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Hastings Trackwork 29 Sep 2020

Callsign Mav reeled off a similar gallop at the Hastings track this morning to the  one he did before his Group 1 win in the Tarzino Trophy two weeks ago and looks right on target for Saturday’s Group 1 Windsor Park Plate on the second day of the Bostock New Zealand spring carnival.

   Fast work was mainly confined to the plough, which provided soft footing. A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the trackwork session and came up as a dead-4.

   Callsign Mav and stablemate Motivation were the only horses to use the course proper and they worked about four metres out from the running rail when covering 1000m in 1:03.1, the last 600 in 34.6.

   Callsign Mav was being shaken up over the final stages but trackwork rider Kate Hercock said that is just him and that he is a different horse once the blinkers are added to his gear on raceday.

   “He worked no better or no worse than he did before he won last week,” Hercock added.

   Motivation was an unlucky third in a Rating 72 race over 1300m on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay carnival and is likely to step up to 1600m on Saturday.

   Last start winner Overstayer showed he has trained on the right way when working keenly over 1000m on the plough in 1:07.2, the last 600 in 38.8. The big Zed gelding cleared maiden ranks impressively over 1600m at Te Rapa two weeks ago and will step up to 2100m in a Rating 65 race at Hastings this Saturday.

   Bellesgirl, preparing for the Special Conditions 1300 at Hastings on Saturday, worked on her own over 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 38.6 while her race-rival King Farouk worked early in the session and was timed to run the last 600m of his work in 37.2.

   Shez Ekstra and Rosa Stella worked keenly together over 1000m in 1:04.8, the last 600 in 37.4 and gey could both have a jumpout at Woodville at the end of next week.

   Tuigirl ran a solo 1000m in 1:06.8, the last 600 in 38.9. She needed the run when resuming from a long spell over 1400m on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and co-trainer Guy Lowry said he is unsure where she will race next.

   Blarney was kept to just three-quarter pace when running 1000m on his own in 1:11.5, the last 600 in 43.6. He finished second in a 780m heat at lasty week’s Hastings jumpouts and is likely to have another one at Waipukurau on Wednesday of next week.

   Who’s Alice ran a solo 1000m in 1:05.6, the last 600 in 38.5 while an Atlante-Kalahari Princess three-year-old gelding was timed to run an easy 1000m in 1:13.8.

   A Reliable Man filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800m peg, running the last 600 in 43.6.



Hawkes Bay Racing Column 25 Sep 2020

Success aplenty of HB owned and trained horses

(By John Jenkins)

   Hawke’s Bay owned and trained horses have had a stellar past week highlighted by Callsign Mav’s upset win in last Saturday’s Group 1 $200,000 Tarzino Trophy on the first day of the Bostock New Zealand spring carnival.

   Callsign Mav captured the day’s major event while another Hastings-trained horse, Shezzacatch, took out the Listed $50,000 El Roca-Sir Colin Meads Trophy and Perry Mason recorded back-to-back wins in the main jumping race, the $50,000 AHD Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase.

   Rum, part-owned by Napier businessman Simon Tremain, took out a $30,000 Rating 65 race on the same programme while, two days earlier, Hastings owned and trained Overstayer broke through for a maiden win at Te Rapa and Fashion Street, part-owned by Waipukurau’s Michael Ormsby, was also successful that day.

   Callsign Mav may have upset the punters when winning at odds of 81 to one but he certainly brought a much needed smile to the face of his Hastings trainer John Bary, who brought up his 10th Group 1 training success and his first as an owner.

   Bary was not on course to celebrate the win. Instead he was laid up at home after undergoing two recent back operations to fix a prolapsed disc.

  “The first operation went okay but I probably pushed it a bit too hard too quick and I’m taking it a lot slower this time,” Bary said this week.

   He added that he feels good now and, when he watched Callsign Mav go past the post first last Saturday, it certainly made his back feel a lot better.

   Bary was recording his second win in what is the first Group 1 race of the New Zealand racing season, after Survived won the event (then named the Makfi Challenge Stakes) in 2013. He also produced Jimmy Choux to win five times at the elite level as well as Recite (two) and Miss Wilson (one).

   Last Saturday’s win by Callsign Mav gave him special satisfaction as he also owns a 10 per cent share in the Atlante four-year-old.

   “I’ve trained 10 Group 1 winners but this is my first one as an owner,” Bary said.

   Callsign Mav cost just $3000 at a 2017 mixed bloodstock sale at Karaka and was bought by Victorian-based Jeremy Cross, on behalf of some of his Australian mates.

   Bary said he had a brief acquaintance with Cross before suddenly getting a ring out of the blue from him, asking whether he would train the horse.

   “You never want to turn down a horse to train but when I got him I saw he was turned out in the off foreleg, which is why he was never really saleable,” Bary said.

   “I said I would take him on and also agreed to take a small share.”

   Jeremy Cross manages the syndicate that races the horse, with the other five owners being friends of his in Victoria.

   Although Callsign Mav returned a dividend of $82.60 for a win and $14.20 for a place Bary said he didn’t doubt that he would measure up in the Group 1 event, especially given his great record on his home track.

   “He’d had five starts on the Hastings track before for three wins and a second to Catalyst in the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas and he also beat Quick Thinker there one day and that horse went on to win the Australian Derby so the form around him was good.”

   “He ran the same time last Saturday as Melody Belle did when winning the race last year,” Bary added.

   Callsign Mav’s win in the Tarzino Trophy was attributed to a 10 out of 10 ride from jockey Jonathan Riddell, who hunted the gelding out of the barrier to slot into a perfect trail before driving him between horses at the top of the straight to take the lead.

   The gelding kept up a strong run to the line to win by three-quarters of a length from the fast finishing Supera, who just nosed out race-favourite Avantage for second place.

   It was a case of the old firm being reunited in Group 1 glory as Riddell was the regular rider of Jimmy Choux for Bary, piloting that great galloper to 11 of his 12 wins including Group 1 victories in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas, New Zealand Derby Rosehill Guineas, Windsor Park Plate and NZ Bloodstock Spring Classic.  

   Bary said Callsign Mav has pulled up well from Saturday’s win and he now intends lining the horse up in the second race in the Hawke’s Bay spring triple crown, next Saturday’s $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m).

Callsign Mav is at full stretch as he and jockey Jonathan Riddell cross the finish line three-quarters of a length clear of the fast finishing Supera and race favourite Avantage in last Saturday’s Group 1 Tarzino Trophy at Hastings.


Late entry proves worthwhile

   Hastings trainer Guy Lowry’s late decision to enter first starter Shezzacatch in last Saturday’s Listed $50,000 El Roca-Sir Colin Meads Trophy at Hastings proved to be a masterstroke with the filly downing a talented field of three-year-olds in the 1200m event.

   Shezzacatch was not among the original nominations for the race with Lowry, who trains in partnership with Grant Cullen, thinking that a mid-week maiden race at Woodville would probably suit her better.

   But, after looking at the field for the Hastings black type event and waying up his options, he decided to make a late entry.

   “We were looking at a maiden race at Woodville on Thursday, but we were worried about the possibility of not getting a start there. I looked at the field for the Hastings race and noted that most of the horses only had wet track form and so we decided to give her a chance against them on a good track.”

   Ridden by Craig Grylls, Shezzacatch settled in a midfield position for most of the race and suffered a check half-way through the race. With 200 metres to run, she was still fifth and more than three lengths behind the leaders Suffused and Alchemia, who appeared to be fighting out the finish.

   But then Grylls angled Shezzacatch into the clear and she produced a dazzling turn of foot, charging to the front to win by three-quarters of a length.    

   “We weren’t surprised by that performance,” Lowry said.

   “She still doesn’t know much really and has been a real handful but she’s continued to improve since her recent Foxton trial and she’ll learn a lot more from this.”

   Lowry and his wife Brigid share in the ownership of the filly with the horse’s Cambridge breeder Tony Rider and close friends Paul and Maree Apatu, Grant and Ali Syminton, Sam and Anna Wood and John and Diane Bongard.

   Lowry said Shezzacatch will now be turned out for a brief 10-day spell. She will then be aimed at the $70,000 Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni on December 12, with the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) in January also on the agenda.

Shezzacatch gets up in the last couple of strides to head off a talented field of three-year-olds in the Listed El Roca-Sir Colin Meads Trophy at Hastings last Saturday.


Another HB Steeples triumph

   Hastings trainer Paul Nelson brought up his fifth Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase success when Perry Mason recorded back-to-back wins in last Saturday’s 4800m prestige event.

   Nelson now trains in partnership with Corrina McDougal and the pair celebrated a memorable milestone when winning both the AHD Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase, with Perry Mason, and Te Whangai Romney Hawke’s Bay Hurdles, with No Change, last year.

   Nelson also produced No Hero for two victories in the Hawke’s Bay Steeples, in 2003 and 2005, before also taking out the race in 2007 with Just A Swagger.

   Hastings-born jumps jockey Aaron Kuru, who has been an integral part of the Nelson/McDougal stable in recent times, produced another masterful ride on Perry Mason last Saturday.

   After letting the horse work to the front in the early stages, Kuru dictated the pace of the race and saved every inch of ground in the running. They were left clear in front when the only close challenger, Des de Jeu, slipped over on the flat with 800m to run and went on to win by 2-1/4 lengths from Napoleon, with third placed Delacroix a further 12-1/4 lengths back.

   Nelson said winning the race for a fifth time was “a huge thrill” especially as he and McDougal had worked overtime to get Perry Mason back to peak fitness this year.

   “We’ve had a bit of trouble getting him back and it’s thanks to Corrina. She does most of the work on the horse and said he was right again,” Nelson said.

   He added that Perry Mason, who is raced by the Hawke’s Bay-based I See Red Syndicate, will now contest the $50,000 Pakuranga Hunt Cup Steeplechase (4900m) at Ellerslie tomorrow week as a lead up to another tilt at the $125,000 Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) on October 17. The 11-year-old Zed gelding finished runner-up behind Chocolate Fish in the Great Northern two years ago.


Rum led rivals a merry chase

   Lightly raced four-year-old Rum made it two wins from three starts when leading all the way in the $30,000 J Swap Contractors 1400 at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Burgundy gelding had scored a debut win over 1200m at Hastings back in January and followed that up with a creditable fourth behind Callsign Mav in a 1400m three-year-old race on the same track in February before going out for a spell.

   The Cambridge training combination of Shaune Ritchie and Colm Murray turned the horse out in magnificent condition for his resuming run last Saturday and he gave jockey Sam Weatherley an armchair ride in front, clearing out from the opposition over the final stages to win by 2-3/4 lengths.

   Rum was a $105,000 purchase from the 2018 Karaka yearling sales and Napier’s Simon Tremain owns a five per cent share in the horse. Another shareholder is former Hawke’s Bay man Craig Baker, who is now manager of racing and operations at the Auckland Racing Club while the horse’s Cambridge breeder, Tony Rider, has also retained a 10 per cent racing share.

   Rum is out of the Pins mare Show No Emotion, who was the winner of three races including one over 1600m on the Hastings track.


Overstayer gets a deserved win

   The luckless run Hastings owned and trained Overstayer has endured in his short racing career finally came to an end when the big chestnut powered to an impressive maiden victory over 1600m at Te Rapa on Thursday of last week.

   The Zed six-year-old had recorded three close second placings from his previous seven starts and been unlucky not to win each time.

   Top woman jockey Danielle Johnson took over the reins last week and got the horse to settle perfectly in the early running before starting a forward move approaching the home turn.

   Overstayer was one of the widest runners making the home bend and took a while to get fully balanced up in the straight before producing giant strides late to get up and win by half a length.

   Overstayer is prepared on the Hastings track by the husband and wife partnership of Mick Brown and Sue Thompson and is raced by his Hawke’s Bay breeder Megan Harvey in partnership with Sam Nelson.


More syndicate success  

   Waipukurau’s Michael Ormsby added to the success he has enjoyed with Te Akau racing syndicates when Fashion Shoot scored a dominant maiden win over 1200m at Te Rapa on Thursday of last week.

   Ormsby, who is treasurer of the Waipukurau Jockey Club, is involved in several syndicates run under the Te Akau banner including the Te Akau Avantage Syndicate, which races the multiple Group 1 winner Avantage.

   Fashion Shoot is raced by the Te Akau In Vogue Syndicate and was having just her second start last week, following a debut third over 1100m at Taupo last month.

   The Savabeel filly was ridden to victory by Danielle Johnson who bounced her out quickly from the barrier and had tracking the leader coming to the home turn. She took over soon after and kept up a strong run to the line to win by 1-1/4 lengths from Extortion.

   Fashion Shoot is out of the O’Reilly mare High Fashion and was a $320,000 purchase from the 2019 Karaka yearling sales by Te Akau Racing’s principal David Ellis.


Hastings Jumpouts 21 Sep 2020


(By John Jenkins)


   The stablemates Atlanta Peach and Bellesgirl provided the star performance at today’s Hastings jumpouts when they crossed the line almost locked together at the finish of a 1200m heat

   The jumpouts were held five metres out from the running rail on the course proper, which provided firm footing.

   Bellesgirl got the decision by a nose over Atlanta Peach in one of the three 1200m heats, with both horses looking to have plenty in reserve at the finish. The winning time was 1:14.5.

   Both horses are trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, with Atlanta Peach being the winner of five races from only 16 starts and Bellesgirl placed twice from three starts last season. They could both make a return to the racetrack on the second day of the Bostock New Zealand spring carnival at Hastings on October 3.

   An unraced Charm Spirit mare from the Lowry/Cullen stable was the most dominant winner at the jumpouts, clearing out from the opposition over the final stages of her 1000m heat to win by 3-1/2 lengths. Her winning time of 1:01.2 was more then one and a half seconds faster than the other 1000m heat.

   Zakhan, a nice looking three-year-old by Mongolian Khan in the John Bary stable, and Miss Krystal, prepared by Lee Somervell, were two impressive winners among the 780m heats.




Heat 1, 780m: Saskatchewan (L Sutherland) 1, Atlante-Kalahari Princess 3yr-old gelding 2, Galileo Express 3. Four starters. Margins: 1 length, 2-1/2 lengths. Time: 46.9s. Winner trained by Pam Holden, Hastings.

Heat 2, 780m: Miss Krystal (L Hemi) 1, Blarney 2, All American 4yr-old mare 3. Four starters. Margins: Neck, 2 lengths. Time: 47s. Winner trained by Lee Somervell, Hastings.

Heat 3, 780m: Hesacityboy (L Hemi) 1, Tavistock 3yr-old gelding 2, Pins 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Long neck, 2 lengths. Time: 46.9s. Winner trained by Penny & Tony Ebbett, Waipukurau.

Heat 4, 780m: Zakhan (J Riddell) 1, I’m Chuck 2, Savabeel-Miss Pro O’Reilly 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: Long head, 1-3/4 lengths. Time: 47.1s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 5, 780m: Uncle Bro (J Riddell) 1, Who’s Alice 2. Two starters. Margin: 1-1/4 lengths. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 6, 1000m: Charm Spirit-Stepping Out 4yr-old mare (J Bassett) 1, Fur 2, Audition 3. Four starters. Margins: 3-1/2 lengths, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 1:01.2. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 7, 1000m: Reliable Man 3yr-old gelding (J Riddell) 1, Showcasing 3yr-old gelding 2, She’s So Reliable 3. Five starters. Margins: Head, 1 length. Time: 1:02.8. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 8, 1200m: Jakkalberry-Molly O’Reilly 4yr-old gelding (L Zydenbos) 1, Velarde 2, Argentiere 3. Four starters. Margins: Head, 2 lengths. Time: 1:14.5. Winner trained by Tim Symes, Hastings.

Heat 9, 1200m: Kaluanui (L Hemi) 1, Niagara-Pare 4yr-old mare 2, Per Incanto 5yr-old mare 3. Five starters. Margins: ½ length, 2-1/2 lengths. Time: 1:14.6.Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 10, 1200m: Bellesgirl (L Hemi) 1, Atlanta Peach 2, Bucky 3. Four starters. Margins: Nose, 1-1/4 lengths. Time: 1:14.5. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.


Hawkes Bay Racing Column 18 Sep 2020

Penny Royal rules yet again on the Taupo track

(By John Jenkins)

   Hastings-trained mare Penny Royal is fast becoming a Taupo track specialist.

   The five-year-old daughter of Per Incanto has won three races from 11 starts and all three victories have been on the Taupo track.

   She was having her fourth start on the course when bringing up her third success there last Sunday, leading all the way in a Rating 74 race over 1400m.

   Penny Royal is officially trained by the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen but spends a lot of her time down on the Porangahau beach property of Mary Darby.

   The mare is a lot more settled in a smaller stabling environment and also thrives on being able to be worked on the beach.

   She was having her first start back from a six month spell when she lined up at Taupo but had indicated she was ready for a bold fresh up performance by winning a 1000m Hastings jumpout on August 20.

   Hastings apprentice Jordan Bassett was aboard Penny Royal last Sunday and claimed a 1.5kg allowance, bringing the weight the horse had to carry down to just  52.5kg.

   Bassett bounced the mare out quickly from the number one draw and they were clear in the lead at the end of the first 200 metres. From then on Bassett managed to dictate the pace to suit and Penny Royal still had plenty in reserve in the final stages, kicking clear to win by two lengths from Saignon, with a further gap of 1-3/4 lengths back to third placed Sacrosanct.

   For 29-year-old Bassett it was the sixth win of her career and her first for the new racing season. She originally started her apprenticeship attached to the Lowry/Cullen stable but is now indentured to her partner, Hastings owner-trainer Richard McKenzie.

   Penny Royal was bred by Feilding farming couple Neil and Yvonne Managh and they race the mare in partnership with their son Andrew and daughter Geraldine.

   Guy Lowry said that, due to a lack of suitable races for Penny Royal in the coming weeks, they have decided to back her up in a $30,000 Rating 72 race over 1300m at today’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   “It’s not ideal to back her up so quickly after racing last Sunday but there are just no other races around for a mare of her class in the next month,” Lowry said.

   Jordan Bassett has again been engaged for Penny Royal in today’s race and the plan is to take her to the front from the start once again.

Hastings apprentice jockey Jordan Bassett has a beaming smile as she brings Penny Royal back at the head of the field following the mare’s win in a Rating 74 race over 1400m at Taupo last Sunday. It was the mare’s third win on the Taupo track.


Public barred from Hastings races

   Under the present Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions Hawke’s Bay Racing members and the general public will not be able to attend today’s first day of the Bostock New Zealand Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   Only race day officials, trainers, owners and other specifically ticketed personnel will be allowed on the Hastings racecourse and those working in the birdcage area will be required to wear masks.

   The fact that the meeting has to be run under Level 2 restrictions is a massive blow to Hawke’s Bay Racing who not only had a huge day of racing action planned but also had all the hospitality rooms on course fully pre-booked.

   “It is quite gutting really,” Hawke’s Bay chief executive Darin Balcombe said.

    “We are going to have to refund all the hospitality packages which is disappointing but we are also shattered for our members and some owners who also will not be able to attend to see what really is an exciting and action packed day of racing.”

   The first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival is also the traditional Daffodil Raceday with any proceeds from gate takings donated to the Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society.


By-monthly award winner

   Hawke’s Bay agricultural contractor Mark Apatu is the recipient of the by-monthly Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Association’s Kevin Wood Memorial Trophy.

   Apatu is a part-owner of the talented galloper Scorpz, who had 10 starts last season for three wins, a second and three thirds.

   The Charm Spirit gelding, trained at Cambridge by Stephen Marsh, included the Group 3 $70,000 Wellington Stakes (1600m) among his victories and was also placed in both the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) and Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2000m).

   The horse was taken to Australia in March of this year but unfortunately broke down when finishing last when making his Sydney debut in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and was retired from racing. 


Catalyst primed for return

   Te Awamutu trainer Clayton Chipperfield is getting used to training his stable star Catalyst remotely.

   Last season’s Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas winner is in Sydney preparing for a fresh up run in today’s Group 2 $500,000 The Shorts Sprint (1100m) at Randwick, while his trainer is stranded in New Zealand due to Covid-19 restrictions.

   It will be the first time the Kiwi four-year-old has been seen on the racetrack since his sixth placing in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in February, with that campaign ending abruptly when heat was detected in the gelding’s joints.

   “It will be great to see him back out there again and to try and improve on his last run in Australia,” Chipperfield said.

   Jockey Glen Boss partnered Catalyst in a gallop on the Randwick course proper on Tuesday morning and gave Chipperfield the tick of approval ahead of today’s race.

   Chipperfield is hoping the son of Darci Brahma will put his hand up for a slot in the $A15million The Everest (1200m) but is mindful there are other lucrative races in Sydney, including the $A7.5million Golden Eagle (1500m) which is restricted to four-year-olds.


Sharrock chasing fourth success

   New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock had a golden run in the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) a few years ago, winning three on-end, and he is hoping he can add a fourth to his mantlepiece after today.

   Sharrock’s first victory in the race came in 2014 with I Do and he followed that win back-to-back victories with Kawi in 2015 and 2016.

   He will contest today’s weight-for-age feature with pocket rocket Tavi Mac who, while small in stature, has proved to have an iron willpower which was evidenced by his brave runner-up performance behind Avantage in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa earlier this month.

   Tavi Mac’s diminutive stature is in stark contrast to Sharrock’s dual-race winner Kawi, but he believes the little gelding’s determined character far exceeds his stable predecessor.

   “Kawi was a beast,” Sharrock said. “He was 16.2 hands and half a tonne. This horse is 14.3 with a sway back and probably only 450kg.

   “You wouldn’t have bought him out of the paddock, and he would still be in the paddock now if I didn’t breed him for his owners.

   “You wouldn’t have tried him. But he defies science, it is his character and will to win that makes him the horse he is.”

   Tavi Mac has drawn out at barrier 11 for today’s classic race and will have another change of jockey, with Troy Harris taking the mount.

   Sharrock’s stable apprentice Hazel Schofer has ridden the horse in four of his seven wins while Michael McNab was aboard for his last start second in the Foxbridge Plate.


Dragon Leap is sidelined

   New Zealand-trained four-year-old Dragon Leap has suffered a set-back that will curtail his Sydney spring campaign.

   The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained gelding had looked in for a good campaign, having found the line well for eighth in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m), beaten just two lengths, and was on target for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

   “It’s a minor injury and certainly nothing of any note that is going to have any long-term effect on his racing career,” O’Sullivan said.

   “It is a case of six weeks rest and he will be as good as gold.”

   The Hong Kong-owned galloper will recuperate initially in Australia but will return to the O’Sullivan-Scott stable Matamata.

Hastings Trackwork 15 Sep 2020


(By John Jenkins)


   Strong gallops by Satu Lagi, King Farouk and the jumpers Revolution, Perry Mason and No Tip were among the highlights in a busy session at the Hastings track this morning.

   Fast work was mainly confined to the plough (good) although a few horses galloped on the No. 1 grass and four horses from John Bary’s stable were allowed to use the course proper.

   Satu Lagi was in front of One Prize One Goal at the end of 1000m on the plough in 1:02.3, the last 600 in 36.6 and looked to have something in reserve at the finish.

   Satu Lagi resumes from a spell in the Rating 82 race over 1200m at Hastings on Saturday. He has not raced since finishing third in the Poverty Bay Cup (1600m) at Gisborne in  February but has had the benefit of a couple of jumpouts to help prepare him.

   King Farouk finished clear of his stablemate Resolution at the end of 1000m in 1:07.2, the last 600 in 36.6. King Farouk hasn’t raced since May but finished a close second in a 1000m Foxton trial last week and is entered for the special conditions maiden over 1200m at Hastings on Saturday.

   Revolution, one of two horses from the Nelson/McDougal stable entered for Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay Hurdles (3100m) worked keenly over 1200m on the plough in 1:17.6, the first 600 in 38.3 And final 600 in 39.3. Matthew Cropp has been engaged to ride him.

   His stablemate No Change is also entered for the Hawke’s Bay Hurdles and this morning he ran a solo 1200m in 1:21.6, the first 600 in 43.5 and final 600 in 38.1. Aaron Kuru has taken the ride on him.

   Perry Mason, who will be looking to defend his title in Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay Steeples, worked with stablemate No Tip over 1200m in 1:19.4, the first 600 in 40.7 and final 600 in 38.7. Perry Mason looks to have come on since having a run on the flat at Otaki earlier this month and should be at peak fitness for Saturday’s 4800m feature.

   Callsign Mav, entered for Saturday’s Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings, galloped with stablemate Motivation over 1000m on the course proper in 1:01.9, the last 600 in 35.5. They worked about five metres out from the inside rail.

   Wicket Maiden, entered for Saturday’s Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) and stablemate Cinzento, worked up against the inside rail on the course proper and clocked 1:04.1 for 1000m, the last 600 in 34.8.

   No Rock No Pop, another who may line up in Saturday’s Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m), ran a solo 1000m on the plough in 1:04.9, the last 600 in 37.3. She is still a maiden but shows plenty of promise.

   Estefania, preparing for the Rating 65 2000m race at Hastings, was hitting out well at the end of 1000m on the plough in 1:05.6, the last 600 in 37.2. She was a good last start second over 1600m at Wanganui and any rain will enhance her chances on Saturday.

   Mohaka, who races next in a Rating 65 race over 1400m at Woodville next week, was let off with an easy 800m gallop in 55.3, the last 600 in 39.6 while stablemate Alpine Charm, another headed to the Woodville meeting, clocked 1:21 for 1200m, the last 600 in 39.

   Sanlorenzo, who will line up in a maiden 2200m race at Woodville next week, worked on his own over 1200m on the plough in 1:20.2, the last 600 in 37.7 while Belfast Babe ran a solo 1000m in 1:08.5, the last 600 in 39.

   Red ‘N’ Surf, was one of several horses from Vicki Wilson’s stable who worked close to the plough on the No.1 grass, making timing difficult. The son of Redwood looked to be working well at the end of 1000m.

   Hanging Loose, Rippin and Truly Remarkable were three others from the same stable who underwent similar assignments.

   Sheezacatch was not hurried when running a solo 1000m on the plough in 1:08.2, the last 600 in 40.1 while Pablo Esk looked to be travelling better than stablemate Who’s Alice at the end of 1000m on the grass in 1:07.8.

   Call Me Jack, entered for the Rating 65 2000m race at Hastings, worked on his own over1000m on the plough in 1:08.6, the last 600 in 39.3 while Overstayer finished off his work with a 400m sprint in 25.8.

   Blarney and an Atlante-Kalahari Princess three-year-old gelding, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, turned in a quick 800m on the plough in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.4 while Atlanta Peach was restricted to just three-quarter pace, finishing her work off with 600m in 41.1.

   Kaipawe recorded 1:05.6 for a solo 1000m, the last 600 in 37.3 while an El Roca two-year-old gelding and a Zed two-year-old filly, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ended their work on the plough with 600m in 39.1.



Hawkes Bay Racing Column 11 Sep 2020

HB family gets to celebrate Trosettee’s Otaki win

(By John Jenkins)

   Hastings couple John and Greta Flynn have raced a few successful racehorses in the past but they got a special thrill last week when some of their Hawke’s Bay family members and close friends were also involved in one of their wins.

   Trosettee’s victory in a $10,000 maiden race at Otaki on Thursday of last week will long remain in the memory of some of the first time racehorse owners the Flynn’s have got involved.

   Trosettee is prepared by Opaki trainer Grant Nicholson, a good friend of John Flynn who bought the horse for $5000 at the 2018 Karaka yearling sales.

   “Grant has been a good mate and he wanted some others to come in on the horse so I said I’d find some,” Flynn said this week.

   He managed to get his daughter Samantha Flynn involved as well as his sister and brother-in-law Anne and Derek Mackenzie, another sister-in-law Fay Flynn and close friends John and Sharon McKay. All of them reside in Hawke’s Bay.

   “Apart from Greta, Fay and I the others are all newbies into racing and so it is their first winner,” John Flynn said.

   Nicholson has also retained a racing share in the horse along with some of his close friends, with a total of 12 people involved.

   Trosettee was having his fourth start when he lined up over 1600m at Otaki, his best previous placing being a fresh up second over 1200m at Awapuni in July.

   Apprentice jockey Sarah Macnab settled the Jimmy Choux four-year-old in the rear group early and was trapped three-wide without cover. She then sent him on a forward move to be the widest runner turning into the home straight and he kept up a strong sustained run down the outside of the track to win by a length from Flying Habit, with 3-3/4 lengths back to third placed Eddie’s Dream.

   Trosettee is certainly bred to win races. His dam is the Pentire mare Tin Goose, who was the winner of four races and placed third behind Zavite and Booming in the 2010 Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m).

   She has also produced Voler Por Moi (by Pour Moi) who has won six races, five of them at 2000m and further and also Beaufighter (by Mastercraftsman) who won two races in New Zealand, one at 2000m and one at 2400m.

   “He (Trosettee) is bred to stay and Grant hopes to get him up to 2000m plus in the future,” John Flynn said.

   He and his wife Greta have raced horses from the Awapuni stable of Jeff Lynds in the past, the best of them being Thien Ly who recorded four wins and eight minor placings.


Trosettee and apprentice jockey Sarah Macnab cross the finish line a length clear of Flying Habit (Rosie Myers) in a 1600m maiden race at Otaki last week. The four-year-old is part-owned by several members of a Hawke’s Bay family.


Avantage favourite to take treble

   Class mare Avantage is at a quote of $9.00 on the Fixed Odds market to emulate her stablemate Melody Belle and win all three legs of the Group 1 triple crown at this year’s Bostock New Zealand Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   The TAB has opened a book on one horse to win the Tarzino Trophy (1400m), Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings during the next month and Avantage is an outright favourite, with Jennifer Eccles the only other horse rated a chance at $51.00.

   Avantage is prepared by Matamata’s Jamie Richards who produced Melody Belle to capture all three Group 1 features at last year’s spring carnival, the only horse to have achieved the feat.

   Avantage showed she is definitely going to be the horse to beat in next Saturday’s $200,000 Tarzino Trophy with a game win in last Saturday’s Group 2 $100,000 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa and is now a raging hot favourite at $1.80 for the 1400m weight-for-age feature.

   The Fastnet Rock five-year-old mare had to call on all her reserves in the final stages to head off a determined Tavi Mac and score by a length, with Richards saying the mare would improve a lot from the run.

   “The plan is to go to Hastings in a fortnight for the Tarzino,” he said.

   “She should take goo benefit out of today’s run and the two weeks between races will be ideal.”

   Avantage was recording her 11th win from only 18 starts and took her stake earnings to almost $1.5million.

   The mare was a $210,000 purchase by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis at the 2017 Karaka yearling sakes and is now raced by the Te Akau Avantage Syndicate, managed by Karen Fenton-Ellis. Waipukurau’s Michael Ormsby has a five per cent share in the syndicate.

   Ormsby also has a five per cent share in the Te Akau Never Say Die Syndicate that races Need I Say More, who maintained his unbeaten record with another dominant performance in last Saturday’s Group 3 $70,000 Northland Breeders Stakes at Te Rapa.

   Need I Say More led all the way in the 1200m event and comfortably beat a high class field of three-year-olds, scoring by 2-3/4 lengths.

   It was the Australian-bred gelding’s third win from as many starts, after posting victories over 1100m and 1200m on the Matamata track as a two-year-old last season.

   Need I Say More is by the Coolmore Stud-based stallion No Nay Never out of the Fastnet Rock mare Bo Bardi and was a $130,000 purchase by David Ellis at last year’s Karaka yearling sales.

   The big chestnut is now expected to head to Hastings for the Group 2 $100,000 Dundeel at Arrowfield Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) on October 3.     

   The current fixed odds betting market for next Saturday’s Tarzino Trophy is: Avantage $1.80; Jennifer Eccles $6.50; Tavi Mac $8.00; Prise De Fer $10.00; Kiwi Ida, Supera $14.00; Travelling Light $14.00; Germanicus $21.00; Bavella, Demonitization, Julius $26.00; The Mitigator, Two Illicit $31.00. The rest are at $40 or more.


Huge day of action next Saturday

   Hastings racegoers will be treated to both the excitement of Group 1 racing and the thrills of jumping events on the first day of the Bostock New Zealand Hawke’s Bay spring carnival next Saturday.

   The weight-for-age $200,000 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) is the first Group 1 race of the season in New Zealand and regularly draws the cream of the country’s sprinters. But a number of the country’s top jumpers will also be action, contesting the $50,000 AHD Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase (4800m) and the $50,000 Te Whangai Hawke’s Bay Hurdles (3100m).

   There will also be two other black type flat races at the meeting, the Group 3 $50,000 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) and the Listed $50,000 El Roca-Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m). Both races are for three-year-olds with the Gold Trail Stakes being the first race in the New Zealand Three-year-old filly of the Year series.

   That series has been increased from 10 to 11 races for this season with the $70,000 Soliloquy Stakes the new addition. The 1400m event, traditionally run at Ellerslie, will now take place at Te Rapa on October 24.

   At this stage there 10 races scheduled for Hastings next Saturday but there is a strong possibility that will be increased to 11, given the huge number of nominations expected.

   Hawke’s Bay Racing is planning for the meeting to be run under Covid Level 1 restrictions at this stage, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expected to make an announcement on Monday as to what level the Hawke’s Bay region will be in by next weekend.

   Under Level 1 status the Hastings racecourse will be able to be open to members and the general public but, if it remains under Level 2, it will be closed to members and the general public with restrictions for ticketed persons only. Those working in the birdcage area at Level 2 will be required to wear masks which can be provided, if necessary, along with sanitizer.

   There is no official gate charge for next Saturday’s Hastings race meeting but patrons will be asked to donate $5 to the Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society.


HB/PB Awards night Friday

   This year’s annual Bramwell Bate/VetsOne Hawke’s Bay & Poverty Bay Racing Awards function will now be held at the Cheval Room at the Hastings racecourse on Friday, October 2.

   It was originally planned for next Friday but, due to the uncertainties surrounding Covid-19 restrictions, it has been decided to postpone it.

   Hosted by the Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Breeders and Owners Associations, in conjunction with Hawke’s Bay Racing, the function recognises the achievements of the districts’ breeders, owners, trainers and horses during the past racing season.

   The function will begin at 6.30pm and tickets can be purchased from the Hawke’s Bay Racing office.

   The awards being presented are.-

  • Jimmy Choux Three-year-old of the Year for the highest earning three-year-old bred by a HB/PB breeder.
  • HB/PB Owner of the Year on a points basis.
  • HB/PB Trainer of the Year on wins.
  • HB/PB Trainer of the year on winning strike-rate.
  • HB/PB Breeder with the most wins by progeny bred.
  • HB/PB Breeder of the Year on points, based on the performances of progeny bred.
  • HB/PB Trained Horse of the Year for a horse trained in the district that won the most stake money.
  • HB/PB Owned Horse of the Year for a horse owned in the district based on their performances in black type races.
  • HB/PB Broodmare of the Year for the mare owned in the district whose progeny recorded the most success at black type level.
  • Group & Listed awards to the breeders of horses that won black type races.
  • Horlicks Salver award for significant contribution to racing and breeding in the district.

Hawkes Bay Racing Column 4 Sep 2020

Well-bred stallion standing at stud in Hastings

(By John Jenkins)

   Hawke’s Bay has a new extremely well bred stallion standing at stud this season, a son of Australian champion sire Snitzel.

   Sneaking To Win has been imported by Hawke’s Bay couple Steve Brougham and Jenni Tomlins and is based at Margaret Harkema’s property in Kaiapo Road, Hastings.

   Fred Pratt, a former successful jumps jockey who is now training a small team of thoroughbreds, has also taken on the position of studmaster on the property.

   Sneaking To Win certainly has the breeding to be a success at stud.

   His sire Snitzel has just been crowned champion Australian sire for the 2019-20 season, the fourth time he has taken the title.

   Snitzel is the sire of more than 100 stakes winners, including the outstanding Group 1 winners Trapeze Artist and Redzel, and stands at Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales at a fee of $A220,000.

   Sneaking To Win is out of the Grand Lodge mare Disguise who has also left the multiple Group 1 winner Appearance, the winner of nine races and rated champion female sprinter in the world in 2014.

   Appearance, by Commands, recorded Group 1 victories in the Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington, Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill, Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill and Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick. Three of her other five wins were at either Group 2 or Group 3 level.

   Mascareri, a full-sister to Appearance, was the winner of eight races including the Listed Stocking Stakes (1200m) in Queensland.

   Sneaking To Win was a $A450,000 purchase as a yearling but unfortunately only raced three times before a botched operation to remove a cyst from his throat left him with major damage to his larynx, which became infected and had to removed.

   He was in the stable of top Australian trainer Peter Snowden, who rated him one of the most talented young horses he had in work at the time.

   “His breeding page is littered with Group 1 winners,” Snowden said.

   “At his first start, at Rosehill, he was squeezed up at the start and got pushed back and then flew home to run second to Master Ash who went on to win the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes and quite a few group races.

   “We had such high hopes for the horse and it was very unfortunate that he never got to show the talent he had. I’m very confident he would have made a very decent racehorse.”

   Brougham and Tomlins were able to secure Sneaking To Win through a Sydney contact, who runs an agistment and breaking in property.

   “They had six two-year-old stakes winners on the property, including a Golden Slipper winner, and they rated him better than all of them,” Brougham said.

   Brougham said Sneaking To Win is standing at a fee of just $1000 plus GST and not only does he boast a great pedigree but he also has an amazing temperament.

    He said it gives Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred breeders a chance to breed locally to a well credentialed stallion without the expense of sending a mare away to some of the major studs in the Waikato and Auckland areas.

   “We were hoping to get 30 to 40 mares to him in his first year and already we have about 35 mares booked,” Brougham said.

   “So we are pretty happy with him and the response we have had.”

    Brougham said he and Tomlins will be mating six or seven of their own mares to Sneaking To Win and these include the Group 2 West Australian Oaks winner Fatal Attraction (by Zabeel).

   They will also be mating him with another Australian-bred mare in Oaky Miss, who is the dam of a Group 3 winner and the grandam of the Group 1 placegetter Bams On Fire.

   “Some of the other mares booked to him so far are by More Than Ready, Toorak Toff and Murtajill so we are trying to get some decent matings from his first crop,” Brougham added.

Sneaking To Win, a son of champion Australian sire Snitzel, is standing at stud in Hawke’s Bay for a fee of just $1000 plus GST.


Three big days on Hastings track

   They say good things come in threes and that couldn’t be truer for the Bostock New Zealand Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, which is made up of three stunning Group 1 events; the Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday (Saturday, September 19), Windsor Park Plate (Saturday, October 3) and Livamol Classic (Saturday, October 17). 

   Each of the three racedays will feature one Group 1 race, where the best racehorses in the country will be vying for top honours, and there are also a host of other black type races on the undercard each day.

    Not only does Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday feature the first Group 1 race of the new racing season but it also supports the Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society, with the $5 gate entry acting as a donation to the charity. Over the years, the Daffodil Raceday initiative has raised more than $260,000 for the Cancer Society nationwide. 

   One horse in each race will carry the Daffodil Day silks and, if that horse wins, the TAB will donate $2000 to the New Zealand Cancer society. 

   You could also upgrade your raceday by choosing one of the many hospitality packages on offer.

   If you’re after a party, Livamol Classic raceday is one not to be missed. Boogie the day away in the ZM White House. With bars, TAB facilities and catering options to keep you fuelled, the ZM White House is the spot to kick your heels up in style.

   The Bostock New Zealand Hawke’s Bay spring racing carnival is one of the most stylish events in Hawkes Bay and, if you think you’ve nailed your fit, consider entering the fashion in the field competition on Livamol Classic Day. With $10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, you could leave the track a serious winner... even if you have no luck on the punt. 


Marsh strengthens southern stable

   Stephen Marsh is hoping a winning treble at Riccarton last Saturday can be the springboard to boost numbers in his South Island barn.

   Though Marsh’s main training establishment is at Cambridge, he is focused on making his satellite stable at Riccarton a permanent part of his operation.

   “I’ve got a 12-horse barn down there and got seven horses in it at the moment,” Marsh said. “It was full around New Zealand Cup time last year, but a few have been retired since.

   “I’m rapt in how the stable down there has been going. Rhys Mildon, my foreman, goes down regularly, but I’ve got a staff of three good girls running it and they do a fantastic job. Sam Wynne is the head lass.

   “I think we’ve won 16 races with our horses in that stable. Last Saturday was the first time I have won three in a day down there.”

   Through her involvement with the stable, Wynne, one of the South Island’s leading jockeys, got an extra thrill when successful last Saturday aboard two of the Marsh winners, Jojo Roxx and Glorious Ocean, while last season’s champion apprentice and leading South Island rider, Kozzi Asano, brought up the treble when winning on the Kevin Hickman owned Bronte Beach.


First NZ win for Maritius jockey

   Former champion South African apprentice Kersley Ramsamy put his first win on the board in New Zealand when he guided promising three-year-old Sheza Jakkal to victory at Tauranga on Saturday.

   The well-travelled Mauritian-born rider has been in New Zealand since shortly before the first COVID-19 lockdown in March and recently moved to Te Aroha after initially being based in the South Island.

  Ramsamy works for Te Aroha trainer Gavin Opie and collected the first victory for the partnership with a heady ride aboard Sheza Jakkal, in the maiden 1300m contest.

   Ramsamy is enjoying his time in New Zealand after initially visiting the country for a short break during the off season in Mauritius, but found himself stuck here due to the restrictions on international travel caused by the global pandemic.

   “I was riding for one of the leading stables back home but decided to come to New Zealand for a little while during the break that we have in the season back home,” Ramsamy said.

   “I started off in the south where I had a couple of rides but then I contacted Gavin and made the move up to Te Aroha.

   “I primarily ride trackwork for Gavin but I’m now riding more for the other trainers at Te Aroha which is good as I’m hoping that will help me to get more raceday rides.

   Ramasamy is no stranger to success having commenced his career in South Africa, where he went on to become champion apprentice. That title saw him invited to participate in an international apprentice series where he struck immediate success.

   “I did my apprenticeship in South Africa and became the champion apprentice there,” he said.

   “That led to me receiving an invitation to ride in France in a qualifying race for the world champion apprentice series.

   “I had one ride and won the race which took me to the finals in Abu Dhabi where I finished third.

   “I then travelled to Germany, Italy and Oman for some rides at different festivals before heading back to South Africa.

   “I rode for a little longer there before moving back home to Mauritius.”


Hastings Trackwork 1 Sep 2020


(By John Jenkins)


Hunta Pence, preparing for Saturday’s Foxton Cup at Wanganui, reeled off a quick final 600m when galloping on his own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

Hunta Pence worked in from the 1000m peg in 1:05.1, running the first 400m in an easy 29.4s before sprinting home the last 600 in 35.7s.

The No Excuse Needed eight-year-old was successful in last year’s Foxton Cup (2040m) at Wanganui and resumed from a spell with a useful effort in a 1400m sprint at Awapuni on August 22. Danielle Hirini has been booked to ride him.

Magic Incanto was another who sprinted quickly when running 600m on the grass in 36s. Trainer Fred Pratt was considering running the Per Incanto mare in the Open 1200m race at Wanganui this Saturday but, with the likelihood of a wet track there, he may reserve her for a Rating 72 race over 1300m at Hastings on September 19.

One Prize One Goal was another who worked on his own and ran 1000m in 1:09.4, the last 600 in 38.7. He is likely to start next in the 1300m Rating 72 race at Hastings on September 19 and may have a run at next Tuesday’s Foxton trials to round off his preparation.

Maria Dior, another being aimed at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on September 19, was not hurried when running 800m on the plough in 55.1, the last 600 in 40. She was totally unsuited by the puggy track conditions when resuming over 1000m at Awapuni on August 22.

Call Me Jack worked early in the session and galloped a solo 1000m but could not be timed in the bad light while Can I Get An Amen also galloped 1000m on her own but was not timed. She looks to be coming up well in a fresh campaign.

Saskatchewan and a four-year-old Swiss Ace mare worked together over 800m on the grass in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.3.



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