HASTINGS TRACKWORK 26 Sep 2013
Rockweiler was one of only two horses to work at any speed at this morning’s Hastings track session when he ran a solo 1000 metres on the plough, which provided heavy footing.
With very few Hastings horses racing this weekend it was a very quiet session.
Rockweiler had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when working in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:15.7, running the first 400 metres in a leisurely 37.2 and then speeding up over the last 600 in 38.5.
The Keeninsky gelding looks to have improved since his fresh up run for third over 1200 metres at Gisborne last week and is likely to start next in a Rating 65 race over 1200 metres on the third day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on Saturday week.
Hunky Dory, preparing for the maiden hurdle event at Sunday’s Waikato meeting, worked over two rounds at three-quarter pace on the plough and ran home the last 400 metres in 27.3. Cody Singer has been booked to ride him.
Pimms Time was restricted to just pacework on the sand. She turned in a creditable effort for seventh in last Saturday’s Group 1 Windsor Park Plate and will now go on to contest the Group 1 $250,000 Turks Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings on Saturday week, where the extra distance is expected to suit her.
Two more spring targets for Hawke’s Bay’s Dundeel 25 Sep 2013
Star New Zealand galloper Dundeel still holds a nomination for this year’s Melbourne Cup but his connections are unlikely to entertain such plans and the five-time Group 1 winner is expected to have just two more starts at the Melbourne spring carnival before returning to New Zealand for a spell.
Havelock North’s Murray Andersen, who owns a 20 per cent share in the four-year-old entire with his wife Jo, said this week that the horse known as It’s A Dundeel in Australia will now contest the Group 1 $A400,000 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 12 and then on to the Group 1 $3million Cox Plate (2040m) on October 26.
“We won’t be diverting from those plans and he is very likely to end his spring campaign after that,” Andersen said.
Dundeel brought up his ninth win from just 14 starts and took his stake earnings to more than $2.3million when he defeated the previously unbeaten Australian mare Atlantic Jewel and one of the best weight-for-age fields assembled in Australia in recent times in last Saturday’s Group 1 $A400,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.
Aided by a brilliant ride by New Zealand-born jockey James McDonald, Dundeel pressured the front running Atlantic Jewel from mid-way through the race and got in the deciding stride after the two horses had gone head to head for the entire run up the home straight.
It was another outstanding performance by Dundeel and he is now rated by his Cambridge co-trainer, Murray Baker, as the best horse he has trained. That is a huge statement given that Baker has prepared a host of top performers over many years and has won a multitude of Group 1 races in both New Zealand and Australia. He has now won the Underwood Stakes three times, his first two winners of the race being The Phantom in 1990 and Lion Tamer two years ago.
At this stage there is a strong chance Dundeel will race on again next year before being retired to stud the following season.
“We’d like to think we could have him racing again in Sydney next autumn,” Murray Andersen added.
“They have revamped the Queen Elizabeth Stakes there and it is probably going to be worth about $5 million and have invited northern hemisphere horses in it. It’s over 2000 metres at weight-for-age and would suit him down to the ground.”
Dundeel was runner-up behind Reliable Man in this year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes following four other Australian Group 1 victories, in the Spring Champion Stakes, Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and ATC Derby. He also won the Group 2 Gloaming Stakes in Melbourne last spring.
Andersen said that if Dundeel continued to perform well in Australia next year a trip to Europe and a possible tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France could then be on the cards before he is retired to stand at Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales.
“We’ve done a deal with Arrowfield but we still own 100 per cent of the horse at this stage and will continue to race him.
“The plan is to syndicate him as a stallion after this spring campaign or at the end of his racing career.”
Murray and Jo Andersen bred Dundeel and are likely to retain a good proportion of the shares they own in the horse when he becomes a stallion. Their daughter Tracey and her husband Gavin Chaplow own a 10 per cent share as do Murray’s sister Sharon and her husband Michael Craig and another Havelock North couple, David and Jenny Morison.
They are the Hawke’s Bay owners in the horse with the other 50 per cent split between Tony and Wendy Craig (Wellington), Tony Muollo (Wellington), Tony and Jenny Joyce (Wellington, Max and Jo Brown (Wellington), Dino and Ange Focas (Gold Coast) and Tony and Jana Muollo (Sydney).
Murray Andersen said Dundeel has come through last Saturday’s gut-busting half-head victory in the Underwood Stakes “brilliantly” and he and Baker expect him to be even better in his next two starts.
“The next day you wouldn’t think that he had race and Murray says there is still plenty of improvement in him.
“He’s a very good horse and, honestly, we still haven’t seen the best of him yet.”
New Zealand century for Bary
Hastings trainer John Bary brought up his 100th New Zealand win when Frankly took out a 1350-metre maiden race at last Sunday’s Poverty Bay meeting and it came on the same track where he recorded his first success almost five years ago.
Bary, 43, produced his first winner when Neversaynever prevailed in a 1400-metre maiden at Gisborne on November 8, 2008, three days before his 39th birthday and three months after beginning his training career.
The Makaraka track will always hold a special place for Bary as he also brought up a treble of wins there at the two-day meeting in November 2009, when Miss Faberge and Ante Up prevailed on the first day and Matchless was successful on the second.
Bary has officially trained 102 winners, the other two being in Australia. The Hombre was the first of them when successful in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) in May, 2010 and Jimmy Choux was the second when taking out the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in Sydney in March, 2011.
That was one of five Group 1 victories that Jimmy Choux achieved, the others being in the 2010 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m), 2011 Telecom New Zealand Derby (2400m), 2011 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and 2011 NZ Bloodstock Spring Classic (2040m).
Bary has since taken his Group 1 tally to seven following wins this year by Recite in the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni in March and Survived in last month’s Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings. His tally of wins in black type races now totals 19.
Frankly is bred and owned by Waikato Stud and is a four-year-old mare by Pins out of the Centaine mare O’Really. She had one start in Australia last season, finishing third over 1300 metres at Pakenham, before returning to New Zealand. She has now had three starts from the Bary stable, finishing runner-up in her first two.
Change of fortune
Hastings owner-trainer Tim Symes had a change of luck when Viceroy broke through for a well deserved maiden win at Gisborne on Thursday of last week.
Symes only has three horses racing at the moment and last graced the winner’s stall when Second Hope dead-heated for first in a 2000-metre event at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on January 30.
He had plans to race both Second Hope and Viceroy on the first day of this year’s Rush Munro’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, a month ago, but he was forced to withdraw both horses after they were injured on the eve of the races. Viceroy knocked a leg when he kicked out and struck a rail in his yard and Second Hope had to be late scratched after he was found to be lame in one foot after being re-shod.
Viceroy recovered quickly enough to line up at Taupo 10 days later where he finished third over 1800 metres, his third such placing from three starts in a new campaign. He then stepped up to 2000 metres at Gisborne last week and scored a decisive 2-1/2 length win.
Second Hope finally got to kick off his fresh campaign on the second day of the Poverty Bay meeting, last Sunday, where he finished seventh out of nine runners over 1350 metres.
Symes owns Viceroy in partnership with his son Wilfred. They bred the Deputy Governor four-year-old out of the Spectacular Love mare Love Proposal, making him a full-brother to the 2008 Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m).
The Symes’ now have an unraced yearling by Towkay out of Love Proposal coming on.
Hawke’s Bay-owned Barnie O’Marnie made an impressive winning debut at the Poverty Bay meeting on Thursday of last week.
The big Handsome Ransom gelding raced greenly and did a few things wrong in his 1350-metre maiden race but still proved too good for his rivals, scoring by 1-1/4 lengths.
Barnie O’Marnie is trained at Woodville by James Bridge and owned by him in partnership with his Hawke’s Bay father John. They paid $4000 for the horse at the 2010 Karaka weanling sales.
James Bridge said the now four-year-old has been a slow maturing type and still has a lot to learn, despite having recorded a win, two seconds and a third in four barrier trials before making his race debut.
He is out of the unraced O’Reilly mare O’Marnie and is a half-brother to Never Die, the winner of four races in the South Island. It is also the family of the good performers Howmuchyacharging and Faraway Eyes.
Hawke’s Bay’s Lime Country Thoroughbreds will offer a Bachelor Duke half-brother to Barnie O’Marnie at this year’s Ready To Run Two-year-old sale at Karaka in November.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 24 Sep 2013
Last start winner No Change showed he has trained on the right way when he stretched out well in trackwork at Hastings this morning.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided soft footing.
No Change had amateur jockey Sue Thompson aboard when working over 1000 metres on his own. The Shinko King gelding was not after a fast time but worked evenly to record 1:8.2, the last 600 in 39.9.
Thompson said the horse felt good and was keen to go a lot faster.
No Change won a Rating 65 1400 on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and will now contest a Rating 75 1400 on the third day, on Saturday week.
Yorkie and Bally Heights, two members of Paul Nelson’s stable heading to Sunday’s national jumps day at Te Rapa, worked easily over 1200 metres in 1:31.2, the last 600 in 44.6. Yorkie, another last start winner, will contest the open steeplechase over 4900 metres while Bally Heights will run in the 0-1 win steeplechase over 4000 metres. Cody Singer is the likely rider of both horses.
The Miner's Son, having his first serious gallop this time in, ran 600 metres in 38.8 while Shezgorgeous, another who could race at Hastings on Saturday week, ran an easy 600 metres in 40.4.
Whoopi Gee turned in the fastest time of the morning when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:6.3, the last 600 in 37.6 while Kojak clocked 52.6 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 38.6.
Jerry Maguire, a unraced three-year-old Alamosa gelding trained by David Goldsbury, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg, quickening over the last 600 in 38.2 and quickened over the last 600.
Several horses from the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen stable were restricted to just three-quarter pace, including Mr Hare who ran 1000 metres in 1:13.3, the last 600 in 43.1.
Showstopper and Boosting Eleanor, two others from the same stable, clocked 1:9.4 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 40.3.
Nelson posts 100 jumping wins 18 Sep 2013
Hastings racehorse trainer Paul Nelson chalked up a huge milestone in his illustrious career when Yorkie brought up his 100th jumping race success at last Saturday’s Marton meeting at Awapuni.
Nelson, 65, first started out as an owner-trainer in 1975 but then had a break before recording his first jumping win with Storm in a steeplechase at Gisborne in May, 1985. The horse was ridden by Fred Pratt.
That same horse went on to credit Nelson with his first major jumping win when he took out the 1987 Wellington Steeplechase, in the hands of Hastings amateur jockey Sue Thompson.
There has been a continuous stream of jumping winners from the Nelson stable since those early days and he has won most of the major hurdle and steeplechase races on the New Zealand racing calendar, many of them more than once.
Horses like Chibuku, Thesaurus, Chibuli, No Hero, Just A Swagger, Just Not Cricket, Solid Seal and Ho Down have kept the Nelsons’ red and black colours to the fore.
Chibuku won 20 races, including a dozen over fences. He took out both the Wanganui and Manawatu Steeples and finished second in a Grand National Hurdles and Hawke’s Bay Steeples.
Chibuli, who was out of a half-sister to Chibuku, won the 2002 Great Northern Hurdles and then brought up Nelson’s biggest win to date when he took out the prestigious $A60,000 Crisp Steeplechase (4000m) at Flemington, Melbourne, that same year. Sadly the horse had to be put down after falling in the in the final stages of the Australian Grand National Steeples at his second Australian start.
When spoken to this week Nelson was loathe singling out the best jumper he has prepared, saying it was hard to split between No Hero, Just Not Cricket and Just A Swagger.
No Hero only ever succeeded in steeplechase races and he won eight of them, including the Grand National Steeplechase and Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase (twice). He was crowned New Zealand jumper of the year in 2005.
Just Not Cricket recorded back-to-back wins in the Great Northern Hurdles at Ellerslie in 2006 and 2007 and also took out the 2008 Grand National Hurdles. Unfortunately he had to be put down when falling during the 2009 running of the Wellington Hurdles.
Just A Swagger recorded six wins over fences including the Grand National Hurdles (twice), Hawke’s Bay Steeples, Wanganui Steeples and Grand National Steeples.
Solid Steal included the Wellington Hurdles among his jumping wins while Ho Down took out both the Awapuni Hurdles and Hawke’s Bay Hurdles in the winter of 2010.
Nelson now looks to have another star jumper coming on in Kings Deep, who recorded three hurdle wins on end before finishing a close second in the Great Northern Hurdles (4190m) at Ellerslie earlier this month.
Yorkie was recording his third win when he took out the 4150-metre restricted open steeplechase at Awapuni last Saturday, his previous two victories being in a maiden highweight, over 1600 metres, at New Plymouth four years ago and a steeplechase win at Ellerslie two years ago.
Nelson said the Riviera eight-year-old was sidelined for several months last year with a suspensory ligament problem but has come back a lot stronger horse this time in. He is expected to now head to the National Jumps Day at Te Rapa on September 29, where he will contest the $20,000 Open Steeplechase over 4900 metres.
Nelson acquired Yorkie after the horse was left on the Bulls property of Joe Yorke, after initially being trained at Awapuni by Peter Hurdle.
He is now raced by a syndicate which consists of Paul Nelson’s cousin, David Nelson, Brian Guerin, Bruce Yanko, Mark Nelson, Neil White, Mike Stovell, Hamish Jones, Virginia McLeod and Vicki Worker. All except McLeod and Worker live in either Hawke’s Bay or Taupo and, for Neil White, it is his first ever racing venture.
Reward for long time owner
Hawke’s Bay’s Ken Browne celebrated his first black type success after nearly three decades of racing thoroughbreds when a horse he bred, Thrive, scored a decisive win in last Saturday’s Group 3 $70,000 Merial Ancare Metric Mile at Awapuni.
The Colombia mare capped off a string of honest performances with a dominant 1-3/4 length win in the 1600-metre feature at the Marton meeting. It was her fifth win from 17 starts and she has also notched up a second and three thirds.
Ken Browne is a stock agent who was based in Wairoa for a time before moving to Maraekakaho, just south of Hastings. He first started racing horses in the mid 1980s with his first good one being Big Squander, a Diagramatic gelding who won two of his first three starts before being sold to Hong Kong.
Browne then bought Jove, a gelding by St Hilarion out of Fun that was bred at Hawke’s Bay’s Okawa Stud. He was the winner of five races and also had a frustrating 12 seconds and four thirds from 36 starts.
Because Jove was such a genuine racehorse Browne decided to further invest into his family and bought a half-sister to him, by Paris Opera, at an Okawa Stud dispersal sale. That horse, named Trove, won two races and is the dam of Thrive.
Browne has bred three foals out of Trove that have raced and all have been winners. The first was Strive, by Danske, who won two and the second was Gusto, by San Luis, who won one.
“Unfortunately both of those horses suffered injuries which ended their careers so I haven’t really had a lot of luck out of the breed,” Browne said this week.
Thrive is easily the best horse Browne has bred and he races the mare in partnership with Te Akau Racing boss David Ellis.
The six-year-old has always promised to win a big race and finished third behind Karla Bruni and Taurus in the Group 3 Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton last month.
“It’s taken a while to get there but she has always been a pretty handy mare and has never had a lot of luck to be honest,” Browne said.
“She has been racing in good company as a Rating 85 horse up until now.”
Although three of Thrive’s wins have been on heavy tracks Browne says he has always thought that the horse was more than "just a mudder.”
She certainly showed a tremendous turn of foot in last Saturday’s race, accelerating clear of her rivals over the final stages to easily beat Commett and Sacha.
Browne said Thrive has come through the win very well and could now head to the Listed $50,000 Matamata Cup (1600m) on October 12, with the Group 3 Counties Cup (2100m) in November another possible target.
Browne has bred three more foals out of Trove since Thrive, two unraced geldings by Gold Centre and a yearling filly by Per Incanto.
The mare missed getting in foal when first mated with Alamosa at the beginning of this breeding season but has now been mated with Burgundy.
Floozie Cat prevails
Floozie Cat, part-owned by Hawke’s Bay Racing general manager Jason Fleming, broke through for an impressive win at last Saturday’s Marton meeting at Awapuni.
The four-year-old mare was having just her third start in the 1600-metre maiden event and seemed to relish the heavy track conditions, scoring by 1-3/4 lengths.
Fleming races the mare in partnership with a syndicate of Taranaki people and she credited the new training partnership of Allan Sharrock and his son Kane with their first win together.
Allan Sharrock has been a successful New Zealand trainer for many years and has joined forces with 21-year-old Kane from the start of this season. They had their first runner when Landlord ran second on his home track, at New Plymouth, last week.
Niagara proving a hit
Hawke’s Bay’s new stallion acquisition, Niagara, has proven an instant hit at stud with two mares covered by him on the first day of the breeding season both testing positively in foal this week.
Niagara is standing at Greg and Jo Griffin’s Lime Country Thoroughbreds property at Okawa Stud and is expected to be mated with close to 100 mares this season.
“While you always hope for the right results, it’s a great relief to have it all confirmed,” said Greg Griffin.
“Niagara has been an absolute dream stallion to deal with and he’s got a great attitude - it’s certainly made our job a lot easier.
“The farm is looking magnificent, the weather is mild and mares from out of the region are cycling quickly once they arrive and we are flying through the dry mares.”
Niagara was retired with two wins and five placings in a light career for champion Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse, with the highlight being his victory in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes. He earned a Timeform rating of 121 for his three-year-old season, higher than Ocean Park (120) and Sangster (119).
Like the ill-fated champion Australian first-season sire Northern Meteor, Niagara is by the influential Encosta de Lago who has sired no fewer than 20 individual Group 1 winners.
Lime Country was further buoyed by the win of the Northern Meteor-sired Zoustar in last Saturday’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes. The colt is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Zouzou and Niagara is also from the same female family as the great Australasian sire.
“I doubt we would have been able to secure Niagara for our farm if Northern Meteor had the results on the board at that time and I’m sure he would most likely be standing in Australia now instead,” Griffin said.
“Daughters and grand-daughters of Redoute’s have been on our hit list of desired mares for Niagara and we have a number of mares by both him and Stratum booked for this season. I’m sure the Australian buyers will take notice of his progeny come sales time off the back of Northern Meteor’s success.”
Niagara offers breeders outstanding value at $5000 + GST in his introductory season.
No gate charge
Hawke’s Bay Racing is expecting a good crowd in attendance when it stages the second day of the Rush Munro’s spring carnival at the Hastings track tomorrow.
Admission is free, with the feature race being the Group 1 $200,000 Windsor Park Plate, a 1600-metre weight-for-age event which has drawn some of the best gallopers in the country.
Another feature will be the running of the Group 3 $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m), the first race in the New Zealand Bloodstock Three-year-old Filly of the Year series.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 17 Sep 2013
Windsor Park Plate candidates Survived, Pimms Time and No Excuse Maggie all enhanced their chances in Saturday’s Group 1 feature at the Hawke’s Bay meeting but reeling off strong workouts at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was carried out on the plough and No.1 grass, both tracks providing good footing. A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up as a dead-5.
Times taken on the No.1 grass varied as some horses worked on the outside and others about half-way out.
Survived was one of those who worked half-way out and was timed to gallop from the 1000-metre peg in 60.1, the last 600 in 34.7. Even for allowing for the variance in actual distance covered it was still a very quick time by the Zed gelding and he finished the gallop off strongly. He has obviously trained on the right way since winning the Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and the extra 200 metres of this Saturday’s race is expected to suit him even more. Opie Bosson will again be the rider.
No Excuse Maggie also worked about half-way out on the grass and stretched out well over 1000 metres in 1:1.4, finishing it off strongly over the last 600 in 34.3. She also looks to be holding her condition well and any rain will help her chances. Jonathan Riddell has been booked to ride her.
Pimms Time hit the line aggressively when working with stablemate Thedepot over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:3.7, the last 600 in 36. Pimms Time only managed seventh in the Makfi Challenge Stakes last start but she was forced to cover a lot of extra ground from a wide draw and also wasn’t happy in the heavy track conditions. She could show a big improvement on better footing this Saturday and is another who will be better suited by the step up to 1600 metres.
Kipkeino had trainer Lucy de Lautour aboard when running a strong solo 1000 metres on the plough in 1:7.9, the last 600 in 36.6. He won well over 1600 metres on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and will step up to 2000 metres this Saturday.
Double O Seven also worked strongly on his own when running 1000 metres on the plough in 1:4.6, the last 600 in36.1. He was an eye-catching fourth over 1400 metres on the first day of the carnival, coming from near last on the home turn. Trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen would like to step the horse up in distance now but the only suitable race for him this Saturday is again over 1400 metres.
Frankly was another from the John Bary stable to work about half-way out on the grass and clocked 1:4.4 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 35.1. She was a good second at Taupo last start and could race at Gisborne next Sunday, with apprentice Miranda Dravitzki to ride.
Gold Moet, another who could run at Gisborne on Sunday, worked on his own over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:4.5, the last 600 in 36.5 while Adventador was not hurried when running over the same ground in 1:7.1, the last 600 in 38.7.
Bay Dancer, preparing for the Rating 65 1400 at Hastings on Saturday, looked to be working very well when running 1000 metres half-way out on the grass in 1:2.3, the last 600 in 35.6. Opie Bosson has been booked to ride her.
Bosson will also ride The Knight in the Rating 85 1400 and this morning the No Excuse Needed gelding galloped 1000 metres on the grass in 1:6.5, the last 600 in 37.1.
Mink recorded one of the quickest times on the plough when she cut out 1000 metres on her own in 1:2.8, the last 600 in 34.9. She wasn’t suited by the heavy track conditions on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival but still made ground over the final stages to finish seventh over 1200 metres. She will step up to a more suitable 1400 metres this Saturday.
Whoopi Gee worked over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:4.1, running the first 400 metres in 26.3 and coming home the last 600 in 37.8.
Da Beast took 1:4.7 for his 1000-metre workout on the plough, the last 600 in 38.2 while Mahora Gold ran over the same ground in 1:4.7, the last 600 in 36.7. She could start next on one of the days at Poverty Bay.
The stablemates Aribasan and Zadetta worked together over 800 metres in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.1 while Saint Kitt was kept under a firm hold by trainer Kelly Burne when running the last 600 metres of his work in 38.9. He is another who could race at Gisborne this Sunday.
Enuffisenuff, nominated for the Rating 75 1600 at Gisborne on Sunday, worked keenly about half-way out on the grass, clocking 1:3.9 for 1000 metres and 34.7 for the last 600. Apprentice Miranda Dravitzki will ride her if she starts at Gisborne.
Pit A Pat worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg on the plough in 1:9.6, quickening over the last 600 in 35.8 while Centarose ran an easy 1000 metres in 1:8.1, the last 600 in 37.7.
A Perfectly Ready three-year-old gelding and one by Bachelor Duke sprinted 600 metres wide out on the grass in 36.8 while Peit Rox ran 600 metres on the plough in 38.4.
A Faltaat three-year-old gelding and a Captain Rio three-year-old gelding worked wide out on the grass and ran the last 400 metres of their work in 23.8.
Hunky Dory schooled fast over nine hurdle fences in the centre. He shows plenty of promise as a jumper and could line up in the maiden hurdle race at Rotorua this Friday.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 12 Sep 2013
Strong gallops by the Group 1 winner Survived and Pheasant were among the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was carried out on the plough (good) and about half-way out on the No. 1 grass (slow).
Survived worked in at three-quarter pace from about the 1400-metre peg on the grass and was timed to sprint home the last 1000 metres in 1:2.3, the last 600 in 36.9. He was travelling strongly at the finish and has obviously trained on the right way since his impressive win in the Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival. He looks certain to be one of the maim chances in the next Group 1 race at the carnival, the Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on Saturday week.
Pheasant worked on the plough and also ran a quick last 1000 metres in 1:2.5, the last 800 in 49.2. He was a fast finishing fifth over 1400 metres on the first day of the spring carnival and will line up over the same distance on the second day.
Sunseka, heading to next week’s Poverty Bay meeting at Gisborne, ran a solo 1000 metres on the grass in 1:7.8, the last 600 in 37.9 while stablemate No Excuse Maggie ran over the same ground in 1:3.8, the last 600 in 37.5.
Mink, preparing for the Rating 85 1400 at Hastings on Saturday week, sprinted 800 metres in 52.9, the last 600 in 38.1 while Whoopi Gee ran home the last 600 metres of her work on the plough in 38.4.
Pimms Time, another preparing for the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate, ran a solo 1000 metres on the plough in 1:6.8, the last 600 in 36.9. She was forced to cover plenty of extra ground in the Makfi Challenge Stakes and wasn’t suited by the heavy track. She has trained on well since and the step up to 1600 metres will suit her a lot better.
Double O Seven worked nicely over 1000 metres in 1:7.9, the last 600 in 39.9. He was a fast finishing fourth on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and will line up over the same distance on the second day.
Rockweiler showed a good turn of foot when sprinting 600 metres on the plough in 35.4 while his stablemate Peit Rox ran over the same distance in 37.3.
Pearls was let off with an easy 800 metres in 58.8, the last 600 in 43.3 while a No Excuse Needed four-year-old mare and a Patapan four-year-old gelding, both trained by Kelly Burne, ran 600 metres on the plough in 40.2.
A Keeper three-year-old gelding and a Thano four-year-old mare worked together over 800 metres on the plough in 53.7, the last 600 in 39.3 while Indolljence and a Fast ‘N’ Famous filly ran 600 metres in 38.8. They are all in the John Bary stable.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 10 Sep 2013
Youtoofast turned in an excellent 1000-metre workout at this morning’s Hastings track session as she prepares to make a return to the racetrack at this Saturday’s Marton meeting at Awapuni.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Youtoofast clocked 1:5.4 for 1000 metres, running the first 400 in 29.3 and then quickening over the last 600 in 36.1. The Fast ‘N’ Famous mare has not raced since April but won a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings a week ago and has won fresh up in the past. She is likely to contest the Rating 85 1200 at Awapuni.
Commett, who will be entered for Saturday’s Group 3 $70,000 Merial Metric Mile (1600m) at Awapuni, worked in from the 1200-metre peg on his own in 1:22.7. He ran the first 600 in a leisurely 46.1 and then quickening appreciably over the last 600 in 36.6.
His stablemate Bay Dancer ran a strong 1000 metres in 1:4.8, the last 600 in 37.4 while The Knight ran over the same ground in 1:6.1, the last 600 in 37.2.
Miss Serena had trainer Corrina McDougal aboard when running 800 metres in 52.1, the last 600 in 37.1. She is in the early stages of a fresh campaign after being sidelined with injury earlier this year.
Last start winner Kipkeino had trainer Lucy de Lautour aboard when running 1000 metres in 1:8.9, the last 600 in 37.5. He won well over 1600 metres at Hastings last week and will step up to 2000 metres on the second day of the Hawke's Bay spring carnival next Saturday week.
Iechyd Da finished clear of Mae West at the end of 1000 metres in 1:7.4, the last 600 in a quick 36.7s. They are both in the John Bary stable, with Iechyd Da being an unraced three-year-old filly by Any Suggestion.
Mink ended her work with an easy 600 metres in 41.2 while the class mare Pimms Time was restricted to just three-quarter pace, running 800 metres in 55.
Kojak ended his work with 600 metres in 42 while The Miner’s Son looked to be stretching out well when completing two rounds of pacework on the plough.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 5 Sep 2013
Last start winner Irish Fling showed she has trained on the right way by running a quick 600 metres in trackwork at Hastings this morning.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided surprisingly good footing after heavy overnight rain.
Irish Fling ended her work with a quick 600 metres in 35.8. She was an impressive winner over 1200 metres at the last Taupo meeting and heads back there next Monday for a Rating 75 1200.
Desi Girl was another who worked very keenly this morning. She was sent over a round and came home the last 1200 metres in 1:16.4, the last 600 in 36.6. The Keeper mare is now owned and trained by Waipukurau’s David Goldsbury and is likely to have a run at next Tuesday’s Foxton trials.
The Depot, another likely running at Taupo next Monday, was not hurried when running a solo 1000 metres, the last 800 in 58.2 and final 600 in 42.6. He was scratched from last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting once the track became extremely heavy.
San Road, a Sandtrap three-year-old gelding in the David Goldsbury stable, clocked 52.2 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37 while his stablemate Lady ‘O ran 1000 metres at three-quarter pace.
Graciella, a member of the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked well over 1000 metres in 1:4.5, the last 600 in 37.4 while Tradtri was not doing much more than three-quarter pace when running 1000 metres, the last 600 in 43.8.
HASTINGS TRACKWORK 3 Sep 2013
Franzac, preparing for Saturday’s $50,000 Wanganui Guineas, worked well on his own at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Galloping was confined to the plough, which still provided heavy footing.
Franzac had former jockey Aaron Wheadon aboard when running 1000 metres in 1:3, coming home the last 600 in 37.2. The Iffraaj gelding has obviously improved a lot since finishing last in a 1000-metre trial at Foxton on August 13 and is a past winner on the Wanganui track.
His stablemate Sloshed, another who could start at Wanganui this Saturday, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:4.1, the last 600 in 37.2. The No Excuse Needed mare was also a winner on the Wanganui track last season and has had two starts back in a fresh campaign for a fourth and a sixth.
The Depot, preparing for next Monday’s Taupo meeting, was sent an easy 800 metres, running home the last 600 in 42.7. He was scratched from last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting once the track became very heavy and will be entered for the Rating 65 1300 at Taupo.
Irish Fling, a likely candidate for the Rating 75 1200 at Taupo next Monday, was also let off with an easy assignment this morning, working in at three-quarter pace from the 600 and just being let sprint up the straight. She was an impressive last start winner over 1000 metres at Taupo.
Cool Hand Luke, in the early stages of a fresh campaign for trainer John Bary, worked in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:6.1, quickening over the last 800 in 51.1 and final 600 in 37.6.
Superefficient and a Kings Chapel filly, both trained by John Bary, worked together over 800 metres in 52.9, the last 600 in 37.8 while Aribasan ended her work with 600 metres in 39.
Lady ’O ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:8, the last 600 in 37.1 while a Falkirk four-year-old gelding and a Sir Percy three-year-old gelding ran 600 metres together in 39.2.
Unraced pair show out at Hastings jumpouts 2 Sep 2013
An unraced Rusty Spur three-year-old filly and a Shinko King-Outraging three-year-old gelding were two of the most impressive winners at today’s Hastings jumpouts.
There were nine heats run on the course proper of the Hastings
track, where the footing was extremely heavy.
The Rusty Spur three-year-old filly scampered through the conditions well when beating Beautiful Man by a nose in one of the 1000-metre heats, clocking a winning time of 1:08. The Rusty Spur filly is in the Hastings stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown and has also been responsible for several other good track gallops in recent weeks.
The Shinko King-Outraging three-year-old gelding was also a narrow winner of his 1000-metre heat but looked to be doing it easily and clocked 1:8.5. He is a member of the Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen stable and also shows plenty of potential.
Heat 1, 400m: Thewayyouare two-year-old gelding (D Bradley) 1, Fast ‘N’ Famous-Frangelico two-year-old colt 2. Two starters. Margin: 3 lengths. Time: 32.5s. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.
Heat 2, 750m: Showstopper (R Myers) 1, Shinko King three-year-old gelding 2, Danroad 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, 8 lengths. Time: 50.2s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 3, 750m: Danroad three-year-old filly (D Bradley) 1, Falkirk three-year-old gelding 2, Shinko King-Derrini three-year-old filly 3. Three starters. Margins: 1 length, 3-1/2 lengths. Time: 48.1s.
Heat 4, 750m: Hayley Rose (D Bradley) 1, Gold Moet 2, Guillotine three-year-old gelding 3. Three starters. Margins: ¾ length, 9 lengths. Time: 48.1s. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.
Heat 5, 1000m: Rusty Spur three-year-old filly (S Thompson) 1, Beautiful Man 2, Black Sheep 3. Three starters. Margins: Nose, 6 lengths. Time: 1:08. Winner trained by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, Hastings.
Heat 6, 1000m: Shinko King-Outraging three-year-old gelding (R Myers) 1, Keeper-Inzabeel four-year-old mare 2, Savabeel-Sahara Storm three-year-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: ½ length, 3 lengths. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 7, 1000m: Mr Hare (R Myers) 1, Grenade 2, Swing 3. Four starters. Margins: Head, 5 lengths. Time: 1:8.9. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 8, 1000m: Youtoofast (R Myers) 1, Broadwalk 2, Cox I’m Lucky 3. Three starters. Margins: Long neck, 6 lengths. No time taken. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 9, 1200m: No Commission (S Fannin) 1, San Pedro 2, Kojak 3. Three starters. Margins; 1 length, 6 lengths. Time: 1:25.2. Winner trained by Paul Nelson, Hastings.
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