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Unbeaten four-year-old Rocky showed he has trained on the right way since his impressive last start win when he hit out strongly in a solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which was in good order and conducive to quick times.

   Rocky galloped 800 metres in 50.8, coming home the last 600 in 37.1 and was striding out well at the finish. The Danroad gelding has had two starts for two wins and lines up next in a Rating 75 race over 1600 metres at Waverley this Thursday.

   Viceroy was another who recorded a good time when he ended his solo gallop over 1000 metres with 800 in 50.6, the last 600 in 36.2. Trainer Tim Symes is having trouble finding a suitable race for the horse but may take him to Matamata on Friday week.

   Revolution worked over 1000 metres on his own in 1:6.6, running the first 400 metres in an easy 29.9 before sprinting home the last 600 in 36.6. He is a promising three-year-old by Guillotine who finished fourth in his one start earlier this season.

   No Change clocked 51.8 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37.8 and he is another from the Paul Nelson stable who showed plenty of ability earlier this season and looks to have come back well in a new preparation.

   Whoopi Gee showed she has trained on well since her minor placing at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting by sprinting the last 600 metres of her work in 36. She is likely to start next at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on August 7.

   Saint Kitt, back for another campaign with trainer Kelly Burne, was given an easy 600 metres in 42.9. He looks in good order.

   San Pedro ran the last 800 metres of his work in 54.1, the last 600 in 39.5. He was an impressive winner over 2500 metres at Hastings two starts back but then disappointed at Te Rapa last start.

   Seaweed ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:5, the last 600 in 37.9 while Designated Driver and Zed Lepplin ran 1000 metres in 1:9.2, the last 600 in 38.5.

   Theodore ended his work with 600 metres in 42.9 while a Starcraft-Irish Belle two-year-old gelding and a Towkay-Yeah Nah three-year-old gelding ran an easy 600 metres together in 42.2.

   The Starcraft youngster is a half-brother to this year’s Telegraph Handicap winner Irish Fling while the Towkay gelding is a full-brother to another Group 1 winner in Viadana.

   Swinging clocked 54.5 for an easy 800 metres, the last 600 in 40.1 while a Red Giant two-year-old filly and an Align three-year-old filly sprinted the last 400 metres of their work in 25.1.

   Speed King and Lamborghini were among a number of horses restricted to just three-quarter pace while Hawkeye Chief and Slack The Diver schooled over nine hurdle fences in the centre.



   A solid workout by Whoopi Gee was the highlight in a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   Fast work was carried out on the plough (slushy) and No.1 grass (heavy).

   Whoopi Gee worked in from the 1000-metre peg on the plough in 1:4.9, running the first 400 metres in 27.5 and coming home the last 600 in 37.4. She was placed over 1200 metres at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting and is likely to race next over 1400 metres on the same track on August 7.

   Kayleen rounded off her preparation for Saturday’s Levin meeting at Otaki with an easy 1000 metres on the grass in 1:12, the last 600 in 40.4. She has drawn wide in the 1380-metre maiden race at Otaki but trainer Kelly Burne said she is a mare that is better off drawn wide where she can be kept in the clear.

   Viceroy also worked easily over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:12.5, the last 600 in 41.5. He was also placed at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting but owner-trainer Tim Symes is now having trouble finding a suitable race for him and he may have to head north to Matamata on August 8.

    Midnight Molly had trainer Corrina McDougal aboard when running the last 1000 metres of her work in 1:7.2, the last 600 in 38.2 while Base Camp and Waipatiki Girl were among several horses restricted to just three-quarter pace on the plough.

   Hawkeye Chief schooled over nine hurdle fences in the centre.

Thedepot wins well at Hastings jumpouts 18 Jul 2014

   Thedepot looks to coming along nicely as he gears up for another spring campaign and produced a good winning performance at today’s Hastings jumpouts.

   There were seven heats run up on the course proper (slow), where the running rail was out 10 metres.

   Thedepot contested one of the three 1000-metre heats and coasted to a 1-1/4 length win in a time of 1:3.6. The General Nediym four-year-old was having his first serious gallop since returning from a spell. He is trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and has recorded a win and four minor placings from 10 starts to date.

   Hymn produced a good effort for a maiden when she unwound strongly down the outside of the track to finish second to Thedepot in the jumpout while Mr Hare was third.

   Two unraced two-year-olds, by Encosta de Lago and Pins, were good winners of two of the three 750-metre heats.

   Both are in the John Bary stable and the Encosta de Lago colt in the John Bary stable bolted in by 6 lengths.

Jumpout results.-


Heat 1, 750m: Pins 2yr-old gelding (S Doyle) 1, Road To Rock 2yr-old gelding 2. Four starters. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Encosta de Lago colt (S Doyle) 1, Mastercraftsman-Curbyourenthusiasm 2yr-old filly 2. Four starters. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: Tres Rapide (M Dravitzki) 1, Voxer 2. Five starters. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 4, 1000m: Zed 3yr-old gelding (C Studd) 1, Pentire 2yr-old gelding 2, High Chaparral 3yr-old gelding 3. Three starters. Margins: Nose, 4 lengths. Time: 1:5.5. Winner trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: Thdepot (C Anderson) 1, Hymn 2, Mr Hare 3. Six starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, ¾ length. Winner trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.

Heat 6, 1000m: Far Fetched (K Donnelly) 1, Adventador 2, Beautiful Man 3. Three starters. Margins: 2-1/4 lengths, 5 lengths. Time: 1:3.7. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 7, 2000m: Joe Cool (S Doyle) 1, Shotgun 2, No Governance 3. Five starters. Winner trained by Paul Nelson, Hastings.



The biggest event on Hawke’s Bay’s Racing calendar is set to be more spectacular this year with the announcement of a new naming sponsor.


The JB Organics Spring Racing Carnival has the backing of JB Organics owner, John Bostock, who is getting in behind the event to ensure Hawke’s Bay Racing is charging ahead.


“We need to harness events in Hawke’s Bay which bring the community together and attract people to our region to enjoy a fun day out. We need to drive popular events like the JB Organics Spring Racing Carnival, so we can deliver greater economic impact for Hawke’s Bay,” said Mr Bostock.


Bigger crowds are expected this year with over 7000 punters expected at the final of the three spring race meets, on Saturday October 4.


Hawke’s Bay Racing General Manager, Jason Fleming says he welcomes the new partnership with JB Organics because without the support of key sponsors the event couldn’t take place.


“JB Organics support of Hawke’s Bay Racing allows the wider brand of Hawke’s Bay to shine. It’s an obvious partnership because JB Organics and Hawke’s Bay Racing have a long history in the Bay.”


Mr Bostock, the pioneer of commercial organic apple production in New Zealand says JB Organics is growing beyond expectation as consumers are becoming more educated about where their food comes from and prefer to eat produce, which is chemical free and GMO free.


“The truth is we are what we eat. That’s why JB Organics focus is to grow pure and healthy organic products free of synthetic pesticides and other artificial substances. We are keen to further raise awareness about sustainable organic growing practices to preserve and enhance our fertile soils and rivers here in Hawke’s Bay. I think pure and organic is what Hawke’s Bay is all about so the JB Organics Spring carnival is a fabulous event to showcase this.”


Planning is well under way to ensure one of Hawke’s Bay’s social events of the year is on track to turn heads.


“Every minute detail is either planned or being finalised. There is a great deal of preparation involved to prepare for an event of this scale and we relish the opportunity each year to showcase Hawke’s Bay to not only New Zealand but internationally,” said Mr Fleming.


“We welcome the younger generation to the racing fraternity because we still face an over-arching ageing fan-base. Hawke’s Bay Racing has a challenge to maintain relevance and engagement in the modern entertainment space. We need sponsors like JB Organics who recognise the importance of horse racing to our region who support our goals of delivering events, which promote all the great things that Hawke’s Bay has to offer. 

Sea King repays HB breeder’s persistence 16 Jul 2014

Sea King, the Hawke’s Bay-bred winner of last Sunday’s $A200,000 Grand National Hurdles and now one of the favourites for the title of New Zealand Jumper of the Year, was lucky to be born at all.

   The seven-year-old Shinko King gelding  is out of the Prince Of Praise mare Ocean Princess who was so badly affected by grass staggers when carrying Sea King that it was touch and go whether she could be saved.

   “He is lucky to be alive,” Sea King’s Pourerere breeder Sue Harty said this week.

   “When the mare was pregnant with him she got the staggers so bad that we almost shot her twice.

   “We had to keep turning her over and trying to get her up on her feet as much as possible and she was crook for a long time.”

   Ocean Princess was able to be saved and the resultant foal has now gone on to win 12 races and more than $365,000 for Harty and her two partners in the horse, Otaki trainer Rachel Frost and Auckland-based Chris O’Reilly.

   Sea King was the third foal produced by Ocean Princess. The first was a colt by Mellifont who was unplaced from one start in Singapore while the second was a filly by Kilimanjaro that never raced.

   Fearing Ocean Princess would again succumb to grass staggers if kept on her property, Harty decided to get rid of the mare and gifted her to Invercargill trainer Kerry King. She bred a Gold Centre colt out of Ocean Princess called King Tap, who won a maiden race over 1600 metres at Riverton in May of last year but hasn’t raced since.

   Sea King made it two wins from two Australian starts with an emphatic 4-3/4 length win in last Sunday’s 3900-metre Grand National Hurdles at Sandown.

   Top Australian jumps jockey Steve Pateman took the gelding to the front in the early stages before getting him to settle well in second place. The horse led again after jumping the second to last fence and raced away over the final stages to credit Pateman with his fourth successive win in the race.

   Wanganui-based Kevin Myers has prepared Sea King to win seven hurdle races in New Zealand but sent him to Australia to be trained by Victoria’s Patrick Payne.

   Payne has now prepared the horse to win the Kevin Lafferty Hurdle at Warnambool on June 29 and last Sunday’s Grand National Hurdles. But he was quick to play down the role he has played in the success, saying all the credit has to go to Kevin Myers.

   “He sent this horse to me three weeks ago and all I had to do was keep him in one piece,” Payne said.

   Pateman said he undertook some special homework before climbing aboard Sea King on race day.

   "I'd been on the mechanical horse during the week because he drifts in and drifts out so I wanted to make sure I was pretty good at switching to the left and right to keep him straight," he said.

   "I dropped my whip in the straight so I just started screaming at him, but he had them beaten anyway."

   Sea King was one of two New Zealand horses in the Australian Grand National Hurdles with the other, Indikator, weakening to fifth after being in a challenging position on the home turn.

   Patrick Payne is now considering giving Sea King his chance at a rare Grand National double, by running him in the $A250,000 Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) at Sandown on July 27.

  Plans are yet to be finalised but the horse is expected to have a trial over steeplechase fences at Cranbourne today and then could have one more start before the Grand National.

   “He’s got a massive leap on him and our steeples are like the New Zealand hurdles, so I think he will make the transition no problem at all,” Payne said.

   Mosstrooper, back in 1930, was the last horse to claim the Grand National double in Australia.

   If Sea King does line up in the Grand National Steeples he will need a change of rider as Steve Pateman is committed to Bashboy, a horse he rode to a third consecutive Crisp Steeplechase victory at Sandown last Sunday.

   Bashboy won the 3900-metre event by 8 lengths and will be aiming for his third straight victory in the Grand National Steeples.

   The last New Zealand-owned winner of the Australian Grand National Steeplechase was the 2002 victor Crafty Dancer, who was trained by New Plymouth’s John Wheeler.

   Harty could have runners in two feature jumping races at Sandown on July 27. She is also the breeder and part-owner of Heeza Tidal Wave, who may contest a $A100,000 hurdle race that day. The Kingfisher Mill gelding, nowadays trained by Monica Croston at Cranbourne, was an impressive last start winner of a 3300-metre hurdle race at Casterton on July 6.


Dundeel top Kiwi-bred performer

   Six-time Group One winner Dundeel has been confirmed as the world's best New Zealand-bred performer this season with an international rating of 122. 
   The former Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained son of High Chaparral earned top billing in the latest World's Best Racehorse Rankings.

   Dundeel, or It’s A Dundeel as he was known when racing in Australia, only had seven starts during the season for two wins, two seconds, a third and a fourth. He was the only horse to down the previously unbeaten Australian mare Atlantic Jewel when winning the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield in the spring and returned in the autumn to beat Sacred Falls, Carlton House and Silent Achiever in the Group1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Sydney. 

   He also finished second in both the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 BMW Stakes (2400m) and third in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) in Sydney.

   Dundeel’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes triumph, in which he kicked clear off a fast pace, ranks him second only to Northern Hemisphere four-year-old Magician among the world's best entires over 2000 metres on turf.

   Dundeel is part-owned by a group of Hawke’s Bay people. They are the horse’s breeders Murray and Jo Andersen, their daughter Tracy and her husband Gavin Chaplow, Murray’s sister Sharyn Craig and her husband Mike and Havelock North couple David and Jenny Morison.

   The four-year-old is one of the finalists for the title of top middle distance performer in this season’s New Zealand thoroughbred awards and is one of the favourites for the ultimate prize, that of New Zealand Horse of the Year.

   In Australia and New Zealand, only the world's top-rated sprinter Lankan Rupee (123) ranks above Dundeel, who retires to Australia’s Arrowfield Stud this spring as the winner of 10 of his 19 starts.

   New Zealand-bred Sacred Falls is the only other Australasian performer to make the leading group of horses on the published world rankings with a figure of 120.

   He won the 1600-metre Group1 Doncaster Handicap for the second time this season, but has been rated on his Queen Elizabeth second behind Dundeel, in the Intermediate category (1900 metres to 2100 metres). 


Spalato dominant in Derby

   Unbeaten four-year-old Spalato dispelled any doubt about his ability to master 2000 metres with a dominant 4-1/4 length win in last Sunday’s Group 1 $S1.15million Singapore Derby.

   The New Zealand-bred and owned son of Elusive City ventured beyond 1600 metres for the first time in his burgeoning career and many pundits, including trainer John O’Hara, had doubts about him seeing out the extra 400 metres.

   However Spalato was never in any trouble. He raced keenly in the trail in the early stages but once rider Manuel Nunes took him to the front on the home turn victory was never in doubt.

   “The distance was the only worry, but obviously he stays,” O’Hara said. “Before the race, we decided he could either go forward or take a sit, but I was happier when he took a sit.

   Spalato was bred by New Zealand racing photographer Trish Dunell and is raced by her Singapore-based husband Graham Mackie.

   The horse is now unbeaten in four starts and has amassed close to $940,000 in prizemoney. He also picked up a $50,000 bonus for winning two legs of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge, the other being the $S500,000 Patron’s Bowl (1600m) on June 22.

   Spalato is out of the Express Duke mare Ellington, who has also left the placegetter Princeton in Singapore.

   A weanling filly by Per Incanto out of Ellington is presently being pre-trained at Hawke’s Bay’s Lime Country Thoroughbreds and the mare is now in foal to that stud’s resident sire Niagara.


Rangatira sidelined

   Dashing steeplechaser Rangatira suffered a serious tendon injury during his impressive all the way win in last Saturday’s Wellington Steeples and will not be at Ellerslie in September to defend his Great Northern Steeplechase crown.

   The horse’s Stratford trainer and part-owner, Steve Gulliver, said he sensed there was a problem when the horse arrived back home from Trentham and a veterinary examination has revealed a bowed tendon.

   “He’s had no problems in the past, he’s always been sound as, but these things happen. I can sort of see how he could end up with something like this the way he rips into his fences, but it’s still bloody disappointing for me and everyone else. We were really looking forward to having another crack at the Northern.”

   Rangatira showed tremendous grit last September to make all the running three times over the Ellerslie hill and repel the challenge of southerner Kidunot in the Great Northern Steeples.

   Rider Corey Perrett adopted catch-me-if-you-can tactics again with the horse over 5500 metres around the Trentham figure-eight course last Saturday and they never looked like being caught, winning by 14-1/2 lengths. 

   Gulliver intends seeking the advice of fellow jumps trainers regarding the best course of action to take with Rangatira’s injury.

    “The vet says it’s not hopeless, not as bad as it could be, but first off we’ve got to keep him locked up and take it from there,” he said.

   He added that he would consult Hastings trainer Paul Nelson, as he knows he has dealt with similar injuries in the past.

   “With a bit of luck we’ll be able to get him back. He’s not a big heavy horse, so that will be a help.” Gulliver added.



Frankly, a possible starter in this Saturday’s Listed $65,000 Opunake Cup in New Plymouth, hit out strongly in a gallop with stablemate Hesalljazz at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was carried out on the plough (good) and wide out on the No.1 grass (slow).

   Frankly was ridden by New Plymouth apprentice Miranda Dravitzki when working with Hesalljazz over 1000 metres on the grass in 1:3.8, coming home the last 600 in a quick 36.8.

   Frankly is coming off a last start third behind Mighty Matt and Authentic Paddy over 1400 metres at Awapuni, on July 5, when track conditions were probably far too heavy for her liking that day. She is a consistent mare who could be a good lightweight chance in the Opunake Cup, which is also run over 1400 metres.

   Hesalljazz, a last start winner at Hastings on June 28, could also line up at Saturday’s Opunake meeting.

   Whoopi Gee, entered for Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, ended her work on the plough with a quick 600-metre sprint in 36.3.

   Price Tag, a two-year-old Darci Brahma filly in the John Bary stable, worked on her own over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:7.3, the last 600 in 38.1. She finished fifth on debut over 1200 metres at Otaki on June 20 and has not raced since.

   Super Scot, another entered for Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, worked in easily from the 1000-metre peg on the grass and then sprinted home the last 600 in 36.6 while Designated Driver rounded off her work with an easy 600 metres on the plough  in 39.4. She was the winner of two races last year.

   Midnight Molly worked over two rounds and ran home the last 1000 metres in 1:6.7, the last 600 in 37.7 while Viceroy, another entered for Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, ran 800 metres in 51.9, running the first 200 metres in 14.5 and speeding up over the last 600 in 37.4.

   Lavish Prince rounded off his preparation for Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting with an easy 1000 metres in 1:12.8 while Waipatiki Girl, Mr Hare, Lamborghini and The Depot were others in the Lowry/Cullen stable restricted to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres on the plough.

   Casino Jack ran a solo 1000 metres on the plough in 1:8.8, the last 600 in 38.8 while Adventador ended his work with a sprint up the straight but could not be timed in the bad light.

   A Pentire two-year-old filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable ended her work with an easy 600 metres in 40.1 while Swinging ran the last 600 metres of his work in 40.5.

   A Mastercraftsman two-year-old filly and a Road To Rock two-year-old gelding worked together over 400 metres on the plough in 27.5, with the Mastercraftsman filly travelling very keenly all the way. They are two others in the Lowry/Cullen stable and both are likely to have a jumpout at Hastings this Friday.

   Seaweed ran a solo 1000 metres on the grass in 1:7.5 in preparation for Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting while Base Camp ended his work with 600 metres at three-quarter pace.

   Hawkeye Chief schooled over six hurdle fences in the centre and is another entered for Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.


Sanriba, a probable contender for the Rating 85 race over 1200 metres at Trentham on Saturday, turned in a quick solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Sanriba had the pace on all the way when running 1000 metres in 1:2, the last 600 in 37.1. He has been freshened since finishing fourth over 1400 metres at Woodville in May and his last win was over 1250 metres at Tauherenikau in March.

   Base Camp and Aribasan were others who recorded a fast time when they finished off a smart 800-metre gallop with 36.6 for the last 600 metres. Aribasan is a likely runner at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on July 17.

   Casino Jack worked well on his own over 800 metres in 53.8, the last 600 in 38.9. The Volksraad five-year-old has only had three starts for a win and a third but has not raced since December 2012. He is now in the stable of Patrick Campbell.

   Whoopi Gee was kept under a hold when running 800 metres in 58.9, the last 600 in 43.1 and she looks to have trained on well since her last start eighth over 1400 metres at Hastings.

   Designated Driver and Hawkeye Chief were not hurried when running 1000 metres in 1:12.6, the last 600 in 41.7 and they are also likely starters at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on July 17.

   Another Shine and a Citi Habit two-year-old filly worked together over 600 metres in 38.2 while Theodore was kept under a hold when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:14.8, the last 600 in 41.9.

   Don’t Change ended his work with 400 metres in 27.7. He has not raced since winning over 1000 metres at Trentham in March and looks to have grown during his spell.

   Tigger Tahnee and a Don Eduardo three-year-old filly were not hurried when running 800 metres in 59.7, the last 600 in 42.5 while a Zed three-year-old gelding and a Thano four-year-old gelding worked easily together over 800 metres in 59.1, the last v600 in 43.8.

   Speed King, Mr Hare, Adventador, Beautiful Man, a Pentire two-year-old filly, a Mastercraftsman two-year-old filly and a Road To Rock two-year-old gelding were members of the Lowry/Cullen stable restricted to just three-quarter pace.

A birthday wish come true 2 Jul 2014

Riding your own horse to win has to be a huge thrill in itself but to notch up a victory aboard that horse on your birthday must rate as something extra special.

   That is what Hawke’s Bay amateur jockey Rebecca Goldsbury achieved at the Manawatu meeting at Awapuni on Thursday of last week.

   Goldsbury turned 22 that day and had two rides at the meeting. She finished sixth aboard Little Storm in the first of the amateur riders’ races and then partnered Lady’O to an emphatic 5 length win in the second, a $15,000 Rating 65 event over 2100 metres.

   Lady’O is a horse that Rebecca Goldsbury has leased from her breeders, Takapau-based Craig Harvey, Taradale’s Doug MacLean and Tim Morris, who now lives in Australia. She races the horse on her own and has the lease until the end of next season.

   It is the first horse that she has raced on her own and the mare has now won two races for her after initially winning a maiden race for her owners, when trained at Awapuni by Lisa Latta.

   To add to last week’s special occasion Lady’O is now trained by Rebecca’s father, David Goldsbury, at Waipukurau and he arranged the lease on the mare specifically so that his daughter had a regular mount in amateur races.

   It was Rebecca Goldsbury’s third success from 11 race rides and one she will never forget.

   “It was a huge thrill,” she said this week. “Everything worked out perfect.”

   Goldsbury rides Lady’O in all her trackwork and has obviously built up a great understanding of the mare.

   She was not afraid to drop her out to a clear last in the early stages of last week’s race and waited until the last 700 metres before making a move. She then circled the field rounding the home bend and Lady’O quickly went up to challenge the leaders before racing clear over the final stages.

   “That’s the way she races best,” Goldsbury said.

   “You have to let her settle and find her feet and when I brought her out at the top of the straight she was full of running.”

   Goldsbury was granted an amateur riders’ licence in May of last year and notched her first win aboard King Of Rock in a 2000-metre race at Hastings that month. She has since recorded two wins on Lady’O, the first of them being in 2060-metre event at Wanganui on May 8 this year.

   There are five more races in the country for amateur riders this year and Lady’O is now likely to be aimed at the $8000 Rating 85 one run over 2100 metres at Hawera on August 28.

   “That is when I will ride her next but she might have a run at the Hastings meeting next week just to keep her ticking over,” Goldsbury said.

   Lady’O is a six-year-old mare by St Reims out of Organdy and a half-sister to the former top galloper Time Keeper, who won six races in New Zealand including the Group 1 $200,000 Easter Handicap (1600m) at Ellerslie.

   The year after Lady’O was born Organdy foaled a full-brother to her called St Sully, who has had one start for a third.

   The mare has since produced an unnamed four-year-old mare by Colombia, a two-year-old colt by Encosta de Lago and a weanling colt by Zabeel and is now in foal to Pentire.

   Sharing in Rebecca Goldsbury’s celebrations at last week’s Manawatu meeting was her partner, jumps jockey Charlie Studd, who also chalked up a winner on the programme.

   Studd, 35, steered the 33 to 1 outsider Carinya to victory in the $20,000 Restricted Open Steeplechase (4200m).

   The four-year-old Golan mare, trained at Marton by Dan O’Leary, was having her first start over the big fences and had only had one previous jumping start in a hurdle race at Te Aroha.

   Studd settled her in the rear group for the first half of the race but then improved to sixth with 1400 metres to run and then quickly raced up to join the leaders approaching the second to last fence.

   Carinya was only third after jumping the last fence but kept up a sustained finishing burst to get up and win by a neck.

   It was English-born Studd’s ninth win in New Zealand and his fifth this season. His biggest success to date was when he partnered Snodroptwinkletoes to victory in the $40,000 Pakuranga Hunt Cup at Ellerslie in August of last year and that completed a winning double for him that day as he was also successful aboard Red Hot in the maiden steeplechase.

   Studd regularly rides trackwork for a number of trainers at the Hastings racecourse and helps keep his fitness levels up by competing in the top A Grade section of the Ramblers Cycling Club.

   He has recorded 50 wins in his homeland of England, where he was based in Haslenere, in the county of Surrey. He has been race-riding for 15 seasons, starting out competing in point-to-point events before becoming what is known as a conditional rider and then turning professional.


Napier couple celebrate win

   Napier couple Buddy and Elizabeth Beachen celebrated an overdue success on the racetrack when Gold Wedding took out a $15,000 Rating 65 race over 1400 metres at last week’s Manawatu meeting.

   The Beachens race the Gold Centre mare by themselves and she was recording her second win, the first being in a 1400-metre maiden race at Trentham in April 2012.

   Gold Wedding is trained on the Awapuni track by Lisa Latta and produced a strong finish to win by 1-1/2 lengths from her stablemate Stella Bella.

   Gold Wedding was a $10,000 purchase from the festival session of the 2010 Karaka yearling sales. She is the first foal out of the Kilimanjaro mare Gold Circle, who is a full-sister to Nanjara.

   The Beachens also shared in the ownership of Nanjara, who won five races from the Latta stable including the Group 3 Manawatu Cup in 2007.


Lowry/Cullen top trainers

   The partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen are the leading Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred trainers on wins for the 2013-14 racing season, which ended yesterday.

   The pair totalled 22 wins for the year, four more than John Bary and 12 ahead of third placed Patrick Campbell.

   Besides their winning tally, the Lowry/Cullen stable also posted 20 seconds and 22 thirds from a total of 213 starters and amassed $392,000 in stakemoney. Their biggest success was when Irish Fling took out the Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham in January.

   John Bary ended the season with 20 wins, 28 seconds and 26 thirds from 230 starters and his stable totalled just over $830,000 in stakemoney. He produced two Group 1 winners during the season, Survived in the $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings in August and Recite in the $240,000 Levin Classic (1600m) at Otaki in November.


Thomas Russell appeal

   A Facebook page has been set up by Palmerston North jockey Darryl Bradley, in conjunction with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, so that people can donate money to support injured jockey Thomas Russell, who is still in a serious condition in Christchurch’s Burwood Hospital after suffering spinal injuries in a trackwork fall on June 19.

   The “Lets help our mate” page provides information on how to donate to the appeal and can be found at:

   All donations will be collected and paid to the Thomas Russell fundraising appeal by NZTR.

   The TAB is also keen to support Thomas in his treatment and recovery. So to assist with his financial needs the TAB will donate 10% of total turnover on Jockey Challenges during the month of August. This will be run over 26 thoroughbred race meetings.

   Russell, 32, has ridden 276 winners in a career spanning 14 seasons. He started out in Hastings apprenticed to the late Mike Donoghue before stints with other trainers, including Bruce Marsh at Woodville. He trained in partnership for a time with Matamata’s Ken Kelso before returning to race-riding and was working for Wanganui trainer Raymond Connors at the time of his accident.


HB races next week

   The first Hawke’s Bay race meeting of the new season will be held on the Hastings racecourse next Thursday, August 8.

   There will be an eight race programme, with the first timed for 12.35pm and the last at 4.40pm.

   There will be free admission and the gates will open at 10.30am.

   The feature race on the programme will be a $15,000 Open sprint over 1200 metres while there will also be $12,000 Rating 85 races over 2000 and 1400 metres.





New story: Obituary


Studmaster Norm Hawthorne has died

(By John Jenkins)

   Norm Hawthorne, a colourful character in thoroughbred racing and breeding circles for many years, died last Sunday in his 87th year.

   Hawthorne was a prominent and respected studmaster who stood and managed over 50 stallions during his career and bred and raced several successful horses himself.

   He established Hawke’s Bay’s Paramount Stud in Ngatarawa Road, Bridge Pa, during the late 1960’s and stood a number stallions there, the most notable being In The Purple, Diplomatic Agent and Avaray.

   In The Purple sired the 1977 Melbourne Cup winner Gold And Black and also left many other top stayers, including Caulfield Cup and AJC Oaks winner How Now, the Adelaide and Brisbane Cups winner Amarant and The Metropolitan Handicap winner Born To Be Queen.

   Diplomatic Agent was a sire of top sprinter-milers and left the two-time Telegraph Handicap winner Courier Bay, Epsom Handicap winner Bold Diplomat, George Adams Handicap winner Raywood Lass and the well performed Diplomante.

   Horses sired by Diplomatic Agent and Avaray racked up five wins, two seconds and three thirds from 20 races run over a two-day Napier Park meeting in March 1982 and the same two stallions produced three winners at another Napier Park meeting, in November that year.

   One of the best horses Norm Hawthorne bred was Validity, who was by Sound Reason out of the Diplomatic Agent mare Lapse. He sold her for $28,000 at the 1982 national yearling sales and she went on to win five races from just 22 starts, including the Dalgety Stakes at Trentham, where she beat the outstanding filly Burletta.

   At the height of its operation Paramount Stud offered 24 yearlings at one year’s national yearling sales at Trentham.

   In 1989 Norm Hawthorne sold up his Hawke’s Bay property and headed north where he set up Paramount Lodge in Matamata and some of the stallions he stood there included Mellifont, Colombia, Hunza Court, Mughtanim, Spectacular Love and Imperial Seal.

   Colombia was the last stallion to stand on the property before it ceased operation four years ago.

   Norm Hawthorne was a tough, no nonsense character who began his working life as a shepherd and later as a farm manager in Wairoa before he ran shearing gangs in the Hawke’s Bay, which were subsequently taken over by his son Victor.

  Another son Dean moved north with his father to assist in the stud operation before branching out in a successful career as a bloodstock agent.

   Highly-respected for his horsemanship and pasture management, Norm Hawthorne’s equine reproduction studies also contributed to his life membership of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.

   “Things didn’t always go to plan with Norm but he always went hard and was enthusiastic about what he did,” recalled Dean Hawthorne.

   “He was the type of guy that you could have a blue with one day and a cup of tea with the next.”

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