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Pacorus now on target for New Zealand Cup 26 Aug 2016

   Pacorus, part-owned by Havelock North couple Dave and Jenni Morison, took an important step towards an attempt on the Group 3 New Zealand Cup at Riccarton in November when he completed a winning hat-trick at last Saturday’s New Plymouth meeting.

   The Tavistock five-year-old scored a game long neck victory in the day’s feature, the $50,000 ITM Interprovincial Championship to take his overall record to five wins from only 19 starts.

   Cambridge trainer Chris Wood has had the New Zealand Cup in mind for Pacorus for some time and will now plot a path towards the November 12 race as he believes the 3200 metres on the big Riccarton track will be perfect for the gelding.

   “His breeding suggests he has the credentials to get up to two miles as he is by Tavistock out of a Zabeel mare,” Wood said.

   “The task now will be to work out how to get him to the New Zealand Cup as that is the race I have earmarked for him as long as he keeps making the progress he has over the past few months.”

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

   The Morisons and another of the shareholders, Tony Craig, shred in the ownership of champion galloper Dundeel and still retain a financial interest in that horse, who is now standing as a stallion at Arrowfield Stud in Australia.

   Although dropping back to the 1600 metre journey from a middle distance at his last start, Pacorus was confidently supported to take out last Saturday’s Interprovincial.

   Apprentice Viktoria Gatu left no doubt as she settled the Tavistock gelding nicely in behind the speed before shooting him to the front with 600 metres to run. The combination kept up a strong gallop to the line as they held out the fast finishing Meritaggio with Mangaroa Flo Jo making up good ground to finish third.

   Wood had been apprehensive leading into the event as he wasn’t sure about dropping the horse back from 2100 metres.

   “I did think it may have been a little short for him so I wasn’t that confident,” he admitted.

   “I told Viktoria to try and get him handy early without putting too much pressure on him and then try to slide to the front at the half mile. I knew if he was in front he would be hard to run down and that’s how it proved.

   “It may not have looked like that good a ride but it was exactly what I asked and she did it superbly so full credit to her.”


Deserved hurdle success

   Hawke’s Bay owned and trained Kipkeino scored a well deserved victory over hurdles at Wanganui last Sunday, capping off three good seconds from three previous jumping assignments.

   The nine-year-old Sunray gelding bolted in by 13-1/2 lengths in the $10,000 maiden hurdle race at Wanganui, in the hands of Hastings-born jumps jockey Aaron Kuru.

   The victory followed a close second in his hurdle debut over 2500 metres at Hastings on July 2 and subsequent runner-up performances over 3000 metres at Trentham and 2900 metres at Awapuni.

   Kuru settled Kipkeino back in eighth place in the early stages of last Sunday’s 3000-metre event but then improved his position sharply starting the last 1000 metres and took the lead rounding the home bend.

   After safely negotiating the last two jumps Kipkeino ran away from the opposition for a dominant win.

   Kipkeino is trained by Waipukurau’s Lucy de Lautour, who races the horse in partnership with her husband Will.

   The horse has now won the couple seven races and more than $112,000 in stakemoney, an excellent return on the $5500 they paid for him at a South Island mixed bloodstock sale in 2009.


Own a Group 1 runner

   Hawke’s Bay Racing has an amazing opportunity for someone to experience the thrill of being part of the ownership of a potential Group 1 winner for a day.

   The part-owner of Stolen Dance, Gerald Shand, has kindly donated 5% of the mare for tomorrow’s $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes and this will be auctioned tonight. Five per cent of any winnings in the Makfi (net of trainers & jockeys percentages) will be paid to the successful bidder from Shand's portion of the stake.

   Stolen Dance has been placed on multiple occasions at Group 1 level and currently sits as third favourite for the 1400-metre feature.

   All proceeds from the auction, held at the Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Racing and Breeding Awards, will go to the Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society.

   If anyone is interested in supporting this wonderful cause but at the same time having a share in a genuine Group 1 chance in the Makfi please call Andrew (Butch) Castles on 021 384 289 prior to 6pm tonight.


Heading to Great Northern

   Upper Cut and Mr Mor, the first two horses home in the Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) at Riccarton a fortnight ago, will do battle again in tomorrow week’s $125,000 Meadow Fresh Great Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie.

   The connections of both horses are pleased with the way they have come through their trip south and Grand National performances and both are confirmed runners at Ellerslie.

   Upper Cut, who is part-owned by Waipukurau’s Michael Ormsby, contested the Great Northern Steeples two years ago but unfortunately fell with 1000 metres, when travelling well. His Awapuni trainer Mark Oulaghan, who also shares in the ownership, said he is keen to give the horse another chance at the gruelling 6400-metre event.

   Mr Mor, who is raced by the Hawke’s Bay-based Bogga Syndicate, finished runner-up in the Grand National Steeplechase 12 months ago before he was pulled up in the Northern and he will be looking to turn his Auckland fortunes around next week after another second placing at Riccarton.

   The gelding was withdrawn from the Koral Steeplechase with 500 metres to run, but with a gear switch and a change of jockey to Matthew Cropp he beat all but Upper Cut in the National.

   “We put a tongue control bit on him and it made a difference,” said Evan Rayner, who prepares the 12-year-old with his daughter J. J.

   “We were a bit half-hearted about going to Ellerslie, but he’s come home so well and there’s nothing else for him so we’ll have a go.”


Myers-Fannin a potent force

   Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers and Hastings-born jumps jockey Shaun Fannin are one of the most potent trainer-jockey combinations in Australasia at present.
   Over the past 12 months, Fannin has ridden for Myers on 58 occasions, winning a remarkable 22 races, for a strike-rate of one win for every 2.64 rides.

   The partnership continued on its winning way at Ellerslie last Saturday, combining for prestige jumps race success in the Pakuranga Hunt Cup with Kick Back.
   Fannin, 20, who lives at Myers' property near Turakina, estimated that about 90 per cent of his rides were for Myers and said they had just clicked as a partnership.
   "I never expected this. I've always hoped to win some nice races but the success we've been having has been quite unreal," Fannin said.
   "I owe everything to Kevin. He has made me. He's the only reason why I'm where I am now. He works you hard and keeps you busy, but it just shows the more hard work you do, the more it pays off."
   Myers has set a cracking pace in the race for premiership honours this season, with 16 wins already this month to lead the partnerships of Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs and Graeme and Debbie Rogerson by 11.
   Fannin shares the lead in the jumps jockeys' premiership with Aaron Kuru on four wins.

Sydney stint for Magorrian

   Lee Magorrian has won a scholarship to ride under the guidance of leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller for a fortnight in October.

   Magorrian, apprenticed to South Auckland trainer Shaun Clotworthy, was announced as the recipient of the Northern Racing Apprentice Scholarship at the Auckland Apprentice School Awards at Pukekohe last Saturday night.

   The Irish native follows the likes of Jason and Alysha Collett and Chris Dell who have benefited from two weeks riding in Sydney in recent years.

   "It's a great honour and something I'm really looking forward to it," Magorrian said.

   "I get to spend two weeks with Chris Waller, which I hope will really help my riding. I'll ride trackwork and hopefully get some raceday rides. I can't wait."

   Magorrian, who was also named as the Auckland Apprentice School's premier apprentice for last season, finished ninth on the apprentice table with 31 wins, down on his second place finish behind Rory Hutchings with 54 wins in 2014-15.

   Magorrian begins his stint with Waller on October 21.

Five vie for title of top HB-PB owned horse 19 Aug 2016

Three of last season’s star performers on the flat and two others who were outstanding over jumps make up the five contenders for the title of Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Owned Horse of the Year.

   The prize will be one of a number of trophies presented at the annual Bate Hallet and Vet Associates Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Racing and Breeding Awards function held in the Cheval Rooms on the Hastings racecourse next Friday.

   The five horses in contention for the horse of the year title are Addictive Habit, Authentic Paddy, Mime, Mr Mor and Sea King.

   Addictive Habit, bred and co-owned by Graham and Isabell Roddick, had eight starts during the 2015-16 racing season for three black type wins, the Group 2 $100,000 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1400m) at Te Rapa, the Group 1 $250,000 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings and the Group 2 $230,000 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton.

   Authentic Paddy, who is part-owned by Christine Gray and Marilyn Tepaa from Hastings and Havelock North’s Tony Gray, had an amazing 18 starts during the last racing season for a record of four wins and six minor placings. He dead-heated for first in an open 1600 at Hastings in August and then took out an open 2000-metre race at Hastings, an open 2100-metre event at Awapuni and the Group 3 $100,000 Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) at Riccarton.

   Mime, who was bred and owned by the late Laurence Redshaw, had 10 starts during the 2015-16 season for four wins and four seconds. She won her maiden race over 1200 metres at Tauranga and then added a Special Conditions 1400 at Hastings before taking on the country’s top three-year-old fillies and defeating them in both the Group 2 $100,000 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa and Group 3 $70,000 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie.

   Mr Mor, who is owned by the Hawke’s Bay-based Bogga Syndicate, managed by Tony Lyndon, had 11 starts in 2015-16. He finished second in the $75,000 Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) at the start of the season and then took out last month’s $50,000 Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase (4800m) for the second year in a row.

   Sea King, who is bred and part-owned by Central Hawke’s Bay woman Sue Harty, had eight starts during the season for three wins and two seconds, with two of his successes being in Australia. He took out the $50,000 Waikato Steeplechase at Te Rapa, the $107,000 Thackeray Quality Steeplechase at Warrnambool and the $100,000 Mosstrooper Steeplechase at Bendigo.

   Another interesting category at next week’s awards will be for Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Broodmare of the Year. The three finalists are Baltika, Chasing The Habit and Maidju.

   Baltika is owned by Graham de Gruchy and is the dam of Sacred Elixir, who recorded three wins and a second from only six starts last season. Her victories included the Group 1 $A600,000 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) in Brisbane and a $A60,000 two-year-old race over 1400 metres at the Sunshine Coast.

   Chasing The Habit is the dam of Addictive Habit, who notched up three Group race wins during the season including the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings, while Maidju is the dam of Mime, who was successful in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa and the Group 3 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie.

   The trophy for the Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Trainer of the Year for most wins goes to the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen while the Trainer with the best strike-rate is Patrick Campbell.

   The Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Owner of the Year award goes to Paul and Carol Nelson while the Hawke’s Bay Trained Horse of the Year is Adventador, winner of last January’s Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) at Trentham.

   The Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Breeder of the Year award for the most wins goes to Central Hawke’s Bay’s Sue Harty and she also picks the award for the breeder who accumulated the most points during the season.

   Tickets for next Friday’s function can be purchased from the Hawke’s Bay Racing office at a cost of $85.00 per person.


Upper Cut floors rivals

   Waipukurau’s Michael Ormsby and three of his partners in the jumper Upper Cut celebrated success in the Grand National Steeplechase for a third time when their 10-year-old outstayed his rivals in last Saturday’s $75,000 feature race at Riccarton.

   Ormsby races the Yamanin Vital gelding in partnership with the horse’s Awapuni trainer Mark Oulaghan and three others from the Manawatu region, Aroha Duncan, Jim Speedy and Warren Scott.

   Ormsby, Oulaghan, Duncan and Speedy also raced the top jumper Counter Punch together. He was also a son of Yamanin Vital and recorded back-to-back Grand National Steeplechase wins in 2010 and 2011 and also took out the 2007 running of the Grand National Hurdles.

   Upper Cut’s win last Saturday brought up a record five Grand National Steeplechase wins for Oulaghan, the others being with Deecee Seven in 1997 and 1998.

   Oulaghan bought Upper Cut for $5000 as an unbroken three-year-old and the horse has now won his connections five races and more than $112,000 in stakemoney. Last Saturday’s victory was his first since he took out the Manawatu Steeplechase in June of last year but he has been plagued with injuries throughout his career and required a year off following a tendon injury in 2012.

   “He won his first two ‘chases and then had a sequence of problems so full credit to the horse for the way he has bounced back,” Oulaghan said.

   Upper Cut has been sparingly raced due to his injuries, but there was confidence in his camp ahead of the National following a brave effort to finish runner-up in the Koral Steeplechase the previous Saturday.

   Australian jockey Paul Hamblin kept Upper Cut in touch with the pace throughout last Saturday’s 5600-metre event and the son of Yamanin Vital stayed on strongly after jumping the final fence in front to hold out Mr Mor by half a length, with Gargamel a further 5-1/2 lengths back in third.

   Mr Mor, who had also finished runner-up in the race 12 months ago, spoilt a winning chance by wanting to lug out for most of the final lap and rider Matthew Cropp was pulling on one rein trying to keep the horse straight over the final stages.


Double for Second Innings

   Hastings trainer Paul Nelson looks to have another star jumper in the making in Second Innings, who recorded back-to-back victories in the space of three days at this year’s Grand National meeting at Riccarton.

   The Yamanin Vital eight-year-old scored a decisive 3-1/4 length win when making his hurdle debut over 3100 metres on Wednesday of last week and was just as impressive when taking on the more experienced jumpers over the same distance last Saturday, slogging his way through very testing track conditions to score by 3-1/2 lengths.

   Nelson and his wife Carol own Second Innings in partnership with the horse’s Waipukurau breeders Garry and Jan Sherratt and Cambridge trainer Ben Foote and his partner Kim Rogers.

   Foote prepared Second Innings for the early part of his racing career and the horse has now recorded two wins, a second and a third since transferring to Nelson’s stable earlier this year.

   “It was always the plan he would come to me for his jumping career once we thought he had got to his mark on the flat so Ben sent him down in about April,” explained Nelson.

   “He was quite promising as a stayer on the flat but he took a while to mature and has had a few niggles along the way including a scare with his tendon at one stage.

   “That all seems to be behind him now and he has come up well this time in.”

   Nelson is unsure what the immediate future holds for Second Innings however he

has ruled out an attempt at the Great Northern Hurdles next month in favour of setting the gelding for that sort of assignment in 12 months time.


Four wins for HB owners

   Hawke’s Bay racehorse owners shared in four winners at last Saturday’s final day of the Grand National meeting at Riccarton.

   Upper Cut (Grand National Steeplechase) and Second Innings (Premier hurdle) prevailed in the two main jumping races on the programme while Onefortheditch and Zentangle were successful in minor flat races.

   Onefortheditch produced an outstanding performance to win the $20,000 Rating 65 race over 1400 metres, recording her second win in the space of three days and having her fourth race in a fortnight.

   The Elusive City mare, trained by Wanganui’s Kevin Myers, finished third over 1400 metres at Rotorua on July 30 and then lined up on all three days at Riccarton, finishing second over 1400 on the first day, winning the 1800-metre amateur riders’ race on the middle day and then dropping back in distance to win again last Saturday.

   Onefortheditch is raced by Myers in partnership with two Hawke’s Bay men, Graham Duff and Paul Robinson. The mare was bred by Duff and Robinson along with another Hawke’s Bay man, Tim Symes, and is out of the O’Reilly mare Molly O’Reilly.

   Onefortheditch has now won four races from 17 starts and has also recorded five minor placings.

   Zentangle also brought up his fourth win when taking out a $25,000 Rating 75 race over 2000 metres. The Chinese Dragon five-year-old is another prepared by astute trainer Kevin Myers and was backing up from a second placing on the middle day of the Grand National carnival.

   Zentangle is raced by Myers in partnership with his close friend Charlie Gestro and Hastings-based Jason Donnelly.


Bond in the Bay

   Olympic gold medallist Hamish Bond will be the guest of honour at the Makfi Challenge Stakes Daffodil race day at the Hastings racecourse tomorrow week.

   The first day of the Bostock Hawke’s Bay spring carnival will feature the running of the first Group 1 race of the new racing season, the $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes, and Bond will present the trophy to the winners.

   Bond and rowing partner Eric Murray secured New Zealand’s first gold medal at the Rio Olympics, smashing the rest of the field by 2.8 seconds. He will be joined at the Hastings races by Black Sticks Olympic hockey sensation Anita McLaren (nee Punt) and the pair will play off in a series of sporting events with Hawke’s Bay students. They will also be available to sign autographs and pose for photographs.


Allpress Japan bound

   Champion jockey Lisa Allpress will leave in early September to begin her second stint in Japan.

   The Wanganui rider, who won the New Zealand premiership last season with 171 winners including three at Group 1 level, posted seven winners during her three months there last year.

   Allpress is already on the black type ladder for this term after success in last  Saturday’s Group 2 Foxbridge Plate aboard Saracino and she will hoping to bag a Group 1 win in next week’s Makfi Challenge Stakes  at Hastings on Valley Girl before her September 6 departure.

Logan-Gibbs pair target Hastings Makfi Stakes 12 Aug 2016


   It has been a long time since Ruakaka trainer Donna Logan has raced horses on the Hastings track but she, and new training partner Chris Gibbs, now look likely to have two of the favourites for the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes on August 27.

   The 1400-metre weight-for-age event is the first leg of the Group 1 “triple crown” to be run over the three days of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and the Logan-Gibbs stable looks likely to be represented by Valley Girl and Hasselhoof, the first and third horses home in the 1200-metre open sprint at Ruakaka last Saturday.

   “We have pretty much had the Makfi on the radar for both horses and, after last Saturday, they are both likely to be there,” Logan said this week.

   “Good tracks are what they need and we are more likely to get one down there and both horses were bright as buttons after last Saturday’s race.”

   Valley Girl’s win was a minor surprise, given that it was first at a distance less than 1400 metres, while Hasselhoof tended to over-race in the early stages of the slowly run race before finishing less than 2 lengths behind his stablemate. 

   “Valley Girl was down two kilograms and Hasselhoof was down 10 kilograms after the race and both have come through it well,” Logan said.

   She added that Hasselhoof was a bit behind Valley Girl going into the race and thus he would take plenty of benefit from that run. Both horses will not have another race before the Makfi.

   Donna Logan can’t remember when the last time she raced a horse on the Hastings track but said: “It’s a long time ago.”

   The high class sprinter Jazzella, who won six races for Logan including the Group 3 weight-for-age Darley Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie, finished seventh over 1200 metres at Hastings in April, 2009.

   Probably the last Group 1 runner Logan has had at Hastings was when Waitaha Rua finished sixth in the Captain Cook Stakes (1600m), when that race was transferred from Trentham in October, 1998.

   Valley Girl has now joined last year’s Makfi Challenge Stakes winner Kawi as joint $5.00 favourites on the TAB’s Fixed Odds Win market for this year’s 1400-metre feature, while Hasselhoof is equal with Stolen Dance on the second line of betting at $6.00.

   The powerful Cambridge stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman is also likely to have two runners in this year’s Makfi, last season’s consistent three-year-old filly Mime and Australian recruit Our Vergara.

   Mime will be a notable first New Zealand race day representative for the powerful China Horse Club, who purchased the Mastercraftsman mare earlier this year from the late Laurence Redshaw, from Hawke’s Bay.

   Mime, who placed in a 1000-metre heat at the recent Te Teko trials, enjoyed a lucrative three-year-old season with four wins, including the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) and the Group 3 Sunline Vase (2100m) and was spelled after she ran fourth in the Group 1 NZ Oaks (2400m).

   “It was a good solid effort at the trials and she had a good blow,” Andrew Forsman said. “She’s grown quite a bit and strengthened.”

   Our Vergara won eight races from Anthony Cummings’ stable and, following her purchase by Blue Gum Farm and TJS Bloodstock, she ran third in one appearance for Gerald Ryan.

   The Snippetson mare, who ran a tidy fourth in a 1000-metre heat at the Te Teko trials, has been sent to New Zealand to chase Group 1 honours and to be served by Tavistock.

   “She’s got a great temperament and takes everything in her stride,” Forsman said.

   The latest TAB Fixed Odds market for the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings on August 27 is.-

$5.00: Kawi, Valley Girl.

$6.00: Hasselhoof, Stolen Dance.

$9.00: Ryan Mark.

$10.00: Southern Icon.

$12.00: Capella.

$18.00: Julinsky Prince.

$21.00: Longchamp, No More Tears.

$26.00: El Pescado, Mime, Our Vergara, Xtravagant.

$31.00: Authentic Paddy.

$35.00: Battle Time, Passing Shot.

$41.00: Bohemian Lily.

$61.00: Farm Boy.

$81.00: Shezhardtocatch.

$101.00: Taurus.

$201.00: Maybe Miami, North And South.


The Knight slays them again

   The Knight continued his great run of form for his Hastings owner and co-breeder, Shirin Wood, when scoring a decisive victory in the $40,000 open sprint at last Saturday’s Canterbury meeting at Riccarton.

   The No Excuse Needed nine-year-old completed a winning hat-trick and was notching up his ninth success in total.

   Otautau trainer Bruce Tapper, who races The Knight in partnership with Shirin Wood and the estate of her late husband Kevin, seems to have worked out a winning formula for the horse by spacing his races a month apart.

   The horse won a $25,000 open sprint over 1400 metres at Winton on May 15 and didn’t race again until he took out a $30,000 open race over 1200 metres at Riccarton on June 25. Tapper then freshened him again for last Saturday’s 1200-metre event and he duly defeated raging hot favourite Scapolo by 1-1/4 lengths.

   The Knight was bred by the Woods and was the first foal out of the Al Akbar mare Melanie. She has since left three other foals to race and all have been winners. The first was The Knight’s Queen (3 wins), the second was Generous Bobo, who has won twice in Hong Kong, and the mare’s last foal was Knight’s Princess, who was a winner at Hastings in April.

   The Knight began his racing career from the Hastings stable of John Bary, who prepared the horse for his first four victories before he was transferred south to Tapper at Otautau, which is about 40 kilometres north-west of Invercargill.

   Southland-trained horses won five of the 11 races on the first day of the Grand National meeting last Saturday, the others being Master Karsten, Miss Three Stars, Stokers Rock and Lord Beaver.


Irish eyes smiling

   Jockey Samantha Wynne’s timing was impeccable at Riccarton last Saturday when she chalked up a brace of wins that included outsider Miss Three Stars in the feature event, the Group 3 $100,000 eStar Winter Cup.

    A documentary crew from her native Ireland was in New Zealand to film the 27-year-old in action and they were on hand on Saturday to capture her success aboard both Miss Three Stars and, one race later, on Stokers Rock.

   Wynne, who was last season’s leading South Island apprentice and second to Shaun McKay on the national apprentice jockeys’ premiership, came out of her time at the beginning of the new season and her Winter Cup success was the biggest of her career.

   The documentary will be aired in Ireland in September and Wynne said it was a proud feeling to know her family and friends back home would be able to watch Miss Three Stars’ Winter Cup win.


HB-PB awards night

   The Hawke’s Bay & Poverty Bay Racing Awards, sponsored by Bate Hallett and Vet Associates, will be presented on Friday, August 26.

   The awards will be part of a special function being staged at the Cheval Rooms at the Hastings racecourse on the eve of the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   Tickets are now on sale at a cost of $85 per person and can be purchased from the Hawke’s Bay Racing office.


Kiwi jumpers to fore

   I’ll’ava’alf overcame an interrupted build-up to lead home a New Zealand trifecta in last Sunday’s $134,000 Crisp Steeplechase at the Sandown track in Melbourne.

   The former Karen Fursdon-trained jumper beat Shelley Houston’s Lucky Tonight by three-quarters of a length and Zed Em, who has transferred from Kevin Myers’ stable to Patrick Payne, was 8 lengths back in third.

   “He got dumped at Casterton. He ran through a running rail, flipped over a wing and he got a few lacerations to his leg and I thought that might be enough for him,” I’ll’ava’alf’s trainer Patrick Ryan said.

   “I just poked around with him off the pony at the beach and he's hardly been ridden since.”

   Ryan said I'll'ava'alf was likely to back up into the Grand National Steeplechase at Ballarat on August 21.


Tavago back in work

   Caulfield Cup hope Tavago has returned to Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young’s newly established Cranbourne operation.

   “He's thickened up a little bit, but he's never going to be a big, imposing horse,” Busuttin said.

   “He only weighed 455kg going into the Derby, so he's certainly not much to look at, but he's got a motor underneath so that's what counts.”

   Tavago, a New Zealand-bred son of Tavistock, enjoyed a good break in Sydney after he won the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) and was then given a period of pre-training by Troy Corstens before joining the Busuttin and Young stable.

Trackwork 4 Aug 2016

No Hastings trackwork today and none for at least the next couple of weeks as I am undergoing knee surgery next Tuesday.





A very quick 800-metre gallop by Pakapunch and an unraced Cape Blanco three-year-old were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided slushy footing after more than 8 millimetres of rain overnight.

  Pakapunch and a Cape Blanco-Splendid In Spring three-year-old filly had the pace on all the way when running 800 metres together in 48.9, the last 600 in 35.9. Pakapunch showed plenty of potential last preparation with a debut second over 1200 metres at Otaki followed by a maiden win over the same distance at Hastings in February. The Cape Blanco three-year-old was an $85,000 purchase from the select session at last year’s Karaka yearling sales and is nice looking filly out of a stakes winning American-bred mare.

   Superveloce was not hurried in his solo workout, running 1000 metres in 1:11.4 and coming home the last 600 in 39.8. He won a jumpout at Hastings on July 22 and could resume racing on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   Cowboys Don’t Cry had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when working over 1000 metres, the last 800 in 54.3 and final 600 in 39.6 while stablemate Saint Kitt was restricted to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres.

   Chic was another who was kept under a good hold when running 1000 metres in 1:8, the last 600 in 42.3 while Led Zeppelin clocked 1:9.9 for a solo 1000 metres, the last 600 in 41.9.

   A Zacinto three-year-old gelding in Kelly Burne’s stable worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metrepeg and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 41.9.

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