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Double success for Hawke’s Bay couple 12 Nov 2014

   Havelock North couple Hylton and Colleen Gudsell had plenty to celebrate about last weekend when they shared in the ownership of a winner at Riccarton on Saturday and one at Hastings on Sunday.

   The Gudsells are members of the Te Akau Wolfwhistle Syndicate that races Wolfwhistle and the O’Reilly entire completed a hat-trick of victories with a game neck decision in the $30,000 Muritai Marketing Premier over 2000 metres at last Saturday’s Canterbury meeting.

   The good looking four-year-old has now won five races from only 11 starts and his Matamata trainer has some big goals for the horse next year.

   “He’s always been a top-liner and we thought he was one of our best three-year-old colts last season, but unfortunately he went in the wind,” Bridgman said.

   “It’s great to see the success of the operation and he’s won four races since.”

   Bridgman will now step the horse up to open class with his next start likely to be in the Listed $50,000 Wanganui Cup (2040m) on November 29.

    “We’ll work him through the middle distance handicaps this season and hopefully he can develop into a weight-for-age horse next year,” Bridgman added.

   Wolfwhistle was a $240,000 yearling purchase from the Karaka sales for Te Akau principal David Ellis. His dam is the former high class racemare Legs, whose five wins included the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham and the Group 1 Kelt Capital Stakes (2040m) at Hastings.

   The Gudsells are also members of the Cool Hand Duke Syndicate which was represented by the maiden winner Cool Hand Duke in the opening event at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Cool Hand Duke is trained on the Hastings track by John Bary and the four-year-old’s success in the 2000-metre event was well deserved after he had recorded three seconds, three thirds and two fourths from 18 previous starts.

   Promising apprentice Lee Magorrian was the winning rider and was positive from the start, taking an early lead before settling the horse in fourth place. He kept the horse on the inside rounding the home turn and managed to secure a rails run in the home straight to get up and score by a short head.

   Bary purchased Cool Hand Duke for $110,000 from the select session of the 2012 Karaka yearling sales and then set about forming a syndicate to race the horse. He said the gelding has been a slow maturer and has also had a few issues but, hopefully, he is now headed for better things.

   Bary’s racing manager, Mike Sanders, heads the syndicate with the other members being Paul Yortt, Laurie Parker, John and Barry O’Sullivan, Ivan Grieve, Tony Clark, Gay Skerman, Ian Black, Bill Livingstone, Steve Trickett, John McLaughlin and Nendra Bahlia. Most of the shareholders live in Hawke’s Bay.

   Cool Hand Duke was one of two winners for trainer John Bary at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, the other being Lady Zafira in a 1200-metre maiden event.

   The Iffraaj mare only won by a nose but it was a game effort after she looped the field to take a clear lead at the top of the home straight and then staved off all the challengers in the final stages.

   Winning rider Shannon Doyle said the mare was travelling keenly in the middle stages so he thought it was better to let her roll to the front.

   “She got there easily but then, once she got to the front, she started to gawk around a bit,” he said.

   Bary said Lady Zafira had always shown plenty of ability but has not been without her problems. She finished second in one race as a three-year-old last season but then had to undergo an operation to have a bone chip removed from a knee which is why she hasn’t raced again until now.

   Lady Zafira is raced by the 14-member Lady Zafira syndicate and leased from her Masterton breeder Jim Wallace.

   Vicki Sanders, wife of John Bary’s racing manager Mike Sanders, is one of eight Hawke’s Bay people involved in the syndicate, the others being Brian and Karen Strachan, Jill Hardie, Noel Lister, Wink Mabin, Andrew Hilldreth and John Freeth. The other members are Pat and Rosie Laffey and Emma and Caitlin Laffey from Masterton and two Australian-based people, Tyson Parker and Kathryn Parker.


First three to Hastings horses

   Hastings-trained horses won the first three races on the eight race card at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   John Bary produced Cool Hand Duke and Lady Zafira to win races one and three while Patrick Campbell took out the second event, the Robyn MacTaggart Cup with Casino Jack.

   The race is sponsored by Bruce MacTaggart whose wife Robyn died from cancer two years ago. He said she was a keen racing follower so he decided to present an annual cup in her memory.

   Casino Jack was recording his second win but his first since joining Campbell’s stable earlier this year. The Volksraad was formerly prepared at Foxton by David Haworth and won his first race in a 2040-metre maiden race at Wanganui in December 2012.

   He was then sidelined for a year with an injury and has had six starts for Campbell for a win and two thirds.

   Casino Jack is raced by a group of Gisborne people that include former trainers Rex Donaldson and Graeme Howse. The six-year-old is certainly bred to be good as his dam, Freyja, is by Danske out of the former top racemare Olga’s Pal, who was the winner of six races and was equal top three-year-old filly of the year for the 1988-89 racing season.

  Casino Jack was ridden to victory last Sunday by promising apprentice Lee Magorrian, who was completing a winning double after also being successful aboard Cool Hand Duke in race one.

   Irish-born Magorrian, 20, is apprenticed to Byerley Park-based trainer Shaun Clotworthy. He has now ridden more than 30 winners and two thirds of them have been recorded this season.

   He rode the perfect race on Casino Jack, taking up a prominent position in the early stages and then settling him into the trail behind the pacemaking Viceroy. He then shot his mount clear early in the home straight and they held on for a comfortable length win.


South Island success

   Hawke’s Bay couple Kevin and Shirin Wood picked up a win and a second from two runners at the Otago Racing Club’s meeting at Wingatui on Melbourne Cup day.

   The Knight went down by a length when second in a $20,000 Rating 85 race over 1200 metres and one race later Jakob Gambino led all the way in a $17,500 Rating 65 event over 1400 metres.

   Both horses were formerly trained at Hastings by John Bary but are now prepared by Bruce Tapper at Otautau.

   The Woods sent a mare to Natural Destiny, a stallion Tapper is standing at stud, and later asked Tapper if he would take Jakob Gambino.

   ''I told them I was an owner-trainer and would have to have a half share,'' Tapper said.

   The Woods agreed and Tapper has also subsequently taken a half share in The Knight.

   Jakob Gambino was recording his third win from 31 starts but it was his first success since he took out a $20,000 Rating 65 event over 1600 metres at Hastings in April 2012.


Stakes race now likely

   Weregoingtogetcha earned a possible tilt at the Group 1 $200,000 Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham on December 6 with another powerful winning performance at Tuesday’s Manawatu meeting at Awapuni.

   The Testa Rossa four-year-old proved a class above his rivals in a $20,000 Rating 85 race over 1600 metres, producing some giant strides over the final stages to score by 1-1/4 lengths.

   It was the horse’s fourth win from 14 starts and followed an equally dominant display over 1400 metres at Hawera last month.

   As a three-year-old last season Weregoingtogetcha was placed third behind Puccini and Colonel Carrera in the Group 3 Waikato Guineas before an unlucky fifth in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie and his Dannevirke-based trainer, David Hayes, is keen to test the horse at the elite level again.

   The Captain Cook Stakes is run under weight-for-age conditions over 1600 metres.  


‘Roughie’ dies aged 28

   The Australasian racing world was saddened last week by the passing of the dual New Zealand Horse of the Year and multiple Group One winner Rough Habit.

   Affectionately known as ‘Roughie’ on both sides of the Tasman, he earned a cult following in Queensland where he won six times at the highest level with three Doomben Cups, two Stradbroke Handicaps and a Queensland Derby to his credit.

   Rough Habit was also the Group One winner in New Zealand of the Captain Cook Stakes, in Sydney of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and two All-Aged Stakes and in Melbourne of the Caulfield Stakes.

   A son of Roughcast and Certain Habit, the New Zealand Racing Hall of Famer was bred in Hawke’s Bay by Isabel Roddick and trained by John Wheeler throughout his 74-start career.

   He won 29 races from 1200-2400 metres during an illustrious career with stake earnings in excess of $4 million.

   Rough Habit, who was 28, enjoyed a lengthy retirement at Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge where he was the star turn of their horse shows.



(By John Jenkins)


   A Sandtrap four-year-old gelding and an O’Reilly four-year-old mare were two of the most impressive winners at today’s Hastings jumpouts.

   There were six heats run up against the inside running rail on the course proper, which provided firm footing.

   The Sandtrap four-year-old gelding clocked the fastest time of the three 750-metre heats when scoring an easy 1-3/4 length win in a time of 45.4. He is a member of Shane Brown’s team at Woodville and shows good potential.

    The O’Reilly four-year-old mare also won by a comfortable margin in the first of the two 1000-metre heats and recorded a good time of 1:1.2. She is trained at Hastings by John Bary.

   Bary also lined up two two-year-olds by new sire Shocking and they finished first and third in another of the 750-metre heats.

   Two other horses galloped 1200 metres at the completion of the jumpouts. They were Havataste, now owned and trained by Waipukurau’s Lucy de Lautour, and a Fast ‘N’ Famous four-year-old gelding in the stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown. There was not much between the two at the finish and they clocked 1:15.7 for the full distance, running the first 600 in an easy 40.1 and sprinting home the last 600 in 35.6.

   Jumpout results.-

Heat 1, 400m: No Excuse Needed 2yr-old gelding (S Doyle) 1, Danger Looms 4yr-old mare 2. Two starters. Margin: 1 length. Time: 33.6s. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Mick Brown.

Heat 2, 750m: Shocking-My Favourite Recipe 2yr-old filly (M Dravitski) 1, Per Incanto 2yr-old gelding 2, Shocking 2yr-old filly 3. Three starters. Margins: 1 length, ¾ length. Time: 45.7s. Winner trained by John Bary.

Heat 3, 750m: Sandtrap 4yr-old gelding (S Doyle) 1, Iffraaj 3yr-old gelding 2, Keeper 3yr-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: 1-3/4 lengths, 1 length. Time: 45.4s. Winner trained by Shane Brown, Woodville.

Heat 4, 750m: Pins 3yr-old gelding (S Doyle) 1, Foibles 2, Fast ‘N’ Famous-Frangelico 3yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: 1 length, Long neck. Time: 45.5s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: O’Reilly 4yr-old mare (S Doyle) 1, Lenin The Brown 2, Patapan-Out On Bail 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: 3/4c length, 2 lengths. Time: 1:1.2. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 6, 1000m: Savanite (S Doyle) 1, Citi Habit 5yr-old gelding 2, Pins 3yr-old filly 3. Three starters. Margins: Head, 3 lengths. Time: 1:03. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

New Zealand Cup next for Saint Kitt 5 Nov 2014

   Promising Hastings stayer Saint Kitt has headed south to Christchurch where he will contest the 151st running of the $225,000 New Zealand Cup (3200m) tomorrow week.

   The Keeper five-year-old confirmed a start in the Group 3 race with a strong win in a Rating 75 event over 2300 metres at last Saturday’s Feilding meeting.

   Trainer Kelly Burne has had the New Zealand Cup in mind for Saint Kitt since the beginning of this season but had said the horse had to finish in the first three at Awapuni last Saturday to warrant the trip south.

   The horse certainly didn’t disappoint, going head to head with View over the final stages before stretching his head out on the line to score by a long neck. There was 1-1/4 lengths back to the third placegetter, the Waipukurau-trained King Of Rock.

   Saint Kitt was floated from Hastings to Christchurch on Wednesday as Burne wanted the horse to have plenty of time to settle in to his new surroundings before the cup, which will be his next start.

   “He’ll go straight into the cup without another run and David Walsh has been booked to ride him,” Burne said this week.

   The horse will have his final serious training gallop at the Riccarton track next Wednesday and Walsh will be aboard then too.

   Saint Kitt is the winner of only two races from 21 starts but has recorded several good placings in strong events. As a three-year-old he finished fourth behind Habibi, Fix and Castlzeberg in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby and also finished sixth in this year’s Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m).

    He has had three starts in a new campaign, the first two resulting in an eighth over 1600 metres at Awapuni in September and a sixth in an open 1950-metre race at Rotorua on October 18.

   Saint Kitt was bred by prominent Hawke’s Bay owner Don Gordon and his son Jamie in partnership with Sam Williams of Little Avondale Stud.

   They have leased the horse out to the Scott’s Syndicate, which is managed by Napier woman Elizabeth Beachen. She and her husband Buddy are shareholders in the syndicate with the other members being Kelly Burne, John Whittle, Bob Atkinson, Barry Woodmass, Charlie Bridgman, Dene Smith and Colwyn Hercock.

   Whittle lives in Whangamata but all of the other syndicate members are in Hawke’s Bay.

   Saint Kitt will be trying to become the fifth Hastings-trained winner of the New Zealand Cup in the past 40 years. Andrew started the ball rolling when he won the race in 1976 for owner-trainer Lachie Ross. Eight years later Marlene Todd took out the race with Our Boyfriend and then followed the Michael Peacock-trained Exocet in 1989 and the Dianne Sergeant-trained Carlton King in 1991.

   Saint Kitt is out of the Kaapstad mare Southern Cry, who raced in the South Island and recorded two seconds and four thirds from 15 starts.

   She was out of War Cry, who was a half-sister to Mun Lee, one of the best horses Don Gordon has raced.

   Mun Lee was by Great Wall and was the winner of 14 races and crowned New Zealand Three-year-old Filly of the Year for the 1977-78 season. She was a versatile mare who won from 1200 to 2400 metres and took out the Group 1 Lion Brown Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.

   Saint Kitt was at a quote of $31 on the Fixed Odds Win market for the New Zealand Cup a month ago but has now shortened to $8.00 after last Saturday’s win.

   Trainer Kelly Burne won’t be in Christchurch to sheer Saint Kitt home in the New Zealand Cup as she will instead be in Tauranga that day where she will have Survived lining up in the Group 2 $100,000 Tauranga Stakes (1600m).

   Burne has sent Saint Kitt south in the care of her partner Gavin Parker while she concentrates on the team at home and also puts the finishing polish on Survived as he attempts to record back-to-back wins in the Tauranga Stakes.

   Survived has fully recovered from a muscle injury he suffered when finishing well back in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on August 30 and resumed with a fast finishing fourth in the weight-for-age Group 3 Lion Red Plate (1200m) at Rotorua on October 18.

    That race was always going to be too short for the Zed five-year-old but Burne was thrilled with the way the horse finished the race off, as was jockey Michael Coleman.

  “Michael was really happy with the way he went and straight away committed himself to ride him in the Tauranga Stakes,” Burne said.

   The Tauranga Stakes will be the first of three major races Burne has in mind for Survived, the others being the Group 1 $200,000 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on December 6 and then the Group 1 $200,000 Zabeel Classic (2000m) on Boxing Day.

   Survived finished fourth in the Captain Cook Stakes last season before a luckless eighth in last year’s Zabeel Classic, where he was blocked for a run for the entire home straight and finished less than 2 lengths from the winner.

   The horse has pleased Burne with the way he has trained on since his last start fourth at Rotorua and seems to be a lot more relaxed in his work.

   Burne deliberately works the horse late at Hastings trackwork sessions to keep him as settled as possible and jumps jockey Charlie Studd was aboard when he was sent over 1000 metres on the plough track on Tuesday. He was timed to run the full distance in 1:8.9 but was kept under a good hold for the first 400 metres in 31.4s before running home the last 600 strongly in 37.5.

   Both Burne and Studd were happy with the way the horse finished off his work.


First professional win

   Waipukurau apprentice jockey Rebecca Goldsbury chalked up her first success as a professional when she got Wild Rock up to win a $17,500 Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at last Saturday’s Feilding meeting at Awapuni.

   The 22-year-old had recorded four previous wins as an amateur rider before signing up as a fully-fledged apprentice in September. She is now indentured to her father David, who prepares a small team at Waipukurau.

   Goldsbury had ridden Wild Rock into a second place over 1200 metres at Otaki on October 18 and she was grateful the horse’s Waverley owner-trainer, Harvey Wilson, decided to retain her for the mount last Saturday.

   Wild Rock settled well back off the pace in the early stages and was giving the leaders a big head start at the top of the home straight. But the Handsome Ransom mare charged home in the final stages to get up and win by half a length from the Hastings-trained mare Quake.

   Goldsbury said this week that she is now attending the Central Districts Apprentice Jockeys’ school in Palmerston North on a regular basis where she has been learning a lot from riding master and successful jockey Kane Smith.


Tiger Tim roars

   The well bred Hastings-trained three-year-old Tiger Tim looked destined for bigger things when he made an impressive winning debut at last Tuesday’s Otaki meeting.

   The John Bary-trained gelding followed up two trial outings, in September and October, to record a decisive half length win in a maiden 1400-metre event.

   Bary said after the win the son of Alamosa still has a fair bit to learn and needs to furnish as a racehorse but expects him to get better once he steps up over longer distances.

   Tiger Tim is owned by Bill Gleeson of Palmerston North’s Wellfield Stud in partnership with fellow Manawatu man Peter Gillespie and they raced Zatiger from the Awapuni stable of Mike Breslin.

   She only had 19 starts for three wins, three seconds and three thirds and was placed in both the Manawatu Cup (2300m) and Marton Cup (2200m).

   Tiger Tim is the third foal produced by Zatiger, who is closely related to the Caulfield Cup runner up Laebeel.

   Tuesday turned out to be a big day for Gleeson and Gillespie as the pair also own the class racemare Zennista, who took out the Group 3 $70,000 Sofitel Luxury Hotels Stakes at Ellerslie that day.

   Zennista was recording back-to-back wins in the 2000-metre event and she has now won nine races and $635,000 in stakemoney. The Zenno Rob Roy seven-year-old, who was runner-up in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) as a three-year-old, is now in foal to Wellfield Stud resident stallion Alamosa and trainer Lisa Latta said she is likely to only have one or two more races before being retired.


Star entered for HB race

   The $8000 Rating 75 race over 1200 metres at Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting has drawn a small but select field, with the talented four-year-old The Bold One among the entrants.

   The Alan Sharrock-trained gelding is the winner of two of his three starts, the most recent being an easy 1-1/4 length victory over 1200 metres at Otaki on October 18.

   He will be opposed on Sunday by last season’s good two-year-old Touche, the well performed pair of Written Command and Golan Express, and the Matamata visitor Neutron Star.

   There are eight races programmed for Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, with the first timed for 1.20pm and the last at 5.18pm. There will be a gate charge of $10 for adults, with those under 18 years free.

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