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Trackwork 30 Aug 2012



   Makfi Challenge Stakes entrant The Hombre was one of several horses from the John Bary stable who turned in strong 600-metre gallops at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was mainly confined to the plough, which provided good footing. There was another shower of rain in the area overnight and the racing surface was still rated a slow-8 this morning. However predictions are that it will improve to by no worse than a slow-7 by Saturday.

   The Hombre stretched out strongly over 600 metres in 35.7 and he looks to have improved a lot since his fresh yup run for fourth over 1200 metres at Hastings on August 6. Opie Bosson has been engaged to ride the horse on Saturday with regular rider Jonathan Riddell opting to stick with Fritzy Boy.

   No Excuse Maggie also hit out well again when running 600 metres in 36.8. The big grey is entered for both the Makfi Challenge Stakes and the Open 1600-metre race at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Makeba, a definite chance in the final event at Hastings on Saturday, was travelling keenly at the finish of 600 metres in 37.1 while stablemate and race rival Bondi Tram clocked 37.7 for the same distance.

   Enuffisenuff was stretching out well at the end of 600 metres in 36.3 while stablemate The Knight also worked keenly over 600 metres in 35.6. They are two other definite chances at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Waipukurau visitor Intransigent rounded off his preparation for the Open 1600-metre race on Saturday with a quick 1`000 metres in 61s, coming home the last 600 in 36.3. He looks to be holding his condition very well.

   Short Of Cents was sent 1000 metres and was timed to run home the last 800 in 52 and final 600 in 38.6 while stablemate Shezgorgeous was not hurried when running 800 metres in 52.8, the last 600 in 39. She showed plenty of promise earlier this year and resumes in the Rating 85 1200 at Hastings on Saturday.

   Sanriba was another who turned in a quick 600-metre sprint when clocking 35.8 while ‘Er Indoors was kept to a more sedate 39.1 for the same distance.

   Irish Fling, a member of the Lowry/Cullen stable, looked to be working well at the end of 600 metres in 37 while Astro Lad also sprinted 600 metres in 36.7.

   O’Stellar, another entered for the last race at Hastings on Saturday, looked to be travelling well on the outside of Piet Rox at the end of 1000 metres, the last 600 in 36.6 while a Towkay three-year-old gelding and one by O’Reilly, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, clocked 51.1 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 36.9.

   A Perfectly Ready three-year-old gelding and one by General Nediym worked in from the 800-metre peg in 51.5, coming home the last 600 in 37.2 while an O’Reilly-Danex three-year-old filly and a Lucky Unicorn three-year-old gelding recorded 52.3 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 38.3.

Jimmy Choux to star again in racing awards 29 Aug 2012


Star Hastings-trained galloper Jimmy Choux and his connections are again finalists in several categories in this year’s Bate Hallett & Vet Associates Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Racing and Breeding Awards.

   The awards function will be held at the Off The Track Restaurant, Havelock Road, this Friday night.

   Jimmy Choux, who is also a finalist for New Zealand Horse of the Year for the last racing season, is assured of claiming the title of Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Trained Horse of the Year for the second year in a row.

   The son of Thorn Park, prepared on the Hastings track by John Bary, had eight starts during the season for two wins and two seconds. He took out both the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and Group 1 NZ Bloodstock Insurance Spring Classic (2040m) at the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and was runner-up in both the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings and Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in Australia.

   His trainer John Bary was the leading Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay based trainer on wins for the season and he is also a finalist in the winning strike-rate category.

   Jimmy Choux also looks assured of taking out the Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Owned Horse of the Year title for the second successive year while his owners, Richard and Liz Wood, are finalists for Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Breeder of the Year.

   Jimmy Choux’s dam, Cierzo, is one of three finalists for Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Broodmare of the Year.

The finalists for the major awards (listed in alphabetical order) are.-

Trainer of the Year (Wins): John Bary, Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Paul Nelson.

Trainer of the Year (Strike-rate) John Bary, Patrick Campbell, Paul Nelson.

Owned Horse of the Year: Firebolt, Jimmy Choux, Lady Kipling.

Trained Horse of the Year: Jimmy Choux, No Excuse Maggie, The Hombre.

Owner of the Year : Patrick Campbell, Ted Laxon, Paul & Carol Nelson, Chris & Ken Russell.

Broodmare of the Year: Cierzo (Dam of Jimmy Choux), Golden Gamble (Dam of Ambitious Dragon), Lesley Coup (Dam of Whoshe), Popsy (Dam of Rock ‘N’ Pop).

Breeder of the Year: Sue Harty, Pat Lowry, Richard & Liz Wood.


Top field likely for Makfi Stakes

   Last year's winner Mufhasa is expected to spearhead a star-studded field for this Saturday's Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes, feature race on the first day of the Rush Munro Hawke's Bay Racing Spring Carnival. The Pentire gelding will be attempting to record his 10th Group 1 success and his opposition in this year's 1400-metre event is likely to include last year's third placegetter Fleur de Lune, Ocean Park, He's Remarkable, Guiseppina, Fritzy Boy, Xanadu, Green Supreme and The Hombre.


Plenty to shout about

   Tough Hawke’s Bay galloper Just A Shout took his stake earnings to more than $73,000 with a decisive 3 length victory in a $25,000 Rating 85 1600-metre race at New Plymouth on Saturday, a great return on the $7000 his Waipukurau owners Dick and Tess Miller paid for him at the 2006 Karaka yearling sales.

   The Generous eight-year-old, trained on the Waipukurau track by Teresa Shepherd, now boasts a record of five wins, 10 seconds and six thirds from 47 starts.

   Saturday’s win was his second on the New Plymouth track after he took out the country’s longest flat race, a Rating 90 & Jumpers event over 3210 metres, there in September last year.

   The horse was dropping back in distance on Saturday, after recent placings at 2000 metres and further, and relished the heavy-10 track conditions. Regular rider Jess Shackleton had him trailing the pacemaking King Victor to the home turn before urging him to the front and they raced clear in the final stages.

   Just A Shout is out of the unraced Centaine mare Just A Chat, whose dam Chatty Hawk won nine races from 1400 to 2300 metres.  


Informant back in winner’s stall

   Hawke’s Bay-bred Informant returned to his best form with an all the way win in a Rating 65 Benchmark 1200-metre race at last Friday’s South Canterbury meeting at Timaru.

   The Stravinsky five-year-old had to lump topweight of 59kg and managed to stave off the opposition to win by a head. It was his third success and his first since he took out a Rating 65 1200-metre race at Waipukurau last December.

   Informant was bred by four Hawke’s Bay people, Craig Harvey, Duncan MacLean, Jamie Molloy and Pat Quin, along with Sydney-based Tim Morris. Quin sold his share in the horse to Central Hawke’s Bay–based Michael Brown who then raced the horse in partnership with the other four when he recorded his first two wins.

   Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta prepared Informant for his first victory, in December 2010, while Peter Hurdle was the trainer when the horse was successful at Waipukurau.

   Latta approached the horse’s owners at the beginning of this year requesting that she take over the training of the horse again as she had a group of South Island people looking to lease a horse. It was agreed and the horse is now raced by the Kiwi-Oz Syndicate.

   Informant is out of the Rhythm mare Zahna who has since left an unraced three-year-old gelding by Spartacus and a yearling colt by Nom de Jeu. She has been taken over this year by Hawke’s Bay Racing general manager Jason Fleming who intends mating her again with Nom de Jeu.

Trackwork 28 Aug 2012


Strong workouts by the John Bary-trained pair of Makeba and Enuffisenuff were among the highlights at this morning’s Hastings trackwork session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing and was conducive to fast times.

   A penetrometer reading of the course proper was taken during the session and came up as a slow-8. With fine weather forecast for the next few days it is hoped the racing surface will improve to dead for Saturday’s first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   Makeba looked to be travelling keenly on the inside of Lord Kirkwood at the end of 1000 metres on the plough in 1:3.2, the last 600 in 37.7. Makeba was last of four runners when resuming over 1000 metres at Taupo but that was on a heavy-10 track and she should show a marked improvement once she strikes better footing.

   Lord Kirkwood only went down in the last stride when second in his debut over 1200 metres at Waverley earlier this month.

   Enuffisenuff worked on her own over 1200 metres and looked to be stretching out nicely at the finish when clocking 1:17.2, the last 600 in 37.1. She looks to have improved a lot since her fresh up run at Hastings earlier this month, where she was also unsuited by a heavy track.

   No Excuse Maggie, a possible contender for Saturday’s Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at the Hawke’s Bay meeting, ran a solo 1200 metres in 1:16, running the first 600 metres in 40 and then sprinting home the last 600 in 36. She looks to have trained on well since her last start win over 1400 metres at Otaki.

   ‘Er Indoors and Shezgorgeous turned in one of the quickest gallops of the morning when sprinting 800 metres in 49, the last 600 in 35.7. Shezgorgeous is a likely starter in the Rating 85 1200 at Hastings on Saturday, along with her stablemate Starguru.

   This morning Starguru worked on her own over 1000 metres in 1:6.2, the last 600 in 37.2. She rarely excels on the training track but shows plenty of speed on race day.

  Pearls and a Gold Centre four-year-old gelding worked together over 1000 metres in 1:3.1, the last 600 in 35.6 which represented a very good gallop by the pair. Pearls was running on well for seventh over 1400 metres at Te Rapa last start and could step up to 1600 metres at Hastings this Saturday.

   The Knight ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:3.2, the last 600 in 37 while his stablemate Bondi Tram clocked 1:19.5 for 1200 metres, the last 600 in 37.4. They are both members of the John Bary team.

   Just As Well finished ahead of stablemate Midnight Paddle at the end of 1200 metres in 1:17.2, the last 600 in a quick 35.7 while Huarewe sped over 600 metres on his own in 35.

   Bally Heights, preparing for the restricted open hurdle race at Hawera on Thursday, worked over a round and was timed to run his last 1200 metres in 1:23.8, the last 600 in 39 while his stablemate No Credit clocked 43.1 and 39.5 for two runs over 600 metres.

   Sunseka worked on her own over 1000 metres in 1:5.3, the last 600 in 38 while San Pedro ran over the same ground in 1:6.2, the last 600 in 37.6.

   Sanriba, one of two horses Waipukurau trainer Peter Evans had at the session, clocked 50.9 for a sharp 800-metre gallop, the last 600 in 36 while his stablemate Astro Lad ran 800 metres in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.5.

   Second Hope clocked 1:9.3 for 1000 metres, speeding up slightly over the last 600 in 38.4 while a Danroad-Visionary three-year-old gelding ran over the same ground in 1:9.6, the last 600 in 40.2.

   A Perfectly Ready three-year-old gelding trained by David Hayes worked over 800 metres, coming home the last 600 in 37.7 while a Castelli three-year-old filly and an Electronic Zone three-year-old filly ran an easy 600 metres in 40.3.

Trackwork 23 Aug 2012


   Fast 800-metre gallops by Hackensack and the John Bary-trained pair of Sunseka and Turquoise were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Sunseka and Turquoise sprinted 800 metres in 49.1, coming home the last 600 in 36.2. Sunseka was an unlucky last start second over 1200 metres at Hastings, where her rider lost his whip in the final 200 metres. She was scratched from last week’s Egmont meeting due to the very heavy track conditions.

   Turquoise has rarely finished out of the money and was third over 1200 metres at Waverley last start.

   Hackensack turned on the speed over 800 metres in 50, coming home the last 600 in 35.6. He looks to be coming up well again for trainer Wayne Davies.

   A Pins-Impassive Lady four-year-old and Chatto Creek, two horses in the Lowry/Cullen stable, galloped 800 metres together in 52.9, the last 600 in 37 and both appeared to be stretching out well at the finish.

   Ambitious Beauty, another from the same stable, ran an easy 600 metres in 42.4 and then quickened to run a second 600 in 37.8.

   No Excuse Maggie, a winner at Otaki last Saturday, ended two rounds of pacework with 600 metres in 44.7 while stablemate The Hombre was also restricted to just two rounds of pacework after he underwent a gallop on the track yesterday, when ridden by Jonathan Riddell.

   A Perfectly Ready three-year-old gelding trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen worked on his own over 800 metres in 52.2, the last 600 in 38.1.

   An O’Reilly-Danex three-year-old filly and an O’Reilly-Prodigal Lass three-year-old gelding clocked 51.6 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37.5 while a Sunray three-year-old gelding and a Keeper three-year-old filly were not pressured when running 800 metres in 53.8, the last 600 in 39.

   An Electronic Zone three-year-old filly and one by Castelli, both trained by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, were not doing much more than three-quarter pace, the last 600 in 43.1.

Trackwork 16 Aug 2012


   A quick 1000-metre gallop by The Miner’s Son and another good hit out by No Excuse Maggie were among the best workouts at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was mainly confined to the plough, which provided reasonably good footing considering how much rain the district has had in the past fortnight.

   The Miner’s Son stretched out keenly over 1000 metres on his own in 1:4, the last 600 in 35.5. The Gold Mine gelding only managed fifth over 1200 metres at Hastings last start but had won two in a row before that and could start next at the Woodville meeting next Thursday.

   No Excuse Maggie rounded off her preparation for the 1400-metre open sprint at Otaki on Saturday by sprinting 600 metres in 36.6. The No Excuse Maggie looks in good order and has been freshened since failing to see out 2100 metres at Awapuni on July 7.

   Commett, another entered for Saturday’s Otaki meeting, ended his work with 600 metres in 37.5. He has recorded two good third placings this time in and should figure prominently in the Rating 75 1400 on Saturday.

   China Royale and an O’Reilly-Danex three-year-old filly also recorded a good time when running 800 metres together in 51.2, the last 600 in 36.9. China Royale is a likely runner at next Monday’s Taupo meeting.

   Just As Well was the only horses timed on the heavy No.1 grass and ran an easy 1000 metres in 1:14.5, the last 600 in 40.5. He was to have raced at Otaki this Saturday but will instead be reserved for the Woodville meeting next Thursday.

   Desert Cove had Katrina Alexander aboard when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:8.4, the last 600 in 38.5. She was an impressive winner over 1600 metres at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Miss Lioness and Irish Beauty, two horses in the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked early in the session and ran 800 metres in 53.7, the last 600 in 37.9 while Ambitious Beauty ran an easy 600 metres and then went over the same ground again in a much quicker 37.4.

   A Pins half-brother to Double O Seven and a Towkay three-year-old gelding worked well together over 800 metres in 52.4, the last 600 in 37.2 while Super Sonic and a Perfectly Ready three-year-old gelding clocked 53.6 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 38.3.

   Double O Seven, preparing for Saturday’s Waikato meeting, was schooled over nine hurdle fences in the centre and gave a good display of jumping. He deserves to pick up a win after three seconds from his last three starts.

   Who Are We and an O’Reilly-Prodigal Lass three-year-old gelding sprinted home the last 400 metres of their work on the plough in 23s.

   Midnight Paddle started in front of London Bridge when they left the 1000-metre peg but the two were together at the finish. Midnight Paddle recorded 1:9.3 for the full distance, the last 600n in 39.7 while London Bridge clocked 1:7.8, the last 600 in 39.

   Jakob Gambino worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:8.7, the last 600 in 39.9 while a China Cat five-year-old mare and a Gold Centre four-year-old gelding ran 1000 metres in 1:6.3, the last 600 in 38.8.

More success by HB-owned Mr Mor 15 Aug 2012



   A group of Hawke’s Bay people, many of them members of the Hastings Hibernian Club, were celebrating last Wednesday after Mr Mor returned to the winner’s stall on the middle day of the Canterbury Grand National meeting.

   The Corrupt eight-year-old had been winless since October 2009 but showed a new lease of life, revelling in the very heavy track conditions to score a 3-1/2 length victory in a $12,500 Rating 65 event over 2000 metres. It was his fourth success from 54 starts.

   Mr Mor was bred by the late Brian Denton and his wife Dianne and was originally raced by them in partnership with their Blenheim-based daughter Symone Stevens.

   Dianne Denton and her daughter are now members of the Bogga Syndicate which races Mr Mor from the Wanganui stable of Kevin Myers.

   The syndicate has been named in memory of Brian Denton, whose nickname was “Bogga”, and is managed by Hastings-based Tony Lyndon. Other members are Greg Horton, Peter Unverricht, Pat and Sheryl Watson, Peter Johnson, Ray Morgan, Brian Hunter, Brad Whitfield, Stefan Kara and Christchurch-based Paul Kavanagh.

   Mr Mor was originally trained at Woodville by Paddy Kauri but was transferred to the Myers stable to be prepared as a jumper.


Jumper a cut above the rest

   Waipukurau racehorse owner Michael Ormsby shared in the ownership of the 2010 and 2011 Grand National Steeplechase winner Counter Punch and he now looks to have another star jumper in the making.

   Upper Cut, a horse Ormsby races with his three other partners in Counter Punch and one other person, made it two wins from two starts over the big fences with a dominant performance in a $20,000 0-1steeplechase at last Wednesday’s middle day of the Canterbury Grand National meeting.

   Upper Cut won the 3200-metre event by 5 lengths, following on from a three-quarter length in a 4100-metre maiden steeplechase at Wanganui.

   The Yamanin Vital six-year-old is prepared by Awapuni’s Mark Oulaghan, who shares in the ownership and also trained and shared in the ownership of Counter Punch.

   Upper Cut is out of the unraced Volksraad mare Volucidate. He recorded two seconds and a third on the flat before he started jumping and was unplaced in his only start over hurdles.

   Upper Cut’s win last Wednesday was part of an up and down day for former Hastings-based jockey Hayley Curran. The 21-year-old had a disastrous start to the day when falling from the well supported How True in the maiden hurdle event but, four races after Upper Cut’s win; she teamed up with the Oulaghan-trained Wotabuzz to record the biggest win of her career in the $60,000 Grand National Hurdles (4200m).

   Curran is nowadays attached to Oulaghan’s stable but is Hawke’s Bay-born and originally started out in the Hastings stable of Dianne Sergeant before working for a time for another Hastings trainer, John Bary. She recorded her first win aboard the Oulaghan-trained Electriclite in a steeplechase at Awapuni 12 months ago and has now ridden eight winners from 35 race-rides.


I Am Leo roars again

   I Am Leo, bred and owned by Takapau’s Jenny Dalby, brought up his third win from his last six starts when taking out a $7000 Rating 65 1200-metre race at Waverley last Thursday.

   Trainer Kevin Gray dropped the Riviera five-year-old back in distance after he had disappointed last time out over 1600 metres at Otaki and he fought strongly to the line to beat Marain by a neck.

   I Am Leo is out of the Oregon mare Tabitha and from a family that Dalby has enjoyed a considerable amount of success with over many years.


Two new stallions in HB

   Hawke’s Bay will have two new thoroughbred stallions standing in the district for the new season, Citi Habit and Gold Mine.

   Citi Habit, a half-brother to the champion galloper Rough Habit, has returned to the home of his breeders, Graham and Isabell Roddick, and will be based at their newly established Montana Lodge Stud in Swamp Road, Napier. He will stand at a fee of $1000 plus GST.

   Citi Habit was last year based at Four Winds Stud, Hawera. He is by Citidancer out of the Ashabit mare Certain Habit and was the winner of six races, including the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2020m) in Queensland and Group 3 Merial Metric Mile (1600m) at Awapuni. He also finished second in the Group 1 2001 Brisbane Cup over 3200 metres and has left the winners Good Call and City Super.

   His half-brother Rough Habit, by Roughcast, was the winner of 29 races and more than $5million in stakemoney. He won 11 Group 1 races, including the Queensland Stradbroke Handicap (twice) and Doomben Cup (twice). He also won the AJC All Aged Stakes three times.

   Gold Mine, formerly based at Hallmark Stud in the Waikato, has been leased by Waipukurau thoroughbred trainer Teresa Shepherd and will stand at her property in Otane at a fee of $1000 plus GST.

   Gold Mine is an American-bred son of Mr Prospector and is best known as the sire of the Group 3 Stewards Stakes winner San Bernadino and the stakes-placed Golden Globe (three wins). He has also left the promising gallopers Sherborne (six wins), Goldminer (five wins), The Miner (three wins) and the recent dual winner The Miner’s Son.

   Shepherd said she has been pleased with the interest shown in Gold Mine, with seven mares already booked to the stallion for the coming season.


First ride for apprentice

   Waipukurau apprentice jockey Laken Rose is set to have her first race day ride aboard Belfast Lad in the Rating 85 2100-metre race at Otaki this Saturday. The 23-year-old is apprenticed to Waipukurau trainer David Hayes and has ridden a number of winners in trials and jumpouts. She was aboard Belfast Lad in a track gallop at Hastings yesterday morning to help familiarise herself with the horse.  

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