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Lowry and Cullen claim HB premiership 28 Jul 2016

   The Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen has been crowned the leading Hawke’s Bay stable on wins for this season without having to line up another horse.

   The pair, who operate Game Lodge Stables, have been locked in a battle with fellow Hasting trainer John Bary in a race to get the most wins for the 2015-16 racing year.

   There was just one win separating the two stables after Bary produced O’Reilly’s Choice to win at Hastings on Thursday of last week. At that stage the Lowry-Cullen stable tally stood at 15, with Bary on 14.

   The racing season ends this Sunday and Guy Lowry felt sure his good friend John Bary would line up at least one or two runners this week to try and draw level, if not win it outright. But Bary didn’t have a runner at yesterday’s Manawatu meeting and also has no horses entered for Otaki tomorrow.

   “I can’t believe it,” Lowry said this week.

   “He’s conceded which is something I didn’t think he would do.”

   The two stables have been duelling for the title of top Hawke’s Bay trainer on wins for the past six years and it is now three apiece.

   Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen pipped Bary by one win in the 2010-2011 season, 22 to 21. Bary came out the next season and won by 23 wins to 20 and repeated the feat in 2012-13 with 29 wins to 20. The Lowry-Cullen stable was victorious in the 2013-14 season with 24 wins to 20 but Bary was back in front last season with 22 wins to 14.

   Guy Lowry said this week it was great result for him and Grant to be able to come out on top again and it was also just reward for their staff, who have put a lot of hard work into helping the stable succeed.

   “We have enjoyed a good season, training one more winner than last year, producing another Group 1 winner and picking up some other good wins along the way,” Lowry said.

   The stable’s Group 1 success came when Adventador scored an upset win in last January’s $200,000 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) at Trentham, a race Lowry and Cullen also won two years ago with Irish Fling.

   “We sold a number of horses early in the season and it is always hard when you are selling the promising ones out of the stable. But we ended up with a pleasing result overall and we have got some nice young horses coming along for the new season,” Lowry said.

   “The training ranks in Hawke’s Bay are healthy at the moment and we are still getting our fair share of winners produced out of the district.”

   The Lowry-Cullen stable has a chance of increasing its winning tally at tomorrow’s Otaki meeting, where they could have two runners. Kininmont, who was a winner two starts back, is entered for the Rating 65 race over 1600 metres while the 10-year-old Double O Seven is likely to make his last race appearance in the Rating 75 event over 2100 metres.

 

Game win by promising colt

   The royally-bred colt O’Reilly’s Choice went some way towards living up to his big reputation when he got up in the last couple of strides to snatch a head victory in the 800-metre two-year-old race at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The colt, trained at Hastings by John Bary and owned by his Hawke’s Bay breeders Chris and Ken Russell, was having his third start after a debut third over 1200 metres at Wairoa in February and an unplaced performance over 1200 at Trentham the following month.

   The colt was following up an impressive win in a 750-metre jumpout at Hastings earlier this month and produced a game performance to win, after being knocked off stride at the start and then forced to race three-wide throughout.

   He still managed to stick his neck out on the line to head off the well supported first starter Coasting, with Galaxy only a short neck away in third and She’stoohottotrot a close up fourth.

   O’Reilly’s Choice is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Dorotea Dior, a horse the Russells paid $250,000 for at a Karaka mixed bloodstock sale in 2009. She had nine career starts from the Hastings stable of Patrick Campbell for two wins, two seconds, a third and two fourths.

   O’Reilly’s Choice is the second foal out of Dorotea Dior with the first being the Zabeel filly Donna Beel, who has won one race from six starts.

   The Russells now have a rising two-year-old colt by Ocean Park out of the mare and a weanling filly by Rip Van Winkle. Dorotea Dior is now in foal to Niagara.

  O’Reilly’s Choice is now likely to be aimed at some of the rich three-year-old classics in the new season with his owners keen to keep the horse as a colt and hopefully develop him into a future stallion.

 

Sea King rules again

   Sea King, bred and part-owned by Central Hawke’s Bay woman Sue Harty, has made it two wins from two starts in his current  Australian campaign.

   The Wanganui-based jumper, who has divided his time in recent winters between Kevin Myers’ stable and Patrick Payne’s Victorian operation, added last Sunday’s  $A100,000 Mosstrooper Steeplechase at Bendigo to his victory in the $100,000 Thackeray Steeplechase at Warrnambool earlier this month.

   The Shinko King nine-year-old started a hot favourite in last Sunday’s 3600-metre event and got home by a neck in the hands of champion Australian jumps jockey Steve Pateman.

   “He’s just such a good horse, it was a surprise to a lot of people that he won the other day but not to me,” Pateman said.

   Sea King, who is raced by Harty in partnership with Auckland man Chris O’Reilly,  will now be aimed at the Australian Grand National Steeplechase.

 

On a road to success

   All Roads, bred and part-owned by Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred identity Don Gordon, made it two wins from two starts in a new campaign with another impressive performance at Ruakaka last Saturday.

   The Road To Rock four-year-old came from well off the pace on the home turn to power past his rivals in a $22,500 Rating 75 race over 1400 metres, winning by 1-1/4 lengths.

   It was a similar performance to when the gelding resumed from a spell in a 1200-metre Rating 65 race at Ruakaka on July 9 and the horse has now had 10 starts for three wins and a second.

   All Roads started out in the Te Kauwhata stable of Tony Cole, who also shares in the ownership of the horse but transferred the horse to the Ruakaka stable of Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs after he won a 1000-metre Avondale trial in May.

    “I thought his trial run was very good and when Tony asked me if we would take him for the winter racing series here at home I was delighted to do so,” Logan explained.

   “Tony felt that it would be best to have him based here to save on travelling costs and that he would be suited by the type of surface he would get here over the winter months.

   “He did say he was the type who would rip into things which had proven his downfall in his early racing but since he’s been with us he has thrived and really settled in beautifully.”

   “I thought he might have a little more trouble this time as it was a very nice field he struck with a lot of depth in it,” admitted Logan.

   “If anything he was more impressive because of that. It was another superb ride by Kelly (McCulloch) and on that evidence he hasn’t stopped winning yet.”

   All Roads is out of the Dance Floor mare Dancing Daze, who is now deceased but won six races for Gordon including the Listed Levin Stakes (1400m) at Otaki.

 

Australia bound

   Sofia Rosa will race exclusively in Group 1 company in Australia this spring.

   Trainer Stephen Marsh has outlined plans for a four race Melbourne campaign for his Group 1 Australian Oaks winner.

   “She’ll fly to Melbourne where she’ll stay at Russell Cameron’s at Flemington and she’ll run fresh-up in the Memsie Stakes,” Marsh said.

   “Obviously there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge but all going well, she’ll then go to the Makybe Diva Stakes, Turnbull Stakes and the Caulfield Cup.”

   Marsh said Sofia Rosa had spelled exceptionally well and he was confident of a bold first-up showing from the daughter of Makfi.

   “Without doubt she’s strengthened up. She’s still got a little bit of furnishing to do but she looks a lot better than she did in the autumn,” he said. “I think she’s going to run a boomer in the Memsie over 1400 metres. She’s not dour at all and has a good turn of foot.”

 

Xtravagant’s flight booked

   Cox Plate contender Xtravagant is booked on a flight to Melbourne next Wednesday.

   “He’ll be staying at Flemington and will have a trial at Caulfield on August 9 and after that we will decide where he will kick off,” said Stephen Autridge, who trains the rising four-year-old with Jamie Richards.

   A return to Caulfield on August 27 for the Group 3 Heath Stakes (1100m) is one option to start Xtravagant’s spring preparation.

   “He’s come back really well after a break and all our riders who have been on him are saying he’s much stronger now,” Autridge said.

   “The main objectives after a run or two will be the Group 1 races at the carnival and a crack at the Cox Plate.”

   Xtravagant has enjoyed a memorable season highlighted by his runaway victory in the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) and his eight length drubbing of his older rivals in the Group 1 NRM Sprint (1400m).

 

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 26 Jul 2016

   Kipkeino, preparing for the hurdle race at Awapuni on Thursday, turned in a strong workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Kipkeino had trainer Lucy de Lautour aboard when working in from the 1200-metre peg on his own. He was hitting out boldly all the way and clapped on the pace over the last 800 metres in 50.8, the final 600 in 37.4.

   The Sunray gelding has recorded two good second placings from two hurdle starts and has a great record on the Awapuni track.

   His stablemate Havataste schooled over 12 hurdle fences in the centre with top jumps jockey Aaron Kuru aboard. He gave a good display but is likely to have another race on the flat before he makes his hurdle debut.

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:17.1, the last 600 in 42.2 while Cool Spirit clocked 1:24.7 for 1200 metres, the last 600 in 39.

   Zed Leppelin, in his first run along since resuming from a spell, clocked 57.2 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 41.2.

   Cowboys Don’t Cry was one of several horses restricted to just three-quarter pace, running the last 600 metres in 45s.

 

Bohemian Lily stars at Hastings jumpouts 22 Jul 2016

   The former Australian-trained mare Bohemian Lily was one of the horses to show out at today’s Hastings jumpouts.

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

   Bohemian Lily, who was a Group 2 winner from the Gai Waterhouse stable in Sydney, is now with Hastings trainer John Bary and being prepared for the upcoming Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   Today she contested a 1000-metre heat and had only had two vastly inferior rivals. Palmerston North jockey Rosie Myers was aboard and only really let the mare stride out over the final stages, scoring by 3 lengths in a time of 1:5.3.

   Bohemian Lily has only had 19 starts for three wins, three seconds and three thirds and Bary said she will resume racing in the Group 1 weight-for-age Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on August 27.

   The well performed Lady Zafira, another in the John Bary stable, was also impressive when she won the last of the three 750-metre heats. The Iffraaj mare was an easy 2-3/4 length winner in a quick time of 45.5s, beating the race winners My Tommy and Hugo The Boss.

  

Jumpout results.-

Heat 1, 400m: Swiss Ace 2yr-old filly (R Myers) 1, Burgundy 2yr-old gelding 2, Caversham 3. Three starters. Margins: Head, neck. Time: 26.5s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 2, 2000m: San Pedro (R Myers) 1, No Change 2, Perry Mason 3. Three starters. Margins: ¾ length, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 2:30.2. Winner trained by Paul Nelson, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: Superveloce (J Bassett) 1, Perfect Shock 2, Chic 3. Five starters. Margins: Long neck, ¾ length. Time: 46.8s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 4, 750m: Shocking 2yr-old filly (K Hercock) 1, Pakapunch 2, Sir Percy 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: ½ length, 2 lengths. Time: 48.4s. Winner trained by Brooke Edgecombe, Hastings.

Heat 5, 750m: Lady Zafira (R Myers) 1, My Tommy 2, Hugo The Boss 3. Four starters. Margins: 2-3/4 lengths, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 45.5s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 6, 1000m: Bohemian Lily (R Myers) 1, Divine Shiva 2, Robbie Kapow 3. Three starters. Margins: 3 lengths, 5 lengths. Time: 1:5.3. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 7, 1200m: Rocky (R Myers) 1, Zardetto 2. Two starters. Margin 4 lengths. Time: 1:17.9. Winner trained by Paul Nelson, Hastings.

Winter Cup next for Gwynethanne 20 Jul 2016

   Gwynethanne, a mare part-owned by Hastings man Lindsay McIntosh, earned herself a start in next month’s Group 3 $100,000 eStarline Online Winter Cup at Riccarton with an impressive return to winning form at Te Rapa last Saturday.

   The six-year-old Handsome Ransom mare, freshened since finishing third over 1500 metres at Awapuni last month, came from near last on the home turn in the $30,000 Open 1600-metre event and powered down the outside of the track to score by a length.

   It was the mare’s seventh win from 40 starts and her first since she took out a $25,00 open handicap over 1780 metres at New Plymouth in May of last year. She was also runner-up in 2014 running of the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa and second in this year’s Listed Anzac Metric Mile (1600m) at Awapuni.

   Gwynethanne is prepared by Otaki trainer Karen Zimmerman who indicated after last Saturday’s win that the mare is coming to the end of her racing career.

   “She will probably go to stud next season and I said if she won this race then we would pay a late entry to the Winter Cup – that could be her swansong,” Zimmerman said.

   Lindsay McIntosh is part of a syndicate that owns the mare, with the horse’s Melbourne-based breeder, Lloyd Jones, also part of the group.

   “We are now looking at running her in the Winter Cup and we’ll see how she goes there before deciding what to do next,” McIntosh said this week.

   “She’ll finally be put up for sale as a broodmare as none of the syndicate are really into breeding.”

   Gwyntheanne was ridden to victory last Saturday by Kelly McCulloch, who was also aboard when the mare finished second in the Travis Stakes but went under the name of Kelly Myers back then.

   McCullough was unperturbed when the mare got a long way off the leaders in the early stages of last Saturday’s race, saying later that she got the perfect drag into the race.

   “She had no speed early and I managed to get on the back of Designated Driver around the turn and she finished off very well,” she said.

   Gwynethanne had a length to spare on Biologist at the post with the genuine Elusive Gold claiming third money.

   Lindsay McIntosh had a day of mixed results last Saturday as he is also a part-owner in Mr Mor and had travelled down to Trentham to watch that horse attempt back-to-back wins in the Wellington Steeplechase. Unfortunately Mr Mor lost rider Michael Mitchell at the last fence when looking likely to fill a first four placing.

 

Promising stayer

   Pacorus, a four-year-old part-owned by Havelock North couple Dave and Jenni Morison, showed he is a stayer of great potential when recording his third win in the space of four starts at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa.

   The four-year-old Tavistock gelding took up a handy position from the outset in a $25,000 Rating 85 race over 2100 metres and led for the last 300 metres, drawing clear in the final stages to win by 2-1/4 lengths.

   It was the horse’s fourth win from only 18 starts and followed a victory over 1800 metres at New Plymouth four starts back and a last start win over 2100 metres at Tauranga.

   Dave and Jenni Morison purchased Pacorus for $15,000 from the select session of the 2013 Karaka yearling sales and they are now part of a 10-member syndicate that races the horse from the Cambridge stable of Chris Wood.

   The Morisons shared in the ownership of the champion galloper Dundeel and still retain a financial interest in that horse, who is now standing at stud at Arrowfield Stud in Australia.

 

A drive to nowhere

   Talented Hastings-trained mare Designated Driver ran her last race when finishing sixth in a $30,000 Open 1600-metre event at Te Rapa last Saturday.

   The mare’s American-based owner, Butch Thomas, has decided to end the five-year-old’s racing career and will either have her mated with a stallion in the new season or sell her as a potential broodmare.

   Designated Driver was trained by the husband and wife partnership of Mick Brown and Sue Thompson and only had 28 starts for four wins, four seconds and five thirds.

  The mare looked on target for a big performance at Te Rapa last Saturday after a second and a third in two lead up runs but seemed to struggle in the track conditions and finished almost 6 lengths from the winner.

   Thompson and Brown had been considering a trip south for the Group 3 Winter Cup had Designated Driver performed well at Te Rapa but had decided, after the run, to instead to turn the horse out for a brief spell and aim her for sprint races in the spring.

   They were shocked by the owner’s sudden decision to retire the mare, given that she earned had him over $20,000 in stakemoney since March and was runner-up in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham in January last year and placed in three Listed stakes events, the Levin Stakes at Trentham, AG Challenge Stakes at Wanganui and Tauranga Stakes.

 

Capella targeting HB races

   Star three-year-old filly Capella is likely to tackle all three legs of the Hawke’s Bay Group 1 spring triple crown.

   The rising four-year-old’s Matamata trainer Danica Guy said this week the daughter of Rip Van Winkle is coming along nicely and was to have her first serious run along on the Matamata track last Tuesday.

   “We’ll look at the trials at Te Teko on August 2 and then carry on to Hastings, hopefully she will have enough points to run in all three and her best opportunity will be on the last day over 2000 metres.”

   The first of the three Hastings weight-for-age features will be the $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on August 27, with the second being the $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on September 17 and the last of them being the $250,000 Livamol Classic (2040m) on October 1.

   Capella met and matched the best of her age group during her initial preparation and won the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic at her fifth appearance.

   The Gary Harding-bred and owned filly then ran third in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic and was a fast-finishing fourth in the Group1 New Zealand Derby.

   That Ellerslie performance sealed a trip to Sydney where she was close up when fifth and seventh respectively in the Group1 Vinery Stud Stakes and the Group1 ATC Oaks.

   Guy said Capella had made a good recovery after she took ill, along with fellow New Zealand fillies Sofia Rosa and Valley Girl, before her return flight home.

   They suffered burns and showed signs of colic following an incorrect dosage of a pre-fight insect spray treatment.

   “She’s fine now and she’s really furnished. She’s a different type of filly – she’s filled out and looks really well.”

 

Five in line for jumping title

   Five horses will vie for the title of champion jumper for the 2015-16 racing season.

   The winners will be announced at New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing’s Horse of the Year Awards Dinner, at the Langham Hotel, in Auckland, on Sunday, August 7.

   Finalists have also been confirmed for the Trainer of the Year and the Media Award.

The finalists are:

   Jumper of the Year: High Forty, Jack Romanov, Just Got Home, Sea King, Wee Biskit.

   Trainer of the Year: Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Tony Pike.

   Media Award: Steve Davis (Trackside), Michael Holland (TVNZ), Mark McNamara (Trackside), Dennis Ryan (The Informant). 

 

Changes to fillies’ series

   New Zealand Bloodstock together with the Canterbury Jockey Club and the Otago Racing Club have announced changes to the format of the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year series for next season.

   The point’s structure will now be seven for a win, four for second and two for a third and in a dead-heat the points will be divided equally.

   In the event of two or more fillies having equal points following the running of the fourth and final leg of the series, the NZB Warstep Stakes, the filly with the best finishing position in this event will be determined the winner of the series.

 

Now in Weir stable

   Talented three-year-old The Justice League has been transferred to the leading Victorian stable of Darren Weir.

   The son of I Am Invincible won three of his 10 starts for Pukekohe Park trainer and part-owner Nigel Tiley and was spelled after he was successful in the Group 2 Wellington Guineas in March.

   “A deal to sell him to Hong King fell through so we sent him over to Darren,” Tiley said. “There’s better money over there and roomier tracks, which will suit him.

   “He’s had five weeks work so he’s ready to speed up now.”

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 19 Jul 2016

   Saint Kitt, in his first serious gallop since resuming from a lengthy spell, strode out well over 600 metres at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   A Penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up as a dead-5.

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard in his workout. He cantered a round and a half on the plough before speeding up over the last 700 metres, running the final 600 in 38.2.

   The Keeper gelding has not raced since finishing third in the Taupo Cup (1950m) just before Christmas and has been given a slow build up in a new preparation.

    Cafe Culture, another who is back from a spell, was given his first bit of serious work this morning with 600 metres in 43.6. The Citi Habit gelding is the winner of five races from only 12 starts and also looks to be coming up well again.

   The Bouncer and Zardetto, two horses from Paul Nelson’s stable, turned in the fastest time of the morning when they ran 1000 metres together in 1:7.1, the last 600 in 37.6.

   Absolute Peaches had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:15.2, the last 600 in 42.2 while My Tommy ended his work with an easy 600 metres in 44.8.

   A Colombia four-year-old gelding and one by Mettre En Jeu, both in Paul Nelson’s stable, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 600 and were timed to sprint the last 400 in 24.3.

   Divine Chivas and Chic were others that were restricted to just three-quarter pace.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 15 Jul 2016

   Designated Drover rounded off her preparation for Saturday’s Open 1600-metre race at Te Rapa with another good workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided heavy footing after more overnight rain.

   Designated Driver had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when running 1000 metres in 1:8.5, the last 600 in 38.8 and she looked to be striding out well at the finish.

   The Danroad mare has trained on well since her last start third over 1400 metres at Tauranga on June 25 and should be competitive again on Saturday. Samantha Collett has been booked to ride her.

   Ooee and Second Innings, two horses from Paul Nelson’s stable entered for Saturday’s Wellington meeting, worked together over an easy 1000 metres, the last 600 in 43.3. They both look ready to produce good performances in their respective races at Trentham, where Ooee will contest the Wellington Hurdles and last start winner Second Innings is in the Parliamentary Handicap.

   Runny Honey was one of only a few other horses to work at speed and she ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:5.1, the last 600 in 38.1. She finished fourth in her hurdling debut at Hastings earlier this month.

   Davey Crockett and Cool Spirit worked together over 1000 metres in 1:10.7, the last 600 in 39.4 while a Colombia four-year-old gelding and one by Mettre En Jeu, both in Paul Nelson’s stable, finished their work off with a sprint up the straight.

 

Sea King romps home in steeples 13 Jul 2016

   Sea King, bred and part-owned by Central Hawke’s Bay woman Sue Harty, added to his outstanding record over fences when he out-finished his rivals in last Sunday’s $A100,000 Thackeray Quality Steeplechase at Warrnambool, in Australia.

   The Shinko King gelding, who has transferred from Kevin Myers’ stable to Victorian trainer Patrick Payne, was a runaway winner of the 3450-metre event.

   The race was held in driving rain and Sea King seemed to relish the conditions. He only looked likely to run second when outsider Nishiazabu established a big break on the field approaching the last fence. But top Australian jumps jockey Steve Patemen managed to get the best out of Sea King over the final stages and they caught the leader inside the last 100 metres before surging clear to win by 4 lengths.

   It was Sea King’s 16th win from 55 starts and his 13th in either hurdle or steeplechase races. He has now amassed more than $626,000 in stakemoney, with his other major jumping wins being in the Waikato Steeples (twice), Mosstrooper Steeplechase in Australia, K S Browne Hurdle at Ellerslie, Hawke’s Bay Hurdles at Hastings, Sydenham Hurdles at Riccarton and the Waikato Hurdles.

   Sue Harty bred Sea King out of the Prince Of Praise mare Ocean Princess and originally raced the horse in partnership with Otaki trainer Rachael Frost and Auckland-based Chris O’Reilly.

   Frost relinquished her shareholding in the horse last year and he is now raced by only the other two.

   Winner jockey Steve Pateman was full of praise for both Sea King and the ability of his two trainers.

   “He’s a past Grand National Hurdle winner in Australia and he’s got a feature race record in New Zealand,” said Pateman

   “He’s brilliantly prepared by the best trainers in the world in Kevin Myers and Patrick Payne, and I’m very grateful that the owners brought him back over to Australia.

   “I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and hoping we get similar conditions.”

 

Great week for Browne

    Niamh Elizabeth brought up a double success in five days for Hastings thoroughbred owner-breeder Ken Browne when she broke through for a deserved maiden win at the Matamata meeting on Wednesday of last week.

   The Per Incanto filly had recorded a second and two thirds from nine previous starts and scored by three-quarters of a length over 1200 metres.

   Browne bred Niamh Elizabeth and he is also the breeder and owner of Kininmont, who scored a maiden win at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on July 2.

   Niamh Elizabeth is out of the Paris Opera mare Trove, who was bought by Browne from an Okawa Stud dispersal sale. He had already raced a half-brother to Trove, called Jove, who won him five races.

   Trove went on to win two races for Browne and has now had four foals to race and all of them have been winners. The others have been Strive (2 wins), Thrive (5 wins) and Gusto (1 win).

   Thrive, who was by Colombia, won the Group 3 Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni and finished third in the Group 3 Winter Cup at Riccarton. She was also placed second in the Interprovincial Championship at New Plymouth and third in the Listed Feilding Gold Cup.

   Browne had high hopes of Thrive going to be a valuable broodmare but she unfortunately broke a leg in a paddock accident whilst in training at Te Akau Stables in Matamata and had to be put down.

   Trove died last year after foaling a filly by Burgundy and a foster mare had to be found for the foal, which is now being agisted at Te Akau Stud. And Browne also has an unraced two-year-old filly by Burgundy out of Trove in work at Te Akau Stables.

   Niamh Elizabeth is the only one of Trove’s foals that Browne has sold and she fetched $62,500 at the select session of the 2014 yearling sales. The three-year-old is now being offered for sale again at the Karaka mixed bloodstock sale on July 29.

 

Road to glory

   All Roads, a horse bred and part-owned by well known Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred identity Don Gordon, recorded an impressive fresh up win over 1200 metres at Ruakaka last Saturday.

   The Road To Rock four-year-old was having his first start from the Ruakaka stable of Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs after formerly being trained by another part-owner, Tony Cole, at Te Kauwhata.

   All Roads has now won two races from only nine starts, with his maiden victory coming over 1400 metres at Avondale in November last year.

   The gelding is out of the Dance Floor mare Dancing Daze, who is now deceased but won six races for Gordon including the Listed Levin Stakes (1400m) at Otaki.

  

Kawi warming up

   Allan Sharrock is counting down to Kawi’s return to racing with the multiple Group 1 winner expected to resume at Te Rapa next month.

   The New Plymouth trainer has recently welcomed the star Savabeel gelding back to his stable following two months of pre-training.

   “We’ll probably look at the Foxbridge Plate and the first two big ones at Hastings before we sneak off to Australia,” Sharrock said.

   He was referring to the opening two legs of the Group 1 series at Hawke’s Bay, the $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on August 27 and the Windsor Park Stud Plate (1600m) on September 17.

 

Gold Trail Stakes aim

   Volpe Veloce, a rising star in the Matamata stable of Graham Richardson, has begun her spring build up which is aimed at kicking her off in the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings on September 17.

   Volpe Veloce was untroubled to win her autumn debut and her only other start before a break produced a clear-cut victory in the Listed Castletown Stakes at Wanganui.

   “She’s in pre-training and the plan is for her to have a trial at Te Teko and then run first-up in the Gold Trail Stakes,” Richardson said.

   “She will then go down to the South Island for the three-year-old circuit, the same as Strada Cavallo did earlier this season.”

        

Hastings battles await

   Promising stayer Trojan Warrior is being aimed at two of the Group 1 races at this year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   The rising five-year-old hit top gear toward the end of his last campaign to vindicate the opinion of his Cambridge trainer and part-owner Anne Herbert.

   “I’ve always said that he had the potential to be the best horse we’ve got,” she said.

   “He’s had a few little issues along the way and he’s been slow both mentally and physically to develop.”

   Trojan Warrior was a Rating 75 winner over ground in January and weighed in at three of his next four starts before he split Maygrove and King Kamada when runner-up in the Group 2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) in March.

   He then stepped up to the big time in the Group 1 Easter Stakes and failed by only a head to hold off Sound Proposition.

   “He had five weeks off after that,” Herbert said.

   “He put on weight and did really well, we’re very pleased with him.

   “He’s coming up well again after being back in work for a month. We’re getting him ready for Hastings, but without pushing him.”

   Herbert said their focus would be on the last two legs of the Triple Crown series, the Group1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on September 17 and the Group1 Livamol Classic (2040m) on October 1.

 

Chiong’s season acknowledged

   Former New Zealand apprentice Kei Chiong is the inaugural winner of the Tony Cruz Award, presented to the leading local rider in Hong Kong.

   Chiong, who was also voted the most popular jockey in Hong Kong, was successful aboard the Cruz-trained Multimax.

   “I feel very happy,” she said. “It is an honour to win the Tony Cruz Award, it is meaningful for us locals, and I was lucky I could win a race for him today – it was double happy,” she said.

 

HB-bred second in cup

   Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-trainer Kim Grant and her husband Terry bred the runner-up in last Sunday’s inaugural New Zealand Bloodstock Cup over 1800 metres at Korchin in Inner Mongolia.

   Little Bolt, a gelding by No Excuse Needed out of the Hula Chief mare Smoke And Fire, finished second behind another New Zealand-bred, Da Qian Shi Jie, who is by Keeper.

   Little Bolt is a three-year-old half-brother to Tigger Tahnee, who has recorded a win and two seconds this season for Grant and finished eight when resuming from a spell over 1200 metres at Awapuni last Saturday.

   The Grants sold Little Bolt as a yearling for $8000 and he was sold again at last year’s Ready To Run sale to the Rider Horse Club in China for $25,000.

   Da Qian Shi Jie was ridden to victory by New Zealand jockey Alysha Collett who made a bold move to take a clear lead 800 metres from home and they were never headed thereafter, scoring by 5 lengths.

   Da Qian Shi Jie was bred by Don Edwards and Margaret Fife, who is the nominations manager at Cambridge Stud.

   

Kiwis to fore in Derby

   New Zealand-breds dominated the finish of the Singapore Derby at Kranji last Sunday.

   Sunday’s feature was won by Falkirk’s son Well Done, who accounted for Majestic Moments (Darci Brahma) and the Te Akau representative Rockfast.

   Well Done, who has claimed the Patron’s Bowl at his previous start, was bred by Windsor Park Stud and was purchased out of their Ready to Run Sale draft for $90,000 in 2013.

 

Hastings races

   Hawke’s Bay Racing will stage its last race day of the 2015-16 racing season at Hastings next Thursday.

   A nine race programme is planned, although this could be increased depending on entries. The first race is timed for 12.25pm with free gate admission and free entry to the Sasanof Room in the main grandstand.

 

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 12 Jul 2016

   A strong 1000-metre gallop by the stablemates Raw Hide and O’Reilly’s Choice and a good solo workout by Kipkeino were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which was heavy after overnight rain.

   Raw Hide and O’Reilly’s Choice worked in from the 1200-metre peg, increasing the speed as they went. They were timed to run the last 1000 metres in 1:6.4 and final 600 in an impressive 36.7s.

   Both horses are trained by John Bary and were winners at the last Hastings jumpouts, on July 4. O’Reilly’s Choice scored over 750 metres then and Raw Hide was successful over 1000 metres. Both could line up at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Thursday of next week.

   Kipkeino had trainer Lucy de Lautour aboard when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:7.3, the last 600 in 38. He was a good second in his hurdle debut at Hastings on July 2 and shows plenty of potential as a jumper. He could start next at Trentham this Saturday.

   Designated Drover, preparing for the open 1600-metre race at Te Rapa on Saturday, also hit out well this morning but was not after a fast time. She worked in from the 1000-metre peg at three-quarter pace, quickening slightly over the last 800 in 54.6 and final 600 in 39.4. The Danroad mare looks in great order and will be using this Saturday’s race as a lead up to the Group 3 Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton on August 6.

   Lady Zafira worked on her own over 1000 metres in 1:16.7, the last 600 in 39.6 while a Shocking three-year-old gelding in the John Bary stable followed her all the way and was timed to run his last 600 metres in 39.3.

   Cool Hand Duke finished in front of a stablemate at the end of 1000 metres in 1:4.9, the last 600 in 39.8 while Absolutely Peaches ran 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, the last 600 in 42.2.

   Davey Crockett and Cool Spirit, both in Katie Hercock’s stable, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg in 1:15, the last 600 in 43.2.

   A Shocking two-year-old filly and a Rios two-year-old gelding were also restricted to just three-quarter pace over 600 metres in 45.1, the last 400 in 27.8.

   Hokey Pokey and an Alamosa two-year-old, two others trained by John Bary, worked together over an easy 600 metres in 42.4.

   Cafe Culture was restricted to just three rounds of half-pace while Saint Kitt had his first light run along since resuming from a lengthy spell.

Ambitious Unicorn stars at Hastings jumpouts 5 Jul 2016

   Impressive wins by Ambitious Unicorn and O’Reilly’s Choice were the highlights at the jumpouts held on the Hastings track this morning (Monday).

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

   Ambitious Unicorn scored an easy 4 length victory in the last of the three 750-metre heats, clocking a smart time of 47.5s.

   The big Pins four-year-old is now trained by the Hastings partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen after initially starting out in the Cambridge stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman. He was a debut winner over 1200 metres at Awapuni as a three-year-old and stakes placed over 1500 metres at Ellerslie in his second start. However he then bled when finishing last over 1200 metres at Te Rapa in May of last year and was given a lengthy spell. He could resume racing in a Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at Hastings on July 21.

   A promising Guillotine two-year-old filly in the John Bary stable finished a clear second behind Ambitious Unicorn in the jumpout, with Robbie Kapow third.

   O’Reilly’s Choice only got home by a long neck in his 750-metre heat but looked to have something in reserve and clocked a good time of 49.5s. He is a two-year-old colt by O’Reilly out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Dorotea Dior who had two starts earlier this year for a third at Wairoa and an eighth at Tauherenikau. Trainer John Bary said he may resume in the 800-metre two-year-old race at Hastings on July 21.

   There were two other two-year-olds from the Bary stable opposing O’Reilly’s Choice in the jumpout, with Chouxperb finishing second and a Jimmy Choux two-year-old filly third.

 

Jumpout results.-

Heat 1, 400m: Gold Mine two-year-old filly (L Hemi) 1, The Traveller 2. Two starters. Margin: 1-1/4 lengths. Time: 27.6s. Winner trained by Kylie Wakely, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Rios 2yr-old gelding (K Hercock) 1, Shocking 2yr-old filly 2, Sir Percy 3yr-old filly 3. Three starters. Margins: ½ head, 4 lengths. Time: 52.2s. Winner trained by Katie Hercock, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: O’Reilly’ Choice (J Riddell) 1, Chouxperb 2, Jimmy Choux 2yr-old filly 3. Three starters. Margins: Long neck, 2-3/4 lengths. Time: 49.5s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 4, 750m: Ambitious Unicorn (J Bassett) 1, Guillotine 2yr-old filly 2, Robbie Kapow 3. Four starters. Margins: 4 lengths, 3 lengths. Time: 47.5s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: Raw Hide (J Riddell) 1, Glorios (2, Geronimo 3. Four starters. Margins: Long head, long neck. Time: 1:5.1. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 6: 1000m: Foibles (L Hemi) 1, Davey Crockett 2, The Bandito 3. Three starters. Margins: Long head, 2 -1/4 lengths. Time: 36.7s last 600 metres. Winner trained by Kylie Wakely, Hastings.

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