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Stakes race next for Miss Selby 27 Nov 2013

   Promising Hastings-trained filly Miss Selby, an impressive maiden winner at Awapuni last Saturday, will be looking to go one better than her mother when she contests the Group 3 $70,000 Ezibuy Eulogy Stakes on the same track on December 14.

   Trainer John Bary is keen to test the O’Reilly in a black type race and thinks the Eulogy Stakes, run over 1600 metres, is an ideal opportunity.

   Miss Selby followed up two minor placings from her first two starts with a decisive 1-1/2 length win in a 1400-metre maiden at last Saturday’s Rangitikei meeting.

   The three-year-old is by O’Reilly out of the Danasinga mare Singing Star and was bred by the late Graeme Lowe.

   Lowe bred and raced a number of successful horses over many years with Singing Star probably the best of them. She was the winner of eight races including the 2004 Waikato Cup (2400m) and the Listed Manawatu Breeders' Stakes (2000m) at Awapuni. She also finished third in the Group 3 Counties Cup (2100m), third in the Listed Matamata Cup (1600m) and was beaten a neck when second in the 2001 running of the Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni.

   Singing Star is also the dam of Randy Andy, who was the winner of two races.

   Miss Selby is raced by the Ask Partnership, made up of Graeme Lowe’s three children Andy Lowe, Sarah Whyte and Kate Stace.

   John Bary has always had a high opinion of Miss Selby and says she has the right temperament to progress into a group race winner.

   “She’s still learning and was still a bit green last Saturday but she has come through the race really well,” Bary said.

   “She’ll run in the Eulogy Stakes and we’ll see how we go from there.”

   One of Bary’s stable stars, The Hombre, kicks off a fresh campaign in the Listed $50,000 Levin Stakes (1200m) at today’s Levin meeting at Otaki.

   The Lucky Unicorn seven-year-old will be having his first start since finishing unplaced over 1400 metres on a heavy track at Ellerslie on June 1 and has drawn barrier 11 in a 14 horse field.

   “I think he’ll need the run,” Bary said.

   “He’s drawn out wide but it’s a good chance to kick him off again and we are aiming him for races around Christmas time.”

   The Hombre is the winner of seven races including the Listed Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day last year and the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) in Brisbane as a three-year-old. He also finished second behind Australian sprinter Atomic Force in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie in January last year.

   Bary will have two runners at today’s Levin meeting, the other being Cajun in the Rating 65 race over 1200 metres. The Keeninsky mare is also resuming from a lengthy spell and is racing over a distance short of her best, according to Bary.

   “But she’s drawn nice and, fresh up, she may be a chance,” he added.

   There are three other Hastings-trained horses entered for today’s premier meeting at Otaki.

   The partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen will line up the consistent mare Pearls in the Rating 85 race over 2200 metres and the Sudurka mare looks a good chance after a strong workout at the Hastings track on Tuesday.

    Trainer Kelly Burne has two horses entered for today’s meeting in Rockweiler and Pit A Pat.

   Rockweiler has drawn well at barrier two in a Rating 65 race over 1600 metres and  could be a good each-way chance after an unlucky fifth over 1600 metres at Awapuni last start while Pit A Pat is another entered for the Rating 65 race over 1200 metres. 


Star shines at Ipswich

   Suggesta Star, a horse bred in Hawke’s Bay, broke through for an impressive maiden win at last Friday’s Ipswich meeting in Queensland.

   The four-year-old gelding capped off several minor placings with a nose victory in a 1200-metre race.

   Suggesta Star is a four-year-old gelding by Any Suggestion out of the Australian-bred mare Starnui and was bred by Taradale man Bruce Lumsden and an associate.

   Starnui was by Rancher out of the New Zealand-bred mare Chalet Girl and traces back to the famous Eight Carat family. She was unraced but produced nine foals that raced, five of them winners.

    Lumsden bred a filly by Volksraad out of Starnui, called Reef Style that fetched $60,000 at the select session at the 2005 Karaka yearling sales.

   He then raced two successful fillies out of Starnui, the first being Starmon (by Monolith) who recorded two wins, two seconds and two thirds from nine starts and the second being Starpin (by Pins), who had a record of four wins and two seconds from 18 starts.

   Suggesta Star is the last living foal out of Starnui, as the mare died after being mated again with Any Suggestion in 2009.

   Suggesta Star was offered at the 2011 Ready To Run two-year-old sale at Karaka and purchased by an Australian buyer for $30,000.

   Starnui’s dam Chalet Girl was by Imposing and was an unraced half-sister to the top performers Danewin (13 wins) and Commands (4 wins), both of whom have gone on to be very successful sires in Australia.

   It is also the family of Emerald Dream, a Group 1 winner of seven races and the dam of successful New Zealand sire Zed.


HB Racing AGM

   The 21st annual general meeting of Hawke’s Bay Racing Incorporated will be held in the Cheval Room at the Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre at 7pm next Tuesday, December 3.

   Directors Mick Ormond, Charles Whyte and Kevin Wood retired in accordance with the rules and have been re-elected. Andrew Lockyer, who was previously a co-opt director will be confirmed as an elected member of the board at the meeting.

   All members are welcome to attend.


McDonald on White Sage

   James McDonald has been booked to ride White Sage when the unbeaten mare steps up to black type level at Rosehill in Sydney tomorrow.

   The John O’Shea-trained four-year-old has won her first four starts and will be tried in Listed company over 1500 metres for the first time.

   White Sage is out of the Justice Prevails mare Pay My Bail, who was bred by Hawke’s Bay’s Graham de Gruchy. She won seven races and was placed in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie.

   White Sage will be on trial for a longer-term tilt at the Group 1 Coolmore Classic in Sydney in the autumn.


Haitana applies for ban lift  

   Former trainer Hayden Haitana has applied to have his lifetime ban from racetracks over the infamous Fine Cotton ring-in scandal lifted.

   The board of Racing Queensland will consider New Zealand-born Haitana’s case today after the 68-year-old, who has served 29 years so far, wrote to officials last month.

   The Haitana-trained Fine Cotton was replaced by open class sprinter Bold Personality in a race at Eagle Farm on August 18, 1984 and backed from 33-1 to 7-2 in a nationwide plunge.

   Haitana was one of six people banned for life by the Queensland Racing Board, the ruling body at the time, while the Australian Jockey Club in Sydney warned off bookmakers Bill and Robbie Waterhouse and seven others for having prior knowledge of the ring-in.

   The Waterhouses were reinstated in 1998 but Haitana’s application in 2003 to have his ban lifted was denied.



   Pearls, preparing for Friday’s Levin meeting at Otaki, turned in one of the best gallops at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Pearls schooled over several pony jumps in the bullring before coming out on the plough and working in from the 1000-metre peg. She was timed to run the last 800 in 53.3, the final 600 in 38.4 and looked to be travelling well at the finish.

   The Sudurka mare has recorded a win and a second from her last two starts and will contest the Rating 85 2200-metre race at Otaki.

   Double O Seven, who is a likely runner in Saturday’s Wanganui Cup, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:6.6, the last 600 in 38.2. The No Excuse Needed gelding disappointed when only managing fourth out of five runners over 2100 metres at Woodville last start but was placed in the Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) back in April.

   Coz I’m Lucky, who may contest the Maiden 1600 at Wanganui on Saturday, was given two 600-metre runs, the first in an easy 41.9 and the second a bit quicker in 38.1. The Lucky Unicorn gelding failed at Awapuni last start but his form before that was good and he could go a lot better on the Wanganui track.

   Legless was let off with an easy 800 metres in 55.1, the last 600 in 40.5. The O’Reilly mare resumed from a spell with a good third over 1400 metres at Hastings a fortnight ago and could be in for a good season.

   Fyodor, another promising horse in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ran an easy 600 metres in 42.3 while Beautiful Man ended his work with an easy 600 metres in 44.5.

   Hymn was another who was given an easy workout, running her last 600 metres in 45. She turned in a good race for fourth on debut at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting and will race next at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on December 12.

   Midnight Molly clocked 56 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 41.4 while Boosting Eleanor  ran an easy 800 metres in 57.4, the last 600 in 42.1.

   Black Bridge, a horse in the stable of Patrick Campbell, was restricted to not much more than three-quarter pace, running the last 600 metres in 43.

   Pheasant ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:8.7, the last 600 in 39.3 while The Innkeeper ran 800 metres at three-quarter pace, the last 600 in 43.3.

   A Sir Percy three-year-old gelding in the Stenning stable was given an easy 1000 metres in 1:12.6, the last 600 in 42.8.

Ted Laxon back among the winners 20 Nov 2013

   The cerise and yellow colours of veteran Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner-trainer Ted Laxon were back in the winners’ stall after a long absence when Tradtri scored a decisive victory in a Rating 65 1600-metre race at last Monday’s Woodville meeting.

   Laxon, now well into his 80s, has successfully raced horses for more than 50 years

and he and his wife Shirley have had numerous good wins in that time.

   Laxon trained in partnership with Wayne Davies for a short time and they were the leading Hawke’s Bay trainers for the 2001-2002 racing season, with 10 wins from 74 starters. Justice Court (five wins) was the best of their performers at that time.

   Nowadays Laxon only has two horses racing, Tradtri and Centarose, and they are in the care of his right-hand man Desmond Tuck.

   Tradtri was also Laxon’s last winner, when he led all the way in a Rating 65 1400-metre race at Hastings in May 2012. That was the gelding's second win that season and Laxon also picked up a success with Centarose at Waipukurau in December 2011 to give him three wins for the 2011-12 racing season.

   Last Monday’s win by Tradtri followed an unplaced performance over 1600 metres at Awapuni on November 2, where he got too far back in the running. He is best when ridden close to the pace and rider David Walker had him trailing the leader from the outset on Monday. The Traditionally six-year-old bounded to the front early in the home straight and kept up a strong run to the line to win by 1-1/2 lengths.

   The Laxons bred Tradtri from the Housebuster mare Bustri and he is a half-brother to Tridane, who was the winner of two races.

   Bustri is a daughter of Tricon, who was out of Tri Belle and from the famous Star Belle family.


Bary’s drought ends  

   Hastings trainer John Bary ended a two month drought when Survived took out last Saturday’s Group 3 $70,000 Tauranga Classic and he is now predicting much better things to come from his stable in the coming months.

   Bary brought up his 100th New Zealand training success when Frankly took out a 1350-metre maiden race at Gisborne on September 22 and Survived’s victory last Saturday brought up win number 101 for him in this country. His only other win this season was when Survived claimed the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on August 31.

   “We have had a bit of a slow start to the season but things are really starting to pick up for us now,” Bary said after last Saturday’s success.

   Survived was having his first start since finishing a close third in the Group 1 Hawke’s Bay Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings on October 5 and scored a game long head victory over Viadana, aided by a brilliant ride from top jockey Opie Bosson.

   With no pace on in the early stages of the 1600-metre event Survived started to race too keenly so Bosson allowed him to stride to the front and got him to settle perfectly in the lead. He then dictated the pace to suit and Survived had enough in reserve to hold out the challengers over the final stages.

   The Zed gelding will now go on to the weight-for-age Group 1 $200,000 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on December 7, with the Group 1 $200,000 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day another likely target.

   Bary scratched his two entrants, Carmody and Superefficient, from last Monday’s Woodville meeting but they are likely to be among six runners he will have at tomorrow’s Rangitikei meeting at Awapuni.

   Included among the six is the promising maiden Miss Selby, who has two starts for a second and a third. She is a well bred filly, by O’Reilly out of the 2004 Waikato Cup winner Singing Star, and contests a maiden three-year-old race over 1400 metres.


Telegraph plans

   Irish Fling has returned home to Hastings from a successful trip south and is now being aimed at the Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham on January 18.

   The Darci Brahma mare boosted her future value as a broodmare by winning the Listed $50,000 Pegasus Stakes (1000m) on the first day of the New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton and then finishing an unlucky third in the Group 3 Stewards Stakes (1200m) on the second day.

   The five-year-old drew one from the outside in the Stewards and was taken back in the early stages by rider Hayden Tinsley. She was giving the leaders a big start when straightening for the run home but unleashed a powerful finishing burst to get to within half a length of the winner at the line. The race was taken out by Durham Town who beat Natuzzi by a neck, with Irish Fling just a long neck back.

   Irish Fling has now recorded four wins and four minor placings from 14 starts for her Cambridge owner Tony Rider. He has set up a syndicate to race the mare, with several members being employees at his Pak ‘n’ Save Supermarket in Cambridge.

   Guy Lowry, who trains Irish Fling in partnership with Grant Cullen, said the mare is likely to have just one more race before the Telegraph Handicap, that being in a 1200-metre open sprint at Woodville on January 4.


White lightning

   White Sage, the latest unbeaten star galloper on the Sydney racing scene, is an indirect product of Hawke’s Bay.

   The diminutive four-year-old grey mare made it four wins from four starts with another impressive performance at last Saturday’s Rosehill meeting. It was her second start back in a new campaign and she easily accounted for a Rating 80 fillies and mares field, scoring by 3-1/2 lengths.

   The combined total of White Sage’s four winning margins is 17-1/2 lengths. She won her debut over 1200 metres at Kembla Grange last season by 7 lengths and then took out a three-year-old race over 1300 metres at Randwick by 5 lengths. She was then given a winter spell and resumed over 1200 metres at Rosehill on November  2, where her winning margin was 2 lengths.

   White Sage is trained at Randwick by John O’Shea and is by Reset out of the Justice Prevails mare Pay My Bail.

   Hawke’s Bay’s Graham de Gruchy bred Pay My Bail out of the Three Legs mare Ebony Jane. He sold the horse for just $2000 at the 2002 Karaka yearling sales and she was purchased by Takanini trainer Trevor McKee and Auckland’s Thayne Green.

   Pay My Bail won seven races from the stable of Trevor and Stephen McKee, including the Group 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1400m) at Pukekohe, Group 3 Lion Red Plate (1200m) at Rotorua, Listed Champagne Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie, Listed NZ Bloodstock Two-year-old Fillies Stakes (1200m) at Avondale and Listed Fairview Ford Stakes (1000m) at Te Rapa. She also finished second in the 2004 Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie, when she was beaten a long neck by Vinaka. McKee and Green then sold her on to an Australian buyer.

   Besides Pay My Bail, Ebony Jane also left the good performers Instant Divorce (6 wins), Tee Aye Rahtwo (2 wins) and Pascal Street (1 win).

   John O’Shea said White Sage, who has been nicknamed “The Pocket Rocket” is likely to be stepped up to 1500 metres next start before being given a break. He is hoping to bring her back next autumn and set her for the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill.


San Pedro and Colt Forty Five, two members of Paul Nelson’s stable, turned in one of the best workouts in a relatively quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

   San Pedro and Colt Forty Five worked over 1000 metres together in 1:8.9, the last 600 in 38.9. San Pedro looks close to another win after a third and a second from his last two starts. He only went down by a long neck over 2300 metres at Awapuni last start.

   Colt Forty Five is a new addition to the Nelson stable after previously being trained by Fraser Auret. The High Chaparral gelding won on debut in a 2200-metre maiden at Woodville 12 months ago but then disappointed in three starts after that.

   Adventador was let off with an easy assignment, working in at three-quarter pace from the 800-metre peg and running home the last 600 in 40.1. He has been freshened and is likely to start next in the Listed $50,000 Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki on November 29.

   Saint Kitt was another restricted to not much more than three-quarter pace when running 800 metres in 58.9, the last 600 in 43. He looks in good order for trainer Kelly Burne.

   Pit A Pat, another in the Kelly Burne stable, ran an easy 800 metres in 54.9, the last 600 in 39 while Base Camp work in at three-quarter pace from the 800, running the last 600 in 45.3

   Kayleen was let off with an easy 800 metres in 58.1, the last 600 in 41.5. She is a Towkay mare who recorded four seconds and a third from the Matamata stable of Jason Bridgman and is now being prepared by Kelly Burne.

   Ooee, another from Paul Nelson’s stable, ran 1000 metres in 1:9.6, the last 600 in 39.5 while Hymn was restricted to just three-quarter pace, running her last 600 metres in 45. She went a good race for fourth on debut at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   A No Excuse Needed-Sexy three-year-old filly and a Sir Percy four-year-old gelding worked together over 1000 metres in 1:12.1, the last 600 in 42 while a Guillotine three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable ended his work with an easy 600 metres in 44.6.

   The Innkeeper was not hurried when running a solo 800 metres in 56.3, the last 600 in 41.9 while a Savabeel-Miss Isti three-year-old gelding ran over the same ground in 55, the last 600 in 41.

   A Spartacus four-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable took 56.4 for an easy 800 metres, the last 600 in 41.5.


   Tradtri, preparing for next Monday’s Woodville meeting, hit out well in a solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was very little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the plough (good).

   Tradtri worked in the from the 1200-metre peg and quickened over the last 1000 metres in 1:3.6, the final 600 in 37.6. He disappointed at Awapuni last start but ran a good third over 1400 metres at Hastings before that and will line up in a Rating 65 1600 at Woodville.

   Miss Selby and Notionannigans, two members of John Bary’s stable, took the time honours when they worked strongly over 1000 metres in 1:2.2, the last 600 in 36.6. They are both likely to start next at the Manawatu meeting on Saturday week, with Miss Selby having recorded a second and a third from two starts.

   Superefficient finished ahead of Carmody at the end of their 1000-metre gallop in 1:4.5, the last 600 in 27.5. They are two other members of the Bary stable and are likely runners at Woodville next Monday.

   The Hombre worked on his own over 1200 metres in 1:17.7, running the first 600 metres in 39 and coming home the last 600 in 38.7. He is expected to kick off a fresh campaign in the Listed Counties Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe on November 23.

   A Sir Percy three-year-old gelding in the stable of John and Pam Stenning was not doing much more than three-quarter pace when running 1000 metres in 1:16.4, the last 600 in 45.2.

Hastings stable in a purple patch of form 13 Nov 2013

The excellent run of form shown by the Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen in recent weeks has continued, with them producing a listed stakes winner last Saturday and an impressive debut winner on Sunday.

   The Lowry/Cullen stable produced 20 winners in the entire of last season but are already up to 10 wins after just three and a half months of this term.

   The run started when Irish Fling won a $7000 Rating 65 race over 1000 metres at Taupo on August 19. The same mare then completed a double on the Taupo track when taking out an $8000 Rating 75 race over 1200 metres on the same track three weeks later.

   Irish Fling then capped those two performances with an impressive victory in last Saturday’s Listed $50,000 Pegasus Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton.

   “We sent her south with the sole purpose of trying to pick up some black type to help boost her value as a future broodmare and it came off,” Lowry said this week.

   “We thought she was going good enough to warrant the trip south and it was great that it worked out well.”

   Irish Fling backed up from last Saturday’s win with a run in Wednesday’s Group 3 $100,000 Stewards Stakes (1200m) where she got back to last in the running after drawing one from the outside and stormed home late to finish a game third.

   The five-year-old Darci Brahma mare now has a record of four wins, three seconds and a third from just 14 starts. She is owned by her Cambridge breeder Tony Rider and raced by a syndicate that he set up, with many of the members being workers at his Pak n Save supermarket in Cambridge.

   The other winners from the Lowry/Cullen stable this season after Irish Fling’s early double and success last Saturday have been Adventador at Hastings on October 5; Gold and Grenade at Tauherenikau on October 10; Showstopper at Hastings on October 24; Mr Hare and Pearls at Wanganui on October 31 and Fyodor at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

  Fyodor looked a horse destined for much better things when he cruised to a 1-1/4 length win in a 1200-metre maiden race at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Darci Brahma gelding was having his first race start but had shown a glimpse of his ability when winning a 1000-metre trial at Waverley the previous week.

   The four-year-old is owned by his breeders, Little Avondale Stud, and is out of the Stravinsky mare Rites Of Spring. She was unraced but is a daughter of Sound Lover, a Sound Reason mare who won five races from 18 starts, including The Group 3 Ladies Mile (1600m) at Ellerslie.

   A Pins colt out of Rites Of Spring sold for $360,000 at the 2007 Karaka premier yearling sale.

   Guy Lowry said Fyodor is a horse that has taken time to mature but shows plenty of potential and has come through last Sunday’s win in fantastic order. He may now head to the Wanganui meeting on November 30 for a Rating 65 1340-metre race.

   The Lowry/Cullen stable sent two horses south for this week’s New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton. The other was the promising Broadwalk who contested a $20,000 maiden race over 1600 metres there on Wednesday.

   The Casino Prince four-year-old also drew one from the outside in a big field and got a long way back in the early stages before powering home late to finish third, less than half a length from the winner.  He should not be long in adding to the stable’s winning tally this season.


First for the season

   The Hastings husband and wife training partnership of Mick Brown and Sue Thompson chalked up their first win of the new season when Da Beast led from start to finish in a 2100-metre maiden race at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The couple have a team of mainly untried horses in their stable and have only had 16 runners since August 1.

   Da Beast certainly deserved to break through for a maiden win after recording a second, a third and two fourths from his previous 10 starts. He was having his fifth start on his home track, the previous four resulting in two minor placings.

   Apprentice rider Jess Shackleton took Da Beast to a clear lead soon after jumping from the barrier and set her own terms in front. The horse rounded the home turn with a 2 length advantage on the opposition and held out the late challengers to score by a neck.

   Da Beast is a five-year-old gelding by Gold Centre out of the Val D’Arno mare Riverina and raced on lease by Brown and Thompson.


Family success

   Waipukurau-based David Goldsbury brought up his third training success when Desi Girl scored a decisive 2-3/4 length win in a Rating 65 2100-metre race at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Goldsbury has held a permit to train licence for six years and produced The Miner’s Son to win two races in a row in the winter of last year.

   He and his wife Anne operate Beckam Equine, a property situated just out of Waipukurau, where they mainly concentrate on breaking in and pre-training thoroughbreds as well as preparing horses for the sales. They are assisted by their daughter Rebecca and her partner Charlie Studd.

   Beckam Equine will offer four lots at next week’s Ready To Run Two-year-old sale at Karaka, a colt by Don Eduardo and geldings by Pins, Sakhee’s Secret and Iffraaj.

   Goldsbury presently has just three horses racing, the others being The Miner’s Son and Lady’O.

   Desi Girl started out in the stable of Hastings trainer John Bary, who produced her to win three races for her Auckland owner Narendra Balia. She was then offered for sale as a broodmare but failed to attract much interest so Goldsbury and his wife and daughter decided to lease her.

   The Keeper mare’s win last Sunday followed a close second over2060 metres at Wanganui on October 31 and Goldsbury said he will now aim the mare at the $10,000 Waipukurau Cup (2100m) on December 8.


Survived back on track

   Star Hastings-trained galloper Survived returns to the racetrack tomorrow when he contests the Group 3 weight-for-age $70,000 Tauranga Stakes (1600m).

   The feature race at the Tauranga meeting has attracted just seven runners and Survived has drawn six, with regular rider Opie Bosson retaining the mount.

   Trainer John Bary gave Survived an exhibition gallop between races at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting and timed him to run 1000 metres in 1:4, the last 600 in 34.6. The Zed gelding finished the gallop of strongly and his trackwork rider Zane Thompson said he felt magnificent.

   Survived has not raced since finishing a close third behind Ransomed and Nashville in the Group 1 Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings on October 5. The four-year-old raced on all three days of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, winning the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes over 1400 metres on the first day and finishing ninth in the Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on the middle day.

   Bary is using tomorrow’s race as a lead up to bigger things for Survived in the coming weeks. He is expected to go on to the Group 1 $200,000 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on December 7 and then the Group 1 $200,000 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

  The John Bary-trained Recite, winner of the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) back in April, was given a jumpout at the Hastings track last Monday and is expected to kick off a fresh campaign in a 1400-metre three-year-old race at Trentham on December 7. The Darci Brahma filly was unbeaten in four runs as a two-year-old and finished second and fourth in two starts as an early three-year-old before she was given a brief spell.

   Another from the Bary stable, The Hombre, is to make a return to racing in the Listed $50,000 Murdoch Newell Stakes (1100m) at Pukekohe on November 23.

Notable double by Hastings pair at Wanganui 6 Nov 2013

Two Hastings-trained horses out of the same mare were successful on the same programme at the Wanganui meeting on Thursday of last week.

   Mr Hare took out the opening event, a 2060-metre maiden, and six races later his stablemate Pearls brought up her second success in a Rating 65 race over the same distance.

   Both horses are prepared on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and both are out of the Prized mare Pare. They were both bred by their Taupo owner Pat Lowry, father of Guy.

   Mr Hare was having just his fourth start and was stepping up to a middle distance for the first time. His win came on the back of a good fourth over 1600 metres at Woodville a fortnight before and he was a 1-1/2 length winner over Earl Spencer.

   The four-year-old gelding is by Fast ‘N’ Famous, who stands at Waikato Stud.

   Pearls is a five-year-old mare by Sudurka, who is based at Hawke’s Bay’s Okawa Stud. She headed home a Hawke’s Bay quinella at Wanganui, finishing a neck in front of the David Goldsbury-trained Desi Girl.

   It was Pearl’s second win from 17 starts and she has also recorded two seconds and a third.

   The mare Pare never won a race but had a second, a third and a fourth from just six starts and was runner-up behind subsequent Manawatu Cup winner Nanjara in a 2000-metre maiden race at Hastings. Pearls and Mr Hare were her first two foals and she has since produced a colt by High Chaparral and a colt by Road To Rock.

   The High Chaparral colt fetched $160,000 at last year’s Karaka yearling sales and was bought by an Australian buyer while the Road To Rock colt was sold for $27,000 at Karaka this year and is now entered for this month’s Ready To Run Two-year-old sale at Karaka.

   Pare has been mated this year with another Waikato Stud sire in Savabeel.


Maiden win

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Sixty Eight Carat broke through for a maiden win at last week’s Wanganui meeting.

   The Sandtrap mare was having her second start, following a debut third at Woodville last month, and prevailed by a long head over 1200 metres.

   The five-year-old is owned by Hastings couple Kevin and Shirin Wood, who bred her out of their Woodborough mare Wooden Doll. She is trained at Foxton by Sandie Cookson.

   Wooden Doll is now deceased but was the winner of two races when trained at Hastings by Wayne Davies and has also left the winner Xpectation.


Stunning return

   Class mare Lady Kipling, part-owned by Havelock North’s Laurence Redshaw, made an impressive return to the racetrack when taking out a $15,000 open sprint at last Saturday’s Tauranga meeting.

   It was the Savabeel six-year-old’s first start since she was unplaced in the weight-for-age International Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa back in February but trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman had her ready to produce her best over 1300 metres.

   She made light work of the 60kg she had on her back, coming from near last on the home turn to sweep past her rivals and score by three-quarters of a length.

   It was Lady Kipling’s 10th win from 31 starts for Redshaw, who owns the mare in partnership with Gisborne’s Geoff Candy.

   This will be Lady Kipling’s last preparation as she has been mated with the Windsor Park Stud-based stallion Rip Van Winkle. She has  two Group Two successes to her credit, in the Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa and Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Pukekohe, and her connections would dearly like to pick up a Group 1 win with her before she is retired.

   She has recorded several Group 1 placings, with seconds in the Thorndon Mile, Captain Cook Stakes and the Haunui Farm Weight-For-Age Classic, a third in the Levin Classic and fourths in the Zabeel Classic (twice) and the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.

   Lady Kipling is expected to defend her Auckland Breeders’ Stakes title at Pukekohe later this month with another tilt at the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes to follow in December.


Alleyoop makes it two

   Exciting galloper Alleyoop made it two wins from three starts with another good performance at Tuesday’s Otaki meeting.

   The Thorn Park mare followed up a 14 length maiden win over 1200 metres at Woodville last month with a neck victory in a Rating 65 1200-metre event.

   Alleyoop is trained at Woodville by James Bridge and raced by him in partnership with his Hawke’s Bay father John. She is out of the Danasinga mare Tzarina Star, who was the winner of one race.

  Darryl Bradley was aboard Alleyoop on Tuesday and had the mare sitting outside the leader until the home turn before letting her stride to the front. She looked set for another big win until second placed Racey Red dashed at her late but she still looked to have something in reserve at the finish.


Another success

   Gwynethanne, part-owned by Hastings man Lindsay McIntosh, made it two wins from her last two starts with another dominant victory in a Rating 75 1600-metre race at Otaki on Tuesday.

   The Handsome Ransom mare scored by a length from If I Can I Can, with third placed Pencuri a further 1-1/4 lengths back.

   It was Gwynethanne’s third win from 11 starts and came on the back of a 5 length victory in a 1600-metre Rating 65 race at Wanganui a month ago. She is trained on the Otaki track by Karen Zimmerman and was one of three winners she produced at her home meeting on Tuesday, the others being Delecta Dreims and Pure Blonde.


Southern raiders

   The Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen have sent two horses, Irish Fling and Broadwalk, down to this year’s New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton.

   Irish Fling will contest the Listed $50,000 Pegasus Stakes (1000m) there tomorrow as a lead up to the Group 3 Stewards Handicap (1200m) on the second day of the meeting, next Wednesday. The Darci Brahma mare is coming off a last start fourth in a Group 3 1400-metre race at Hastings a month ago and that followed two impressive wins at Taupo.

   Broadwalk is still a maiden but the Casino Prince gelding has shown plenty of ability in his four starts, including two close second placings at Hastings last month.

   Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell also intends taking two horses to Christchurch for the third day of the New Zealand Cup meeting, tomorrow week.

   Campbell’s promising two-year-old Don’t Change will contest the Listed $50,000 Welcome Stakes (1000m) while the impressive last start winner Shezgorgeous will line up in a $40,000 open sprinter over 1400 metres.

   Don’t Change is a two-year-old gelding by Thewayyouare and has had two starts for two thirds, the most recent being in the Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham.

   Shezgorgeous has won four races from 16 starts and blitzed her rivals by 5-3/4 lengths a Rating 85 race over 1200 metres at Trentham last start.

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