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Beadle proves a winning bomb for Hastings owners 29 Jun 2016

   Beadle, a horse raced by a syndicate that includes two Hastings men, Les Byford and Ian Newton, broke through for a maiden win at last Friday’s Otaki meeting.

   The Gold Centre gelding suggested he could go on to better things when scoring a half-neck victory over 1200 metres.

   After beginning brilliantly from the number one barrier, Beadle settled just in behind the leading division until the home turn when apprentice rider Nivesh Teeluck managed to angle him into the clear. The three-year-old then finished strongly down the middle of the track to get up and win by half a neck.

   It was Beadle’s sixth start, with his best previous best placing being a third over 1200 metres at Awapuni on June 2. He is trained at Trentham by Mike Bentley and is raced on lease from the Auckland company of Trikauri Bloodstock.

   Bentley said this week that he went to the property of Trikauri Bloodstock with the intentions of acquiring only one horse, that being another gelding by Gold Centre.

   “That was He’s Resolute and I took him but I also said I liked the look of this other Gold Centre gelding and so I took him too and then had to find some people to help race him,” Bentley recalled.

   He’s Resolute is also showing good promise for Bentley, with a close third over 1000 metres at Tauherenikau two starts back followed by a last start fifth over 1200 metres at Wanganui.

   Les Byford and Ian Newton are close friends who also have a racing share in the Hastings-trained Hoskins, who was a winner earlier this season from the Hastings stable of Patrick Campbell.

   Bentley also has a racing share in Beadle, with another member of the syndicate being James Renshaw, an employee of the TAB in Wellington.

   Bentley only has three horses in work at the moment, the others being He’s Resolute and The Axe, who was a winner 12 months ago.

   “I’ve managed to win with two of them. Now I just need He’s Resolute to win to make it three out of three,” Bentley added.

   The best horse Mike Bentley has trained during his career is the good mare Annie Morcon, who won eight races in the late 1990’s. He also raced her on lease and Les Byford also had a racing share.

   Bentley said he may give Beadle one or two more starts this season before turning him out for a spell.

   “He has come through his win really well but he will tell us whether he needs another run this time in,” Bentley said.

   “There is a Rating 65 race over 1340 metres at Wanganui next week or a 1400-metre three-year-old race at Awapuni two days later but I think he’s still going to get better next year.

   “And, although he likes it wet and loose like it was at Otaki last week, I think he’ll also go on a bit firmer track because he’s got quite a long stride.”

 

The Knight conquers again

   Hawke’s Bay owned The Knight brought up the eighth win of his career when he came from near last on the home turn to sweep past his rivals in a $30,000 Open 1200-metre sprint at last Saturday’s Canterbury meeting at Riccarton.

   The No Excuse Needed gelding was completing a winning double, after also taking out a 1400-metre open handicap at Winton a month earlier.

   The eight-year-old was bred by Hawke’s Bay woman Shirin Wood and her late husband Kevin and is raced by her in partnership with the horse’s Otautau trainer Bruce Tapper.

   The Knight, who started his racing career from the Hastings stable of John Bary, is out of the Al Akbar mare Melanie and a half-brother to The Knight’s Queen, who won three races. He is also a full-brother to the one race winner Knight’s Princess and a half-brother to Generous Bobo, who has won two races in Hong Kong.

   The Knight relished the heavy track conditions at Riccarton last Saturday and has now recorded four wins on either slow or heavy tracks.

 

Foal walk on Sunday

   Progeny from the first crop of former outstanding galloper Dundeel will be among weanlings on display at the Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay annual foal walk to be held this Sunday.

   The foal walk will start at Guy Lowry’s property at 305 Kawera Road, Okawa, at 10am sharp and then proceed to the neighbouring property of Lime Country Thoroughbreds.

   After that the tour will head to Chris Russell’s property at 793 Valley Road before heading closer to Hastings where it will take in Elliot Cooper’s property in Longlands Road and finally Marlene Todd and Eddie Lowry’s property in Southland Road, Hastings.

   Other weanlings on display are by the proven sires Savabeel, Nadeem, Snitzel, O’Reilly, Rip Van Winkle, Bachelor Duke, Not A Single Doubt and Per Incanto as well as new sires Super Easy, Niagara and Epaulette.

   At the completion of the parade there will be a luncheon at 12.30pm at Off The Track Restaurant on Havelock North Road.

 

Horse of the Year finalists

   Hawke’s Bay bred and owned Addictive Habit is a finalist in this year’s New Zealand Horse of the Year awards.

   Finalists for five of the six racehorse categories at the national awards have been released by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and the Colombia gelding, bred and part-owned by Hawke’s Bay couple Graham and Isabell Roddick, is one of five finalists for the title of Champion Middle Distance Horse (1501m-2100m). The others are Julinsky Prince, Kawi, Turn Me Loose, Volkstok'n'barrell.

   Addictive Habit was the winner of three races during the present racing season, including the Group 1 $250,000 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings in October last year.

   Eight Group 1 winners are vying for New Zealand’s Champion Three-Year-Old title.

   Fanatic, Provocative, Rangipo, Risque, Sofia Rosa, Tavago, Valley Girl and Xtravagant are in the race for the second season crown.
   The winners will be announced at the awards dinner in Auckland on Sunday, August 7. Finalists for Jumper of the Year will be confirmed in July.
   Other finalists are: Champion Two-Year-Old: Heroic Valour, Luna Rossa, Sacred Elixir, Xiong Feng. Champion Sprinter (up to 1500m): Ryan Mark, Turn Me Loose, Xtravagant. Champion Stayer (2101m and further): Benzini, Jimmy Mac, Mongolian Khan.
   All finalists are eligible for the Horse of the Year award.
   The finalists for the Owner of the Year are Adrian Bull, Bromley Bloodstock, Denise Howell, JML Bloodstock, Lincoln Farms, NZ Thoroughbred Holdings, The Oaks Stud, Raffles Dancers (NZ), Kelvin Tyler and Sir Peter Vela.

   Addictive Habit is back in work and being prepared for another racing campaign   after recovering from a tendon injury.

   “He’s doing terrific, although we don’t want him to put too much weight on,” trainer Lee Somervell said.

   “He’s about 580kg and his fighting weight is 530 so he’s coming along nicely. We had the tendon scanned a month ago and it’s looking good.”

   Addictive Habit is the winner of 11 races from 39 starts and more than $770,000 in stakemoney.

 

Mr Mor on target again

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Mr Mor is to follow the same path as last winter, with his connections hoping he can go one better this year.

   The 12-year-old won both the Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase and Wellington Steeplechase last season before going on to finish second behind High Forty in the Grand National Steeples.

   The Corrupt gelding is one of nine horses entered for tomorrow’s $50,000 AHD Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase and, providing he comes through that race well, he will again head to the $75,000 Wellington Steeplechase on July 16 and then on to the $75,000 Racecourse Hotel Grand National Steeples at Riccarton on August 13.

   Mr Mor is trained by the Wanganui father and daughter combination of Evan and JJ Rayner and the latter said this week the horse’s fitness has improved a lot since his last start fourth in the Manawatu Steeplechase (4400m) a fortnight ago.

   “He really needed that run and he’s improved a lot since,” Rayner said.

   Mr Mor is raced by the Bogga Syndicate, a group of mainly Hawke’s Bay people that is managed by Tony Lyndon.

 

Winter Cup plans

   Hastings-trained Designated Driver is now being aimed at the Group 3 $100,000 Winter Cup at Riccarton on August 6 following her game performance for third in last Saturday’s Listed Tauranga Classic.

   The five-year-old Danroad mare coped surprisingly well with the testing heavy-11 track conditions at Tauranga and has come through the 1600-metre race well according to Mick Brown, who trains her in partnership with wife Sue Thompson.

   “She came home and ate up everything that night and she looks to have taken no harm from it,” Brown said.

   He added that the mare is likely to have one more lead up race before heading down to Christchurch, with the $40,000 Whyte Handicap (1600m) at Trentham on July 16 a possible target.

   Designated Driver’s third placing last Saturday added more black type next to her name, which will enhance her future value as a broodmare. She has also recorded minor placings in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham, Listed Levin Stakes (1200m) at Trentham, and Listed AG Challenge Stakes (1600m) at Wanganui.

 

War Affair comeback

   Former Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair is making quiet progress toward a return to racing the spring.

   The injury-troubled New Zealand-bred son of the late O’Reilly, who hasn’t raced for nearly a year, is now with expatriate Kiwi trainer Bruce Marsh.

   “That break has done him a world of good,” he said. “We brought him back in work about six weeks ago, and started off with mostly slow uphill work. It’s only recently that he’s come back on the main training tracks.

   “He’s started doing pace work and is coming along nicely. He’s loving it! I haven’t quite looked through the programme, but on the way he is progressing, I would say he would be back in September.”

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 28 Jun 2016

   Kipkeino, who may make his jumping debut in a maiden hurdle race at Hastings this Saturday, hit out strongly in a solo 1200-metre gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which was soft after another 7 millimetres of rain yesterday.

   More than 15 millimetres of rain has fallen on the Hastings track since the weekend and a penetrometer reading of the course proper this morning came up as a slow-7.

   Kipkeino had trainer Lucy de Lautour aboard when running 1200 metres in 1:20.4. He ran the first 600 in an easy 43.2 but then finished his work off strongly by running home the last 600 in 37.2. The Sunray eight-year-old finished third in an open 2100-metre race at Awapuni last start but has also been extensively schooled.

   Hawke’s Bay Hurdles entrant San Pedro also worked over 1200 metres on his own and clocked 1:21.9, the last 600 in 38.2. He only managed eighth in the K S Browne Hurdles at Ellerslie last start but has been placed over hurdles at Hastings in the past. In-form jumps jockey Shaun Fannin has been booked to ride him.

   Kininmont was not hurried when running a solo 1200 metres in 1:23.1, the last 600 in 39.1. He was scratched from last week’s Otaki meeting once the track became very heavy and will line up in a maiden 1400 at Hastings this Saturday.

   No Change, entered for the Open 2100-metre race at Hastings, clocked 1:4.1 for 1000 metres, the last 800 in 50 and final 600 in 37.7. Apprentice Leah Hemi has been booked top ride him.

   Vickezzcristal, another entered for the maiden 1400-metre race at Hastings, was sent twice over 600 metres, clocking 50.6 for the first one and 39s for the second.

   Second Innings looked to be doing slightly better than stablemate The Bouncer at the end of 1000 metres in 1:8.4, the last 600 in 38.9. Second Innings will contest the amateur riders’ race at Hastings with Steven Barlow booked to ride him while The Bouncer will be entered for the Rating 75 1400 and apprentice Jordan Bassett will ride him.

   Havataste was stretching out well at the end of 1200 metres in 1:21.9, the last 600 in 37.8 while Stratosphere clocked 1:9.2 for an easy 1000 metres, the last 600 in 40.5.

   Trinovantes was another who appeared to be working well when running 600 metres but dense fog prevented any time being taken.

New chairman appointed for HB Racing 22 Jun 2016

   Tim Macphee, a prominent Hawke’s Bay businessman with an extensive grounding in all areas of the thoroughbred industry, is the new head of Hawke’s Bay Racing.

   He takes over the role of Chairman following the retirement of Waipukurau’s Mick Ormond, who has decided to step down after five years at the top.

   Tim Macphee has been a board member of Hawke’s Bay Racing for the past five years and deputy chairman since January. He has also been chairman of the financial committee during that time. He also has business acumen through his position as Group Chairman of Hawke’s Bay Motors Limited, which has agencies in Hastings, Napier and Gisborne.

   Macphee has been involved in the thoroughbred racing industry from a young age and was also a board member of the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society for many years.

   “I have ridden horses all my life and spent time at Fairdale Stud in Palmerston North when I was young,” Macphee said this week.

   “I was brought up in the Manawatu but moved to Auckland when I was in my late twenties and then moved back down to Hawke’s Bay in the 1990s.

   “Thoroughbred racing has always been a passion of mine and I have both bred a few and raced a few over the years.

   “Probably my biggest claim to fame in that area has been that I owned the mare Athenri, dam of the Queensland Derby winner Shootoff, and also raced the winner Miss Cobra out of that mare.”

   Macphee says Hawke’s Bay Racing has been going through a transitional period but feels optimistic about the future direction of the club.

   “This appointment is a very exciting thing for me personally and hopefully we can continue to go forward as a club.

   “The next few years will be interesting and without doubt challenging, however I am heartened that the board continues to reduce the debts owing from past financial woes whilst operating on a small but at least positive cash flow.

   “The Earthquake Prone Building’s Act will dominate the future for Hawke’s Bay Racing but the board is working closely with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and the Hastings District Council to ensure the club remains at the top tier of New Zealand racing.”

   Macphee acknowledged the tireless work Mick Ormond has done for the club in his role as Chairman.

   “He’s been a thought provoker within the industry particularly on the issue of earthquake strengthening, staunchly lobbying government and other leaders to see sense where others have not.  We are well ahead of many other clubs facing the same challenges, thanks to Mick.”

   Mick Ormond said he has enjoyed his five years as Chairman of Hawke’s Bay Racing and is delighted Tim Macphee has made himself available to take on the role.

   “Racing administration doesn’t get any easier and for Hawke’s Bay Racing it’s particularly challenging given the implications of the amendments to the Building Act. It’s been extremely time consuming searching for the right way forward, and we’re not there yet,” Ormond said.

   “But at last Hawke’s Bay, as a province, appears to be on a roll. Real estate values have finally started to move which may provide some help to the club as it looks to ensure a viable and healthy future.”

   Mick Ormond will remain on the board of Hawke’s Bay Racing as chairman of the Finance Committee and a race will be named to honour his contribution at a Hastings meeting in the coming season.

 

Fannin’s fantastic run   

   Hastings-born jockey Shaun Fannin continued his charge towards a first jumps jockeys’ premiership with a five win haul last weekend.

   The 20-year-old rode the winners of two of the three jumping races at last Friday’s Timaru meeting and then captured both steeplechase races at Saturday’s Manawatu meeting at Awapuni. The following day he headed north to the Te Aroha meeting, where he partnered Zed Em to a decisive victory in the Restricted Open Steeplechase.

   Those five wins have taken Fannin’s tally of jumping successes this season to 17 and he is now five ahead of reigning champion Michael Mitchell. Back in third, on 10 wins, is Matthew Gillies while another Hastings-born rider, Aaron Kuru, is fourth on eight wins.

   Fannin began his riding career in Hastings but is now attached to the Wanganui stable of Kevin Myers. He has formed a potent partnership with the astute trainer and all five of his winners last Saturday were prepared by Myers.

   Fannin won the $15,000 restricted open hurdle at Timaru on Mailly and then added the $20,000 Restricted Open Hurdle there aboard McCauley. At Awapuni he steered the novice jumper Twentythirtyfour to victory in the $10,000 maiden steeplechase before chalking up his equal biggest win on Kick Back in the $50,000 Manawatu Steeplechase.

   While stablemate Snodroptwinkletoes was the ruling favourite for the Manawatu Steeples after his last-start second in the McGregor Grant Steeplechase at Ellerslie, Fannin had fancied his chances aboard Kick Back.

   “I won a couple of steeplechases on her at Te Aroha last year and she’s got a good sprint on her,” he said.

    “She travelled into it nicely from the 800 and while she was putting in some short strides at the end, she was entitled to – she was only second up and she’s going to improve a lot.”

   Kick Back led over the last two fences and she had enough in reserve to hold out Wise Men Say by a head with Snodroptwinkletoes a long neck back in third.

   Zed Em looked a future jumping star when he and Fannin combined to complete a hat-trick of wins over fences in the steeplechase at Te Aroha on Sunday.

   The Zed five-year-old had recorded a maiden hurdle win at Te Rapa and a maiden steeplechase victory at Hawera going into the Te Aroha race, with Fannin the successful rider on both occasions.

   Zed Em took a clear lead soon after the start of last Sunday’s 3500-metre event and he and Fannin dominated their rivals from then on, finally winning by 3-1/2 lengths.

   Fannin’s  17 jumping wins this season have come from only 43 race rides, giving him an impressive winning strike-rate of 2.53.

   Of the top half dozen jumping riders, Aaron Kuru is the next best with his eight wins from 43 rides giving him a strike-rate of 5.38.

   Kuru was also in good form last weekend, picking up a winning double in the first two races at Sunday’s Te Aroha meeting. He won the Restricted Open Hurdle on Ngatira Lad and the maiden hurdle race on Danza Lad.

 

Viceroy rules again

   Viceroy, bred and owned by the Hastings father and son combination of Tim and Wilfred Symes, brought up the fourth win of his career when taking out the amateur riders’ race at last Sunday’s Te Aroha meeting.

   The Deputy Governor six-year-old, who is now prepared by Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers, credited 16-year-old amateur rider Sarah MacNab with the third win of her career.

   Viceroy raced keenly when midfield in the early part of the 2200-metre event before settling a lot better going down the back straight. MacNab sent him on a forward move wide out on the home turn and he and second placed Ascomanni then slugged it out to the line, with Viceroy getting the decision by a short neck.

   The Symes’ bred Viceroy out of the Spectacular Love mare Love Proposal and he has now won three races on the flat and one over hurdles. He is a full-brother to the 2008 Hawke’s Bay Cup winner The Veep and a half-brother to the winners Sordid Affair and My Tommy.

 

By-monthly award

   The Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Association’s by-monthly award will now be known as the Kevin Wood Memorial Trophy, in memory of one of its long time committee members who died earlier this year.

   The recipients of the trophy for the months of April and May are Charlie Whyte and Andrew Lockyer, the breeders and owners of the highly promising two-year-old Honey Rider. The Pins filly scored an impressive debut win over 1300 metres at Hastings on May 19 and followed that up with a game second in the Listed $50,000 Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui on June 4.

 

Hastings race targeted

   Fanatic’s first major test of the new season will come at the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   Plans are for the New Zealand Oaks winner to be given the opportunity to double her Group 1 tally in the Windsor Park Plate on the middle day of the meeting at Hastings on September 17.

   “She’s been back for nearly three weeks and her main aim will be Hawke’s Bay,” said Debbie Sweeney, who trains the daughter of Shocking with her father Graeme Sanders.

   “The 1400 metre race on the first day (the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes) might be a bit sharp for her and stepping up to the mile will suit her better.

   “We’ll give her a trial first and maybe take her to the races for a gallop.”

   The Melbourne spring carnival is also on Fanatic’s radar, although specific targets have yet to be set.

 

Opie up and running

   Opie Bosson has finally opened his winning account in Hong Kong.

   In the 62nd ride of his current spell there, the champion New Zealand rider was successful aboard Horse Supremo for trainer Tony Millard in the second event on the Sha Tin card last Sunday evening.

   Bosson was recently granted an extension to his Hong Kong contract from the beginning of the new season until early December.

Nelson’s two-pronged attack on HB Hurdles 15 Jun 2016

   Hastings trainer Paul Nelson has won the Hawke’s Bay Hurdles once in the past and this year he looks likely to have two leading chances in the 3100-metre event.

   Ho Down carried the familiar red and black colours of Paul and Carol Nelson to success in the 2010 running of the race, capping off a string of minor placings the couple had previously had in the 3100-metre event.

   Paul Nelson has had the Hawke’s Bay Hurdles, run on July 2, in mind for San Pedro for some time and he now has Ooee on target for the same race after his emphatic win in a restricted open hurdle race at Trentham last Saturday.

   Ooee cruised to a 15 length win in the 3000-metre event. He headed the chase after the tearaway pacemaker Share The Blame for two-thirds of the race before jumping to the lead and he and rider Aaron Kuru took control from then on. The horse made a rare mistake when jumping the last fence, landing awkwardly after dragging his hind legs over the jump, but had such a big advantage over his rivals that victory was never in doubt.

   Nelson said this week that Ooee has come through the race well and will more than likely have his next start in the $30,000 Te Whangai Romneys Hawke’s Bay Hurdle at Hastings.

   “It looks like we’ll now have two runners because we’ve also got San Pedro heading for the same race and so we will have to find a new rider for one of them,” Nelson said.

   Hastings-born jockey Aaron Kuru has been a regular rider of the Nelson-trained jumpers in the past 12 months. He has ridden San Pedro in all eight of his hurdle starts for three wins, two seconds and a third and has also been aboard Ooee in his three hurdle starts for two wins and a third.

   Kuru has taken over the mantle of number one jumps’ jockey for the Nelsons after Jonathan Riddell decided to concentrate on riding on the flat.

   “We had Richard Cully riding for us for a while after that but with him being over in Australia it was difficult to get him to come over here and Aaron had come on as a rider so we decided to stick with him,” Nelson said.

   Kuru, 24, is now based in Cambridge but began his career in Hastings, working first for trainer Patrick Campbell and then for John Bary. He originally started out as an amateur rider before taking out a professional licence and has kicked home a total of 33 winners.

   San Pedro turned in his worst performance as a jumper when only eighth in the K S Browne Hurdle (3350m) at Ellerslie last start but Nelson thinks the very sticky track conditions were against the horse that day.

   “He’s come on since then and everything seems okay with him,” Nelson added.

   Nelson and his wife Carol bought Ooee for $2000 at a South Island mixed bloodstock sale in 2011.

   The now six-year-old is by the little known sire Ruff Nipper, who is a son of Pentire and stands at stud in the Waikato. He has only had a limited number of horses to race.

   The stallion is out of the Sound Reason mare Ruff and a grandson of the well bred mare Lyn’s Orchid. It is the family of the South Australian Oaks winner Lee’s Bid, the New Zealand Oaks winner Tartan Tights and the VRC Derby winner Arena.

   Ooee is out of the unraced Rhythm mare Astro Girl and she is a half-sister to the top Australian performer Sir Pentire, whose wins included the VRC St Leger on the flat and the Grand Annual Steeplechase as a jumper.

   “It’s a great staying family,” Nelson added.

 

Sacred Elixir HB-bred

   Sacred Elixir’s powerful win in last Saturday’s Group 1 $645,000 J J Atkins Stakes in Brisbane was a huge fillip for the Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred breeding industry as the two-year-old filly was bred by well known thoroughbred racing identity Graham de Gruchy.

   The two-year-old gelding looked a star in the making when he brought up his third victory from six starts with a runaway 3-1/2 length win in the 1600-metre feature at Eagle Farm.

   Sacred Elixir is by the English Derby winner Pour Moi, who shuttled to Windsor Park Stud in Cambridge, while his dam is the Stravinsky mare Baltika, who raced three times from the Hastings stable of John Bary for a win and a second.

   Baltika is by Stravinsky out of the Zabeel mare Zambuca, who is a daughter of the champion racemare Horlicks.

   Horlicks was raced by Graham and Debra de Gruchy and won 17 races and more than $3.4million in stakemoney. The Three Legs mare was prepared at Matamata by Dave and Paul O’Sullivan and is the only New Zealand-trained winner of the Japan Cup, prevailing over a high class international field in 1989. She also won five other Group 1 races, the DB Draught Classic at Ellerslie (twice), the ARC New Zealand Stakes (twice) and the Mackinnon Stakes in Melbourne.

   Graham de Gruchy sold Sacred Elixir at the premier session at last year’s Karaka yearling sales, with the horse fetching $170,000. He was purchased by Bruce Sherwin, on behalf of Raffles Racing.

   Cambridge trainer Tony Pike has prepared a number of successful horses for Raffles Racing, including last year’s Auckland Cup winner Rock Diva. He rates Sacred Elixir one of the most exciting gallopers he has had in his stable and predicts a big future for the horse as a three-year-old next season.

   “The Victoria Derby is the long term plan with him,” Pike said. “He’s got a real stayer’s pedigree being out of Horlicks’ family.

   “He’s a lovely big horse now and he’s only going to furnish more as he gets older.   He’s going to be a lovely horse when he gets to 2000 metres and further.”

   The horse will now be spelled in Australia ahead of his Melbourne spring campaign.

   Sacred Elixir is the first foal out of Baltika  and she has since produced a yearling filly by Darci Brahma. It has been retained by De Gruchy and has been called Ninkasi. Baltika is now in foal to Tavistock.

   Sacred Elixir kick-started a massive day at Eagle Farm for Pike as he also produced stablemate Provocative to land the Group1 $538,000 Queensland Oaks.

   It was a huge day for Kiwis all round as New Zealand jockey Rosie Myers became the first woman to win a Brisbane Cup when she steered New Zealand-trained Benzini to victory.

 

Fourth win for It’s Bianca

   Hawke’s Bay-owned It’s Bianca furthered her value as a future broodmare when she chalked up her fourth win from only 16 starts when successful in a $22,500 Rating 75 race over 1200 metres at Te Rapa last Saturday.

   The Alamosa mare disputed the pace from the outset and then fought out a head to head tussle with Galaxy Miss in the home straight before finally getting the decision by half a head.

   It’s Bianca is trained at Cambridge by Anne Herbert and is owned by Havelock North woman Judy Holland, who paid  $70,000 for her as a yearling at the Select session of the 2013 Karaka sales. The now four-year-old mare is out of the Howbaddouwantit mare Anca and a full-sister to Salamanca, who is the winner of seven races including a Listed two-year-old event at Riccarton.

   Holland said this week that It’s Bianca, in her early career, showed a dislike for rain affected tracks but now seems to prefer some easing in the ground.

   “It all stems from when she finished second behind Rocanto at Taupo back in December,” Holland recalled.

   “She had bruised heels after that race and now she prefers tracks that are dead to soft.”

   It’s Bianca is likely to have her next start in a $30,000 Rating 85 race over 1200 metres at Tauranga tomorrow week.

   Anca, the dam of It’s Bianca, was trained by Stephen Marsh and won seven races up to 1400 metres, including two sprint events in Brisbane.

   She is also the dam of the exciting three-year-old Parallel Universe, who has had two starts in New Zealand for two wins and is now likely to do his future racing in Hong Kong.

   Anca only produced three foals, with It’s Bianca being the only female offspring. The mare slipped a foal to Cape Blanco and then died while in foal to Ocean Park.

   Holland has been breeding and racing thoroughbreds for 47 years. Her last big winner was Hagar, who recorded nine wins and 15 minor placings during the late 1990s and accumulated more than $139,000 in stakemoney.

   More recently she raced Sandecker (two wins) on her own and also shared in the ownership of Murphy (two wins).

 

Breeders’ foal walk

   The Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay Thoroughbred Breeders Association will stage its annual Hawke’s Bay foal walk on Sunday, July 3.

   The parade of weanlings will begin at Guy and Brigit Lowry’s property in Kawera Road, Okawa, at 10am and then take in at least two other properties. There will also be a luncheon at Off The Track Restaurant in Havelock Road at the completion of the tour.

   For further information and luncheon reservations please contact either Sharyn Craig (0274-999084) or Isabell Roddick (879-8662).

 

Hastings stepping stone

   Multiple Group 1 winner Kawi won’t be chasing all the spoils at next season’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   “He might be there for one of the earlier ones and when the money gets serious in Melbourne we’ll try our luck there – he’s certainly good enough for it,” trainer Allan Sharrock said.

   The winner of 11 races, Kawi is nearing the end of two months of slow work before his return to Sharrock’s New Plymouth stable.

 

Pour Moi’s fee set

   Pour Moi will stand at $17,500 + GST on his return to Windsor Park Stud in 2016.

   The Group 1 English Derby winner is now also a top flight producer following the stunning victory of his son Sacred Elixir in last Saturday’s Group 1 J J Atkins Stakes at Eagle Farm for Cambridge trainer Tony Pike.

   Windsor Park has enjoyed great success standing Derby winning stallions like Pour Moi’s sire Montjeu, as well as High Chaparral who was also an English Derby winner bred on the same Sadler’s Wells/Darshaan cross as Pour Moi.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 2 Jun 2016

 

   Missy Moo rounded off her preparation for Saturday’s Wanganui meeting with a good solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Missy Moo sprinted 600 metres in 37.6 and looked to be striding out very nicely at the finish. The Per Incanto filly has obviously improved a lot since her fresh up run at Hastings a couple of weeks ago and lines up in the Rating 65 race over 1340 metres at Wanganui. Talented South Island apprentice Samantha Wynne has been booked to ride her.

   Wynne will also be aboard stablemate Designated Driver in one of the feature races at Wanganui on Saturday, the weight-for-age AG Challenge Stakes (1600m). This morning she was let off with an easy 1000 metres in 1:11.9, the last 600 in 39. She has had two starts on the Wanganui track for two wins and is coming off a good last start fourth in the weight-for-age Rotorua Stakes (1400m).

   Samogon, the other member of the Thompson-Brown stable heading to Wanganui, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:8.2, the last 600 in 38.1. New Hastings apprentice Jordan Bassett will ride him in the maiden race over 1340 metres.

   A Nadeem filly in Kelly Burne’s stable worked early in the session and ran an easy 600 metres in 44.9.

HB owner-breeder invested a lot in thoroughbreds 2 Jun 2016

Few Hawke’s Bay people were as passionate about thoroughbred racing as Laurence Redshaw, who died a week ago today.

   Redshaw, who would have been 73 on June 6, was a prominent Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-breeder as well as a long time racing administrator. He bred and raced horses for more than 30 years and was a committeeman of both the Wairoa Racing Club and Hawke’s Bay Jockey Club before becoming a senior board member of Hawke’s Bay Racing Incorporated from its inception in 1993. He was also chairman of the judicial panel at Hawke’s Bay race meetings for several years.

   In the late 1980s Redshaw raced horses from the stables of Patrick Campbell in Hastings and Bruce Marsh in Woodville, with one of his earliest good winners being Our Buddy. He and Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell leased the Avaray gelding towards the end of his racing career and he took out an open 1400-metre sprint on his home track in November 1986 before going on to win on two of the three days at the annual Wairoa meeting in February the following year.

   Redshaw went on to breed and race a number of good performers, most of them from the stable of Murray Baker, who was first based in Woodville before moving to Cambridge.

   Laurence Redshaw had the distinction of breeding two Group 1 winners during his lifetime. The first was Vegas, who took out the 1998 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham. He was by Kaapstad out of Some Jewel and won a total of 10 races in New Zealand, another being the Listed FAI Bowl (1000m) at Pukekohe. Redshaw initially sold the horse to Graeme Rogerson and he sold him on to clients of Matamata trainers Dave and Paul O’Sullivan, who prepared him for his Group 1 victory at Trentham.

   Some Jewel, the dam of Vegas, also left Stavanger, who won three races for Redshaw before being sold to Singapore.

   Redshaw had a long association with the Cambridge-based Windsor Park Stud, breeding numerous horses by mating his mares to their respective stallions. He reached the pinnacle of that involvement when he bred Kibbutz, winner of the Group 1 $A1.5million VRC Derby in 2007.

   Kibbutz was by the Windsor Park-based stallion Golan out of Misskap and she was by another of the stud’s resident stallions in Kaapstad, who Redshaw had bought shares in.

   Redshaw initially raced Kibbutz from the Cambridge stable of Murray Baker, the horse having just one start in New Zealand for a third in the listed Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie as a two-year-old.

   The horse was then under offer to a Hong Kong buyer but the money didn’t come through so Australian Terry Henderson ended up buying the horse for $300,000 and set up a syndicate to race him from the Adelaide stable of David Hayes.

   Kibbutz went on to win three more races in Australia, all in the space of two months. The first was a maiden over 1200 metres at Morphettville, the second a Listed 1800-metre race at Cheltenham Park and the third being the VRC Derby.

   The mare Misskap was unraced and also left Svaneke, who won three races in Redshaw’s ownership.

   Murray Baker, regarded as one of the best trainers of thoroughbreds in Australasia, had a long-time association with Laurence Redshaw and brought him most of his success as an owner.

   Lady Kipling, a mare by Savabeel that Redshaw owned in partnership with Gisborne-based Geoff Candy, recorded 11 wins and seven minor placings from the stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman. She was twice successful at Group 2 level, in the Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Pukekohe and Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa. She also won the Group 3 Eagle Technology Stakes at Ellerslie and was twice runner-up at Group 1 level, in both the Captain Cook Stakes and Thorndon Mile at Trentham.

   More recently Redshaw bred and raced another high class filly from the Baker-Forsman stable in Mime. The three-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman has had 11 starts for four wins and five seconds, with her victories including both the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic at Te Rapa and Group 3 Sunline Vase at Ellerslie earlier this year.

   Mime, who also finished fourth in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks at Trentham in March, was said by Redshaw to be one of the toughest horses he bred and he was very proud of her race record.

   Mime is out of the unraced mare Maidju, who was also by another Windsor Park Stud-based stallion in Montjeu.

   She is one of three winners from five foals to race out of Maidjeu, the others being Ishma and King Zeus. Another of her progeny, Karrdo, was stakes-placed in the Matamata Slipper.

   Murray Baker described Laurence Redshaw as ‘a very loyal owner and a great supporter of his stable.”

   “He was very passionate about racing and put a lot back into the game, both as an owner and a breeder,” Baker said.

    Redshaw’s last runner was the Baker-Forsman trained Lady Kalimara, who finished fifth over 2100 metres at Hastings on April 30. He also bred that mare and raced her in partnership with Napier couple Alistair and Jeannette Cameron. She has had two wins and six placings from 19 starts.

   Redshaw had dispersed with a lot of his breeding and racing interests in recent months and Baker said this week that Mime has been purchased by the overseas company China Horse Club.

   “But there is a two-year-old full-sister to Mime coming on that the family wants to retain and they are also going to retain Laurence’s interest in Lady Kipling, who is now  in-foal to Charm Spirit and will be mated with Tavistock this year,” Baker added.

   Besides his thoroughbred interests Redshaw also operated the successful livestock business L I Redshaw Limited in Hawke’s Bay since 1985 and was a highly regarded auctioneer. A majority interest in his company was sold last year to NZ Farmers Livestock, but he remained as managing director of the operation now known as Redshaw Livestock.

   Laurence Redshaw is survived by his wife Faye, his daughter Shayne and sons, Vaughan and Mark. A celebration of his life will be held at 12 noon today at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Havelock North.

  

“Mickey” is no mouse

   Meeska Mooska, a horse lucky to be alive, is now proving a great money spinner for his connections which include Central Hawke’s Bay couple Iain and Eva Gollan.

   The five-year-old completed a winning hat-trick and brought up his fifth victory from only 17 starts when he led all the way in a $30,000 Open 2100-metre race at Te Rapa on May 21.

   The Gollan’s race Meeska Mooska in partnership with their Cambridge-based son Robert and his wife Kirsten as well as Auckland couple Vaughan and Kate Mace and the horse’s Waikato breeder Leigh Phillips.

   The five-year-old gelding is by El Hermano out of the Vyner’s Orb mare Kirkebi.

   “Our son was friendly with Leigh Phillips and he had this mare and they decided to get her in foal to El Hermano,” Iain Gollan recalled this week.

   “They thought it was a good cross because Star Kingdom comes through in both sides of the pedigree.”

   Kirkebi died just minutes after producing Meeska Mooska and Robert and Kirsten Gollan had to bottle feed the colt for a week, just to keep it alive, until a foster mother could be found.

   “I suppose you could say we are lucky to have him at all,” Iain Gollan said this week.

   Meeska Mooska was nicknamed “Mickey” from an early age and gets his name from the Walt Disney television character Mickey Mouse, whose club house is called Meeska Mooska.

   “We all hoped that the horse would not turn out to be a Mickey Mouse and he hasn’t. We’ve given him plenty of time and now he looks a serious racehorse,” Gollan said.

   Meeska Mooska was put into work with Graham Thomas, who is a neighbour of Robert and Kirsten Gollan in Cambridge.

   He recorded his first win in a 1200-metre maiden race at Te Teko in June last year and added his second in a Rating 65 race over 1560 metres at Rotorua in December and was given one more start before going out for a spell.

   The horse seems to have come back even stronger with three dominant wins from his last three starts.

   Apprentice jockey Anna Jones had the gelding clear in the lead with a round to go at Te Rapa last start and dictated the pace from then on, kicking her mount away in the straight to win by 2 lengths. It was a performance similar to his previous two starts, when successful over 2100 metres at Tauranga and 2100 metres at Te Rapa.

   Meeska Mooska has shown winning form on both form and slow tracks and his connections are hoping he can go on to even better things in the new racing season.

   Iain and Eva Gollan have had racing shares in other horses in the past, including Monarch Butterfly (three wins) and Dan Dinero (two wins).

   “But this is the most exciting one that we have had anything to do with,” Iain Gollan said.

 

Three for the week

   Hastings born jockey Shaun Fannin continued his purple patch of form with three wins this week.

   The 20-year-old took out both steeplechase races at last Sunday’s Egmont meeting at Hawera and then captured the maiden highweight at Wednesday’s Matamata meeting. The treble took his tally for this season to 12 and he is presently equal second in the jumping riders’ premiership race with Michael Mitchell. Both are on 10 wins.

   Fannin is attached to the Wanganui stable of Kevin Myers and his two wins at Hawera with trained by his employer. Zed Em careered away to a 25 length victory in the maiden steeplechase while I’ve Got This prevailed by 4 lengths over stablemate Get Flash in the restricted open steeplechase.

   Fannin then ventured north to Matamata on Wednesday where he teamed up with the John Bell-trained Pilgrim for a runaway 3-1/2 length win in the maiden highweight over 2000 metres.

   Another Hastings-born rider, Harley Cushing, brought up the second win of his career when he steered Jayla Monet to victory in the amateur riders’ race at Hawera last Sunday.

   Cushing, 22, settled Jayla Monet back midfield in the early stages of the 2100-metre event before making a sweeping run to challenge for the lead on the home turn and the horse raced away over the final stages to win by 5 lengths.

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