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HB-owned Sanriba stuns punters at 37 to one 27 Dec 2013

Waipukurau-trained Sanriba may be in the twilight of his racing career age wise but the way the eight-year-old took out a 1200-metre race at last Saturday’s Manawatu meeting suggests there are more wins in store for him before he is retired.

   The Sandtrap gelding caused a major upset when he returned a dividend of $37.90 for a win and $7.20 for a place in taking out a $25,000 Rating 75 event.

   He was the rank outsider in a 10-horse field but held out the well supported Batman by a short head, with Miss Benci three-quarters of a length back in third place.

   It was Sanriba’s fourth win from 51 starts and followed a fresh up third over 1200 metres at Hastings on December 12, when he was resuming from a break of almost six months.

   Sanriba is trained by the Waipukurau racecourse manager Peter Evans, who races the gelding in partnership with his wife Ann along with their son Royce and Lyn Bibby, who lives in Ongaonga. Last Saturday’s win was his first win since taking out a 1200-metre race on his home track in March 2011 but he has recorded a number of minor placings since that victory.

   Evans said this week that Sanriba has been troubled by a fetlock injury for several months but he has been treating him with glucosamine and the horse has responded remarkably well.

   “It is just a bit of wear and tear on the joint but he is as well now as he has ever been,” Evans said.

   “Rosie Myers rode him last Saturday and said he feels like a different horse to when she rode him last season.”

   Because of the fetlock injury Sanriba has always been susceptible on firm tracks but Evans said the horse coped well with the good footing at Awapuni last Saturday and also at Hastings in his previous start.

   He added that the horse has come through last Saturday’s win in good order and will now run him in the $15,000 Woodville Cup (1600m) on January 4.

   “Providing he goes well in that race we would like to aim him for the Douro Cup at Trentham at the end of January.

   The $40,000 Douro Cup (1600m) is run on Wellington Cup day, January 25. It is only a Rating 85 event but regularly attracts a high class line up and the winner usually goes on to much greater things. 
   Peter Evans bought Sanriba for $9500 as a weanling at the Karaka sales. He has since been able to purchase the horse’s dam, the Paris House mare Arriba Arriba, and has bred a three-year-old full-sister to Sanriba called Aribasan and a yearling filly by Howbaddouwantit.

   Sanriba is one of two horses Evans has in work at the moment, the other being an unnamed four-year-old gelding by My Halo that is up to galloping stage in trackwork and is likely to have a jumpout at Hastings on January 3.


Derby plans for Weregoingtogetcha

   Dannevirke-owned Weregoingtogetcha took a major step towards a run in the Group 1 $750,000 TV3 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on March 1 with a decisive 2-1/4 length win in the $20,000 three-year-old race over 1400 metres at last Saturday’s Manawatu meeting.

   The three-year-old colt stamped himself as a worthy Derby contender when he came from last on the home turn to sweep past his rivals and defeat the odds-on favourite Kawi.

   It was Weregoingtogetcha’s second win from eight starts and he has also recorded two seconds and a third.

   The Testa Rossa colt is trained by Dannevirke’s David Hayes, who prepares him on the Woodville track and owns the colt in partnership with Dannevirke contractor Steve Prenter.

   The colt, who is from the same family as the successful sire Grosvenor, was originally sold in Australia as a weanling, where he made $A67,500 at a Gold Coast sale. Hayes, 49, then bought the horse for $140,000 at the premier session of the 2012 Karaka yearling sales with the intention of re-selling him at that year’s Ready To Run two-year-old sale. However the horse failed to make the reserve of $190,000 and so he decided to race him instead.

   Weregoingtogetcha is a striking individual and showed instant ability on the racetrack by winning his second start as a two-year-old by 3-1/2 lengths over 1200 metres at Hawera in June. The horse’s progress was then hampered by a sprained fetlock and Hayes says the colt was not ridden to his best advantage when unplaced in the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton last month.

   “Nothing has really gone right for him up until now,” Hayes said after the horse showed a glimpse of his true ability with a second over 1400 metres at Hastings a fortnight ago. He is now convinced the colt has the class and stamina to develop into a Derby contender.

   “He’s a true stayer. He’s a big scopey horse who just relaxes and switches off in his races. He’s a little professional and you can ride him where you want.”

   Jockey Kelly Myers was content to settle Weregoingtogetcha at the tail of the field until the home turn in last Saturday’s race and then angled him to the outside. The colt showed great acceleration to quickly round up his rivals and dash clear for a strong win, with Myers saying later that he is “a very nice horse with a big future.”

   Since that win Hayes has been fielding calls from bloodstock agents wanting to buy Weregoingtogetcha but he says both he and Prenter are reluctant to sell at this stage.

   “Steve wants to have a go at the Derby and at this stage of my career, a good flag bearer might be worth more to me than money in the bank," Hayes said.

   English-born Hayes has been involved with horses all of his life but has only had a handful of runners as a trainer.

   He got his first job with horses working at Robert Sangster’s Swettenham Stud in England and built himself up to a position as an assistant trainer in his homeland before coming to New Zealand.

   On arrival in this country he took up a position as huntsman for the Dannevirke Hunt and spent two seasons there before deciding to concentrate on preparing horses for sales and training.

   Weregoingtogetcha has yet to race on a right-handed track so Hayes is planning to give him two lead up races at Ellerslie before the New Zealand Derby, the first in the $100,000 Karaka Mile (1600m) on January 26 and then the Avondale Guineas (2100m) on February 15.


Fyodor sold to Singapore

   Promising Hastings-trained galloper Fyodor has been sold to an overseas buyer and will do his future racing in Singapore.

   The sale of the Darci Brahma gelding was negotiated by bloodstock agent Michael Wallace and finalised last week. That is why the Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen have been reluctant to race the horse since his impressive debut win over 1200 metres at Hastings on November 13.

   Fyodor stamped himself as a horse headed for much better things by winning a maiden race that day by 1-1/4 lengths and that followed a trial win over 1000 metres at Waverley in October.

   The four-year-old was 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.


Bridges’ win award

   The father and son combination of John and James Bridge are the recipients of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners by-monthly award for the months of October and November.

   James Bridge, formerly from Hastings and now based in Woodville, trains the talented mare Alleyoop and races her in partnership with his father John, who lives in Hawke’s Bay.

   Alleyoop is a Thorn Park mare who won three races in a row during the months of October and November. The first was a 13-1/2 length maiden victory over 1200 metres at Woodville, followed by a neck win over 1200 metres at Otaki and another easy 8 length success over 1200 metres at Wanganui.

   James and John Bridge also race Barnie O’Marnie, who won a race at Gisborne earlier in the season and has since been placed.


HB races Wednesday

   Hawke’s Bay Racing will again stage its popular New Year’s Day race meeting at the Hastings racecourse next Wednesday.

   There will be an eight race programme with the feature event being the $15,000 Russell Roads City Of Hastings Cup, an open race over 1400 metres.

   The first race is timed for 12.34pm and the last 5.16pm, with the gates open at 10.30am to the public.

   There will be a gate charge of $10 for an adult with those under 18 years of age free.

Another winning double for Hastings stable 18 Dec 2013

   The excellent run  of success being enjoyed by the Hastings training partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen has continued in the past week with their stable picking up two wins and a close second at last Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Lowry/Cullen stable have now produced 13 winners for the season which is just seven short of their season totals for the last couple of years and only nine short of their best tally of 22 wins in  the 2010-11 racing season. They are now in the top 15 on this season’s national trainers’ premiership.

   Broadwalk, one of the most consistent performers for the stable this season, scored a deserved maiden win at Hastings last Thursday while Grenade chalked up the second win of his career in a Rating 65 2000.

   Grenade’s older full-brother, Double O Seven also finished second in the day’s feature race, the Rating 85 2100. He was in front and looking the likely winner inside the final 50 metres but was collared on the line by the fast finishing Her To Eternity, the margin between the two being only a long head.

   Broadwalk looked a horse capable of going on to much better things when recording a dominant 1-3/4 length win in a maiden 1600. The Casino Prince four-year-old was capping off a string of minor placings and was not fully extended over the final stages by rider Hayden Tinsley.

   The Casino Prince four-year-old had recorded two seconds, a third and a fourth in five previous starts and had been plagued by wide barrier draws. Tinsley was able to get the horse into a handy position from the outset from the number one barrier and led for the last 1000 metres of the race.

   Broadwalk has come through the win well and will now line up in a Rating 65 1600-metre at the Manawatu Boxing Day meeting at Awapuni.

   Broadwalk is owned by JML Bloodstock Limited, which is managed by Wellington-based Lib Petagna and was a $60,000 purchase from the premier session at the 2011 Karaka yearling sales. The company races a number of horses scattered among several New Zealand trainers and picked up a Group 3 success recently when the Stephen Marsh-trained Lucia Valentina took out the $70,000 Wellington Stakes (1600m) at Otaki on November 29.

   Grenade repaid the patience shown by his owners when he got home by a long head in a close finish to the final event at last Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Pins gelding looked beaten when under siege by other runners either side of him inside the final 300 metres but rallied well to hold out the fast finishing Mr Chez, with the pacemaking Rockweiler just a nose back in third place.

   Grenade was having his 12th start and now has a record of two wins and three fourths from 12 starts. He broke through for a maiden win over 1600 metres at Tauherenikau in October and was coming off a last start seventh over 1600 metres at Waipukurau on December 8. He is now expected to line up in another Rating 65 2000-metre race at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on New Year’s Day.

   Grenade is raced by Grant Cullen in partnership with his brother Brent, Wayne Mudgway, Bernard Hinton, David Vesty and Jeff Drinkwater. All except Drinkwater are based in Hawke’s Bay. The horse was bought privately from Waikato Stud as a young horse.


No whip required for Malrose

   Winning jockey Rosie Myers was thanking her lucky stars the photo-finish result went the way of her mount Malrose at the finish of the 1200-metre maiden at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Thursday of last week.

   Myers lost her whip at the top of the home straight in the race and had to rely on just riding Malrose out hands and heels over the final stages. Fortunately the mare responded enough to the urgings to hold on for a nose victory over Wait A Sec, with third placed Edge Of Glory three-quarters of a length back.

   Malrose certainly deserved to break through for a maiden win after recording a second and three thirds from her previous eight starts.

   The Mr Nancho mare is trained on the Hastings track by Patrick Campbell and was bred by Hawke’s Bay’s Katherine Donoghue, who races her in partnership with a close friend Peter Cairns.

   Malrose is out of the unraced Spectacular Love mare Tremble. She is a daughter of All Fired Up, who won three races.

   Hawke’s Bay-owned horses completed the trifecta in the 1200-metre race. Second placed Wait A Sec finished was bred by Hastings-based Iain Henderson and is raced by him in partnership with his son Philip. Third placed Edge Of Glory was bred by Hastings couple Kevin and Shirin Wood and is raced by them in partnership with Otaki trainer Karen Zimmerman and her husband Kelvin.


Instant success

   Former top Sydney apprentice Joshua Adams kicked home a winner on his first day of riding on the Hastings track when he got Her To Eternity up for a last stride victory in the Desert Gold Club Xmas Stayers (2100m) at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Adams, 21, is on a two month working holiday in New Zealand and has based himself in Cambridge. He has now kicked home two winners on New Zealand racetracks.

   Her To Eternity, trained at Cambridge by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, was having her second start back in a new campaign after racing in Australia last season. She is now the winner of three races from 10 starts.


Fillies kept apart

   Trainer Stephen Marsh is aiming to keep his star stablemates Procurement and Lucia Valentina apart this festive season.

   Procurement, who was an impressive winner at Te Rapa last Saturday, is being aimed at the Group 2 $100,000 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day while Lucia Valentina is likely to contest the Group 2 $100,000 Great Northern Guineas (1600m) on the same day, before she joins the stable of Australian trainer Kris Lees.

   “We’re keen to get her across to Kris in plenty of time, with her main goal the Australian Oaks at Randwick on April 19,” said Bruce Perry who manages Lucia

Valentina on behalf of Wellington owner Lib Petagna.

Lowry family celebrates cup success 17 Dec 2013

   The win by Pearls in last Sunday’s $10,000 Leopard Hotel Christmas Cup at the Waipukurau meeting provided a huge celebration for Hastings trainer Guy Lowry and his family.

   Lowry prepares Pearls in partnership with Grant Cullen and was the one who advised his Taupo-based father Pat to breed the Prized mare Pare with the Okawa Stud-based stallion Sudurka, the resultant foal being Pearls

   “Guy brought this mare (Pare) over to Sudurka and she was the only one that the stallion got in foal that year,” Pat Lowry recalled.

   “I need to thank Guy for that advice and for the belief he has had in this mare and all the perseverance he and Grant have shown in training her.”

   Pearls was recording her third win and also boasts three seconds, two thirds and three fourths from 20 starts.

   The five-year-old was only a Rating 70 horse going into last Sunday’s race and earned another four points for Sunday’s win. It means she is still eligible for a Rating 75 grade race but Lowry and Cullen are now aiming her at an $8000 Rating 85 race over 2100 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day.

   Guy Lowry said the mare is also among the nominations for the Group 2 $200,000 Wellington Cup (2400m) at Trentham on January 25 but would need to probably win another race in the interim to get a start in that event.

   “There is also the $450,000 Summer Cup over 2400 metres at Trentham on Wellington Cup day for Rating 85 horses so she could run in that race if she doesn’t get in the Wellington Cup,” Guy Lowry said.

   Pare, the dam of Pearls, failed to win a race but recorded a second, a third and a fourth from six starts. She is out of the Crested Wave mare Ocean Charm and is also the dam of the winner Mr Hare.

   Grant Cullen was recording his second win in the Leopard Hotel Christmas Cup at Waipukurau as he also produced Handy Andy to take out the 2000 running of the  2100-metre event when he was training on his own.


Promising filly

   Mark down Far Fetched as a likely contender for some of the three-year-old black type races later in the season after the filly’s hugely impressive debut win at Waipukurau last Sunday.

   The big Pins filly cruised to a 1-1/4 length win in a $12,000 maiden race for three-year-olds and is clearly headed for much better things on the racetrack.

   Her Hastings trainer John Bary had been confident of a good first up performance from the horse but also had respect for her more experienced rivals.

   “Some of the others had the ring craft that she didn’t have and you are always worried a bit first up,” Bary said.

   “But she did it well and is a lovely big filly.”

   Winning jockey Jonathan Riddell was also suitably impressed by the horse’s performance.

   “She could have won by 3 or 4 lengths if I’d asked her for an effort but I took it easy on her going up the hill in the straight,” Riddell said.

   Bary says he has always had a high opinion of Far Fetched from the time the horse entered his stable earlier this season. At that stage the filly had been pre-trained in the north and had recorded two third placings in barrier trials.

   “We’ll take her along quietly but we have got some big plans for her,” Bary added.

   Far Fetched is owned by her breeder, Gary Chittick, from Waikato Stud and is the second foal out of the Centaine mare Beyond, who recorded four wins, a second and a third from just nine race starts.

   The first of Beyond’s foals was also a Pins filly and named Eternity. She is the winner of two races, the most recent being over 1200 metres at Otaki on November 29.

   Waikato Stud will offer a colt by Savabeel out of Beyond at the premier session on next month’s Karaka yearling sales and the mare is now back in foal to Pins.


Double at Waipukurau

   Napier racehorse owner Paul Sullivan says he wouldn’t mind if there were more race meetings held on the Waipukurau track after his mare Cajun scored her second victory there last Sunday.

   Sullivan bred the Keeninsky mare and heads the Think Big Syndicate that races her from the Hastings stable of John Bary.

   Cajun scored a decisive 2 length win in a Rating 65 1600-metre race last Sunday and credited both Bary and jockey Jonathan Riddell with a winning double on the programme, following their first race success with Far Fetched.

   It was Cajun’s third win from 15 starts. She took out a 1600-metre maiden race at Tauherenikau in October last year and brought up her second success in a Rating 65 1600-metre event at Waipukurau 12 months ago.

   There are 11 people involved in the Think Big Syndicate, with all but one of them living in Hawke’s Bay. Sullivan’s South Island-based daughter Teresa Hislop has a share with the other members being Lance McNaught, Tim Thompson, Glenn Bryan, Phillip Jensen, Ron Rench, Jason Tobeck, Peter O’Neill, Bill Kiriona and Steve Rei.

   Cajun is by Keeninsky out of the Porter Rhodes mare Madison Mary, who won five races when raced by Sullivan and his daughter.

   Since Cajun Madison Mary has produced a Bachelor Duke gelding called Dukebox, who was unplaced in one start last season, and a yearling filly by Patapan. She is now in foal to No Excuse Needed.


HB-bred winner in Hong Kong

   Super Jockey, a horse that started his racing career in Hastings, won a $HK1.4million race at last Sunday’s Hong Kong international meeting at the Shatin racecourse.

   The five-year-old gelding won a Class 2 1200-metre race by a length, in the hands of top English jockey Ryan Moore.

   Super Jockey was originally called Okie Dokie when trained at Hastings by James Bridge and was owned by him in partnership his father John.

   The Sandtrap gelding had one race in New Zealand, scoring an impressive 2-1/4 length win in the 1200-metre special conditions handicap on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival on September 1, 2012.

   He was then sold to a Hong Kong buyer for an undisclosed six-figure sum and has now had seven starts there for two wins, two seconds and a third.

   Super Jockey was bred by Takapau’s Craig Harvey and Taradale’s Duncan MacLean in partnership with Australian-based Tim Morris. They sold the horse to the Bridges as a weanling.

   His dam Pennies In Heaven is a Pompeii Court mare who won five races and has also left the six-race winner Single Currency (by Bachelor Duke). Since Super Jockey was born she has left a two-year-old filly by St Reims and a yearling colt by Stravinsky.


Saint Kitt back in form

   Hastings-trained Saint Kitt turned in an eye-catching run for third at last Saturday’s Wellington meeting and could be a contender in the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie in March if he continues to progress.

   The four-year-old Keeper gelding finished less than half a lengthy from the winner in a Rating 75 1600, bursting between runners in the final stages.

   It was the horse’s first glimpse of form since he finished fourth in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie back in March but trainer Kelly Burne says the horse is now fully recovered from a couple of niggling problems he had earlier this season.

   “I’ll give him another run over 1600 metres at Hastings on New Year’s Day and then look at stepping him up over more ground,” Burne said.

   “He’s nominated for the Auckland Cup and that’s what we will work towards.”


   Saint Kitt, although not asked for a serious gallop, stretched out well when working at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   The Keeper four-year-old was having his first run along since recording an eye-catching third over 1600 metres at Trentham on December 7 and is likely to start next in a Rating 75 1600 at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on New Year’s Day.

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

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 600 metres in 41.5. He was keen to go faster and Burne said the horse felt the best he has done for some time.

   Tradtri, preparing for the Rating 75 1600 at this Saturday’s Manawatu meeting, worked in from the 1200-metre peg on his own and was time to run the last 1000 in 1:4.8, the final 600 in 39.3. He has not raced since winning over 1600 metres at Woodville a month ago.

   Pit A Pat, a runner in the Rating 65 1300 at Otaki on Thursday, took the time honours for the morning when running 800 metres in 54, the last 600 in 37.2. She is coming off a last start seventh over 1200 metres at Waipukurau.

   Base Camp, another entered for Otaki on Thursday, was let off with an easy 600-metre gallop in 39.9 while Kayleen and The Knights Queen were both restricted to just three-quarter pace, with both horses running home their last 600 metres in 44.7.

   The Innkeeper was another restricted to three-quarter pace over 600 metres and he resumes in the Rating 85 1400 at Otaki on Thursday.


Saint Kitt, who is down to resume racing after a short break at Trentham on Saturday, looked to be hitting out well at the end of his final workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough which provided good footing after a 2.5 millimetres of rain overnight.

   Saint Kitt had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when working in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg in 1:11.2, speeding up over the final 600 in 38.3. He hasn’t started since September 22 but looks to have undergone plenty of work. He is entered for the Rating 75 1600 at Trentham on Saturday but Burne said he will only start if the track remains reasonably firm. Shannon Doyle has been booked to ride him.

   Da Beast and a Perfectly Ready three-year-old gelding, both in the stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, took the time honours for the morning when they sprinted their last 800 metres in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.6.

   Shezgorgeous, a top chance in the Rating 85 1400 at Trentham, was let off with just three-quarter pace over 800 metres, the last 600 taking 45.3. She looks well and promising apprentice Mick Dee has the mount.

   Lamborghini was another restricted to just three-quarter pace when running 800 metres in 57.9, the last 600 in 42.8. He takes on the Group 1 winner Recite in the three-year-old 1400-metre race at Trentham on Saturday with Jonathan Parkes the rider.

   Showstopper, a good chance in the Rating 65 1200 at Waipukurau on Sunday, was another let off with an easy assignment when running home her last 600 metres in 40.5. She was an impressive debut winner at Hastings and then found track conditions too firm at Woodville last start.

   Double O Seven rounded off his preparation for the 3200-metre race at Trentham on Saturday by working in from the 1200-metre peg in 1:16.3, the last 600 in 37.1. Apprentice Michael Dee has been booked to ride him.

   Legless, a good chance in the Rating 65 1600 at Waipukurau on Saturday, was kept under a good hold over 1000 metres in 1:11.4, the last 600 in 40.7. She was a fast finishing third over 1400 metres at Hastings last start so the extra 200 metres should suit her.

   Coz I’m Lucky took 1:9.2 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 40.4 while Grenade was kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000 metres, the last 600n in 43.6.

   Hymn, a likely starter at the Hawke’s Bay meeting next Thursday, worked with Kayleen over 800 metres in 51, the last 600 in 37.3 while Second Hope ended three rounds of half-pace with an easy 1000 metres in 1:8.4, the last 600 in 39.2.

   Base Camp clocked 54.8 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 38.7 while stablemate Rockweiler ended his work with 600 metres in 40.6. He is likely to be stepped up to a middle distance at next Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   A Bachelor Duke three-year-old gelding in the Thompson/Brown stable ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:5.2, the last 600 in 37.9 while a Danroad three-year-old filly and a Faltaat three-year-old gelding from the same stable clocked 1:5.2 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 36.7.

   A Sir Percy three-year-old gelding trained by John and Pam Stenning worked with Knight’s Queen over 800 metres in 57.4, the last 600 in 41.

   Midnight Molly, Beautiful Man and Colourful Lady were among a number of horses restricted to just three-quarter pace.

Lady Kipling would be a deserving Group 1 winner 4 Dec 2013

Class mare Lady Kipling, part-owned by Havelock North’s Laurence Redshaw, brought up the 11th win of her career with another outstanding performance in last Saturday’s Group 3 $70,000 Eagle Technology Stakes at Ellerslie and is likely to be given one more chance to get an elusive Group 1 victory before she is retired to stud.

   The Savabeel six-year-old mare is in foal to the Windsor Park Stud shuttle stallion Rip Van Winkle, meaning her racing days are limited. The Group 2 $100,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa on December 14 is expected to be her next outing followed by another crack at and the Group 1 $200,000 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

   Lady Kipling has finished fourth in each of the last two runnings of the Zabeel Classic. In 2011 she chased home Shez Sinsational, Veyron and Doctor Fremantle while last season she was close up behind Veyron, Shez Sinsational and Shootoff.

   She has had seven starts at the elite level for two seconds, a third, two fourths and a sixth. The only time she has failed to weigh in at Group 1 level was when she finished 11th in the weight-for-age International Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa earlier in February, at the end of a lengthy campaign.

   She dead heated for second behind Final Touch in the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham this time last year and then only went down by a short head when second to Historian in the Thorndon Mile at Trentham in January. Her other wins have included the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa and the Group 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1400m) at Pukekohe.

   Lady Kipling is trained at Cambridge by the partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

   Baker selected Lady Kipling out of the 2009 select session of the Karaka yearling sales, paying $62,500 for her. He then on sold the horse to Laurence Redshaw and Gisborne’s Geoff Candy.

   Lady Kipling has certainly endeared herself to Baker, who rates her as one of the nicest horses he has trained.

   “She’s so honest and a dream to train,” Baker says.

   “She’s got a terrific turn of foot and she’s easy to ride. You can put her anywhere in the field and if they were all like her it would be easy,” he added.

   Lady Kipling is out of the Al Akbar mare Akela who was the winner of six races and placed at Group 3 level. It is the family of Sylvaner, an In The Purple mare who won seven races including the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni.

   A half-sister to Lady Kipling, by Thorn Park, fetched $200,000 at this year’s premier session of the Karaka yearling sales and another half-sister by first season sire Rip Van Winkle has been catalogued for next month’s Karaka Premier yearling sale.


Hat-trick for Alleyoop

   Exciting mare Alleyoop is likely to be given a summer spell now after completing a hat-trick of wins with another super-impressive performance at last Saturday’s Wanganui meeting.

   The Thorn Park four-year-old took a clear lead soon after the start in a $15,000 Rating 75 race over 1200 metres and gave her rivals a galloping lesson, winning by 8 lengths.

   Jockey Jonathan Parkes even had time to look behind as the mare raced right away from the opposition in the home straight.

   Alleyoop is trained at Woodville by James Bridge and raced by him in partnership with his Hawke’s Bay father John. The mare has had four starts, finishing eighth on debut over 1300 metres at Hastings back in September, where she had to work hard from a wide draw. She then won a maiden race at Woodville by 13-1/2 lengths and followed that up with a neck win in a Rating 65 race over 1200 metres at Otaki.

   Alleyoop is out of the Danasinga mare Tzarina Star, who won one race from nine starts when trained at Hastings by Guy Lowry.


Four in a row

   Hawke’s Bay-bred Crumpet O’Reilly recorded his fourth win in a row when taking out an $A40,000 race at last Saturday’s Ascot meeting in Perth.

   The four-year-old O’Reilly gelding drew the extreme outside barrier in a 1500-metre race but still managed to get up and snatch a nose victory.

   Crumpet O’Reilly is the last living foal out of the Grosvenor mare Zahn and was bred by the former Keltern Stud in Hawke’s Bay. He was sold at the 2010 Karaka yearling sales for $100,000.

   Zahn is also the dam of the winners Zumanity, Zarnegie, Brasilian Zeta and Saddle. She was mated with Alamosa in 2011 but died in July 2012.


Still unbeaten

   Unbeaten Sydney-trained mare White Sage is now expected to be spelled for the summer and will return for feature races next autumn including the Group 1 $A600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on March 22.

   The John O'Shea-trained mare earned her first stakes win in last Saturday's Listed Stanley Dewalt Festival Stakes at Rosehill to stay unbeaten after five starts.

   Given a positive ride by James McDonald, White Sage led her rivals a merry dance over the 1500 metres and second placed Terravista could get no closer than 2 lengths from her at the finish.

   O'Shea said the four-year-old daughter of Reset had earned a chance at Group 1 level in the spring with the Coolmore Classic the main target.

   White Sage is the fourth foal and fourth winner from the Justice Prevails mare Pay My Bail, who was bred by Hawke’s Bay’s Graham de Gruchy and sold for $2000 as a yearling.

   Pay My Bail went on to win seven of her 23 starts in New Zealand, five of them in stakes including the Group 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1400m).

   Pay My Bail had her fifth winner earlier last month when the three-year-old filly Stellarized, by Authorized, broke through for maiden success at Wodonga at her second start.

   After missing to Mossman in 2010 and Stratum in 2011, Pay My Bail produced a filly foal by Mossman three weeks ago.

   White Sage becomes the 25th stakes-winner for Darley Stud's Reset who currently sits sixth on the general sires list due, in the main, to Fawkner's win in this year’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). Reset is standing at Northwood Park Stud at a fee of $A16,500.


Two HB race days

   Hawke’s Bay race goers will be treated to two meetings in the space of five days next week.

   The Waipukurau Jockey Club’s traditional Christmas meeting will be staged on Sunday, with strong fields carded for the eight race programme. The first event is timed for 12.45pm and the last at 4.35pm.

   Hawke’s Bay Racing will hold a twilight race meeting at the Hastings racecourse next Thursday, December 12. The first race is timed for 3.25pm with the last at 7.15pm.


Survived, preparing for Saturday’s Group 1 $200,000 Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham, hit out keenly in a solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Working wide out on the course proper, which provided good footing, Survived worked over 1200 metres in 1:18.1, coming home the last 600 in 36.5. The Zed gelding looks to have thrived since his last start win in the Group 3 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) on November 16 and any rain will enhance his chances in Saturday’s 1600-metre feature.

   His stablemate Recite also worked on the course proper and was timed to run 1000 metres in 1:4.5, the last 600 in 36.8. She looks ready to kick off another campaign and has the Group 1 $240,000 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on January 18 as her main summer mission.

   Showstopper was another who worked on the course proper and she ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:3.9, the last 600 in 36.3. The Pins mare scored a good debut win at Hastings in October and then found the track a bit too firm when fifth at Woodville last start.

   All other gallops were recorded on either the plough (soft) or close in on the No.1 grass (firm).

   Broadwalk worked well on his own over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:3.5, the last 600 in 37.2. He has recorded two seconds and a third from his last three starts and should break through for a maiden win soon for trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.

   Lamborghini looked to be travelling well on the outside of Boosting Eleanor at the end of 1000 metres on the plough in 1:5, the last 600 in 37.5. Lamborghini is another maiden galloper in the Lowry/Cullen stable who looks close to a win.

   Rosehip and Notionannagins, two horses in the John Bary stable, worked over 1000 metres on the No.1 grass in 1:2.5, the last 600 in 35. Times on this track were considerably faster than normal as those that worked there galloped close to the plough but were timed from the No.1 markers.

   Seaweed was another who used the No.1 grass and ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:2.9, the last 600 in 36.5 while Indulgence and a Pins filly, both in the Bary stable, clocked 1:1.8 for 1000 metres on the same track, the last 600 in 34.5.

   Centarose, a likely starter at the Hawke’s Bay twilight meeting on December 12, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000-metre peg on the plough in 1:8.2, running the first 400 metres in an easy 30.8 and then quickening over the last 600 in 37.4.

   Sunday’s News clocked 1:4.9 for a solo 1000 metres on the plough, the last 600 in 37.9 while Mr Hare ran over the same distance at not much more than three-quarter pace, clocking 1:13.6 for the distance, the last 600 in 43.2.

   Fyodor hit out well over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:5.4, the last 600 in 37.7. He is a four-year-old by Darci Brahma who was an impressive debut winner at Hastings on November 10.

   Grenade ran 1000 metres on the plough in 1:8.1, the last 600 in 37.7 while Beautiful Man clocked 1:7 for a similar workout, the last 600 in 38.8. They were two others in the Lowry/Cullen stable.

   Viceroy was let off with an easy 1000 metres in 1:13.7, the last 600 in 43.8 while Hymn underwent similar work when running 1000 metres in 1:12.7, the last 600 in 42.6. She ran a good fourth on debut at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting and could be a starter at Hastings on December 12.

   Tigger Tahnee and a Lucky Unicorn gelding ended their work with 600 metres in 39.2 while a Sir Percy three-year-old gelding and one by Viking Ruler ran an easy 800 metres in 55.7, the last 600 in 41.4.

   Shez Gorgeous, Legless, Da Beast and Bliss were among several horses restricted to just three-quarter pace.

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