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Authentic Paddy finally gets his Group 1 success 28 Dec 2017

   There was no more deserving winner of last Tuesday’s Group 1 $200,000 Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie than Authentic Paddy, a horse part-owned by three Hawke’s Bay siblings of the Gray family.

   It was the eight-year-old’s 11th success from 77 career starts but, more importantly, it was his first triumph at the elite level after a string of minor placings in Group 1 events.

   He was lining up in the Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic for the third year in a row, following third placings in both 2015 and last year. He has also been runner-up in consecutive runnings of the Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham and was third in this year’s Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa.

   Hastings sisters Marilyn Te Paa and Christine Gray and their Havelock North brother Tony Gray own Authentic Paddy in partnership with their Paraparaumu-based brother Phillip and their sister Janice Berry, who lives in Upper Hutt.

   Marilyn Te Paa said this week they usually travel around the country to watch Authentic Paddy race but most had their family’s home for Christmas so they watched the race it on Trackside instead.

   “It was a great thrill,” she said.

   “We were jumping up and down and yelling at the TV and it was just wonderful to see him finally get his Group 1 win.”

   The family members became involved in racehorse ownership through their late uncle Don Robinson, who bred Authentic Paddy as well as his younger half-brother The Rippa.

   “Our uncle passed away three years ago this Saturday and we bought Authentic Paddy and The Rippa off his estate,” Te Paa said.

   The Rippa, a four-year-old by Rip Van Winkle, has won twice from 10 starts and was an unlucky fifth over 1550m at last Saturday’s Manawatu meeting.

   Both horses are prepared by Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta and Te Paa said they all met at Awapuni last Saturday where they discussed tactics for Authentic Paddy in the Zabeel Classic.

   “We had a change of jockey and the plan was to let him go to the front and just lob along and that’s exactly what happened,” Te Paa added.

   Experienced jockey Trudy Thornton took Authentic Paddy to the front from the outset in the 2000m weight-for-age feature and set a dawdling pace in the early stages. She still hadn’t asked the horse to do too much coming to the home turn and when the challengers came in the straight he had plenty in reserve, surging clear in the final stages to win by 1-1/4 lengths.

   Thornton described the Howbaddouwantit gelding as “an absolute pleasure to ride.”

   “He knows his job out there and Lisa had him fit and ready to go,” she added.

    Lisa Latta described Authentic Paddy’s latest success as one of the most satisfying wins of her training career.

   “It’s just an absolute buzz,” Latta said. “He’s a lovely horse and he so deserved that. It’s been a great day for us.”

   “He needs a strong rider and Trudy does exactly what she’s told,” she added.

   Latta was at her home track at Awapuni last Saturday where she also celebrated a winning treble with That’s Amore, Lincoln’s Gal and Denny’s Lincoln.


Hunta Pence stepping up

   Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell has plans to step his promising galloper Hunta Pence up in distance following the horse’s dominant victory over 2100m at Otaki last week.

   Campbell has the $30,000 Summer Cup (2400m) at Trentham on January 27 in mind for the five-year-old and will probably give him one more race before that.

   “I’d like to try him over 2400 and he’ll probably have another run over 2100 at Awapuni next week to help prepare him,” Campbell said.

   Campbell owns Hunta Pence in partnership with Wellington’s Luke Walding and the son of No Excuse Needed has now won them four races from 21 starts.

   The horse only had five rivals at Otaki last week and was well ridden by top apprentice Sam Weatherley.

   Hunta Pence had over-raced in front when finishing fourth at Waipukurau at his most recent start but Weatherley got him to settle perfectly in the trail and he was cruising behind the leader Gorbachev as they entered the last 600m.

   Weatherley sent the horse forward to take control rounding the home turn and they raced away over the final stages to score by 2-1/4 lengths.

   Hunta Pence has come through the win in good order. He is a horse that doesn’t carry a lot of condition but has a big stride and certainly looks a good stayer in the making.


Well deserved win

   Handfull, bred and part-owned by Takapau’s Jenny Dalby, picked up a deserved win when taking out a $25,000 Rating 75 race over 1550m at Awapuni last Saturday.

   The Fully Fledged gelding was having his fourth race in a new campaign and it followed three consecutive second placings, over 1400m at Hastings, 1600m at Wanganui and 1550m at Awapuni.

   Jockey Dylan Turner settled Handfull in sixth place before lodging a claim half-way up the home straight and they managed to stave off the challengers to win by a neck.

   Handfull has rarely been far away in any of his 13 starts, with two wins, five seconds and a third to his credit. He is trained at Woodville by Shane Brown who said the horse has been a slow maturing type and is still learning how to race properly.

   “In 12 months he’ll be a better horse,” Brown said.

   “He is still doing a few things wrong and was changing legs in the straight there today.”

   Dalby has bred and raced thoroughbreds for many years, with two of her best being the top racemares Milo and Saunter.


De Koning causes an upset

   Taradale woman Judith Buckeridge was back in the winner’s circle when De Koning upset the punters when breaking through for a maiden win a at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa.

   Buckeridge shares in the ownership of the Niagara three-year-old with some friends, including Cambridge trainer Fred Cornege. The horse won at odds of 18 to one.

   De Koning was sold for $13,000 as a weanling at a 2015 mixed bloodstock sale when offered by the former Hawke’s Bay-based Lime Country Thoroughbreds.

   He was having his sixth start last Saturday, with his previous best placings being a third and a fourth.

   Jockey Lynsey Satherley positioned him outside the leader from the start in the 1400m event and they went to the front at the top of the home straight. They were pressured over the final stages by first starter Gold Spice and jockey Doni Prastiyou but managed to get the decision by a head.


Hartley shows good promise

   Hartley, a three-year-old bred by Pourerere’s Sue Harty and close friend Christine McKay, looks to have a bright future on the racetrack following his game win in a 1300m maiden race at Otaki last week.

   The big gelding is a son of the ill-fated sire Azamour out of the Towkay mare Madam Butterfly and is now owned by Woodville trainer Neil Connors and his wife.

   Hartley was having only his second start, his first resulting in a fourth over 1100m on his home track in August last year. He suggested he was ready for a big fresh up performance when winning a 1000m Foxton trial on December 12.

   Top apprentice Sam Weatherley was aboard the horse at Otaki and had him trailing the leader until the home turn before taking control early in the home straight. The horse kept up a strong gallop to win by three-quarters of a length.

   Hartley was sold for $23,000 as a weanling and his dam Madam Butterfly was the winner of five races. She has produced a colt foal this year by Sweynesse.


Top jockey at Hastings

   Australian woman jockey Katelyn Mallyon will be in action at next Monday’s Hawke’s Bay New Year’s Day race meeting at Hastings.

   The successful hoop will ride the Hastings-trained Savvy Dreams in the Rating 75 race over 1200m and has also been booked for mounts from the powerful Te Akau stable of Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards as well as those prepared by Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie.

   Mallyon is based in Victoria, where she has recorded several group race victories, including last year’s Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes on the Robert Hickmott-trained Assign. She also rode that horse in the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

Burgundy filly blitzes rivals in Hastings jumpout 15 Dec 2017

   A two-year-old unraced filly by Burgundy in the Kate Hercock stable was undoubtedly the star at today’s Hastings jumpouts.

   There were five heats held up against the running rail on the course proper, where the ground was dead.

   The Burgundy filly was hugely impressive when taking out the last of the three 400-metre heats, bolting in by eight lengths with trainer Kate Hercock in the saddle.

   The filly jumped quickly from the barrier and the further they went the further she got in front, with her winning time of 25.1s being at least a second faster than the other two 400-metre heats.

   Waipukurau’s Simon Wilson purchased the Burgundy filly for $5000 after she was originally passed in at the Select session at this year’s Karaka yearling sales.

   She is out of the Entrepreneur mare Foxette, who was the winner of two races over distances of 1100 metres and 1400 metres. It is also the family of the Melbourne Cup winner Gurner’s Lane.

   Worldclass was another who impressive at the jumpouts when she won the only 1000 metre heat. The Iffraaj mare sat in behind the leaders until the home turn before easily taking over and raced away to score by 2 lengths.



Heat 1, 400m: Prince Conti 2yr-old gelding (H Durrant) 1, Mr Nancho 4yr-old mare 2, Niagara-Miss Tui 2yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/2 lengths, 2-3/4 lengths. Time: 27.2s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 2, 400m: Bella (J Bassett) 1, Ferlax 2yr-old filly 2, End Of Story 3. Three starters. Margins: Long head, ½ length. Time: 26.1s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 3, 400m: Burgundy-Foxette 2yr-old filly (K Hercock) 1, Audibeel 2, Jimmy Choux 2yr-old filly 3. Three starters. Margins: 8 lengths, Long head. Time: 25.1s. Winner trained by Kate Hercock, Hastings.

Heat 4, 750m: Niagara-Edwina 3yr-old gelding (H Durrant) 1, Shamoline Warrior 3yr-old filly 2, Strut 3. Four starters. Margins: ¾ length, 1 length. Time: 46s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: Worldclass (S Gee) 1, Ocean Park-Alpine Beauty 3yr-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: 2 lengths, 3-1/2 lengths. Time: 1:4.2. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Hastings stables bag five winners in two days 15 Dec 2017

   Hastings stables enjoyed outstanding success last weekend with five winners coming out of the area in two days of racing.

   Xpression, prepared by the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, capped the tremendous run when she took out the Group 2 $100,000 Wakefield Challenge Stakes at Trentham on Saturday, while John Bary also produced a winning double at that meeting with High Spirits and Smokin’ Oak.

   Waipukurau the following day saw Bary bring up his third win for the weekend with Swiss Precision while Paul Nelson took out the feature race with Keilib.

   Xpression lowered the colours of some highly rated two-year-olds in the Wakefield Challenge Stakes and looks headed for even bigger things in the future.

   She was a shade slow to begin in the 1200m event but jockey Samantha Collett didn’t panic, letting the filly find her feet in the early stages and keeping her balanced coming across the junction, at the top of the straight, before asking her to extend.

   Race favourite Espumoso looked the likely winner when he mastered the other well supported runner, King Louis, inside the final 300 metres but then Xpression came off the back of both of them and put in some big bounds late to get up and win by half a length.

   Espumoso finished second and was 3 lengths clear of the rest, headed by Bit Lippy. The John Bary-trained King Louis weakened to finish fifth.

   Xpression was having her second start and was backing up just eight days after finishing third over 1000m at Otaki eight days before.

   Guy Lowry describes the filly as a natural galloper who is very intelligent and has been a very quick learner.

   “She has always shown us plenty right from when she first came into the stable,” Lowry said.

   “She improved a lot from her first start at Otaki and I thought she would go well last Saturday.”

   Xpression will now be turned out for a brief spell and the come back to racing again in the New Year. There is a strong chance she may line up in the $20,000 two-year-old race over 1200m at Wairoa on February 25 as a lead up to the Group 1 $225,000 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni on March 31.

   “The Wairoa race works in perfectly as she can run there and then at Trentham a fortnight later before the Sires’ Produce Stakes,” Lowry added.

   Xpression is by Showcasing out of the Don Eduardo mare Xpress and was bred by Haunui Farm studmaster Mark Chitty in partnership with his childhood friend Iain Renton of Hawke’s Bay. The pair now races the filly with some other close Hawke’s Bay friends in Paul Bayes, Mark Apatu and Fred Coates.

   Xpression is the first winner produced by Xpress, who has since left another yearling filly by Showcasing and is due to foal to Sweetness.


Karaka Million plans

   Trainer John Bary has a million dollar New Year target for the promising Smokin’ Oak, who brought up his second win from only five starts when taking out the $30,000 three-year-old race at Trentham last Saturday.

   Bary purchased the Burgundy gelding for $45,000 at the select session of the 2016 Karaka yearling sales and that qualifies the horse for the listed $1million Karaka Million Three-year-old Classic (1600m) at Eller lie on January 27.

   Bary said he originally bought the horse for a prospective owner but when that deal fell through he was left with the horse. He then offered him for sale at last year’s Two-year-old Ready to run sale but he was passed in, with a reserve of $50,000.

   Bary and his racing manager Mike Sanders then set about organising a group to race the horse and he is now owned by the Burger Boys Syndicate, which is managed by Sanders.

   Several members of the syndicate are based in Hawke’s Bay including John and Ross Stace, Doug and Jill Callaghan, Michael and Pam Thomson, Johnny and Pauline Campbell, Mike White and Ian McLean. The other members are Peter, Gerard and Paul Gillespie and their Australian-based sister Anne, Auckland-based Narendra Balia and Mike and Christine Phillips.

   Smokin’ Oak cleared maiden ranks with a dominant 3 length win over 1200m on a heavy track at Waipukurau in September and was just as comfortable on a dead track at Trentham last Saturday. He began quickly from the 1400m barrier and wanted to go keenly in the early stages. But rider Samantha Collett managed to restrain him nicely in the lead and he showed a good turn of foot when asked to quicken at the top of the home straight.

   Race favourite Savvy Coup start to come after Smokin’ Oak in the final stages but the latter had enough in reserve to win by half a length.

   Bary said he will now plot a path for Smokin’ Oak that will hopefully have the horse peaking for the Karaka Million.


Wellington Cup hope

   High Spirits took a step towards a possible start in next month’s Group 3 $250,000 Wellington Cup when successful in a Rating 85 race over 3200m at Trentham last Saturday.

   The Wellington Cup has been reinstated to 3200m and Hastings trainer John Bary is keen to give the mare her chance in the race, especially as she has now shown she can run out the distance.

   High Spirits brought up her third win from 20 starts when she outstayed six rivals last Saturday. Rider Samantha Collett settled the horse in the trail in the early stages of the race before letting her roll to the front approaching the home turn. She kicked the mare clear early in the home straight and they were always in control, crossing the line 3-1/4 lengths clear of second placed Soleseifei.

   High Spirits is a four-year-old mare by Darci Brahma out of the Montjeu mare Spiriting and was purchased by Bary for $80,000 at the premier session of the 2014 Karaka yearling sales.

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

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


Keilib clings on to win    

   Trainer Paul Nelson pulled the right rein when he decided to bypass last Saturday’s Wellington meeting with Keilib and take the horse to Waipukurau the following day instead.

   Nelson had the Librettist six-year-old entered for the Rating 85 race over 3200m at Trentham but was able to take on slightly easier class in the Rating 75 $16,000 Aon Insurance/Leopard Hotel Xmas Cup over 2200m at Waipukurau.

   Keilib only had four rivals in the main race at the Waipukurau meeting and rider Leah Hemi positioned him in the trail behind leader Hunta Pence in the early stages. She took him to the front early in the home straight and, despite being under siege in the final stages, they were able to hold on for a long neck win.

    It was Keilib’s fourth win but his first since joining the Nelson stable at the beginning of this year. He was formerly prepared by Sylvia Kay at Levin and raced by her and husband Paddy.

   The horse is now raced by the I See Red Syndicate, a large group of mainly Hawke’s Bay people that have had a number of successful horses in the Nelson stable in recent years.

   Most of the horses the syndicate has raced have been jumpers, with the most successful being Just A Swagger, whose eight wins included the Grand National Hurdles (twice), the Hawke’s Bay Steeples and the Grand National Steeples.


Dominant win by promising filly

   Swiss Precision finally lived up to the early promise she showed when she bolted in by 4 lengths in a 1200m maiden at Waipukurau last Sunday.

   The Swiss Ace filly was having only her third start and trainer John Bary thanked the syndicate that races her for their patience, after the horse had caused him some trying times in the past 12 months.

   After winning a 650m Foxton trial in August 2016 Swiss Precision finished third on debut over 800m at Wanganui the following month but was sidelined and operated on to have bone chips removed from her legs.

   She was brought back into work at the beginning of this year but then struck an unsuitable heavy track and when finishing last of 10 runners over 800m at Hastings in July and was also very slow away that day.

   The filly then developed a resentment to the starting stalls and Bary and his staff have worked hard to get her confidence back.

   She jumped away quickly from the barrier at Waipukurau last Sunday and jockey Samantha Collett had her sitting outside the leader until the home turn. Once she asked the filly to extend she careered away from her rivals for a smart win.

   The filly is raced by the Challenge No.7 Syndicate, a large group of owners from all parts of the country. The syndicate is managed by bloodstock consultant Adrian Clark.


Wait A Sec back soon  

   Group 1 winner Wait A Sec will be back in action early next month to continue his build-up toward the Group 1 $500,000 Auckland Cup (3200m) in March.

   The Barfoot and Thompson-sponsored staying feature is the seven-year-old’s autumn goal and, to that end, he will head to Trentham off a break to resume in the Group 3 Anniversary Handicap (1600m) on January 13.

   “We’re looking to kick him off in the Anniversary at set weights and penalties,” said Grant Cullen, who trains the gelding with Guy Lowry.

   “We’ll take it from there and see how the tracks are. He can handle one or two on the firmer ground but not too many.”

Deb’s win will hopefully boost half-sister’s value 7 Dec 2017

   The win by Hastings-trained Deb at Rotorua on Wednesday of last week was a timely result for her Taupo-based owner-breeder Pat Lowry.

   The four-year-old mare is by Darci Brahma out of the Pins mare Stepping Out and Lowry will offer a half-sister to the mare, by Charm Spirit, at next month’s Karaka yearling sales.

   Deb is a four-year-old trained at Hastings by Lowry’s son Guy, in partnership with Grant Cullen. She was having only her fifth race start, with her previous best placing being a second over 1200m at Hastings 12 months ago.

   She did indicate a win was not far away when winning a 1000m jumpout at Hastings at the end of October and followed that up with a fair effort for seventh when resuming over 1200m at Hastings on November 12.

   Jockey Masa Tanaka settled the mare back past midfield in the early stages of her 1215m race at Rotorua last week before gradually improving his position coming to the home turn. After ranging up to the leaders early in the straight Deb shot to the front and fought off a determined challenge from second placegetter Nutee to score by a head, at odds of nine to one.

   Guy Lowry said this week that Deb has come through that race well and will probably start next in a Rating 65 race over 1200m at Awapuni tomorrow week.

   Deb is the third foal produced by Stepping Out, a mare that recorded one win and six minor placings from 20 starts for the Lowry/Cullen stable. The mare is now due to foal again to Shamexpress.


Scandalo proving his worth

   Scandalo is fast proving to be a bargain buy for his Hastings owner-trainer Patrick Campbell.

   The Shocking five-year-old brought up his fourth win, and his third from his last four starts, when taking out a $25,000 Rating 75 race over 1200m at Otaki last Friday. He now has a record of four wins, two seconds and two thirds from only 15 starts and has won $61,000 in stakemoney since joining the Campbell stable.

   Scandalo began his racing career in the South Island and was bought privately by Campbell after his first seven starts had produced two thirds and three fourths.

   The horse won first up from his new base, over 1450m at Wairoa, in February before a second success over 1200m at Hastings two months later. He then brought up win number three with an impressive fresh up victory over 1215m at Rotorua on October 21 and followed that up with a close second  over 1400m at Awapuni last month.

   Top South Island jockey Chris Johnson has ridden Scandalo in three of his wins and was aboard the horse last Friday. The horse was travelling keenly when midfield and one-off the fence in the middle stages but Johnson managed to get him to settle before asking him to improve just before the home turn.

   Once in the straight Johnson angled the horse to the centre of the track and they fought out a tight finish with Rock My Soul and apprentice Sam Weatherley before getting the decision by a neck.

   Campbell is happy with the way Scandalo has progressed since that win and will back him up in a $30,000 Rating 85 race over 1400m at Trentham tomorrow.

   Scandalo is out of the Savabeel mare Grandissima, who was the winner of two races and is a half-sister to the Avondale Cup winner The Mighty Lions. It is the family of the Australian Group 1 winners Press Statement and Pressday.

   A colt by Shamexpress out of Grandissima sold for $37,500 at last month’s Ready To Run two-year-old sale at Karaka.


Hollypop’s overdue success

   Patience was rewarded for the connections of Hollypop when the six-year-old finally broke through for a maiden win over 2040m at Wanganui last Saturday.

   The Minstrel Court mare was having her 26th start, with her previous best placings being six seconds and three thirds.

   Hawke’s Bay’s Lindsay McIntosh is a member of the Hollypop Syndicate that races the mare on lease and he, along with some of the other shareholders, was starting to lose hope of her ever winning a race.

   “The lease on her goes until the end of December and I was quite keen to finish with her a while back,” admitted McIntosh.

   “But Evan Rayner, who trains the horse with his daughter JJ, convinced us to stay in and said he couldn’t get her any fitter than she is now.”

   Hollypop certainly showed that fitness last Saturday. Jockey Chris Johnson settled her at the back of the 12 horse field in the early stages and then sent her on a quick forward movement around the field coming to the home turn.

   Hollypop ranged up wide out to take the lead early in the home straight but it then took all of Johnson’s expertise in the final stages to stave off a fast finishing burst from Dal Kilchoan to win by a nose.

   Hollypop has obviously come through last Saturday’s win in good order as the Rayners intend backing the mare up in a $30,000 Special Conditions 1600 at Trentham tomorrow.

   She will be dropping back in distance 1600 metres on the big Trentham track is like 2000 metres at other venues.


Cup hat-trick to Survived

   Hawke’s Bay-bred and former New Zealand Group 1 winner Survived has the full admiration of his Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander.

   The son of Zed, who isn’t the easiest horse to manage, produced another gritty display to win his third consecutive Mt Gambier Cup (2400m) in Australia last Monday.

   “To win three cups three years in a row is unbelievable because he is a very tricky horse,” Alexander said.

   “He's actually a nightmare to train. He picks and chooses what day he is going to show up, but there's something in the air here. He always turns up. I may have others better than him, but I don't have any tougher than him.”

   Survived won seven races in New Zealand, including the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) in 2013 for trainer John Bary. He was bred by veteran Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owner Don Gordon, who raced him before he was sold to stable clients of Alexander.


HB races next week

   Hawke’s Bay Racing will stage a twilight “Christmas at the Races” meeting at the Hastings racecourse next Thursday, December 14.

   An eight-race programme is planned, with the first timed to start at 3.07pm and the last at 7.15pm.

   The main race will be an $11,000 Rating 75 event over 1200m.

   There will be $10 gate charge.


Ellerslie likely for Hiflyer

   Trainer Peter Lock has narrowed down his options for his star galloper Hiflyer, with the favoured path being a trip to Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

   “Although nothing is set in concrete just yet, at this stage I’m leaning toward the Zabeel Classic. I think he’ll get the 2000m,” the Te Aroha-based trainer said.

   “There’s also the Rich Hill Mile, but he’s not a big, gross horse and I think that he would get too much weight. He’s rated 103 now and he would get 59 or 60kg.”

   A start in the Cambridge Stud-sponsored Ellerslie Group 1 feature would also fit in well with a following run in the Group 1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham on January 20.

   “We could freshen him. The Thorndon is set weights and penalties and it’s been a goal for a long, long time but if we were lucky enough to win the Zabeel then that could change,” Lock said.


Railway defence for Start Wondering

   Start Wondering won’t race again before the defence of his Group 1Sistema Railway title at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

   “He’ll possibly have a trial or a gallop between races somewhere, it’s worked for us before,” said Evan Rayner, who trains the champion sprinter at Wanganui with his daughter J.J.

   The seven-year-old was a gallant second when resuming in last week’s Listed Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki where he conceded the winner Chambord 7-1/2kg.

   “He always goes well on the fresh side,” Rayner said. “After Ellerslie, he’ll go to Trentham for the Telegraph.”


Plumptre new Cambridge Stud boss

   Vastly-experienced thoroughbred identity Henry Plumptre is to play a leading hand in the future of powerhouse New Zealand nursery Cambridge Stud.

   He will assume the role as the farm’s chief executive when new owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay take control in April of next year from Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan.

   In a coup for the New Zealand industry, Plumptre boasts a distinguished global career spanning three continents and over 40 years’ experience in bloodstock, stud farms and racing operations.

   “Henry Plumptre has overseen some exceptional achievements during his career,” Brendan Lindsay said.

   “He has built world-class brands and brings vast international experience to this new role. Jo and I are delighted that he has agreed to be a key component of the new Cambridge Stud team next year.

   “We are very proud to confirm that Marcus Corban, who has played such an important role in the success of Cambridge Stud, will be remaining in his current role as general manager,” added Lindsay.

Hastings Trackwork 6 Dec 2017

   A fast 800-metre gallop by My Big Sista and Junior and a sound workout by Xpression were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   My Big Sista and Junior worked in from the 1000-metre peg and were timed to run the last 800 in a quick 49.9, the last 600 in 36.8.

   My Big Sista is a Nadeem three-year-old filly in the Patrick Campbell stable while Junior is a three-year-old gelding by Nom de Jeu trained by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown. Both horses have shown up well in jumpouts held on the Hastings track.

   Xpression ended her work with an easy 600 metres in 40.1 and looked to be travelling well at the finish. She produced a good debut performance for third in the two-year-old race at Otaki last Friday.

   Pakapunch sprinted 600 metres in 38.8 while stablemate Knife ran over the same ground in 38.

   Makeitrain was let off with an easy 800 metres in 56.3, the last 600 in 41.4. She is a filly by Niagara in the Lowry/Cullen stable who turned in an encouraging debut run for fifth at Rotorua on November 29.

   Dare To Rock clocked 39.3 and 42.2 for two 600-metre runs while a Niagara three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable underwent similar work and clocked 40.8 and 43.1.

   An Ocean Park-Alpine Beauty three-year-old filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable worked in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:17.4, the last 600 in 46.4 while Malcan underwent similar work and clocked 1:18.1 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 46.2.

Hastings Trackwork 5 Dec 2017

   Keilib, preparing for the 3200-metre race at Trentham on Saturday, strode out well in a solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Keilib worked in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:6.3, running the first 400 metres in a leisurely 28.6 before quickening over the last 600 in 37.7. He will be racing out of his grade in Saturday’s Rating 85 race but trainer Paul Nelson is keen to try him over the 3200-metre distance after the horse’s two recent minor placings at 2100m and has booked top jockey Chris Johnson to ride him.

   Nelson will have runners at both North Island venues this Saturday as Peso will head north for the Rating 75 Dunstan Feeds Championship Qualifier over 2200 metres, with apprentice Sam Weatherley booked to ride him.

   This morning Peso also worked in from the 1000-metre peg but didn’t start bowling along until about the 800 and was timed to run from there in 54.9, the first 200 in 17.5. He then quickened nicely over the last 600 in 37.4.

   The Colombia six-year-old has been impressive in winning his last two starts, the most recent being a 4-3/4 length victory over 2100 metres at Tauranga.

   Savvy Dreams was kept under a good hold when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:9.7, the last 600 in 40.3. She looks to be coming up well in another preparation and was placed over 1000 metres at last month’s Foxton trials. She could resume racing at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Thursday week.

   Gates To Rio started well behind stablemate Kaipawe when they left the 1000-metere peg but had got on terms at the finish and clocked 1:4.9, the last 600 in 36.1. Gates To Rio was a last start sixth in a 1200-metre maiden at Hastings on November 12.

   Tavijazz was kept to just three-quarter pace when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:13.9, the last 600 in 43.5.

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