HASTINGS JUMPOUTS 31 Aug 2015
Recite followed up a good exhibition gallop at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting with a win in a 1000-metre heat at this morning’s Hastings jumpouts.
There were 13 heats run up against the inside rail on the course proper, which provided dead footing.
Recite worked over 1000 metres on her own between races at Hastings on Saturday, with Craig Grylls aboard, and was timed to run the last 400 metres in 23.7s.
She was ridden in today’s jumpout by Theoni Morgan, one of John Bary’s track riders, and disputed the pace before edging clear of her four rivals early in the home straight. Her stablemate Miss Selby started to come out after her in the final stages but Recite wasn’t extended and won by a long neck. Her winning time of 59.8s was the fastest of the 1000-metre heats.
Bary said Recite will now have a few more serious gallops over the next couple of weeks before she makes a return to racing in the $40,000 Open 1200-metre sprint on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on September 19.
The John Bary-trained Miss Wilson was another impressive winner at the jumpouts. The three-year-old Stratum filly won her 1000-metre heat by 2-3/4 lengths and clocked 60.1s. She is a half-sister to the former outstanding galloper Jimmy Choux and has had three starts, the most recent resulting in a fourth over 1000 metres at Taupo on August 19.
Rocky scored a length win in the last of the 1000-metre heats, hitting out strongly over the final stages for rider Jonathan Riddell to record 60.3s. He is also coming off a last start fourth, that being over 2000 metres at the Grand National meeting at Riccarton earlier this month.
San Pedro and Intransigent fought out the finish of the only 2000-metre heat, with three-quarters of a length a separating them at the line and San Pedro clocked 1:15.5 for the last 1200 metres, the final 600 in 35.6.
Intransigent has been nominated for the $40,000 Open 2200-metre race at this Saturday’s Auckland meeting although trainer Kirsty Lawrence said she will see how much weight he gets in the handicap event before confirming a start.
Heat 1, 400m: Redoutes Choice 2yr-old filly (J Riddell) 1, If So Happens 2, Mr Nancho 4yr-old mare 3rd. Four starters. Margin: ½ length. No time taken. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 2, 2000m: San Pedro (R Myers) 1, Intransigent 2, Inzabar 3. Four starters. Margins: ¾ length, 7 lengths. Time: 1:15.5. Winner trained by Paul Nelson, Hastings.
Heat 3, 750m: Shocking 3yr-old gelding (C Anderson) 1, Jimmy Choux 2yr-old filly 2, Postponed 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: Long Head, 3-1/2 lengths. Time: 46.5s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 4, 750m: Castledale-Boxer Fluffies 3yr-old colt (J Riddell) 1, Roc de Cambes 3yr-old gelding 2, Laquainte (K Smith) 3. Four starters. Margins: ½ length, 3 lengths. Time: 45.1s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 5, 750m: Bachelor Duke 4yr-old mare (J Riddell) 1, Voxer 2, Colombia 4yr-old mare 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/2 lengths, 3 lengths. Time: 44.5s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 6, 1000m: Yeager (D Goldsbury) 1, Savatag 2, Per Incanto 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Long neck, 3 lengths. Time: 60.1s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 7, 1000m: Ratpack (K Smith) 1, Turkey Lowe 2, Savabeel 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Long head, ½ length. Time: 1:1.2. Winner trained by Kelly Burne, Hastings.
Heat 8, 1000m: Miss Wilson (J Riddell) 1, Bob’s The Job 2, Oscar’s Pride 3. Four starters. Margins: 3-3/4 lengths, ½ length. Time: 60.1s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 9, 1000m: Commett (R Myers) 1, Dances With Wolves 2, Havataste 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/2 lengths, 1 length. Time: 60.2s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 10, 1000m: Affrettando (R Myers) 1, Saint Kitt (K Smith) 2, I’m A Colombian 3. Four starters. Margins: Head, 1 length. Time: 60.3. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 11, 1000m: The Bandito (J Riddell) 1, Kuratau 2, Chic 3. Five starters. Margins: Head, neck. Time: 59.9s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 12, 1000m: Recite (T Morgan) 1, Miss Selby 2, Kipkeino 3. Five starters. Margins: Long neck, 2 lengths. Time: 59.8s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 13, 1000m: Rocky (J Riddell) 1, Knights Princess 2, Rule The Court 3. Five starters. Margins: 1 length, neck. Time: 60.3s. Winner trained by Paul Nelson, Hastings.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 25 Aug 2015
A solid hit out by Makfi Challenge Stakes entrant Vespa in company with the talented mare Lady Zafira was the highlight in a reasonably busy session at the Hastings track this morning.
Vespa was brought up from his Otaki base on Monday by co-trainer Holly Wynyard and is being housed at John Bary’s Hastings stables until after Saturday’s Group 1 feature race on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.
Wynyard said she and co-trainer Johno Benner decided to get Vespa away from Otaki to escape the very wet training tracks there and to give the horse a couple of strong gallops on firmer footing. The horse stretched out nicely on a dead-6 course proper at the Hastings track this morning and will have another hit out on Thursday, either at the Hastings track or at Bary’s property.
Race day jockey Jonathan Riddell made a special trip through from Palmerston North to ride Vespa in this morning’s gallop while the John Bary-trained Lady Zafira was ridden by one of Bary’s track riders. The two horses galloped wide out on the course proper and worked in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:2.9, the last 600 in 37.1.
Riddell was pleased with the way Vespa worked, saying he felt a lot better than in the two recent trials the horse has had. The Elusive City four-year-old finished third in a 1200-metre trial on a heavy track at Foxton on August 13 and fourth in another 1200-metre trial on a soft track at Taupo six days later.
Wynyard was elated with Vespa’s gallop and was straight on the phone to relay the times back to Benner in Otaki.
“We are rapt with that,” Wynyard said.
“We definitely made the right decision to come up here with him. I’ve just rung Johno and he said it was still pouring with rain at home and he hadn’t been able to gallop any of the horses there.”
John Bary was also pleased with Lady Zafira’s work and she will contest the Rating 85 race over 1200 metres at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.
The class mare Recite was the only other horse to work on the course proper and she ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:8.2, running the first 400 metres at three-quarter pace before quickening over the last 600 in 37.1. She may have an exhibition gallop between races at Hastings on Saturday and, at this stage, she is likely to resume racing in the Open 1200-metre sprint on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on September 19.
The Knight’s Queen and Powerade turned in one of the quickest gallops on the No.1 grass (dead), running the last 800 metres of their work in a tick over 50s and the final 600 in 36.6. They both look to be coming up well for trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.
Amalgamation looked to be doing better than Mae West at the end of a quick 1000 metres on the grass in 1:1.6, the last 600 in 37.3 while Tiger Tim was shading Donna Beel at the end of 1000 metres on the same track in 1:5.1, the last 600 in 38.6.
Miss Selby looked to be stretching out nicely on her own when running 1000 metres on the plough (soft) in 1:6.5, the last 600 in 39.1 while Saint Kitt was let run home the last 600 metres of his work on the plough in an good time of 37.7.
Queenofharpz and Docket, two others in the John Bary stable, worked together over 1000 metres on the grass in 1:4, the last 600 in 38.3 while Missy Moo and Proficient showed good speed over 1000 metres on the same track in 1:2.5, the last 600 in 36.1.
Voxer ran a solo 800 metres on the plough in 52.4, the last 600 in 38 while Oscar’s Pride and a Guillotine-Mal three-year-old gelding, both ion the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800 and were timed to run the last 600 in 43.6.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 18 Aug 2015
Waipukurau-trained Yeager took the time honours in a reasonably busy session at the Hastings track this morning, running home a quick last 600 metres on the plough.
Most fast work was carried out on the plough (slushy) and wide out on the No.1 grass (heavy).
Yeager had apprentice jockey Rebecca Goldsbury aboard when running 1000 metres on the plough in 1:6.8, running the first 400 in a leisurely 30.5 before sprinting home the last 600 in 36.3.
The Octagonal six-year-old had four starts for Awapuni trainer Roydon Bergerson earlier this year for two fifth placings and is now being prepared by David Goldsbury.
Adventador was the only horse to work on the course proper and went quietly over 800 metres in 58.9, coming home the last 600 in 41.9. He is one of a number of horses from the Lowry/Cullen stable heading to the Woodville jumpouts this Friday.
Chic, another likely to have a jumpout at Woodville, ran a solo 1000 metres on the plough in 1:12, the last 600 in 39.4. She is a Savabeel filly who recorded a third and a fifth in two starts earlier this year.
Zed Leppelin started two lengths in front of stablemate Percy’s Jazz when they left the 800-metre peg on the grass but there was little between them at the finish. Neither horse was extended at any stage and they clocked 58.6, the last 600 in 41.4.
Wait A Sec ran a solo 1000 metres on the grass in 1:8.4, the last 800 in 53.7 and final 600 in 39.6 while La Becane did similar work and was timed to run his last 800 metres in 58.3, the final 600 in 40.9.
Sandally, a possible starter at Woodville on Thursday, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800 and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 40.3 while Lavish Prince ran 800 metres on the grass, the last 600 in 40.2.
Odencian had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 1000 metres on the plough in 1:14.2, the last 600 in 40 while stablemate Charkhee ran over the same ground in 1:12.6, the last 6009 in 39.8.
Miss Finity worked on the grass and clocked 53 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 38.3 while Waipatiki Girl clocked 40.5 for her last 600 metres on the same track.
A Guillotine-Mal three-year-old gelding and one by Savabeel out of Queen Of Lions worked together over 800 metres on the grass in 57.1, the last 600 in 41.1. They are both in the Lowry/Cullen stable.
Speed King was not doing much more than three-quarter pace when running 800 metres on the grass in 59.2, the last 600 in 43.8 while a Bachelor Duke three-year-old filly was doing better than an Iffraaj three-year-old filly over the final stages of their 800-metre workout on the grass and clocked 57.6, the last 600 in 41.3.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 18 Aug 2015
Wait A Sec stretched out well in another quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.
There was very little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the plough.
Wait A Sec worked in from the 1000-metre peg at three-quarter pace and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 40.1. The Postponed five-year-old has recorded two wins and five minor placings from only 14 starts and looks to be coming up well in a new preparation for trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.
La Becane, another in the same stable, underwent similar work when running 1000 metres in 1:11.9, the first 400 in 30.6 and the last 600 in 41.3. He has only had one start for a win and hasn’t raced since May of last year.
Lamborghini, another who hasn’t raced for some time, ran 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, clocking 1:12.2 for the full distance and 42.5 for the last 600.
Kininmont was another from the Lowry/Cullen stable who worked in from the 1000-metre peg at three-quarter pace and speed up slightly over the last 600. He was timed to run the full distance in 1:12.2, the last 600 in 40.7.
An unraced Bachelor Duke filly was kept to just three-quarter pace when running 1000 metres in 1:12.1, the last 600 in 42.4 while a Patapan-Hope three-year-old gelding and a Per Incanto-Cancun three-year-old filly ran an easy 600 metres together in 44s.
Designated Driver to bypass Makfi Stakes 13 Aug 2015
Hastings-trained Designated Driver was one of few notable omissions from the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes after first withdrawals were taken on Wednesday of last week.
There are now 28 horses left in the weight-for-age feature to be run on the first day of the Bostock NZ Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on August 29. The starting limit is 16.
Sue Thompson, co-trainer of Designated Driver, said she has run out of time in getting the required amount of work into the Danroad mare to have her ready to run a strong 1400 metres at the elite level.
Thompson has stepped the horse’s work-rate up in the past couple of weeks and is now hoping to have her ready to kick off a fresh campaign in a $25,000 Open 1200-metre sprint at Wanganui on September 5.
Designated Driver is a dual winner on the Wanganui track, including a victory over 1340 metres at the same Wanganui meeting last year. But Thompson says most of her best form has been at 1200 metres and she also seems to have an aversion to her home track. She is the winner of four races, two of them at Wanganui, one at Auckland and one at Rotorua. Her main claim to fame is her second in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham last January but she also finished second in the Listed Levin Stakes (1200m) at Trentham a month before.
“She’s had two runs at 1400 metres here at Hastings and she’s gone horrible both times. She’s pulled her block off – it’s quite a weird thing and we don’t know why she’s been like that,” Thompson said.
“She’s raced well at Trentham, Ellerslie and Wanganui and if the Makfi had been anywhere else than Hastings we might have considered it.”
Designated Driver hasn’t raced since she finished strongly for her second behind Sacred Star in the Telegraph in January.
“She was quite big when she came back from a spell, but she’s good in herself and nice and bright,” Thompson said.
Designated Driver may head further south later in the spring.
“We could have a look at Christchurch and she’ll definitely be aimed at the Telegraph again,” Thompson said.
Designated Driver began her career from Gary Alton’s stable and joined the Hastings yard of Thompson and Mick Brown last year after her American-based owners Butch and Lu Thomas purchased a property in Hawke’s Bay.
The couple breed and own show jumpers and their son Guy is an internationally-successful rider and New Zealand Olympic representative.
Kawi and Turn Me Loose are now joint favourites at $5.00 on the Futures Win market for the Makfi Challenge Stakes, with Vespa on the second line of betting at $6.00 and Ryan Mark next at $7.00.
However both Vespa and Ryan Mark either need horses above them in the rating to be withdrawn or earn more points to be assured of a start as they are presently 17th and 18th respectively in order of entry.
Ryan Mark could gain some much needed points when he lines up in the Group 2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at tomorrow’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa.
The full list of horses still entered for the Makfi Challenge Stakes, in order of entry, is.-
Addictive Habit 6
Thorn Prince 7
Ginner Hart 10
Pondarosa Miss 11
Queens Rose 12
The Filly 13
Pussy O'Reilly 14
Farm Boy 15
Turn Me Loose 16
Ryan Mark 18
Emerald Queen 19
Spin Doctor 22
Mighty Solomon 24
Celebrity Miss 26
Super Trouper 27
Second Time Lucky
Makfi Futures Win betting market: $5.00 Kawi, Turn Me Loose; $6.00 Vespa; $7.00 Ryan Mark; $8.00 Volkstok’n’barrell; $12 Puccini; $14 Pondarosa Miss; $16 Addictive Habit; $18 Mighty Solomon; $21 Soriano, Tomorrowland, Whosyourmaster; $26 Nashville; $31 Pussy O’Reilly; $41 Barbaric, Ginner Hart, Iamishwara, Queens Rose, Spin Doctor; $50 and more others.
Allpress booked for top mare
Lisa Allpress has been confirmed as the jockey for the Group 1 winning mare Pondarosa Miss for the High Chaparral mare’s spring campaign.
She will ride the Easter Handicap winner when she resumes in tomorrow’s Group 2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa and then through the Group 1 Triple Crown series at Hastings, starting with the Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on August 29.
“As long as we’re all happy then Lisa will more than likely carry on with the mare,” Pondarosa Miss’ part-owner Darrell Hollinshead said in reference to their plans to chase a start in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November.
“I’ve spoken to the handicapper in Melbourne and he said she would have got in last year with 52 or 52.5kg, but it will depend this time on how many internationals will be coming. At least Lisa can ride those weights or a bit less.”
Pondarosa Miss is expected to contest all three Group 1 weight-for-age races over the Bostocks NZ Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and then have one start in Australia before the Melbourne Cup.
Golden Bay’s second win
Golden Bay, a horse bred by Central Hawke’s Bay woman Sue Harty and raced by a group that includes Taradale’s Kevin Williams, recorded his second win from 30 starts when taking out a $20,000 race at Riccarton last Saturday.
The Perfectly Ready gelding managed to get in the deciding stride to beat Pepper Mill by half a head in a 1400-metre Rating 65 race.
Although it was only Golden Bay’s second win the Lisa Latta-trained six-year-old has been a regular minor placegetter, with five seconds and eight thirds also to his credit. His previous win was in a 1400-metre maiden race at Hastings in December last year.
Golden Bay is the last living foal produced by the Paris Opera mare Golden Butterfly, who died in 2010.
Sue Harty raced Golden Butterfly , who recorded nine wins and seven minor placings when trained by the then Woodville-based father and son partnership of Bruce and Stephen Marsh. She had the distinction of being the winner of the very first race run on a New Zealand racetrack in the new millennium. The event was a 1300-metre open sprint at Hastings on New Year’s Day in 2000 and the winning rider was Darryl Bradley.
Golden Butterfly has also left Monarch Butterfly (three wins), Madam Butterfly (five wins) and Precise (I win), as well as two other foals that were sold to Hong Kong.
Golden Bay was sold as a weanling for $30,000 at the 2009 mixed bloodstock sale and then on-sold again for $58,000 at the select session of the 2010 Karaka yearling sales.
Sue Harty is also the breeder and co-owner of the top class jumper Sea King, who added to his great record over fences with a gallant fourth in last Sunday’s $A265,000 Australian Grand National Steeplechase (4500m).
Sea King looked a winning chance when vying for the lead with 600 metres to run but just weakened a shade over the final stages and was out-finished by Bashboy, Thubiaan and No Song No Supper.
One to celebrate
Hawke’s Bay-bred and owned Onefortheditch broke out of maiden ranks with a comprehensive 3 length win over 1400 metres at last Monday’s Egmont meeting at Hawera.
The four-year-old Elusive City mare dwelt at the start and was four lengths behind the body of the field at the end of 200 metres. But then apprentice jockey Laura Werner sent the horse on a searching run around the field from the 600-metre peg and she ranged up to the leaders, wide out, early in the home straight.
Just when it looked like the hard run would take its toll on Onefortheditch the mare kicked clear again in the final stages.
Onefortheditch was bred by three Hawke’s Bay men, Tim Symes, Graham Duffy and Paul Robinson and is out of the O’Reilly mare Molly O’Reilly, who was the winner of three races when trained on the Hastings track by Symes.
Duff and Robinson now own Onefortheditch in partnership with the horse’s Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers.
The horse was ridden to victory by English-born apprentice Laura Werner and it was her first win on her first day of race-riding. The 19-year-old has joined the Myers stable after previously working in the stables of Victorian trainers Peter Moody and Ciaron Maher and also recorded minor placings at Hawera aboard the Myers-trained pair of Lautaro and Il Poverino.
Great Northern hope
Hawke’s Bay-bred Thenamesbond is now rated a leading chance for next month’s $125,000 Schweppes Great Northern Hurdles at Ellerslie after scoring a dominant 6 length win in a $20,000 Restricted Open hurdle race over 3100 metres at last Sunday’s Te Aroha meeting.
The China Cat seven-year-old, trained and part-owned by Pukekohe’s Stephen Ralph, was recording his fourth hurdle victory and his sixth success in total.
Ralph said Thenamesbond will now contest the Tony Richards Toyota Hurdle (3350m) at Ellerslie tomorrow week as a final lead up to the Great Northern Hurdles (4190m) a fortnight later.
All six of the horse’s wins have been on right-handed tracks, with one of them being in the K S Browne Hurdle ( 3350m) at Ellerslie in June.
Thenamesbond was bred by Graeme and Ngaire Hart and their son Ashley at their Fernhill Stud, on the Taihape Road.
The Harts stood the stallion China Cat on their property for several years before he was transferred to a farm in Tutira and he has since died.
They bred Thenamesbond out of the El Moxie mare Melbourne Storm and sold him for $3000 at the festival session of the 2009 Karaka yearling sales.
Disqualifications reduced on appeal
Cambridge trainer Brett McDonald and his partner Tanya Donaldson have had their disqualifications resulting from positive drug tests returned by stable runners at the Ruakaka trials last December reduced on appeal.
They had pleaded guilty to the four charges, but appealed the severity of their disqualifications, and Donaldson her fine, imposed by the Judicial Control Authority in April.
The Racing Integrity Unit argued the penalties were grossly inadequate and should be increased, but the appeals tribunal chairman Sir Bruce Robertson reduced McDonald's disqualification from two years and six months to one year and eight months and Donaldson's 12-month disqualification was halved and her $5000 fine was quashed.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 11 Aug 2015
The stablemates Spannerworks and Percy’s Jazz produced the highlight at this morning’s Hastings track session when recording a smart 800-metre gallop together.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Spannerworks and Percy’s Jazz clocked 50.5s for 800 metres, coming home the last 600 in 36.9 and both horses looked to be travelling well at the finish.
Both horses are in the Sue Thompson and Mick Brown stable and made their race debuts over 1200 metres at Hastings on July 16, where Spannerworks finished fourth and Percy’s Jazz was sixth. They both look to have trained on well since.
The Knight’s Queen was another who worked well this morning, running a solo 1000 metres in 1:6.4, the last 600 in 37.7. She is coming up well in another preparation and is now in the Lowry/Cullen stable,
Designated Driver was let off with two rounds of pacework, speeding up slightly over the last 600 in 43.2. She has been withdrawn from the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings on August 29 and is likely to resume racing in a 1200-metre open sprint at Wanganui a week later.
Miss Cobra, another horse in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ran an easy 1000 metres in 1:9.7, the last 600 in 41.4. She showed promise as a two-year-old last season and could resume racing at either Taupo or Woodville next week.
Casino Jack ran an easy 800 metres in 59.6, the last 600 in 43.8 and the big Volksraad gelding looks to be coming up well again for trainer Patrick Campbell.
Cafe Culture was back at the track and underwent two rounds of strong pacework on the plough. The Citi Habit gelding was given five weeks of trotting on trainer Margaret Larsen’s property before returning to the track and is not expected to resume racing again until October.
Waipatiki Girl, a possible starter at next week’s Woodville meeting, worked in easily from the 1200-metre peg and was time to run the last 1000 in 1:12.1, the final 600 in 39.5.
Missy Moo was timed to run the last 400 metres of her work in 27.4 while In Another Life was only doing three-quarter pace over 600 metres in 44.8.
Turn Me Loose now a likely starter in Makfi Stakes 6 Aug 2015
Last season’s Group 1 winner Turn Me Loose has had his rating increased from 86 to 94 points which should ensure him a start in the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes, feature race on the first day of the Bostock NZ Hawke’s Bay spring carnival on August 29.
The Iffraaj four-year-old was in danger of not making the final field for the 1400-metre weight-for-age event when initially rated on just 86 points, placing him 24th in order of entry. The maximum starting limit for the race is 16.
However the chief handicapper has reassessed Turn Me Loose’s rating and he is now on 94 points, which makes him 16th equal in order of entry for the Makfi.
Turn Me Loose is the winner of three races from only six starts including last November’s Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas at Riccarton. He is presently on the fourth line of betting at $7.00 on the futures win market for the Makfi after turning in an eye-catching trial at Ruakaka last Saturday.
Baker said this week that if Turn Me Loose didn’t make the field for the Makfi Challenge Stakes he would send him to Australia for the weight-for-age Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on same day.
In the meantime the horse is likely to contest the Group 2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa tomorrow week, providing track conditions are not too testing.
Turn Me Loose showed he is coming up extremely well in a new preparation by winning one of two barrier trials held on the Ruakaka track last Saturday.
Ridden by Opie Bosson, the Iffraaj four-year-old sat outside his stablemate Dal Cielo until well into the home straight and then lengthened stride strongly to win his 1000-metre heat impressively.
Baker said that the trial was made to look even better as rider Opie Bosson, who has just returned from an overseas holiday, was carrying several kilograms more than the other riders in the heat.
Bosson has not had a race ride since May but has assured Baker that he will be fully fit, and at a competitive weight, to ride both Turn Me Loose and stablemate Mongolian Khan this spring.
Mongolian Khan contested the other barrier trial at Ruakaka last Saturday and his performance to finish a close fourth, when also ridden by Bosson, was a pleasant surprise for Baker.
“We thought the 1000 metres would be too short for him but he really went well,” Baker said.
Co-trainer Andrew Forsman said he was surprised how the four-year-old grabbed the bit over the final stages and hit the line strongly.
Mongolian Khan, winner of both the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) and Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) last season, will race exclusively in Australia this spring with his resuming run likely to be in the weight-for-age Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 12.
Dal Cielo, who stamped himself as one of last season’s best juveniles with his victory in the Group 1 Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie, also continued his progress toward a Melbourne spring carnival campaign with his tidy trial effort for third in his trial.
“He won’t race here and will go straight to Australia,” Forsman said. “The tracks will be too wet at home to get him ready for the Caulfield Guineas.”
Splitting Turn Me Loose and Dal Cielo in the Ruakaka trial was the dual Group 1 winner Puccini, who was doing his best work late and is expected to kick off a fresh campaign in the Makfi at Hastings.
As will Ryan Mark, who won the other Ruakaka trial in good style. The Thorn Park five-year-old travelled easily in front under Leith Innes and coasted to the line in his first serious test since knee surgery following an unplaced run in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) on New Year’s Day.
Trainer John Morrell is keen to run the sprinter in the Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on August 15 and then the Makfi a fortnight later.
An impressive trial win by Soriano at Te Teko on Tuesday showed the dual Group One winner is on target to resume racing tomorrow week.
The Savabeel mare won her 1200-metre heat at Te Teko on Tuesday in good style, coming from fifth at the 300 metres to get up and score by a head in the hands of regular rider Rory Hutchings.
Hutchings, who is presently based in the Sydney stable of Chris Waller, made a special trip home to team up with Soriano in the trial and said after that the mare felt just as good as last season, when her wins included the Group 1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie and Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.
The mare’s co-trainer, Debbie Rogerson, was also thrilled with the way she stretched out over the final stages of the trial and said she is now bigger and stronger than she was last season.
Soriano will kick off a fresh campaign in the Group 2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on August 15 and then tackle all three Group 1 weight-for-age races at the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, the first of them being the Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on August 29.
Whosyourmaster, another horse being aimed at the Makfi, also turned in an excellent trial at Te Teko on Tuesday when finishing second in a 1050-metre heat. He settled at the tail of the field until the home straight before producing a big finish down the outside and was three-quarters of a length behind the winner Vive La Difference at the line.
Co-trainer Andrew Scott said Whosyourmaster is very forward in condition and will also resume racing in the Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa tomorrow week before the Makfi a fortnight later.
Marsh stars are back
Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh will probably only have two runners on the first day of the Bostock NZ Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on August 29, but is targeting the second and third days.
Marsh has just completed a record breaking season, producing 54 wins which is 24 more than his previous best. He finished fifth on the national trainers’ premiership behind Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, Lisa Latta, Kevin Myers and Graeme and Debbie Rogerson.
Rocanto, Nahema, No More Tears, Sofia Rose and Girlsarebackintown, five talented two-year-olds from last season who all managed to pick up black type, all returned to the Marsh stable two months ago and have been steadily building towards some of the classic three-year-old races over the next few months.
Marsh says Rocanto spelled really well and has grown and strengthened a lot. He is likely to kick off in a three-year-old race at Ruakaka on September 12 and then be aimed at the Group 2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) on October 3.
Nahema could line up in the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings on September 19 with her main aim being the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in November.
Sofia Rose is likely to kick off a fresh campaign in a $20,000 three-year-old race over 1200 metres at Hastings on August 29 and could then head to Sydney for rich three-year-old fillies’ races there.
No More Tears will also be nominated for the New Zealand 1000 Guineas and may resume in a Listed fillies’ race over 1200 metres at Wanganui on September 5.
Girlsarebackintown will have her first start back in a new campaign at Taupo on August 19; in a three-year-old fillies' race over 1100 metres.
San Pedro impressive
Hastings couple Paul and Carol Nelson look to have another rising jumping star in San Pedro, who scored a dominant win in a 3100-metre maiden hurdle race at Riccarton on Wednesday.
The former good flat performer produced a perfect jumping display for jockey Aaron Kuru and, after taking a clear lead approaching the second to last fence, he sustained a strong finish to win by 1-1/2 lengths.
It was San Pedro’s second hurdle start and followed a second over 2500 metres at Hastings last month.
The Colombia nine-year-old has now won seven races from 50 starts and could back up on tomorrow’s third day of the Canterbury meeting where he is entered for the 0-1 win hurdle race over 3100 metres.
Nelson also produced Kings Deep to finish second in Wednesday’s $75,000 Grand National Hurdles (4200m) at Riccarton.
Dez an upset winner
Dez, trained and part-owned by Waipukurau’s Simon Wilson, pulled off an upset debut win at the Waverley meeting on Thursday of last week.
The Zed gelding went into the 1400-metre maiden event on the back of a 1000-metre trial at Waverley in May and a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings on July 17 and hadn’t impressed on either occasion.
But the horse seemed to be transformed last week, settling well off the pace until the home turn for rider Kelly Myers before producing a powerful finish down the outside of the track to get up and score by half a head, at odds of 14 to one.
Wilson said even he was surprised by the result, adding that the horse hadn’t shown a lot in training and was acquired as a potential jumper.
Wilson owns the now four-year-old in partnership with two close friends, Waverley trainer Sam Lennox and Patea-based Paul Mitchell. The trio also race the well performed Field Daze who is the winner of three races, the most recent being in a maiden hurdle event over 2900 metres at Hawera in May.
To resume at Hastings
Top sprinter In Style is likely to kick off a fresh campaign on the middle day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.
Trainer Danica Guy has pencilled in the open handicap over 1200 metres on September 19 as the ideal starting point for her quality sprinter.
In Style was in outstanding form last preparation with consecutive wins in the Listed Counties Bowl, the Group 3 Concorde Handicap and the Group 1 Railway Stakes.
Marotiri Miss retired
Group Three performer Marotiri Miss has been retired after she was diagnosed with a fractured pastern bone following her courageous fourth placing in last Saturday's Group 3 Winter Cup at Riccarton.
Awapuni trainer Richard French said Marotiri Miss pulled up lame and was noticeably distressed after returning to the tie-up stalls following the 1600-metre feature in which she had finished second last year.
The mare underwent an operation at the Canterbury Equine Vet Centre on Monday and French expects she will need two months' box recovery before she was ready to be served with Rich Hill Stud stallion Shocking, probably towards the end of September.
A winner of five of her 36 starts, Marotiri Miss also finished third in last year's Group 3 Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 6 Aug 2015
The Knight’s Queen worked along nicely in another quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.
There was very little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the plough (slushy).
The Knight’s Queen worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and increased the speed slightly over the last 600 in 39.4. The Any Suggestion mare is the winner of three races from only 11 starts and looks to be coming up well in a fresh campaign. She is likely to have a 1000-metre trial at Foxton next Tuesday.
The stablemates Tigger Tahnee and Ily Lily worked together over 1000 metres in 1:5.8, the last 600 in 37.7 and this was the fastest time of the morning.
Lavish Prince worked early in the session, in bad light, and was timed to run his last 400 metres in 26.5. He is another who is heading to the Foxton trials next Tuesday.
Saint Kitt was not hurried when working over two rounds, coming home the last 600 in 43.6 while his stablemate Odensian ran her last 600 metres in 43.3.
Wait A Sec was timed to run an easy 800 metres in 54.5, the last 600 in 39.7 while an unraced Playmaker five-year-old gelding ended his work with 600 metres in 44.4.
Ratpack was restricted to just three-quarter pace, running his last 600 metres in 45s.
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