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HASTINGS TRACKWORK 25 Sep 2014

A searching gallop by Lady’O was the only highlight in a quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   Less than a dozen horses worked on the plough, which provided good footing.

   Lady’O worked in from about the 2000-metre peg on the plough and was timed to run the last 1200 metres in 1:20.1, the final 600 in 38.4 and looked to be stretching out well at the finish.

   The St Reims mare has been in great form over the winter months but needs a track that is no better than a dead-6 according to trainer David Goldsbury. That is the reason he scratched her from last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting and he is hoping to find a suitable track for her before he turns her out for a spell after Labour Weekend.

   Saint Kitt and Indiscretion worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg in 1:10.9, increasing the speed slightly over the last 600 in 40.3. Saint Kitt looked to be travelling better than his companion at the finish and he has obviously since his fresh up run over 1600 metres at Awapuni two weeks ago.

   A Bahhare three-old filly and a Don Eduardo three-year-old gelding sprinted 600 metres together in 37.6 while a Strategic Image there-year-old gelding and one by Red Giant clocked 54.6 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.3.

  A Minstrel Court three-year-old gelding and Dukebox worked together over an easy 1000 metres in 1:17.1, the last 600 in 43.9 while O’Malia was another restricted to just three-quarter pace.

Goldsbury has to relinquish her racing interests 24 Sep 2014

Waipukurau’s Rebecca Goldsbury’s only regret, as she embarks on a new career as a professional apprentice jockey, is that she won’t be able to ride her own horse in a race for another four years.

   The 22-year-old has held an amateur riders’ license for the past 14 months but has decided to branch out into the professional ranks and recently signed up for a four year apprenticeship with her father, Waipukurau permit to train license holder David Goldsbury.

   Her professional license came through the day after she rode King Of Rock into second place in the 1950-metre amateur riders’ race at Rotorua on September 14.

   At that stage Goldsbury raced King Of Rock in partnership with the horse’s Waipukurau breeder, Steve Ellis, and she also raced the well performed mare Lady’O on her own, after leasing her from her breeders, Takapau-based Craig Harvey, Elsthorope’s Duncan MacLean and Tim Morris, who now lives in Australia.

   Lady’O was chiefly responsible for Goldsbury winning this year’s “Flair” amateur series after the pair combined for success in an amateur riders’ race at Awapuni on July 24 and in another one at Hawera on August 28. But, under the rules of racing, now that she is an apprentice jockey she has to relinquish her interests in both horses.

   The rules state that it is okay for a fully licensed jockey to have a racing interest in a horse, a prime example being Opie Bosson being a shareholder in the well performed Karla Bruni, but it is not okay for an apprentice jockey to do the same.

   “I have had to give up all my shares in the horses and they have been put in my mum’s name instead,” Goldsbury said.

   It means she will not be able to have a racing interest in another thoroughbred until she has served out her apprenticeship, in four years time.

   This year’s 11-race amateur riders’ series began back in May with points awarded on a basis of 10 for a win, 7 for a second, 5 for a third, 3 for a fourth, 2 for a fifth and 1 for a sixth.

   Goldsbury held a commanding lead over Wanganui’s Scotty MacNab heading into the second to last race in the series at Rotorua. By finishing second aboard King Of Rock she picked up another seven points to take her tally to 52, while MacNab earned two points for finishing fourth to take his tally to 34.

   It meant that Goldsbury had an unassailable lead going into the final race in the series, at Te Rapa on September 28.

   Goldsbury has been riding horses from almost the time she could walk and competed in dressage events from the age of five. She rode four winners as an amateur and they will roll over into her professional career, meaning she only has to notch two more wins before her apprentice allowance is reduced from 4kg to 3kg.

   She will have two rides at this Saturday’s Taranaki meeting at New Plymouth, King Of Rock in the $17,500 Rating 85 and jumpers race over 3210 metres and Theodore in the $15,000 Rating 65 race over 1200 metres. 

   Goldsbury had a bad start as a professional when riding Aribasan in the first race at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting. The horse was one of two in the race that was hampered by a malfunction in the starting stalls.

   Tigger Tahnee and Aribasan, who drew barriers nine and 10, were slow to begin and it was later found that their gates didn’t open with the rest. Stipendiary stewards ruled both horses were not afforded a fair start and bets on them were refunded.

   The ageing starting stalls used at Central Districts race meetings, said to be about 40 years old, actually malfunctioned twice at the meeting, resulting in four horses having to be declared late scratchings.

   In race seven, in the $30,000 Stella Artois Sprint, the starting stalls of sixth placed Tyne Cot (11) and the unplaced Kapsboy (12) were also found to have been fractionally slow to open and they were also declared non-runners.

 

Addictive Habit in Classic

   Addictive Habit, bred and part-owned by Hawke’s Bay couple Graham and Isabell Roddick, has been guaranteed a start in the Group 1 $250,000 Livamol Classic on the final day of the JB Organics Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, tomorrow week.

   The Colombia five-year-old certainly deserves to take his place in the 2040-metre feature after completing a hat-trick of victories with another gutsy performance at Hastings last Saturday but the entry criteria meant that he was borderline to make the final field.

   Addictive Habit is prepared by Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell, who had him entered for two races at Hastings last Saturday. The horse was balloted out of the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) so he contested the Open 2000-metre event instead, where he lumped topweight of 59kg to a half-head victory over Blizzard.

   Somervell said he had contacted the handicapper regarding how the order of entry was worked out for the three Group 1 races at the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and was told that if your horse was Group 1-placed in the last 18 months it was a big advantage- and Addictive Habit hadn’t done that.

   However the horse earned another two rating points for his win last Saturday to take him to 100 points and he is presently 16th in order of entry into the Livamol Classic, with the maximum number of starters being 16.

   Somervell said this week Addictive Habit has come through last Saturday’s run very well and he is delighted the horse has made the Livamol Classic.

   “I’m looking forward to the challenge and so is the horse,” Lee Somervell said.

   “Every time I’ve asked him to step up he has and it was a marvellous effort last Saturday to give Blizzard six kilos and beat him.

   Addictive Habit has won on each of the first two days of this year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, over 1600 and 2000 metres, and Somervell says he has improved with each run.

   “I left him deliberately underdone for the first day and he sweated up badly that day and still won. I knew he was right last Saturday but there is still improvement in him.”

   Addictive Habit is presently at a quote of $21.00 on the Fixed Odds win market for the Livamol Classic. Last season’s New Zealand Derby winner Puccini is a hot favourite at $2.50, with Soriano second favourite at $6.00 and both Nashville and Pure Champion on the third line of betting at $9.00.

   Miss Selby, prepared by Hastings trainer John Bary, is at $14.00 while last year’s winner Ransomed is rated an outside chance at $26.00.

   The third day of the JB Organics Hawke’s Bay spring carnival will also feature the running of the Group 2 $100,000 DHL Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), Group 3 $70,000 Tumu ITM Spring Sprint (1400m) and the $40,000 Dundeel All Aged Salver (2500m).

   The winner of the Dundeel All Aged Salver will earn connections a 50 per cent reduction to the nomination and acceptance fees for next year’s Auckland Cup (3200m), run at Ellerslie in March.

   Hastings-trained San Pedro is likely to contest the Dundeel All Aged Salver after his game win in a Rating 75 race over 2000 metres at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Aided by a great front running ride from new Hastings-based jockey Shannon Doyle, San Pedro took a clear lead mid-way through the race and held on gamely to win by a head from Sampson, with Kentucky Son third and Rocky fourth.

   Paul Nelson trains San Pedro and he and his wife Carol own the Colombia eight-year-old, who has now won them six races and more than $77,000 in stakemoney. He was successful in a Rating 75 race over 2500 metres on the Hastings track in June of this year.

    Nelson also trains the promising five-year-old Rocky who will also back up on the third day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, in another Rating 75 race over 2000 metres.

   There will be a general admission charge of $25.00 for the third day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival but Hawke’s Bay Racing is offering a special deal of a $15 gate charge if purchased before race day.

 

Impressive maiden win

   Lady Le Fay, part-owned by Havelock North’s Dan D’Esposito, capped off two good minor placings this season with a strong maiden victory over 1600 metres at Wednesday’s Matamata meeting.

   The Thorn Park mare settled perfectly in the trail for rider Kelly Myers before taking over at the top of the home straight and racing clear for a 1-1/4 length win.

   It was the mare’s sixth start for Matamata trainers Paul and Kris Shailer and she had previously recorded a second, a third and a fourth.

   Lady Le Fay is out of the Zabeel mare Mia Le Fay and is expected to get even better once she steps up over more distance.

   “She is getting stronger and stronger and will improve further with another six months on her,” rider Kelly Myers said.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 23 Sep 2014

   Theodore, a likely candidate for the Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at New Plymouth this Saturday, turned in a quick 600-metre sprint at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Theodore had lightweight apprentice jockey Rebecca Goldsbury aboard when he worked on the plough, sprinting home his last 600 in 36.4. The Kashani gelding was balloted out of a Rating 65 race at Hastings last Saturday but trainer Kim Grant thinks the track may have been a bit too firm for him then anyway. She is hoping for softer footing at New Plymouth and has engaged Goldsbury for the ride and she is eligible to claim a 4kg allowance.

   I’m A Colombia and a Zabeel three-year-old filly, both in the John Bary stable, worked strongly over 1000 metres on the No.1 grass in 1:1.2, the last 600 in 35.7 while Satin Ridge and an Alamosa three-year-old gelding, another pair from the same stable, also worked keenly on the same track and ran their last 800 metres in 48.7.

   All other gallops were on the plough with Mint another who strode out well when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:7.8, the last 600 in 38.3. The Perfectly Ready mare has not raced since finishing sixth over 1650 metres at Waverley in June and is expected to kick off a fresh campaign in the Group 3 $80,000 Taranaki Breeders Stakes (1400m) at Hawera on October 11.

   No Change was another who worked well this morning when he appeared to be travelling better than stablemate Revolution at the end of 1000 metres in 1:5.2, the last 600 in 36.8. No Change is a likely starter on the third day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on Saturday week.

   Yorkie and Bally Heights, two horses from Paul Nelson’s stable entered for the open steeplechase at Te Rapa on Sunday, worked together over 2000 metres and were timed to run the last 1200 in 1:25.1, the last 600 in 41.3. They are both in form jumpers, with Cody Singer booked to ride Yorkie and Shaun Fannin aboard Bally Heights.

   Shotgun and Joe Cool, two others from the Nelson stable headed to the National Jumps meeting at Te Rapa on Saturday, also worked over 2000 metres and were timed to run their last 1200 metres in 1:24.2, the last 600 in 40.2. Shotgun will run in the open hurdle race while Joe Cool is in the maiden hurdle. Cody Singer has been booked to ride both horses.

  A Don Eduardo three-year-old gelding trained by David Goldsbury showed good speed when running 800 metres in 49.6, the last 600 in 36 while a Red Giant three-year-old gelding and one by Strategic Image sprinted 600 metres in 36.6.

   Indiscretion finished well clear of Dukebox at the end of 600 metres in 37.9 while Another Shine and Odencian ran 600 metres together in 38.3.

   A four-year-old No Excuse Needed mare finished well clear of an Edenwold three-year-old filly at the end of 1000 metres in 1:7.6, the last 600 in 38.4. They are both trained by Corrina McDougal.

   Lucky Jim, another in the McDougal stable, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:11.5, the last 600 in 38.4 while Mae West and Jack’s Star went quick in the early stages of their 1000-metre gallop but were slowing towards the finish. They clocked 1:6.4 for the full distance, the last 600 in 39.6.

   A Bridge Too Far and a Red Giant three-year-old filly worked together over 1000 metres in 1:6.8, the last 600 in 38.5 while Beautiful Man worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 40.6.

   Saint Kitt was let off with a 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, clocking 43.2 for the last 600 while others restricted to just three-quarter pace included Broadwalk, Lamborghini, Waipatiki Girl, Mr Hare, Pearls and a Minstrel Court three-year-old gelding.

HB pair missing from remaining HB features 19 Sep 2014

   The vagaries of thoroughbred racing have dealt a blow to two of Hawke’s Bay’s leading spring hopes.

   Survived and Recite, both Group 1 winners last season and touted as leading chances for major races at this year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, have each suffered muscle injuries which have forced a change of plans by their connections.

   Survived, winner of last year’s Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, only managed 13th in this year’s running of the 1400-metre event, on August 30, and has since been found to be suffering from muscle strain.

   Trainer Kelly Burne said she wasn’t happy with the way the Zed gelding finished off a 1200-metre gallop at the Hastings track on Thursday of last week, where he recorded 1:16.9 for the full distance and came home the last 600 in 38.2.

   Burne was aboard the horse in the gallop and said: “I didn’t think he went to the line as strong as I know he can and I’ve had him checked out and he has strained a muscle.

   “I’ll give him a week off and then start him back in light work again but I have pulled him out of the next two Group 1 races here at Hawke’s Bay.”

   Those races are tomorrow’s $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and the $250,000 Livamol Classic (2040m) on October 4.

   Following Survived’s success in last year’s Makfi Stakes he went on to contest both of those races, finishing ninth in the Windsor Park Plate on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and a close third behind Ransomed and Nashville in the Classic on the third day.

   Burne said Survived is still very well in himself and she is confident the horse’s injury will not halt his progress for too long. She may now look at aiming him for the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes, a weight-for-age event run over 1600 metres at Trentham on December 6.

   Meanwhile fellow Hastings trainer John Bary has opted to run Recite in the $40,000 Open 1200-metre sprint at tomorrow’s Hawke’s Bay meeting instead of the Windsor Park Plate after she also suffered a pulled muscle when finishing last in the Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings on August 30.

   The Darci Brahma four-year-old has undergone chiropractic, physiotherapy and acupuncture treatment since but Bary left it until the mare underwent a track gallop on the Hastings track on Tuesday before making a final decision on her immediate race plans.

   He has decided the 1200-metre sprint was the logical choice, saying the mare had missed too much valuable work to run out a strong 1600 metres against Group 1 company.

   “She missed two gallops that we wanted and to go to a Group 1 you’ve got to be 100 per cent,” Bary said.

   Bary was happy enough with the way Recite worked when running a quick 1000 metres at Tuesday’s Hastings trackwork session.

    She started behind stablemate Frankly when they left the 1000-metre peg on the No.1 grass but had joined her before they got to the 600 and came up the centre of the track to be slightly in front at the line.

   Recite was timed to run the full 1000 metres in 60.2, the last 600 in 34.4.

   Frankly was wider out on the track and recorded 1:2.7 for her 1000 metres, the last 600 in 35.5 and it was also very good work by her in preparation for the Rating 85 1400-metre race at tomorrow’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Recite will be partnered tomorrow by Vinnie Colgan, whose only other ride on the horse resulted in a second placing in last season’s Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha.

   Meanwhile the John Bary-trained Miss Selby has come through her unplaced run in last Saturday’s Group 3 Merial Ancare Metric Mile without incident after failing to let down on the Awapuni track and is still on target for the Group 1 $250,000 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings on October 4.  

   Last season’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks runner-up had appreciated a dead-6 track when an impressive fresh up winner over 1400 metres at Hastings on August 30 but was not the same force over 1600 metres on a dead-4 surface at Awapuni, beating just two horses home.

   “I trotted her up on Sunday and she was as sound as a pound,” Bary said. “I worked her up on Monday and she was fine – she is just one of those fillies that looks after herself so we’ll crack on toward the Livamol Classic.”

   Miss Selby is currently a $14 chance for Livamol Classic behind the $3.50 favourite Puccini, with Nashville and Sangster the only other runners at single figure quotes at $7 and $9 respectively.

 

Puccini will be a drawcard

   Puccini’s connections have confirmed the Encosta de Lago entire will now contest the Group 1 $250,000 Livamol Classic (2040m) on the third day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival before crossing the Tasman to chase Australian spring riches.

   Co-trainer Peter McKay had considered an early exit to Melbourne for the $A500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington following the four-year-old’s Group 3 Merial Ancare Metric Mile triumph last Saturday, but he has now reverted to his earlier plan of running him in the Livamol Classic on October 4 before heading to Australia.

   “After the race the other day I was keen to go straight to Australia, but I think we’ll hold back here,” McKay said.

   “I’ve been aiming to have a crack at the Cox Plate - at this stage that’s my main aim. If he can’t get into the Cox Plate then he’ll run in the Caulfield Cup.”

   Puccini, last season’s champion New Zealand three-year-old and winner of the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie in March, pulled up well after his Awapuni success and coped well with a lengthy trip home to Matamata.

   “It took about six and a-half hours, but he seems pretty happy and he got through the race pretty good,” McKay said.

 

Studd’s run continues

   Hastings-based jumps jockey Charlie Studd continued his successful roll with a brace of wins last weekend.

   Studd, 35, got Carinya home first in the $20,000 C R Grace Steeplechase (4200m) at last Saturday’s Marton meeting at Awapuni and then piloted Lucky Tonight to win a $10,000 maiden hurdle race over 2800 metres at Rotorua on Sunday.

   The English-born jockey has now ridden five winners since the start of this season, on August 1, and also picked up a second placing aboard Superturf in the other maiden hurdle at Rotorua on Sunday.

   Carinya, under a vigorous ride by Studd, got up to beat Hastings-trained Yorkie by half a length at Awapuni, with Hunky Dory 1-3/4 lengths back in third place.

   The Golan mare was the winner of one race from 19 starts on the flat and unplaced in one run over hurdles but has been a revelation in three starts as a steeplechaser.

   She paid $34.00 when making a winning debut over country at Awapuni in July and then finished second over steeples at Hawera last month.

   The five-year-old is trained and part-owned by Marton-based Dan O’Leary who intends giving her one more start before she heads to the spelling paddock.

   That will be in a $20,000 open steeplechase over 4900 metres at Te Rapa on national jumps day, on September 28.

   Studd has ridden Carinya in all four of her jumping starts and says she is improving with each run.

   “She’s so genuine,” Studd said. “Once you ask her to go, she puts her head down and tries.”

   Another Hastings jumps jockey, Shaun Fannin, also had a good day at last Sunday’s Rotorua meeting.

   Fannin, 18, is presently working for Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers and rode two of that stables representatives at Rotorua. He won the $20,000 Restricted Open Hurdle on Kick Back and finished third on Irishwise in a maiden hurdle event.

 

Goldsbury top amateur

   A second placing aboard King Of Rock at last Saturday’s Rotorua meeting has assured Hawke’s Bay’s Rebecca Goldsbury of first prize in this year’s national amateur riders’ series.

   Goldsbury, 22, held a commanding lead over Wanganui’s Scotty MacNab heading into what was the second to last race in the series, at Rotorua. By finishing second she picked up another seven points to take her tally to 52, while MacNab earned two points for finishing fourth and is now on 34.

   It means that Goldsbury will take an unassailable lead into the final race in the series, at Te Rapa on September 28.

   She went close to scoring a maximum 10 points aboard King Of Rock in the 1950-metre race at Rotorua, the horse going down by just a long head after looking the likely winner when clear in the lead inside the final 100 metres.

   Goldsbury races King Of Rock in partnership with the horse’s Waipukurau breeder Steve Ellis and the six-year-old gelding is trained by her father, David Goldsbury.

 

Tyne Cot returns

   Talented but injury plagued galloper Tyne Cot showed he was ready to make his return to the racetrack with a solid performance to take out a 1000-metre heat at last week’s Woodville trials.

   Unsighted since finishing well back in the Group 2 Couplands Bakeries Mile at Riccarton in November 2013, the six-year-old has been taken along quietly by Dannevirke part-owner and trainer Neil Connors who was pleased with the trial hit-out as a pointer towards an imminent race start.

   “He has had his issues but he seems to be pretty good at present and I was happy with how he went in the trial,” he said.

   “Hayden (Tinsley) doesn’t say too much but he seemed pleased with the effort.”

   Tyne Cot is set to resume racing in the $30,000 Stella Artois Sprint, a Rating 85 race over 1400 metres at tomorrow’s second day of the JB Organics Hawke’s Bay spring carnival at Hastings.

   The Keeper gelding won four of his first six starts and finished fourth in the 2013 running of the Group 1 Easter Handicap (1600m) at Ellerslie.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 11 Sep 2014

Strong 1000-metre gallops by King Of Rock and Whoopi Gee were two of the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   King Of Rock worked on the grass and ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:5.5, the last 600 in 36.1. He is entered for the amateur riders’ race at Rotorua on Sunday, with Rebecca Goldsbury the rider.

   Whoopi Gee finished ahead of Pit A Pat at the end of 1000 metres on the plough in 1:7.1. They ran the first 400 metres at three-quarter pace but Whoopi Gee sprinted home the last 600 in a quick 35.9. She is likely to start next on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on Saturday week.

   Survived had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when he worked over 1200 metres on the plough in 1:16.9. He ran the first 600 in 38.7 and came home the last 600 in 38.2. The Zed gelding also had a gallop at Tuesday’s Woodville trials.

   Rule The Court was another who worked on the grass and ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:3.7, the last 600 in 37.2. He was a close second over 2000 metres at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Saint Kitt, who resumes from a spell in the Rating 75 1600-metre race at Awapuni on Saturday, worked over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:8, running the first 400 in an easy 30.1 and quickening over the last 600 in 37.9.

   Adventador worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800-metre peg on the plough, running the last 600 in 42 while Pearls did similar work and also ran her last 600 in 42.

   Foibles ran 1000 metres on the plough in 1:7.4, the last 800 in 50.4 and final 600 in 37.1. He finished sixth fresh up over 1000 metres at Otaki last week.

   An Edenwold three-year-old filly and a No Excuse Needed four-year-old mare worked together over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:10.1, running the first 400 at three-quarter pace and then quickening slightly over the last 600 in 38.8.

   A Starcraft-Irish Belle three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable clocked 53.1 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 40. He is a half-brother to the Group 1 winner Irish Fling.

   Waipatiki Girl, entered for the Maiden 1600 at Awapuni on Saturday, was let off with 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, the last 600 in 42.9 while Deli Girl did similar work and was timed to run her last 600 in 43.5.

   A Per Incanto two-year-old filly and a Handsome Ransom three-year-old gelding, both trained by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, ended their work with 600 metres in 40.9 while a Towkay-Yeah Nah three-year-old gelding was also restricted to three-quarter pace, the last 600 taking 42.2.

   Ballyhoo schooled over nine hurdle fences in the centre.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 10 Sep 2014

   Don’t Change, who is being aimed at the Group 2 $100,000 Hawke’s Bay Guineas at Hastings on October 4, hit out well in trackwork at the Hastings track this morning.

   Fast work was confined to the plough which was in good order and conducive to quick times.

   Don’t Change was not hurried when running a solo 800 metres but finished his work off well in clocking 52.5, the last 600 in 37.6. He blew out over the final stages when resuming over 1200 metres on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival but will have taken a lot of improvement from that run.

   Single Girl, who will contest the Rating 65 race over 2100 metres at Awapuni this Saturday, took the time honours with a sharp 800-metre gallop in 48s, the last 600 in 35.4. She only managed seventh over 1600 metres at Otaki last start but may now be ready to step up in distance. Vinnie Colgan has been booked to ride her.

   Mint was another who worked well on her own when running 800 metres in 54.1, the last 600 in 38.7. She is likely to have a jumpout and possibly a trial before resuming racing in the Group 3 $80,000 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera on October 11.

   Waipatiki Girl, an entrant for the Maiden 1600-metre race at Awapuni this Saturday, was given two 600-metre runs, the first in 40.5 and the second in 40.3 while Zed Leppelin, another likely runner at Awapuni on Saturday, ran 1200 metres in 1:19.8, the first 600 in 41.9 and the last 600 in 37.9. He finished an unlucky fifth over 1200 metres at Hastings last start.

   Casino Jack ended his work with 600 metres in 39.8 and is likely to start next in a Rating 65 race over 1800 metres at Taupo on September 19.

   Takemehomebabe went very keenly in the early stages of her 800-metre gallop, running the first 400 in 11.9s before slowing towards the finish to clock 49.8 for the full distance, the final 600 in 37.9.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 10 Sep 2014

Whoopi Gee showed she has trained on the right way since her unlucky run on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival by turning in an excellent solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was very little in the way of fast work, with a number of trainers taking horses to today’s Woodville trials. Galloping was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.

   Whoopi Gee worked over 1000 metres in 1:3.7, the last 800 in 48.1 and final 600 in a quick 35.4. She had her chances extinguished at the start in her 1400-metre race at Hastings as she became unsettled in the barrier and banged her head on the side of the gates as she jumped out. The judicial report said she raced ungenerously in the early stages and was held up for a run at the 500 metres.

   She is now likely to start again on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on September 20.

   Malrose was another who worked at speed over the last 600 metres of her work. She clocked 1:6.7 for 1000 metres, running the first 400 in 31s and then sprinting the final 600 in 35.7. She is likely to race next in a Rating 75 race over 1300 metres at Taupo on September 19.

   Golan Express was let off with an easy workout, running her last 600 metres in 45.2. She produced an eye-catching run for second over 1000 metres at Taupo last start and is not expected to start again until the third day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on October 4.

   Rule The Court had trainer Corrina McDougal aboard when working over three rounds, running home the last 600 metres in 42. He turned in an excellent run for second over 2000 metres on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   Lucky Jim was timed o run the last 600 metres of his work in 42.3 while Viceroy was another who worked at three-quarter pace. He is another likely starter on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on Saturday week.

   A Handsome Ransom three-year-old gelding and a Deputy Governor four-year-old gelding worked together over 600 metres in 42.3.

Survived has been on a fitness regime 10 Sep 2014

   Hastings trainer Kelly Burne has stepped up Survived’s work load since the horse’s last start unplaced performance and is confident the five-year-old will strip a lot fitter for next week’s Group 1 $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), feature race on the second day of the JB Organics Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   Survived only managed 13th when resuming from a spell in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on August 30, a race he won last year.

    Burne said she was initially disappointed by the horse’s run that day but, upon reflection, it was not as bad as it looked on paper.

   The Zed gelding finished less than 5-1/2 lengths from the winner after over-racing in the early stages. He was in a challenging position at the top of the home straight before weakening in the final stages.

   “He just blew out the final bit and blew up over the loins after the race so he definitely needed it,” Burne said.

   “He also got galloped on slightly in the running but it was nothing serious.”

   Burne gave Survived a strong 1000-metre gallop at the Hastings track last Saturday and then took him to the Woodville trials on Tuesday where she rode him in another 1400-metre solo gallop.

   She has also been working him over a seven kilometre road course close to her stables at Poukawa.

   “I’m happy with him,” Burne said.

   She has, however, had to find a replacement jockey for the horse in the Windsor Park Plate as Johnathon Parkes, who was aboard in the Makfi Stakes, will be required to ride Ransomed in the race.

   “I’ve managed to get Vinnie Colgan on the horse and I’m happy to get him,” Burne added.

   Meanwhile star Hastings-trained mare Recite has been undergoing treatment on a shoulder injury she suffered when finishing last in the Makfi Challenge Stakes at her last start.

   Trainer John Bary said this week that the Darci Brahma mare pulled a muscle in her right shoulder during the running of the 1400-metre event, where she tailed the field home and was 11 lengths from the winner.

   “She stopped so badly that I thought she had bled,” Bary said. “She pulled up very sore in the right shoulder.”

   Bary said Recite has had a couple of treatments of physio and acupuncture but he won’t know whether she will be fit enough to run in next week’s Windsor Park Plate until she has a track gallop next Tuesday.

   “She’s okay but I’ve seen her better,” Bary added.

 

I Do a $5.00 favourite

   Only two of the remaining 26 entrants for the Group 1 $200,000 Windsor Park Plate, feature race on the second day of the JB Organics Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, are at a single figure quote on the TAB’s Fixed Odds win market.

   I Do, a decisive winner of the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on the first day of the carnival, is a $5.00 favourite for the 1600-metre event with Nashville the second favourite at $7.00.

   Last season’s New Zealand Derby winner Puccini is on the third line of betting at $10.00, along with Makfi Stakes runner-up Pussy O’Reilly.

   The full list of entrants. in betting order, is.- $5.00 I Do; $7.00 Nashville; $10.00 Puccini, Pussy O’Reilly; $12.00 Abidewithme, Sacred Star; $14.00 O’Fille, Pure Champion, Shuka; $18.00 Soriano, Veyron, Xanadu; $21.00 Recite; $26.00 Addictive Habit, Costume, Sangster, Survived, Zennista; $31.00 Scintillula; $41.00 Zonza; $51.00 Ransomed; $81.00 Jubilate; $101.00 Colonel Carrera, Fast Dragon, Fritzy Boy; $201.00 Weissmuller.

   The Windsor Park Plate will be one of two group races run on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, the other being the Group 3 $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes, a 1200-metre event for three-year-old fillies and the first race in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year series.

   At this stage there are nine races planned for the meeting, with the first timed for 12.25pm and the last at 5.13pm. There will be a $10 admission charge, with those aged under 18 years free. 

 

Niagara foals on the ground

   The first crop of foals by Hawke’s Bay’s new sire Niagara are now gracing the paddocks of Lime Country Thoroughbreds Stud and have received complimentary reviews.

   The first four foals by the son of Encosta de Lago were born on the stud in the last week of August and all that have viewed them have been impressed, with stud manager Greg Griffin feeling excited about the rest of the foaling season.

   “It’s great to get the first few on the ground and see Niagara leaving the same bay colour and all with a bit of white so far,” Griffin said.

   “Niagara is a big, impressive looking horse and a number of the first foals born are to smaller mares or maidens, so to see the leg, muscle and bone he has thrown is very encouraging.

   “He was a A$620,000 yearling himself, you don’t get those sort of prices in Australia without being a forward, precocious, stand out-type of yearling and it looks like these foals have picked up plenty of those attributes.”

   One of the first foals produced by Niagara was a colt out of the Masterclass mare Miss Jean Brodie, bred and owned by Central Hawke’s Bay couple Peter and Margaret Hales.

   Miss Jean Brodie is a half-sister to the former top racetrack performer Old Belvedere, whose five wins included the 2008 Group 3 Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni.

   While there is a general feeling that many stallions will struggle for numbers this season, Niagara has bucked the trend with bookings in advance of the same time last year and he is likely to again cover a book of more than 100 this breeding season.

   “Astute breeders have noticed that his sire Encosta de Lago sired last season’s New Zealand champion three-year-old in Puccini as well the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year in Costa Viva,” Griffin said.

   “A huge result for any stallion and remarkable considering he only had seven three-year-old runners in New Zealand for that season.”

   Encosta de Lago also managed to have highest Timeform rated two-year-old colt in Australia in Niagara’s close relation Rubick. It has been a stellar year for a stallion, who has now sired 103 stakes winners, 209 black type horses, 23 Group 1 winners and the winners of over $139million in prize money worldwide.

   Additionally, Redoute’s Choice who shares the same female family as Niagara, has just taken out his third Australian General Sires’ Premiership.

 

Overdue success for HB owner

   It has been a long time between celebration drinks for Central Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-breeder Jenny Dalby but her colours were back in the winner’s stall when I Am Leo scored an upset victory at last week’s Otaki meeting.

   I Am Leo was the rank outsider in the nine horse field entered for the $8000 Rating 75 race over 1200 metres and won at odds of 28 to 1.

   Apprentice jockey Michael Dee settled him near the tail of the field until the home straight and then weaved a passage between horses to get up and snatch a nose decision over Dr Paul, with third placed Liberating a long neck back in third place.

   It was the Riviera gelding’s fifth win and his first since he took out a 1200-metre race at Waverley 12 months ago. He has now had 33 starts and won more than $26,000 in stakemoney.

   I Am Leo is trained at Palmerston North by Kevin Gray who says the horse has been on the market for a while.

   “We’ve tried to sell him for $3000 and we are just looking for a good home for him,” Gray said.

    Dalby bred the seven-year-old out of the Oregon mare Tabitha and the horse traces back to Saunter, a mare that carried Dalby’s colours to seven victories back in the late 1980s.

 

Two in a row for mare

   The Hastings training partnership of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown picked up their second success from as many starts with new stable star Designated Driver last Saturday.

   The four-year-old Danroad mare, formerly trained in the north, made a winning debut for his new trainers in a Rating 75 race over 1200 metres at Wanganui on August 17 and showed she definitely has a liking for the course by recording a 2 length victory in a Rating 75 event over 1340 metres at last Saturday’s Wanganui meeting.

   Designated Driver has now recorded four wins from just 12 starts for her owners Butch and Lu Thomas, who now live in San Francisco. They bred the mare when they were formerly based in Cambridge.

   Butch Thomas is a former top equestrian rider and is nowadays a showjumping trainer.

   Sue Thompson said her and husband Mick Brown would now like to line up Designated Driver in a $30,000 Rating 85 race over 1400 metres on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on September 20, but is unsure whether the mare will have enough points to make the field.

   “She picked up five points for her win last Saturday but is still only on 77 points and we may have to look at the Special Conditions 1300 instead,” Thompson said.

   Designated Driver was ridden to victory last Saturday by new Hastings-based jockey Shannon Doyle, crediting him with his second win for the season.

   While Designated Driver came from well off the pace to win over 1200 metres at Wanganui on August 17, Doyle let the mare roll to the front in the early stages of last Saturday’s race and they were never headed, holding on to win by 2 lengths from Cosmic Cube and Overtheriver, who dead-heated for second. 

Dundeel camp clean up in local racing awards 2 Sep 2014

   New Zealand’s horse of the year for the last racing season, Dundeel, and his connections were the main recipients at last night’s annual Bate Hallett/Veterinary Associates Racing and Breeding Awards function held at the Hastings racecourse.

   The awards recognise the success of Hawke’s Bay and Poverty Bay thoroughbred horses, owners, trainers and breeders from the last racing season.

   Dundeel won the title of Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay-owned horse of the year while his breeders, Havelock North couple Murray and Jo Andersen, were awarded the trophy for the district’s top breeder of the year and the horse’s dam, Stareel, was broodmare of the year.

   Dundeel was crowned New Zealand’s champion thoroughbred for the last racing season in Hamilton on August 14 and his dam Stareel also took out the title of New Zealand broodmare of the year at that function.

   In the last racing season Dundeel, or It’s A Dundeel as he was known as in Australia, had seven starts for two wins, two seconds, a third and a fourth. He lowered the colours of the previously unbeaten Australian mare Atlantic Jewel in the Group 1 $A500,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m) in Melbourne in the spring of last year and then downed the best weight-for-age horses in Australasia in the Group 1 $A4million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney last April.

   The other finalists for Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay-owned horse of the year were Survived and Miss Selby.

   Stareel, the dam of Dundeel, was a logical choice for broodmare of the year as were Dundeel’s breeders, Murray and Jo Andersen.

   The Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen were the leading Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay trainers’ on wins for the last season with a total of 24, four more than John Bary.

   The trainers’ strike-rate award went to Waipukurau’s David Goldsbury, who saddled up three winners from 22 starters during the last season for a strike-rate of 7.33.

   The John Bary-trained Recite took out the title of Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay trained horse of the year, which is worked out on stakemoney won. She had eight starts during the season for two wins, three seconds and two fourths and accumulated stake earnings of $229,525.

   Don Gordon won the award for Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay owner of the year for the deeds of two horses he raced during the season in Survived and Pit A Pat. The 81-year-old bred both of them, with Survived winning the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes and Group 3 Tauranga Stakes while Pit A Pat recorded one win and two minor placings.

    The Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay breeder of the most winners in the season was again Pourerere-based Sue Harty while the Jimmy Choux Award for the best performed three-year-old for the season, bred in Hawke’s Bay, went to Miss Selby. She was bred by the late Graeme Lowe and raced by his three children, Andy Lowe, Sarah Whyte and Kate Stace. She won the Group 3 Lowland Stakes and was placed in both the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks and Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes and had stake earnings of $135,660.

   A special award, the Horlicks Salver, was presented to Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners' president Tony Lyndon in recognition for his outstanding contribution to racing in the district over many years.

Weregoingtogetcha stars in Hastings jumpouts 1 Sep 2014

Last season’s exciting three-year-old Weregoingtogetcha was one of the star performers at jumpouts held on the Hastings track today (Monday).

   There were 11 heats, two at 450 metres, four at 750 metres and five over 1000 metres.

   Weregoingtogetcha contested the last of the 1000-metre heats and clocked the fastest time of 1:1.5 when scoring a comfortable length win over Aribasan, with Malrose about a length further back in third place.

   The Testa Rossa four-year-old entire sat back off the leaders in the early stages but then swept around the field. He ran very wide on the home bend but was still too good for his rivals in the run to the line.

   Trainer David Hayes was pleased with the performance by Weregoingtogetcha and said he may kick off a fresh campaign in a Rating 75 1340-metre race at Wanganui this Saturday.

   “I’ll just see how he comes through this run today before deciding to go straight into a race or give him a proper trial first,” Hayes said.’

   He added that he would like to Weregoingtogetcha into the Group 2 Coupland’s Mile at Riccarton on November but realises the horse needs to accumulate more rating points to have a chance of making the field for that race.

   Dances With Wolves, a Starcraft three-year-old gelding and a Darci Brahma three-year-old gelding were other impressive heat winners at the jumpouts.

   Dances With Wolves showed his rivals a clean set of heels in a 450-metre heat, exploding from the barrier to quickly take control before racing away to win by 7 lengths. His winning time of 24.7s was more than 5s faster than the other 450-metre heat.

   Dances With Wolves is an unraced three-year-old gelding by Buffalo Man and is trained by Dave Stenning, who was formerly based in the north but has now moved to Hastings.

   Stenning trained the top sprinter Catering King back in the mid-1980s and prepared him to win the 1986 Hawke’s Bay Challenge Stakes, the race now known as the Makfi Challenge Stakes.

   A Starcraft-Irish Belle three-year-old gelding scored an easy 4 length win in the first of the 750-metre heats. No time was taken but rider Shannon Doyle had time to look behind to see where the opposition was over the final stages and the winning margin could have been more. The gelding is in the stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and is a half-brother to Irish Fling, winner of last season’s Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham.

   A Darci Brahma three-year-old gelding trained by James Bridge put up a huge performance to win the second 750-metre heat. He missed the start by 5 lengths and was a clear last rounding the home bend but easily picked up his three rivals to win by a length in a time of 46.3s.

   Bridge, who was based in Woodville last season, is now moving to the Byerley Park complex at Karaka. He had four horses at today’s jumpouts, the others being the well performed mare Alleyoop (3 wins) and the winners Pokuru Asif and Barnie O’Marnie.

   Alleyoop finished second behind the talented three-year-old filly Quake in the quickest 750-metre heat. Quake led all the way to score by half a length from the fast finishing Alleyoop and clocked a quick 43.9s.

 

Jumpout results.-

Heat 1, 450m: Charkhee (C Anderson) 1, Per Incanto 3yr-old filly 2, Red Giant 3yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: Nose, 8 lengths. Winner trained by Kelly Burne, Hastings.

Heat 2, 450m: Dances With Wolves (J Andersen) 1, Thorn Park 3yr-old gelding 2, Towkay-Likenothinelsie 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: 7 lengths, Long neck. Time: 24.7s. Winner trained by Dave Stenning, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: Starcraft-Irish Belle 3yr-old gelding (S Doyle) 1, Iffraaj 3yr-old filly 2, Towkay-Yeah Nah 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 4 lengths, head. No time taken. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 4, 750m: Darci Brahma 3yr-old gelding (J Parkes) 1, Minstrel Court 3yr-old gelding 2, Chuck It In Bro 3. Four starters. Margins: 1 length, Long head. Time: 46.3s. Winner trained by James Bridge.

Heat 5, 750m: Pokuru Asif (J Parkes) 1, Wait A Sec 2, Shezgorgeous 3. Three starters. Margins: Long neck, ¾ length. Time: 44.9s. Winner trained by James Bridge.

Heat 6, 750m: Quake (S Doyle) 1, Alleyoop 2, Showstopper 3. Three starters. Margins: ½ length, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 43.9s. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.

Heat 7, 1000m: Cool Hand Duke (S Doyle) 1, Road To Rock 3yr-old gelding 2, Pentire 3yr-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: 1-3/4 lengths, ¾ length. Time: 1:3.0. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 8, 1000m: Pleasure Palace (J Parkes) 1, Iffraaj 3yr-old gelding 2, Lamborghini 3. Five starters. Margins: Neck, 3 lengths. Time: 1:2.4. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 9, 1000m: Speed King (C Anderson) 1, Voxer 2, Alamosa 3yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Neck, 2-1/2 lengths. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 10, 1000m: Lenin The Brown (M Dravitzki) 1, Encosta de Lago 3yr-old colt 2, Urock 3. Five starters. Margins: Nose, 1 length. Time: 1:2.5. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 11, 1000m: Weregoingtogetcha (R Goldsbury) 1, Aribasan 2, Malrose 3. Six starters. Margins: 1 length, 1-1/4 lengths. Time: 1:1.5. Winner trained by David Hayes, Woodville.

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