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   Saint Kitt rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s Feilding meeting with a strong solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Saint Kitt ran 1000 metres in 1:3.9, coming home the last 600 in an excellent 36.6s. The Keeper five-year-old turned in a good run for sixth in an open 1950-metre race at Rotorua last start and steps up to 2300 metres in a Rating 75 event at Awapuni on Saturday. Jonathan Riddell has the mount.

   His stablemate Survived also work well on his own. He was kept under a strong hold when working in from the 1000-metre peg and then gradually increased the speed over the last 600 in 37.9. He also turned in a good race at Rotorua last start and will now head to the Group 2 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) on November 15. It is a race that he won last year.

   Dances With Wolves also worked in easily from the 1000-metre peg in 1:6.5, running home the last 600 in 38.5 and then quickening over the final 400 in 24.8. He went a useful race on debut at Woodville earlier this month and may start next at either Otaki next Tuesday or Hastings the following Sunday.

   A Stravinsky two-year-old in the John Bary stable turned in the quickest last 600-metre time of the morning when working in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:7.1, the final 600 in 34.9 while an Iffraaj three-year-old and one by Alamosa, both in the Bary stable, clocked 51 for 800 metres.

   Second Hope, preparing for the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Sunday week, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:10.1, the last 600 in 37.3 while his stablemate Viceroy was restricted to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 44.2.

   Pleasure Palace clocked 1:6.2 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 37.7 while Beautiful Man was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 43.3.

   Two two-year-olds by Shocking in the John Bary stable sprinted home the last 400 metres of their work in 26.2s while a Gold Centre four-year-old gelding and a Fast ‘N’ Famous-Frangelico three-year-old ran an easy 600 metres in 42.2.

   Voxer ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:8.7, the last 600 in 40.8 while Seaweed ran over the same distance in 1:6.7, the last 600 in 39.3.

   Speed King clocked 1:9.2 for his solo 1000 metres, the last 600 in 40.5 while Pearls worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 41.8.

   Tansava clocked 53.4 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.5 while an Edenwold three-year-old filly in Corrina McDougal’s stable was under a ride over the final stages when running 1000 metres in 1:7.1, the last 600 in 36.4.

Recite now spelling after one Aussie start 29 Oct 2014

   Star Hastings-trained mare Recite won’t race again this spring but there is a chance she may return for another campaign early next year before being retired to stud.

   Trainer John Bary said this week Recite returned to New Zealand after one start at this year’s Melbourne spring carnival and is now spelling at The Oaks Stud in Cambridge, which owns the mare.

   “She’ll spell there for three or four weeks and it will be up to Rick Williams (stud manager) whether or not she comes back next year,” Bary said.

   “She may come back for a late summer and autumn campaign but it will be up to Rick to decide on that.”

   Recite contested the Group 1 $A400,000 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11, where she finished 12th out of 15 after being slow away.

   “Nothing went right for her in the race,” Bary said.

   “She missed the kick and got too far back and had no chance from there.”

   That run followed a good third over 1200 metres on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on September 20.

   She has now had 15 starts for six wins, three seconds and a third and has amassed stake earnings of more than $428,000.

   The Darci Brahma four-year-old has won twice at Group 1 level, in the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni as a two-year-old and the Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham at three.

   Bary said he would like to get Recite back and set her for a race like the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham next January and then possibly go on to the Group 1 NRM Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa in February and Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha in April, a race she finished second in last year behind Viadana.

   Meanwhile Recite’s talented stablemate Far Fetched has trained on the right way since her last start second over 1200 metres at Rotorua on October 18 and will start next at either the Waikato meeting on November 8 or on her home track the following day.

    Trainer John Bary said there are Rating 75 1200-metre races at both venues for the Pins mare but the one at Te Rapa carries a stake of $18,500 compared to $8000 at Hastings.

   Far Fetched turned in one of the best gallops in trackwork at Hastings on Tuesday when she finished ahead of stablemate Rosehip at the end of 1000 metres on the plough ion 1:4.1, running home the last 600 strongly in 37 seconds.

   The Pins mare has not finished further back than third in 10 starts with a record of three wins, two seconds and three thirds. Her last win was a dominant performance, when she down a good Rating 75 field over 1200 metres by 3-1/4 lengths at Wanganui.


NZ Cup plans

   Promising Hastings stayer Saint Kitt will be on trial for a trip south to next month’s  New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton when he lines up in a Rating 75 race over 2300 metres at Awapuni tomorrow.

   Trainer Kelly Burne has the Keeper six-year-old entered for race six at the Fielding Jockey Club’s meeting, the $18,500 Feilding Hotel Handicap, and said this week he would need to finish in the first three to confirm the trip south.

   Burne has Saint Kitt nominated for the Group 3 $225,000 New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton on November 15 and will also enter him for a $40,000 Rating 85 race over 2500 metres on the same day.

   Saint Kitt is the winner of only one race but has also been placed in strong races and showed plenty of staying potential as a three-year-old when finishing fourth behind Habibi, Fix and Castlzeberg in the 2013 running of the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie, beating home such talented gallopers as Choice Bro, King Kamada, Soriano, Addictive Habit and Deane Martin. He also finished a good sixth in this year’s Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m).

   The horse’s last start resulted in a sixth in an open 1950-metre race at Rotorua on October 18, where he had to work hard in the middle stages before taking the lead at the top of the home straight and was only peaked on his run in the last 250 metres.

   Burne said the horse definitely needed that run and he has trained on well since.


First black type win

   Wolfwhistle, raced by a syndicate that includes Havelock North couple Henry and Colleen Gudsell recorded his first black type win when successful in last Saturday’s Listed $50,000 Christchurch Casino Spring Classic at Riccarton.

   The Gudsells are members of the Te Akau Wolfwhistle Syndicate that races the well bred four-year-old entire from the Matamata stable of Jason Bridgman.

   The son of O’Reilly and the dual Group One winner Legs has had his share of issues to contend with and Bridgman took immense satisfaction from the entire’s success in the Listed Christchurch Casino Classic.

   “It’s just terrific for the horse, we’ve always had a good opinion of him,” he said. “It was a shame that he had to have a wind operation as a three-year-old so it’s great to see him at this level.

   “He was nicely placed at the weights and we had a plan in mind at the start of the spring to set him for this race – it’s great when it comes off because it doesn’t happen very often.”

   Wolfwhistle had displayed his middle distance potential, and Bridgman’s conditioning skills, when he won second-up over 2000 metres at Hastings on October 4.

   “He’s showed how much class he’s got and it will be interesting to see what the handicapper does with him – that will dictate where we go,” Bridgman said.

   “I’m mindful about how far we stretch him distance-wise, given that he’s had a wind operation, and he may have a run on one of the days of the cup carnival at Riccarton.

   “I’d like to think he will develop as a cups horse.”

   Wolfwhistle raced midfield on the fence last Saturday and rider Matt Cameron was able to weave between runners before driving the four-year-old home along the fence for a length win over Dickens and Esprit D’Or.


Hit by a virus  

   A minor setback has forced a change of plans for Weregoingtogetcha.

   The Group-performed four-year-old won at Hawera earlier this month to set up a crack at last Saturday’s Group 3 Thompson Handicap, but his Dannevirke-based trainer David Hayes erred on the side of caution and bypassed the Trentham feature.

   “We’ve had a virus through the yard and he coughed a couple of times so we played it safe,” he said.

   “He’s well now and there’s a Rating 85 mile at Awapuni on November 11 for him – he should be hard to beat there.”

   The Group 1 $200,000 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on December 6 is a possible target for Weregoingtogetcha with a primary focus of having the Testa Rossa entire at his peak later in the month.

   “I want him fighting fit for the Christmas carnival at Ellerslie – I wouldn’t be afraid to have a go at the Zabeel Classic, but we have to get his rating points up,” Hayes said.

   The Group 1 $200,000 Zabeel Classic is a 2000-metre weight-for-age race run at Ellerslie that has been won in the past five years by such top horses as Vosne Romanee, Booming, Shez Sensational Veyron and Historian.


Unlucky third

   Designated Driver is one of the most improved horses trained in Hastings at the moment.

   The Danroad mare has had four starts since joining the stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, winning her first two and then finishing an unlucky third in a $30,000 Rating 85 race over 1200 metres at last Saturday’s Wellington meeting.

   Designated Driver only went down by a long head and a neck when finishing third behind the highly rated pair of Kawi and Mighty Solomon at Trentham and may have won had she not been held up briefly at the top of the home straight.

   She now has a record of four wins, a third and four thirds from 14 starts.


Next Hastings races

   Hawke’s Bay Racing will stage its first Christmas race meeting for the year at the Hastings racecourse on Sunday, November 9.

   There will be an eight race programme with the first timed for 1.20pm and the last at 5.18pm.

   The gates will open at 10.30am and there will be an admission charge of $10.00 for people over 18 years of age. Admission is free for those under 18. 

Survived now primed for another Tauranga Stakes assault 23 Oct 2014

   Star Hastings galloper Survived turned in an excellent fresh up run for fourth in last Saturday’s Group 3 $70,000 Lion Red Plate at Rotorua and is now on target to record back-to-back wins in the Group 2 $100,000 Tauranga Stakes on November 15.

   Trainer Kelly Burne was rapt with the horse’s performance in the Rotorua feature, especially by the way the horse relaxed in the running. She always expected the Zed five-year-old to need the run, his first race for 49 days, and he was racing over a distance that he has never won at before.

   Rider Michael Coleman managed to settle Survived back second to last and still had just two other horses behind him approaching the home turn.

   The field fanned out on the bend and Coleman was able to quickly improve his position to midfield and Survived kept up a strong run to the line to finish just 4 lengths from the winner, Ginner Hart.

   “It was a really good run and he has come through it really well,” Burne said this week.

   “We knew he was always going to need it.”

   Survived was having his first start since finishing 13th of 16 in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on August 30. He was found to have strained muscles a couple of weeks after that race and was immediately turned out for a brief spell.

   Burne then brought the gelding back into work and has given him a slow build up that seems to have him close to 100 per cent fitness again.

   Coleman told Burne that he would be keen to ride Survived in the Tauranga Stakes providing he does not have other commitments at the New Zealand Cup meeting at Christchurch that day.

   Survived was trained by fellow Hastings trainer John Bary when he took out last year’s Tauranga Stakes, beating Viadana by a long head with Zennista three-quarters of a length back in third place.

   That win followed the horse’s Group 1 victory in the 2013 running of the Makfi Challenge Stakes and he also finished a close third in the Group 1 Turks Spring Classic (2040m) on the third day of that Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   He has recorded seven wins, two seconds and a third from 18 career starts.


Aribasan a breath of fresh air

   Wind operations on thoroughbreds are rarely 100 per cent successful but in the case of Waipukurau-trained Aribasan it seems to have worked a treat.

   Peter Evans, who trains the Sandtrap mare and races her in partnership with his wife Anne, said the four-year-old was diagnosed with a wind affliction after she was unplaced in her first six starts, culminating in a last placing over 1200 metres at Awapuni in May.

    “She had a bit of a wind problem so we had her operated on and then brought her back into work and she won a trial at Woodville last month,” Evans said this week.

   The mare then resumed racing in a Special Conditions race over 1300 metres on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on September 20, but was declared a late scratching after her starting stall malfunctioned and the gate was slow to open.

   Evans then took the mare to Wanganui on October 2 where she finished fifth over 1200 metres and was just 3 lengths from the winner.

   He said he knew after that run that he had the horse right for last Thursday’s Woodville meeting and wasn’t surprised when she managed to win at odds of 13 to one.

   “We knew she was pretty well just by the way she had been working,” Evans said.

   Buddy Lammas rode Aribasan to victory at Woodville and never went around another horse in the 1200-metre event. He settled the mare four back on the inside and bided his time until the field fanned out rounding the home turn.

   Aribasan quickly dashed through along the rails to grab the lead and kept up a strong run to the line to win by 1-1/4 lengths.

   Although the distance of that race was only 1200 metres Evans thinks Aribasan will cope with longer distances and is now looking to step her up 1600 metres in a Rating 65 race at Awapuni on November 1.

   “The way she works she’s got a lovely relaxed stride and we think she will go over more ground,” Evans said.

   Aribasan is a younger full-sister to Sanriba, a Sandtrap nine-year-old Evans has trained to produce five wins and 21 minor placings.

   He bought Sanriba for $9500 as a weanling and then later purchased the horse’s dam, Arriba Arriba, from a broodmare sale when she was in foal to Sandtrap again and Aribasan was the resultant foal.

   Arriba Arriba has since produced a colt foal by Gold Mine.

   Evans said Sanriba, who hasn’t raced since July, has been suffering from arthritis in his fetlock joints but is now back in work again.


Golan Express is all heart

   The Hastings-trained mare Golan Express is a prime example that good looks and a perfect galloping action is not necessarily a recipe for success in thoroughbred racing.

   The six-year-old mare brought up her second win with another impressive performance in a $25,000 Rating 65 race for fillies and mares at last Saturday’s Rotorua meeting and now boasts a record of two wins and two seconds from five starts.

   The Golan mare is very plain to look at and every rider that climbs aboard her says she has an awkward galloping action but she has definitely got a great will to win and can produce a tremendous turn of foot.

   Reece Jones was aboard Golan Express in last Saturday’s 1200-metre race at Rotorua. He had her back midfield in the early stages and she didn’t appear to be travelling like a winner coming to the home turn. But once she saw a gap early in the home straight she dashed through and quickly put a break on her rivals before holding on to win by a neck.

   Golan Express brought up her maiden win over 1000 metres at Tauherenikau in June when ridden by the now severely injured jockey Thomas Russell.

   The mare was trained then by Fred Pratt but is now in the Hastings stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown.

   Hastings woman Peggy Khan races Golan Express from the mare’s Wairoa breeders, Howard and Kay Jones and she is the first horse that she has raced.

   Khan was formerly from Wairoa and worked for a time for Howard Jones, breaking in and educating young horses.

   Golan Express is out of the Exploding Prospect mare Sweet Express, who is now deceased. She only produced two foals, the other being Shan’t Get Court, by Bertolini, who recorded two wins, three seconds and two thirds when trained at Hastings by Kelly Burne.


Woods get another win

   Hawke’s Bay couple Kevin and Shirin Wood celebrated another success on the racetrack when Edge Of Glory scored a decisive win in a Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at last week’s Woodville meeting.

   It was the Towkay mare’s second win from 20 starts and her first since she took out a 1400-metre maiden at Waipukurau back in January this year.

   The Woods bred Edge Of Glory from the Woodborough mare Wooden Doll and race her in partnership with the horse’s Otaki trainer Karen Zimmerman and her husband Kelvin.

   Edge Of Glory was ridden at Woodville by Zimmerman’s stable apprentice Nivesh Teeluck who had the mare travelling well outside the leader until the home turn and then kicked her clear. She kept up a strong run to the line to score by three-quarters of a length from Myminkcoat and Doing Time.

   Wooden Doll, the dam of Edge Of Glory, is now deceased but was the winner of two races and has also left the winners Xpectation and Sixty Eight Carat.


Strong gallops by Designated Driver and No Change were two of the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Both horses are likely runners at Saturday’s Wellington meeting, Designated Driver in the $30,000 Rating 85 1200 and No Change in the $25,000 Rating 75 1600.

   Fast work was carried out on the plough (deep) and wide out on the course proper (dead), with times considerably faster on the course proper.

   Designated Driver was travelling keenly on the outside of Broadwalk at the end of 1200 metres on the course proper in 1:20.5, the last 600 in a quick 35.5. Designated Driver finished well back over 1400 metres at Hastings last start but was tightened for room at the start and over-raced after that. He was an impressive winner over 1340 metres at Wanganui before that and looks to have freshened up well.

   No Change worked on his own over 1000 metres on the course proper in 1:8.5, coming home the last 800 in 50.6 and final 600 in 36.7. Trainer Paul Nelson is still mystified over the horse’s poor showing at Hastings last start after two encouraging runs for a third and a fourth before that. The Shinko King six-year-old certainly worked in good style this morning.

   His stablemate San Pedro was one of the first horses to use the plough and was timed to run 1000 metres in 1:12.1, the last 600 in 40.4. He is another likely to head to Trentham on Saturday where he will contest the $30,000 Rating 85 race over 2400 metres.

   King Of Rock also worked on the plough and ran 1000 metres in 1:12.8. He was ridden out over the final stages to clock 36.3 for the last 600. He will be entered for both the Rating 85 2400-metre race and the Rating 65 2100-metre event at Trentham on Saturday.

   Theodore finished ahead of a Bahhare three-year-old filly at the end of 800 metres on the plough in 51, the last 600 in 38.9. Theodore could contest a Rating 65 1200-metre race at Te Awamutu this Friday.

   Mr Hare, another likely starter at Trentham on Saturday, was timed to run 1200 metres on the course proper in 1:16 while The Knight’s Queen ended her work with 600 metres on the course proper in 37.3.

   Cajun was not hurried when running 1200 metres on the course proper in 1:31.8, the last 600 in 41.5 while an Edenwold three-year-old gelding in Corrina McDougal’s stable worked over 1000 metres on the same track in 1:12.1, the last 600 in 40.1.

   A Don Eduardo three-year-old gelding ended his work on the plough with 600 metres in 40.4 while a Patapan three-year-old filly clocked 42.6 for the same distance.

   A Fast ‘N’ Famous-Frangelico three-year-old gelding an a Gold Centre four-year-old gelding, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, took 42.1 for an easy 600 metres on the plough while O’Marlia was only let stride out over the last 400 metres when running 600 in 41.6.

What a beautiful day for HB owner-breeder 16 Oct 2014

   It was certainly a beautiful result for Hastings racehorse owner Mike Dalzell when Beautiful Man broke through for a well deserved maiden win at the Taupo Racing Club’s meeting on Wednesday of last week.

   Dalzell not only bred the Patapan gelding but he had also encouraged eight others to take a racing share in the horse and so it was a satisfying result when the five-year-old crossed the line a decisive 3-1/4 length winner in a $7000 maiden race over 1800 metres.

   Beautiful Man is trained at Hastings by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and had promised to break through for a maiden victory after a second, two thirds, three fourths and two fifths from 11 previous starts.

   In-form jockey Danielle Johnson rode him at Taupo and settled him in the trail until the home turn before quickly shooting him to the front and victory was never in doubt from then on.

   Mike Dalzell bred Beautiful Man out of the Jahafil mare Hope. He then set about syndicating the horse and now races him in partnership with his wife Lee along with fellow Hawke’s Bay friends John Hogan and Liffey Rimmer , Tim Dalzell and Fiona McAllister from Auckland, Jo Rimmer and Tonia Haskell (Wellington), Joy Dalzell (Palmerston North) and Andrew Beattie (Sydney).

   “They are all either friends or family members so it was a great result,” Dalzell said.

   Hope, the dam of Beautiful Man, recorded four wins and seven minor placings when trained at Feilding by John and Leon Mudgway. Beautiful Man is her third foal and her first winner and Dalzell now has two younger unraced full-brothers to him coming on, a four-year-old and a three-year-old.

   The mare is not in foal this year.

   Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen rarely back their horses up too quickly after a win but Beautiful Man has trained on well since his Taupo win and will now line up in a $17,500 Rating 65 race over 1950 metres at Rotorua tomorrow.


Overdue success for HB owner

   Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred racehorse owner Judy Holland had a welcome change of fortune when It’s Bianca scored an impressive debut win in a $7000 maiden race over 1200 metres at last week’s Taupo meeting.

   Holland has been racing horses for 45 years and has both bred and owned a number of top performers in that time. However due to a run of bad luck It’s Bianca is the first one that she has got to the races for a number of years.

   “I know that I haven’t had anything racing for a while but it’s not been through a lack of trying,” Holland said this week.

   “I’ve just had a run of bad luck, just like you do sometimes in racing.”

   Holland’s last big winner was Hagar, who recorded nine wins and 15 minor placings during the late 1990s and accumulated more than $139,000 in stakemoney. He was enjoying retirement on the family property in Tuki Tuki Road until he suddenly dropped dead about 19 months ago, aged just 13.

   More recently she raced Sandecker (two wins) on her own and also shared in the ownership of Murphy (two wins) before things started going wrong.

   “I had a nice three-year-old called Four Of Diamonds who broke down after he had three starts for two thirds,” Holland said.

   She then had a horse by High Chaparral called Best In The West that went in the wind and then followed by a horse by Perfectly ready that had knee problems and never got to the races.

   Holland bought It’s Bianca for $70,000 from the Select session at the 2013 Karaka yearling sales. The three-year-old filly is by Alamosa out of Anca and a full-sister to Salamanca, who has recorded three wins and three seconds from 10 starts.

   Anca, the dam of It’s Bianca, was trained by Stephen Marsh and won seven races up to 1400 metres, including two sprint events in Brisbane.

   It’s Bianca is trained at Cambridge by Anne Herbert who rates the filly very highly but won’t be rushing her into major races too quickly.

   “She is not going to the One Thousand Guineas at Riccarton next month because that’s just a bit too soon but there are plenty of other races coming up for her,” Holland said.

   “I always say if you don’t over race them when they are young they will usually go on to better things later on.”


Promising stayer

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Lady Kalimara looked a promising stayer in the making when breaking through for a maiden win over 1600 metres at last Saturday’s Matamata meeting.

   The four-year-old mare was a distant fourth and giving the leaders a big head start with 300 metres to run but really stretched out in the final stages to get up and snatch a head victory on the line.

   She was having her fifth race start, following a second, a third and a fourth from her previous four outings.

   Lady Kalimara is trained at Cambridge by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and is by High Chaparral out of the Volksraad mare Missrad.

   She was bred by Havelock North’s Lawrence Redshaw who races the mare in partnership with Napier couple Alister and Jeannette Cameron.

   Missraad, the dam of Lady Kalimara, was the winner of four races including two 1600-metre races at Hastings and also finished fifth in the Listed Anniversary Handicap (1600m) at Trentham.


Two in a row

   Not Many horses win their next start after clearing maiden ranks but Lady Le Fay, part-owned by Hawke’s Bay man Dan D’Esposito, did it in style at last Saturday’s Matamata meeting.

   The four-year-old Thorn Park mare easily made the step up from a 1-1/4 length maiden win over 1600 metres on the Matamata track on September 24 to take out a $17,500 Rating 65 race over the same distance on Saturday.

   Lady Le Fay is trained on the Matamata track by the brothers Paul and Kris Shailer, who have always held her in high regard after she recorded two wins from three trials before she started racing.

   Those initial high hopes were somewhat dashed when she couldn’t post a win in her first five race day appearances which left her trainers a bit bewildered.

    “When we first got her going I thought she could be anything as she beat horses like Aspen and Delago’s Secret at the trials,” said Paul Shailer.

   “She ran second to Lucky Feather at her first start and then it all went pear-shaped at her next two runs.

   “We tipped her out as she had developed chips on her fetlocks which needed to be removed and when we brought her back she didn’t really set the world on fire in the first two runs. However we knew she needed blinkers and I was hoping that would turn things around.

   “I actually forgot to get approval for them last time which nearly cost her the maiden win as she tried to pull herself up at the finish but with them on this time she really hit the line well.”

   Shailer believes the best is yet to be seen of the mare and is planning a spell in the next few weeks before embarking on an autumn campaign.

   “She’ll have one more run at Te Rapa on Sarten Memorial day and then we will tip her out for a few weeks,” he said.

   “I think she will be even better with a bit more time on her and I do believe she has the ability to be a stakes winner in the future so she is worth waiting for.”


Fulfilling potential

   Weregoingtogetcha, part-owned and trained by Dannevirke’s David Hayes, is starting to fulfil his early promise after producing a close second and an impressive win in two starts this season.

   The Testa Rossa four-year-old entire followed up a good fresh up run for second over 1300 metres at Taupo on September 19 with a strong winning performance in a $20,000 Rating 85 race over 1400 metres at last Saturday’s Egmont meeting at Hawera.

   He now boasts a record of three wins, three seconds and two thirds from just 13 starts and his performances last season included a third in the Group 3 Waikato Guineas ( 2000m) and an unlucky fifth in  the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie.

   Hayes now has plans of taking the horse down to Christchurch for the Group 2 $230,000 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile on November 12.


Survived resumes

   Star Hastings galloper Survived has fully recovered from the muscle injury that halted his progress last month and resumes racing in the Group 3 $70,000 Lion Red Plate (1200m) at tomorrow’s Rotorua meeting.

   The Zed five-year-old has not raced since finishing 13th in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on August 30 and was found to be suffering from pulled muscles in the days after that race.

   Trainer Kelly Burne gave the horse complete rest for a week and has steadily built him back to full fitness and rode him in a good workout at the Hastings track on Tuesday.

   Survived worked in easily from the 1000-metre peg in 1:4.5, running the first 400 metres in 27.8s and then quickening over the last 600 in 36.7.

   Burne said the Zed gelding had a good blow after the gallop and thinks he will definitely need the run when he resumes in tomorrow’s 1200-metre race but is happy with the horse’s present condition.

   Burne has said that Saturday’s race will serve as a stepping stone for Survived towards the Group 2 $100,000 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) on November 15, a race he won last year. Michael Coleman has been booked to ride him tomorrow.

   Burne will have three runners at tomorrow’s Rotorua meeting, the other two being Saint Kitt in the Open 1950-metre race and Pit A Pat in the Rating 65 1400.



The 22nd Annual General Meeting of Hawke’s Bay Racing Incorporated

will be held in the Special Guests Lounge at the Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre at

 7.00pm on Tuesday 18th November 2014.



1.             Apologies.

2.             Condolences.

3.             Minutes of the 2013 AGM.

4.             Presentation of Annual Report and accounts for the year ended 31st July 2014.

5.             Appointment of Auditor.

6.             Board appointments.

7.             General Business.



Directors Ken Browne, Mike White and Tom Lowry have retired in accordance with the rules.

Barry Smyth has retired and will not seek re-election.  Retiring directors are eligible for re-election. Further nominations for the vacant director positions are invited.


Nomination forms are available from the Administration Office, Hawke's Bay Racing Centre, with whom nominations close on Tuesday 28th October 2014 at 5pm.



J P Fleming

Chief Executive Officer


Hawke’s Bay Racing Incorporated

PO Box 1046


Phone: 06 873 4545





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Alana Waters


   The stablemates Survived and Saint Kitt both galloped well in a quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   There was very little fast work, which was carried out on the plough (good).

   Survived had hurdle jockey Charlie Studd aboard in his workout. He cantered a lap and then worked in at three-quarter pace from about the 800-metre peg on the second round and quickened over the last 600 in 36.3. He looked to have plenty in reserve at the finish.

   Trainer Kelly Burne is pleased with the way the horse has bounced back after suffering a muscle injury last month and says he could resume racing in the Group 3 $70,000 weight-for-age Lion Red Plate (1200m) at Rotorua on Saturday week.

   She said the horse could then go on to the Group 2 $100,000 weight-for-age Tauranga Stakes (1600m) on November 15, a race he won last year.

   Saint Kitt also had Charlie Studd aboard when working on his own. He also cantered a round before running home the last 7800 metres on the second lap in 51.8, the final 600 in an excellent 36.1. He could contest the Raukawa Cup (2100m) at Otaki on Saturday week as a lead up to a 2400-metre event at Trentham the following Saturday and the long term plan is to get the horse down to Christchurch for this year’s New Zealand Cup (3200m).

   Seaweed was the only other horse to work at speed and he ran 1000 metres in 1:7.6, running home the last 600 in 38.7.

   A Towkay-Yeah Nah three-year-old gelding worked at three-quarter pace over 600 metres in 44.6 while Urock and a Per Incanto two-year-old ran home their last 400 metres in 25.4.


Recite has horror draw in Toorak Handicap 8 Oct 2014

   Star Hastings-trained mare Recite has unfortunately drawn the extreme outside barrier in tomorrow’s Group 1 $A400,000 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.

   The John Bary-trained four-year-old was flown to Melbourne last weekend and is reported to have thrived this week in preparation for the 1600-metre feature. But she faces a huge task from such a horror draw and up against some of Australia’s best metric mile performers.

   Bary arrived in Melbourne last Monday night and was at the Flemington track the following morning to supervise Recite’s final serious training gallop.

   Race day rider Stephen Baster was aboard Recite when she worked over 1000 metres with fellow New Zealand galloper Our Vespa, who contests tomorrow’s $A1million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

   Bary described the work as “a phenomenal gallop” and says the mare has definitely progressed in the past couple of weeks.

   Recite is coming off a last start third in a 1200-metre open sprint on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring meeting, on September 20. Prior to that she had finished last in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on the first day of that carnival but was found to have suffered a muscle injury during that race.

   This is the mare’s second trip to Australia. She had one start in Sydney last autumn, finishing eighth out of nine in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

   Recite is weighted on 53kg in the Toorak Handicap and Bary said, if she performs well, she could then go on to the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on November 1.

   The Darci Brahma mare, who is owned by the Cambridge-based The Oaks Stud, has had 14 starts for six wins, three seconds and a third. She is a dual Group 1 winner, with victories in the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni as a two-year-old and in the Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham last season.

   New Zealand horses have had good success in the Toorak Handicap in recent years with Alamosa winning it in 2008 and Mufhasa successful in 2011.


Far Fetched dominant

   Hastings-trained mare Far Fetched scored a dominant win in an $8000 Rating 75 race over 1200 metres at Wanganui last Thursday and could now be aimed at some of the big sprint races later this season.

   The Pins mare overcame a wide draw to score by 3-1/4 lengths and recorded her third victory from just nine starts.

   Trainer John Bary thought enough of Far Fetched last season that he lined her up in two three-year-old fillies’ classics. She finished third in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 1 before being unplaced in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham a fortnight later.

   She was having her third run this season when winning at Wanganui, following a fresh up win over 1000 metres at Taupo and a game third over 1200 metres at Awapuni.

   Bary said he will probably keep the big mare to shorter distance races this campaign.

   “We’ll just take her through the grades and get her points up and then probably get into a big race with a light weight,” he said.

   Far Fetched is owned by her breeders, Waikato Stud, and is by that stud’s resident sire Pins out of the Centaine mare Beyond, who only raced nine times and won four of them.


Great thrill for HB couple

   Havelock North couple Henry and Colleen Gudsell got a special thrill out of watching Wolfwhistle score a game win in a $40,000 Rating 75 race at Hastings last Saturday.

   The Gudsells are members of the Te Akau Wolfwhistle Syndicate that races the well bred four-year-old entire from the Matamata stable of Jason Bridgman and it was their first success at a Hawke’s Bay premier race meeting.

   Henry Gudsell is a retired farmer and has also owned orchards. He has always had a keen interest in racing and the members’ grandstand at the Hastings racecourse, the Hylton-Smith Stand, is named after his uncle.

   He and his wife also have shares in three horses prepared by Hastings trainer John Bary, Cool Hand Duke, Boudica and an unraced Darci Brahma two-year-old filly.

   Henry Gudsell recalled this week of sitting alongside David Ellis, head of Te Akau Thoroughbreds, and trainer Mark Walker when Wolfwhistle was offered at the premier session of the Karaka yearling sales in 2012.

   “David Ellis bought the horse for $240,000 and I saw Mark write down on his catalogue Sing, which I thought meant the horse was going to his stable in Singapore,” Gudsell said.

   “But the horse didn’t go there and we were able to take up a share when it was syndicated to race in New Zealand.”

   Wolfwhistle won two races from seven starts last season and resumed in a new campaign with an unlucky fourth over 1600 metres on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on August 30. He then stepped up to 2000 metres for the first time last Saturday.

   On a day that was dominated by horses racing on the pace, jockey Matthew Cameron settled Wolfwhistle in midfield before looping his rivals on the home turn in a sustained finish that produced a long neck victory in a quick time of 2:02.5.  

   Bridgman said he wanted to see Wolfwhistle relax and do everything right in his first start over ground and thought it was a huge effort to come from so far back and win.

    “Having now won his first run over a ground, it is very encouraging,” said Bridgman.

   Depending on the rating points gained from the victory, Bridgman is considering a trip south to Riccarton for the Listed Spring Classic (2000m) on October 25, a race he won last year with Viana.

   Wolfwhistle is certainly bred to be good, being by O’Reilly out of the Pins mare Legs. His dam included the 2006 Group 1 Kelt Capital Stakes (2040m) at Hastings among her five wins and also took out the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.


Alleyoop’s fresh up win


   Alleyoop provided former Hastings trainer James Bridge with his first success from his new base in Auckland when winning a Rating 75 race at last Friday’s Waikato meeting.

   The five-year-old Thorn Park mare was having her first start for more than five months when she lined up in the 1200-metre event and was most impressive, settling in the trail until the home turn before taking over and racing away for a 1-3/4 length win.

   Bridge started his training career in Hastings before moving briefly to Woodville. He has now taken over boxes at the Byerley complex at Karaka, where he is preparing a small team and he races Alleyoop in partnership with his Hawke’s Bay-based father John Bridge.

   Alleyoop has now won four races from only eight starts. She is out of the Danasinga mare Tzarina Star, who won one race from nine starts when trained at Hastings by Guy Lowry.


Dundeel wins Aussie award

   Dundeel, bred and part-owned by Hawke’s Bay couple Murray and Jo Andersen, has been acknowledged in the Australian Horse of the Year honours.

   The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained son of High Chaparral was named the champion middle distance performer for the 2013-14 season.

   Dundeel had seven starts last season for two wins, two seconds and a third. He took out the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield early in the season and ended his career with a victory in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick in April before his retirement to Arrowfield Stud in Australia.

   Champion sprinter and multiple Group 1 winner Lankan Rupee lifted the Horse of the Year title from the Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente and Dundeel.


Hastings jumpouts

   Ooee, Dances With Wolves, a Zed three-year-old gelding and a Time Thief three-year-old gelding were four of the most impressive performers at last Monday’s Hastings jumpouts.

   There were 10 heats held up against the inside rail on the course proper, where the footing was good.

   Ooee beat a field of race winners in the last of the five 1000-metre heats, scoring by a length and clocking a good time of 59.6s, into a strong wind up the home straight.

   The five-year-old Ruff Nipper gelding was a maiden winner over 1600 metres at Hastings back in January and has also recorded three minor placings from only seven starts.

   A Zed three-year-old gelding in the John Bary stable and Dances With Wolves fought out a close finish to another of the 1000-metre heats, with just a head separating the two at the line and they were well clear of the others. The Zed gelding is a full-brother to the placegetter Kingiesstar while Dances With Wolves is an unraced three-year-old gelding by Buffalo Man, trained on the Hastings track by David Stenning.

   A Time Thief three-year-old gelding trained by Greg Griffin of Lime Country Thoroughbreds, recorded the quickest time of the three 750-metre heats, clocking 43.7s when winning by half a length from the John Bary-trained Queen Of Hearts. They were 6 lengths clear of the third horse.

   A Fast ‘N’ Famous four-year-old gelding from the Hastings stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown scored a neck victory in another of the 750-metre heats and could have won by more had he been shaken up over the final stages.


   Casino Jack rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting with a good 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 as a dead-6.

   Casino Jack worked over 1000 metres in 1:4.8, coming home the last 600 in 37.3. The Volksraad six-year-old turned in a good race for third over 1800 metres at Taupo last start and will line up in the Rating 75 event over 2000 metres on Saturday.

   His stablemate Quake worked early in the session and was timed to run a solo 800 metres in 51.2, the last 600 in 38. She lines up in the Rating 65 1200 on Saturday but has a wide draw to overcome.

   Voxer worked over 1000 metres on his own in 1:8.8, the last 600 in 39.6 and looked to be working well at the finish. He resumed from a spell with a good run for fourth over 1400- metres at Otaki last week and looks to have improved from that run.

   Beautiful Man, another who finished fourth at last week’s Otaki meeting, was one of several horses restricted to just three-quarter pace this morning.

   A Handsome Ransom three-year-old gelding and a Fast ‘N’ Famous four-year-old gelding worked together over 1000 metres in 1:12.7, the last 600 in 39.3 while Lamborghini ended his work with an easy 600 metres in 43.6.

   An Alamosa two-year-old filly and a Towkay-Make Up there-year-old gelding, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ran an easy 600 metres together in 41.3 while an Edenwold three-year-old filly and a No Excuse Needed four-year-old mare clocked 1:13.4 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 40.5.

   Lavish Prince schooled over six hurdle fences in the centre. He went a good race for second over 1600 metres at Otaki last week.

Survived back on track and set to resume soon 1 Oct 2014

Star Hastings galloper Survived was back at the Hastings track this week with his trainer, Kelly Burne, saying the Zed five-year-old has bounced back brilliantly from a muscle injury he suffered last month.

   Survived was unplaced when resuming from a lengthy spell in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on August 30 and then a pulled muscle  forced him to miss the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on September 20.

   Burne said she gave the horse a week of complete rest and says he is back to normal again now.

   “He’s bounced back well and hasn’t missed much work at all,” Burne said.

   Survived has only been undergoing reasonably slow work since he has been back at the Hastings track but Burne plans to step his work-rate up next week and hopes to have the horse ready to resume racing in the Group 3 $70,000 Lion Red Plate, a weight-for-age race over 1200 metres at Rotorua on October 18.

   After that she has plans to run him in the weight-for-age Sofitel Luxury Hotels Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on November 4.

   Burne said she is reluctant to start Survived in a handicap race as the horse would get too much weight and he is not the sort of horse than you could put a claiming apprentice on.

   Survived has a record of seven wins, two seconds, a third and a fourth from just 17 starts. He won the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on the first day of last year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival before finishing a close third in the Group  Spring Classic (2040m) on the third day. He then went on to win the Group 3 Tauranga Stakes (1600m).


Gwynethanne impressive

   Gwynethanne, part-owned by Hastings man Lindsay McIntosh, made a stunning return to the winner’s stall at last Saturday’s Taranaki meeting and is now being aimed at some major races in the coming months.

   The Handsome Ransom mare, trained at Otaki by Karen Zimmerman, brought up her fifth success from 21 starts with a dominant 1-1/2 length victory in the $25,000 Open 1800-metre event at New Plymouth, taking a commanding lead early in the home straight and striding clear of her rivals.

   It was the mare’s third start back in a new campaign and followed a fast finishing fresh up fifth over 1400 metres at Hastings on August 30 and a 13th in the Group 3 Merial Metric Mile (1600m) at Awapuni on September 13, where she was allowed to get too far back in the running.

   Gwynethanne ended her last preparation with a game second behind the highly rated Lauren Tate in the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa last April and Zimmerman has that same race in mind for the horse this season.

   In the meantime however Gwynethanne is likely to contest the Listed $50,000 Agrodome Rotorua Plate (1950m) at Rotorua on October 18 and then the Listed $50,000 Feilding Cup (2100m) at Awapuni on November 1.

   Zimmerman said she thinks Gwynethanne’s pet distance, at this stage, is 1600 to 2000 metres.

   McIntosh is one of 10 shareholders in Gwynethanne and he also has a racing share in the Zimmerman-trained Fairway Wish, who is the winner of six races.


Studd claims Hunt Cup

   Hastings-based jockey Charlie Studd ended the 2014 jumping year on a high when he took out the $20,000 Waikato Hunt Cup Steeples at last Sunday’s national jumps day at Te Rapa.

   Studd, 35, steered Carinya to an easy 7 length victory in the 4900-metre event to bring up his 15th New Zealand win and his sixth this season.

   He has been aboard Carinya in all five of her jumping starts. The mare was a well beaten 10th in her one and only hurdle run, at Te Aroha in June, but has been a revelation since reverting to steeplechasing with four starts over the bigger fences reaping three wins and a second.

   Studd settled Carinya near the tail of the field in Sunday’s feature event and bided his time until the last 1000 metres before sending his mount on a forward move. They ranged up outside the leader Yorkie at the top of the home straight and then raced clear after jumping the last fence.

   Studd said Carinya, who is only a five-year-old, still has a lot of maturing to do as a jumper and predicts an even better campaign for her next winter.

   The Golan mare is trained at Marton by Dan O’Leary.

   Studd also picked up a third placing at last Sunday’s Waikato meeting, aboard Kokanee Gold in the 0-1 win hurdle race.

   The 0-1 win hurdle race was taken out by another Hastings jumps jockey, Shaun Fannin, who got Get Flash home by a neck over Boy (Reece Cole) after the two horses had fought out a tussle over the final stages.

   It was Fannin’s 10th win and his sixth this season.

   The 18-year-old has spent most of this winter and early spring working for Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers but is expected to return home to Hawke’s Bay this month to further his other career as an equestrian rider.


HB’s biggest race day

   Tomorrow’s third day of the JB Organics Hawke’s Bay spring carnival will feature the running of the Group 1 $250,000 Livamol Classic, the richest race run on the Hastings track during the season.

   The 2040-metre weight-for-age event has drawn a field of 15 horses including six Group 1 winners in Pure Champion, Shuka, Nashville, Ransomed, Puccini and Costume.

   Ransomed is back to defend his crown after taking out last year’s race, when getting up to be Nashville and Survived in a close three-way contest.

   There are two other group races at tomorrow’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, the Group 2 $100,000 DHL Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) and the Group 3 $70,000 Linwood Park Spring Sprint (1400m).

   Tomorrow’s meeting will also feature the annual Bay Ford New Zealand Punter of the Year competition, with more than $45,000 in cash and prizes to be won.

   Individuals can enter the competition or a team with a maximum of three people. There is a charge of $65 per person.

   Each contestant (or team) must spend a minimum of $1500 throughout the day’s racing and get to keep any winnings.

   The winning individual (or team) will take home a $20,000 cash prize, with other prizes also awarded.

  Another highlight at tomorrow’s Hawke’s Bay meeting will be the Hunt & Seek Fashion in the Field competition.

   There are five categories, the UNIO Classic Ladieswear, the Hunt & Seek Classic Menswear, Spex Headwear, Judges favourite and a young designer award.

   First prize for the overall winner will be a trip to Hawaii while there are also other great prizes for the category winners.


Hastings Guineas entrant  

   It’s been a long time since Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell had a runner in the Hawke’s Bay Guineas and he has a genuine shot at an overdue first victory in his home feature tomorrow.

   The astute trainer will be represented by the promising Don’t Change in the Group 2 $100,000 DHL-sponsored event.

   “He’s going into the unknown by taking on better company, but I believe he’s up to the task and I’ve always thought he could be an exciting three-year-old,” Campbell said.

   Campbell knows a thing or two on that subject having prepared the outstanding age group performer Avedon, who finished third in the 1994 Hawke’s Bay Guineas before claiming the Group 2 Wellington Guineas, Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas and the Group 1 Bayer Classic that season.

   Avedon later finished runner-up in the New Zealand Derby and enjoyed further Group 1 success as an older horse in the Waikato Draught Sprint.

   Campbell’s current contender Don’t Change has made an encouraging start to his career with four two-year-old outings last season returning a defeat of the smart filly Platinum Witness at Trentham and two placings, including a third in the Listed Wellesley Stakes.

   “He went well on the wetter tracks, but he definitely prefers better ground,” Campbell said.

   Don’t Change has been out once this season to finish fifth in the Guineas Prelude and less than two lengths behind Stratocaster.

   “I’m very happy with him and while the winner was impressive, he was getting five kilos,” Campbell said. “It’s one of the more even Guineas we’ve seen for a while.”

   Don’t Change is part-owned by his trainer with Canterbury Jockey Club chief executive Tim Mills and a bold showing tomorrow will keep the gelding on track for the Group 1 $400,000 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on November 8.

   “As long as he acquits himself well on Saturday then we’ll race on through the Wellington Guineas and hopefully to Christchurch,” Campbell said.

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