnival on June 23.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 29 May 2018
Miss Wilson furthered her preparation for an upcoming trip to Australia with another good solo hit out at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which seemed to be conducive to fast times.
Miss Wilson worked in from the 1200-metre peg in 1:16.1, running the first 600 metres in 40.4 before clapping on the speed over the last 600 in 35.7. It was excellent work from the big Stratum mare and she was striding out keenly at the finish.
Trainer John Bary also gave Miss Wilson an exhibition gallop between races at last Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, where she was timed to run her last 800m on the course proper (dead) in 49.4, the final 600 taking 35.6.
Bary now intends giving Miss Wilson a barrier trial at Taupo on Wednesday of next week and she is booked on a flight to Brisbane two days later.
She is heading to Queensland for just one race, that being the Group 1 $A500,000 Tatts Tiara at Doomben on June 23. The 1350-metre event is restricted to fillies and mares and run under weight-for-age conditions. Vinnie Colgan has been booked to ride her over there.
Thelma, a stablemate of Miss Wilson, was another who reeled off a fast time this morning when she ran a solo 1000m in 60.4, the last 600 in 35.3. She has recorded a second and a third from her last two starts and will contest the 1340-metre maiden at Wanganui this Saturday.
Fun Seeker, entered for the Maiden 1200 at Awapuni on Thursday, was only given a 600-metre sprint but she also recorded a quick time of 34.9. Rosie Mye3rs has been booked to ride her.
The Cossack, entered for the Rating 65 race over 2040m at Wanganui on Saturday, ran a solo 1200m in 1:18, the first 600 in 40.6 and the last 600 in 39.4. He was a last start winner over 1600m at Tauherenikau.
A number of other horses were restricted to just pacework, including the well performed mare Savvy Dreams, who is back in work with trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. She looks to have done very well during her spell and was underwent two easy rounds at half-pace on the plough.
HASTINGS JUMPOUTS 25 May 2018
Dez showed he has trained on the right way following his fresh up win at Waipukurau earlier this month with a dominant winning performance at today’s Hastings jumpouts.
There were six heats run up against the inside rail on the course proper, which provided heavy footing after overnight rain and more during the session.
Dez contested the last heat, over 1200 metres, and proved a class above his three rivals. Apprentice jockey Hunter Durrant kept the horse under a good hold until the last 300 metres and once the brakes were released he raced away to win by 2-1/2 lengths.
Dez is trained at Waipukurau by part-owner Simon Wilson and has only had four starts for three wins and a fourth. He hadn’t raced for two and a half years when successful over 1600m at Waipukurau on May 3 and looks in for a successful winter campaign.
The top class jumper Second Innings was another who impressed when he took out the 2500-metre heat by 2-1/4 lengths while the former northern-trained Serenity was a runaway winner in one of the 1000-metre heats.
Second Innings is back in work with trainer Paul Nelson after being sidelined with a flexor tendon injury since May of last year. He is unbeaten in three hurdle starts and has recorded seven wins in total.
Serenity is a new addition to the Waipukurau stable of Penny and Tony Ebbett and is a filly by Per Incanto. She had eight starts from the Baker/Forsman stable at Cambridge for a win, a third and two fourths.
Heat 1, 750m: Per Incanto-Mint 2yr-old filly (T Allan) 1, Ferlax 2yr-old filly 2, Roc ‘N’ Pop 2yr-old filly 3. Six starters. Margins: Short neck, 5 lengths. Time: 47.9. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 2, 750m: Playmaker four-year-old mare (D Turner) 1, Pins 2yr-old filly 2, Ekraar 2yr-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: 1 length, 3-1/2 lengths. Time: 47.6s. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Mick Brown, Hastings.
Heat 3, 2500m: Second Innings (T Johnson) 1, Kings Deep 2, Mettre En Jeu 6yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 2-1/4 lengths, 3-1/2 lengths. Time: 3:01.6. Winner trained by Paul Nelson, Hastings.
Heat 4, 1000m: Niagara-Miss Tui 2yr-old filly (T Allan) 1, Fun Seeker 2, Nadeem-Diplomacy 2yr-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, 2-1/2 lengths. Time: 1:06.7. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 5, 1000m: Serenity (D Turner) 1, Lookout 2, Pins-Golden Gamble 3yr-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: 2-1/4 lengths, head. Time: 1:06.7. Winner trained by Penny & Tony Ebbett, Waipukurau.
Heat 6, 1200m: Dez (H Durrant) 1, Not Allowed 2, Niagara-Asaweb 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 2-1/2 lengths, 3 lengths. Time: 1:20.3. Winner trained by Simon Wilson, Waipukurau.
Mixed results for Paul Nelson at Te Rapa 23 May 2018
Hastings trainer Paul Nelson experienced both the highs and lows of jumps racing at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa.
Nelson picked up a rather fortuitous win with The Shackler in the $50,000 Porritt Sand Waikato Hurdles, when race leader It’s A Wonder bungled the second to last fence and gifted his horse the win.
Then, two races later, the Nelson-trained Perry Mason fell at the last fence in the maiden steeplechase when he was leading and looked set for victory.
Nelson, one of the best conditioners of jumpers in the country, took three horses to the Waikato meeting and his other charge, The Arabian Duke, finished second in the maiden hurdle.
He had his doubts about whether he had The Shackler fit enough to run out a testing 3200m over hurdles last Saturday, given that the horse had only had one start on the flat since September last year for an 11th of 14 over 2100m at Te Rapa three weeks ago.
But a clever ride by jockey Aaron Kuru saw the horse take the lead for the final round of the prestige jumping event and he dictated the pace from then on.
It’s A Wonder and jockey Will Gordon closed quickly to join The Shackler turning into the home straight and actually went ahead coming to the second to last fence. However It’s A Wonder made a botch of that jump, throwing Gordon up around the horse’s neck before he made a miraculous recovery to get back in the saddle.
It enabled The Shackler to wrest back the lead and, although It’s A Wonder closed again late, he was able to hold on to win by 1-1/4 lengths.
“We got a bit lucky,” commented Nelson after the race. “It was looking pretty interesting, but I suppose the fences are there to be jumped.
“I went into the race thinking he wasn’t quite there but it’s worked out well in the end.”
Kuru, who has built a tremendous partnership with the Nelson stable, paid a compliment to the Hawke’s Bay horseman’s conditioning skills.
“He was fit enough alright,” said Kuru as he unsaddled the big gelding. “He’s a horse that gives you everything.
“Would he have won if the other horse hadn’t made a mistake? I can’t answer that but I know he wouldn’t have given in easily.”
Nelson prepares the 11-year-old Istidaad gelding for Shaun Dromgool, whose brother Michael trained him to win eight flat races before he bowed a tendon. The horse has now won four of his eight starts over hurdles, including last year’s Wellington Hurdles.
Nelson was unable to say whether he would return to Te Rapa on Queen’s Birthday weekend for the K S Browne Hurdle, but did state that winter plans will hinge on finding races when tracks are not too heavy for The Shackler.
The Nelson-trained Perry Mason was coming off a maiden hurdle win at Te Rapa a fortnight before when he lined up in a 3900m steeplechase at Te Rapa last Saturday.
And the Zed eight-year-old looked to be travelling like a winner when in front coming to the last fence. However he put in an extra stride approaching the last jump and crashed through it, with both horse and rider Aaron Kuru ending up sprawled on the ground.
This left Venerate and Adequacy to fight out the finish and the former had enough in reserve to take out the race by 2-3/4 lengths.
Ironically Venerate is owned and trained by Waverley’s Harvey Wilson and he is also the owner-trainer of It’s A Wonder.
Derek Alderman dies
Derek Alderman, a well liked and respected Hastings thoroughbred owner-trainer during the 1970s, died last week. He was 88.
Alderman only ever had one or two horses in work at any one time but he was very passionate about the racing industry and was a regular attendee at central districts race meetings over many years.
The best horse he produced was Accurate, who recorded four wins and several minor placings and was a proficient jumper over hurdles and steeples. He also won a race with Don’t Fret and picked up minor placings with Bulletin and Crown D’Or.
He was also the father of successful jockey Phillip Alderman, who rode Chimbu to take out the ARC Queen Elizabeth Handicap-Auckland Cup double in the 1981-82 racing season and also piloted Avago to victory in the Waikato Cup that same year.
Upon retiring from training Derek Alderman maintained an active role in the Hastings racing scene and was still riding work for Hastings trainer Marlene Todd when well into his sixties.
The Cossack reigns again
It has been a long time between celebration drinks for the connections of Hastings-trained The Cossack but the four-year-old suggested he could now go on to better things with a gallant win over 1600m at Tauherenikau on Thursday of last week.
It was the horse’s second success, with the first coming in a 1600m maiden race at Woodville in January last year.
At that stage his Hastings trainer John Bary had high hopes that The Cossack would develop into a top stayer. Two starts after that win the horse finished a creditable fourth in the Group 3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) at Awapuni but he then only managed to beat two home when 11th in the Group 2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie at his next start and was turned out for a spell.
He looks to have come back a stronger horse in a new campaign and his win last week followed two minor placings earlier this season, over 1550m at Awapuni and 1400m at Wairoa.
Apprentice jockey Timothy Johnson bounced The Cossack out quickly from the barrier to have him in a trailing position on the inside in the early stages. The four-year-old looked under pressure when he drifted back to about sixth coming to the home turn but he rallied again in the home straight and kept up a strong run to the line to win by a length.
The Cossack is bred to excel over longer distances as he is by Mastercraftsman out of a Galileo mare. He was bred by Hawke’s Bay’s Ivan Grieve who races the horse in partnership with John Bary.
Promising jumper emerges
Napoleon, part-owned by Hawke’s Bay’s Don Poulgrain, kicked off what could be an exciting career over jumps with a runaway 7 length win in the maiden hurdle race at Te Rapa last Saturday.
The five-year-old Shinko King gelding was having only his second start over hurdles, the first resulting in a close second at Wanganui on May 6.
Aided by a masterful ride by English-born jockey Will Gordon, Napoleon settled midfield in the early stages and hardly went around a horse in the 2800m event.
Gordon stuck to the inside rail coming to the home turn and got a charmed run through to quickly challenge for the lead with three fences to clear. They jumped clear of their rivals at the second to last fence and put the race beyond doubt with another good leap at the last to race away for a dominant win.
Napoleon is trained at Wanganui by Kevin Myers and races in the colours of top jumper Sea King as one of the owners, Auckland’s Chris O’Reilly, has a major shareholding in both horses.
Poulgrain has had shares in a number of horses over the years but Napoleon looks like being the best. The horse scored a winning double on the flat at the Wairoa meeting in February last year, when trained by Otaki-based Rachael Frost, before he was transferred to the Myers stable to be prepared for a jumping career.
Pacorus back on track
A visit from a renowned Australian chiropractor has the well-performed stayer Pacorus back in business.
The talented six-year-old, part-owned by Havelock North couple Dave and Jenny Morison, gave a bold account of himself when resuming on Saturday over 1400m at Te Rapa where he finished third behind Southern Icon and Mighty Solomon.
“His run was great, he didn’t really come up last time around and I got Michael Bryant over to have a look at him,” trainer Chris Wood said.
Bryant has been the chiropractor to a number of equine stars, including the unbeaten multiple Group One winner Black Caviar.
Pacorus is now on target to defend his title in next month’s Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga, a race the son of Tavistock won last year.
Stars set to return
Reigning New Zealand Horse of the Year Bonneval’s return to her Cambridge base is imminent.
The multiple Group 1 winner and the country’s top-rated performer was sidelined earlier this year with a suspensory ligament issue.
The winner of the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield in the spring off the back of a first-up success in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley, Bonneval subsequently spelled and was being prepared for the Group 1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m) before she was injured.
“She’s looking good and she’ll be back in the stable next week, along with Jon Snow and we are hopefully looking toward the Melbourne spring with them again,” said Murray Baker, who trains in partnership with Andrew Forsman.
Jon Snow won the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) and ran third in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) before he finished less than five lengths off the winner Boom Time in the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) at his last appearance.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 22 May 2018
Aqua House, preparing for a maiden 1400-metre race at Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, took the time honours in a reasonably quiet track session at Hastings this morning.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Aqua House had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when working in from the 800-metre peg and sprinted home the last 600 in 38.4. The Redwood four-year-old recorded a useful sixth on debut over 1200m at Waipukurau at the beginning of the month and should appreciate the extra 200m.
War Of Words, another from the Thompson/Brown stable entered for one of a maiden 1400 at Hasting s on Thursday, was given an easier assignment this morning when he ran 600m in 41.9, the last 400 in 26.4.
A Niagara-Miss Tui two-year-old filly and one by Nadeem out of Diplomacy were two others who stretched out well when working in from the 800m peg in 55.6, the last 600 in 40.5. They are both in the Lowry/Cullen stable.
A Per Incanto-Mint two-year-old filly and one by Niagara out of Blurred ran an easy 600m in 41 while a Niagara-Asaweb three-year-old gelding clocked 57.5 for an easy 800m, the last 600 in 42.7.
Fun Seeker was not doing much more than three-quarter pace over 600m in 42.1. She is a four-year-old mare by Darci Brahma in the Patrick Campbell stable who makes her race debut in the maiden 1200 at Hastings on Thursday.
A Pins-Golden Gamble three-year-old filly worked in at three-quarter [ace from the 1000m peg and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 41.6. She is another in the Lowry/Cullen stable and is a full-sister to the former Hong Kong horse of the year Ambitious Dragon
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.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 15 May 2018
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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