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HASTINGS TRACKWORK 30 Jul 2015

   A three-quarter pace workout by the talented stayer Saint Kitt was the highlight in another quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   There were no gallops timed with most horses being restricted to just pacework on the plough (good).

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when working over two rounds at half-pace and was let stride out a bit more over the final 600 metres in 45.9. The Keeper gelding looks to be coming up well in another campaign.

   His stablemate Odensian underwent similar work and was timed to run her last 600 metres in 46.6.

   Designated Driver, nominated for the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings at the end of next month, was one of a number of horses restricted to just pacework. The Danroad mare looks to have come back a lot stronger than in her last campaign, which saw her finish second in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham in January.

There will be local interest in Makfi Challenge Stakes 29 Jul 2015

A Hastings-trained horse and another with Hawke’s Bay connections are likely contenders for the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes, feature race on the first day of the Bostock New Zealand Hawke’s Bay spring carnival on Saturday August 29.

   Addictive Habit, bred and part-owned by Hawke’s Bay couple Graham and Isabell Roddick, is assured of a start in the 1400-metre weight-for-age event while Designated Driver, prepared on the Hastings track by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, is currently 22nd in order of entry.

   Thirty-four horses are nominated for the Makfi Challenge Stakes, the first Group 1 race of the new season. The race has a maximum starting limit of 16 and first withdrawals will be at 10am next Wednesday, August 5.

   Addictive Habit was balloted out of the race last year and was also balloted out of the Windsor Park Plate (1600m), the Group 1 race on the second day of the carnival. However he did get a start in the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) on the last day but was unsuited by a firm track and only managed 10th.

   Since then the Colombia gelding has won the Group 2 Couplands Mile (1600m) at Riccarton as well as a Listed 1800-metre race on the Gold Coast in Queensland. He is fifth in order of entry into the Makfi and his Cambridge trainer, Lee Somervell, has also nominated the horse again for the Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on September 19.

   Somervell says Addictive Habit has returned home in great order following his successful Queensland campaign.

   The Cambridge galloper not only won an 1800 metre handicap on the Gold Coast but he also added a third placing over 1600 metres at Caloundra during his four start campaign.

   “He did well and won more than $80,000 over there, he was one of the few Kiwis to put their hoof in the till,” Somervell said.

   “He’s nominated for the first two legs of the Triple Crown at Hastings and then we might look at Melbourne.”

   Designated Driver hasn’t raced since finishing second behind Sacred Star in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham in January and that followed a close second behind another Hastings horse, Adventador, in the Listed Levin Stakes (1200m) at Trentham a month before.

   Sue Thompson said this week Designated Driver has been back in work for two months and came back from a spell very big in condition.

   “We have just been trying to get the weight off her and get some mileage into her legs,” she said.

   “She’s had a couple of run alongs at three-quarter pace and is about a week away from speeding up.”

   Thompson said she would like to take Designated Driver away for a barrier trial somewhere and then hopefully kick off her fresh campaign in the Makfi.

   “That is the plan but then she’s never really shown anything at 1400 metres,” Thompson added.

   The Danroad mare did lead all the way over 1340 metres at Wanganui back in September last year but all her best form as has been at 1200 metres.

   Last season’s star three-year-old Volstok’n’barrell and the class galloper Kawi have been installed joint favourites at $5.00 on the Fixed Odds Futures market for the Makfi Challenge Stakes, with Vespa on the next line of betting at $6.00.

   Addictive Habit is presently a $16.00 chance while Designated Driver is an outsider at $61.00.

   Order of entry into the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) to be run at Hastings on August 29.-

 

1= Puccini

           

1= Volkstok'n'barrell

           

1= Whosyourmaster

           

4 Iamishwara

           

5 Addictive Habit

           

5 Soriano

           

5 Thorn Prince

           

8 Kawi

           

9 Ginner Hart

           

9 Nashville

           

11 Pondarosa Miss

           

11 Queens Rose

           

11 The Filly

           

14 Pussy O'Reilly

           

15 Farm Boy

           

16 Emerald Queen

           

16 Ryan Mark

           

16 Vespa

           

19 Kisses

           

19 Tomorrowland

           

19 Weregoingtogetcha

           

22 Designated Driver

           

23 King Kamada

           

24 Turn Me Loose

           

25 Spin Doctor

           

26 Taurus

           

27 Mighty Solomon

           

28 Barbaric

           

29 Fortune Knight (GB)

           

30 It Has To Be You

           

31 Super Trouper

             

32 Celebrity Miss

             

33 Colonel Carrera

             

34 Second Time Lucky

 

   The Futures betting market for the Makfi Challenge Stakes is: $5 Volkstok’n’barrell, Kawi: $6 Vespa; $9 Ryan Mark; $10 Puccini; $12 Turn Me Loose, Pondarosa Miss; $16 Addictive Habit; $21.00 Whosyourmaster, Tomorrowland, Nashville; $26 Soriano, Pussy O’Reilly; $31 Ginner Hart, Mighty Solomon, Weregoingtogetcha; $41 Queens Rose, Iamishwara, Spin Doctor, Barbaric, The Filly. Others at $51 or more.

 

Vespa tuning up well

   Vespa, one of the early favourites for next month’s Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings, underwent an exhibition gallop between races at last Saturday’s Otaki race meeting and is coming up well according to his Otaki trainer Johno Benner.

   The Elusive City colt worked with stablemate Lumineer in the gallop and looked bright and was keen in his action.

   “He is coming along nicely and is right where we want him,” Benner said.

   Vespa was the winner of the Karaka Million (1200m) and Group 1 Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie as a two-year-old. This season he was successful in the Group 2 Wellington Guineas (1400m) in January before taking out a Listed 1400-metre race at Awapuni and finishing second, beaten a head, in the Group 1 Easter Handicap (1600m) at Ellerslie. 

 

Johnson booked for Puccini

   Danielle Johnson has made an early commitment to ride Group One winner Puccini in next month's Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings.

   The Cambridge jockey rode the Peter and Jacob McKay-trained Encosta de Lago stallion to win the Group 1 Thorndon Mile at Trentham earlier this year and was keen to continue her association this spring.

   Puccini is currently at $10 on the Futures market for the Makfi, which is likely to be his first start for the new season.

   "I had half planned to go to the Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa on August 15 but the track probably won't be good enough for him, whereas Hastings is already a [dead] six, so we'll probably give him a gallop, maybe at Taupo, and then go straight into the Makfi fresh," McKay said.

             
               

Heading into new territory

   Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott are preparing to go the extra distance with Whosyourmaster.

   The Matamata trainers will send the genuine sprinter beyond 1200 metres for the first time in his career in the Group1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings on August 29.

   Whosyourmaster will have a trial outing at Te Teko next Tuesday week before he resumes in the Group 2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa, a fortnight before the opening of the Bostock New Zealand Hawke’s Bay spring carnival. The Captain Rio gelding is unbeaten in three starts on the Hastings track and is at $21.00 on the Futures betting market for the Makfi.

 

Chasing Hastings riches

   The connections of class mare Pondarosa Miss are keen to see her in action on all three days of the Bostock New Zealand spring carnival at Hastings before heading to Melbourne.

   The rising five-year-old furthered her preparation for the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown series with an exhibition gallop between races on her home track at Te Awamutu on Wednesday.

   “She won’t be having a trial anywhere and she will run first-up in the Foxbridge Plate before the Makfi,” said Darrel Hollinshead, who shares in the ownership of the mare with his father and Peter, who trains her.

   Pondarosa Miss is currently listed as a $12 chance for the Makfi (1400m), $10 for the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on the second day and is equal favourite with Kawi at $7 for the Group1 Livamol Classic (2040m) on the last day.

   “At this stage our plan is to leave her here until after the Livamol and then have one run in Australia before the Melbourne Cup.

   “We’ll be nominating her for both the Moonee Valley Cup and the Cox Plate and see how she’s going closer to the time.”

   Proven at 3200 metres with a third placing in the Group 1 Auckland Cup, Pondarosa Miss showed her versatility six weeks later by winning the Group1 Easter Handicap at 1600 metres.

   “In theory she should be twice the horse in the spring after all the problems she had last time in with a virus,” Hollinshead said. “She spelled particularly well after that and put on about 20 kilos.”

 

New steeplechase date

   The Australian Grand National Steeplechase in Australia has been rescheduled to be run at Ballarat on August 9.

   Leading New Zealand jumper Sea King, bred and part-owned by Central Hawke’s Bay woman Sue Harty, was to have renewed his rivalry with Bashboy in the event last weekend. But a new date had to be found after heavy rain forced the meeting to be abandoned.

   Sea King has transferred from Kevin Myers’ care to Paddy Payne’s Victorian stable for his Melbourne campaign and he finished runner-up to Bashboy the last time they met in the Crisp Steeplechase.

 

HB man gets Auckland post

   The Auckland Racing Club has appointed Hastings-born Craig Baker to the role of Executive GM of Racing and Operations.

   Baker has had vast experience in racing administration over a long period of time and has worked for New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and, more recently, has been Operations Manager for Westbury Stud.

   Cameron George CEO of the ARC says: “We are delighted to have been able to secure Craig, who demonstrates extensive racing experience in the NZ industry. He also brings to the business a vast array of administrative skills which will have long term benefits for the ARC.

   With Andrew “Butch” Castles moving on it was always going to be hard to fill the racing knowledge and other attributes he possesses but with Craig coming into the role he certainly brings the appropriate experience and skills to help bridge that gap.”

   Baker commences his duties with the ARC on August 24.

 

Stakes winner now with Pike

   Talented mare Lady Le Fay, part-owned by Havelock North’s Dan D’Esposito, has joined the Cambridge stable of Tony Pike.

   Formerly with Paul Shailer, the four-year-old has won five of her 12 starts and hasn’t raced since she beat Thorn Prince and Taurus in the Listed Anzac 1600 at Awapuni in the autumn.

   “She’s a quality mare and she’s been in the stable about five weeks,” Pike said. “I will be sitting down with the syndicate manager Michael Hughes soon to map out a programme for her.”

A brace of wins has Bary clear top HB trainer 24 Jul 2015

   A winning double on his home track at Hastings on Thursday of last week cemented John Bary’s place as the leading Hawke’s Bay trainer on wins for this season.

   Victories by Donna Beel and Tiger Tim at the Hawke’s Bay mid-week meeting took Bary’s tally for the season to 22, which puts him eight in front of the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen with just one week to go.

   The 2014-15 racing season finishes on July 31 and, as it stands at the moment, Bary’s stable has amassed 22 wins, 16 seconds and 22 thirds from 194 starters while the Lowry/Cullen partnership has had 14 wins, 12 seconds and 16 thirds from 154 starters.

   They have been the two dominant Hawke’s Bay stables for the past five years, with Bary coming out on top three times to the Lowry/Cullen stable’s two.

   Donna Beel’s win in a 1200-metre maiden race last week provided a huge relief for her connections.

   The three-year-old filly is arguably the best bred horse trained in Hastings at the moment, being by Zabeel out of a Redoute’s Choice mare Donna Dior, and is owned by the Hawke’s Bay brothers Chris and Ken Russell.

   Dorotea Dior was originally sold for $540,000 as a yearling at the 2008 premier session of the Karaka sales and purchased by trainer Stephen McKee on behalf of Auckland real estate magnate Don Ha. However the following year Ha’s business suffered financial ruin forcing him to sell a number of his thoroughbred interests and the Russells were able to buy the then just turned two-year-old at a mixed bloodstock sale for $250,000.

   Dorotea Dior was put into work with Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell and had nine starts for two wins, two seconds, a third and two fourths.

   Donna Beel is the first foal Dorotea Dior has produced but the Russells also have a rising two-year-old colt by O’Reilly out of the mare in work with John Bary and the mare has now produced a weanling colt by Ocean Park.

   Donna Beel has not been without her share of problems and was having just her second race start when she won last week.

   “She was badly injured in a paddock accident when being broken in and suffered deep cuts to both front legs,” recalled Chris Russell.

   “Then she was just getting ready to start racing when she cut one of her back legs and that put her out again for a while.

   “She has been a bit frustrating but finally it has all come together and we think she is a pretty smart filly. We know she can run and we know that she has the pedigree there to go on with.”

   Donna Beel made her race debut over 1400 metres at Woodville back in October last year but only managed to beat one home after covering a lot of extra ground. She was then turned out for a spell and was given a couple of jumpouts to prepare her for last week’s race.

   The Zabeel filly was hunted out of the barrier by rider Lee Magorrian to take an early lead and had a handy advantage approaching the home turn. However she then looked to be under pressure when race favourite Sasanof’s Hero came up alongside her early in the home straight and started to get a bit wayward in her action.

   It was not until Sasanof’s Hero edged ahead of her that Donna Beel knuckled down and she came back in the final stages to wrest the lead back and win by half a length.

   Bary said it was as if Donna Beel was waiting for the other horse to come up to her before she dug in for the fight. He added that he would give the filly a week in the paddock and then decide where to start her next.

   “We’ve had to be patient with her and she won really nicely,” Bary said. “I think she’ll be better on better tracks and over more ground.”

   Bary is also predicting a bright staying future for Tiger Tim, another very well bred three-year-old in his stable.

   The Alamosa gelding scored a runaway 4-3/4 length win in a Rating 65 race over 1600 metres.

    “He’s a big, raw horse and a real stayer in the making,” Bary said. “He’s still green and learning what it’s all about and he’s only going to get better.

   “He’s best with his races spaced so he’ll run next over a mile again somewhere or we’ll step him up to 2000 metres.”

   Tiger Tim was a debut winner over 1400 metres at Otaki back in November, a performance that caught the attention of champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller.

   However, a deal that would have seen the horse’s Palmerston North owner-breeders Bill Gleeson and Peter Gillespie remain in the ownership as part of a new Australasian syndicate to race the horse was halted at the last minute.

   “He buckled over in the paddock and he had to have a bone chip in a hind fetlock removed after that, but it was nothing major,” Bary said.

   Bill Gleeson was overseas this week and Bary said he will wait until he returns home before a decision is made on where Tiger Tim will race next.

 

Three in a row

   Few horses win three races in a row but Hawke’s Bay-owned Charleston Girl did it in style at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Iffraaj mare, bred and part-owned by Dannevirke couple Peter and Margaret Hales, followed up a maiden win over 1150 metres at Te Awamutu in June and a Rating 65 victory over 1200 at Te Rapa on July 4 with a successful step up to Rating 75 grade over 1200 metres at Hastings.

   Rider Matthew Cameron settled the four-year-old in a trailing position until well into the home straight and then pushed her through a gap and on to a half length win over The Canon and Second Time Lucky.

   Cameron was suitably impressed with the performance saying: “She’s a nice horse and will be even better with another six months on her.”

   Charleston Girl is trained by the Cambridge partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and raced by the Hales in partnership with Havelock North’s Bruce Mactaggart, who heads the New Zealand Entertainment and Events Corporation.

   The mare has not been without her share of problems however. She has had to overcome several injuries, the most recent when she got spooked by a lightning strike in October last year and got tangled up in a fence, ripping off a third of one of her hooves.

   The Hales bred Charleston Girl out of the Masterclass mare Miss Jean Brodie, who was unplaced in nine starts but is a half-sister to three well performed gallopers raced by the Hales.

   The first was Old Belvedere, whose five wins included the Group 3 Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni. Baranski, who has won four races in Australia, was the next while the third was Eliza Blues, who has won two races and finished second in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks.

   Miss Jean Brodie has also produced the winner Capricious and the Hales have leased out a three-year-old filly by Savabeel out of the mare that has been a trial winner in the South Island. There is now a Niagara yearling colt out of the mare at Lime Country Thoroughbreds in Hawke’s Bay and the mare is not in foal this year.

 

Recite back in work

   The dual Group One winner Recite is back in work with Hastings trainer John Bary and is being prepared for a return to racing during the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   “She’s as big as a house and has really furnished,” Bary said. “We’ll be aiming her at the open 1200 on the second day of the meeting.”

   The second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival will be run on Saturday, September 19.

   Recite won the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old and the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham the following season. The Darci Brahma mare has been sidelined by injury since she won a 1200-metre open sprint at Matamata in February.

 

Ginner Hart gearing up

   Quality sprinter Ginner Hart will be at his best come the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   “He looks terrible now - he’s like a Kaimanawa pony in the winter, but once he loses his winter coat he will get a bit of colour and he’ll be away,” part-owner and trainer Alexander Fieldes said.

   The rising seven-year-old has been a past undercard star at Hastings where he has twice claimed the open sprint on the middle day of the meeting.

   “He’s won it a couple of times and he was an unlucky fifth last year,” Fieldes said.   

   Ginner Hart will be nominated for the Group1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and this time he is expected to make the field.

   “He’s on a Rating of 98 and he has won a stakes race in the last 18 months so he’s qualified,” Fieldes said.

   Ginner Hart, who hasn’t raced since failing in the Group1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham in January, beat Fix in the Gr.3 Lion Red Plate last spring and will go to Hastings without a lead-up outing.

   “His best runs have been fresh and he’s at his racing weight of 535kg now,” Fieldes said.

 

Frye making progress

   Talented South Island apprentice Ashley Frye will take the next step in her return to race riding shortly when she applies for the renewal of her jockey’s licence for the new 2015/2016 racing season.

   Frye has been sidelined since a devastating fall at Ashburton in March 2014 which saw her suffer life threatening injuries that left her in a coma through a major head trauma. Since that day the plucky teenager has battled back through intensive rehabilitation to be at the stage where a return to riding is a distinct reality.

   For her father Danny Frye any return to riding will have his full support despite the inevitable concerns he will have as a conscientious parent.

   “Ashley has made a tremendous recovery but there is still plenty of work to do before she can get back in the saddle on race day,” he said.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 21 Jul 2015

   A good 800-metre workout by Voxer and a solo 1000-metre run by Foibles were the only gallops timed in another quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   Working on a good plough, Voxer worked in from the 800-metre peg in 53.4, running the first 200 in an easy 15s before quickening slightly over the last 600 in 38.4. He has undergone a course of beach training in recent weeks and looks in good order in preparation for another campaign on the racetrack.

   Foibles went hard in the early stages of his 1000-metre gallop but was slowing towards the finish. He was timed to run the full distance in 1:4.6, the first 200 in 25.6 and the final 600 in 39. He will be heading to the Waverley meeting on Thursday of next week for a Rating 65 race over 1200 metres.

   Among the horses who were restricted to just pacework was Adventador, who is back in work with the Lowry/Cullen stable and being prepared for another spring and summer campaign. He will be aimed at the Listed Levin Stakes (1200m) at the end of November, a race he won last year, and then hopefully on to the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham in January.

Hastings Jumpouts 17 Jul 2015

 Jimmy Choux’s half-sister Miss Wilson was one of the most impressive winners at jumpouts held at the Hastings track this morning.

   There were 10 heats run up against the running rail on the course proper, which provided slow footing.

   Miss Wilson only got home by a long neck in her 750-metre heat but was only doing as much as she had to and her winning margin could have been a lot more. Jockey Jonathan Riddell settled the Stratum filly at the back of the three runners and then brought her along the inside to surge to the front inside the last 100 metres. She finished in front of her stablemate The Bandito, with La Becane close up in third place and clocked 47.9s.

   Miss Wilson had two starts as a two-year-old for a close second and a fourth. Trainer John Bary is unsure where she will kick off a fresh campaign, with track conditions having a major bearing.

   “We’ve got a couple of options. There is Taupo on August 19 or Woodville the day after and there is also Otaki on August 15. We will play it by ear and just where the best track is,” Bary said.

   The John Bary-trained Lady Zafira was another good winner at the jumpouts, scoring a long neck over stablemate Mae West in another 750-metre heat and clocked a time of 48.2s.

   Lady Zafira is the winner of three races from 11 starts and has been freshened since finishing second over 1200 metres at Te Rapa in April. She is likely to resume in a Rating 85 race over 1200 metres on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on August 29.

 

Jumpout results.-

Heat 1, 400m: Jimmy Choux yearling filly (A Kuru) 1, Stratum yearling colt (J Riddell) 2. Two starters. Margin: Head. Time: 28.1s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Festival Pauper (R Myers) 1, Verna Audrey 2, Guillotine-Mal two-year-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 2-1/2 lengths, neck. Time: 47.7s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: Trinovantes (J Riddell) 1, Per Incanto two-year-old 2, O’Reilly-Senorita Ivory two-year-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: Head, 2-1/2 lengths. Time: 48.3s. Winner trained by Dave Stenning, Hastings.

Heat 4, 750m: Patapan-Balls In Your Court two-year-old gelding (R Myers) 1, Savatag 2, Towkay-Love Proposal two-year-old gelding 3. Three starters. Margins: 2-3/4 lengths, 1/2neck. Time: 48.2s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 5, 750m: Turkey Lowe (R Myers) 1, Iffraaj two-year-old filly 2, Amalgamation 3. Four starters. Margins: Neck, 5 lengths. Time: 47.9s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 6, 750m: Miss Wilson (J Riddell) 1, The Bandito 2, La Becane 3. Three starters. Margins: Long neck, ½ length. Time: 47.9s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 7, 750m: Lady Zafira (J Riddell) 1, Mae West 2, Taken The Liberty 3. Four starters. Margins: Long neck, ½ length. Time: 38.2s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 8, 1000m: Donlee (K Chiong) 1, Galileo Park 2, Doug 3. Five starters. Margins: Neck, 6 lengths. Time: 1:6.6. Winner trained by Bryce Revell, New Plymouth.

Heat 9, 1000m: Lavish Prince (C Anderson) 1, Miss Selby 2, Docket 3. Four starters. Margins: ¾ length, 3 lengths. Time: 1:7.5. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 10, 1400m: Cool Hand Duke (K Myers) 1, San Pedro 2, Colt Forty Five 3. Five starters. Margins: Head, 3 lengths. Time: 1:34.8. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

 

HB pair high flyers among the country’s jumpers 15 Jul 2015

Two Hawke’s Bay-owned horses are likely to be vying for the title of New Zealand Jumper of The Year at next month’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards, which will be staged at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton on Thursday, August 13.

   Sea King, bred and part-owned by Central Hawke’s Bay’s Sue Harty, has been one of the front runners for the award since his runaway win in the $50,000 Waikato Steeplechase back in May and his subsequent success in last month’s $A80,000 Mosstrooper Steeples (3900m) in Australia. But now Mr Mor, raced by the Hawke’s Bay-based Bogga Syndicate, has also launched himself into the reckoning following consecutive wins in the $50,000 Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase (4800m) and $75,000 Wellington Steeplechase (5500m) in his last two starts.

   Besides his two steeplechase wins this season Sea King also finished third in the $50,000 K S Browne Hurdle (2250m) at Ellerslie in June and second in last Sunday’s $A100,000 Crisp Steeplechase (3900m) at Warrnambool in Australia. The Shinko King eight-year-old is now being aimed at the $A250,000 Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) at Ballarat tomorrow week and another top performance in that event would probably see him clinch the title.

   Mr Mor brought up his third win for the season and his ninth in total when he outstayed his nine rivals in last Saturday’s feature event at the Wellington winter meeting. The Corrupt 10-year-old also won a $20,000 Restricted Open Steeplechase over 4000 metres at Hawera in May and finished second in last month’s $50,000 Manawatu Steeples (4400m).

   Mr Mor started favourite for last Saturday’s Wellington Steeplechase and was given a great run in transit by English-born jockey Charlie Studd. He settled the horse towards the back in the early stages before letting him jump his way up to the leading division starting the last lap of the famous figure-eight circuit at Trentham.

   Rank outsider The Oysterman, ridden by Hastings-born jockey Shaun Fannin, had made all the pace in the 5500-metre event and still had a good advantage at the top of the home straight. But Mr Mor quickly ranged up to join him and the two horses jumped the last fence together before settling down to fight out a spirited finish. Both jockeys tried everything they could to extract that little bit extra out of their mounts in the run to the line and Mr Mor was able to surge clear in the final few strides to win by a length.

   For Studd, 36, the win was a career high with his previous best wins being aboard Snodroptwinkletoes in the 2013 Pakuranga Hunt Cup at Ellerslie and on Mr Mor in last month’s Hawke’s Bay Steeples.

   Studd rode almost 50 winners in England, including a Listed race at Cheltenham. He arrived in New Zealand just over two years ago and was originally based at Hastings before moving north and now rides work at Cambridge. He took a while to become accustomed to New Zealand racing and conditions but is now gaining increasing success and is presently second on the jumping riders’ premiership for this season with 11 wins, six of those this winter.

   There wouldn’t be too many riders fitter than Studd as he is also an A grade cyclist and regular competes in races staged by the Te Awamutu Cycle Club. He also competed in the 160km Lake Taupo cycle race in November last year.  

   Mr Mor is trained at Wanganui by the father and daughter combination of Evan and JJ Rayner and was bred at Waipukurau by the late Brian Denton. He and his wife Dianne initially raced the horse themselves, in partnership with their Blenheim-based daughter Symone Stevens.

   He is out of the Red Tempo mare Redmor, who won the Dentons two races before they mated her with Corrupt after being gifted a free service to that stallion by Tony Lyndon. Mr Mor was the resultant foal and he has always been a slow maturer, taking 16 starts to win his first race, a 2040-metre maiden event at Wanganui.

   After Brian Denton died his wife and daughter asked Tony Lyndon if he could arrange a group of people to assist them in racing Mr Mor.

   Lyndon manages the Bogga Syndicate with the other members being Lindsay McIntosh, Greg Horton, Peter Johnstone, Peter Unverricht and Pat and Sheryl Watson of Hastings and Christchurch-based Paul Kavanagh.

   “There are nine shares in the horse with eight people having a 10 per cent share and two others having 5 per cent each,” Lyndon said.

   Mr Mor will now bypass the Koral Steeplechase (4250m) on the first day of the Canterbury Grand National meeting on August 1 and head straight into the $75,000 Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) there a week later.

   "We're going to give the Koral a miss," Rayner said. "He doesn't really need to have that run and he can go straight into the Grand National.

   "He hit his leg on Saturday where he had a scar and there is a slight tear in the wound. It's not bad, but we don't want to risk anything before the Grand National."

   A decision on a start for Mr Mor in September’s Great Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie will be made after his Christchurch venture.

 

Tigger bares his claws

   Hastings-trained Tigger Tahnee rocked punters when he led all the way to win a 1200-metre maiden race at the Stratford meeting on Thursday of last week at odds of 20 to one.

  The Towkay four-year-old was having his first start for almost 10 months and coped well with the extremely heavy track conditions to win by 4-1/4 lengths in the hands of Cambridge jockey Michael McNab.

   Tigger Tahnee is prepared by Kim Grant, who owns the gelding in partnership with her husband Terry. The couple were formerly based in South Auckland but moved to Hawke’s Bay at the end of 2013 and are now farming a property near Otane.

   The win was Kim Grant’s first training success since she produced Theodore to win a 1200-metre maiden race at Avondale in September 2013.

   The Grants bred Tigger Tahnee after Kim Grant was gifted the horse’s dam, Smoke And Fire, from prominent thoroughbred trainer Graeme Rogerson.

   “The mare was offered at a dispersal sale but was passed in,” recalled Kim Grant.

   “I asked Graeme what he was going to do with her and he said she would probably be put down so I asked him whether I could take her home and he agreed.”

   Grant said she knew that Smoke And Fire was a grand-daughter of a very good mare that she had plenty to do with when working in Australia several years ago.

   Tigger Tahnee is the second winner produced by Smoke And Fire. The other is Positive Firefly, who only had three starts for a win and a third.

   The Grants sold a No Excuse Needed colt out of the mare for $8000 at the festival session of this year’s Karaka yearling sales and she is now in foal to No Excuse Needed again.

   Tigger Tahnee was having his sixth start with his previous best placing being a fifth over 1200 metres at Woodville at the beginning of this season.

   Kim Grant said the horse has been a slow maturer and still needs more time before he reaches his full potential.

   “We might give him a light campaign and then turn him out again and let him strengthen up for next winter,” she said.

   Grant has held a permit to train licence for a number of years and she and her husband are breeding from four thoroughbred mares.

   “We normally sell the colts and keep the fillies but, if they don’t sell, then we race them,” she added.

  

Tradtri wins in Sydney

   Hawke’s Bay-bred Tradtri chalked up his biggest win and his third success since being sold to Australia when he led all the way in a $40,000 Rating 70 race over 1900 metres at the Canterbury track in Sydney on Wednesday of last week.

   The seven-year-old Traditionally gelding was ridden by top Sydney woman jockey Kathy O’Hara and upset punters by scoring at odds of 22 to one.

   Tradtri was bred by Taradale couple Ted and Shirley Laxon and won three races in New Zealand when initially prepared on the Hastings track by Ted Laxon. The horse was sold soon after finishing third in a Rating 65 race over 1400 metres at Hastings in April of last year and is now owned by a group of Australians and in the stable of Nowra trainer Robert Price.

   The horse recorded his first Australian win in the Bong Cup (1560m) last November and a month later he took out a Rating 55 race over 1600 metres at Nowra.

   Tradtri is out of the Housebuster mare Bustri and is a half-brother to Tridane, a mare that recorded two wins, seven seconds and nine thirds when owned and trained by Ted Laxon.

 

Bridgman in Melbourne

   Experienced New Zealand horseman Jason Bridgman has set up a new base in Australia.

   The Group One-winning trainer has moved to Melbourne after securing stables close to Pakenham Racing Club’s new racing.com park.

   “I have a modern property comprising 36 boxes complete with a water walker and day paddocks and the horses will be trained at the new state of the art racing.com park,” Bridgman said.

   “The 2400-metre track, complete with a 2000m polytrack (synthetic) and two turf courses is well-planned and quality facility.

   “There are over 30 racecourses within a four hour radius and it is also projected that over 40 meetings a year will be conducted at racing.com park, making sense for it to be my home base”.

   His move coincides with an announcement by Racing Victoria that prize money will increase by $A16.5 million next season.

   “It is an exciting time for us and I am looking forward to the challenge,” Bridgman said

   Bridgman has trained in New Zealand for the last nine years after returning from overseas with his wife and children.

   He was in partnership with Graham Richardson before branching out on his own at Matamata and in 2010 was appointed head trainer for the Te Akau operation where he succeeded five-time premiership winner Mark Walker.

   Bridgman relinquished that role in April with a new partnership of Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards taking up the reins.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 14 Jul 2015

   Geronimo, a two-year-old entered for Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, hit out nicely in a reasonably quiet workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was very little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the plough.

   Geronimo ended his work by running the last 400 metres in 26.1. He is a two-year-old by No Excuse Needed out of the former useful racemare Nanuk and trained at Waipukurau by Wayne Chittick.

   La Becane worked on his own over 800 metres in 53.6, the last 600 in 39.8. He showed plenty of promise when winning his one and only start last season and looks to be coming up well in a new campaign for trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. He is likely to have a jumpout at Hastings this Friday.

   Odencian, entered for the Maiden 1600-metre race at Hastings on Thursday, clocked 54.6 for 800 metres, running the first 200 at three-quarter pace and quickening over the last 600 in 37.4.

   An O’Reilly-Senorita Ivory two-year-old filly and a Towkay two-year-old gelding ran an easy 800 metres together in 55.8, the last 600 in 40.4. They are two others in the Lowry/Cullen stable.

   Golan Express rounded off her preparation for the Rating 75 1200-metre race at Hasti8ngs on Thursday with a couple of rounds of pacework

Son of Sir Percy to bolster HB stallion ranks 8 Jul 2015

   Central Hawke’s Bay will have a new thoroughbred stallion standing at stud in the spring of this year.

   Zellis, an unraced son of Epsom Derby winner Sir Percy, will be the resident sire at Waipukurau’s Lakeview Stud, the property of Steve Ellis and his partner Robin Percy.

   Ellis bred Zellis, who traces back to the outstanding mare Princess Mellay and is from the family of multiple Group 1 winner Prince Majestic. His only disappointment is that the now rising four-year-old was unable to race.

   “He showed plenty of promise but kicked out one day and got his leg caught in a fence and injured his hip.

   “We got the vet John O’Brien to x-ray him and he said, if we carried on trying to race him, we would break him down completely but that he would be okay to stand at stud,” Ellis said.

   “So we’ve decided, with his good breeding, it’s worth a try.”

   Sir Percy, the sire of Zellis, was the champion two-year-old and three-year-old colt of his year in Great Britain and won five traces from six furlongs to 1-1/2 miles, including the Epsom Derby. At stud he has left 11 individual stakes winners, most of them in the United Kingdom, and they include the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas winner Sir Andrew.

   Zellis is out of the Rhythm mare Zazu, who has left the stakes placed winner Bally Duff and other winners Mink and King Of Rock.

   Zazu is out of the Grosvenor mare Zahn (2 wins) while the third dam is Tiara (9 wins) and the fourth dam is Princess Mellay, a dual winner of the New Zealand Cup (3200m) and winner of the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

   Zellis will be standing at a fee of $995.00 plus GST and Ellis thinks the horse represents good value.

   “We believe in the product that we have and want to sell him for what he is worth,” he said.

   Steve Ellis has had a long involvement with thoroughbreds, starting from when he used to help out at Haunui Farm on a voluntary basis before taking up a full-time position there. He also worked at Westbury Stud and Stoney Bridge Stud and spent two years at Java Lodge Stud working with stallions and broodmares.

   Ellis has also held an owner-trainer licence for more than six years and prepared King Of Rock, a half-brother to Zellis, for two wins and also won a race on the Waipukurau track with Pennies’n Promises.    

  

Two wins in a week

   Dannevirke couple Peter and Margaret Hales have had their share of success on racetracks in the past and they now look to have another rising star in Charleston Girl who has recorded two wins the space of six days.

   The Iffraaj mare broke out of maiden ranks with an easy 2-1/4 length win over 1150 metres at Te Awamutu on June 28 and then backed up at last Saturday’s Te Rapa meeting and scored another impressive 3-1/4 length victory in a $20,000 Rating 65 race over 1200 metres.

   The Hales bred Charleston Girl and are in half share ownership of the mare with Havelock North’s Bruce Mactaggart. She is prepared by this season’s leading trainers, the Cambridge partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

   Charleston Girl’s win last Saturday brought up number 106 for the season for the Baker/Forsman stable as they try to chase down the record of 111 recorded by the now Australian-based John Sargent in the 2011-12 season.

   Charleston Girl is out of the Masterclass mare Miss Jean Brodie, who was unplaced in nine starts but is a half-sister to three well performed gallopers raced by the Hales.

   The first was Old Belvedere, whose five wins included the Group 3 Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni. Baranski, who has won four races in Australia, was the next while the third was Eliza Blues, who has won two races and finished second in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks.

   Miss Jean Brodie has also produced the winner Capricious and the Hales have leased out a three-year-old filly by Savabeel out of the mare that has been a trial winner in the South Island. There is now a Niagara yearling colt out of the mare at Lime Country Thoroughbreds in Hawke’s Bay and the mare is not in foal this year.

 

Punters dealt a blow

   Northern apprentice Lee Magorrian is fast building an affinity with Hastings-trained galloper Cool Hand Duke as he has now had four rides on the horse for two wins and a second.

   Magorrian rocked punters when he got the Bachelor Duke four-year-old home a narrow winner at odds of 30-to-1 at Te Rapa last Saturday.

   Cool Hand Duke went into the $20,000 Rating 65 race over 2100 metres with a form line of 0-6-9-0 from his most recent four starts so it was not surprising that he was overlooked in the betting.

   Magorrian had the horse in a handy position from the outset and sent him forward to take the lead rounding the home bend. They looked likely to only finish second when Eksuude, ridden by Samantha Collett, headed them half-way up the straight but  Cool Hand Duke fought back to get the decision by half a head.

   Cool Hand Duke is trained at Hastings by John Bary and broke through for a maiden win over 2100 metres on the Hastings track in November last year.

   Bary purchased the horse as a yearling for $110,000 from the Karaka select sale and he is now raced by the Cool Hand Duke Syndicate, which is headed by John Bary’s racing manager Mike Sanders.

   “I didn’t have a cent on him on Saturday but I was up off the couch and cheering him home all the way up the straight,” Sanders said this week.

   “And I know some of the others in the syndicate backed him.”

   The other syndicate members are Paul and Marilyn Yortt, Laurie Parker, John and Barry O’Sullivan, Ivan Grieve, Tony Clark, Gay Skerman, Ian Black, Bill and Leanne Livingstone, Steve and Tracey Trickett, John McLaughlin and Narendra Bahlia. Most of the shareholders live in Hawke’s Bay.

   Sanders said Cool Hand Duke has been a slow maturing horse that is only now starting to reach his full potential and is building a good record at 2100 metres.

   “He’s now had six starts at the distance for two wins and four minor placings.”

   Cool Hand Duke picked up an extra four rating points for his win last Saturday to take him to 60, so he is still eligible for Rating 65 races. But Sanders said there is a shortage of suitable middle distance races in the coming weeks so he may have to be dropped back to 1600 metres and then be aimed at another 2100-metre event at Te Rapa on August 15, worth $17,500.

   “If we go back up north we should be able to get Lee Magorrian back on and he really gets on well with the horse,” Sanders added.  

 

Kawi gearing up

   Star galloper Kawi is in the early stages of another preparation aimed at this year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and trainer Allan Sharrock is itching to get the horse back to the races.

   “He had his first three quarter run along last Saturday and looked immense,” Sharrock reported.

   “He has really furnished into a magnificent animal and I think you will see what he is capable of this campaign.

   “At this stage we will kick off in the Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa on August 15 and then go from there. I’m not keen on running him on each of the three days at Hastings so will look around for the alternatives to have him at his peak for the Livamol Classic on the last day there.”

   The $250,000 Livamol Classic (2040m), run on the first Saturday in October, is the last of three Group 1 weight-for-age races run at the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, the others being the $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on August 20 and the $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on September 19.

 

Dee staying on

   New Zealand apprentice Michael Dee is fast making a name for himself on Victorian racetracks in Australia and is set to remain there for the foreseeable future.

   The 19-year-old, who began his apprenticeship with the Hastings partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, is now attached to the Caulfield stable of Mick Price and has kicked home more than 20 winners since his arrival in Victoria in January, including four at the Ballarat meeting on July 1.  

   "I'll certainly be in Victoria until the end of my apprenticeship and we will see what happens after that," Dee said.                                                                                

   "I've learnt a lot from riding against top class jockeys and they help you out in the jockeys' room. You learn a lot in a race, particularly given how tight they ride and the tactics they adopt."

   The son of former trainer Richard Dee rates his Group 2 Eight Carat Classic victory aboard Hera at Ellerslie last year as his career highlight to date.

 

Biggest success

   Hastings-born jockey Shaun Fannin chalked up his 14th win and the biggest of his career when he steered Kick Back to an easy 5 length victory in the $20,000 House Of Travel Steeplechase, feature race at last Sunday’s Te Aroha meeting.

   Fannin, 19, began as amateur jockey when working for Hastings trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen but is now attached to the Wanganui stable of Kevin Myers.

   Kick Back is trained by Myers and Fannin has now won successive races on the Bahhare mare at Te Aroha following an 18 length victory in a maiden steeplechase there last month.

 

Big win for Calder

   New Zealand jockey Andrew Calder has guided a Kiwi-bred gelding to his first black type victory in Macau.

   Calder combined with Savabeel’s son Bobo So Cute to win the Listed $M550,000 Lisboa Challenge (1400m) last Saturday.

   The winner of seven of his 11 starts, the three-year-old was a $40,000 weanling purchase at Karaka in 2012.

   Calder, who has been based in Macau for the past couple of years, began his apprenticeship in Hastings attached to the stable of Dianne Sergeant before moving north.

 

HB races

   Hawke’s Bay Racing will stage its last race meeting for the 2014-15 racing season at Hastings next Thursday.

   A seven-race programme is planned, with the first timed for 12.15pm and the last at 3.45pm. The chief sponsor is Fruitfed.

   Gate entrance and admission to the Members Stand is free, with gates open at 10.30am.

 

Mako has plenty of bite

   Owner-trainer Dan O’Leary’s decision to send this year’s Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Cup placegetter Sir Mako to Sydney trainer Chris Waller has proved a masterstroke.

   The Marton horseman’s punt on his lightly-raced seven-year-old has already paid off to the tune of nearly $A100,000.

   Sir Mako took his Australian earnings to just shy of the six figure mark when he won a $A80,000 Rating 95 race over 1900 metres at Rosehill last weekend to go with an earlier Randwick success from three Australian appearances.

   The Ustinov gelding has now won five races in total and dead-heated for second behind Classcoroc in April’s $75,000 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings.

 

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 7 Jul 2015

Kipkeino, a possible runner in this Saturday’s $40,000 Parliamentary Handicap at Trentham, hit out strongly in a solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Kipkeino had trainer Lucy de Lautour aboard when working over 1200 metres and was timed to run the last 1000 in a very good time of 1:2.8, the last 600 in 37.4. He looked full of running at the finish and it was a good 400 metres later before he was pulled up.

   The Sunray gelding found track conditions a bit too firm for him when fifth over 2100 metres at Hastings last start but was an easy winner over the same distance on heavy footing at Awapuni before that and is likely to strike a heavy track at Trentham.

   Trainer John Bary, who normally works his horses at his home base, brought a team in to gallop on the Hastings track and Miss Wilson impressed when she was travelling very well on the outside of Miss Selby at the end of 800 metres in 51.8, the last 600 in 38.4.

   Mae West and Lady Zafira were two others from the Bary stable who worked well when running 800 metres in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.2.

   Havataste, another trained by Lucy de Lautour, worked keenly over 1000 metres on his own and was timed to run the last 800 in 48.9, the final 600 in 35.7. It was good work from the Sunray gelding who has shown an improvement in form with a second and a fifth from his last two starts.

      A Shocking two-year-old and one by Alamosa, two others in the Bary stable, ran 800 metres together in 53.9, the last 600 in 37.7 while Taken The Liberty and Galileo Park ran an easy 600 metres in 38.9.

   Geronimo was timed to run 600 metres in 42.8 but was only let stride out over the final 400 metres. He is a two-year-old by No Excuse Needed out of the former good racemare Nanuk, trained by Waipukurau’s Wayne Chittick.

   Percy’s Jazz, a Sir Percy three-year-old trained by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, was only let stride out up the home straight when running 600 metres in 44.2 while Speed King was timed to run the last 400 metres of his work in 27.4.

   Odencian, a possible starter at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Thursday of next week, had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:16.7, the last 600 in 44.5 while a Sandtrap mare in the Lowry/Cullen stable took 1:13.6 for an easy 1000 metres, the last 600 in 42.6.

   A Shinko King mare and a Handsome Ransom gelding, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, worked over 1000 metres together in 1:10.7, the last 600 in 38.6 while Foibles was time to run the last 400 metres of his work in 24.1.

   Lavish Prince, La Becane, a Fastnet Rock two-year-old and an O’Reilly two-year-old, all in the Lowry/Cullen stable, were among other horses restricted to just three-quarter pace.

 

Sea King’s win caps great week for HB owner 1 Jul 2015

   Sea King’s win in last Sunday’s $A80,000 Mosstrooper Steeplechase in Australia capped off a great week for Central Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-breeder Sue Harty.

   Harty is not only the breeder and co-owner of the outstanding jumper but she also bred and owns the mare Golden Shells, who broke through for a maiden win at the Otago meeting three days earlier.

   Sea King brought up his second steeplechase success and the 14th win of his career with a dominant 2-1/4 length victory in the feature jumping race at last Sunday’s Bendigo meeting.

   Ridden by Irish-born jockey Richard Cully, Sea King was positioned in behind the leaders for most of the race before surging up to challenge the pacemaking Valediction with two fences left. He jumped the last marginally in front and raced clear in the run to the line.

   Harty was at home at Pourerere Beach watching the race on Trackside TV and said she couldn’t bear look over the final stages.

   “I could see he was going to win, but I shut my eyes over the last two fences,” she said this week. It’s pretty nerve-wracking but I’m so thrilled with the win. He’s a cracker at jumping but I won’t be going over to see him race. I don’t like travelling.”

   Harty added she was pleased to see rider Richard Cully adopt a much more patient policy after he tried to lead all the way on the horse in last year’s Australian Grand National Steeples only to be run down in the closing stages, finishing third behind Wells and Bashboy.

   “He (Cully) went to the front on him last year and he was told God help him if he does that again,” said Harty. “He sure didn’t make that mistake again.”

   Sea King is raced by Harty in partnership with Otaki trainer Rachael Frost and Auckland’s Chris O’Reilly. The Shinko King eight-year-old is trained at Wanganui by Kevin Myers but has been sent across the Tasman to be prepared for another Australian campaign by Victoria-based Patrick Payne, who was quick to praise his New Zealand trainer.

   “All the credit has to go to Kevin Myers. The horse only came to my place a week ago,” said Payne.

   “Normally he needs wet ground to bring him into it so he did a great job on top of the ground to win.”

   Sea King picked up $A211,550 from his three starts in Victoria last winter. He won first-up for Payne at Warnambool then collected $A126,750 in prizemoney when he captured the Grant National Hurdles at Sandown before his third when attempting to complete the Grand National double. The horse added a victory in the $50,000 Waikato Steeplechase (4100m) in May this year.

   Payne said Sea King would start next in the Crisp Steeplechase (3900m) at Warrnambool in a fortnight before again tackling the Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) at Ballarat.

   The last New Zealand-owned winner of the Australian Grand National Steeplechase was the John Wheeler-trained Crafty Dancer in 2002.

   Sea King is out of the Prince Of Praise mare Ocean Princess. Harty bred two more foals out of the mare after Sea King but then had to give her away as she suffered from recurring staggers. She is now deceased.

   Golden Shells was returning to the racetrack after a break of more than 15 months  when she led practically all the way to win a 1200-metre maiden race at Wingatui last week.

   The King’s Chapel mare was bred by Harty but has been leased out to Timaru trainer Murray Tapper and his wife. Her win last week came after five previous minor placings from 18 starts.

   Golden Shells is out of the Paris Opera mare Sea Shells, who Harty is still breeding from.

   “She has also left a horse called Dynamic Voyage who has been a winner in Hong Kong,” Harty said.

   “He is by Handsome Ransom and I’ve got a full-brother to him being broken in at the moment. He is a lovely big horse and Sea Shells is now in foal to Niagara.”

 

More success for jumper

   The connections of Hawke’s Bay-owned Mr Mor picked up a bonus of more than $26,000 with their late decision to start the horse in last Saturday’s $50,000 Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase at Hastings.

   Original plans were for the 10-year-old Corrupt gelding to bypass the 4800-metre feature race at the Hawke’s Bay winter meeting and head straight to the $75,000 Wellington Steeplechase (5500m) at Trentham tomorrow week.

   But, when the Hawke’s Bay race initially drew only four nominations it was decided to enter the horse and, to the delight of his owners, he raced away from his rivals over the final stages for a comprehensive 4-1/2 length win.

   Mr Mor is raced by the Bogga Syndicate and his win provided all the members with their biggest success in racing.

   Hastings-based Tony Lyndon, who manages the syndicate, said this week several of those involved had celebrated past wins on the racetrack but none had won a race worth $50,000.

   Mr Mor was bred by Waipukurau’s Brian Denton and was initially raced by him in partnership with his wife Dianne and their daughter Symone Stevens, who lives in Blenheim.

   He is out of the Red Tempo mare Redmor, who won the Dentons two races before they mated her with Corrupt after being gifted a free service to that stallion by Tony Lyndon. Mr Mor was the resultant foal and he has always been a slow maturer, taking 16 starts to win his first race, a 2040-metre maiden event at Wanganui.

   After Brian Denton died his wife and daughter asked Tony Lyndon if he could arrange a group of people to assist them in racing Mr Mor.

   The other syndicate members are Lindsay McIntosh, Greg Horton, Peter Johnstone, Peter Unverricht and Pat and Sheryl Watson of Hastings and Christchurch-based Paul Kavanagh.

   “There are nine shares in the horse with eight people having a 10 per cent share and two others having 5 per cent each,” Lyndon said.

   Mr Mor is trained by the Wanganui father and daughter combination of Evan and JJ Rayner and  has now won eight races including three steeplechases and one over hurdles. He will still head to Trentham tomorrow week for the Wellington Steeples and then, hopefully, on to Christchurch next month for the $75,000 Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) on August 8.

 

Upset win

   It is not often that a maiden horse wins a Rating 65 race but Hastings-trained Zed Leppelin did just that when taking out a $17,500 event at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Zed five-year-old, prepared on the Hastings track by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, had recorded one second and a third from eight previous starts and so it was not surprising that he started at odds of 23 to one in the Trinity Hill Winter Handicap (1400m). The horse had indicated a win was close by turning in some excellent trackwork gallops leading up to the meeting but was taking on a field of one and two race winners and had drawn the extreme outside barrier.

   Rider Robert Hannam had Zed Leppelin midfield and three-wide in the running before taking the lead early in the home straight and the horse kept up a strong run to the line to win by half a neck.

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

   The Robertsons also raced the horse’s dam Valtaine, a Centaine mare who was the winner of one race when trained on the Hastings track by Dianne Sergeant. Zed Leppelin has been the only foal to race out of the mare and she has since ceased breeding.

 

Zardetto’s starring role

   Hawke’s Bay owned and trained Zardetto, a horse bred to be a cups contender on the flat, made a winning debut over the steeplechase fences at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

  The seven-year-old gelding contested the $10,000 Just A Swagger Hawke’s Bay Hunt Maiden Chase (4000m) and ran out a decisive 1-1/4 length winner over his five race rivals.

   Zardetto is by the champion Australian sire Redoute’s Choice out of the Zabeel mare Champagne, whose wins included the Group 1 MacKinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington and she also finished a close second to Jezabeel in the 1998 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

   Champagne was bred and raced by Waikato’s Bob Emery and was bought by Lib Petagna of JML Bloodstock Limited. He was the winner of two races on the flat before being taken over by Hastings trainer Paul Nelson and his wife Carol three years ago and they now race him on lease in partnership with Paul’s brother David and his wife Kaye.

    A colt by Danehill out of Champagne was bought by top Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse for $575,000 at the 2004 Karaka yearling sales and a year later a colt by Giant’s Causeway out of the mare was knocked down to the bid of Graeme Rogerson for $875,000.

   Although Zardetto won over the big fences last Saturday he had previously had seven hurdle starts for a win and four minor placings and Paul Nelson said this week the horse will probably revert back to hurdling in the future.

   “We wanted to give him a run over 4000 metres to see how he went and it looked a good race to try him out as a steeplechaser, on a better track,” Nelson said.

   The win was some compensation for the trainer as he has lost two other jumpers from his stable in the past couple of weeks. Bally Heights, a last start winner over steeples at Trentham in May, has suffered a tendon injury and it has been decided to retire the rising 13-year-old while Yorkie has torn a suspensory ligament and his racing career is also over.

 

Cameron sidelined

   New Zealand’s premiership leading jockey Matthew Cameron has been suspended for three days for careless riding onboard Silencer at Ruakaka on Saturday.     

   Cameron will be out of action from the close of racing tomorrow through to Friday July 10 meaning he cannot ride at Te Aroha (July 5), Matamata (July 8), Stratford (July 9) and Timaru (July 10).

   Cameron is 13 wins clear of Danielle Johnson with 27 race days remaining in the 2014-15 season. 

 

Heading to Aussie

   South Island apprentice jockeys Samantha Wynne and Courtney Barnes will head to Victoria this month for two weeks as the result of scholarships awarded by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing.

   Wynne will be based with Jim Moloney at Caulfield while Barnes will be with Pat Carey at Mornington.

   Christchurch based Wynne is the leading apprentice in the South Island and, with 49 wins for the season, the Irish-born rider is second to Rory Hutchings in the national apprentice premiership.

 

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