First win for new Nelson/McDougal partnership 13 Jun 2019
The new training partnership of Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal celebrated their first success when No Tip scored a strong win in the maiden hurdle at Trentham last Saturday.
Nelson has been one of Hawke’s Bay’s top trainers for many years, concentrating mainly on jumpers but also achieving great success with flat performers and has produced more than 200 winners since he started training in the mid 1970s.
McDougal has worked, off and on, for Nelson for the past 20 years and has been a regular employee at his Air Hill Station property for the past four. She has also been a licensed trainer herself for 15 years and has produced 17 winners in her own right.
The two joined forces at the beginning of last month and had picked up a few minor placings together before No Tip’s decisive victory in the 2500m event.
No Tip was coming off a last start second over 2600m on the flat at Woodville on May 8 and had one hurdle start last year for a fourth over 3100m at Te Aroha.
Jockey Aaron Kuru, who has built up an outstanding record on Nelson-trained horses, was also part of the celebrations as he got No Tip home for a three-quarter length win over Zartan after the two horses had fought out the finish.
Kuru was not very complimentary about his ride but was happy to get the job done. He settled the seven-year-old midfield and three-wide in the early stages before improving quickly to set out after the front runner Zartan at the top of the home straight. The two jumped the second to last practically on terms but No Tip had gained a slight advantage jumping the last and proved too tough in the run to the line.
“His toughness was the key,” Kuru said.
“I didn’t want the jumpers in front coming back on me so I planted him three-wide but he was still too good.”
No Tip was recording his second win from only seven starts and Nelson agreed that the horse is very tough.
“He’s a nice little horse and has learnt to try very hard,” Nelson said.
He could possibly return to Trentham next month to contest the Wellington Hurdle (3400m).
“He’s a seven-year-old and he’s been in work since he was a three-year-old, so he’s mature enough now to do something,” Nelson said.
“The fact that he does handle Trentham, it does make you think about it.”
No Tip is owned by Nelson and his wife Carol and they bred the Mettre En Jeu gelding out of the Grosvenor mare Grosveness.
Grosveness has now ceased breeding but has been a prolific producer of winners for the Nelsons over many years. Others out of the mare include No Change (10 wins), Ho Down (eight wins), No Cash (seven wins), No Governance (three wins) and No Credit (two wins).
Napoleon unbeaten over steeples
Napoleon looks ready to contest some of the major steeplechase races this winter after his dominant victory in the $20,000 Super Star Zed Em ‘Chase’ over 4000m at Trentham last Saturday.
The six-year-old Shinko King gelding, part-owned by Otane-based Don Poulgrain, was recording back-to-back steeplechase victories after winning over 3900m at Te Rapa last month and is now unbeaten in three starts over the big fences.
Napoleon is in the Wanganui stable of astute jumps trainer Kevin Myers and also includes a hurdle success among his five career wins.
He scored by 2-1/4 lengths last Saturday after he and Hastings-trained Zardetto were involved in a two-horse war in the home straight. They jumped the last fence in unison but Napoleon had a bit too much in reserve and surged ahead in the run to the line.
Paul Nelson, who co-trains Zardetto with Corrina McDougal, was pleased with his charge’s performance and will also aim him at bigger targets this winter.
“I never like running second that much, but second is better than third and Napoleon looked like he was going to be a good horse, especially a couple of years ago when he first came out,” he said.
“Zardetto has raced very well so far this winter, but he is very prone to accidents and you never know whether you have got him or not.
“When you have got him, and the ground is reasonable, he’s more than useful.
“We will hopefully run him in the Hawke’s Bay Chase (4800m) and then we might come back with him for the Wellington Steeplechase.”
Nelson said his winter team is smaller than usual, but he is looking forward to lining up a few of his stable stars in the coming months.
“We are a bit quieter than we have been in the last couple of years,” he said.
“Ooee will probably run in the Hawke’s Bay Hurdle and Perry Mason will probably follow some of the better steeplechases around.”
Promising HB-bred stayer in Aussie
Chouxting The Mob, bred and part-owned by Hawke’s Bay couple Richard and Liz Wood, looked a top stayer in the making when completing a hat-trick of wins with a powerful performance over 2500m race at Flemington, in Melbourne, last Saturday.
The five-year-old son of Jimmy Choux came from second last on the home turn in the $A140,000 event. Once jockey Beau Mertens angled him away from the inside fence and got him into the clear he swept past the opposition in the last 200 metres to score by 2-1/2 lengths.
It was a similar performance to when he won over 2400m at Sandown on May 8 and he followed that up with another dour effort to win over 2540m at Cranbourne on May 24.
Chouxting The Mob, who is trained at Ballarat by Simon Morrish, has now recorded six wins from only 17 starts.
The Woods bred the gelding out of the Reset mare Bidthemobgooday, who they bought from Australia when in-foal to Duporth.
They sold the resultant foal who is now called Duplicity and has won five races and finished second in last year’s New Zealand Cup (3200m).
They also sold Chouxting The Mob for $60,000 as a weanling at the 2014 Karaka mixed bloodstock sale but retained a 10 per cent share in the horse.
The Woods are best known as the breeders and owners of Chouxting The Mob’s sire, the former champion galloper Jimmy Choux. He was a five time Group 1 winner and finished second in the 2011 Cox Plate.
Jimmy Choux commenced stud duties in 2012 at Rich Hill Stud, in the Waikato, with the Woods retaining a 35% ownership in the horse. However he was recently sold outright to prominent West Australian owner-breeder Alan MacAlister and will stand next season at Wayne and Tracy Rodwell’s Rosalee Park Stud in Serpentine, WA.
HB Foal walk on June 30
The Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Thoroughbred Breeders annual foal walk around several properties in Hawke’s Bay will be held on Sunday, June 30.
The walk will commence at Guy and Brigid Lowry’s property at 305 Kawera Road, Okawa, at 10am sharp.
At the completion the foal walk a luncheon has been arranged at Off The Track Restaurant in Havelock Road.
For luncheon bookings please RSVP to Sharyn Craig at email@example.com
Topliners to miss Hastings carnival
Top gallopers Supera and Princess Kereru are due back in work next month, but already a decision has been made to bypass the first major events for the new season with the pair.
While most open-class performers will be aimed at legs of the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown, beginning with the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings on August 31, both Supera and Princess Kereru will be absent.
“They’re not going to Hastings,” co-trainer Ken Kelso said. “They’re better having a bit more time and getting ready for the summer.
“Princess Kereru is really a 1200m horse and she could kick off in the Group 3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Rotorua in October, while a race like the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham could be a better first big target for Supera, though nothing will be confirmed until we see how they do when they come back into work.”
Both Group 1 placegetters went to the spelling paddocks on winning notes, Supera taking the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa and Princess Kereru prevailing in the Listed NZB Finance Sprint (1200m) at Hastings in April.
Also currently out spelling is stablemate Shoshone, who became the first winner for Waikato Stud sire Sacred Falls when winning at Ellerslie on June 2.
“She’ll be back on July 1 and will kick off at the Taupo meeting on August 21 then go for the Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings,” Kelso said.
Melbourne Cup stake now $A8million
The Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) has received a funding injection and will be run for a record $A8million on November 5 this year.
The total prize money, including trophies, for the Lexus Melbourne Cup will increase to $A8 million, up from $A7.3 million last year.
The winner of ‘the race that stops a nation’ will receive $A4.4 million plus $A250,000 in trophies, second place $A1.1 million and third place $A550,000.
Prizemoney will continue to be paid from 1st down to 12th. From sixth to twelfth place, each will now receive $A160,000, up from $A150,000.
“At $A8 million, the Lexus Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest handicap and the world’s richest staying race,” Victoria Racing Club Chairman Amanda Elliott said.
“It is the race every Australian owner, trainer and jockey wants to win, and internationally, has become one of the most sought after prizes in world racing.
“Connections cannot buy a place in the Lexus Melbourne Cup, it has to be earned. The results of the recently revamped Andrew Ramsden at Flemington highlights the sheer joy that comes with knowing your horse has secured a place in the Cup.”
The 2019 running of the Melbourne Cup will be run at 5pm on Tuesday November 5.
Wanganui winners head to the spelling paddock 6 Jun 2019
The Hastings-trained pair of Hunta Pence and Shez Ekstra, impressive winners at Wanganui last Saturday, have both now been turned out for a winter spell.
Hunta Pence produced a huge performance to win the $35,000 Steelform Roofing Foxton Cup after looking a forlorn hope when he was struggling in the very testing track conditions and had drifted back to second last in the middle stages of the 2040m event.
Angled to the outside, and in slightly better ground, jockey Danielle Hirini seemed to inject a new lease of life into the No Excuse Needed gelding and he made up many lengths to range up wide out and challenge the leaders rounding the home turn.
Hirini angled the horse to the outside fence and he set out after the leader Dr Watson, collaring him inside the last 200 metres, before surging clear for a 3 length win.
Trainer Patrick Campbell was not on course but watched the race on Trackside TV and was genuinely surprised with the victory after expecting his charge to tail out to the rear, considering how bad he was travelling in the run.
“I thought he was absolutely no chance at the 1000 metres as he could hardly pick his feet up,” Campbell said.
“We thought he could handle a heavy track but when I saw how bad it really was, I lost any confidence I had before the race.
“Danielle said she thought she was going to have to pull him up as he was going that badly but when she managed to get him out wide, he started to pick up for her.
“He is a good tough horse and I think he showed that at the end so it was a good effort to get up and win like that.”
Campbell owns a 50 per cent shareholding in Hunta Pence with the other 50 per cent divided amongst six other people. They are Lindsay McIntosh, Dean Smith and Mike and Wendy Timmins from Hastings, Shane Govsky (Napier) and Ashburton-based Norm Stewart.
The horse has now won eight races from 40 starts.
Shez Ekstra looks likely to progress through the grades quickly after her decisive 2 length win in the $22,500 Rating 65 race over 2040m.
The three-year-old Ekraar filly showed toughness by backing up a week after finishing fourth over 1600m on a heavy-10 track at Trentham and win at her middle distance debut.
Jockey Lisa Allpress settled Shez Ekstra midfield in the early stages before staring her on a forward move from the 800m. They ranged up 4-wide to challenge for the lead rounding the home bend and took the lead soon after.
Allpress angled Shez Ekstra to the outside fence in the straight and the filly kept up a strong run, under a mainly hands and heels ride, to win by 2 lengths.
Shez Ekstra, who has now recorded two wins and three seconds from 11 starts, is bred and owned by two long time Hawke’s Bay friends in Paddy Murphy and Grahame Hook.
Shez Ekstra is trained on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen who have always had a high opinion of the filly and expect her to go on to better things once she matures and strengthens a bit more.
Smokin’ Oak turns his form around
Some minor gear changes and a change in attitude brought the best out of Hastings-trained Smokin’ Oak when he took out a $25,000 Rating 72 race over 1200m at Wanganui last Saturday.
The four-year-old Burgundy gelding went into the race with a string of duck-eggs next to his name but had shown a glimpse of his true ability when leading all the way for a 6 length win in a 750m jumpout at Hastings on May 23.
Trainer John Bary said then that he had changed a bit of gear on the horse and, when he lined up at Wanganui last Saturday, removing the tongue-tie and adding a nose band, and the horse had to be tough to win after covering plenty of extra ground in the running.
Rider Robert Hannam had Smokin’ Oak back fourth last and three-wide in the early running before improving wide out coming to the home turn. The horse still had enough in reserve to challenge for the lead early in the home straight before working clear in the final stages to score by 1-1/4 lengths.
It was his third win from 14 starts and his second in heavy track conditions.
He is expected to go back to Wanganui for his next start, in a Rating 72 race over 1200m next Thursday.
Bary purchased Smokin’ Oak for $45,000 at the select session of the 2016 Karaka yearling sales for a prospective owner but when that deal fell through he was left with the horse. He then offered him for sale at that year’s Two-year-old Ready to run sale but he was passed in, with a reserve of $50,000.
Bary and his racing manager Mike Sanders then set about organising a group to race the horse and he is now owned by the Burger Boys Syndicate, which is managed by Sanders.
Several members of the syndicate are based in Hawke’s Bay including John and Ross Stace, Doug and Jill Callaghan, Michael and Pam Thomson, Johnny and Pauline Campbell, Mike White and Ian McLean. The other members are Peter, Gerard and Paul Gillespie and their Australian-based sister Anne, Auckland-based Narendra Balia and Mike and Christine Phillips.
Deserved success for HB owner
Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-breeder Barry Smyth picked up a well deserved win when Mizzena took out the amateur riders’ race at Ellerslie last Monday.
Smyth, a former long-time board member of Hawke’s Bay Racing, has bred and raced numerous horses over the years but with limited success.
He bred Mizzena out of the Al Akbar mare Moonlighter and races the Zed mare in partnership with his Sydney-based brother John and six other close Hawke’s Bay friends, Simon and Melissa Tuner, John McKenzie, Ron Robbie, Neil White and Malcolm Campbell.
Mizzena was broken in by Hawke’s Bay-based Dean Smith, with the help of Lisa Beacham, who is a trackwork rider for trainer Patrick Campbell.
“She was a real tough horse to do anything with and they nicknamed her “Zena Warrior Queen” so that is how she got her race name Mizzena,” Smyth said.
“We ended up sending her to Kevin Myers to train and I must thank Rochelle Lockett and her staff as the filly went to her stable for a start, to be educated, and they did a marvellous job.”
Mizzena was having her fifth start when she lined up in last Monday’s 2200m event and was ridden by the trainer’s son, Luke Myers. He settled the horse at the back of the pack in the early stages of the 2200m event before improving out wide coming to the home turn.
Mizzena and the well supported Kion worked clear of the others in the home straight and Myers managed to get his mount up for a head decision right on the line.
Smyth bred Mizzena out of the Al Akbar mare Moonlighter, who recorded one third from seven starts.
“She was a mare that needed time but the syndicate that raced her didn’t want to wait around so I actually gave her away as a show hack for a while until I was ready to breed from her,” Smyth said.
Moonlighter has only produced two foals to race, the first being the Iffraaj mare Iffonlynaomi who only had three starts for a third.
“Unfortunately she had a wind problem and so we never saw the best of her and I ended up giving her away,” Smyth added.
However he is still breeding from Moonlighter. She has produced a three-year-old filly by Per Incanto who was injured as a young horse and is unlikely to get to the races.
However Smyth has high hopes for a Rip Van Winkle yearling filly out of the mare, who is presently being broken in and she has also produced a weanling colt by Per Incanto.
Elle Aye Are relished heavy track
The heavy-10 track conditions at Ellerslie last Saturday were made to order for Hawke’s Bay-owned Elle Aye Are who registered her fourth career win when successful over 1600m in Rating 82 company.
The Rip Van Winkle four-year-old, prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, was having her fourth run in her current campaign and overcame a talented field to score a convincing 2 length victory in the hands of Michael Coleman.
Forsman was delighted to see the rain during the week with Elle Aye Are suited to the testing footing.
“She showed last winter that she was adept in those sort of conditions so we’ve just been waiting for the wetter tracks to come along for her,” Forsman said.
“She’s typical of her sire in that she seems to be getting better with age, so I think the best is yet to come for her.”
Elle Eye Are is owned by Napier couple Alister and Jeannette Cameron and the estate of the late Laurence Redshaw. The latter was a former long time board member of Hawke’s Bay Racing and the horse gets her name from his initials.
Miss Wilson sells for $A900,000
Group 1 winner Miss Wilson was sold for $A900,000 at last week’s Magic Millions Broodmare Sale in Queensland.
The daughter of Stratum, bred and owned by Hawke’s Bay couple Richard and Liz Wood, was purchased by Kia Ora Stud’s Andrew Perryman.
Miss Wilson, who is in foal to the Widden Stud-based sire Zoustar, had 25 starts from the Hastings stable of John Bary for seven wins, four seconds and three thirds. She won the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha and also recorded Group 3 victories in the Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham and Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings.
She is a half-sister to five-time Group 1 winner Jimmy Choux, who is now a Group 1 winning sire.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 4 Jun 2019
The stablemates Yossarian and Sheer Elegance turned in an impressive gallop together at this morning’s Hastings track session in preparation for next Saturday’s Te Rapa meeting.
There was very little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the plough (good).
Yossarian and Sheer Elegance worked over 1000m in 1:5.5, running the first 400m in 29.2 before sprinting home strongly over the last 600 in 36.3. Both horses appeared to be travelling well at the finish.
Yossarian will be entered for the Rating 65 race over 1400m at Te Rapa while Sheer Elegance will contest the Maiden 1600. Both horses will be ridden by apprentice Madan Singh.
Trainer Lee Somervell is likely to have three runners at Te Rapa on Saturday with Stradivarius likely to join Yossarian and Sheer Elegance. He will line up in the Rating 72 race over 1200m with Madan Singh also booked to ride him.
Somervell has turned the consistent performer One Prize One Goal out for a winter spell and will bring him back in the spring while Sheer Elegance will also have a break after she races this Saturday.
Last Saturday’s Hastings-trained Wanganui winners Shez Ekstra and Hunta Pence have also both been turned out for a winter spell and will return in the spring.
Johnny Russ worked over 1000m on his own in 1:4.6, the first 400m in 26.7 and last 600 in 37.9. He is now being trained by Anita Gardner, who was formerly Anita Glassey and was an apprentice jockey based in Hastings several years ago.
Call Me Jack was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000m in 1:11.4, the last 600 in 41.6 while Mohaka, back in work with the Lowry/Cullen partnership, was also kept to just three-quarter pace when working over 800m.
Estefania was assigned two 600-metre sprints but bad light prevented any times being taken.
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