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HB filly now headed for 1000 Guineas 30 Sep 2015

Promising Hastings filly Miss Cobra is now on target for a crack at the Group 1 $300,000 New Zealand 1000 Guineas following an impressive maiden win over 1380 metres at Otaki on Thursday of last week.

   The Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen have always held Miss Cobra in high regard and are now planning to run her in a $40,000 Three-year-old race over 1400 metres at Trentham on October 24 as a final lead up to the NZ 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on November 14.

   The three-year-old Iffraaj filly was totally unsuited by the heavy-11 track conditions at Otaki and looked under pressure when a long way off the leaders at the 600. But once rider Lisa Allpress brought her to the outside in the home straight she quickly gathered in the leaders and raced clear in the final 100 metres to win by 1-1/2 lengths.

   Lowry and Cullen have not been afraid to line the filly up, as a maiden, in strong three-year-old races already this season. She was a fast finishing third behind Girlsarebackintown and Magic Dancer over 1100 metres at Taupo in August and followed that up with an outstanding run for fourth in the Listed Wanganui Guineas (1340m) this month, where she came from last on the home turn to finish only a length from the winner.

   Miss Cobra is owned by her Hawke’s Bay breeders, Tim and Briar Macphee and is out of the Zabeel mare Athenri.

   The Macphees purchased Athenri for just $5250 at a 2009 Karaka mixed bloodstock sale and Miss Cobra is the third foal they have bred from the mare. The first was a colt by Keeper who was sold to Australia and the second was a filly by Nom de Jeu, called Amour de Jeu, which has had one start for a second.

   Since Miss Cobra Athenri has produced a filly by Cape Blanco which the Macphees sold for $32,000 at a mixed bloodstock sale last year and they have also since sold the mare.

   Athenri was initially bred by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan and had four race starts for a win, a second and a third. She is also the dam of Shootout, winner of the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) in 2011.


Big week for HB owner

   Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-breeder Kevin Wood has had a week to remember with two wins in the space of three days.

   Wood is part of a large syndicate of owners that race Silver Blade from the Otaki stable of Karen Zimmerman and the four-year-old capped off three previous second placings with a well deserved maiden win over 1200 metres on his home track on Thursday of last week.

   Wood and his wife Shirin are also the breeders and part-owners of Jakob Gambino who brought up the fourth win of his career with an impressive fresh up performance at last Saturday’s Otago meeting at Wingatui.

   The seven-year-old Sandtrap gelding was having his first start since May and drew the extreme outside barrier in a Rating 65 race over 1200 metres. Apprentice jockey Gosen Jogoo bounced him out quickly to take a clear lead at the end of the first 400 metres and then eased him back to take a trail when Ironworker rushed around to take control.

   Once in the straight Jogoo angled Jakob Gambino off the heels of the leader and shot to the front again before staving off the late challengers to win by three-quarters of a length.

   It was Jakob Gambino’s first win since he led all the way over 1400 metres at Wingatui in November last year.

   He was originally trained at Hastings by John Bary and won two races from that stable before being transferred south. He is now prepared by Winton-based Bruce Tapper who races the horse in partnership with the Woods.

   Silver Blade was also fresh up, with his last start being over 1340 metres at Wanganui back in May. However he had finished second in a recent 1000-metre trial at Foxton which obviously helped fit him for his return to racing at Otaki.

   Rider Kelly Myers jumped the horse away quickly from an outside draw at Otaki to take a clear lead at the end of the first 200 metres. She then dictated the pace and when she asked her mount to extend at the top of the home straight he raced away to win by 3-3/4 lengths.


Mime speaks up

   Havelock North thoroughbred owner-breeder Laurence Redshaw looks to have bred another talented filly in Mime, who capped off two second placings with a maiden win over 1200 metres at Tauranga on Wednesday of last week.

   The three-year-old is raced by Redshaw from the Cambridge stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and is by Mastercraftsman out of the Montjeu mare Maidjeu.

   The grey filly recorded second placings over 1100 metres at Waverley in July and over 1200 metres at Taupo last month in her first two starts and was sent out a hot favourite when she lined up for her third start last week. Rider Matthew Cameron settled her into a trailing position until the home turn before kicking her to the front.

   Inexperience almost cost her victory over the final stages when she started to run around but she managed to hold on to win by a nose.

   Mime is the fifth foal Redshaw has bred from Maidjeu and the third winner.

   The first was Ishma (by Ishiguru), who recorded two wins and three seconds from only 18 starts. Karrdo, by Volksraad, was the second foal and recorded two seconds from three New Zealand starts before being sold to Singapore.

    King Zeus was the third foal and is the winner of six races from the Ruakaka stable of Donna Logan.


Upset winner

   Hesalljazz, bred and owned by Hawke’s Bay brothers Chris and Ken Russell, stunned punters when he scored a fresh up win at Tauranga on Wednesday of last week.

   The Coats Choice six-year-old was having his first start for nearly 12 months in a Rating 75 race over 1600 metres and was sent out at odds of 17 to one.

   Senior jockey Michael Coleman took the gelding to the front from the start and set up a good gallop in the heavy-11 track conditions. However soon after turning into the home straight Hesalljazz was challenged and headed by horses either side of him and it looked likely that third would be his lot. But, as the winning post approached, he seemed to get a second wind and stuck his neck out to score by half a head.

   Hesalljazz began his racing career from the Hastings stable of John Bary who produced him to win two races, a 1600-metre maiden at Hastings in April last year and a 1400-metre Rating 65 race on the same track two months later.

   The horse was transferred to the Taupo stable of James Cropp after finishing last in a Rating 75 race over 1600 metres at Matamata in October last year and he now races the horse in partnership with the Russell brothers.

   Hesalljazz is out of the Dieu D’or mare Donna Jazz and is a full-brother to Shezalljazz, who won five races from the Hastings stable of Patrick Campbell.


HB Cup downgraded

   The Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup, one of the feature autumn races on the central districts racing calendar, has been downgraded from Group 3 status to Listed level.

   The 2200-metre event, nowadays run at 2200 metres, dates back to 1860 when first run by the then Napier Turf Club at Greenmeadows

   The first cup raced staged at the Hastings racecourse was in 1875, won by Marquis. Over the years the honours board of winners has included many of the stars of the New Zealand turf including Hi-Jinx, who went on the win a Melbourne Cup, Glengowan, who finished second in a Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate winners Fury’s Order and Surfer’s Paradise.

   Three races, the Sarten Memorial at Te Rapa, the Manawatu Challenge Stakes at Awapuni and the Westbury Classic at Ellerslie, have all been upgraded from Group 3 to Group 2 status for this season.

   The New Zealand Pattern Committee has also upgraded the Anniversary Handicap at Trentham and the South Island Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Riccarton from Listed to Group 3 level while The Oaks Prelude has earned Listed status.

   There will again be 22 Group 1 races conducted in the 2015-16 season, 25 Group 2 races, 38 Group 3 races and 63 Listed races.


Stayers’ bonuses

   New Zealand’s top stayers will have major bonuses to chase this season.

   A $1 million payment will be on offer for any winner of the New Zealand, Auckland and Wellington Cups with $250,000 up for grabs for any winner of two of the three events.

   “New Zealand breeds some of the best middle distance and staying horses in the world and the stayers’ bonus series reflects our industry’s continued commitment to our iconic staying events in New Zealand,” NZ Thoroughbred Racing chief executive Greg Purcell said.

   The bonus series will be run by NZTR in conjunction with the Canterbury Jockey Club and the Wellington and Auckland Racing Clubs.

   The bonuses coincide with the announcement by the Wellington Racing Club that the distance for the 2016 running of the Wellington Cup will be reinstated to 3200 metres after it was shortened to 2400 metres in 2009. This will mean that all three of the major cup races will be run over the ultimate distance.


   A strong gallop by Adventador and La Becane on the plough and similar work by Powerade and The Knight’s Queen on the No.1 grass were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Both tracks provided dead footing.

   Adventador and La Becane clocked 1:3.9 for 1000 metres on the plough, the first 400 in 27.7 and final 600 in 36.2. Adventador, in particular, was striding out strongly at the finish and he is expected to make a fresh start in the $40,000 Rating 85 race over 1400 metres at this Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay premier meeting.

   Powerade and The Knight’s Queen were the only horses timed on the No.1 grass and they cut out 1000 metres together in 1:3.5, the first 400 in 26 and final 600 in 37.5. They were both working well at the finish.

   In Another Life, who will be nominated for the $40,000 Special Conditions 1400 at Hastings on Saturday, worked on his own over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:7, the last 600 in 38.1 while Superveloce ended his work with 600 metres in 38.8. He finished sixth on debut over 1200 metres at Wanganui two weeks ago.

  Kipkeino, preparing for the 2500-metre open handicap at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, had trained Lucy de Lautour aboard when working strongly over 1000 metres on his own in 1:3.5, the last 600 in 37 while his stablemate Havataste ended his work by running the last 600 metres in 37.1.

   Is Possible and Rule The Court, two horses in Corrina McDougal’s stable, clocked 50.1 for 800 metres, running the first 200 in a leisurely 14.1 before sprinting home the last 600 in 36. Is Possible is another likely to be entered for the Special Conditions 1400 at Hastings on Saturday.

   A Jimmy Choux two-year-old in the John Bary stable finished clear of one by Stratum at the end of a quick 600 metres in 36 while Geronimo was only let stride out over the last 400 metres of his work and clocked 26.3. He is a three-year-old gelding by No Excuse Needed out of Nanuk.

   Hokey Pokey and Xcuses Xcuses, two others in the John Bary stable, ran 800 metres together in 56.2, the last 600 in 39.3 while Miss Finnity was keen in the early stages of her 1000-metre gallop but was slowing towards the finish. She was timed to run the last 800 in 50.1 and final 600 in 38.6.

   Keep Us Happy clocked 53.1 for a solo 800 metres, the last 600 in 37 while a Savabeel filly in the Patrick Campbell stable ran an easy 800 in 54.5, the last 600 in 39.5.

   The John Bary-trained Verna Audrey was timed to run an easy 600 metres in 39.1 while her stablemate Turkey Lowe followed up behind with a much quicker 600 metres in 36.4.

   Saint Kitt, preparing for the Rating 85 race over 1600 metres at Hastings on Saturday, had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running 800 metres in 52.2, the last 600 in 38.9 while stablemate Ratpack clocked 54.7 for a solo 800 metres, the last 600 in 40.

  A Patapan-Hope three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ran 1000 metres in 1:7.6, the last in 39.3 while a Bachelor Duke three-year-old filly from the same stable ran 1000 metres in 1:8.1, the last 600 in 39.8.

   Iff So Happens clocked 1:4.8 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 37.2 while Speed King was not doing much more than three-quarter pace over the same distance in 1:12, the last 600 in 42.7.

   Miss Drama Queen worked in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:12.3, running the first 400 metres in 32.6 before speeding up slightly over final 600 in 39.7 while Charkhee ran a solo 800 metres in 55.9, the last 600n in 41.1.

Bargain buy Missy Moo produces the goods 23 Sep 2015

   Hawke’s Bay owned and trained filly Missy Moo is a prime example that you don’t need to pay a lot of money to get a winner.

   The Per Incanto three-year-old, who scored an impressive victory in a $7000 maiden race at Wanganui on Thursday of last week, cost her owners Mike and Bronwyn Griffin just $500 at a Karaka mixed bloodstock sale in May last year.

   The Griffins farm a property about half-way between Havelock North and Waimarama and are the parents of Greg Griffin who, along with wife Jo, operate Lime Country Thoroughbreds on Taihape Road.

   Mike Griffin said this week his main reason for attending last year’s mixed bloodstock sale was to buy a broodmare, but that he had also put a mark in his catalogue alongside a two-year-old by Per Incanto out of Royal Rhythm as a prospective purchase.

   “I saw she had been broken in and was being sold because her owner-breeder had wanted to race her but he had died,” he said.

   “I actually forgot about her when we got to the sale and I was sitting there just watching when this filly came into the ring and nobody seemed to want it.

   “I thought for $500 for a two-year-old that was already broken in it was a steal.”

   The Griffins put her into work with the Hastings husband and wife training partnership of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown and named her Missy Moo, with Mike Griffin saying she is a filly with a determined streak about her.

   Missy Moo made her race debut over 1100 metres at Hastings in April this year and showed she had ability by disputing the pace until the last 200 metres before weakening to finish sixth. She was then spelled over the winter to strengthen and resumed with a ninth over 1200 metres on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival on August 29.

   Sue Thompson said she was satisfied with the filly’s performance that day as it was more like a trial, given that it was only her second start and she hadn’t raced for several months.

   Missy Moo then went to Wanganui last week and turned in a huge performance to win over 1200 metres, coming from last on the home turn to score by half a length in the hands of apprentice jockey Anna Jones.

   Thompson said Missy Moo is now likely to contest a $40,000 Special Conditions race over 1400 metres at the Hawke’s Bay premier meeting tomorrow week and then could go on to another 1400-metre race at Trentham next month.

   Although Missy Moo is the first winner from nine living foals produced by the Rhythm mare Royal Rhythm she certainly boasts outstanding bloodlines further back in her pedigree.

   Her second dam is the unraced Sir Tristram mare Her Destiny, who is a full-sister to the 1982 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winner Gurner’s Lane and a full-sister to the VRC Derby winner and successful sire Sovereign Red. It is also the family of Foxwood, winner of the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas at Riccarton.

   Missy Moo is the second winner the Griffins have had from the Thompson/Brown stable. The other was Starperfect who, as a maiden, won a Rating 65 race over 2200 metres at Hastings in March last year. That Perfectly Ready gelding is now racing in Singapore where he has recorded a second placing from the stable of Shane Baertschiger.

   The Griffins now have two new season two-year-olds that have just been broken in and will soon be joining the Thompson/Brown stable. One is a filly by the Australian-bred sire Bullbars out of the O’Reilly mare Saddle and the other is a colt by Redwood.


Stars still in Livamol Classic

   Kawi unfortunately won’t be at Hastings to contest the Group 1 $250,000 Livamol Classic tomorrow week but there could be as many as four other Group 1 winners lining up in the 2040-metre feature.

   With the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) now re-scheduled to be run at Trentham on October 14, following the abandonment of last Saturday’s second day of the Bostock NZ Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, Kawi’s trainer Allan Sharrock has decided to wait until that race before stepping the Savabeel five-year-old out again.

   Sharrock dearly wanted to win the Hawke’s Bay spring “Triple Crown” with Kawi after the horse’s dominant win in the first leg, the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on August 29. That is not now possible so he has changed the horse’s spring and summer programme but will still target three Group 1 events.

   Kawi will contest the $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Trentham on October 24 and then return to Wellington for the $200,000 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) on December 5 before the $200,000 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

   Kawi’s withdrawal from next week’s Livamol Classic has certainly robbed the race of plenty of interest but the connections of the Group 1 winners Soriano, Ponderosa Miss and Nashville have all indicated they intend running and there is also a strong chance the Group 1 winner Shuka will also line up.

   Soriano is heading to Hastings for a third crack at the weight-for-age feature and is likely to have an exhibition gallop between races at today’s Te Aroha meeting to help in her preparation.

   The Savabeel mare, who has had two runs in a new campaign, will be stepping up to her favourite distance. She has had four wins and 10 minor placings from 16 middle distance (1800m-2100m) starts and has only once failed to weigh in.

   She won two Group 1 weight-for-age races - the Zabeel Classic and Herbie Dyke Stakes - at 2000 metres last term and has finished close up in this race in the past two years, with a fourth in 2013 and a third last year.

   Meanwhile spring plans for Pondarosa Miss remain unchanged with Peter Hollinshead happy to return to Hastings for the Livamol Classic next week.

   The Te Awamutu trainer is unfazed about tackling the 2040 metres without the planned lead-up outing in the abandoned Windsor Park Plate last weekend.

   “She’s only a lightly-framed mare and stepping up in trip won’t worry her. She’s as well as she can be. I couldn’t be any happier,” Hollinshead said.

    Pondarosa Miss trialed well without blinkers on her home track on September 15 and she will race without the headgear in the Livamol.

   Plans are for the horse to head to Melbourne after this race. She is nominated for this year’s $A6.2million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 3 and Hollinshead said he would like to use the Geelong Cup (2400m) in Victoria on October 21 as a lead up race.

   The Hunterville father and son training partnership of  Adrian and Harry Bull are likely to have two runners in next week’s Livamol Classic with Nashville joined by last Saturday’s impressive Riccarton winner Benzini.

   The Tale Of The Cat six-year-old carried equal topweight of 59kg when he cruised to a 2 length win in the New Zealand Cup Trial (1800m) and Harry Bull said that run will serve as a good preparation for next week’s weight-for-age race.

   Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell said he will make a late payment for his star galloper Addictive Habit in the Livamol Classic which will also see him represented by two runners in the race after Celebrity Miss confirmed a start with her second placing over 2000 metres at Hastings last weekend.

   Somervell had planned to take Addictive Habit back to Australia for races over the Melbourne spring carnival but said only about half of the syndicate members that race the horse were keen on making the trip so it has been decided to stay closer to home.

   “He’ll now run in the Livamol and then go down to Christchurch and try and defend his Couplands Mile title.

   Addictive Habit, who is bred and part-owned by Hawke’s Bay couple Graham and Isabell Roddick, took out last year’s Group 2 $230,000 Couplands Mile beating Nashville and Silverdale.


Big race day at Hastings

   There will now be four Group races run on the third day of the Bostock NZ Hawke’s Bay spring carnival at Hastings tomorrow week.

   The Group 1 $250,000 Livamol Classic, a weight-for-age race over 2040 metres, will be the main event on what will now be an 11-race programme and there will also be plenty of interest in the undercard races.

   The Group 3 $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes, one of the abandoned races at Hastings last Saturday, will be added to the programme. The 1200-metre event is the first race in the New Zealand Three-year-old Filly of the Year series.

   The Group 2 $100,000 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) will be another feature three-year-old race on the day while a field of high class sprinters are expected to line up in the Group 3 $70,000 Linwood Park Stud Sprint (1400m).

   The annual Bay Ford Punter of the Year competition will also be run at the meeting, with the top punter on course winning a $20,000 cash prize. Entries are still being taken at the Hawke’s Bay Racing office, with the cost being $1500 per team plus a $70 hospitality fee.

   The first race is timed for 11.57am, with the last at 5.52pm and there will be a $25.00 admission charge.


Jumping to heights

   Hawke’s Bay owned and trained San Pedro confirmed his rating as one of the most promising jumpers in the country with a decisive victory in a $20,000 Restricted Open hurdle race at Wanganui on Thursday of last week.

   The nine-year-old Colombia gelding, trained at Hastings by Paul Nelson and owned by him and his wife Carol, was having his fourth start over hurdles and took his record to two wins, a second and a third.

   Former Hastings jockey Aaron Kuru has been aboard San Pedro in all four of his jumping starts and has built up a great affinity with the horse.

   At Wanganui last week Kuru settled San Pedro second behind the tearaway pacemaker Share The Blame for the early part of the 3000-metre event and then started to hunt the leader down starting the last 800 metres. The two horses jumped the last fence on terms and San Pedro then worked clear over the final stages to win by half a length.

   San Pedro is now the winner of eight races in total and more than $110,000 in stakemoney. 


   A good solo gallop by Recite and a strong 1000-metre workout by Designated Driver were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Most fast work was carried out on the plough, which was wet and slushy after more than 70 millimetres of rain has fallen on the Hastings track since Saturday night.

   Recite was worked on the No.1 grass, which provided heavy footing. She worked about half-way out from the plough and was timed to run 1000 metres in 1:2.3, the first 400 in 26.4 and final 600 in 35.9.

   She missed an important race at last Saturday’s abandoned Hawke’s Bay meeting and trainer John Bary is uncertain where she will resume racing.

   “It all depends on the weather and the tracks,” Bary said.

   Designated Driver worked wider out on the No.1 grass and finished clear of stablemate Zed Leppelin at the end of 1000 metres in 1:5.7, the last 600 in 38.8.

   Designated Driver was another who missed a start at Hastings last Saturday and co-trainer Sue Thompson said the mare is now likely to resume in the Rating 85 race over 1200 metres on the third day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on Saturday week.

   Verna Audrey and Turkey Lowe, two others from the John Bary stable, ran 1000 metres on the plough in 1:8.3, the last 600 in 38.6 and they are both likely to start in the three-year-old maiden over 1200 metres at Waverley on Thursday of next week.

   Ron’s Last looked to be working well at the end of 1000 metres on the plough in 1:8.2, the last 600 in 37.4. He went a good race for fifth when resuming over 1200 metres at Wanganui last week.

   Steppenwolf and Festival Porper clocked 52.6 for 800 metres on the plough, running the first 200 in a leisurely 15.3s and running home strongly over the last 600 in 37.3. They are two others in the Bary Stable.

   Miss Wilson, a likely runner in the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings on Saturday week, ran a solo 1000 metres on the plough and was timed to run the last 600 in 38.6.

   Lavish Prince worked early in the session and ran a solo 1000 metres on the plough in 1:7.1, the last 600 in 38.3 while stablemate Adventador  was not hurried when running over the same ground in 1:11.7, the last 600 in 41.5. He is another who could resume in the Rating 85 race over 1200 metres at Hastings on Saturday week.

   The Bandito and an Alamosa three-year-old gelding, both in the John Bary stable, worked together over 1000 metres in 1:7, the last 600 in 37.8 while Yeager clocked 1:7.1 for a solo 1000 metres, the last 600 in 38.

   The Knight’s Queen worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg on the plough and increased the speed slightly over the last 600 in 40.3 while a Per Incanto three-year-old gelding ran an easy 800 metres in 57.1, the last 600 in 41.8.

   Gold Moet was kept under a good hold when running 800 metres in 55.1, the last 600 in 40.1.

Cafe Culture gearing up for a return 17 Sep 2015

   Talented Hawke’s Bay galloper Cafe Culture is undergoing a slow steady build up aimed at having him back on the racetrack in the middle of next month.

   Margaret Larsen, who owns and trains the Citi Habit six-year-old, has had him back working on the Hastings track for the past two months, restricting him to just half-pace for the first six weeks before stepping him up to three-quarter pace two weeks ago.

   The horse looks in excellent condition and underwent a slightly stronger workout at the Hastings track on Wednesday where he ran 1000 metres on the plough in 1:10.8, quickening over the last 600 in 38.7.

   Larsen intends giving Cafe Culture a jumpout at Hastings on October 5 in preparation for a return to racing at either Otaki or Awapuni later in the month.

   “There is a 1400-metre race at Otaki on October 17 that he could kick off in or, if I don’t think he is ready for that, there is another one at the Feilding meeting at Awapuni at the end of October,” Larsen said.

   Cafe Culture only started racing in January this year and, in the space of just five starts, he has recorded three wins and two thirds.

   He won on debut over 1200 metres at Wanganui and, two starts later, he added a Rating 65 victory over 1400 metres at Awapuni. His last start was at Hastings in April where he was again successful, this time in a Rating 65 race over 1600 metres.

   Larsen said Cafe Culture has been a lot more settled in his work this time in and she is keen to step him up to a middle distance this campaign.

   “I’ve always said that I think he will be even better over more ground,” she added.


Trackwork stars

   Recite, In Another Life, Rocky and Tiger Tim are four horses entered for tomorrow’s second day of the Bostock NZ Hawke’s Bay spring carnival that have caught the eye in Hastings trackwork in the past couple of weeks.

   Recite was the star at Wednesday’s session when she worked strongly over 1000 metres in preparation for a return to racing in race 7, the 1200-metre open sprint.

   The Darci Brahma worked about 12 metres out on the course proper and ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:3.5. She was kept under a good hold over the first 400 metres in 28.1 before quickening up over the final 600 in 35.4. She was hardly blowing at all after the workout and looks in great order.

   In Another Life (race 4) was impressive at Tuesday’s session, running a solo 800 metres on the plough in an excellent 48.8, the last 600 in 36.2. The Per Incanto three-year-old finished close up when sixth over 1200 metres on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and looks to have trained on well since.

   Rocky (race 3) was keen to go faster when finishing off a solo 1000 metres on Tuesday  in 1:6, the last 600 in 38.5. He has not raced since finishing fourth over 2000 metres at Riccarton a month ago but has a great record on his home track and was placed in an open 2100-metre race at Hastings three starts back.

   Tiger Tim (race 3) looked strong when working with stablemate Cool Hand Duke over a round on the plough on Wednesday of last week. They were timed to run the last 1200 metres in 1:17, the final 600 in 37.5 and Tiger Tim was stretching out well at the finish. The big Alamosa four-year-old is the winner of two races from only four outings and didn’t get much luck in the running when seventh over 1600 metres at Hastings last start.


Cat strikes again      

   Floozie Cat, part-owned by Havelock North’s Jason Fleming, justified her favouritism for a $17,500 Rating 65 race at last Saturday’s Marton meeting at Awapuni by scoring a decisive 1-3/4 length win.

   The One Cool Cat six-year-old coped well with the heavy-11 track conditions, taking the lead early in the home straight in the 1600-metre event and keeping up a strong run to the line, in the hands of apprentice Dylan Mo.

   It was Floozie Cat’s second win from 16 starts with her first also coming on the Awapuni track, in a 1600-metre maiden race two years ago.

   Floozie Cat was bred by Taranaki’s Eddie Bourke and the majority of the members of the syndicate that races the horse reside in the Taranaki region.


Impressive hurdler

   Hawke’s Bay-bred Thenamesbond added to his great record over fences with a dominant 3 length victory in a $20,000 open hurdle race at Rotorua last Sunday.

   The seven-year-old China Cat gelding chased the pacemaking D’Llaro for most of the 3500-metre event before taking control on the point of the home bend. He misjudged the second to last fence but put in a much better leap at the last and raced clear over the final stages.

   It was the horse's 16th hurdle start and he now has a record of five wins and a second over fences. He was bred by Graeme and Ashley Hart at their Fernhill Stud, on the Taihape Road, and is out of the El Moxie mare Melbourne Storm.

   The Harts sold the horse for $3000 at the 2009 Karaka yearling sales and he is now trained and part-owned by Pukekohe-based Stephen Ralph.

   The stallion China Cat stood at Fernhill Stud for a number of years before he was transferred to a farm in Tutira and he has since died.


Gifted Lad injured

   A tendon injury has put the career of the Australian stakes performer Gifted Lad on indefinite hold. 

   The Cambridge-trained son of Zabeel, part-owned by Hawke’s Bay cricketing identity Mark Greatbatch, won twice over ground last season for Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young before a two start autumn campaign in Melbourne.

   Gifted Lad made an immediate impact when runner-up in the Listed VRC St Leger before he was unplaced against older opposition, again at Flemington.

   “He had a good break of three months and he had done six weeks of work before his injury,” Busuttin said.

   “He’s going to be out for a while and we might not see him as a four-year-old.”


Repeat on the cards

   Veteran sprinter Antonio Lombardo will now try to record back-to-back wins in the Group 3 $70,000 Linwood Park Stud Spring Sprint at Hastings on October 3 after a resounding victory at Ruakaka last Saturday.

   The now seven-year-old defeated Shandream and Fix in last year’s 1400-metre feature on  the last day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and has been set for the same race again by trainers Peter and Jacob McKay.

   "We’ve had the Hastings race in mind for him since he came back into work this time and he has been building nicely towards it,” explained Jacob McKay.

   “He is pretty much at peak now and we were confident of a good run on the weekend as he had been very unlucky last time after being hampered in the straight when making a run.”

   “He was a pretty happy horse when he got home after last weekend’s win so as long as he continues to please us he will be heading to Hastings next.”


Shuka backing up

   A new training partnership will be represented by its first Group 1 runner when Shuka contests tomorrow’s Group 1 Windsor Park Plate, feature race on the second day of the Bostock NZ Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   The husband and wife team of Peter and Dawn Williams have this week united with Paul Richards at Byerley Park and the trio will produce Shuka for tomorrow’s 1600-metre event.

   “Peter and I were having a yarn not so long ago and he suggested we join forces and I’m looking forward to it,” Richards said. “It’s a good opportunity for me and you never stop learning in this game.”

   The Williams’ moved their operation north from Riccarton to South Auckland in late 2011 and Richards sought their advice before he and wife Leanne followed suit from their Wingatui base in November last year.

   Shuka resumed with a bold second, under 61.5kg, in the open 1200-metre sprint at Ruakaka last weekend and the Bachelor Duke seven-year-old has come through that race so well that it has been decided to back him up a week later.

   “It is not ideal but we have very limited options,” Peter Williams said.

   “We got behind the eight ball with all the wet weather but he went super at Ruakaka and has come through it so well.

   “I would have liked him to have another run under his belt before Hastings but he’s a tough old horse.”




Adventador indicated he should be ready for a big fresh up performance in the open sprint at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting when galloping strongly over 1000 metres in company at this morning’s Hastings trackwork session.

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

   After several days of fine weather the course proper has dried out to a good-3 and racecourse manager Richard Fenwick said he would be irrigating it today.

   Adventador worked with stablemate Powerade and they were both striding out freely all the way when running 1000 metres in 1:2.9, the first 400 in 27.1 and final 600 in 35.8.

   Adventador is one of several high class sprinters down to resume in the open 1200-mettre sprint at Hastings on Saturday.

   In Another Life was another who impressed this morning, running a solo 800 metres in an excellent 48.8, the last 600 in 36.2. The Per Incanto three-year-old finished close up when sixth over 1200 metres on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and looks to have trained on well since.

   Rocky looked keen to go faster when finishing off a solo 1000 metres in 1:6, the last 600 in 38.5 and he is another likely runner at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Dances With Wolves wasn’t hurried when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:7.4, the last 600 in 38.5 and he could resume in a 1000-metre maiden race at Taupo this Friday.

   Mac Dara and Is Possible, two horses in Corrina McDougal’s stable, worked together over 1000 metres in 1:3.5, the last 600 in 36.4 while Miss Finity went over the same distance on her own in 1:2.7, the last 600 in 36.2.

   San Pedro, entered for the hurdle race at Wanganui on Thursday, looked to be working nicely on his own when running 1000 metres in 1:9.6, the last 600 in 39.2. He hasn’t raced since finishing third over hurdles at Riccarton on August 8 but looks ready for another good performance.

   Rocky Ride worked in from the 1000-metre peg at three-quarter pace and was timed over the last 800 in 56, speeding up slightly over the final 600 in 40.9. He was an impressive debut winner at his only start, at Hastings in April, and is in the early stages of another preparation with trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.

   Iff So Happens ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:8.7, the last 600 in 38.8 while Rule The Court ended two rounds with an easy 600 metres in 43.3. He is likely to resume racing on the third day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on October 3.

   Missy Moo was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres in 1:15.4, the last 600 in 42.6 while Spannerworks and a Playmaker four-year-old gelding underwent similar work when clocking 1:15.9 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 43.1.

   A Bachelor Duke-Coco three-year-old filly and a Patapan-Hope three-year-old gelding, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked easily together over 1000 metres, the last 800 in 56.8 and final 600 in 41.6.

   Keep Us Happy worked on her own over 600 metres and was timed to run the last 400 in 25.7.

Jockey takes tough call on the chin 10 Sep 2015

   New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock made the toughest call of his racing life last weekend.

   It was with a heavy heart that he informed jockey Johnathon Parkes of his decision to keep Leith Innes on his stable star Kawi for the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate at Hastings tomorrow week (September 19).

   "I rang Parksie on Sunday to tell him that Leith would be staying on the horse and he took it like an absolute gentleman,” Sharrock said.

   “I had been deliberating for four days – it was a terrible decision to have to make, but Leith won a Group 1 race on the horse and you couldn’t take him off after that.”

   Parkes had been Kawi’s regular rider, their wins including the Group 3 Taranaki Cup and the Listed Anniversary Handicap, before he copped a suspension when they finished second and were subsequently relegated to fifth in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate.

   Innes took the mount in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on the first day of this year’s Bostock NZ Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and their success has set up the prospect of a Triple Crown clean sweep.

   “If he had been beaten in the Makfi then Johnathon would have been back on,” Sharrock said.

   Kawi was dominant on the first day at Hastings and his progress since has delighted his trainer.

   “He’s absolutely thriving,” Sharrock said. “He’s improved since the Makfi and I couldn’t be happier. I’m pretty positive going forward.”

   There are now only 17 horses left in the Windsor Park Plate (1600m) although that number could be added to when late nominations close at 12 noon next Tuesday. The maximum starting limit from the 1600-metre start at Hastings is 14.

   The order of entry at this stage is.-

1 Kawi

2 Addictive Habit

3 Julinsky Prince

4 Puccini

5 Shuka

6 Soriano

7 Nashville

8 Pondarosa Miss

9 Miss Three Stars

10 Farm Boy

11 Turn Me Loose

12 Emerald Queen

13 Delago's Secret (AUS)

14 Spin Doctor

15 Bechtolsheimer

16 Celebrity Miss

17 Graphic


Kawi now at $2.20

   Kawi has shortened further ton a $2.20 quote on the Futures Win market for the Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings tomorrow week as he attempts to win the second leg of the Hawke’s Bay spring triple crown.

   The Futures Win market is.- $2.20 Kawi; $6.00 Turn Me Loose; $8.00 Pondarosa Miss, Puccini; $10.00 Addictive Habit; $12.00 Nashville, Soriano; $16.00 Shuka; $26.00 Celebrity Miss, Farm Boy; $31.00 Miss Three Stars; $51.00 Emerald Dream, Julinsky Prince; $81.00 Graphic, Spin Doctor; $101.00 Delago’s Secret; $151.00 Bechtolsheimer.


Promising filly

   The Group 1 $300,000 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on November 14 is the long range target for promising Hastings-trained three-year-old Miss Cobra.

   The Iffraaj filly is still a maiden but turned in an outstanding performance for fourth in last Saturday’s Listed $50,000 Wanganui Guineas, coming from a clear last on the home turn in the 1340-metre event to finish within a length of the winner.

   That run followed a fast finishing third in another strong three-year-old race over 1100 metres at Taupo on August 19.

   Miss Cobra is prepared on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and owned by Hawke’s Bay Racing board member Tim Macphee and his wife Briar.

   The couple bred the filly out of the Zabeel mare Athenri and she is a half-sister to the 2011 Queensland Derby winner Shootoff.

   Lowry and Cullen will now try and win a race with Miss Cobra so as to get her enough points to make the field for the Thousand Guineas. There is a strong chance she could contest a 1400-metre three-year-old race at Trentham on October 24. 


Mr Mor choked on mud

   Fears that top Hawke’s Bay-owned jumper Mr Mor may have suffered an injury during the running of last Saturday’s $125,000 Great Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie were quickly allayed soon after the race.

   Jockey Charlie Studd retired the 11-year-old gelding with two fences to jump in the gruelling 6400-metre event when he realised he was having trouble breathing. But a full vet inspection after the race found no abnormalities with the horse and it is thought that he may have swallowed a clod of mud during the running.

   Hastings-based Tony Lyndon, who manages the Bogga Syndicate that races Mr Mor, said Studd noticed the horse start to cough going up the hill for the last time and knew then that there was something wrong.

   “Charlie said the horse seemed to have trouble with his breathing after that so he pulled him up after jumping the second last,” Lyndon said.

    “But by the time the horse got back to the birdcage he was good as gold. He must have swallowed a clod of mud and coughed it up again.”

   The Great Northern was always going to be Mr Mor’s last start this year and Lyndon said he will now be spelled for three months and then brought back for another jumping campaign next winter.

   “He’ll probably come back in December and do some beachwork before going back into full work again in January,” Lyndon said.

   “The Waikato Steeplechase is run in May and maybe he could be ready for that.”

   Mr Mor went into last Saturday’s Great Northern on the back of a great record over fences this winter. He has had eight jumping starts since May for three wins, three seconds and a fourth, with two of his victories coming in the Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase and the Wellington Steeples.


Kings Deep injured

   Top Hastings-trained hurdler Kings Deep has suffered a tendon injury but trainer Paul Nelson is hopeful he can return for another campaign on the racetrack next winter.

   The nine-year-old gelding pulled up lame after finishing last of four runners in a 2000-metre jumpout at Hastings on Monday of last week.

   It is the second time the Viking Ruler nine-year-old has sustained a tendon injury. He suffered one in May of 2013 and never resumed racing again until 12 months later.

   Nelson said the horse’s latest injury initially looked very bad but that the horse had improved significantly in a week and he is reasonably confident he can get back to racing again.

   “We’ll just have to see how he does over the next few months,” he said.

   Kings Deep has a record of three wins and four seconds from 10 starts over hurdles. He finished second in last year’s Great Northern Hurdles at Ellerslie and also finished runner up in this year’s Grand National Hurdles at Riccarton.


A near perfect start

   Former New Zealand-based apprentice Kei Chiong almost had a dream start to her riding career in her homeland of Hong Kong last Sunday.  

   For a fleeting few moments Hong Kong’s newest apprentice thought she had stolen an opening day victory on Born To Win.

   Alas, the Hong Kong Jockey Club's first female rider in more than 15 years was caught by Douglas Whyte on Gold Dragon, denying Chiong what would have been a runaway win at just her second local race ride.

   "I did think I was going to win for a second, I couldn't see anyone coming," said the new fan favourite. She rode in four races on the programmed and received by far the biggest cheer of any rider when the jockeys were presented to the crowd in the parade ring before race one.

   "It's good to be out there riding and I'm happy with the day,” she said.

   Chiong honed her skills in New Zealand over the past three seasons when apprenticed to New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock and recorded 45 victories in that time.


Coach hoping for winning omen

   Steve Hansen will be hoping for further racing success at home on the eve of the All Blacks opening World Cup match.

   With trainer Sabin Kirkland, he races the in-form filly Dezzies Dream, who will run in the Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes next Friday, a day before New Zealand’s clash with Argentina in London.

   Dezzies Dream, bred by Hansen with his late father Des, took her race record to three wins from five starts with a decisive 2 length victory at Riccarton last Saturday and she has been nominated for both the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas on the same track in November.


Well earned spell

   Exciting galloper Bishopbriggs has been turned out for a spell following his victory at Wanganui last Saturday, his fourth success in a seven start career.

   The Allan Sharrock-trained five-year-old completed a winning hat-trick with another dominant 2 length victory in a 1340-metre Rating 75 event.

   “He’s going to the paddock now, he’s got enough rating points and I would love to try and win an Opunake Cup or a Winter Cup with him and I don’t want to be far off the minimum,” Sharrock said.

   “It’s all about next year with him – he’s a very, very good horse.”


   Impressive gallops by Designated Driver, Adventador, Beautiful Man and Amalgamation were among the highlights in a reasonably busy trackwork session at Hastings this morning.

   Most of the fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.

   Designated Driver and stablemate Missy Moo were the only horses timed on the No.1 grass. They worked wide out, on a dead track and ran a strong 1000 metres. Designated Driver was behind her companion at the end of the first 400 metres in 27.5s but they were together at the finish, with Designated Driver being timed to run the full distance in 1:3.4, the last 600 in 35.9.

   Designated Driver, who finished second in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham last season, is likely to resume racing in the open 1200-metre sprint at Hastings on Saturday week.

   Adventador is likely to be one of her race rivals in that 1200-metre race on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and today he worked strongly with stablemate Beautiful Man over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:3.1, the last 600 in 36.2. It was good work by both horses.

   The John Bary-trained Amalgamation finished clear of a three-year-old stablemate by Patapan at the end of 1000 metres on the plough in a quick 60.5s, the first 400 in 25s and the last 600 in 35.5. Amalgamation is a well bred three-year-old colt by Alamosa out of the Grosvenor mare Sneetch. He was unplaced on debut over 1200 metres at Hastings on August 29 but that was in a strong three-year-old race and he looks to have trained on very well since.

   Ily Lily, a Per Incanto three-year-old filly trained by Kim Grant, worked kin easily from the 600-metre peg on the plough in 43.6 and was only let stride out over the last 400 in 24.9. She could make her race debut in a maiden 1100-metre race at New Plymouth this Friday.

   Donna Beel and Taken The Liberty, two others in the John Bary stable, worked together over 1000 metres on the plough, the last 800 in 48.9 and final 600 in 36.4.

   Voxer was another who worked well on the plough, running a strong solo 1000 metres and coming home the last 600 in 36.2.

  Rule The Court underwent two rounds of half pace before running home the last 1000 metres of his work in 1:5.5, the last 600 in 37.5. He finished third in a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings last week.

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:8.8, the last 600 in 39.2 while his stablemate Ratpack also went easily over 1000 metres in 1:10.2, the last 600 in 40.

   Affretando looked to be doing better than Moorish at the end of 1200 metres on the plough in 1:20.2, the first 600 metres in an easy 43.4s and the last 600 in a much quicker 36.8. They are both trained by John Bary and Affretando won a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings last week.

   Yeager, now trained by Waipukurau’s David Goldsbury, was another who worked over 1000 metres on his own but was only timed over the last 600 in 36.2. He is a six-year-old by Octagonal.

   Cafe Culture was not asked for a serious effort when running 1000 metres in 1:16.9, the last 600 in 44.1. Owner-trainer Margaret Larsen is giving the horse a slow steady build up aimed at having him back racing in mid-October.

   Hokey Pokey and Steppenwolf, two others in the John Bary stable, worked well together over 1000 metres in 1:3.9, the last 600 in 35.9 while a Patapan four-year-old gelding trained by David Goldsbury ran a solo 1000 metres on the plough, the last 800 in 52.3.

   An Iffraaj four-year-old gelding worked early in the session and was timed to run an easy 600 metres in 41.1.


Saavoya wins award for top HB/PB owned horse 2 Sep 2015

   Last season’s talented three-year-old filly Saavoya, a dual Group 2, was named Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Owned Horse of the Year at a special function last Friday evening.

   The award was one of 11 presented at the annual Bate Hallet/Veterinary Associates Racing & Breeding Awards dinner held at the Hastings racecourse.

   Saavoya was one of five finalists for the title, the others being Addictive Habit, Designated Driver, Mr Mor and Sea King.

   The award is presented to the connections of a horse owned in the Hawke’s Bay or Poverty Bay districts and based on its performances in black type races during the past racing season.

   Saavoya is owned by the Waimarama Partnership, a Hawke’s Bay syndicate that is managed by Havelock North’s Murray Andersen.

   The daughter of Savabeel is prepared by the Cambridge training partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and had eight starts in the last racing season for three wins and two seconds. Her victories included the Group 2 $100,000 Eight Carat Stakes (1600m) and the Group 2 $100,000 Royal Stakes (2000m) and she also finished second in both the Group 2 $100,000 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) and Group 3 $70,000 Sunline Vase (2100m).

   Several members of the Waimarama Partnership are family members of Murray and Jo Andersen’s and were also all heavily involved in the ownership of the outstanding six time Group 1 winner Dundeel. It was through that horse’s racetrack achievements that Andersen decided to set up the group to race and breed thoroughbreds in the future.

   Murray Baker bought Saavoya as a yearling for $30,000 from the Karaka sales. She is by Savabeel out of the Prized mare Royal Prize and in foal her grandam is Eva Grace, who won a Group 1 Avondale Cup.

   Saavoya has had 11 starts in total for three wins, four seconds and a third and has amassed stake earnings of more than $168,000. She is expected to resume racing again as a four-year-old later this season.

   Murray and Jo Andersen bred Dundeel and the Waimarama Partnership also has a two-year-old three-quarter brother to him, by Pour Moi, in work with Baker and Forsman.

   Dundeel’s dam, Stareel, is now due to foal to the champion Australian sire Redoutes Choice and will be mated with that stallion again this year while Vaayala, another mare the partnership owns and who is a half-sister to Dundeel by Volksraad, is due to foal to Snitzel and will be mated with that stallion again.

   The award for Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Trained Horse of the Year for the last racing season went to Designated Driver, who is prepared on the Hastings track by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown.

   It was worked out on stakemoney won and Designated Driver accumulated more than $79,000 during the season. She only won two races but finished second in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap and also second in the Listed Levin Stakes.

   Chasing The Habit was crowned Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Broodmare of the Year while her owners, Graham and Isabell Roddick, took out the award for the district’s top thoroughbred breeder for the season.

   Chasing The Habit was by Sky Chase out of Certain Habit, making her a half-sister the champion Rough Habit. She unfortunately died last year when in foal to the South Island-based stallion Edenwold and was described by Isabell Roddick as: “no good as a racehorse but very good as a broodmare.”

   Chasing The Habit produced nine foals and six of them have been winners. Addictive Habit has been the best of them with his nine wins to date including last season’s Group 2 Couplands Mile at Riccarton as well as a Listed 1800-metre race in Queensland in June this year.

   The Colombia six-year-old kicked off this season with a win in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on August 15 and followed that up with a good fourth in last Saturday’s Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings.

   Other successful progeny out of Chasing The Habit have been Branson (seven wins), Regal Habit (four wins) and Change The Habit, Kings Habit and Anuthahabit (one win each).

   Central Hawke’s Bay-based Sue Harty once again picked up the award for the breeder of the most winners in the season. Hardly a month went by without at least one winner bred by her with the best of them being the jumper Sea King, who won the Waikato Steeplechase in May and then added the Mosstrooper Steeples in Australia the following month.

   Hastings couple Paul and Carol Nelson won the award for Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Owner of the Year. This award was worked out on a points system on group race wins and performances in prestige jumping races.

   Hastings trainer John Bary picked up two awards, one for the most wins produced in the season among Hawke’s Bay/Poverty based trainers and the other for the best winning strike-rate. He had 22 wins from 196 starters for a strike-rate of 7.

   In his presentation speech Bary said Waipukurau’s Lucy de Lautour would have beaten him for the strike-rate award had she had just one more starter.

   To qualify for the award the trainer must have at least 20 starters during the season and de Lautour recorded three wins from 19 starters for a strike-rate of 6.33.

   The Jimmy Choux Award, presented to the best three-year-old bred in the Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay region last season on prizemoney won went to Red Robyn, bred by Doug Phillips.

   Red Robyn, by Iffraaj out of Lioness, is trained at Cambridge by Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman and recorded one win and two seconds during the season, with her victory coming in a $10,000 maiden race at Ellerslie.

   Phillips bought Lioness off the late Phil Bayly who in turn bought Red Robyn back off Philips when the filly was just a youngster.

   Lioness is also the dam of the ill-fated VRC Derby winner Lion Tamer and Phillips is now breeding from the mare in conjunction with Wellington-based Luigi Muollo. Since Red Robyn, Lioness has produced two fillies by Rip Van Winkle and one by Pour Moi and is now in foal to Jakkalberry.

   There were also two special awards presented on the evening. The first was the Horlicks Salver for outstanding contribution to racing by a person residing in Hawke’s Bay and went to Peter Shirnack, for his hours of voluntary work, both in the winners’ circle and assisting with the upkeep and maintenance on the Hastings track.

   A new award, the Lime Country Vase, was presented to a person or horse from the Hawke’s Bay region that achieved something significantly important during the season. It went to Waipukurau’s Kirsty Lawrence as she produced her horse Intransigent to win a history-making third consecutive Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga in June this year.

    There was also a special presentation to Jason Fleming, who stepped down from the position of general manager of Hawke’s Bay Racing at the end of the season after six years in the job.


$20,000 for Cancer Society

   The Cancer Society benefited by just on $20,000 from events at the Hastings racecourse last weekend.

   New Hawke’s Bay Racing general manager Butch Castles said that figure was made up from several different avenues.

   An auction was held at the Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Racing & Breeding Awards dinner on the Friday night, with all proceeds donated to the Cancer Society. Entrance to the Hastings races on the Saturday was by way of a donation and there was also significant contributions from the TAB, Auckland racehorse owners David and Angela Paykel, jockey Leith Innes (who rode three winners on the day) and Raffles Farm.


Kawi now raging hot

   Kawi, such a dominant winner of last Saturday’s Makfi Challenge Stakes, has now been installed a hot favourite at $2.50 for the next Group 1 race at this year’s Bostock NZ Hawke’s Bay spring Carnival, the $200,000 Windsor Park Plate on September 19.

   The Savabeel five-year-old is one of only four horses at a single-figure quote on the TAB’s Futures Win market for 1600-metre weight-for-age event, the others being Turn Me Loose and Vespa (both at $6.50) and Pondarosa Miss ($9.00).

   Addictive Habit, who finished fourth in the Makfi, is rated a $12.00 chance along with Puccini while two other Group 1 winners, Nashville and Soriano, are at $16.00.

   Ryan Mark, runner-up behind Kawi in last Saturday’s 1400-metre event, is not yet entered for the Windsor Park Plate but his connections are considering making a $1265.00 late nomination to get the horse into the field. They have until September 15 to decide.


Recite revving up

   Hastings trainer John Bary has stepped up the work load for top class racemare Recite as he gears her up for a return to racing on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on September 19.

   Bary gave the Darci Brahma mare a good hit out in company over 1000 metres on the course proper at the Hastings track on Tuesday of last week and followed that up with a strong exhibition gallop between races at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   He then brought the mare back to the Hastings track for a jumpout on Monday, where she beat four others in a 1000-metre heat and clocked 59.8s.

   Recite is the winner of seven races from only 16 starts and Bary intends kicking her off again in a $40,000 open sprint over 1200 metres on her home track.


Memorable week for Kawi’s owner

   As Kawi hit the line first in last Saturday’s Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes the outstanding galloper rewarded the faith shown in him by his most ardent supporters, co-owners and breeders Steak and Christine Goodin.

   While the Taranaki couple were applauding the triumph of their pride and joy a large extended “family” in their local community of Okato and beyond were celebrating widely just for them.

   That’s because not only have the couple been heavily involved in thoroughbred racing and breeding over the past 40 years they have also made their mark on the social fabric of the community in that time, through the fostering of troubled children.

   The Goodin dairy farm and homestead has been the base for reforming the lives of well in excess of 50 boys over those years, a service that was recognised in Auckland last week where Steak was awarded a Queens Service Medal for his work with the Life Education Trust and other troubled youth organisations.

   “It certainly has been quite a week with the awards ceremony and now the wonderful win of Kawi,” remarked Christine Goodin.

   “We got into racing a little by accident really as we inherited a broodmare named The Boss with a filly at foot after a death in the family. My father is Bob Sharrock’s brother and at the time he wasn’t that keen on us having a mare or racing a horse even though Bob was a trainer.

   “As it turned out that foal became Mirikau Lass who went on to win nine races so we were hooked. It seemed quite an easy game at that stage however we did find out fairly quickly it’s not always like that.”

   Although their racing interests expanded the couple’s dairying business remained the backbone of their operation and played a significant role in the development of the Kawi story.

   “The dairy farm has always been the major priority for us and it was through a good dairy payout back in 2002 that we ended up with Kawi’s dam,” explained Goodin.

   “We didn’t have any foals on the ground that year so the boys headed off to the National Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka and came home with Magic Time.”

   “Steak liked the Volksraad blood so he went to $18,000 for her. Unfortunately she never made it to the racetrack but I guess she has more than made up for that with Kawi.”

   The Goodins are now looking forward to welcoming the next progeny from Magic Time. She is due to foal to Rock ‘N’ Pop and will then be mated with Tavistock.

   “Since Kawi she has had a Sufficient colt, a Postponed filly and a Zed filly,” said Goodin.

   “The Sufficient colt is in work with Allan Sharrock and he loves him so it would be nice to think he could show us something on the track in the coming months.”

   Goodin was quick to pay tribute to the role Sharrock has played in their success as both breeders and owners.

   “Allan and I are first cousins but he has been more like a brother over the years,” she noted.

   “He is a very astute and talented horseman and he identified the potential in Kawi right from his early days. He was the one who recommended sending Magic Time to Savabeel so I’m just as thrilled for him as I am for Steak and I.” 

   “That win on Saturday was Allan’s 10th Group One as a trainer with four of those coming with Shez Sinsational who raced in the same ownership as Kawi so maybe we are a good luck charm for each other.”


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