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   Coz I’m Lucky, preparing for Saturday’s Feilding meeting at Awapuni, hit out well in a relatively quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   Coz I’m Lucky ended his work with 600 metres in 37.5 and looked to be stretching out well at the finish. The Lucky Unicorn gelding has turned in a fourth and a third from two starts this time in and will contest the Maiden 1600 at Awapuni.

   Beyond Belief, who could kick off a fresh campaign in the Rating 75 1200 at Hastings on Sunday week, was timed to run his last 600 metres in 38. He showed plenty of ability early in his career but hasn’t won a race since November 2011.

   Pheasant was given two 600-metre runs, the first in a leisurely 41 and the second a lot quicker in 36.1. He finished well back over 1400 metres at Hawera last start but didn’t get a lot of luck in the running.

  A Falkirk four-year-old mare in John and Pam Stenning’s stable worked in quietly from the 1200-metre peg in 1:35.6, coming home the last 600 in 43.9 while Bliss was also restricted to just three-quarter pace, running her last 600 metres in 44.8.

Huge support crew to will It’s A Dundeel home in Cox Plate 23 Oct 2013

Connections and supporters of star Hawke’s Bay-owned galloper It’s A Dundeel plan to invade Melbourne’s Moonee Valley racecourse on mass tomorrow to cheer home the four-year-old as he takes on Australia’s best in the $A3million Cox Plate.

   The High Chaparral entire will be trying to become the ninth New Zealand-trained winner of Australasia’s biggest weight-for-age race since Bonecrusher headed home fellow Kiwi galloper Waverley Star after their titanic neck and neck tussle over the final 800 metres of the 1986 running of 2040-metre event.

   New Zealand-trained Cox Plate winners since Bonecrusher’s epic victory have been Poetic Prince (1988), Surfers Paradise (1991), The Phantom Chance (1993), Solvit (1994), Sunline (1999 and 2000) and Ocean Park last year.

   Havelock North couple Murray and Jo Andersen bred It’s A Dundeel and have retained a 20 per cent share in the horse. Their daughter Tracey and her husband Gavin Chaplow own a 10 per cent share as do Murray’s sister Sharon and her husband Michael Craig and another Hawke’s Bay couple, Dave and Jenny Morison.

   The other 50 per cent of the ownership is split between Tony and Wendy Craig (Wellington), Tony Muollo (Wellington), Tony and Jenny Joyce (Wellington), Max and Jo Brown (Wellington), Dino and Ange Focas (Gold Coast) and Tony and Jana Muollo (Sydney).

   Murray Andersen said this week that all except the Morisons will be at Moonee Valley tomorrow, as well as other members of his family and friends, many of whom who will be on course to watch the horse race for the first time.

   “Unfortunately Dave and Jenny Morison have got a wedding to go to in Rarotonga but everyone else will be there,” Andersen said.

   It’s A Dundeel, who is prepared by the Cambridge partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, is the winner of nine races from just 14 starts and has amassed more than $2.3million in stakemoney. Five of his victories have been at Group 1 level, the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), Randwick Guineas (1600m), Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and ATC Derby (2400m) in Sydney last season and the Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield at his last start.

   The horse hasn’t raced for more than a month, after a foot abscess forced him to miss the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 12, but Andersen says he is ready to produce his best again this Saturday.

   “The horse is spot on and we are really happy with him,” Andersen said.

   “He had a pretty good gallop at Caulfield last Saturday and then worked with another horse at the Breakfast with the Stars trackwork session at Moonee Valley on Tuesday.

   “They say you can’t have an interrupted preparation and win a Cox Plate but, as far as Murray (Baker) is concerned he is coming right into it again,” Andersen added.

   The 2040-metre distance suits It’s A Dundeel and the horse can cope with both firm and rain affected tracks. He is likely to jump from barrier 11, after scratchings, but Andersen also sees a positive in this.

   “Drawing out might not be the problem people think it is because he’s got the pace to be there in the early rush and it will be the 19th race in a row on the Moonee Valley track this weekend so the inside might be cut up.”

   It’s A Dundeel was partnered by the open handicap galloper Let’s Make A Deal in his trackwork gallop at Moonee Valley last Tuesday and both Baker and rider James McDonald were happy with the way the horse stretched out.

   “It was nice work,” Baker said.

   “He’s not a very good trackworker. He just chugs along and doesn’t do anything until you ask him.

   “I think the gallop between races at Caulfield last Saturday really brought him on, with the race day atmosphere and he’s as fit as we can get him.”

   Baker will be looking for a change of fortune in the Cox Plate with his two previous runners being The Phantom, who finished fourth in 1990, and Lion Tamer, who broke down in the race two years ago and had to be put down.

   It’s A Dundeel has been installed a $3.50 favourite on the TAB Fixed Odds market for tomorrow’s big race, with Puissance de Lune second favourite at $4.50 and Fiorente on the third line of betting at $4.80. The only other horse under a double-figure quote is the three-year-old Long John at $8.50.


Alleyoop blitzes rivals

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Alleyoop brought back memories of the flying filly Bolshoi Star when she careered away to a 13-1/2 length win in a 1200-metre maiden race at last week’s Woodville meeting.

   Bolshoi Star won her race debut over 1200 metres at Woodville by 10 lengths in May of 1988 and clocked a smart time of 1:09.8. She was trained by Jeff Lynds at Awapuni and went on to record four wins, five seconds and three thirds from 16 starts. She finished third in the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings and second behind Kate’s Myth in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (1400m) at Tauherenikau.

   Alleyoop only clocked 1:11.37 when winning last week but the Thorn Park mare could not have been more impressive, taking up an early lead and giving her rivals a galloping lesson. Rider Jonathan Parkes had time to have a look behind in the home straight as the mare ran away from the opposition.

   The four-year-old is trained on the Woodville track by James Bridge and owned by him in partnership with his Hawke’s Bay-based father John. She was having just her second start after a debut eighth over 1300 metres at Hastings on September 21, where she had to be used up a lot in the early stages to overcome a wide draw. She had won a 1000-metre trial at Foxton before that.

   Alleyoop is out of the Danasinga mare Tzarina Star, who was the winner of one race from the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry.


Ready To Run entries

   Hawke’s Bay vendors have 19 lots entered for this year’s Ready To Run two-year-old sale, to be run on November 19 and 20.

   Lime Country Thoroughbreds will offer the biggest Hawke’s Bay draft with 11 lots, including colts by Road To Rock and Hussonet and a filly by Mastercraftsman.

   David Goldsbury’s Beckam Equine Stables in Waipukurau are preparing four two-year-olds for the sale. Including a gelding by Pins and one by Sakhee’s Secret.

   Havelock North’s Noel Nicholson will offer two lots from his Endsleigh Thoroughbreds operation, a filly by Tavistock and a gelding by Thewayyouare, while Waipukurau trainer Kirsty Lawrence has a colt by Guillotine and a gelding by Nom de Jeu entered.


No Change, preparing for the Rating 75 1600-metre race at Trentham on Saturday, stretched out well in a solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up at a dead-4.

   No Change worked in from the 800-metre peg in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.1. He was close up when sixth over 1400 metres on the last day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and should appreciate the step up to 1600 metres on the big Trentham track.

   Adventador, heading to Trentham for the Rating 85 1200, was kept under a firm hold when running 1000 metres in 1:7.8, the last 600 in 39.3. He was an impressive last start winner on the final day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and any easing of the track at Trentham will help his chances this week.

   Kipkeino is another possible runner at Trentham on Saturday and this morning he had trainer Lucy de Lautour aboard when working keenly over 800 metres in 50.5, the last in 37.3. He is another who would appreciate some easing in track conditions on Saturday.

   San Pedro, a good chance in the Rating 75 2100 at Hastings on Thursday, was working well at the end of 1000 metres in 1:8.9, the last 600 in 38.8 while his stablemate No Commission worked with Da Beast and they ran home the last 600 metres in 38.3.

   Miss Serena, entered for the Rating 65 1400 at Hastings on Thursday, turned in one of the quickest times of the morning when sprinting 800 metres in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.

   Beautiful Man was not hurried when running 600 metres in 42.5 while his stablemate Lamborghini  clocked 56.2 for an easy 800 metres, the last 600 in 41. They both look close to clearing maiden ranks and are likely starters at Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Beyond Belief sprinted 600 metres in 37.2 while Rockweiler ended his work with 600 metres in 36.3. Rockweiler was a fast finishing second over 1200 metres at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting and is entered for the Rating 65 1400 on Thursday.

   A Bachelor Duke three-year-old gelding trained by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown worked over 1000 metres in 1:10.3, the last 600 in 38.2 while a Perfectly Ready three-year-old gelding in the same stable clocked 54.1 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.5.

   Need A Diamond had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when sent twice over 600 metres, the first one at three-quarter pace and the second much faster in 37s.

   A Spartacus three-year-old gelding in the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen stable clocked 54.6 for a solo 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.6 while Graciella ran an easy 600 metres in 41.5.

   Ooee and a Golan four-year-old mare worked together over 800 metres in 59.2, the last 600 in 42.3.


   Pit A Pat was one of only a few horses to gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session as she prepares for Saturday’s Rotorua meeting.

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

   Pit A Pat had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running twice over 600 metres, the first in a leisurely 45.4 and the second a lot quicker in 37.7. The Towkay mare has spoilt her chances by being slow away in her last couple of starts but was running on well over 1200 metres at Hastings last time.

   Beautiful Man worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and quickened over the last 600 in 38.3. He was a fast finishing third over 1800 metres at Taupo last start and could line up next in a maiden 2100-metre event at next Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Peit Rox, another from the Kelly Burne stable, was also given two 600-metre runs, the first at three-quarter pace and the second in 37.3.

   Last start winner Adventador was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres in 1:17.4, the last 600 in 45.5. He beat a strong Rating 85 field over 1200 metres at Hastings last start and will now contest a similar race at Trentham on Saturday week.

   Coz I’m Lucky, another preparing for next week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, was kept to just three-quarter pace over 800 metres in 58.7, the last 600 in 43.7 while Need A Diamond ended her work with 600 metres in 41. She finished fifth over 1400 metres at Tauherenikau last start.

   Rockweiler was kept under a firm hold by trainer Kelly Burne when working over two rounds, running home the last 600 in 41.8. He seems to be a lot more settled in his races now and flashed home late for second over 1200 metres at Hastings last start.

Lowry/Cullen stable firing on all cylinders 16 Oct 2013

   The Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen has had a huge start to the month of October with three wins, four seconds and three thirds in the space of a week.

   The stable’s great run started at the Wanganui meeting on October 3, where they lined up five horses for second placings with Gold, Lamborghini and Pearls.

   Two days later they picked up a win with Adventador and a close second with Broadwalk on the third day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and then added another third placing with Beautiful Man at Taupo the day after that.

   Lowry and Cullen then took four horses to the Wairarapa meeting on Thursday of last week and came away with wins with Gold and Grenade and third placings by Graciella and Coz I’m Lucky.

   “All of the horses that we are taking to the races at the moment are going well which is good for everyone concerned,” Guy Lowry said this week.

   “We’ve won three races in that time but we have also had four seconds and, with an ounce of luck, we probably could have won one or two more.”

   Gold’s win in a Maiden 1400-metre race at Tauherenikau last week was particularly satisfying for Guy Lowry as the Thorn Park mare is bred and owned by his Taupo-based father Pat.

   Pat Lowry has leased the mare out to the H.O.T Syndicate and has retained a racing share himself.

   The H.O.T. Syndicate comprises of eight shareholders and is managed by Hastings woman Megan Harvey. Her and husband Jim have a share along with Robert Kale, Pat Walsh, Patrick O’Rourke, Mick and Dawn Small, Sam and Jenny Nelson, Bryan Hutchinson and Margaret-Ann Klingender.

   Apart from Patrick O’Rourke, who lives in Auckland, the others are all Hawke’s Bay-based.

   Pat Lowry bred Gold out of the St Hilarion mare Gilded Saint, who has also left the four race winner Diplomacy and the winners Stepping Out and Askmeagain.

   Gold was the last foal produced by Gilded Saint, who has now ceased breeding. She was having just her eighth start when she lined up at Tauherenikau last week, with her previous best placings being a second and a third.

   “She is a horse that has taken a long time to mature but she seems to be a lot stronger now and could develop into something pretty good,” Megan Harvey said.

   She added that the H.O.T. Syndicate first started racing horses in mid-2005 but has had little to celebrate over since then.

   “We started off with Hasting, who only had two starts before suffering a broken pelvis,” Harvey said.

   “We then had Addicted, who we probably didn’t see the best of. She only had five starts, finishing third in her first start at Otaki and she won a race at Trentham.”

   Addicted, by No Excuse Needed, is a half-sister to champion Hong Kong performer Ambitious Dragon who has recorded 13 wins from 25 starts there and was crowned Hong Kong horse of the year.

   The H.O.T Syndicate then raced Sacred Steps, an Elusive City mare who weighed in eight times from 10 starts but couldn’t quite get a win.

   “”She always tried hard but she got a lung infection and never really recovered,” Harvey added.

   Gold scored a decisive two length win at Tauherenikau but her connections are unsure where she will start next.

   Guy Lowry said she will be nominated for a Rating 65 1400-metre race at Hastings next Thursday as well as one at Trentham the following Saturday and will probably start at whichever venue offers the best track conditions.

   “She’s a mare that needs a good track but also doesn’t handle it too hard,” Lowry added.

   The connections of Grenade were also rewarded for their patience when the Pins gelding broke through for his maiden win over 1600 metres at Tauherenikau.

   The big five-year-old has also been a slow maturing type and was having just his eighth career start, his best previous placings being a couple of fourths.

   He only got home by a head in last week’s win but the performance had plenty of merit as his jockey, Hayden Tinsley, lost his whip at the top of the home straight and could only use hands and heels to ride him out over the final stages. 

   Grenade is raced by Grant Cullen in partnership with his brother Brent, Wayne Mudgway, Bernard Hinton, David Vesty and Jeff Drinkwater.

   He was bought privately from Waikato Stud as a young horse and is a half-brother to Double O Seven, who has won four races and finished third in the Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) last April.

   Lowry and Cullen also train Double O Seven, who has had a fourth and a sixth over 1400 and 1600 metres in two starts this campaign and will step up to a more suitable 2100 metres at Otaki this Saturday.


Treble for Dee

   Promising apprentice jockey Michael Dee, who started his career from Hastings, notched up a hat-trick of wins at last Saturday’s Egmont meeting at Hawera.

   The 17-year-old also picked up a third at the meeting to easily take out the Jockeys’ Challenge run over the nine races on the programme.

   Dee won the first two races, on Austin Road and Sharbeela, and then brought up a third victory aboard Valley Queen in race eight.

   The treble took his tally for the season to 17 wins and his career total to 26.

   Dee is a son of former successful trainer Richard Dee. He started out riding from the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen before transferring to Kevin Myers in Wanganui and is presently on loan to Matamata trainer Jason Bridgman.


Grieve wins award

   Long time Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-breeder Peter Grieve is the recipient of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners by-monthly award for the months of August and September.

   Grieve has raced a number of successful horses over the years and owns a 50 per cent share in Chapinta, who has won two races in the past month. The first was an Open 2100-metre event at Te Rapa on August 17 and the second was an Open 2200-metre race at Ellerslie on September 7.


Top mare retired

   The well performed Hastings-trained mare No Excuse Maggie has been retired to stud and will be mated this season with last year’s Cox Plate victor Ocean Park.

   The seven-year-old No Excuse Needed mare was prepared by John Bary and  raced by the Full Of Excuses Syndicate, with a number of those involved being based in Hawke’s Bay.

   No Excuse Maggie recorded seven wins and nine minor placings for stake earnings of $208,400. She won the Listed Matamata Cup (1600m) last year and also finished second in the Group 3 Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni.

   The John Bary-trained Survived has been kept in work since his close last start third in the Turks Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings with the trainer now looking at setting him for the Group 1 $200,000 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on December 7.

    “We’ll keep ticking him over and we might take him to Tauranga for the Group 3 mile in mid-November and then the Captain Cook,” Bary said.

   “He has grown up a lot mentally, but he’s still a work in progress and the Australian Cup in the autumn is a race I’ve got in mind for him.”


Scholarships closing

   Applications for the keenly sought scholarships for young New Zealand horse people to travel and study overseas close with the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association today, Friday October 18.

   The 2014 NZTBA Overseas Training Scholarship is a five-month diploma course at the Irish National Stud, commencing in late January. Return air travel, enrolment fees and an expenses grant are included in the package.

   The second scholarship, the Sunline Education Trust’s International Management Scholarship, entails work experience with three internationally renowned operations. That begins in mid-February with Cheveley Park Stud, Newmarket, England, continues at Coolmore Ireland and concludes at Taylor Made Farm, Kentucky USA.


HB races next week

   Hawke’s Bay Racing will stage another race day on the Hastings track next Thursday, October 24.

   It is classed as an Industry Day meeting, with eight races programmed at this stage. Entry to the course and the members’ stand is free.


Shezgorgeous rounded off her preparation for the Rating 85 1200-metre race at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting with a quick 800-metre gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up at a good-3. Track manager Richard Fenwick said he would be some irrigation on the track before Saturday’s final day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   Shezgorgeous sprinted 800 metres on her own in 51.7, the last 600 in 36.8. She looks in great order to resume from a spell but faces a big task from a very wide draw on Saturday. Samantha Collett has been booked to ride her.

   Turks Spring Classic contender Pimms Time was restricted to just pacework on the sand after undergoing a strong gallop on Tuesday. Co-trainer Guy Lowry said the Pins mare doesn’t need a lot of fast work and he is happy with her condition going into Saturday’s Group 1 2040-metre event.

   Miss Serena was another who turned in a quick time this morning when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:2.1, the last 600 in 37.4. She has not raced since the Wairoa meeting in February but looks ready to resume again.

   Viceroy, entered for the Rating 75 2000 at Hastings on Saturday, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 600-metre peg and quickened over the last 400 in 25.8. He won well in a 2000-metre maiden race at Gisborne last month but steps up two grades this Saturday.

   Tradtri did similar work to Viceroy, sprinting home his last 400 metres in 24.3. He was only run down in the last 50 metres when fifth over 1400 metres on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival and drops back to 1200 metres this Saturday.

   Pit A Pat, one of Tradtri’s race rivals, sprinted 600 metres in 36.6 while her stablemates Base Camp and Need A Diamond ran over the same ground in 36.8.

   Hayley Rose, entered for the Rating 85 1200 on Saturday, was let off with an easy 600 metres in 40.7 while Irish Fling was restricted to not much more than three-quarter pace, her last 600 metres taking 42.2.

   Takemehomebabe worked over 1000 metres on her own in 1:6.8, the last 600 in 37.6 while Jerry Maguire clocked 1:6.1 for his 1000-metre workout, the last 600 in 38.6.

   Foi Vols worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg in 1:10.2, speeding up over the last 600 in 38.3 while Kojak ended two rounds with 1000 metres in 1:8.5, the last 600 in 40.

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