First racing success for Hastings couple 17 Dec 2014
Christmas came early for Hastings couple Kylie Wakely and Zane Thompson when the only two horses they have racing recorded a win and a second at the Hawke’s Bay twilight meeting on Thursday of last week.
When Foibles took out a 1200-metre maiden race it was not only Wakely’s first training success but also the first winner for both her and Thompson as thoroughbred owners.
Two races later the Wakely and Thompson owned Seaweed turned in his best performance for some time when finishing second behind Tiffany’s in a 2000-metre maiden.
Wakely and Thompson have worked in stables for most of their lives and the former has held a permit to train license for the past four years. They haven’t had many runners in that time and Foibles and Seaweed are the only horses they have in their stable at the moment.
Foibles was gifted to them after he was originally prepared by another Hastings trainer, Kelly Burne. She gave the horse one start at Gisborne in September, where he finished fourth out of six runners over 1200 metres.
“Kelly sacked him and he was basically given to us,” Kylie Wakely recalled.
“He was a bit of a tough type and a bit of a hot head and that’s why we probably got him,” Thompson added.
Foibles showed he still has a few wayward tendencies when he dropped rider Shannon Doyle in the birdcage before going to the start for last week’s race.
Zane Thompson has built up a reputation as a trackwork rider that can iron out problem horses and he has worked for successful trainer John Bary in recent years, helping to educate young horses. He also rode the Group 1 winner Survived in most of that horse’s work when he was prepared from the Bary stable.
Foibles was having his third start for Wakely and Thompson, with his first two outings being back in September when he finished sixth over 1000 metres at Otaki and ninth over 1000 metres at Taupo.
The Patapan five-year-old was having his first start for almost three months when he lined up at Hastings last week but Thompson was confident he would perform well.
“He’d been working really good for a while but we were unsure about how he would go on a wet track,” he said.
“But his mother won in the wet so it was obviously there in the breeding.”
Hastings-based jockey Shannon Doyle settled Foibles at the back of the six horse field in the early stages but then improved him quickly to challenge for the lead half-way up the home straight and the horse kept up a strong gallop to win by half a length.
Foibles is out of the Strike Diamonds mare Not A Word, who was trained at Te Aroha by her co-breeder David Smyth and recorded four wins, four seconds and four thirds from 34 starts. Three of her wins were on heavy tracks and one was on slow footing.
Win well overdue
Hawke’s Bay-bred Golden Bay emphasized the saying that good things come to those that wait when he finally broke through for a maiden win at his 23rd career start last week.
The Perfectly Ready five-year-old capped off a string of minor placings, that included four seconds and six thirds, with a game head victory in a 1400-metre maiden event at the Hawke’s Bay twilight meeting.
Golden Bay, who is prepared by Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta, had gone close to winning on a number of previous occasions, including a nose defeat over 1200 metres at Hastings back in May of 2013.
The gelding was bred by Central Hawke’s Bay’s Sue Harty and is out of her former good racemare Golden Butterfly, who recorded nine wins and seven minor placings when trained by the then Woodville-based father and son partnership of Bruce and Stephen Marsh.
Golden Butterfly has the distinction of being the winner of the very first race run on a New Zealand racetrack in the new millennium. The race was a 1300-metre open sprint at Hastings on New Year’s Day in 2000 and the winning rider was Darryl Bradley.
Golden Butterfly died in 2010 but has also left Monarch Butterfly (three wins), Madam Butterfly (five wins) and Precise (I win), as well as two other foals that were sold to Hong Kong.
Golden Bay was sold as a weanling for $30,000 at the 2009 mixed bloodstock sale and then on-sold again for $58,000 at the select session of the 2010n Karaka yearling sales.
The gelding is now raced by a large group of people that include Taradale’s Kevin Williams, who has been a loyal supporter of the Lisa Latta stable for many years.
Waipukurau Jockey Club racecourse manager Peter Evans officiated for the last time at the club’s Christmas race meeting on December 7.
Evans has stepped down from the position after 10 years and has been replaced by Tony Ebbett.
Peter Evans said the Waipukurau course is one of the hardest to maintain, given that the area is very exposed to high winds and also backs on to a lake, which means it can become very wet in the winter.
He intends to concentrate instead on the small team of horses he races, which include the winners Sanriba and Aribasan.
By-monthy award winner
Havelock North’s Dan D’Esposito is the recipient of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners by-monthly award for the months of October and November.
D’ Esposito shares in the ownership of the promising mare Lady Le Fay, who has notched up three wins, a second and two thirds from 10 starts.
The Thorn Park mare, who is trained at Matamata by Paul and Kris Shailer, recorded two wins and a third during the months of October and November. She took out a Rating 65 race over 1600 metres at Matamata on October 11, followed that up with a game third in a Rating 75 event over 1600 at Te Rapa on October 27 and then stepped up to 2100 metres and proved successful again in a Rating 75 race at Tauranga on November 15.
Outstanding comeback win
Ponderosa Miss, a horse whose racing career looked to be finished after she suffered horrific injuries in a race fall at Hastings in August, made an amazing winning return at Te Rapa last Saturday.
The High Chaparral mare stepped out in a $30,000 Rating 85 1600-metre event at the Waikato meeting, her first start since she was almost killed when she lost her rider in the final stages of a 1600-metre race on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, on August 30.
The mare was severely checked and lost her footing 300 metres from the finish. Her rider, Daniel Hain, was unseated and the horse received a kick to the head from the hooves of the horse in front which smashed her nasal passage.
Such was the severity of her facial injuries that grave fears were held for her life. She underwent an operation at the Cambridge vet clinic that night to try and remove bone chips and staple her head back together and was then kept under a 24 hour watch to help alleviate the risk of infection.
Incredibly Ponderosa Miss not only survived the ordeal but was well enough to be given a trial last month and performed as though nothing had happened.
Her 72-year-old trainer, Peter Hollinshead, was still not convinced the mare would return to her best on race day and admitted he was more nervous last Saturday than before the 1988 Melbourne Cup, when his horse Na Botto ran third.
“I still didn’t know how she’d race,” Hollinshead said. “I was worried that all the antibiotics she had might have affected her.”
The trainer needn’t have worried as, after settling back off the pace, rider Noel Harris brought the mare through a needle-eye gap up against the inside rail in the straight and she dashed away for a 2-3/4 length win.
The win left a lasting impression on Harris, who is one of New Zealand’s most experienced jockeys.
"She’s a Group One horse,” the 59-year-old said. “She was very impressive.”
Ponderosa Miss had won three of her first seven starts to have her connections planning a trip to Australia in the spring before their dreams were crushed on that opening day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.
“I never thought she’d be back on a racecourse,” said Darryl Hollinshead, a son of the trainer and one of the mare’s owners.
Bred by the Hollinshead family, Ponderosa Miss is a sister to Ecuador who has won five races for leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse and finished a close sixth in last year’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).
Pondarosa Miss now holds nominations for both the Group 2 Platinum Homes Wellington Cup (2400m) at Trentham on January 24 and the Group 1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) next March.
Live Life a good winner at Hastings jumpouts 12 Dec 2014
Easy wins by Live Life and an unraced Pentire three-year-old filly were the highlights at today’s Hastings jumpouts.
There were five heats held up against the running rail on the Hastings track, which provided slow footing.
Live Life easy clocked the fastest time of the three 750-metre heats, winning comfortably by a length in 46.6s. The Edenwold mare recorded a win and three seconds last season and trainer Patrick Campbell said she will probably kick off a fresh campaign at the Hawke’s Bay New Year’s Day race meeting.
A Pentire three-year-old filly from the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen stable scored by 1-1/4 lengths in the first of two 1000-metre heats and looks a promising horse in the making. She should also be seen on race day in the New Year.
Heat 1, 750m: Iffraaj two-year-old filly (S Doyle) 1, Savabeel-Miss Pro O’Reilly 2yr-old filly 2, Patapan 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Head, 1 length. Time: 48.4s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 2, 750m: Nom de Jeu 3yr-old gelding (S Fannin) 1, Amalgamation 2, Mastercraftsman 2yr-old filly 3. Three starters. Margins: 2-1/4 lengths, Long neck. Time: 48s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 3, 750m: Live Life (R Goldsbury) 1, Teena Rox 2, Galileo Park 3. Four starters. Margins: 1 length, Neck. Time: 46.6s. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.
Heat 4, 1000m: Pentire 3yr-old filly (S Doyle) 1, Shinko King 3yr-old gelding 2, Citihabit 5yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, Long neck. Time: 1:3.7. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 5, 1000m: Gold Centre 4yr-old gelding (S Fannin) 1, Powerade 2, Fast ‘N’ Famous-Frangelico 3yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: Nose, 2-1/4 lengths. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
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