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HASTINGS TRACKWORK 26 Nov 2015

 

   A fast 600-metre sprint by Yeager and a solid workout by the stablemates Edge Of Glory and Darci’s Day were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Yeager had apprentice jockey Rebecca Goldsbury aboard when he sped over 600 metres in 35.2s. The Octagonal six-year-old, formerly trained by Roydon Bergerson, is now in the stable of David Goldsbury and is gearing up for a race at Hastings on December 10.

   Edge Of Glory and Darci’s Day worked strongly together over 1000 metres in 1:2, the last 800 in 48.5 and final 600 in 36. Edge Of Glory is expected to start next at the Waipukurau meeting on December 6 while Darci’s Bay will be entered for the Hawke’s Bay meeting four days later.

   Kininmont rounded off his preparation for the Maiden 2040-metre race at Wanganui on Saturday by working in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre and speeding up slightly over the final 400 metres. He was timed to run the full 1000 metres in 1:13.9, the last 600 in 41.7. The big Gold Centre five-year-old looks ready to step up to a middle distance after two second placings at 1600 metres.

   My Tommy is another who ran a quick 600 metres when clocking 36.6s. He is a Towkay three-year-old out of Love Proposal, making him a half-brother to the Hawke’s Bay Cup winner The Veep.

   Chic, back in the Lowry/Cullen stable after a brief freshen up, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and was timed to run the last 800 metres in 56.6, the final 600 in 42.1 while Speed King did similar work on his own and ran his last 600 metres in 45.9.

   Satin Ridge, now in the stable of David Goldsbury, ran an easy 1000 metres in 1:17.1, the last 600 in 41.6 and was keen to go a lot faster. He is a very well bred son of Encosta de Lago.

   Cajun had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running 1000 metres in 1:6, running the first 400 in a leisurely 29.2s before quickening appreciably over the last 600 in 36.8.

   A Jimmy Choux two-year-old filly ran an easy 600 metres in 43.7 while an Alamosa three-year-old filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable ran 1000 metres in 1:8.2, running the first 400 at three-quarter pace and the last 600 in 39s.

   One Fine Day, another preparing for the Hawke’s Bay meeting on December 10, ran an easy 1000 metres in 1:16.3, the last 600 in 43 while Broadwalk was restricted to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600 in 44s.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 24 Nov 2015

Unbeaten filly Goodsav turned in a quick last 600 metres in trackwork at Hastings this morning as she prepares for Friday’s races at Otaki.

   The Patrick Campbell-trained three-year-old will either contest the Group 3 $70,000 Wellington Stakes (1600m) or the $25,000 Rating 75 race over 1600 metres at the Levin premier meeting at Otaki.

   Fast work at this morning’s session was restricted to the plough, which provided good footing.

   Goodsav looked to be travelling very strongly on the inside of Missy Moo at the end of their 1000-metre workout. They ran the first 400 metres in a leisurely 29.3s but then sprinted home the last 600 in an excellent 35.1.

   Goodsav made an impressive winning debut over 1200 metres at Woodville on October 15 and followed that up with another victory in a Rating 65 race over 1400 metres at Hastings earlier this month. Lisa Allpress has been booked to ride her again.

   Missy Moo, who is in the Sue Thompson and Mick Brown stable, will either start at Otaki on Friday or Wanganui the following day.

   Saint Kitt, preparing for the $30,000 Rating 85 race over 2300 metres at Otaki on Friday, was another who showed out at this morning’s trackwork session. The Keeper gelding finished ahead of stablemate Dukebox at the end of 1200 metres, running the first 600 in an easy 41.5 and then coming home the last 600 in a much quicker 38s.

   Saint Kitt looks to have trained on well since his last start win over 2200 metres at Ellerslie on Melbourne Cup day and will again be ridden by Vinnie Colgan this Friday. Dukebox will line up in the Rating 65 race over 2100 metres at the Levin meeting.

   Adventador worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:4.8, the last 600 in 37.7. He has freshened up well since finishing second over 1200 metres at Otaki last month and will attempt to record back-to-back wins in this Friday’s Listed $50,000 Levin Stakes (1200m).

   Kininmont, preparing for Saturday’s Wanganui meeting, also work on his own and ran 1000 metres in 1:6.4, the last 600 in 37.7.

   The Knight’s Queen was not hurried when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:11.9, the last 600 in 41.9 while One Fine Day ran an easy 800 metres in 57.6, the last 600 in 41.4.

   Razzle Dazzle Man, a full-brother to Beautiful Man, clocked 1:7.8 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 37.6 while a Starcraft-Irish Belle four-year-old gelding ran an easy 600 metres in 44.6. They are both in the Lowry/Cullen stable.

   Yeager worked in from the 1200-metre peg at three-quarter pace and quickened over the last 600 in 38 while Miss Drama Queen did similar work and ran home her last 600 metres in 38.6.

 

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 19 Nov 2015

   Several members of John Bary’s team recorded quick times at this morning’s Hastings track session with one of the most impressive being the two-year-old Hugo The Boss.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing and was conducive to fast times.

   Hugo The Boss finished several lengths clear of stablemate Sheza Choux at the end of a quick 800 metres in 47.8, the first 200 metres taking 12.1s and the final 600 in 35.7.

   Hugo The Boss is a Stratum colt who was a $100,000 purchase from this year’s Karaka yearling sales. He has had one start for an impressive 2-3/4 length win over 1000 metres at Tauherenikau on October 8 and is being aimed at the Karaka Million at Ellerslie at the end of January next year.

   Last start winner Docket and Tiger Tim ran a strong 1000 metres together in 1:3.1, the last 600 in 35.4 and both horses looked to be hitting out well at the finish.  Docket broke through for a deserved maiden  win over 1560 metres at Rotorua on November 5 while Tiger Tim has been freshened since finishing fifth over 2000 metres at Hastings on October 3.

   Gold Moet, entered for the Rating 75 race over 1400 metres at Awapuni on Saturday, had trainer Sue Thompson aboard when working in at three-quarter pace from the 1000 metre peg, speeding up over the last 800 in 53.3 and final 600 in 38.3. He has an outside draw to overcome on Saturday.

   Xcuses Xcuses looked to be travelling better then Lenin The Brown at the end of 1000 metres in 1:4, the last 600 in 36.6 while Darci’s Dream ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:8.4, the last 600 in 38.7.

   Notionannagins and Kuratau, two others in the Bary stable, worked in from the 1200-metre peg together and were timed to run the last 1000 metres in 1:5.1, the final 600 in 36.9.

   Hunta Pence, a No Excuse Needed three-year-old owned and trained by Butch Thomas, worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:3.8, the last 600 in 36.2 while  Cajun ran home the last 600 metres of her work in 37.4.

   A Tavistock four-year-old mare trained by Corrina McDougal was not hurried when running 800 metres in 55.9.

 

Zabeel Classic next for Addictive Habit 18 Nov 2015

   The Group 1 $200,000 Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day is the next big assignment for Hawke’s Bay bred and owned Addictive Habit, who is fast gaining a cult following in this country.

   The Colombia six-year-old brought up the 11th win of his outstanding career when he scored back-to-back wins in the Group 2 $230,000 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile on the middle day of this year’s New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton and is now being admired nationally for his strength and tremendous will to win.

   Addictive Habit had to lump topweight of 59.5kg in this year’s Coupland’s Mile and drew one from the outside in the 1600-metre feature. Normally a horse that likes to race close to the front, he was outpaced in the early stages and back second last starting the last 800 metres.

   At that stage he looked a forlorn hope of filling a place let alone winning. Rider Sam Spratt, trainer Lee Somervell and the horse’s Hawke’s Bay breeder and part-owner Isabell Roddick all feared the horse was struggling to hit out freely on the firm ground badly or had gone amiss.

   “At the 800 (metres) I thought I was gone for all money,” Spratt said afterwards.

   Addictive Habit started to pick up soon after but, even with the winning post in sight, Spratt thought she had no chance of winning.

   “I thought we were only going to run third or fourth but that last 100 metres he really put in,” she said.

   Lee Somervell and Isabell Roddick watched the race together in the Riccarton grandstand.

   “When the horse was so far back I thought there was something wrong with him or he had jarred up badly and Lee put his binoculars down and said he thought he had no chance of picking them up from there,” Roddick said this week.

   But pick them up he did. Just when Ringo and jockey Opie Bosson looked to have the race won after forging past pacemaker Allez Eagle, Addictive Habit seemed to find another gear and got up in the last stride to snatch a half-head victory.

   “I could see him starting to run on and thought he might run fourth or fifth but he really got going the last bit. It was very exciting,” Roddick added.

   She then got to help lead Addictive Habit back to the winner’s stall, just as she did when the horse won the corresponding race last year, but in the absence of husband Graham.

   “Graham had to stay home as we had mares due to foal,” she said.

   Illness prevented Isabell Roddick from being on course when Addictive Habit achieved Group 1 winning status when taking out the $250,000 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings on October 3 but she has rarely missed seeing the horse race. She rates his last two victories, at Hastings and Riccarton, as two of the highlights of her life-long involvement in the thoroughbred industry.

   Roddick said she caught up with a number of friends while in Christchurch last week and was surprised by how many people actually followed Addictive Habit and how much interest he had created.

   “I’ve got a group of friends that wouldn’t normally bet on races but they have opened up a TAB account and back him in every start he has,” she said.

   Isabell and Graham Roddick bred Addictive Habit from the now deceased mare Chasing The Habit and race him in partnership with Graham’s sister Anne and her husband Colin Scott, Hayden and Leone Nicholas, Bill O’Brien and Keith and Meryl Treadaway. He has now won them in excess of $760,000 in stakemoney.

   The group of owners have turned down two invites to race Addictive Habit in Hong Kong later this year and are instead quite happy to see him race in New Zealand and Australia in the future.

   “Lee has placed the horse so well. He’s now giving him a freshen up and then wants to set him for the Zabeel Classic,” Isabell Roddick said.

   The Zabeel Classic is a weight-for-age race run over 2000 metres at Ellerslie and was won last year by Soriano.

    Although Chasing The Habit is deceased the Roddicks have three close relations to Addictive Habit coming on, all descending from the family of the champion Rough Habit.

   Change Of Habit, a half-sister to Addictive Habit by Four Seasons, has left a four-year-old gelding by Zed called Rich Habit that the Roddicks have in work with Somervell. He has won two jumpouts and shows promise.

   Queen’s Habit, who is a grand-daughter of Rough Habit’s dam Certain Habit, has just produced her first foal, a colt by Highly Recommended while another grand-daughter, the Mellifont mare Special Habit, is due to foal to Colombia.

   The Roddicks are also standing the stallion Citi Habit, a half-brother to Rough Habit, at their Montana Lodge Stud. The son of Citidancer was the winner of six races including the Group 3 Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni and Group 3 Chairmans Handicap (2020m) in Queensland and also finished second in the 2001 Group 1 Brisbane Cup (3200m). He is standing at a fee of $1000 plus GST.

 

No Change gets the money          

   Hastings trainer Paul Nelson was pleasantly surprised when his talented galloper No Change made a return to winning form at last week’s Manawatu meeting at Awapuni.

   No Change went into the 2200-metre Rating 75 race having had just two 1600-metre lead up races this campaign and Nelson thought the horse may have been vulnerable.

   “He had had half a run first up over 1600 at Hawera and then ran fourth over 1600 at Otaki and I thought 2200 metres could have been a bit too far, especially if they went hard,” Nelson said this week.

   “Fortunately they didn’t go very hard early on at all and it was just a sprint home and that suited him.”

   It was No Change’s fourth win from 27 starts and he has also recorded four seconds and three thirds. The Shinko King seven-year-old was bred by Nelson and his wife Carol from the mare Grosveness, who has been a prolific producer.

   The Grosvenor mare died earlier this year but has also left four other good performers from the Nelson stable in Ho Down (8 wins), No Cash (7 wins), No Governance (3 wins) and No Credit (2 wins).

   The Nelsons now have an unraced three-year-old gelding by Mettre En Jeu out of Grosveness coming on.

   No Change is likely to have his next start at either Otaki next Friday or Wanganui the following day.

   “There is a Rating 85 race over 2300 metres at the Levin meeting at Otaki or a Rating 75 2060-metre race at Wanganui on the Saturday,” Nelson said.

 

Asthma attack

   Ruakaka trainer Donna Logan attributes Volkstok’n’barrell’s loss of form at this year’s Melbourne spring carnival to an asthmatic complaint.

    Expectations were high for the four-year-old at the spring carnival after an autumn that featured a Group 1 victory over Preferment in the Rosehill Guineas and Group 1 placings behind Mongolian Khan in both the New Zealand Derby and Australian Derby.

   But the Tavistock gelding failed to make an impact in half a dozen starts in Melbourne and he returned home following his unplaced run in the Caulfield Cup.

   “He’s lived all his life with plenty of fresh air off the ocean here at Ruakaka,” said Logan, who prepares the four-year-old with Chris Gibbs.

   “He went from a clean environment to a box in Melbourne and all that dust there so it makes some sense. It’s a very uncommon thing and the vets have treated him and in six to eight weeks he should be cleared.

   “The Christmas racing will come up too soon for him. We’ll just wait, but we will be looking overseas again with him at some stage.”

 

Hasselhoof to resume

   Unbeaten four-year-old Hasselhoof is expected to make a return to the racetrack next month.

   “He’ll run at Ellerslie in the middle of December and we’ll assess things after that,” trainer Donna Logan said. “He looks a million dollars.”

   Hasselhoof has won all four of his starts on his home track, culminating with a Rating 85 victory in September in his first attempt over a middle distance.

   The son of Tavistock won his debut by 1-3/4 lengths over 1400 metres in June and then bolted in by 11 lengths when stepped up to Rating 65 grade over 1600 metres at his second start that same month. He was then given a brief freshen up before winning again over 1600 metres when stepped up to Rating 75 grade and his last start success was over 2100 metres.

 

Soriano in foal

   Soriano, winner of last Saturday’s Group 2 Tauranga Stakes, has been confirmed in foal to Pins and will back up at Avondale tomorrow.

   The dual Group 1 winner will chase another Group 2 success in the weight-for-age $100,000 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1400m).

   She is then likely to head to Trentham for the Goup1 $200,000 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) on December 5 and later defend her Group 1 titles in the $200,000 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and the $300,000 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa in February before retirement.

 

Barman’s bonus

   Who Shot Thebarman’s New Zealand owners celebrated a bonus windfall with the stayer’s runaway victory in last Saturday’s Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) in Victoria.

   Not only did the Chris Waller-trained seven-year-old bolt away with the first prize of $A180,000 at the weekend, he also earned brothers Dan, Humphrey, Michael and Shaun an extra $A100,000.

   The six figure bonus was on offer to any Group 1 Caulfield Cup runner that went on to win the weight-for-age feature on the Sandown-Hillside course.

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Stakes races planned for exciting filly Goodsav 12 Nov 2015

   Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell has two Group 3 races in mind for the exciting three-year-old filly Goodsav before she goes out for a summer spell.

   The daughter of Savabeel turned in another exceptional winning performance at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, her second victory from as many starts.

   “At this stage she will go to the Wellington Stakes at Otaki on November 27 and that will lead in nicely to the Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni on December 12,” Campbell said this week.

   “There is a slight chance, if the field was very strong for the Wellington Stakes, that she could run in the Rating 75 race over 1400 at Otaki that day instead.”

   The Group 3 $70,000 Wellington Stakes (1600m) was formerly run at Trentham but transferred to Otaki last year with the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) moved from Otaki to Trentham.

   The Group 3 $70,000 Eulogy Stakes is also run over 1600 metres and is part of the New Zealand Three-year-old Filly of the Year series.

    Campbell prepared the outstanding racemare Burletta to win the 1983 running of the Eulogy Stakes on her way to being crowned champion three-year-old filly for the 1983-84 season.

    Burletta won 16 races from the Campbell stable and recorded five wins in a row in the spring and summer of 1983. She took out the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton, a Class 1 1400-metre race at Woodville, the Group 2 Bayer Classic (1600m) at Otaki, the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni and the Group 3 Ladies Mile (1600m) at Ellerslie.

   Goodsav has a long way to go before she can be spoken in the same breath as Burletta but she has certainly impressed in her two starts to date. She made a winning debut in a 1200-metre maiden at Woodville on October 15, where she was positioned three-back on the inside until the home turn and had to change ground a couple of times before forcing her way through a narrow gap along the rails to win by half a length.

   In last Sunday’s 1400-metre Rating 65 race at Hastings Goodsav again got awkwardly placed down on the inside coming to the home turn. Jockey Lisa Allpress had to extricate her out of a tight position and, after losing momentum, set off after the leaders. The filly quickly accelerated to the front but then wanted to lay in over the final stages and Allpress was on one rein trying to keep her on a straight line. She still had enough momentum to get up and win by half a length.

   Campbell said Allpress told him later that the horse got lost when she got to the front ant start stargazing.

   The fact that Goodsav has won her two races on raw ability and still has a lot to learn augers well for her racing future.

   “She normally does things right and she is a pretty athletic filly,” Campbell said.

   “She’s not overly big but she should fill out a bit more.”

   Goodsav was bred at Waikato Stud and is by Savabeel out of the Pins mare Millililli. She was offered for sale at the Select session of the 2014 Karaka yearling sales but was passed in for $17,500. She is now raced by the Goodfellas Syndicate, a group of mainly Wellington and Horowhenua men that includes Otaki bloodstock agent Phill Cataldo and well known Trentham thoroughbred owner-trainer Ron Cunningham. The syndicate is managed by Wellington-based Selwyn Baker.

   Goodsav’s win in the last race at Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting completed a notable double for trainer Patrick Campbell as he also produced In Another Life to take out the second to last event, a Maiden race over 1400 metres.

   In Another Life was having his ninth start and certainly deserved the win after several unlucky runs in the past. Jockey Lisa Allpress took bad luck out of the equation this time by taking the horse straight to the front and he kept up a strong gallop to the line to win by three-quarters of a length.

   “He’s a horse that has been plagued by bad luck in most of his starts so it was good to see him finally get a result,” Campbell said.

   In Another Life is a three-year-old gelding by Per Incanto out of the Danasinga mare La Singa. He was co-bred by Campbell in partnership with another Hawke’s Bay man, Ron Spotswood, and is now raced by his trainer in partnership with Ashburton’s Norm Stewart and Luke Walding from Wellington.

   In Another Life is the second foal out of La Singa. The first was a filly by Thewayyouare called Kaybebe who was unraced and sold on as a broodmare.

   Campbell is now breeding from the La Singa on his own and has a yearling filly by Handsome Ransom coming on and the mare foaled a full-brother to In Another Life last weekend.

   “He’s a nice looking colt too but, because the mare foaled so late, she won’t be mated this year,” he added.

 

Boost for Bary

   Hastings trainer John Bary’s quiet start to the 2015-16 racing season got a much needed boost when Docket broke through for a deserved win in a 1560-metre maiden race at the Rotorua meeting on Friday of last week.

   Bary was Hawke’s Bay’s top trainer last season with 22 wins but Docket brought up just his second success this term, the first being Hugo The Boss in a two-year-old race at Tauherenikau on October 8.

   The Bary stable has had a frustrating number of minor placings in recent weeks and Docket’s win last week followed a third and a second in his last two starts.

   Jockey Craig Grylls made the most of the horse’s number one barrier draw at Rotorua by hunting him out quickly and controlled things from the front. Docket was always travelling like a winner  and, after kicking clear at the top of the home straight, he held on well to score by 2-1/4 lengths.

   Docket is a four-year-old by Iffraaj out of Coupon and is owned by Hamilton supermarket proprietor Chris Grace. The horse was originally passed in for $18,000 at the 2013 Karaka yearling sales.

   Grace is best known as the former owner of the outstanding filly Anabandana, who recorded five wins, three seconds and a third when trained at Cambridge by Don Sellwood. The Anabaa filly’s victories included a Group 1 double as a two-year-old, in the Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie and Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni. She also finished second in the Group 2 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) as a three-year-old before being exported to Australia.

 

Road to glory

   The win by All Roads in a 1400-metre race at Avondale last week was a timely result for his Hawke’s Bay breeder Don Gordon, who will offer a half-sister to him at next January’s Karaka yearling sales.

   All Roads, a four-year-old by Road To Rock, was having his first start since July and got up in the last bound to snatch a half-head victory over the first starter Volts. It was his fourth race day appearance and followed a second and two fourths from his first three runs.

   Gordon bred All Roads out of the Dance Floor mare Dancing Daze and originally sold him at the Karaka yearling sales for $40,000 before buying a quarter-share back. The other owners include the horse’s Te Kauwhata trainer Tony Cole.

  Dancing Daze was the winner of six races including the Group 2 Grosvenor Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie and the Listed Levin Stakes (1400m) at Otaki. She is now dead but has also left a winner in Australia and Gordon will offer a Per Incanto filly out of her at the Select session at January’s Karaka yearling sales.

   Don Gordon has been breeding thoroughbreds since 1954 and sold his first yearling in 1956. That horse went on to on debut at the old Feilding racecourse.

  

Hip surgery for Walker

   Former champion New Zealand jockey Michael Walker will undergo hip surgery next month.

   The Melbourne-based rider, who has formed a successful association with the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig stable, has opted to have a ceramic joint replacement.

   "If they used titanium, it would mean I wouldn’t be able to ride again,” Walker said.

   "Even David Hayes said, who knows people that have had it done, that I won’t know myself when it’s done because I’ll be pain free.”

   Walker’s spring highlight has been his association with the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes winner Criterion, who he also rode into second in the Group 1 Cox Plate and third in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup.

 

Tinsley plans a return

   Hayden Tinsley is aiming to be back in the saddle before Christmas after suffering multiple injuries in a recent fall on his home track.

   The Palmerston North jockey suffered five fractured ribs and concussion  when he fell from Figurac after the finish of the closing event at the Feilding Gold Cup meeting on November 31.

   “There were two or three of us that ran out of room and my horse lost its hind-quarters,” Tinsley said. “I came off the side and the horse came down on top of me.

   “Hopefully, I’ll be back by mid-December but I’ve got my weight to worry about as well.”

   The multiple Group 1-winning jockey’s opportunities have long been restricted by weight problems.

   “I can’t be as active as I would normally be so I’m going to have to watch it,” he said.

Tyne Cot shows out at Hastings jumpouts 10 Nov 2015

The well performed Tyne Cot provided the star turn at jumpouts held at the Hastings track this morning.

   There were four heats held up against the running rail on the course proper, which provided firm footing.

   Tyne Cot contested the last heat, over 1000 metres. He was only opposed by two others and was not extended when winning by a head from Notionannagins, with Ooee 1-3/4 lengths behind the first two. The winning time was 1:2.8.

   Trainer Neil Connors was happy with Tyne Cot’s hit out, his first serious test since he won the Listed Matamata Cup (1600m) on October 10. He is now aiming the horse at the $25,000 Open handicap over 1500 metres at the Rangitikei meeting at Awapuni on November 21.

   Notionannagins also turned in a pleasing performance for a horse that is only a one race winner.

   Hunta Pence clocked a time almost two seconds quicker than Tyne Cot when taking out the other 1000-metre heat. The No Excuse Needed three-year-old is trained by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown and got up in the last couple of strides to head off Revolution by a head, with an Iffraaj-Royal Money three-year-old gelding 3-1/2 lengths back in third. The winner’s time was a quick 60.99s.

   Darci’s Day won the second of two 750-metre heats in a close three-way finish. The Darci Brahma five-year-old got the decision by a neck from a Towkay three-year-old gelding, with a Volksraad three-year-old filly only a nose away in third.

   Darci’s Day’s winning time was 44.7s. He was unplaced in one start for trainer John Bary in June of this year and is now being prepared by Kylie Wakely.

   Only two horses contested the other 750-metre heat where the more experienced Lenin The Brown managed to just edge out an O’Reilly two-year-old colt in a time of 47.7s.

Results.-

Heat 1, 750m: Lenin The Brown (R Goldsbury) 1, O’Reilly 2yr-old colt 2. Two starters. Margin: Nose. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Darci’s Day (R Dever) 1, Towkay 3yr-old gelding 2, Volksraad 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Neck, Nose. Time: 44.7s. Winner trained by Kylie Wakely, Hastings.

Heat 3, 1000m: Hunta Pence (R Goldsbury) 1, Revolution 2, Iffraaj-Royal Money 3yr-old gelding 3. Three starters. Margins: Head, 3-1/2 lengths. Time: 60.99s. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Mick Brown, Hastings.

Heat 4, 1000m: Tyne Cot (C Roughan) 1, Notionannagins 2, Ooee 3. Three starters. Margins: Head, 1-3/4 lengths. Time: 1:2.8. Winner trained by Neil Connors, Woodville.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 5 Nov 2015

   A fast final 800 metres by Is Possible and Edge Of Glory and a good 600-metre sprint by Ratpack were the highlights in a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing after 26 millimetres of rain fell yesterday.

   Is Possible and Edge Of Glory worked in from the 1000-metre peg and were timed to run the last 800 in a quick 49.5, the last 600 in 36.6.

   Is Possible was a good last start second over 1600 metres at Woodville on Labour Day and will line up in the Maiden 1600 at this Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting while Edge Of Glory is entered for the Rating 65 race over 1400 metres at the same meeting.

   Ratpack had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when sprinting 600 metres in 35.9. His form credentials don’t look good on paper but he was blocked for a run in the home straight at Awapuni last start and is entered for the Maiden 2100-metre race at Hastings on Sunday.

   His stablemate Miss Drama Queen clocked 1:9.5 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 37.4. She is entered for two races at Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting but is likely to contest the Maiden 1600.

   A Volksraad three-year-old filly in Patrick Campbell’s stable clocked 51 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37.7 while One Fine Day ran an easy 600 metres in 40.3.

   Shezgorgeous ended her work with an easy 600 metres in 39.1. She is entered for the Rating 85 race over 1400 metres at Hastings on Sunday and the easing in track conditions will suit her.

   Waipatiki Girl was let of with just 600 metres at three-quarter pace, clocking 43.9. She is entered for the Rating 65 race over1400 metres.

 

 

Saint Kitt back to his best with Ellerslie win 5 Nov 2015

  Hastings trainer Kelly Burne has some big spring and summer plans for the talented stayer Saint Kitt following his return to winning form at Tuesday’s Auckland meeting.

   Burne is hopeful that this season will be the horse’s best and has races like the Waikato Cup, City Of Auckland Cup and Avondale Cup on the six-year-old’s agenda.

   “I think this will be a big year for the horse,” Burne said this week.

   Saint Kitt was having his fourth start in a new campaign when he scored a neck win in a $30,000 Rating 85 race over 2200 metres at Ellerslie on Tuesday, following a second over 2100 metres at Otaki on October 17.

   Burne decided to send the horse north after he was balloted out of last Saturday’s Listed Feilding Cup (2100m) at Awapuni.

  “The horse went up to Auckland on Monday and was stabled at Shaun Clotworthy’s place at Byerley Park,” Burne said.

   “I flew up on the day of the race and back home that night so I have to thank Shaun and his staff for looking after the horse for me and getting him to the races.”

   Saint Kitt was aided by a great ride from experienced jockey Vinnie Colgan, who settled the horse perfectly in the trail until the home turn and then managed to get the best out of him over the final stages to score by a neck from Smedley, with Gesemi a nose back in third place.

   Saint Kitt was notching his fourth win from 30 starts and has also recorded three seconds and a third. Burne is part of the syndicate that now races the horse, the other members being her partner Gavin Parker, Barry and Daphne Woodmass and Bob Atkinson from Napier, Hamilton racing journalist Tim Ryan and John Whittle, who lives in Whangamata.

    The syndicate is managed by John  Whittle and the horse raced in colours now owned by Gavin Parker, who spent several years working for the O’Sullivan family at Wexford Stables. It was first win as a racehorse owner.

   Saint Kitt was bred by prominent Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner Don Gordon and his son Jamie in partnership with Masterton’s Little Avondale Stud and is by Keeper out of the Kaapstad mare Southern Cry.

   It is a family that Gordon has had tremendous success with over many years and Saint Kitt traces back to Mun Lee, who was the New Zealand Three-year-old Filly of the Year in the 1977-78 season.

   Saint Kitt returned home to Burne’s Hastings stable immediately following Tuesday’s win and was back in his paddock that night.

   “He’s come through the race exceptionally well  but I’ll give him a quiet couple of days and then he will have 10 days on the water treadmill at Guy Lowry’s stables,” Burne said.

   She added that, being such a big heavy bodied horse, it is important to keep the pressure off his legs as much as possible and thus the water treadmill is ideal.

   Burne said Saint Kitt’s next start will be in another Rating 85 race over 2300 metres at Otaki on November 27.

   “If he runs in the first three in that race then we’ll have a go at the Waikato Cup and, if he goes okay again there, then we might look at the City Of Auckland Cup,” Burne said.

   The Waikato Cup is run at Te Rapa on December 12 while the City of Auckland Cup is at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day. Both races are run over 2400 metres.

   Saint Kitt has certainly shown a liking for the Ellerslie track. The horse finished fourth there as a three-year-old in the New Zealand Derby (2400m) and was also sixth in last year’s Auckland Cup (3200m).

   Burne is now breaking in a two-year-old half-brother to Saint Kitt, by Darci Brahma, which has just been gelded.

   “He is in the same mould as Saint Kitt but not as big as him so he might get to the races a bit earlier than he did,” Burne added.

 

NZ-bred wins Melbourne Cup

   Prince Of Penzance became the 24th New Zealand-bred winner of the Melbourne Cup in the past 50 years when the horse proved too good for an international field in southern hemisphere’s greatest race on Tuesday.

   The staying prowess of New Zealand horses is what attracts Queensland
bloodstock agent John Foote to the Karaka sales each year in his search for a top-class staying prospect.

   He picked out the son of Pentire from Rich Hill Stud’s draft at the premier session in 2011 and paid $50,000 for him.

   “New Zealand has always produced great stayers and still does,” commented Foote. “There is great value to be found as well, across all three yearling sales."

   Prince Of Penzance was at odds of 64 to one in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup and  repelled the international challenge, with his rider Michelle Payne becoming the first woman to win the Flemington feature.

   He became the 13th individual Group 1 winner for Rich Hill’s foundation stallion Pentire and is out of the Mr Prospector mare Royal Successor. He was bred by the stud’s owner John Thompson in partnership with Katsumi Yoshida of Northern Farm, Japan.

   “We established a breeding partnership with them when we got Jungle Pocket here,” Thompson said. “I went to Japan to look at a number of mares that came back to Rich Hill.

   “When Jungle Pocket couldn’t come back here because of the EI (equine influenza) outbreak, I suggested to Mr Yoshida that Royal Successor should go to Pentire and he agreed.”

   Rich Hill Stud will be offering a full-brother to Prince Of Penzance at next January’s Karaka yearling sales.

 

Mongolian Khan on the mend

   Mongolian Khan is now making a good recovery from a severe bout of colic that forced the horse to miss Tuesday’s $A6.5million Melbourne Cup.

   The four-year-old was back to eating normally on Wednesday and will soon be well enough to return home to the Cambridge stable of trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

   Baker remains philosophical, despite the disappointment of having to miss the chance at Melbourne Cup glory.

   He said the immediate future was all about the stallion’s recovery and longer-term he had Sydney autumn carnival hopes for the top class four-year-old.

   “It’s an up and down game, you’ve got to take it and move on. He won’t be rushed back to the races this spring.”

 

Group race aim for Rasa Lila
   Rasa Lila, an impressive winner at Ellerslie on Tuesday, is likely to get an opportunity to make her mark at black type level later this month.
   Her connections gave serious thought to running the five-year-old in Tuesday’s Group 3 Sofitel Luxury Hotels Stakes before opting for the softer option of the Carbine Club Trophy (1600m).
   Rasa Lila duly came from last in the running to claim the handicap in her first appearance in the open grade and she is now likely to progress toward the Group 3 $100,000 Counties Cup (2100m) at Avondale on November 21.
   A three-year-old winner in Melbourne when trained by David Hayes, Rasa Lila is now continuing her progression for co-breeder and owner Sir Peter Vela in the Maungatautari stable of Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie.

 

Otaki next for The Bold One
   Talented sprinter The Bold One will start next in the Listed Levin Stakes at Otaki on November 27.

   The Fastnet Rock entire won well at Hastings fresh-up this term, but was below his best when finishing fifth, as a $2.50 favourite, in a Rating 85 1200m at Trentham a fortnight ago.

   Trainer Allan Sharrock has been unable to find a reason for the horse’s Trentham run. “His blood is good and there were no excuses,” he said.

 

Bridgman lending a hand

   A Kiwi connection is playing a part in Pondarosa Miss’ Melbourne spring carnival programme.

   The Peter Hollinshead-prepared mare is being stabled at the Pakenham property of former Matamata trainer Jason Bridgman. She arrived in Australia on Wednesday of last week and will contest the Group 2 $A300,000 Matriarch Stakes on the last day of the Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington tomorrow.

   The High Chaparral mare, who is the winner of five races from only 21 starts, has drawn barrier 13 in the 2000-metre event and will be ridden by Melbourne-based jockey Dwayne Dunn.

 

Former great to be honoured
   A champion of yesteryear will be remembered at Ellerslie on Auckland Cup day next year.

   The Group1 New Zealand Stakes on March 12 will be named in memory of the great Bonecrusher, who was the first horse to win $1 million in New Zealand.

   “It’s a privilege for the ARC to associate with the Mitchell family to honour such a champion in Bonecrusher,” chief executive Cameron George said.

   Trained by Frank Ritchie, Bonecrusher won nine Group 1 races with three of them at Ellerslie and a memorial is to be erected there in his honour. One of his greatest wins was in the New Zealand Derby (2400m) on the Ellerslie track.

 

Sydney autumn carnival filly’s target
   Talented filly Sofia Rosa is due back in Stephen Marsh’s Cambridge stable next week.

   A dashing first-up win at Hastings in August earned her a trip to Sydney where she performed creditably to finish sixth in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes and seventh in the Group1 Flight Stakes.

   Sofia Rosa returned home for a month’s break with the Sydney autumn carnival her long-term goal.

 

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 4 Nov 2015

   A fast last 800 metres by Kipkeino and a solid workout by Kininmont were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Kipkeino had trainer Lucy de Lautour when working in from about the 1200-metre peg and clapped on the pace over the last 800 metres in 48.9, the last 600 in 35.9. The Sunray gelding finished at the tail of the field over 2100 metres at Otaki last start but that was on a good-3 track and he had finished third over 2500 metres on a dead track at Hastings before that.

   Kininmont, who went a much improved race for second at Woodville last week, showed he has trained on the right way since by running a solo 1000 metres in 1:7.9, the last 600 in 38.6. He is likely to start next in the Maiden 1600-metre race at Hastings next Sunday.

   Yeager is another who worked well over 1000 metres on his own, clocking 1:9.9 for the full distance and quickening over the last 600 in 37. He disappointed over 1400 metres at Woodville last week but that followed a good third over the same distance at Tauherenikau.

   Havataste, another trained by Lucy de Lautour, worked in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:7.1, running the first 400 metres at three-quarter pace and then quickening over the last 600 in 37. He deserves to break through for a maiden win after recording two seconds, a third and a fourth from his last four starts.

   Satin Ridge, now in David Goldsbury’s stable, went 1000 metres on his own and was timed to run the last 600 in 37.8 while Waipatiki Girl and an Iffraaj three-year-old worked together over 1000 metres in 1:9.5, the last 600 in 38.

   Speed King worked over a round, starting off at three-quarter pace and quickening slightly over the last 800 metres in 54.4 and final 600 in 40.5.

   Revolution looked to be working well at the finish of an easy 800 metres in 55.8, the last 600 in 40.7 while a Towkay three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg and ran home the last 600 in 42.5.

   Grenade, back in work with Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, ran an easy 1000 metres on his own in 1:14.1, the last 600 in 40.7.

 

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