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Two new jockeys based in Hastings 28 Aug 2014

   Hastings has two new accomplished jockeys that have moved into the area in Shannon Doyle and Miranda Dravitzki.

   The couple have decided to re-locate from their former base in New Plymouth to Hawke’s Bay and intend to establish themselves in the region. They have both taken up employment as trackwork riders for the John Bary stable and also hope to freelance.

   Doyle, 33, has ridden 140 winners including two at group and listed level. He was born in Rotorua but grew up in Australia and moved back to New Zealand seven years ago. He served his apprenticeship from the New Plymouth stable of John Wheeler and started race-riding in 2006.

   Doyle says he has always had a battle with his weight but is hoping the warmer climate in Hawke’s Bay will enable him to keep it stabilized.

   Dravitzki, 26, has only been race-riding for two years but has already kicked home  69 wins, with her biggest success being aboard Karla Bruni in the Group 3 $100,000 Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton earlier this month. She is a daughter of New Plymouth trainer Sandy Dravitzki and is still apprenticed to her at this stage.

   Hastings was once one of the biggest centres in the country for jockeys, with the likes of Johnny Anderson, Kevin Cullen, Alan Jones, Brian Dodds and Bruce Marsh household names during the 1960s and Racing Hall Of Fame inductee, Jimmy Cassidy, served his apprenticeship here from the stable of trainer Patrick Campbell.

   Both Doyle and Dravitzki have been engaged for horses from the John Bary stable at tomorrow’s first day of the JB Organics Hawke’s Bay spring carnival. Doyle will ride the promising three-year-old Xcuses Xcuses in the Hawke’s Bay Guineas Prelude (1200m) and last season’s New Zealand Oaks runner-up Miss Selby in the Rating 85 1400 while Dravitzki will be aboard Mae West in the Rating 75 1600 and Frankly in the Open 1600.

 

Short races best for Far Fetched

   Talented Hastings mare Far Fetched contested last season’s New Zealand Oaks over 2400 metres but is likely to be kept to shorter distance races this campaign after a good fresh up win over 1000 metres at Taupo last week.

   The big Pins mare, aided by a good ride by apprentice Miranda Dravitzki, scored a neck victory over another Hastings-trained mare, Golan Express, in a Rating 65 event at the Taupo meeting on August 20. She tracked the leaders until the home turn where Dravitzki was able to get a gap along the rails and the mare dashed to a clear lead before holding on well to win.

   Golan Express also turned in an eye-catching run. She missed the start by 4 lengths and was a long way off the leaders approaching the home turn before unleashing a huge finishing burst.

   Far Fetched was having her first start since finishing unplaced in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks back in March but showed she was ready for a big effort fresh up run  by beating her stablemate and dual Group 1 winner Recite in a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings earlier this month.

   Trainer John Bary said this week Far Fetched has come through the win in great order and will probably have her next start in a Rating 75 race over 1200 metres at Awapuni on September 13.

   “We’ll keep her to a sprinter and miler this time in,” Bary said.

   Bary also produced a promising three-year-old in Tres Rapide at Taupo, the filly overcoming a slow start to finish third in a maiden race over 1100 metres.

   Tres Rapide looked a forlorn hope when a distant last rounding the home bend but was then angled to the outside by rider Noel Harris and, once balanced up, she flashed home to finish just a length from the winner.

   Tres Rapide was having her first start from the Bary stable after previously being trained by John Sargent. She had two starts last season for a second and a fourth.  

   Bary said the daughter of Nom du Jeu has also come through the Taupo race well and will now be aimed at the Group 3 $70,000 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on September 20.

   He expects her to be even better suited by longer distances and the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in November is the ultimate goal this spring.

 

Viceroy eases the pain for trainer

   Hastings owner-trainer Tim Symes is thankful his horse Viceroy is stepping out a lot better than he is at the moment.

   Symes is awaiting a hernia operation and has been hobbling around at the Hastings track for several weeks but Viceroy, on the other hand, showed tremendous acceleration on the racetrack at last week’s Woodville meeting, winning a 1600-metre highweight by three-quarters of a length.

   Symes and his son Wilfred bred and race Viceroy together and the five-year-old Deputy Governor gelding has now recorded two wins, a second and five thirds from 18 starts.

   His win last week followed a close second over 1600 metres at Hastings on August 7 and his trackwork since that placing suggested he was ready to notch up another win.

   Hastings-based jockey Charlie Studd was aboard Viceroy at Woodville. He settled the horse well in third place in the early running but then looked in danger of being blocked for a run in the home straight.

   A half gap opened about 300 metres from the finish and Viceroy charged through and raced clear in the final stages.

   Viceroy is out of the Spectacular Love mare Love Proposal and is a full-brother to The Veep, who won 10 races for the Symes’, including the 2008 Hawke’s Bay Cup.

   Love Proposal has also left Sordid Affair, who won four races, and an unraced two-year-old by Towkay.     

 

HB has two top chances in Makfi  

   A Hastings-trained horse won last year’s Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and the centre will have another two top chances in tomorrow’s feature race.

   The $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes is the first Group 1 race of the new season and always draws an outstanding field of weight-for-age performers. This year is no exception and will probably be the best field assembled for a Group 1 event in New Zealand this season.

   The final field includes seven Group 1 winners in Veyron, Nashville, Shuka, Survived, Silent Achiever, Xanadu and Recite, as well as the high class performers Scapolo, Sacred Star, I Do, Zennista, O’Fille, Soriano, Iamishwara, Pussy O’Reilly, Abidewithme and the former Hong Kong galloper Pure Champion.

   Survived won last year’s 1400-metre event on a heavy track, when prepared by Hastings trainer John Bary. He is back to defend his crown but this time he is in the care of another Hastings trainer, Kelly Burne.

   Bary will again be represented this year but this time by the four-year-old mare Recite. She is a dual Group 1 winner, with success in the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old and last season’s Levin Classic (1600m) at Otaki.

   Both horses showed they are right on target for Saturday’s race when they worked strongly in separate gallops at the Hastings track on Tuesday.

   Survived had race day rider Johnathon Parkes aboard when sent out to work on the plough. Trainer Kelly Burne wanted the Zed gelding to work in at three-quarter pace from the 1200-metre peg and sprint home the last 600 and that is exactly what he did. He was timed to run the full distance in 1:21.5, clocking 44.8 for the first 600 metres and then quickening appreciably over the last 600 in 36.7.

   The five-year-old was full of running at the finish and it took Parkes well into the back straight before he pulled him up.

   Burne said she was delighted with the way the horse relaxed in the early part his work and then finished it off strongly and Parkes agreed.

   “He finished it off very well and is a happy horse,” Parkes said.

   Recite was paired up with stablemate Commett and they worked over 1000 metres on the course proper in 1:3.6, coming home the last 600 in 36.8.

   Bary was happy with the filly’s workout, saying she coped well with the dead footing, but he wouldn’t like to see a deterioration in track conditions before Saturday’s big race.

   “The mare is very well and I’ve done all I can – it’s the weather that’s the worry,” Bary said.

   Both Recite and Survived contested separate 1100-metre barrier trials before the first race at the Taupo race meeting on Wednesday of last week.

   Recite finished a close third in her heat, behind Sacred Star and Silent Achiever while Survived finished fifth in the other heat, which was won by Pure Champion.

 

By-monthly award winner  

   Waipukurau amateur jockey Rebecca Goldsbury is the recipient of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners by-monthly award for the months of June and July.

   Goldsbury races the consistent mare Lady’O, who is trained by her father David Goldsbury.

   Rebecca Goldsbury turned 22 on July 24 and Lady’O provided her with the perfect birthday present that day when they combined to win the amateur riders’ race at the Manawatu meeting.

   She leases the seven-year-old mare from the horse’s breeders, Craig Harvey and Duncan MacLean, who live in Hawke’s Bay, and Australian-based Tim Morris. She races the horse on her own and has the lease until the end of next season.

   It is the first horse that she has raced on her own and the mare has now won two races for her.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 28 Aug 2014

Viceroy rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting with a good 600-metre hit out at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Viceroy worked in at half-pace from the 1200-metre peg on the plough before quickening over the last 600 in 38.3. The Deputy Governor five-year-old was a decisive winner over 1600 metres at Woodville last week and steps up to 2000 metres in the Rating 65 race at Hastings on Saturday. Johnathon Parkes has been booked to ride him.

   Whoopi Gee was another who was striding out well in today’s trackwork, running an easy 1000 metres on the plough in 1:7, the last 600 in 38.5. She is also coming off a last start win and will line up in the Rating 65 race over 1400 metres at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting. Apprentice Aimee Taylor retains the mount.

   Don’t Change, a good chance in the Hawke’s Bay Guineas Prelude on Saturday, was restricted to just three-quarter pace for the majority of his work, quickening slightly over the last 400 metres in 28.5. He looks in great order to resume in the 1200-metre event.

   Seaweed ran 1000 metres on the plough in 1:4.8, the last 600 in 37.8 while a Pentire three-year-old filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable was in front of a Road To Rock three-year-old gelding at the end of 800 metres in 55, the last 600 in 39.6.

   Waipatiki Girl was timed to run 1000 metres on the No.1 grass in 1:6.3, the last 600 in 39.9 while Showstopper ran the last 600 metres of her work on the grass in 41.

   Pleasure Palace worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800-metre peg on the plough and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 41.5 while Broadwalk was one of several horses in the Lowry/Cullen stable restricted to just three-quarter pace on the plough.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 26 Aug 2014

   Survived looked right on target for next Saturday’s $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes when he turned in an excellent solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was carried out on the plough (good) as well as the No.1 grass and wide out on the course proper, which were both dead.

   Survived had race day rider Johnathon Parkes aboard when sent out to work on the plough. Trainer Kelly Burne wanted the Zed gelding to work in at three-quarter pace from the 1200-metre peg and sprint home the last 600 and that is exactly what he did. He was timed to run the full distance in 1:21.5, clocking 44.8 for the first 600 metres and then quickening appreciably over the last 600 in 36.7.

   The five-year-old was full of running at the finish and it took Parkes well into the back straight before he pulled him up.

   Burne said she was delighted with the way the horse relaxed in the early part his work and then finished it off strongly and Parkes agreed.

   “He finished it off very well and is a happy horse,” Parkes said.

   Survived will be looking to record back-to-back wins in this Saturday’s Group 1 feature at Hastings after taking out last year’s 1400-metre event, when trained by John Bary. The track was a heavy-11 that day and there is some rain forecast for Hastings before the weekend.

   Bary will have Recite up against Survived this Saturday and she also galloped well this morning. She was paired up with stablemate Commett and they worked over 1000 metres on the course proper in 1:3.6, coming home the last 600 in 36.8.

   Bary was happy with the filly’s workout, saying she coped well with the dead footing, but he wouldn’t like to see a deterioration in track conditions before Saturday’s big race.

   Frankly was another who impressed in training this morning. She worked about half-way in on the No.1 grass and clocked a quick 60.7 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 34.1. The Pins mare has obviously trained on extra well since winning over 1400 metres at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting and will step up to 1600 at Hastings this Saturday. Trainer John Bary has the Group 3 Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni on September 13 as her main spring assignment.

   No Change was another who looked to be working keenly when he finished ahead of stablemate Revolution at the end of 800 metres in 51.1, the last 600 in 37. No Change did have a weight advantage but it was nevertheless very good work by him.

   Saint Kitt also worked very well when he finished ahead of Another Shine at the end of 1000 metres in 1:6.3, the last 600 in 36.6. Saint Kitt didn’t appear to be going all that fast but has a deceptive stride.

   Xcuses Xcuses looked to be working extra well alongside stablemate Mae West at the end of 1000 metres on the No.1 grass in 1:2.8, the last 600 in 36.1 and they are two others from the John Bary stable down to start at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting. Xcuses Xcuses will tackle the three-year-old race over 1200 metres while Mae West will be in the Rating 75 1600.

   Pit A Pat worked keenly with a Minstrel Court three-year-old gelding over 800 metres on the plough in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.2 while Whoopi Gee clocked 1:1.9 for a solo 1000-metre gallop on the same track, the last 600 in 36.1. She is another who looks to have trained on well since her last start Hastings win and will line up again there this Saturday.

   Miss Selby was timed to run a solo 1000 metres on the No.1 grass in 1:4, the last 600 in 35.1 while her stablemate Cool Hand Duke also worked on that track and ran 1000 metres in 1:3.6, the last 600 in 36.5.

   Kipkeino was striding out well at the end of a round on the plough, the last 800 taking 49.1 and final 600 in 36.5 while Rocky was also travelling keenly at the end of his solo gallop on the plough, the last 600 in 37.

   Don’t Change and Casino Jack worked early in the session and ran 800 metres together on the plough in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.6. They are both down to resume at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, with Don’t Change in the three-year-old race over 1200 metres and Casino Jack in the Rating 65 1400.

   San Pedro clocked 1:5.2 for a solo 1000 metres on the plough, the last 600 in 37.2 while Seaweed ran over the same ground in 1:9.2, the last 600 in 38.4.

   Foibles ran 800 metres on the plough in 50.2, the last 600 in 36.5 while Odensian ran an easy 600 metres in 39.3.

   Charkhee and a three-year-old filly by Towkay out of Likenothinelsie ended their work on the plough by running the last 400 metres in 26s.

   Last week’s Woodville winner Viceroy was one of several other horses restricted to just three-quarter pace while Lavish Prince schooled over six hurdle fences in the centre.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 21 Aug 2014

   Lady’O and Whoopi Gee were the only horses to work at speed at this morning’s Hastings track session and both turned in impressive gallops on a very wet plough.

   About 25 millimetres of rain fell in Hastings yesterday and the plough track, which usually drains quite well, was still covered with surface water this morning.

   Lady’O seemed to relish the conditions when working over a round on her own. She was timed to run the last 1200 metres in 1:21.9, running the first 600 at three-quarter pace and then sprinting home the last 600 in a quick 36.5.

   The St Reims mare was a fast finishing second over 2000 metres at Hastings last start and is now being aimed at the Rating 85 amateur riders’ race over 2100 metres at Hawera next Thursday.

   Whoopi Gee was given two 400-metre runs on the plough, the first in an easy 27.7s and the second a lot quicker in 24.4s.

  She was a last start winner over 1400 metres on the Hastings track and is expected to start next on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on Saturday week.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 19 Aug 2014

A strong workout by Rocky and No Change and a sound gallop by Revolution were among the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Rocky was keen to go faster when he started in front of No Change when leaving the 1200-metre peg on the plough but there was not much between the two at the finish. They clocked 1:4.6 for the last 1000 metres, running the first 400 in 26.6 and then coming home the last 600 in 38.

   Rocky has recorded two wins and a fourth from three starts and is likely to start next in a $25,000 Rating 75 race over 1600 metres on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on Saturday week.

   Trainer Paul Nelson is having trouble finding a suitable race for No Change , who hasn’t raced since finishing third over 1600 metres on a heavy track at Trentham last October.
   Revolution worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:8.2, running the first 400 in 30.3 and then coming home his last 600 in 37.9. He looked to be working well at the finish and is likely to start in the $20,000 Special Conditions 1q200 at Hastings on Saturday week.

   Viceroy showed he is ready for a big run in the 1600-metre highweight event at Woodville on Tuesday by sprinting the last 600 metres of his work on the plough in 35.7 while Urock, a first starter in the three-year-old maiden 1100 at Woodville, ran 600 metres at three-quarter pace. He is a promising gelding by Road To Rock in the Patrick Campbell stable.

   Kipkeino had trainer Lucy de Lautour aboard when working strongly over a round on the plough, running the last 1200 metres in 1:21.1 and final 600 in 36.6. He is likely to resume racing again towards the end of this month.

   Whoopi Gee, another likely starter on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, clocked 54.4 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 40.6. She looks to be holding her condition well.

   Mr Hare worked over 1000 metres and ran home the last 600 in 38.4 while stablemate Voxer did similar work and was timed to run his last 600 metres in 39.6.

   Sanshin and Brigantine, two horses from the Thompson/Brown stable entered for Thursday’s Woodville meeting, worked over 800 metres in 53.2, the last 600 in 38.2.

   Lavish Prince was the only horse timed on the No.1 grass and he ran 1000 metres in 1:6.3, the last 600 in 38.6 while Chuck It In Bro and Speed King ran an easy 800 metres on the plough in 55.1, the last 600 in 40.

   Decorum and a Zed four-year-old gelding ran an easy 800 metres in 55.1, the last 600 in 40.3 while Charkhee and a Minstrel Court three-year-old gelding ran 600 metres in 39.8.

   A Pentire three-year-old filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable worked early in the session and ran 1000 metres in 1:9.1, the last 600 in 39.3 while Lamborghini took 1:13.3 for an easy 1000 metres and Malrose ran the last 600 metres of her work in 42.2.

   Slack The Diver schooled over 12 hurdle fences in the c entre.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 14 Aug 2014

   Group 1 winner Survived was given his first searching gallop in a new campaign at this morning’s Hastings track session and trainer Kelly Burne was pleased with the horse’s work.

   Galloping was carried out on the plough (good) and No.1 grass (dead).

   Wanganui jockey Jonathan Parkes made a special trip through to ride Survived in his gallop as he has been confirmed as the horse’s rider in the first two Group 1 features at this year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, the $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on August 30 and $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on September 20.

   Parkes is presently serving a six week suspension after being found guilty of reckless riding at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on July 17 but will be able to resume race-riding at Hastings on August 30.

   Survived worked in from the 1200-metre peg on the plough and galloped strongly over the last 1000 metres in 60.2. He ran from the 1000-metre peg to the 600 in 23.5 and came home the last 600 in 36.7.

    The Zed five-year-old was starting to slow towards the finish but it was still a very good training run.

   “That was his first serious gallop since I’ve had him so I didn’t really know what to expect but I was happy with that,” Burne said.

   She added that the horse will now have a barrier trial before the first race at next Wednesday’s Taupo meeting to further his preparation for the Makfi Challenge Stakes, a race he won last year.

   Saint Kitt was another from the Burne stable who worked well this morning. He was paired up with a Savabeel stablemate called Odensian and they were travelling easily at the end of 1000 metres on the plough in 1:6.7, the last 600 in 38.5.

   Viceroy was not hurried when running 1000 metres in 1:11.7, the last 600 in 40.2. He ran another good race for second at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting and is likely to start next in a 1600-metre highweight at Woodville next Thursday.

   Kipkeino had trainer Lucy de Lautour aboard when running a strong 1000 metres on the plough in 1:5.2, the last 600 in 37.3 and he is likely to race again towards the end of this month.

   Designated Driver, a runner at Sunday’s Wanganui meeting, worked easily over 800 metres on the grass, the last 600 in 40.1 while last start winner Rule The Court ran the last 600 metres of his work on the grass in 38.4.

   Whoopi Gee, another last start winner, looked to be working well when running a solo 1000 metres on the plough but was not timed. She is likely to start next at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on August 30.

   Midnight Molly worked down close to the inside on the No.1 grass and ran 1000 metres in 1:4.3, the last 600 in 36.8 while  minstrel Court three-year-old gelding and a Sakhee's Secret two-year-old gelding ran an easy 600 metres on the plough in 42.1.

   A Pentire three-year-old filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800 and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 42.9.

   Hawkeye Chief and Slack The Diver schooled well over nine hurdles in the centre and then Zedeedudadeeko and Ballyhoo also schooled over nine hurdles together , with Ballyhoo going on to jump another six on his own.

Locals bag four wins at Hastings races 13 Aug 2014

   Hawke’s Bay horses dominated on their home track on Thursday of last week, recording four wins, two seconds and two thirds over the nine race programme.

   The race meeting has been an addition to the annual Hawke’s Bay Racing fixtures for the past two years. It was a date set down for the Foxton Racing Club but that club has been unable to stage race meetings on its home track after a series of fires in November 2011 destroyed several of the on course buildings.

   Hawke’s Bay trainers targeted last week’s Hastings meeting in numbers and were duly rewarded.

   John Bary saddled up two winners while two other Hastings trainers, Marlene Todd and Corrina McDougal, also had horses that graced the winner’s stall.

   Bary produced a possible contender for this year’s Group 2 $85,000 DHL Hawke’s Bay Guineas in the impressive debut winner Taken The Liberty.

   The O’Reilly gelding pulled off a betting plunge when he scored a neck victory in the DHL Hawke’s Bay Guineas Prelude (1200m). Two big bets were laid with TAB bookmakers on the morning of the race, one of $10,000 at a dividend of $6.00 and the other of $2000 at $4.00.

   Taken The Liberty had no trials form but had won two jumpouts on the Hastings track and had also more than matched his outstanding stablemate and dual Group 1 winner Recite in a track gallop a fortnight before.

   Taken The Liberty is owned by well known racing commentator George Simon and his wife Maryanne in partnership with Havelock North’s Tony Clark and his partner Michelle Scanlon.

    Maryanne Simon bought the horse out of the premier session of the 2013 Karaka yearling sales for $60,000 with intentions of on-selling him at that year’s Ready To Run Two-year-old sale in November.

   But the horse went through a fence a week before the breeze ups were held for that sale and injured a leg, meaning he had to be withdrawn from the sale.

   Maryanne Simon then spent several weeks patching the horse up and she and George were resigned with the fact that they were going to have to race him instead of selling him.

   Havelock North’s Tony Clark and George Simon have been close friends for several years and they struck up a partnership to race the horse, together with their partners.

   “It has all worked out well,” George Simon said after last week’s win. “Tony and Michelle are great friends and it is tremendous that they are involved.”

   Simon and his wife, who live in Cambridge, had just returned from an overseas trip but made sure they made it to Hastings to see the horse run.

   Taken The Liberty certainly had to be good to win last week’s 1200-metre event. He began only fairly and was fifth in the early rush before improving to fourth rounding the home bend. Rider Chris Johnson thought about angling to the outside at that stage but switched back to the inner.

   By that time Platinum Princess had pinched a break on the field but Taken The liberty knuckled down well when asked for a supreme effort and got up to win by a neck.

   “He is still very green but he would have learnt a lot from that run,” Simon added.

   Chris Johnson only got the ride on the horse after the original jockey, Shannon Doyle, could not make the horse’s book weight of 54kg.

   John Bary said Taken The Liberty is now likely to contest a $20,000 three-year-old handicap race over 1200 metres on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on August 30, and could then head to the Group 2 $85,000 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) on October 4.

   Taken The Liberty was bred by Taranaki’s Dan Myers but is out of a mare that was once owned by Hawke’s Bay’s Sam Kelt.

   The mare is Starbelly, who is by Stravinsky out of Sneetch. She was trained at Hastings by Guy Lowry and won one race from 10 starts before an injury ended her racing career.

   Sneetch, who was by Grosvenor, also left the top performers Black Mamba (7 wins) and Gussy Godiva (4 wins), with the latter going on to produce the Group 1 Australian Derby winner  Roman Emperor and Rios, who won six races and is now a New Zealand-based sire.

   The John Bary-trained Frankly is now being aimed at the Group 3 $70,000 Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni on September 13 after her decisive victory in a $12,000 Rating 85 race over 1400 metres at Hastings last week.

   The Pins mare brought up her fourth success from 15 starts when she easily accounted for the highly touted northerner Newton Prince by 1-1/4 lengths, with Aldebaran Star a further half length back in third placed.

   “She will run in the Open 1600 on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and then, all going well, she will go on to the Merial Metric Mile ,” Bary Said.

   “She is just such an honest mare who always tries hard.”

   Apart from her four wins Frankly has also recorded five seconds, three thirds and a fourth.

   The five-year-old is owned by her breeders, Waikato Stud, and is out of the O’Reilly mare O’Really, who is a daughter of the 1989 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Courtza.

   “It would be great to get some black type with the mare to make her as a broodmare in the future,” Bary added.

 

Whoopi Gee brings plenty of joy

   Whoopi Gee showed that a happy horse brings happy results when she recorded an overdue win in a Rating 65 race over 1400 metres at Hastings last week.

   The seven-year-old St Petersburg mare has always shown plenty of ability but her racing career has been plagued by injuries, mostly centred around a cracked hoof, and last week’s success was just her third from 31 starts.

   Whoopi Gee recorded her first win in a 1200-metre maiden race at Foxton in June 2011 and trainer Marlene Todd has worked tirelessly ever since to try and keep on top of the horse’s problems. The mare was still not a hundred per cent when she recorded her second win, over 1400 metres at Hastings in June 2012 but has been in the best condition of her career in recent weeks and that showed when she scored an easy length win last week.

   Marlene Todd owns Whoopi Gee in partnership with her daughter Carla after they paid just $800 for her as a weanling at the 2008 Karaka sales.

   The mare showed she has taken no harm from last week’s win when working well at the Hastings track this week and is likely to start next on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on August 30.

   Whoopi Gee is by St Petersburg out of the Desert Sun mare Astoria, who only had two foals to race. The other is Team Pete, a younger full-brother to Whoopi Gee who has won two races.

 

Promising stayer  

   Hastings-trained Rule The Court looked a promising stayer in the making when he comfortably outlasted his rivals in a 1600-metre maiden race at last week’s Hawke's Bay meeting.

   The four-year-old Viking Ruler gelding was having just his fourth race start and scored a dominant 1-1/2 length win over the race favourite Lautoro.

   Rule The Court is trained on the Hastings track by Corrina McDougal and is owned by his Perth-based breeder Ian Hansen.

   It is the first horse Hansen has raced and he is a son of well known Hawke’s Bay equestrian identity Kevin Hansen.

   Rule The Court is out of the Bigstone mare Nanset and a half-brother to Imperial Miss, who has won four races including a 1600-metre event on the third day of last year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   McDougal said Rule The Court has been a slow maturing horse and she will probably give him another 1600-metre race before stepping him up in distance.

 

Parkes on Survived

   Wanganui jockey Jonathan Parkes has been booked to ride last year’s winner Survived in the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on the first day of the JB Organics Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on August 30.

   Parkes, 25, made a special trip to Hastings yesterday morning to partner the Kelly Burne-trained five-year-old in a track gallop and will also be aboard when the horse has an exhibition gallop between races at next Wednesday’s Taupo meeting.

   Parkes is presently serving a six week suspension from race-riding after being found guilty of reckless riding at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on July 17 but Burne has been in consultation with stipendiary stewards and has been told that he will be able to resume at Hastings on August 30.

   Survived has been nominated for all three Group 1 weight-for-age races at this year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, the other two being the $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on September 20 and the $250,000 Spring Classic (2040m) on October 4.

   Burne said Parkes has been booked to ride the horse in the first two of those races at this stage.

   “Jonathan is a very good rider and I think he will suit the horse,” Burne said.

   Survived won last year’s Makfi Challenge Stakes by a length, on a heavy-11 track, when beating Full Of Spirit and Final Touch. He then went on to finish a close third behind Ransomed and Nashville in the Spring Classic.

   Burne said she is very happy with the way Survived has progressed since joining her stable at the beginning of June.

   “I’m extremely happy with him,” Burne said.

   “I’ve given him four run alongs but they have all been under a hold and he has been going beautifully.”

 

Hastings pair in form

   Hastings jumps jockeys Shaun Fannin and Charlie Studd both enjoyed success at last Sunday’s Te Aroha meeting.

   Fannin won the first two traces on the programme, the $10,000 maiden hurdle on Maharishi and the $20,000 restricted open hurdle aboard Thenamesbond, while Studd got Toby Cee up to win race four, the $10,000 maiden steeplechase.

   Fannin is presently working for the Wanganui stable of Kevin Myers but is expected to return to Hastings next month. He has only been race-riding a short time and has already kicked home six winners.

   Maharishi was an easy 7 length winner in his 3100-metre event but Thenamesbond only got home by a neck and looked likely to be beaten when he crashed through the last fence and dipped on landing.

   Charlie Studd brought up his 10th win in New Zealand and his second for the new season when getting Toby Cee up for a last stride win in the 3500-metre maiden steeplechase. He also picked up a third placing aboard Wee Biskit behind Thenamesbond.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 12 Aug 2014

   A strong 1000-metre gallop by Tres Rapide and Xcuses Xcuses and a solid hit out by their stablemate Recite were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was carried out on the plough and the No.1 grass, both tracks providing reasonably good footing.

   Tres Rapide and Xcuses Xcuses worked on the outside of the No.1 grass and turned on the speed over 1000 metres in 1:1.8, the last 600 in 35. They are a couple of three-year-old maidens in the John Bary stable. Tres Rapide is a filly by Nom du Jeu who recorded a second and a fourth earlier this year, when trained by John Sargent, while Xcuses Xcuses is a No Excuse Needed filly who has had three starts for a second and a third. They could be headed to the Taupo meeting on August 20.

   Recite worked much closer to the inside on the No.1 grass when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:3.2, the last 600 in 34.5. She finished second in a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings last Friday and is likely to have an exhibition gallop between races at Taupo next week as a lead up to a return to racing in the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on August 30.

   Designated Driver was another who worked well this morning. She gave her stablemate Zed Lepplin a head start when they left the 1000-metre peg on the plough but had picked him up by the time they reached the finish and clocked 1:4 for the full distance, the last 600 in 36.3.

   Lenin The Brown finished clear of stablemate Donnah at the end of 1000 metres on the grass in 1:3.6, the last 600 in 36.1 and it was good work by Lenin The Brown as he was also working reasonably wide out.

   Wild Wings, a winner at last Friday’s Hastings jumpouts, was shading stablemate Cool Hand Duke at the end of 1000 metres on the grass in 1:5.8, the last 600 in 36.9.

   Theodore clocked 24s and 24.7s for two 400-metre sprints on the plough while Base Camp ended his work with 600 metres in 40.5.

   Foibles clocked 37 for a solo 600 metres on the plough. He is a gelding by Patapan who had one start at the beginning of this season for a fourth over 1200 metres at Gisborne.

   Tansava, Waipatiki Girl, Pleasure Palace and Shezgorgeous were among several horses restricted to just three-quarter pace.

   Zedeedudadeeko schooled over nine hurdle fences in the centre. He finished sixth over 2000 metres at Hastings last Thursday and has been left in the care of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown to further his education as a jumper.

 

Plenty of interest in local racing and breeding awards 7 Aug 2014

While some of this year’s Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Racing & Breeding awards have already been decided on a number of others will be keenly contested.

   Presentation of the annual awards, sponsored by Bate Hallett and Veterinary Associates, will be made at a special function held in the Cheval Rooms at the Hastings Racing Centre on Friday, August 29.

   It is now common knowledge that Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen will be presented with the trophy for top Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Trainer of the Year on wins for the 2013-14 season after they produced 22 winners, four more than John Bary.

   The other stand out award is that of Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Trained Horse of the Year. It is awarded to the owners of the horse trained on either the Hastings, Waipukurau, Gisborne or Wairoa tracks that has won the most stakemoney in the season and will go to the John Bary-trained Recite.

   Recite, owned by The Oaks Stud, amassed $229,525 in stakes during the last racing season. The Darci Brahma filly had eight starts for two wins, three seconds and two fourths. She won the Group 1 $240,000 Levin Classic and Listed $50,000 Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes and also finished second in the Group 1 $200,000 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.

   The other finalists in this category were Irish Fling, Miss Selby and Survived.

   Irish Fling, who was prepared by the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, also had eight starts during the season for four wins, a third and two fourths. Her stake earnings totalled $206,375 and her wins included the Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham and the Listed $50,000 Pegasus Stakes in Christchurch.

   Survived, who won the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings 12 months ago and was also successful in the Group 3 Tauranga Classic, totalled $207,250 for the season while Miss Selby had eight starts for two wins, four  seconds and a third and stake earnings of $135,660.

   The Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Trainer of the Year on strike-rate is always a keenly contested category and this year is no exception. It is awarded to the trainer who has attained the best strike-rate during the season, with 20 starters being the minimum qualifying amount.

   There are three finalists for the Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Owner of the Year title, Don Gordon, Paul & Carol Nelson and the ASK Partnership. This award will be presented to the leading owner or partnership residing in the Hawke’s Bay or Poverty Bay districts based on their horses being trained in the area.

   Points are allocated on a basis of 12 for a Group 1 win, 6 for a Group 1 second, 3 for a Group 1 third; 9 for a Group 2 win, 4.5 for a Group 2 second, 2.25 for a Group 2 third; 6 for a Group 3 win, 3 for a Group 3 second, 1.5 for a Group 3 third; 3 for a Listed win, 1.5 for a Listed second, 0.75 for a Listed third; 1 for a normal race win, 0.5 for a normal race second, 0.25 for a normal race third; 7.5 for a Premier Jumping win, 3.75 for a Premier Jumping second and 1.8 for a Premier Jumping third.

   There is also an award for the Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Owned Horse of the Year. This category is judged by representatives of Hawke’s Bay Racing, the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Association and the Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Branch of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the three finalists are Dundeel, Miss Selby and Survived.

   The Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Broodmare of the Year title will go to the mare owned in the Hawke’s Bay or Poverty Bay districts whose progeny recorded the most success at black type level and will be judged by the Keeper of the Stud Book. The finalists in this category are Liberal (dam of Survived), Singing Star (dam of Miss Selby) and Stareel (dam of Dundeel).

   There will be three other Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay breeding awards presented. One is for the breeder with the most wins in the season; another is for the breeder who earned the most points during the season and the third is the Jimmy Choux Award, presented to the highest three-year-old stakes earner bred in the area.

   Recognition will also be given to the breeders of horses that won black type races during the season, with the horses concerned being Dundeel, Survived, Sea King, Thrive and Miss Selby.

   There will also be a special award presented on the night.

 

Brer chalks up a winning double

   Prominent Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-breeder Peter Grieve and his family have enjoyed a great past week with their jumper Brer completing a winning double at the Grand National meeting in Christchurch.

   The China Cat six-year-old scored an easy 6-1/2 length victory in a $15,000  maiden steeplechase over 3200 metres last Saturday and was just as impressive when taking out a $20,000 0-1 win steeplechase over the same distance on Wednesday.

   Grieve bred Brer and races the horse in partnership with his son Doug and daughter Katherine. He is trained at Matamata by Jason Bridgman and is now the winner of four races, with two of the others being over hurdles and one on the flat.

   Brer is the only horse to race out of the Corrupt mare La Fox, whose dam Hene Pene won two races.

   It is a family that the Grieves have enjoyed good success with over many years, with the best of the breed being the high class racemare Braless.

   Brer is now expected to be spelled until next year when he could be aimed at either the Waikato Steeplechase in May or the Von Doussa Steeples at Oakbank in Australia.

   Brer has been ridden in his last three jumping starts by apprentice jockey Daniel Miller, who rates the horse very highly.

   “He was doing it easy all the way,” Miller said after the horse’s win on Wednesday.

   “He did make a few mistakes in his jumping, which is unusual for him, but he probably wasn’t that happy in the sticky ground and that was probably the reason.”

 

Hastings jumpouts today

   Hastings-trained Recite, an early favourite for the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on August 30, will be one of the star attractions at jumpouts being staged at the Hastings track today.

   The Darci Brahma mare is the winner of six races from 12 starts, including the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old and last season’s Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m).

   She will contest a 1000-metre heat, up against her stablemates Far Fetched and Miss Selby.

   There are eight heats listed for the jumpouts, seven of them over 1000 metres and one at 750 metres, with the first timed for around 8.30am.

   No Change and Adventador, two horses who showed plenty of ability on the racetrack last season, will clash in another of the 1000-metre heats.

   There are 38 horses left in this year’s Makfi Challenge Stakes after first withdrawals were taken on Wednesday. The full list is.-

Silent Achiever

Veyron

Viadana

Nashville

Shuka

I Do

Scapolo

Xanadu

Pure Champion (IRE)

Ransomed

Survived

Sacred Star (AUS)

Zennista

Costume

O'Fille

Coup Ay Tee

Iamishwara

Soriano

Recite

Zonza

Albany Reunion (AUS)

Abidewithme

Fix

El Roca (AUS)

Pussy O'Reilly

Cauthen

Spellbinder

Fast Dragon (AUS)

Spin Doctor

Fritzy Boy

Jubilate

The Filly

Brave Centaur

Addictive Habit

Guevara

Polyantha (AUS)

Duffers Creek

Weissmuller

 

Jimmy Choux raffle

   There are still a number of tickets left in a special raffle being run by the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners, in conjunction with the HB/Poverty Bay Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

   The raffle prize is a free service to the stallion Jimmy Choux for this year’s breeding season, plus $1000 of agistment expenses.

   Jimmy Choux is standing at Rich Hill Stud in Matamata at a fee of $10,000 plus GST. He is a son of the now deceased stallion Thorn Park and was the winner of 12 races from 26 starts, five of them at Group 1 level. He was also runner-up in the Group 1 Cox Plate in Melbourne.

   The raffle closes on August 20 and results will be published in the Hawke’s Bay Today on August 30. If the raffle winner does not have access to a thoroughbred broodmare a lease arrangement can be made through the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.  

   

Gerry Arber has died

   New Zealand racing has lost a strong supporter with the death last Monday of the popular owner-breeder Gerry Arber.

   He enjoyed a lengthy and successful association with Karen Zimmerman’s stable and was the co-breeder of the brothers Govicar (Listed Wanganui Cup) and Paddy’s Wish, who won 17 races between them. He also bred their half-brother and Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Cup winner King Of Ashford, which he shared in the ownership of.

   In more recent times, he was a part-owner of the Listed Matamata Cup winner and multiple Group placegetter Amberio.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 1 Aug 2014

Whoopi Gee, preparing for next Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, hit out well again on her own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Whoopi Gee worked in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:6.2, running the first 400 in27.9 and then coming home the last 600 in 38.3. She was placed at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting and is probably in the best condition of her life at the moment.

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when working in easily from the 1000-metre peg and he was timed to run home the last 600 in 39.2. He is another who looks in great order at the moment.

   Midnight Molly and Rule The Court worked together over 1200 metres in 1:20.3, the last 600 in 37 while Theodore ran a solo 800 metres in 52.6, the last 600 in 38.2.

   A Bridge To Far and a Fast ‘N’ Famous three-year-old gelding, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, went together over 800 metres in 52.4, the last 600 in 38.8 while a Bahhare two-year-old filly went easily over the same distance in 54.6, the last 600 in 40.1.

   A Red Giant two-year-old filly and an Align three-year-old filly, two others in the Thompson/Brown stable, ran 800 metres together in 53, the last 600 in 40 while Beautiful Man was not doing much more than three-quarter pace when running 800 metres in 57.9, the last 600 in 42.7.

   A Don Eduardo two-year-old gelding and one by China Cat ran 600 metres together in 40.3.

Recite hits out well in 1000-metre jumpout 1 Aug 2014

   Recite furthered her preparation for the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings on August 30 with a good hit out at today’s Hastings jumpouts.

   There were eight heats run on the course proper, which provided slow footing.

   Recite contested the open heat over 1000 metres, where she was opposed by her stablemates Far Fetched and Miss Selby along with last season’s good three-year-old colt Weregoingtogetcha.

   Far Fetched won the heat by 1-1/4 lengths but Recite was not pushed by rider Danielle Johnson in finishing second, with Miss Selby third and Weregoingtogetcha not far away in fourth place. The winner clocked 1:4.2 for the distance and was also not extended over the final stages.

   Recite is presently 19th in order of entry into the Makfi Challenge Stakes, which has a field limit of 16. However there are at least three horses above her that are unlikely to start in the 1400-metre event. She is presently an $8.00 equal favourite with Scapolo for what will be the first Group 1 race of the new season.

   Don’t Change and Wild Wings were two others who showed up well at the jumpouts.

   Don’t Change scored an easy 4 length win another of the 1000-metre heats and clocked 1:5.3. The Patrick Campbell-trained three-year-old showed plenty of ability last season when recording a win and two minor placings and looks to have come back even stronger this preparation.

   Wild Wings is another promising three-year-old and she was a comfortable three-quarter length winner of the one 750-metre event, clocking a good time of 49.1s. She is an Alamosa filly in the John Bary stable who recorded a fourth and two sevenths from three starts last season.

   Jumpout results.-

 

Heat 1, 1000m: Far Fetched (M Dravitzki) 1, Recite 2, Miss Selby 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, 1 length. Time: 1:4.2. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 2, 1000m: Fast ‘N’ Famous 4yr-old gelding (M Dravitzki) 1, Casino Jack 2, Revolution 3. Five starters. Margins: 1-1/2 lengths, Head. Time: 1:5.3. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Mick Brown, Hastings.

Heat 3, 1000m: Mastercraftsman-Curbyourenthusiasm 3yr-old filly (R Myers) 1, Boudica 2, Pins 3yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: 1 length, ¾ length. Time: 1:8.3. Winner trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 4, 1000m: Don’t Change (R Myers) 1, Donnah 2, Iffraaj3yr-old gelding 3. Six starters. Margins: 4 lengths, 2 lengths. Time: 1:5.3. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: Mae West (M Dravitzki) 1, Road To Rock 3yr-old gelding 2, Beautiful Man 3. Six starters. Margins: Long neck, 1 length. Time: 1:7.2. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 6, 1000m: Lamborghini (R Myers) 1, Voxer 2, Another Shine 3. Five starters. Margins: 1-3/4 lengths, ½ length. Time: 1:6.9. Winner trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 7, 1000m: Thedepot (S Doyle) 1, Adventador 2, No Change 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, ¾ length. Time: 1:5.1. Winner trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 8, 750m: Wild Wings (M Dravitzki) 1, Urock 2, Roc de Cambes 3yr-old filly 3. Six starters. Margins: ¾ length, Head. Time: 49.1s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

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