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Cafe Culture makes a long awaited return 29 Oct 2015

   Exciting Hawke’s Bay galloper Cafe Culture kicks off a fresh campaign in an $18,500 Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at tomorrow’s Feilding meeting at Awapuni.

   The Citi Habit six-year-old has not raced since winning over 1600 metres at Hastings in April but has been given a long slow build up by owner-trainer Margaret Larsen and has looked in tremendous order when working at the Hastings track in recent weeks.

   Cafe Culture contested a 1000-metre heat at the Hastings jumpouts on October 5, where he was allowed to drop out to a clear last until the home turn and then made ground strongly over the final stages to finish fourth.

   “That’s just what I wanted him to do,” Larsen said afterwards. “If we want him to race over more ground this time in he has to learn to settle which is what he did.”

   Cafe Culture hasn’t raced beyond 1600 metres but Larsen is confident he will excel over longer distances and is keen to step him up to 2000 metres and further this campaign.

   Cafe Culture has only had five starts for three wins and two thirds. He has been successful on the Awapuni track and should go a bold race fresh up over 1400 metres there tomorrow.


Great return by Survived

   Survived’s great fresh up run for third in the $25,000 open 1600-metre event at last Monday’s Waikato meeting delighted the horse’s Hastings owner-breeder Don Gordon.

   The six-year-old Zed gelding was having his first race for seven months and had only had three barrier trials to prepare him for what was a testing resuming run.

   Danielle Johnson rode Survived and managed to get him to settle reasonably well in the running before lodging a claim at the top of the home straight and he momentarily challenged for the lead. The horse’s lack of recent racing then started to take its toll but he never gave in and fought right to the line to finish less than two lengths from the winner.

   Gordon said he got a phone call from Survived’s new trainer, Waiuku-based Moira Murdoch, immediately after the race to say that she was thrilled with the horse’s performance and also to say the horse had pulled up well after the run.

   Survived was having his first start since finishing last in the Group 2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) at Awapuni in March, where he appeared to choke down over the final stages after over-racing.

   Gordon says he thinks the horse was, at that stage, still feeling the effects of a paddock injury he suffered following his seventh in the Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham in January of last year.

   “We didn’t know but he had the knee problem and it wasn’t until he went up to Moira’s stable that we found out. He had to undergo a pretty big operation up there to get it right,” Gordon said.

   Gordon said he is unsure where Survived will race next but will be discussing future plans with Murdoch over the next few days.

   Survived is the winner of seven races from only 26 starts. He took out the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings in August 2013 and was also successful in the Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) earlier that year.

   Don Gordon is also the breeder and part-owner of the promising Hastings-trained stayer Saint Kitt, who is entered for tomorrow’s Listed $50,000 Feilding Gold Cup at Awapuni but is third emergency for the 2100-metre event.

   The Keeper, six-year-old is coming off a good last start second behind Slazenjah in a strong Rating 85 race over 2100 metres at Otaki a fortnight ago and showed, with a strong last 600 metres in a training gallop on Tuesday, that he is close to winning form again.

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when working over a round on the plough training track at Hastings. He was timed from the 1200-metre peg, running the first 600 metres in a leisurely 43.9 before sprinting home the last 600 in 36.

   It was good work by the horse and indicated that he has improved further since his last start.

   Saint Kitt was a winner at this same Feilding meeting last year, when he beat View in a Rating 75 race over 2300 metres. He then went on to contest the Group 3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) in Christchurch but was never closer than three-wide from an outside barrier and finished seventh.

   He has since won again, over 2000 metres at Hastings in January, and now has a record of three wins, three seconds and a third from 29 starts. As a three-year-old he finished fourth in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) and he was also not far away when sixth in last year’s Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m).


HB’s cup day connection

   Quarry Rock, a horse bred by Taupo’s Pat Lowry, was an impressive winner in Australia last Monday and is expected to line up next in 2800-metre event at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.

   The Road To Rock four-year-old scored a long neck victory in a 2050-metre race at Wodonga and has now had five starts for two wins and a third.

   Quarry Rock is out of the Prized mare Pare and was sold for $27,000 at the select session of the 2013 Karaka yearling sales. He was then on-sold at the two-year-old Ready To Run sale for $130,000 to Victorian trainer Peter Morgan, who now prepares the horse in partnership with Craig Widdison.

   Pare has also left the winners Pearls and Mr Hare.


Fillies taking a break    

   Hastings-trained three-year-olds Chic and Miss Cobra will not be starting in the Group1 $300,000 New Zealand 1000 Guineas at Riccarton tomorrow week.

   The two fillies, both in the stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, were being touted as Guineas chances after scoring impressive maiden wins but instead they will now both be turned out for a spell and brought back in the autumn.

   Miss Cobra was found to have a hoof injury after finishing at the tail of the field in a 1400-metre three-year-old race at Trentham while Chic drew the extreme outside barrier in the Listed Armadillo Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton, where she tended to over-race in a slowly run event and finished sixth.    


By-monthly award winners

   Poukawa couple Tim and Briar Macphee are the recipients of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners by-monthly award for the months of August and September.

   The Macphees' bred and race the talented filly Miss Cobra from the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and she recorded a first, a third and a fourth from her first three starts this season. She was impressive when winning a 1380-metre maiden race at Otaki on September 24.


Hastings races

   Hawke’s Bay Racing will stage its first Christmas at the Races meeting for the festive season on Sunday week, November 8.

   An eight race programme is carded with the first timed for 1.15pm and the last at 5.15pm. There will be a $10 admission charge, with under 18-year-olds free. The Members Stand will be open to the public.  


Sale to set trainer up

   Unbeaten three-year-old Enigma Machine has been sold and will do his future racing in Hong Kong.

   Cambridge trainer Ben Foote, who was a part-owner in the Australian-bred colt, had turned down previous offers for him but the latest, from a Hong Kong syndicate, was too good to refuse and will enable him to say no in the future.

   “Much as I loved the horse, I had to let him go,” Foote said.

   “It’s a bit life-changing for me and I’ve sold a couple of others recently, but from now on I’ll be racing one or two and be able to keep hold of them.”

   Enigma Machine, by Rothesay, was successful at his only start as a two-year-old, over 800 metres at Ruakaka in May. He then added another emphatic victory when he re-appeared in a 1200-metre three-year-old race at Otaki earlier this month.


Guineas double for Serena Miss

   Graeme and Debbie Rogerson made New Zealand racing history at Riccarton six years ago and they are keen to relive those glory days with Serena Miss.

   In 2009, the husband and wife training partnership produced the outstanding Katie Lee to become the first horse to complete the 2000 and 1000 Guineas double and their sights are now set on repeating that feat next month.

   Serena Miss was all but confirmed a starter in the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) on November 7 following her victory in last Monday’s Group 3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial (1400m) at Te Rapa and will then take on her own sex in the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) the following Saturday.

   “It all hinged around today and how she went against the boys and some of the better fillies so we’re 99 per cent certain to go for the colts’ race,” Debbie Rogerson said after the Te Rapa win.

   “I was quietly confident and you have to get these fillies to peak at the right time. She’s come back a very good filly and a mile will suit her.”

   By contrast, beaten favourite Serious Satire jarred up badly and a trip to Christchurch has been ruled out for her after she tailed the field home.

   “She’ll go to the paddock now, she was definitely feeling the ground,” trainer Stephen Marsh said.

   He added that the More Than Ready filly will now be aimed some of the three-year-old classics next autumn.



   Recite, preparing for Saturday’s Group 1 $200,000 Windsor Park Plate at Trentham, was given a solid workout in the hands of race day rider Rosie Myers at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Most of the fast work was carried out on the plough (good) but Recite worked about 15 metres out on the course proper, which also provided good footing.

   The Darci Brahma mare worked in from the 1200-metre peg in 1:18.9 and steadily built up speed over the last 1000 metres in 1:4.4, the last 600 in 37.2. She looked to be striding out well at the finish and was hardly blowing at all when she pulled up.

   Chic and Miss Cobra, two fillies preparing for three-year-old races this weekend, also impressed in their work. They ran 1000 metres on the plough in 1:4.2, the first 400 in an easy 27.5 and the last 600 in a much quicker 36.7.

   Chic heads to Christchurch for the Listed $70,000 Armadillo Stakes (1600m) on Saturday, where promising South Island apprentice Samantha Wynne has been booked to ride her. The big Savabeel filly was a game last start maiden winner over 1600 metres at Tauherenikau and another good performance this weekend could see her contest the Group 1 $300,000 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on November 14.

   Miss Cobra is also being aimed at the New Zealand 1000 Guineas and she heads to Trentham this Saturday for a $20,000 three-year-old race over 1400 metres. She is also an impressive last start maiden winner and Vinnie Colgan has been booked to ride her on Saturday.

   Powerade and La Becane, two other likely starters at Trentham on Saturday, turned in one of the fastest gallops of the morning when running 1000 metres in 1:3.7, the last 600 in 36.5. Powerade will contest the Rating 75 race over 1600 metres while La Becane will be entered for the Rating 65 event over 1400 metres.

   Lady Zafira, another possible starter at Saturday’s Wellington meeting, finished clear of her galloping partner at the end of 1000 metres on the plough in 1:3.9, the last 600 in 38. She will be entered for the Rating 85 race over 1200 metres but only has a rating of 77 points and may struggle to make the field.

   Zed Leppelin and a Playmaker four-year-old gelding worked over a round on the plough and were timed from the 1000 metres in 1:7.4, the last 800 in 52.9 and final 600 in 39. Zed Leppelin will be entered for the Rating 65 race over 1600 metres at Woodville next Monday.

   Galileo Park and an Alamosa three-year-old gelding went together over 1200 metres in 1:19.5, the last 600 in 37.8 while their stablemate Cool Hand Duke worked on his own over a round and was timed to run the last 1200 metres in 1:18.4 and final 600 in 37.7.

  A Roc de Cambes three-year-old gelding and a Volksraad three-year-old filly, both in Patrick Campbell’s stable, worked well together over 800 metres in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.3. They both show promise.

   Percy’s Jazz and Spannerworks clocked 1:8.3 when running 1000 metres together, the last 600 in 38.5 while Miss Drama Queen had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when working over 1200 metres in 1:22.7, the last 600 in 37.8.

   A Jimmy Choux two-year-old filly and a Per Incanto three-year-old filly, both trained by John Bary, ran 1000 metres together in 1:5.9, the last 600 in 37.2 while Edge Of Glory and a Thewayyouare three-year-old gelding ran an easy 1000 metres in 1:11.2, the last 600 in 42.1.

   Ratpack was confined to a round at three-quarter pace, the last 600 taking 43.7s.

Hastings stable could have two-pronged attack Guineas 14 Oct 2015

   The Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen could have two contenders for next month’s Group 1 $300,000 New Zealand 1000 Guineas at Riccarton.

   Their Game Lodge Stable produced an exciting three-year-old filly in Miss Cobra to win a 1380-metre race maiden three-year-old race at Otaki on September 24 and picked up another good win with Chic in a maiden 1600-metre race at Tauherenikau last week.

   Whilst Lowry and Cullen are not getting carried away with those maiden wins they are keen to test the two fillies in higher graded races in the next couple of weeks and both horses are nominated for the New Zealand 1000 Guineas on November 14.

   “Both horses probably haven’t beaten too much at this stage but they both show plenty of potential,” Guy Lowry said this week.

   “It is hard to get a line on Miss Cobra because all of her races have been on rain affected tracks and we don’t really know how she will go on top of the ground. But she has shown us plenty.

   “Chic did win well last week and she has shown she can run out a strong 1600 metres, which is more than some of the other fillies at this stage.”

   Chic was having just her fourth start when she lined up at Tauherenikau on Thursday of last week and showed great tenacity to outlast Faaltline after the two horses had gone neck-to-neck over the last 300 metres. There was only half a neck separating them at the line and they were 4-1/4 lengths clear of the others.

   Chic had two starts for a third and a fifth last season and then probably wasn’t ridden to her best advantage when resuming, as a three-year-old, over 1300 metres at Taupo last month.

   Rosie Myers rode the Savabeel filly at Tauherenikau last week and jumped her out quickly to take up a prominent position from the outset. Faaltline led on the point of the home turn but Chic quickly ranged up outside him and the two then knuckled down to fight out the finish.

   Guy Lowry said this week that Chic has come through that race well and will now head south for the Listed $70,000 Armadillo Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton tomorrow week.  Another good performance there could earn her a start in the New Zealand 1000 Guineas or she could come home for a spell and be aimed at some of the rich three-year-old fillies' races in the autumn.

   Miss Cobra will have her next start in a $20,000 three-year-old race over 1400 metres at Trentham tomorrow week and, providing she performs well, she will also head south to Christchurch.

   Both Miss Cobra and Chic are raced by Hawke’s Bay people.

   Miss Cobra was bred by her Hawke’s Bay owners Tim and Briar Macphee while Chic was bred by Cambridge-based Tony Rider and is now raced by Guy Lowry’s parents Pat and Jane Lowry along with Joanna Lowry, Hawke’s Bay businessman Charlie Bridgeman and the H.O.T. Syndicate.

   The H.O.T. Syndicate is a group of Hawke’s Bay people who have raced other horses from the Lowry/Cullen stable in the past. The syndicate is managed by Megan Harvey, with the other members being her husband Jim, Mick and Dawn Small, Pat Walshe, Patrick O’Rourke, Robert Kale and Sam and Jenny Nelson.


Karaka Million hope

   Hugo The Boss, a two-year-old prepared by Hastings trainer John Bary, created a big impression when scoring an easy debut win at last week’s Wairarapa meeting and will now be aimed at the Karaka Million at Ellerslie in January next year.

   The Stratum colt only had five rivals in a 1000-metre dash but proved a class above them, jumping straight to the front and leading all the way for a 2-3/4 length win.

   Bary purchased Hugo The Boss for $100,000 at this year’s Karaka premier yearling sale. The colt is out of the Zabeel mare Dressed and his grand dam is a half-sister to Virage de Fortune, an eight race winner who was twice successful at Group 1 level and was the joint top filly on the 2005-06 Australasian Three-year-old Classification. It is also the family of Avenue, who won four Group 3 races in Australia, and traces back to the champion Australian racemare Emancipation (19 wins).

   Hugo The Boss is raced by the Best Dressed Syndicate, which includes Hawke’s Bay couple Alan & Paula Keall and Hastings man Innes Nesbit. The other members are Gavin Dunnett and Wayne Higgs from Christchurch, Lawrence Bolton (Tauranga), Blair & Denise Martin (Auckland), Narendra Balia (Auckland) Peter Gillespie (Palmerston North), Bill Gleeson (Palmerston North) and Australian-based Heath Newton.

   Bary has turned Hugo The Boss out for a four week spell and will bring him back closer to Christmas to prepare him for the Karaka Million (1200m) on January 24. 


Promising stayer

   Awapuni trainer Jeff Lynds predicted that Cyclone Tracy could develop into a more than useful stayer in the coming months after the mare scored a runaway 2-3/4 length win over 2000 metres at last Saturday’s Egmont meeting at Hawera.

   The daughter of St Reims drew one from the outside in the Rating 65 event but rider Rosie Myers was able to bounce her out quickly from the barrier and soon had her in a trailing position. She then angled the mare across heels to lodge a claim at the top of the home straight and she strode clear in the final 200 metres.

   Lynds said the five-year-old has not been an easy horse to place as she doesn’t like tracks that are too heavy and is also reluctant to fully stride out on ground that is too firm. But, given the right conditions, she certainly has plenty of ability.

   Cyclone Tracy is part-owned by Hastings man John Flynn and was recording her third victory from 21 starts. She won a maiden over 1400 metres at Hastings in May of last year and then took out a Rating 65 race over 2200 metres at Trentham in December.

   By the former New Zealand Derby winner St Reims, she is out of the unraced Gold Brose mare Stormiss.


Repeat win at Taupo

   Hawke’s Bay-owned It’s Bianca returned to the winner’s stall at last week’s Taupo meeting, almost 12 months to the day since she recorded her first win.

   The Alamosa four-year-old resumed from a five month spell to record a decisive 2-1/4 length victory in a Rating 65 race over 1200 metres, similar to her performance when taking out a 1200-metre maiden race at the same Taupo meeting last year.

   It’s Bianca is trained at Cambridge by Anne Herbert and owned by Hawke’s Bay owner-breeder Judy Holland, who has been racing horses for 46 years.

   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 six wins.

   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.

   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.

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


Ballybay too slick

   Ballybay, part-owned by Napier man Paddy Murphy, improved on his already good record on the Tauherenikau track when he led all the way in a Rating 65 race at the Wairarapa meeting on Thursday of last week.

   The Sandtrap five-year-old was having his fourth start on the course and has now recorded two wins, a second and a third from four starts there.

   Ballybay is prepared at Woodville by Shane Brown and last week’s success brought some relief to his trainer, who broke his pelvis when a horse fell and rolled on him a couple of weeks ago.

   Ballybay had finished last in a 1400-metre race at Hastings as a lead up to his Tauherenikau race but Brown decided to put blinkers on the horse and rider Lisa Allpress was instructed to go straight to the front.

   Allpress hunted him out from the number one barrier draw and dictated terms in front before kicking clear at the top of the home straight. Ballybay was starting t get tired towards the finish but managed to hold out the fast finishing Devil’s Harmony by half a length.


Southern trip planned

   Another good performance by The Knight’s Queen at tomorrow’s Otaki meeting could see the horse head south for the Group 3 $80,000 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders Stakes (1400m) in Christchurch on November 11.

   The Any Suggestion mare, prepared by the Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, is coming off an unlucky third in a Rating 85 race over 1200 metres on the third day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, where she was hampered at the start and then raced in tight quarters over the final stages.  She is entered for the Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at Otaki tomorrow.



Designated Driver and Gold Moet, both preparing for Saturday’s Rotorua meeting, recorded the quickest time at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Designated Driver and Gold Moet worked over 1000 metres together in 60.9s, running the first 400 in 24.6 and coming home the last 600 in 36.3.

   Designated Driver was a well beaten 10th over 1200 metres on the last day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival but that was her  first start since finishing second in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham in January and she could show a marked improvement in this Saturday’s Group 3 Lion Red Plate (1200m) at Rotorua. She won her maiden race over 1200 metres on the Rotorua track.

   Gold Moet hasn’t raced since winning over 1400 metres at Hastings in May but has performed well when fresh up in the past. He will be entered for the Rating 75 race over 1200 metres at Rotorua.

   Adventador, preparing for the Open 1200-metre race at Otaki on Saturday, worked over 1000 metres on his own in 1:5.3, running the first 400 in 26.4 and final 600 in 38.9. He recorded an excellent fresh up run for second over 1200 metres at Hastings on October 3.

   The Knight’s Queen was another who worked well on her own when running a 1000 metres in 1:5.8, the last 600 in 37.9. She was an unlucky third in the open 1200-metre sprint at Hastings on October 3 and will drop back in grade to a Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at Otaki this Saturday.

   In Another Life, another probable starter in the three-year-old 1200-metre race at Otaki on Saturday, wasn’t after a fast time but looked to be hitting out well at the end of a solo 800 metres in 54.8, the last 600 in 39.7 while Revolution clocked 53.3 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.1.

   Double O Seven turned in one of his better gallops when running 1000 metres in  1:2.6, the last 600 in 36.3. He is entered for the Rating 85 race over 2100 metres at Otaki on Saturday and could be an outside chance, especially if there is rain on the day. He has a good record on the Otaki track.

   Cafe Culture clocked 1:7.9 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 38.1. Trainer Margaret Larsen had thought about kicking the horse off in a new campaign at Otaki this Saturday but has decided to wait until the Feilding meeting at Awapuni on October 31. The Citi Habit gelding looks in great order.

   Saint Kitt, another likely starter in the Rating 85 race over 2100 metres at Otaki, had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:9.5, the last 600 in 41 while Percy’s Jazz and a Playmaker three-year-old gelding worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1200-metre peg and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 41.6.

   Lamborghini and a No Excuse Needed-Stepping Out four-year-old mare were among several horses restricted to just three-quarter pace.

Donna Beel redeems with good jumpout win 6 Oct 2015

   The well bred mare Donna Beel, who disgraced herself by running to the outside of the track and losing all chance during her 1200-metre race at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, galloped straight and true when easily winning a jumpout at the Hastings track today.

   There were nine heats run up against the running rail on the course proper, which provided good footing.

   Donna Beel is a four-year-old by Zabeel out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Dorotea D’or and trained by John Bary. She scored an all the way win over 1200 metres at Hastings in July and followed that up with a good fifth over 1400 on the first day of this Hawke’s Bay spring carnival before her uncharacteristic performance on Saturday.

   Bary says Donna Beel was found to be badly in season after Saturday’s race and he thinks that was the main reason for her disappointing run.

   “She got a bit of a bump at about the 800 and threw her head in the air and seemed to lose the plot completely,” Bary said today.

   Blinkers were added to Donna Beel’s gear when she stepped out for a 1000-metre heat at today’s jumpouts. She bounced straight to the front for jockey Johnathon Parkes and led all the way, staying hard up against the inside rail.

   Parkes afforded himself time to look behind over the final stages as Donna Beel cruised to the line three-quarters of a length in front of her rivals in a time of 60.2s. Pak A Punch finished second and was about a length in front of third placed Spannerworks.

   Bary said he intends to drop Donna Beel back to a mid-week meeting to get her confidence back and she may start in a Rating 65 race at Woodville on Thursday week.

   Gold Moet clocked the quickest time for the four 1000-metre heats when he recorded 58s in beating Lady Zafira by a long head. They had the finish to themselves, with third placed Not Allowed 3-1/2 lengths back.

   The talented galloper Cafe Culture contested this heat. He was allowed to drop out to a clear last until the home turn but was making up ground strongly over the final stages for fourth.

   “That’s just what I wanted him to do,” owner-trainer Margaret Larsen said. “If we want him to race over more ground this time in he has to learn to settle which is what he did.”

   Larsen is considering kicking the horse off in a new campaign at either Otaki on October 17 or at Awapuni a fortnight later.


Jumpout results.-

Heat 1, 400m: Shinko King 4yr-old mare (T Eriha) 1, Jimmy Choux 2yr-old gelding 2, Volksraad 2yr-old 3. Five starters. Margins: Neck, 2-1/2 lengths. Time: 25.8s. Winner trained by Kelly Burne, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Keeper 4yr-old mare (L Beachen) 1, Rocky Ride 2, Mr Nancho 4yr-old mare 3. Four starters. Margins: Long head, 2 lengths. Time: 45.3s. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: Lamborghini (J Parkes) 1, Thewayyouare 3yr-old gelding 2, Lady Patelia 3. Five starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, ½ length. Time: 45s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 4, 750m: Maxistar (K Smith) 1, Patapan-Hope 3yr-old gelding 2, No Excuse Needed-Stepping Out 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-3/4 lengths, head. Time: 43.8s. Winner trained by Shane Brown, Woodville.

Heat 5, 1000m: Castledale 3yr-old colt (C Anderson) 1, Steppenwolf 2, Percy’s Jazz 3. Six starters. Margins: ¾ length, 1 length. Time: 60.4s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 6, 1000m: Savabeel 3yr-old filly (K Smith) 1, La Becane 2, Hokey Pokey 3. Six starters. Margins: 1 length, ½ length. Time: 59.8s. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.

Heat 7, 1000m: Donna Beel (J Parkes) 1, Pak A Punch 2, Spannerworks 3. Six starters. Margins: ¾ length, 1 length. Time: 60.2s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 8, 1000m: Gold Moet (R Hannam) 1, Lady Zafira 2, Not Allowed 3. Six starters. Margins: Long head, 3-1/2 lengths. Time: 58s. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Mick Brown, Hastings.

Heat 9, 1200m: Lavish Prince (C Anderson) 1, No Change 2, Satin Ridge 3. Three starters. Margins: 2-1/4 lengths, 1-3/4 lengths. Time: 1:14.4. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.


   Saint Kitt, preparing for the Rating 85 race over 1600 metres at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, turned in a sharp 600-metre sprint at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when he ended two rounds of pacework with a 600-metre sprint in 36s. The Keeper gelding resumed from a lengthy spell with a creditable eighth over 1300 metres at Taupo two weeks ago where he was making ground from the back. He may find 1600 metres again too short for him this Saturday but certainly looks in great order. Apprentice Zinjete Moki has been booked to ride him again.

   Speed King and Sandally, two horses preparing for the Taupo meeting next Wednesday, worked together over 1000 metres on the grass in 1:5.7, the last 600 in 37.6. Speed King is another horse who turned in a useful fresh up performance over 1340 metres at Wanganui a fortnight ago and will be stepped up in distance to an 1800-metre maiden at Taupo.

   The stablemates Theodore and Ily Lily, two others likely to race at Taupo next week, worked together over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:5.4, the last 600 in 37.7.

   Oscar’s Pride and a Castledale three-year-old colt, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked together over 1000 metres in 1:6.5, the last 600 in 37.6 while Gold Trail Stakes entrant Iff So Happens ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:6.8, the last 600 in 37.2.

   Lavish Prince worked over 1000 metres on the No.1 grass in 1:10.2, running the first 400 at three-quarter pace and quickening slightly over the last 600 in 39.9.

   Odensian was not doing much more than three-quarter pace when running 1000 metres on the plough in 1:13.6, the last 600 in 42.7  while Miss Drama Queen ran over the same ground in 1:11.8, the last 600 in 40.1.

   A No Excuse Needed-Stepping Out three-year-old filly clocked 52.4 for 800 metres on the plough, the last 600 in 38.1 while Chic ran an easy 800 metres, the last 600 in 42.1.

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