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Hastings winners now headed for stakes race 15 Nov 2018

Hastings stables are now likely to have two good chances in the Group 3 $70,000 Wellington Stakes at Otaki at the end of this month following results from last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Trainer John Bary has the 1600m feature on the agenda for Miss Labasa, who made it two wins from two starts with another impressive win in a Rating 65 race over 1600m. New Hastings trainer Lee Somervell said he would also like to give the talented three-year-old Yossarian a chance in the black type event after he broke through for an emphatic maiden victory over 1300m.

   Miss Labasa is rated very highly by Bary, who has the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham in March next year as the long range goal for the filly.

   “We have always thought a lot of the horse and we’ve been patient with her,” Bary said.

   “I think she’s pretty smart and the aim is the Oaks but she’ll run next in the Wellington Stakes at Otaki on November 30.”

   Not many horses win next up after a maiden victory and even less are unbeaten after two starts but Miss Labasa has now done both.

   The Swiss Ace filly only won by a long neck in the final event at Hastings but showed she still has a lot to learn and will only get better with more experience. She bounced away quickly from the number one barrier draw to lead going into the first bend before jockey Johnathan Parkes managed to restrain her to trail third on the fence.

   She then became unbalanced and lost momentum making the bend at the 800 metres but Parkes quickly got her back into full stride and had her camped behind the leaders coming to the home turn.

   The in-form rider angled her into the clear rounding the bend and she shot to the front but then started to stargaze and he had to make her concentrate before she finally pinned her ears back and showed a great will to win to surge clear in the final stages.

   Miss Labasa is owned by Auckland’s Narendra Balia, who has been a long time client of the John Bary stable, and he paid $30,000 for the filly at the select session of the 2017 Karaka yearling sales. She is a half-sister to the stakes placed Starvoia while her second dam is the South Australian Oaks winner Dowry.

   Balia also has horses in other stables and is the owner of the highly talented Demonatization, who has recorded three wins and two minor placings from the Pukekohe stable of Nigel Tiley. He also raced the speedy mare Madhuri Dixit, who won six races when trained by Frank Ritchie.


More success for HB couple

   Hastings couple John and Colleen Duncan have raced some very good gallopers in the past and they look to have another one in the making in Yossarian.

   The promising three-year-old gelding followed up a fast finishing debut third over 1300m at Woodville last month with a decisive win in a 1300m maiden race at Hastings last Saturday, crediting trainer Lee Somervell with his second success from his new Hastings base.

   The Duncans have raced horses for many years, with the best of them being the Group 1 winner Fleur de Lune. They bred and owned the Stravinsky mare in partnership with the late Ada Parnwell and she won them six races including the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day in 2013.

   Yossarian is a half-brother to Fleur de Lune, by Rip Van Winkle.

   The dam of both horses was the Kaapstad mare Kapsjoy, who is now deceased but also left the winners Saragarhi (four wins), Kapsboy (six wins), Anna Kaye (1 win), and Stradivarius (3 wins).

   The Duncans are now breeding from Fleur de Lune and a colt by Per Incanto out of the mare sold to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $370,000 at this year’s Karaka yearling sales. She is now in foal to Per Incanto again.

   The offers have also been coming in for Yossarian but the Duncans are quite happy to continue racing the horse at this stage.

   “We’ll see what happens in the future. I think he could be a real good horse and we might look at racing him in Australia at some stage and keep a share in him,” John Duncan said.

   “He’s still got a fair bit to learn and will be a better horse next year and I think he’ll get over more ground too because he relaxes so well in a race.”

   Trainer Lee Somervell also has a high opinion of Yossarian, so much so that he now intends lining the horse up in the Group 3 $70,000 Wellington Stakes (1600m) at Otaki on November 30.

   “I think he’s a pretty smart horse and I’ll just keep him ticking over until then. I know he’ll be up against a strong field but they are only three once,” Somervell said.


Impressive maiden winner

   Hastings-trained Atlanta Peach cleared maiden ranks in style at last week’s Otaki meeting, scoring by 4-1/4 lengths over 1600m.

   The four-year-old Bullbars mare, prepared from the stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, was following up a debut second over 1200m at Woodville last month and had also won a 1000m jumpout at Hastings at the beginning of October.

   Jockey Tony Allan bounced Atlanta Peach out quickly from the barrier at Otaki and soon had her sitting outside the leaders. He then bided his time until the home turn before asking the mare to extend and, when he did, she quickly took control before racing clear in the final stages for a dominant victory.

   Atlanta Peach is owned by Cambridge’s Tony Rider, a long time client of the Lowry/Cullen stable.

   The mare is out of the Clay Hero mare Flame Of Atlanta and a half-sister to Khimar War, who was a two-year-old winner at Riccarton earlier this year. It is also the family of What Can I Say, whose eight wins included the Group 2 AJC Warwick Stakes in Sydney.


Counties Cup contender

   In-form Hastings galloper Peso showed he is now on target for the Group 3 $100,000 Counties Cup tomorrow week with a strong exhibition gallop between races at last Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The big Colombia seven-year-old had Rosie Myers aboard when working in from the 1200m peg on the course proper, running the first 600m in 39.1s before quickening over the last 600 in 35.5s.

   He looked full of running at the finish and has obviously thrived since his gallant last start win in the Listed Jakkalberry Classic (1950m) at Rotorua on October 20.

   Peso, who is trained by Paul Nelson and raced by him and his wife Carol, has been a model of consistency this year with his 10 starts since April resulting in three wins, two seconds and three thirds. He has won six races in total and has been successful on both left-handed and right-handed tracks.


Savvy Coup transferred to Waller

   Top New Zealand mare Savvy Coup has remained in Australia and is to be transferred to the Sydney stable of Chris Waller.

   The Savabeel mare was prepared by Michael and Matthew Pitman to win last season’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks and the Group 1 Livamol Classic at Hastings in October. That form led to a Melbourne spring campaign but she was unplaced in both the Cox Plate and last Saturday’s Matriarch Stakes.

   Savvy Coup, who is owned by long-time Pitman stable clients the Bruford and Coupland families, was tentatively booked on a return flight to Christchurch yesterday, but she will now be transported to New South Wales pending the confirmation of future racing plans.

   “We had a long discussion between the owners and Diane, Matthew and I and we agreed that Australia is where her future belongs,” Michael Pitman said.

   “She will be far easier to place over there and there are so many opportunities for a mare of her calibre.

   “I think it’s the right decision, its times like this that you can’t have your cake and eat it too. I’ve got huge respect for Chris Waller and his operation, there’s none better anywhere and I’m sure he’ll do the right thing by her and her owners.”


Walker’s 500th Singapore win

   Two-time Singapore champion trainer Mark Walker came up trumps at Kranji last Sunday when he produced former European galloper Elite Invincible to take out the rich S$1.35 million Singapore Gold Cup (2000m).

   Superbly handled by Benny Woodworth, the four-year-old gelding capitalised on a rails run in the home straight to dash clear before holding out the gallant challenge of topweight Circuit Land by a head in a desperate finish.

   The win in the country’s richest and most prestigious domestic race was also the 500th winner for Walker in Singapore.

   The Matamata horseman relocated to Singapore in 2010 and is currently sitting fourth on the trainers’ premiership headed by Lee Freedman.


   Satu Lagi rounded off his preparation for Thursday’s Awapuni meeting with a good solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Satu Lagi worked over 800m in 51.8, running the first 200m in an easy 14.4 before increasing the speed over the last 600 in 37.4. The Per Incanto three-year-old looked full of running at the finish and should be a good chance in the Rating 65 race over 1200m. In-form jockey Johnathan Parkes has been booked to ride him.

   Hunta Pence, a stablemate of Satu Lagi, was let off with an easy 600m in 42.1 and he also looked to be striding out well. He will contest the Open 1550m race at Awapuni on Thursday where talented apprentice Wiremu Pinn has been booked to ride him and will claim a 3kg allowance.

   Nedwin, one from the Lowry/Cullen stable, was kept under a good hold when running 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 40.9 while Awapuni entrant One Prize One Goal was restricted to just slow pacework in the centre. He went a much improved race for second at Awapuni last start and contests the Rating 65 1600 there on Thursday.

   An Echoes Of Heaven three-year-old gelding and one by Showcasing, two others in the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000m and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 41 while Matt Kane clocked 43.2 for 600m.


A Per Incanto three-year-old gelding from the stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen was the most impressive of the winners at today’s Hastings jumpouts.

   There were five heats run up against the inside rail on the course proper, which provided dead footing.

   The Per Incanto gelding contested one of the 1000-metre heats and cruised to an easy 2 length win in the hands of jockey Tony Allan. The winning time of 1:03, was 1.5s faster than the other 1000m heat.

   It was the Per Incanto gelding’s second jumpout and followed a good second in an 850m heat at Waipukurau last month.

   The other 1000m heat was taken out by a Showcasing three-year-old gelding owned and trained by Hastings veterinarian Richard McKenzie. He was also ridden by Tony Allan and scored comfortably by a length in a time of 1:04.5.

   The Showcasing gelding is out of the stakes winning Grosvenor mare Emerald, who included a Manawatu Cup and an Awapuni Gold Cup among her six wins. She also finished second to Miss Bailey in the 1999 Group 1 Wellington Cup.



Heat 1, 750m: Cinzento (D Bussey) 1, Rip Van Winkle 2yr-old filly 2, Saperavi 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Long neck, 1-1/4 lengths. Time: 45.9s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: If Only I Knew (K Hercock) 1, The Puketapu Lad 2, Niagara 2yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Head, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 45.4s. Winner trained by Kate Hercock, Hastings.

Heat 3, 1000m: Per Incanto 3yr-old gelding (T Allan) 1, Bella 2, Ekraar-Nichiyobi 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: 2 lengths, 2-1/4 lengths. Time: 1:03. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 4, 1000m: Showcasing-Emerald 3yr-old gelding (T Allan) 1, La Tourneau 2, Raise The Flag 3yr-old gelding 3. Three starters. Margins: 1 Length, 1 length. Time: 1:04.5. Winner trained by Richard McKenzie, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1200m: Sincerity (T Allan) 1, Gottasecret 2, Fastnet Rock 3yr-old gelding 3. Three starters. Margins: 3 lengths, 5 lengths. Time: 1:16.6. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.




   Lady Guinness, preparing for Thursday’s Otaki meeting, strode out well in a solo gallop during a reasonably quiet track session at Hastings this morning.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing. A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper and came up as a dead-5.

   Lady Guinness worked in at three-quarter pace from about the 800-metre peg and was let stride out over the last 600m in 38.1. The Falkirk mare has not had much luck in her two starts this campaign and will line up in the Rating 72 race over 1600m at Otaki, with apprentice Danielle Hirini aboard.

   Not Allowed, a likely starter at Hastings on Sunday, was another who galloped well  on his own when working over 1200m in 1:22.9. He ran the first 600m in a leisurely 45.3 before quickening over the last 600 in 37.6. He hasn’t raced since August and will be entered for the Rating 65 1600 at the Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Kaipawe, another likely runner at Hastings on Sunday, was also sent over 1200m and recorded 1:22.7, the first 600 in 43.7 and the last 600 in 39 while Anzhelika, entered for the Maiden 1200, clocked 1:9.7 for 1000m, the last 600 in 39.5.

   Keilib, another likely runner at Otaki on Thursday, ran a solo 1000m in 1:9.7, the last 600 in 40.



High Spirits furthered her preparation for next month’s Group 3 New Zealand Cup by stretching out well in a gallop on the course proper at Hastings this morning.

   Fast work was mainly confined to the plough (good) but four horses were given permission to work wide out on the course proper (firm).

   High Spirits finished clear of stablemate Cool Hand Duke at the of their 1200m workout on the course proper, clocking 1:17.7 for the full distance and the last 600 in 37.7.

   High Spirits was impressive when winning over 2400m at Trentham last Saturday and was a winner over 3200m last season.

   New Zealand 2000 Guineas entrant King Louis also worked on the course proper and was partnered up with Miss Labasa over 1000m in 1:3.3. They ran the first 400m in 27.7 before quickening over the last 600 in 35.6.

   One Prize One Goal rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s Feilding meeting with a 600m gallop in 38.1. Rosie Myers has been booked to ride him in the Rating 65 race over 1400m.

   An Atlante two-year-old filly showed good speed when running 600m on the plough in 36.5 while a Jimmy Choux two-year-old filly ran over the same ground in 39.6. They are both trained by Steven Carey.

   Anzhelika ran a solo 1200m on the plough in 1:22.9, running the first 600m in 42.9 and then coming home the last 600 in 40. She is expected to start next at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on November 11.

   Champagne Bride and a Bachelor Duke three-year-old filly, both in the John Bary stable, clocked 1:4.8 for 1000m, the last 600 in 37.2 while a Super Easy two-year-old filly and one by Jimmy Choux worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000m peg before sprinting home the last 600m in 36.5.

Hastings horses now target Riccarton features 2 Nov 2018

Hastings stables will attack the Group 1 features at this year’s New Zealand Cup meeting in numbers, with King Louis now heading south for the $500,000 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) tomorrow week and the stablemates Xpression and Mohaka confirmed for the $300,000 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) the following Saturday.

   King Louis confirmed his trip to Riccarton with a dominant 2-3/4 length victory in a 1350m maiden race at Waipukurau on Thursday of last week and is booked on a float heading south tomorrow.

   The Equiano gelding was rated one of the best maiden gallopers in the country before his Waipukurau success. He had raced eight times for two seconds and three thirds, two of those placings being a second in the Listed Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham as a two-year-old and a third in last month’s Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m).

   King Louis’ Hastings trainer John Bary said the timing of last week’s Waipukurau race was ideal as part of the horse’s preparation for the Riccarton feature, a race that credited him with his first Group 1 success when he prepared Jimmy Choux to win in 2010.

   King Louis was ridden to victory at Waipukurau by Jason Waddell who was pleased with the horse’s performance but added that he needed to dominate a maiden field like that to have any chance in a New Zealand 2000 Guineas.

   King Louis began quickly and soon took control. He was cruising in front as the field turned into the home straight and responded well to the urgings of Waddell over the final stages.

   “I could have just sat on him in the straight but I made him go to the line which should help make him as a racehorse,” Waddell said.

   King Louis is owned by his Havelock North breeders Richard and Liz Wood, who also raced Jimmy Choux. They bred him out of the unraced Flying Spur mare Nimbletoes, who Richard Wood bought for $A20,000 from a Gold Coast sale.

   “I didn’t go to there to buy her but I saw her in the outside parade ring and she was outstanding,” recalled Wood.

   “I actually bought her to mate with Jimmy Choux and the first foal she produced was a colt by him called Bluesuede Chouxs who ran a number of placings but then went in the wind.”

   King Louis is the second foal Nimbletoes has produced and the mare has since left a yearling gelding by Jimmy Choux and has been served this year by Iffraaj.

   Richard Wood said King Louis used to over-race as a two-year-old last season, when still a colt, but has become a lot more relaxed since being gelded.

   “Now every time he goes to the races he seems to be getting better,” he added.

   “He needed the run last week for a fitness thing and a confidence booster.”

   King Louis is now at a $14.00 quote on the Fixed Odds win market for next week’s New Zealand 2000 Guineas.

   The Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen currently has the favourite for the New Zealand 1000 Guineas in Xpression ($2.60) and will also have a good second string in the race with Mohaka ($41.00).

   The latter is still a maiden after four starts but has shown her connections enough for them to push on towards a run in the 1600m feature.

   The Nadeem filly contested last Saturday’s Listed Zacinto Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton where she turned in another game performance for third behind the highly rated colt The Chosen One and the well bred In A Twinkling.

   Mohaka, who also finished third in the Listed Wanganui Guineas (1340m) in September, is said to have thrived since going south and her connections are now hoping for some easing in track conditions.

   “I don’t think she would be able to foot it with some of those top fillies on a good track but if it rained I could definitely see her being competitive,” co-trainer Guy Lowry said this week.

   He added that Xpression has also done very well since winning her South Island debut in the Group 3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton on October 20 and she is certainly right on target for the New Zealand 1000 Guineas on November 17.

   Sir Nate, part-owned by two Hawke’s Bay people in Kathryn Donoghue and Merv Dudley, also confirmed a start in next week’s New Zealand 2000 Guineas with a strong win in a Rating 72 race over 1600m at Trentham last Saturday.

   The Nadeem colt, trained at Awapuni by Lisa Latta easily accounted for a good field of older horses, scoring by a length from Irish Flame and Balham.

   Donoghue and Dudley are only small shareholders in Sir Nate but they are getting a huge kick out of being part of a horse that has now recorded four wins and a third from nine starts and took his stake earnings to more than $110,000.


NZ Cup bid confirmed

   Hastings-trained mare High Spirits earned a trip south for a crack at the Group 2 $250,000 New Zealand Cup on November 17 with a good staying performance to win a $30,000 Rating 82 race over 2400m at Trentham last Saturday.

   Trainer John Bary has had the Riccarton 3200m feature in mind for the Darci Brahma mare since she finished fifth in this year’s Wellington Cup back in January. That placing followed a win over 3200m on the Trentham track the previous month and Bary has always rated her highly as a stayer.

   High Spirits drew the extreme outside barrier last Saturday and jockey Cameron Lammas settled her back fourth last in the running and bided his time until the home turn before making a move. He then picked a path through the field and the mare was strong at the finish, surging clear of the opposition in the final stages to win by half a length.

   High Spirits has now won four races from 27 starts. She was purchased by Bary for $80,000 at the premier session of the 2014 Karaka yearling sales and is raced by a large syndicate of owners.

   Havelock North couple Hylton and Colleen Gudsell own a 40% share with Bary being one of 12 shareholders in the other 60 per cent.

   Other Hawke’s Bay people involved are Napier couple Bruce and Annette Keighley, Richard Koorey (Hastings) and Mark Donnelly. Gisborne-based John McLaughlin also has a share while the other owners live in Auckland, Wellington and Ashburton.


Filly headed for better things

   Hastings owned and trained Maria Dior looked a filly headed for better things when she overcame a wide draw to score a dominant 2-3/4 length maiden win over 1200m at Waipukurau last week.

   The Rip Van Winkle filly was having her third start after recording two creditable performances against strong opposition in special condition events over the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

    Experienced jockey Rosie Myers was aboard the filly at Waipukurau and bounced her out quickly from a wide barrier to get her across the field and in front by the end of the first 300 metres.

   Myers then rated the filly well in the lead until the home turn before asking her to extend again and she dashed clear of her rivals over the final stages.

   Maria Dior is trained at Hastings by Patrick Campbell, who also prepared her dam Dorotea Dior for two wins, two seconds and a third from only nine starts.

   Hastings brothers Chris and Ken Russell bred Maria Dior and Chris now races the filly in association with his newly formed company Pretty Polly Bloodstock Limited.

   She is the third winner produced by the Redoute’s Choice mare Dorotea Dior, the others being Donna Bell (by Zabeel) and O’Reilly’s Choice (by O’Reilly). The latter is now standing at stud at Chris Russell’s Valley Road property.

   Jonny Russ, a four-year-old by Ocean Park out of Dorotea Dior, was unplaced in three starts for Hastings trainer John Bary last season and is due to come back into work again soon.


Ivan Kane makes it two on end

   Not many horses win their next start after clearing maiden ranks but Hawke’s Bay-owned Ivan Kane did it in style at Riccarton last Saturday.

   The Nadeem four-year-old showed great determination to get up and snatch a last stride victory over Imeldas Girl in a $22,500 Rating 65 race over 1600m, a performance that was similar to when he won a maiden race over 1400m on the same track three weeks before.

   Ivan Kane was bred by Hastings-based Ian Holloway who races the gelding with a group that includes two close friends and brothers Alan Bartlett (Havelock North) and Rowland Bartlett (Kapiti Coast). The others in the syndicate live in the Wellington area.

   Ivan Kane, who is trained at Timaru by Michael Daly, is out of the Australian-bred mare Pukalee who has also produced Numero Uno, who won three races in Singapore, and Verna Audrey, who was also a three-time winner.
   Holloway now has an Alamosa yearling filly out of Pukalee and the mare has just produced another colt foal by Shocking.


Julius retired after injury

   Top sprinter Julius has run his last race.

   A scan has revealed the Swiss Ace gelding has a hole in his near fore tendon, leaving Cambridge trainer John Bell no choice but to call time on the seven-year-old's career.

   "He's not lame but every now and again you'd see him bob a bit and it just showed something was niggling him," Bell said.

   Julius raced just 13 times for seven wins and six placings, earning more than $228,000 in stakes.

   He won his first four races this year, including the Group 3 Concorde Handicap (1200m) and Group 3 Darley Plate (1200m), both at Ellerslie, before he was narrowly defeated by Melody Belle in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa in August.

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