Hastings Jumpouts 24 Oct 2017
King Louis and Swiss Precision, both in the John Bary stable, were two of the most impressive winners at today’s Hastings jumpouts.
There were 12 heats held up against the inside rail on the course proper, which provided good footing.
King Louis looked to have plenty in reserve when winning one of the 750-metre heats by a neck from an Ocean Park-Alpine Beauty three-year-old filly and they were well clear of the other two in that heat. The winning time was a good time of 45.5s.
King Louis is an Australian-bred two-year-old colt by Equiano and also won a 400-metre jumpout at Waipukurau last month. He could make his race debut in this Saturday’s Listed $50,000 Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham.
Swiss Precision was the fastest of the 750-metre heat winners, clocking 44.9s when winning by a length from a three-year-old O’Reilly-Vickezzchardonnay filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable. Swiss Precision is a Swiss Ace filly who was placed as a two-year-old last season but hasn’t raced since July. The O’Reilly filly did well to finish so close after being very slow away from the barrier.
A Showcasing two-year-old filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable was another who showed up well when winning a 750-metre heat. She and a stablemate by Swiss Ace were neck to neck for almost the entire home straight with only a head separating them on the line. The winning time was a respectable 45.7s.
A Roc de Cambes three-year-old filly trained by John Bary was another who impressed when finishing a close second in a 1000-metre heat behind her more experienced stablemate Van Halen. Only a long neck separated the two at the finish and both horses were striding out well at the finish.
The experienced performer Deb clocked the fastest time from the 1000-metre heats when she capitalised on a rails run to get up and win by half a length from Estefania in a time of 60.3s. Chouxperb was close up in third place.
Heat 1, 400m: Faltaat 4yr-old mare (K Murray) 1, Per Incanto-Mint 2yr-old filly 2, Per Incanto-Danareason 2yr-old filly 3. Three starters. Margins: 8 lengths, 1/1/4 lengths. No Time taken. Winner trained by Margaret Harkema, Hastings.
Heat 2, 750m: Showcasing 2yr-old filly (J Bassett) 1, Swiss Ace 2yr-old 2, Citi Habit gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: Head, 7 lengths. Time: 45.7s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 3, 750m: O’Reilly-Music 3yr-old filly (M Tanaka) 1, Burgundy 2yr-old filly 2, Niagara-Bay Point 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: 1/2head, 6 lengths. Time: 47.8s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 4, 750m: King Louis (D Turner) 1, Ocean Park-Alpine Beauty 3yr-old filly 2, Nom de Jeu 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: Neck, 5-1/2 lengths. Time: 45.5s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 5, 750m: Swiss Precision (T Johnson) 1, O’Reilly-Vickezzchardonnay 3yr-old filly 2, Knife 3. Four starters. Margins: 1 length, neck. Time: 44.9s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 6, 750m: Myrtle (D Turner) 1, Nadeem 3yr-old filly 2, What Choux Want 3. Four starters. Margins: Nose, 5 lengths. Time: 45.7s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 7, 1000m: Van Halen (T Johnson) 1, Roc de Cambes 3yr-old filly 2, Niagara-Tycoon Miss 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Long neck, 1-1/4 lengths. Time: 1:01.6. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 8, 1000m: Pincanto (H Durrant) 1, Per Incanto-Mal 4yr-old gelding 2, Nom de Jeu 4yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: Head, 3 lengths. Time: 1:01.8. Winner trained by Penny & Tony Ebbett, Waipukurau.
Heat 9, 1000m: Ifonlynaomi (D Turner) 1, Donardo 2, Happy Hitter 3. Four starters. Margins: Nose, head. Time: 60.8s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 10, 1000m: Showcasing 3yr-old filly (J Bassett) 1, Uncle Mo 3yr-old colt 2, Della Rosa 3. Five starters. Margins: Head, head. Time: 1:01.9. Winner trained by Kate Hercock, Hastings.
Heat 11, 1000m: Thelma (T Johnson) 1, Tautu 2, Elston 3. Four starters. Margins: 2 lengths, 2-1/4 lengths. Time: 1:02.5. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 12, 1000m: Deb (M Tanaka) 1, Estefania 2, Chouxperb 3. Five starters. Margins: ½ length, head. Time: 60.3s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Hastings Trackwork 18 Oct 2017
(By John Jenkins)
Goodsav and Londaro both recorded excellent gallops on the course proper at Hastings this morning in preparation for Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.
Permission was granted to work both horses individually, down close to the running rail, to gauge how firm the racing surface is. A penetrometer reading was also taken during the session and came up as a dead-4.
Goodsav had blinkers on when working in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:2.2, running the first 400 metres in 28.7 and coming home the last 600 in a quick 34.5. She is entered for the Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at Hastings with Vinnie Colgan booked to ride her.
Londaro also worked over 1000 metres but went slower, recording 1:7 for the full distance and the last 600 in 37.2. He is entered for the Maiden 1600 at Hastings with Samantha Collett to ride.
Last start winner Vino Blanco was given an easy workout on the plough (good), running 1000 metres in 1:6.4, the last 600 in 39. With no suitable Rating 65 races around for her she may have to line up in the Rating 75 1400 at Hastings on Sunday.
Hunta Pence, preparing for the Rating 85 1600 at Hastings, turned in a good solo gallop on the plough. He clocked 1:1.7 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 35.
A Nom de Jeu four-year-old gelding looked to be travelling better than Robbie Kapow at the end of 1000 metres in 1:7.5, the last 600 in 38.2 while a Niagara-Tycoon Miss three-year-old filly ended her work on the plough in 39.8.
A Nom de Jeu three-year-old gelding and one by Niagara, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, recorded 54.1 for 800 metres, quickening over the last 600 in 38.5.
An O’Reilly-Music three-year-old filly and one by Niagara clocked 53.2 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.5.
Hastings Trackwork 17 Oct 2017
Fast 800-metre gallops by Lady Guinness, Scandalo, No Change and Matovani were the highlights in a reasonably busy track session at Hastings this morning.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which was obviously conducive to fast times.
A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up as a dead-5.
Lady Guinness and Scandalo, both in the Patrick Campbell stable, had the pace worked over 800 metres in 49.9, running the first 200 in 14.1 and then coming home the last 600 in 35.8. Lady Guinness is a likely starter at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Sunday while there is a chance Scandalo could kick off a fresh campaign at Rotorua on Saturday.
No Change and Matovani, two horses trained by Paul Nelson, also showed good speed when working over 800 metres together in 49.4, the first 400 in 13 and the last 600 in 36.4. Matovani could line up in the Maiden 1600 at Hastings on Sunday.
Whowouldknow, a Rios gelding trained by Kate Hercock, ran an easy 1000 metres on his own and clocked 1:9.7, the last 600 in 39.7 while Red Tiara was also kept up a good hold when running 1000 metres in 1:10.4, the last 600 in 41.2.
Kaipawe, nominated for Thursday’s Woodville meeting, had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when running 1000 metres in 1:6.6, the last 600 in 37 while an Uncle Mo three-year-old colt and a Niagara-Asaweb three-year-old gelding clocked 52.7 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.
Peso and Galapagos, two others in the Paul Nelson stable, worked together over 1000 metres in 1:7.9, the last 600 in 36.6. Galapagos is entered for Thursday’s Woodville meeting while Peso is likely to start at Rotorua on Saturday.
Keilib, another who will be nominated for Hastings on Sun day, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:5.1, the last 600 in 36.6 and was striding out well at the finish. He went a much improved race for fifth at Awapuni last start.
Real Beach ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:15.4, the last 600 in 40.5 while a Remind eight-year-old gelding clocked 53.8 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 39.5.
A Swiss Ace two-year-old and one by Showcasing, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ran an easy 800 metres in 54.6, the last 600m in 40 while Oscar’s Shadow was restricted to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 45.3.
A Per Incanto-Mint two-year-old filly and one by Per Incanto out of Danareason were others kept to just three-quarter pace when running 600 metres in 45.
HB Racing Column 13 Oct 2017
Son Of Surf is appreciating the wet tracks
(By John Jenkins)
The connections of last start winner Son Of Surf have welcomed the wet weather that has plagued the New Zealand racing scene this spring.
The three-year-old gelding, who is part-owned by Hastings man Neville Robertson and Central Hawke’s Bay’s Sue Harty, relished the slow-7 track conditions when winning a 1200m maiden race at Waverley on Thursday of last week and a summer break for the horse has now been put on hold.
“He was going to go out for a spell after that race but he likes it wet and, with the way things are at the moment, he will probably have another run somewhere before that happens,” Harty said this week.
Son Of Surf followed up two fourths and a second in his first three starts with a narrow victory at Waverley. Apprentice Danielle Hirini had the horse third and in the perfect trail before they lost a couple of lengths when briefly held up coming to the home turn. Once in the straight Hirini was able to get a gap one off the rails and Son Of Surf drove through to get up and snatch a head victory over Satin Belt.
Son Of Surf is only small in stature and his Awapuni trainer, Mike Breslin, originally feared he wouldn’t be big enough to compete when he first entered his stable.
“But he’s a little horse with a big heart,” Harty said.
“He’s not actually three until the end of this month so he’s still got some growing to do hopefully.”
Son Of Surf is by Any Suggestion out of the Towkay mare Surf Patrol and is both bred and raced by a syndicate that was set up by Neville Robertson. Most of the members live in Wellington.
The same syndicate raced Surf Patrol, who was a Towkay mare that recorded seven wins, seven seconds and four thirds from 49 starts.
Son Of Surf is Surf Patrol’s first foal and the mare has since left an unraced two-year-old filly by Niagara and is now due to foal to Dalghar.
The Niagara filly has been broken in and will be going back into work with Breslin within the next few weeks.
NZ Cup aspirations now
Locally Sauced, part-owned by Hastings woman Irene Downey and her son Josh, took a step towards a possible start in next month’s Group 3 New Zealand Cup when recording a game win in last Saturday’s $35,000 North Canterbury Cup (2000m) at Riccarton.
It was only the six-year-old’s fourth career win but he clearly outstayed several other horses whose connections have New Zealand Cup aspirations.
The $250,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) is run on November 18 and, in recent years, horses with four wins or less to their credit have managed to make the final field. Imperium was only a three race winner when he finished third in the race last year and he was one of the beaten brigade behind Locally Sauced in last Saturday’s race, which was run in driving rain and on a slow8 track.
Locally Sauced trailed the leaders in fourth position in the early stages before moving closer on the home turn and out-finished his rivals in a slog to the line to win by a long neck.
It was the horse’s first success on the Riccarton track, although he had been placed four times from seven previous starts there. He has now had four starts at 2000m for two wins and two minor placings.
Saint Kitt’s change of stable
Well performed Hastings galloper Saint Kitt will be prepared from a new stable when he resumes racing later this season.
The eight-year-old gelding, winner of seven races and more than $170,000 in stakemoney, is owned by Hastings trainer Kelly Burne and her Perth-based son Vinnie Meenehan.
Burne has decided she no longer wants to train the horse so he has been leased to Hastings trainer Grant Cullen and his partner Nikki Lourie and will be trained from Lourie’s farm property, just north of Dannevirke.
Burne said Saint Kitt is still fully sound but she has decided to cut back on the number of horses she is training.
“He’s been a great horse for us and owes us nothing and hopefully Grant and Nikki can get another win or two out of him,” Burne said.
Saint Kitt was bred by Hawke’s Bay’s Don Gordon in partnership with Little Avondale Stud and has been raced on lease by several syndicates throughout his career.
He showed good potential from a young age, finishing a gallant fourth in the 2013 Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) as a three-year-old and followed that up a year later with a sixth in the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m).
Burne decided to send the horse to the South Island last spring, where he was put in the care of Riccarton trainer Pam Robson and recorded three wins, three seconds, a third and two fourths in nine starts between October last year and March this year.
Cullen said Saint Kitt has settled in well in his new environment and is undergoing light work around the farm, which will be stepped up as he gets fitter.
“We haven’t got any plans for him at this stage but he looks in great order,” he said.
Livamol Classic on October 22
The Group 1 $250,000 Livamol Classic will be part of a nine race programme Hawke’s Bay Racing will stage at the Hastings racecourse on Sunday, October 22.
The 2040-metre weight-for-age event will be the highlight of a reconstructed premier meeting, which will also include the Group 2 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m).
The Livamol and the Spring Sprint were among the five races lost when last Saturday’s premier meeting at Hastings was abandoned mid-way through the programme.
The October 22 race meeting will be run by Hawke’s Bay Racing and replaces the meeting originally scheduled for Otaki that day. An inspection of the Otaki track earlier this week found that it was unlikely to be fit for racing at Labour Weekend.
The Hastings programme will be similar to that originally scheduled for Otaki, apart from the addition of the Livamol.
The $70,000 Red Badge Spring Sprint will replace the Open 1200m and there will be stake increases for three other races. The Rating 85 2100m will increase from $30,000 to $40,000, as will the Rating 85 1600m and the Rating 75 1400m will be raised from $25,000 to $40,000.
There will be free admission, with the gates open from 11.30am and the first race timed to start at 12.50pm.
There will also be free access to the Sasanof Lounge and Committee Lounge in the Members’ Stand with the Desert Gold Lounge reserved for members’ bookings only.
There will also be free children’s entertainment.
Sidelined Danis wins award
A recent award has boosted the spirits of injured apprentice Darren Danis.
The 25-year-old was named the Most Improved Apprentice at the annual Milan Park Waikato Apprentice Jockeys’ Awards.
Employed by Matamata trainer Wayne Hillis, Danis is currently sidelined after a nasty fall at the Phar Lap Raceway in July.
“I’m out for the rest of the year. After surgery to my fractured T3 and T4 vertebrae, doctors told me I had to wait at least until next January to have a better idea if I can resume my riding career,” he said.
Last season’s leading apprentice jockey Sam Weatherley will be flying out to Algeria after his rides at Matamata tomorrow to compete in the HH. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak World apprentice championship.
The Matamata rider, apprenticed to Lance O’Sullivan, will be the first New Zealand jockey to compete in the series after New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing was welcomed into the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies.
It will be a hit and run mission for Weatherley, who will compete in just the one race in the North African country.
“I’ll ride at the races at Matamata on Saturday and fly out to Algeria on Saturday night,” Weatherley said. “We get in on Sunday their time and race on Monday. We’ll then fly back to New Zealand on Tuesday.”
Weatherley will be accompanied by national riding mentor Noel Harris.
Headed for Melbourne
The Cambridge training partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman are set to add to their Melbourne spring carnival team with lightly raced Victoria Derby hopeful Vin De Dance to be flown to Australia next Wednesday.
The high-profile New Zealand stable already has Group 1 winners Bonneval, Jon Snow and Lizzie L'Amour in Melbourne along with three-year-old Weather With You, who is also on a Derby path.
Vin De Dance races in the colours of OTI Racing and won a 1200m-maiden on debut last month in New Zealand on heavy ground before finishing second in benchmark-65 races over 1400m and 1600m at Te Rapa.
"He's a lightly tried son of Roc De Cambes that is owned by OTI. They want to have a crack at a Derby,” Andrew Forsman said.
"He's run three very good races and if he can stay he'll be competitive."
Son Of Surf (right) finishes strongly against the inside rail to get up and head off Satin Belt in a Maiden 1200 at last week’s Waverley meeting.
Saint Kitt (yellow colours) pictured here on his way to winning the Banks Peninsula Cup (2000m) in October last year. He has now changed stables.
Hastings Trackwork 12 Oct 2017
Londaro, a possible starter at next Thursday’s Woodville meeting, looked in great order when working at this morning’s Hastings track session
Fast work was carried out on the plough (slushy) and about half-way out on the No. 1 grass (heavy).
Londaro was not asked for a serious effort when running a solo 1000 metres but looked to be striding out well and clocked 1:13.1, the last 600 in 42. The big four-year-old was to have started in the Special Conditions 1400 at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting but that was one of the races abandoned.
Who Would Know had trained Kate Hercock aboard when working in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:9.5 and was let sprint home the final 600 metres in 38.8. He is a three-year-old by Rios and won an 850-metre jumpout at Waipukurau last month.
Hunta Pence was kept to just three-quarter pace in his workout on the plough, running home the last 600 in 43.8. He is another who missed out on a start at Hastings last Saturday.
An O’Reilly-Music three-year-old filly and a Niagara three-year-old, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked together over 800 metres in 54.6, the last 600 in 39.2.
A Nom de Jeu three-year-old gelding and a Niagara three-year-old, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, worked together over 800 metres on the plough in 56.8, the last 600 in 40.9.
A Nadeem three-year-old filly finished ahead of a Remind eight-year-old gelding after a 600-metre sprint in 38.7 while a No Excuse Needed three-year-old filly had trainer Kate Hercock aboard when running an easy 600 metres in 45.4.
Hastings Trackwork 11 Oct 2017
(By John Jenkins)
Class mare Miss Wilson stretched out nicely in a solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was carried out on the plough (slushy) and about half-way out on the No.1 grass (heavy). More than 70 millimetres of rain has fallen on the Hastings track since Saturday morning.
Miss Wilson worked in from the 1000-metre peg on the plough in 1:4.6, running the first 400 metres in 27.1 before quickening over the final 600 in 37.5. She looked to be working strongly at the finish.
Jonny Russ and an Equiano two-year-old colt, two others in the John Bary stable, took the time honours for the morning when they worked over 800 metres in 51.9, sprinting the last 600 in 36.6. Jonny Russ is a three-year-old by Ocean Park who finished sixth of eight runners when making his debut over 1200 metres at Waipukurau last month.
Gilhoolie was one of the horses timed on the No.1 grass and he started very quickly in his 1000-metre gallop before slowing considerably over the final stages. He clocked 1:4.3 for the full distance, the first 400 in 24.6 and the last 600 in 39.7.
The Cossack ran a solo 1000 metres on the plough in 1:6.2, the last 600 in 37.9 while his stablemate Craggy Range was given a similar assignment and clocked 1:6.5, the last 600 in 37.8.
Kaipawe worked in from the 1200-metre peg at three-quarter pace and quickened over the last 600. She was timed from the 800-metre peg in 53.3, the last 600 in 38.7.
HB Racing Column 6 Oct 2017
Smokin’ Oak provides special success for trainer and jockey
(By John Jenkins)
The win by Smokin’ Oak at last week’s Waipukurau meeting held special significance for his Hastings trainer John Bary and jockey Jonathan Riddell as it was their 50th New Zealand victory together.
The Bary and Riddell combination has been a dominant force on New Zealand racetracks in the past eight years and have also joined forces for success in two important races in Australia. They are best remembered for combining with the outstanding performer Jimmy Choux, who was the winner of 12 races from the Bary stable, five at Group 1 level. Riddell was aboard the Thorn Park entire in 11 of his 12 victories and all five of his Group 1 wins.
Jimmy Choux, with Riddell in the saddle, took out the New Zealand 2000 Guineas, New Zealand Derby, Windsor Park Plate, New Zealand Spring Classic and Rosehill Guineas.
Bary and Riddell’s first success together was when The Hombre won a two-year-old race at Hastings in April 2009 and that was also Riddell’s first ever win in a two-year-old race.
The Hombre went on to race in Australia where Riddell rode him to win the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate in Brisbane in May 2010.
Of the 50 wins Bary and Riddell have had together 13 of them have been in black type races.
Smokin’ Oak is a three-year-old by Burgundy out of the Australian-bred mare Silk Slipper and was bought by John Bary for $45,000 at the Select session of the 2016 Karaka yearling sales.
Bary’s racing manager Mike Sanders said this week the horse was bought for a prospective buyer but that person pulled out. Bary then tried to sell the horse at the two-year-old Ready To Run sale later that year but he failed to attract a bid.
Bary and Sanders then set about organising a group to race the horse and he is now owned by the Burger Boys Syndicate, which is managed by Mike Sanders.
Several members of the syndicate are based in Hawke’s Bay including John and Ros Stace, Doug and Jill Callaghan, Michael and Pam Thomson, Johnny and Pauline Campbell, Mike White and Ian McLean. The other members are Peter, Gerard and Paul Gillespie and their Australian-based sister Anne, Narendra Balia and Mike and Christine Phillips.
Smokin Oak started a warm favourite on debut over 1200 metres at Hastings in April this year but he banged his head when he burst through the front of the barrier before the start. He was declared fit to start but was a bit hesitant to jump away when the start was finally made and was caught three-wide throughout before dropping out to finish last of the nine runners.
Bary decided to give the horse a break after that one run and gave him a 1000m Foxton trial and a 1000m Waipukurau jumpout to prepare him for last week’s return and he finished second on both occasions.
Riddell positioned Smokin’ Oak perfectly just behind the leaders in the early stages of last week’s 1200m maiden at Waipukurau and they shot to a clear early in the home straight. The horse then kept up a strong run to the line to win by 3 lengths from Son Of Surf, with Rio Star half a length back in third place.
Sanders said Smokin’ Oak has come through his winning performance in great order and Bary will now plot a path for the horse towards a run in the Three-year-old Karaka Millions (1600m) at Ellerslie on January 27 next year.
First home track win
Do Ya provided her trainer and part-owner Kirsty Lawrence with a personal milestone when she took out the $12,000 Rating 65 race for fillies and mares at last week’s Waipukurau meeting.
Lawrence has been training a small team of horses on the Waipukurau track for a number of years but it was her first ever win on her home course.
Do Ya stunned the punters when she scored a runaway win in the 1400m event at odds of 18 to 1. Jockey Leah Hemi settled the mare midfield in the early stages before improving her position coming to the home turn. Do Ya established a clear lead early in the home straight and raced right away over the final stages to score by 5-1/4 lengths.
Lawrence wasn’t surprised by Do Ya’s winning performance, saying that she has always been an honest mare and had no luck when 11th at Hastings at her previous start, when caught three-wide throughout. She was also dropping back in class.
Lawrence and her husband Steve race Do Ya in partnership with Steve’s Australian-based brother Chris, Gisborne’s Dinah Newman and her Rotorua-based sister Christina and Susan Best, who works in the Lawrence stables.
Kirsty Lawrence acquired Do Ya by pure chance. She was one of several horses owned by the late Lenny Adin, a Palmerston North owner-breeder who raced several from the stable of Kevin Gray.
When Lenny Adin died his estate wanted to get rid of all of his horses and Lawrence was told there were a number of them running in a paddock that needed a good home. She picked out the Howbaddouwantit-Miss Aquarius mare from a photograph and took her sight unseen.
Lawrence is best known as the trainer and part-owner of Intransigent, a horse that won 11 races including the 2014 Hawke’s Bay Cup and had three consecutive wins in the Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga.
Do Ya is one of eight horses Lawrence has in work at the moment but her and Steve have also taken in retired horses to look after with three time Group 1 winner Sangster one of them.
Dee’s first Group 1 win
Former Hastings apprentice jockey Michael Dee kicked home his first Group 1 winner when successful aboard Foundry in last Saturday’s $A750,000 The Metropolitan in Sydney.
Dee, 21, produced an immaculate ride in the 2400m feature to get Foundry home a half length winner over Big Duke, with New Zealand-trained Chocante 1-1/4 lengths back in third place.
A son of former trainer Richard Dee, Michael started out as a probationary apprentice with Hastings trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. He then transferred to Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers for a time before completing his apprenticeship with Caulfield trainer Mick Price in Melbourne.
A natural lightweight Dee has been in keen demand in both Victoria and New South Wales in recent months and has been regularly kicking home winners.
His previous best placings in Group 1 events were a third aboard Allergic in last year’s Metropolitan and a second on Rising Red in this year’s New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie.
Chasing Melbourne Cup start
The John Wheeler-trained Pentathlon has arrived in Melbourne ahead of a campaign aimed at gaining a start in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 7, a race he finished ninth in last year.
He is likely to follow a similar path to what he did last year, but Wheeler will wait to see how his runner pulls up after his first Melbourne assignment this tomorrow before setting any plans in stone.
“His first race will be The Bart Cummings (2500m) this Saturday at Flemington and after that I won’t be sure until I see how everything works out,” he said.
“Obviously the long-term goal is the Melbourne Cup. He will have to win a race beforehand to get in, but what happens between now and then I don’t know.”
Wheeler was pleased with Pentathlon’s two lead-up races in the first two days of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, where he finished 11th over 1600m and fourth over 2000m.
“They were outstanding runs,” he said. “They were both on tracks that didn’t suit him and he sat three-wide all the way in his last race over 2000m and finished it off really well.
War Affair coming home
Former Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair will be returning to New Zealand for a six-month spell while his connections ponder his future.
The horse’s trainer Bruce Marsh and his owners, the Ong family, are hoping the greener pastures and fresher air can fix the horse’s well-documented wind issues.
War Affair, who was bred in New Zealand, is a $3million earner in Singapore, where he was crowned Horse of the Year in 2014. Whether he can get back to such heights, let alone race again, will depend on how well he spells in New Zealand.
The seven-year-old O’Reilly gelding last raced in the $S200,000 Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) on September 10, where he finished sixth.
McKenzie back on NZTR board
Experienced racing administrator Dean McKenzie is to join the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Board.
McKenzie will take up the role following the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing annual general meeting in November. He will replace retiring board member John Stace, who has been a director since a change in the NZTR constitution led to the formation of an independent board in 2011.
Two other current directors - deputy-chair Victoria Carter ONZM and Rick Williams - will retire by rotation at the annual meeting but have been reappointed by the NZTR Members’ Council.
McKenzie has served on the NZTR Board previously and was deputy chairman of the initial six-member independent board. He relinquished his position later that year, when appointed Chief Executive Officer of Addington Raceway.
Jockey Jonathan Riddell and Smokin’ Oak surge clear of their rivals for a 3 length maiden victory at Waipukurau last week. It was Riddell’s 50th win for Hastings trainer John Bary.
A delighted Waipukurau trainer Kirsty Lawrence leads Do Ya away following the horse’s easy win last week. It was Lawrence’s first success on her home track.
Hastings Trackwork 3 Oct 2017
Londaro stretched out well in a solo gallop on the course proper at this morning’s Hastings track session as he prepares for either the Hawke’s Bay meeting this Saturday or Tauherenikau the following Thursday.
Fast work was mainly confined to the plough, which provided soft footing.
A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up as a dead4.
Londaro was the only horse worked up against the running rail on the course proper and was used as a guide to see how firm the track was. He worked in from the 1000-metre peg at three-quarter pace before quickening over the last 600. He was timed to run the full distance in 1:7.1, taking 31.8s for the first 400 metres before sprinting home the final 600 in 35.3.
The big Lope de Vega four-year-old finished third on debut over 1300 metres at Taupo in August and then spoilt his chances by racing greenly when seventh over the same distance at the last Hawke’s bay meeting. He worked in blinkers this morning and galloped straight and true.
Hunta Pence worked early in the session and was timed to run home last 600 metres on the plough in 39.5. He will be nominated for the Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at Hastings this Saturday but could be border line in getting a start in what is likely to be a very strong field.
A Nom de Jeu four-year-old gelding in the Thompson/Brown stable finished clear of a Niagara three-year-old gelding at the end of 1000 metres in 1:12.9, the last 600 in 39.9 while Shady Lady, preparing for next week’s Taupo meeting, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and quickened over the last 400 in 25.9.
Dare To Rock clocked 1:13.2 for an easy 1000 metres, the last 600 in 41.5 while Pakapunch was kept at just three-quarter pace in a solo run over 1000 metres in 1:13.4, the last 600 in 43.3.
A Nom de Jeu three-year-old gelding in the Thompson/Brown stable looked to be travelling better than Robbie Kapow when they sprinted 600 metres in 37.5 while a Niagara-Asaweb three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable ran an easy 600 metres in 43.9.
Carillion worked in from the 1000-metre peg at three-quarter pace, running the last 600 in 44.7 while a Per Incanto-Mal four-year-old gelding did similar work, quickening slightly over the last 600 in 42.4.
A Niagara-Tycoon Miss three-year-old filly and an O’Reilly-Music three-year-old filly worked together in an easy run over 600 metres in 43 while Vino Blanco was another restricted to just three-quarter pace, her last 600 metres taking 45.3.
A Nadeem three-year-old filly and a Remind eight-year-old gelding ended their work together with 400 metres in 27.3.
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