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Hawkes Bay Racing Column 27 Dec 2019

HB-bred New York Jazz is back in tune

(By John Jenkins)


   Hawke’s Bay-bred and owned New York Jazz was one of the most impressive winners at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa, coming from well back on the home turn to score a decisive victory over 1200m.

   It was the four-year-old Niagara gelding’s second success from only nine starts and he has also recorded two seconds and two thirds.

   New York Jazz was bred by the Hastings brothers Chris and Ken Russell and is still owned by Chris.

  He has leased the horse out to Te Awamutu trainer Stephen Ralph, who races him in partnership with members of the Sutton family from the Waikato.

   Russell originally had New York Jazz in work with Hastings trainer Anita Gardner but said the horse was a bit too head-strong, so it was decided to transfer him to Stephen Ralph’s stable.

   “He was proving to be a bit of a handful and Stephen Ralph is good at sorting out those type of horses,” Russell said.

   New York Jazz is the second foal produced by the Coats Choice mare Shesalljazz, who recorded five wins, three seconds and a third when trained at Hastings by Patrick Campbell.

   The first foal out of the mare was Nigella Jazz, also by Niagara, and she has won one race.

   “She then produced a nice filly by Reliable Man but we unfortunately lost her and the mare has now got a filly foal at foot by O’Reilly’s Choice,” Russell said.

   New York Jazz was outpaced in the early stages of the 1200m Rating 65 race at Te Rapa last Saturday and was giving the leaders a good head start rounding the home turn. But once jockey Darren Danis got him to the outside, and balanced up, he showed a tremendous turn if foot to sweep past the opposition and score by a length.

HB-bred New York Jazz stretches out under the urgings of jockey Darren Danis for an impressive length win in a rating 65 race over 1200m at Te Rapa last Saturday. The four-year-old son of Niagara has now recorded two victories from nine starts.


New Year’s Day races

   Hawke’s Bay Racing’s traditional Interislander Summer Festival race day at Hastings on New Year’s Day promises to provide something for everyone.

   It’s another great day of racing in the Bay, where adults will also be able to enjoy live music while they partake in food and beverages from the numerous vendors on course.

   There will also be a variety of entertainment for children, including a bouncy castle, face painting and Kids Go Racing competitions.

   Eight races are programmed for the day, with the first timed for 12.50pm and the last at 4.54pm. The gates will open at 10.30am and there will also by a Punters Club in operation, at a cost of $10 a ticket.

   There is an early-bird gate charge of $10 up until Monday, December 30 and general admission will be $15 after that, with free entry for those under 18.

   The feature race on the day will be the $20,000 Russell Family City Of Hastings Cup, a 1300m open sprint that is expected to attract a good field.

   The Russell family have been great supporters of the Hawke’s Bay New Year’s Day race meeting for well over a decade and family members also sponsoring other races on the day through Jimmy Rural and Phil’s Gardens. Close to a hundred family members and friends are expected be on course.

   Another of the main races on the programme will be the Kahungunu Kapa, a Rating 72 race over 1600m. As part of the sponsorship package for this race complimentary tickets for the day have been available from various outlets.

   This race was first run in 2017 when the Lisa Latta-trained Platinum Express took it out when ridden by Robert Hannam.

   There have been local victories in the two years since, with the Patrick Campbell-trained Lady Guinness winning in 2018 for apprentice jockey Holly Andrew and the Penny & Tony Ebbett-trained Royal Ruby taking out the event last year, crediting the then Hastings apprentice Hunter Durrant with his first winner.


Xpression looks on target

   Classy Hastings-trained mare Xpression continues to tick over nicely as she prepares for the Group 1 $250,000 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) at Trentham on January 18.

   The Showcasing four-year-old had an exhibition gallop between races at Otaki last Friday and co-trainer Guy Lowry was pleased with the way she finished the work off.

   Xpression, who was a Group 2 winner as a two-year-old and finished third in last season’s Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton, has spent most of this year in the care of Sydney trainer Chris Waller.

   She returned to the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen in November and recorded a good second behind Tavi Mac in a Rating 82 race over 1200m at Trentham on December 7.

   “She had to carry a lot of weight in that race and it was a very good run. We are extremely happy with the way she has trained on since,” Lowry said this week.

   Xpression is in foal to top Australian sire Snitzel so the Telegraph Sprint is likely to be her last race before she is retired to the broodmare paddock.


Mascarpone outstanding

   Exciting three-year-old Mascarpone sent a clear message to his age group rivals that he will be a force to be reckoned with in any of the upcoming features after he stormed to victory over 1400m at Awapuni last Saturday.

   The Shooting To Win gelding made it three wins in a row with a stunning performance, despite missing the start by a conservative three lengths after rearing as the gates opened.

   Rider Ryan Elliot had his hands full in the early stages as Mascarpone fired up on a muddling tempo but enjoyed an armchair ride in the final 600m as his charge glided around the field approaching the home bend before unleashing a powerful burst that carried him to a comfortable victory.

   Co-trainer Bailey Rogerson was thrilled with the performance, especially given the Team Rogerson-trained galloper had required some farrier work behind the barrier after throwing a rear plate on his way to the start.

   “It’s scary to think that what he’s doing now is just pure raw ability so, when he puts it all together, we will look forward to that day,” she said.

   “Each time he goes to the races he’s learning a bit more.

   “There are some nice races (coming up) where we might have to throw him in the deep end, but as he’s shown, he is a quality horse.”

   While Rogerson didn’t signal any particular target for Mascarpone her training partner and grandfather, Graeme, has indicated the Group 1 $225,000 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham next month is definitely on the horse’s programme.

   Elliot was also full of praise for his mount despite the starting gate incident that had him in some discomfort after banging his shoulder against the side of the barrier when Mascarpone jumped in the air.

   “He’s reared up as the gates have opened and clocked my shoulder on the way out,” Elliot said.

   “The saddle slipped back a bit and made it hard up the straight, but he’s done it well.

   “After the terrible start I just sat back and stayed about three or four off the fence. I didn’t have much cover but that was the better part of the track.

   “He doesn’t really handle the wet ground, but he has got through it.”

   Hastings-trained Callsign Mav lost no admirers after working home well in the closing stages to finish second behind Mascarpone in his first start since contesting the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton last month and is another three-year-old being aimed at the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on January 11.


Co-trainer Bailey Rogerson leads Mascarpone away after the Shooting To Win gelding completed a hat-trick of wins with an outstanding performance in the three-year-old 1400m event at last Saturday’s Manawatu meeting.


Collett chasing premiership

    A winning double at Awapuni last Saturday has the effervescent Sam Collett nicely situated near the top of the National Jockeys’ premiership as she positions herself for a run at a second title to place beside the inaugural trophy she claimed in the 2017-18 season. 

   Collett now sits only a handful of wins behind South Island apprentice Kozzi Asano, although her charge to the top will be halted briefly by an untimely suspension that will see her on the sidelines until December 30.

   While disappointed in the circumstances that saw her weigh in light on maiden runner Lord Polonius at Ruakaka on December 17 and incur the suspension, Collett prefers to look on the bright side of the untimely break.

   “I feel really sorry for the connections of the horse at Ruakaka as he was disqualified and they lost their prizemoney because of my mistake, so hopefully I will be able to make that up to them one day,” Collett said.

   Collett is still hoping to make a successful attack on one of the plum black-type features during the Ellerslie Christmas Carnival when she takes the mount on the Nigel Tiley-trained Riodini in the Group 2 Jamieson Park Auckland Guineas (1600m) on New Year’s Day.

   Now that she is near the lead in the premiership, Collett is keen for her agent Stu Laing to start looking for rides further afield in the coming months as she tries to build further momentum in her chase for the title.

   “Stu has taken over as my agent this year after Darryl (Anderson) moved to Hong Kong and we have clicked really well,” Collett said.

   “I said at the start of the season that if we got to the new year and I was in premiership contention that I would like to travel a bit more to see if I could secure the extra wins needed to stay on top.

   “I really want a second title to go with my first one, but I also know how much it took out of me that year, chasing wins all over the country.

   “I was pretty much exhausted at the end so last year I restricted the amount of travel I did just to try and get back on an even keel.

   “I’m feeling good so I would like to push myself to see if I can achieve that goal again.”

Sam Collett says she will be chasing a second national jockeys’ premiership this season.



(By John Jenkins)


   Last start winner Jonny Russ stretched out well in a solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Jonny Russ had trainer Anita Gardner aboard when working over 1000m in 1:3.5. He ran the first 400m in 26.8 before quickening to come home the last 600 in 36.7. The big chestnut cleared maiden ranks with an all the way win over 2000m at Hastings on December 11 and will line up in a Rating 65 race over 2100m there on New Year’s Day.

   Sheer Elegance, entered for the Maiden 1600 at Wednesday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, worked in from the 1200m peg on her own in 1:24.6, running the first 600 in an easy 46.3 before quickening over the last 600 in 38.3. She also looked to be stretching out nicely at the finish.

   Verlade and Red Sunday, two members of the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked together over 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 37.2 and final 600 in 24. It was good work by both horses and Red Sunday contests the maiden 1600 at Hastings on New Year’s Day while Verlade runs over 1400m at Tauherenikau the following day.

   Unlaced and So Gold, two others from the Lowry/Cullen stable, clocked 52.6 for their 800m workout, the last 600 in 37.6. Unlaced is closely related to Jimmy Choux and will make her race debut in the maiden three-year-old 1200 at Hastings on New Year’s Day while So Gold is entered for the Maiden 1100 at Taupo today.

   Matt Kain, another who cleared maiden ranks at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting, worked easily over 800m and was timed to run the last 600 in 41.7. He runs in the Rating 65 race over 1100m at Hastings on Wednesday.

   Vroom, another entered for the Hawke’s Bay New Year’s Day meeting, worked with Swish Az over 800m in 55.1, the last 600 in 39.7. Vroom was a good fresh up third over 1200m at Waipukurau earlier this month and will be stepped up to 1400m on Wednesday.

   Xpression was kept under a strong hold when running 600m in 43.3. She had a gallop between races at last Friday’s Otaki meeting and is ticking over nicely as she prepares for next month’s Telegraph Sprint at Trentham.

   A Super Easy-Imperial Miss three-year-old and a Niagara-Chocolate Cake four-year-old worked together over 800m in 54.9, the last 600 in 40.6 while My Jakky and War Of Words clocked 24 for the second of two 400-metre sprints.

   A Raise The Flag four-year-old gelding in Patrick Campbell’s stable worked easily on his own over 1000m in 1:10.4, the last 600 in 41.1 while an Atlante-Kalahari Princess three-year-old gelding and a Raise The lag four-year-old gelding were not pressured when running 800m in 57.1, the last 600 in 41.9.

Hawkes Bay Racing Column 20 Dec 2019

HB trainers to the fore at local meeting

(By John Jenkins)

   Last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting provided a personal milestone for two Hastings trainers as they chalked up their first winners, both of them after a long time involvement in the thoroughbred racing industry.

   Anita Gardner, a former Hastings apprentice who has had extensive overseas experience, produced Jonny Russ to score an all the way win in the maiden 2000m event while Steven Carey brought up his first success after years of trying when Matt Cain also led all the way in a maiden race over 1300m.

   The two horses provided the first two legs of a Hastings-trained treble at the meeting which was completed when the Lee Somervell-trained Yossarian took out the final event, a Rating 65 race over 1400m.

   The win by Jonny Russ in the Thornhill-Horticultural Contracting Maiden was not only a significant triumph for his trainer Anita Gardner but also for the horse’s Hawke’s Bay owner-breeders Chris and Ken Russell.

   The five-year-old Ocean Park gelding is named after Chris Russell’s late son Jonny, who died suddenly whilst visiting his brother in the United States just over two years ago. The big chestnut is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Dorotea Dior, who also has a family connection as she was named after Chris and Ken’s mother who was the matriarch of the Russell family.

   Anita Gardner took out a permit to train licence in July this year and Jonny Russ is one of two horses she presently has in work, the other being an unraced two-year-old gelding by Reliable Man out of Dorotea Dior.

   “The Reliable Man two-year-old is ready to have a jumpout while I’ve got another two young ones ready to come in,” Gardner said this week.

   “One is a Swiss Ace three-year-old filly out of Donna Jazz and the other is a Makfi two-year-old gelding out of Donna Beel.”

   Gardner, 45, took over the training of Jonny Russ at the beginning of this season after the horse had passed through another couple of Hastings stables.

   “I have been working for Chris Russell for going on five years and have always wanted to take up training,” Gardner said.

   Gardner’s maiden name was Anita Glassey and she served her apprenticeship with the late John Stenning at Hastings. She only had 60 race-rides in the two and a half years she was a jockey and kicked home two winners.

   “I won on Park Road at Hastings on my first day of riding and then I won on Debutante at Woodville,” Gardner recalled. “Both horses were trained by John Stenning.”

   After retiring from race-riding, Gardner decided to venture overseas and spent the first 2-1/2 years working for the then Victorian-based trainer Lee Freedman. She then went to Singapore where she worked for former New Zealander Stephen Gray for two years before heading off to the United Kingdom.

   There she worked for Newmarket trainer William Haggis for three years and it was during this time that she met her husband Doug Gardner, who was also riding work for the same trainer.

   Jockey Madan Singh was told to take Jonny Russ straight to the front in last week’s 2000m race at Hastings and then dictate the pace.

   Singh followed the instructions to the letter, establishing a two length advantage over the field with a round to go and then kept him rolling along in front from then on.

   Jonny Russ had a two length lead rounding the home turn and still had plenty in reserve, kicking clear in the final stages to score by 3-1/2 lengths from Seven Seas, with a further gap of 4-1/4 lengths back to third placed Krakadeel.

   Dorotea Dior, the dam of Jonny Russ, cost Chris and Ken Russell $250,000 from a Karaka mixed bloodstock sale in 2009. She has produced four foals to race and each one has been a winner.

   Donna Beel (by Zabeel) was the first foal and recorded one win as did the second foal O’Reilly’s Choice (by O’Reilly). Jonny Russ was the mare’s third foal and she has since produced Maria Dior, who has won two races for Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell. The mare is now in foal to Preferment.

Jonny Russ is clear of his rivals at the end of the maiden 2000m race at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

Trainer Anita Gardner and co-owner Ken Russell welcome Jonny Russ back into the winner’s stall after the horse’s decisive maiden victory.


Deserved win for Steven Carey

   Matt Cain may have only beaten three other runners when taking out a 1300m maiden race at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting but the win was especially satisfying for the horse’s part-owner and trainer Steven Carey.

   Not only was it Carey’s first success as a trainer but he and fellow part-owner Eric Verheul have spent numerous hours getting Matt Cain back to full fitness after injuries have sidelined the horse on several occasions.

   The six-year-old Danroad gelding was having only his eighth start when he lined up on his home track last week and led all the way. He was challenged by race favourite Oceans Eight in the final stages but was not to be denied, stretching his neck out in the final few strides to get the decision.

   The win followed a good third that Matt Cain recorded over 1300m at Awapuni last month with his previous best placing before that being a second over 1100m at this year’s New Year’s Day Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Carey and Verheul bought Matt Cain off the horse’s American-based breeder Butch Thomas after the horse had won two barrier trials from the Hastings stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown.

   Matt Cain was unplaced in his first start for Carey, at Wairoa in February 2018, and was found to have ruptured a superficial flexor tendon in the right foreleg during that race.

   The injury meant that Matt Cain had to been turned out for a lengthy spell and he did not resume racing until New Year’s Day this year.

   Steven Carey is a former successful jumps jockey who has held a trainer’s licence for the past 10 years. He has only ever had one or two horses in work at a given time and has only had 35 starters in total.

   “I’ve raced a few over the years but they have been no good,” Carey said.

   Matt Cain looks to have come through last week’s race in good order and is likely to line up again on his home track at the upcoming Hawke’s Bay New Year’s Day meeting.


Matt Cain pictured with his happy owners Eric Verheul and Steven Carey following the horse’s maiden win over 1300m at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.


New tactics worked the oracle

   A change of riding tactics brought about the desired effect when Hastings-trained Yossarian led practically all the way to win over 1400m on his home track last week.

   The Rip Van Winkle four-year-old had been getting back in his races and often being hampered in the running so trainer Lee Somervell instructed jockey Madan Singh to ride him a lot more positively.

   “I told him to bounce him out of the barrier and get him up there and in the race,” Somervell said this week.

   “I didn’t expect him to lead but he bowled along well in front and kicked on strongly at the finish.”

   Singh hunted Yossarian out of the barrier and had the horse two lengths clear at the end of the first 300m The horse then wanted to over-race but the rider was able to steady him before kicking clear again soon after entering the home straight.

   Yossarian kept up a strong gallop to score by 1-1/2 lengths from Bravissimo, with In Fashion a further 2-1/4 lengths back in third place.

   It was Yossarian’s second win from 11 starts and he has also recorded two third placings.

  “I think this horse is really starting to come to it now,” Somervell said, after watching Yossarian undergo a training gallop at the Hastings track on Wednesday.

   He will back him up in another Rating 65 race over 1400m at tomorrow’s Manawatu meeting.

   Yossarian is owned by his Hawke’s Bay breeders John and Colleen Duncan and is out of the Kaapstad mare Kapsjoy. He is a half-brother to Fleur de Lune; whose six wins included the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m). Another half-brother is Stradivarius, who has won four races and finished third in a $35,000 open sprint over 1200m at Awapuni last Saturday.

  Kapsjoy is deceased but the Duncans are now breeding from Fleur de Lune, who is presently in foal to Per Incanto.


Yossarian and jockey Madan Singh cross the line for an impressive win over 1400m at Hastings last week. The Rip Van Winkle four-year-old will now line up at tomorrow’s Manawatu meeting at Awapuni.


McDonald back in NZ

   Champion jockey James McDonald will be on a working holiday when he takes a break from his busy Sydney schedule to return home to Cambridge for Christmas.

   Despite being in contention for the New South Wales Jockeys Premiership, McDonald is keen to have Christmas in New Zealand with his family, but the trip has been extended to include riding at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

   On Boxing Day McDonald is keeping to a limited book of mounts with one of his main mounts being Supera in the Group 1 Zabeel Classic for long-time supporter Sir Peter Vela. He will also ride Jennifer Eccles in the Group 2 Ladies Mile (1600m), Bella Mente in the Listed Uncle Remus Stakes (1400m) and Gino Severino in the Rating 82 1400m.

   On New Year’s Day he is booked to ride Winter Bride in the Group 1 Sistema Railway (1200m) for Gold Coast trainers Toby and Trent Edmonds, Sentimental Miss in the Group 3 City Of Auckland Cup (2400m), Dragon Leap in the Group 2 Jamieson Park Auckland Guineas (1600m), the unbeaten Play That Song in the Group 2 Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes (1200m), Lilikoi in the Group 2 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (2000m) and Vichy in the Rating 72 1600m respectively.




(By John Jenkins)


   Vinnie’s Volley took the time honours from several gallops conducted on the course proper at the Hastings track this morning (Friday).

   Horses preparing for Christmas and New Year racing were allowed to gallop outside the markers, which were about 20 metres out from the running rail. The ground was in good order after rain earlier this week.

   Vinnie’s Volley finished clear of stablemate Bucky at the end of 1000m in 1:01.8, the last 600 in a quick 35.9s and was striding out well. She will contest the Rating 82 race over 1200m at Awapuni on Boxing Day while Bucky will be entered for the Rating 65 race over 1400m at Hastings on New Year’s Day.

   Yossarian was another who strode out well when he ran a solo 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 36.3. He was scratched from Saturday’s Manawatu meeting as trainer Lee Somervell felt he would have struggled on the wet track. He is now likely to line up at either Awapuni on Boxing Day or Hastings on New Year’s Day.

   Motivation looked to be travelling slightly better than On Show at the end of 1000m in 1:04.6, the last 600 in 36.2. Motivation will be entered for the Open 1300m race at Hastings on New Year’s Day while On Show will run in a Rating 65 1100m race on the same programme.

   Last start winner Jonny Russ worked in from the 1400m peg and was timed to run the last 1000m in 1:07.8, the final 600 in 39.4. He will race next in a Rating 65 race over 2100m at Hastings on New Year’s Day.

   Serena looked to be travelling well alongside stablemate Cinzento at the end of 1000m in 1:04.7, the last 600 in 36.5. Serena will race next in a rating 65 race over 1200m at Taupo on December 30 while Cinzento won’t race again until Awapuni on January 4, where she will contest a three-year-old set weights & penalties race over 1400m.

   Stradivarius was not hurried when he worked over 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 39.5 and his next race will be in the Open 1300m event at Hastings on New Year’s Day.

   Heart Of Stone, another from the John Bary stable likely to start at Awapuni on Boxing Day, worked with Hugo The Boss over 1000m in 1:03.1, the last 600 in 36.5.

   So Gold and Red Sunday were timed to run 800m in 56 while Matt Kain, another who will start next at Hastings on New Year’s Day, was restricted to not much more than three-quarter pace when running 1000m in 1:11.7, the last 600 in 42.1.

   A Niagara-Belfast Babe three-year-old filly and one by Ferlax, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, were kept under a hold over 1000m in 1:12.2, the last 600 in 40.5.




(By John Jenkins)


   Hunta Pence rounded off his preparation for Saturday’s $100,000 Manawatu Cup with a strong solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session (Wednesday).

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing after 14 millimetres of rain overnight.

   Hunta Pence worked in from the 1200m peg in 1:17.6, running the first 600m in an easy 40.9 before quickening appreciably over the final 600 in 36.7. The No Excuse Needed gelding looks to have thrived since his last start second in the Wanganui Cup at the end of last month. Chris Johnson has been booked to ride him on Saturday.

   Chalk, preparing for a maiden 1400m at Awapuni on Boxing Day, was given two easy 600-metre runs, the first in 42 and the second in 39.5. He only managed fifth over 1200m at Hastings last week but the track was probably a bit too form for him.

   One Prize One Goal, entered for the Rating 72 race over 1200m at Awapuni on Saturday, was kept under a good hold when running a solo 1000m in 1:08.6, the last 600 in 39.1. He never got a chance to get into the race after missing the start badly over 1500m at Awapuni last Saturday.

   His stablemate Yossarian also worked over 1000m on his own in 1:09.2, the last 600 in 38.8. Trainer Lee Somervell is delighted with how well the horse has done since winning at Hastings last week and will line him up in the Rating 65 race over 1400m at Awapuni this Saturday.

   My Tommy, who is likely to resume over 1400m at Hastings on New Year’s Day, worked with a Jakkalberry three-year-old gelding over an easy 1000m in 1:12.3, the last 600 in 41.7.

   My Tommy has not raced since September last year after being sidelined with a tendon injury.



(By John Jenkins)


   Xpression was given an easy workout at this morning’s Hastings track session as she prepares for next month’s Group 1 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) at Trentham.

   The Showcasing mare looks to have come through her race at Trentham on December 7 in good order but co-trainer Guy Lowry said she won’t race again until the weight-for-age $250,000 JR & N Berkett Telegraph on January 18.

   “We’ll just keep her ticking over until then. She is in foal and the Telegraph will be her last race,” Lowry said.

   Xpression, who spent several months in Chris Waller’s stable in Sydney, carried topweight of 59kg when having her first start back for the Lowry/Cullen partnership and conceded three kilograms in the weights to the winner Tavi Mac.

   Vannoss, preparing for the Rating 65 race over 2300m at Otaki on Friday, worked over a round this morning and was timed to run the last 1200m in 1:27.6, the final 600 in 43.8. He finished fourth over 2000m at Hastings last week.

   Rekohu Diva, another entered for Otaki on Friday, also worked over a round on her own and was timed to run the last 1000m in 1:7.4, the last 600 in 38.1.

   Velarde, likely to make his race debut at Otaki on Friday, was held back to not much more than three-quarter pace over 600m in 41.8. He is a three-year-old by Atlante out of Springvale Lass in the Lowry/Cullen stable.

   Alpine Charm, another from the same stable, ended her work with an easy 600m in 42.2. She is a three-year-old filly by Ocean Park out of Alpine Beauty, making her a half-sister to the Group 1 winner Adventador. She could also make her race debut at Otaki on Friday.

   A Niagara-Hazel three-year-old clocked 40.5 for an easy 600m while So Gold was only allowed to sprint the last 300m when working in from the 600m peg.


Hawkes Bay Racing Column 13 Dec 2019

Auret comes up one short for $2000 prize

(By John Jenkins)

   Marton trainer Fraser Auret came within centimetres of picking up a $2000 bonus at last Sunday’s Waipukurau meeting.

   The Waipukurau Jockey Club put the bonus up as an incentive for the first trainer to achieve three wins at the meeting.

   Auret produced the last two winners on the programme, Posh Porotene in race seven and Chickaberinda in race eight and was narrowly beaten in the first two races.

   He produced Take That to finish second in the opening event, with that horse going down by a short head behind Belindabella. He then saddled up Florence O’Reilly in race two and the Ocean Park mare looked set for victory when clear in the lead inside the last 200m. However, she was collared right on the line by the favourite Kellys Inspiration, the margin between the two being a bare nose.

   The feature race at the annual Waipukurau Christmas meeting was the $16,000 PGG Wrightson/Leopard Hotel Xmas Cup which was taken out by the favourite Very Appealing.

   The Cape Blanco mare, trained at Foxton by David and Emma Haworth, was recording her third win from 13 starts and has been a model of consistency this time in, with two wins, two seconds and a fourth from her last five races.

   Very Appealing was ridden by Zinjete Moki, who had the mare positioned in the first two or three from the outset in the 2200m event. She sent her to the front early in the home straight and she powered clear over the final stages to win by 2-3/4 lengths.  

Kellys Inspiration (middle) just gets up to snatch a nose victory over Florence O’Reilly in race two at last Sunday’s Waipukurau meeting, with Flying Surf only a half neck back in third place.



Co-trainer Emma Haworth leads Very Appealing around following the mare’s dominant win in last Saturday’s $16,000 PGG Wrightson/Leopard Hotel Xmas Cup, feature race at last Sunday’s Waipukurau meeting.


HB-bred in rich vein of form

   Hawke’s Bay-bred Gunga Din brought up his fourth win from only 12 starts with a dominant performance in an $80,000 TAB Highway event in Sydney last Saturday.

  The four-year-old Shamexpress gelding made light work of the 59kg topweight he had to carry in an 1800m event at Rosehill, coming from well off the pace on the home turn to score by four lengths.

   Gunga Din is prepared by Canberra trainer Keith Dryden and was ridden by Nash Rawiller. He is out of the Savabeel mare Lady Kipling and was bred by the late Laurence Redshaw, a well-known Hawke’s Bay owner-breeder, and Gisborne’s Geoff Candy.

   The pair raced Lady Kipling from the Cambridge stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and she was the winner of 11 races including the Group 3 $70,000 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie.

   Lady Kipling had eight starts at Group 1 level for two seconds, a third and two fourths. She dead-heated for second behind Final Touch in the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham in December 2012 and the only went down by a short head when second to Historian in the Thorndon Mile at Trentham a month later.

   Gunga Din is the second foal produced by Lady Kipling, who is still owned by Geoff Candy and the estate of Laurence Redshaw. He was sold for $90,000 at the 2017 Karaka yearling sales.

   The mare’s third foal is Fascino, a three-year-old by Charm Spirit, who fetched $400,000 at the 2018 Karaka yearling sales and has won two races from seven starts for the Victorian partnership of Cairon Maher and David Eustace.

   Lady Kipling has since produced a two-year-old colt by Tavistock, who was sold for $230,000 at the 2019 Karaka yearling sales, and a yearling filly by Turn Me Loose. She is now back in foal to Charm Spirit.

   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 (1600m) at Awapuni.


Mick Dee back riding in NZ

   Former Hastings-based apprentice Mick Dee, now a highly successful jockey in Melbourne, will again be returning to Hawke’s Bay for the Christmas-New Year period and has been offered a key mount aboard Kali in the Group 1 $200,000 Sistema Railway at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.  

   The 23-year-old, who began his career from the stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, landed a winning treble on his last trip to New Zealand, for the second day of the New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton last month.

   Dee owns a Waipukurau farm with his parents, Richard and Jo, and had already planned to return there to celebrate Christmas when the offer to ride Kali in the Sistema Railway (1200m) arose.

   “I’ve been home for Christmas for the last few years and rode at Ellerslie on Boxing Day two years ago, but had the week off last year,” Dee said.

   “This time I’ll fly over on the 24th (December), have Christmas with my family, then go up to ride at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.”

   Kali was one of the favourites for the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton last start following an impressive win in the Group 3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton, but she was hampered in the early stages of the Guineas and was last on settling before winding up sixth, three lengths from her winning stablemate, Loire.

   “She had 10 days off after Christchurch and looks fantastic,” trainer Tony Pike said. 

   “She has been back in a couple of weeks and there’s a strong chance she will get to the Railway. Three-year-olds have a good record in it.  

   “She’ll have an exhibition gallop at Ellerslie on the course proper beforehand.”

Kali will get into the Railway with 51.5kg, the reason a lightweight rider of Dee’s calibre was quickly sought.

   Pike also plans to run Endless Drama, winner of the Group 2 Easter Handicap (1600m) and Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m), in the Railway.

   The eight-year-old has returned from Perth where he finished tenth in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), just under five and a half lengths from the winner, Hey Doc.

   “He had no luck in the run over there,” Pike said. “They took the speed out of the race and that didn’t suit him. 

   “He came back last Thursday and is having a week in the paddock then will go fresh into the Railway.

   Dee has kept up his good form since returning to Melbourne from Riccarton, where his three wins included the Group 3 Stewards Stakes (1200m) aboard the Dan Miller-trained Sheezallmine.

   Dee has ridden seven winners in his last 44 rides and picked up a double over the weekend, including Nerve Not Verve for trans-Tasman trainer Mike Moroney at Moonee Valley on Friday. Earlier he won a couple of races for former Kiwi trainers, Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.

   Dee has been riding trackwork at Flemington for Moroney and has been rewarded with other race rides and hopes to pick up further mounts for him and Matamata training partner Pam Gerard during his two-day stint at Ellerslie.

   “Dean Williams is taking my rides and there are a few possibles at this stage, but not confirmed,” Dee said.

   “John Sargent was talking of taking Luvaluva over for the Zabeel Classic (Group 1, 2000m) on Boxing Day and Tony McEvoy also mentioned Aristocratic Miss for it, but she only ran third in the Werribee Cup (2000m on Sunday) so I’m not sure she’ll go now.

   “I know Dan (Miller) is planning to run Lavaglo on Boxing Day so I’ll be riding that.”

   Meanwhile, Dee will be representing New Zealand, along with Sam Collett, in this weekend’s Racing Queensland TAB Origin Jockeys Series, which has attracted Michael Rodd back from Singapore to join Kathy O’Hara in the New South Wales team.

   The series, which features 12 top jockeys going head-to-head in a battle for Origin supremacy and the Waterford Crystal Origin Jockey trophy, begins today at the twilight meeting at Doomben with three races and ends with two events at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Australian-based Mick Dee will be back riding in New Zealand over the Christmas-New Year period.


Consensus sells for $622,500

   Group One-winning mare Consensus set an Australasian online auction record last Monday night when she sold on to Yulong Investments for $622,500.

   The daughter of Postponed raced across six seasons for 11 wins, six of those at stakes level, including the Group 1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) and Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m). 

   The recently retired eight-year-old mare is in-foal to Haunui Farm’s Iffraaj, who added another Group 1 winner to his credentials last Saturday courtesy of Wyndspelle’s Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) victory at Trentham.

   Consensus fetched considerably more than her $375,000 reserve and General Manager Haylie Martin was grateful for the opportunity to showcase the benefits of selling online.

   “It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to present horses of Consensus’ calibre to the market,” she said.

   “There was plenty of interest in her from New Zealand and Australian clients right from the outset and this result demonstrates again that there really are no boundaries when it comes to presenting horses for sale online.”

   Monday’s result surpasses’s previous top lot, Lubaya, who fetched $255,000 in August, while Consensus’ dam Kate Cross sold in-foal to Iffraaj in December 2017 for $85,000.


Hastings Jumpouts 12 Dec 2019


(By John Jenkins)


   Talented three-year-old Callsign Mav, who is likely to resume racing at Awapuni on Saturday week, was one of the winners at the jumpouts held at the Hastings track today.

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

   Callsign Mav contested the last of three 1000m heats and got up in the last stride to head off So Gold after the two horses had fought out the finish for most of the home straight. His winning time was 60.4s and he won by a nose, with a gap of three lengths back to third placed My Tommy.

   Callsign Mav has not raced since finishing seventh in the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on November 9 and that followed a second behind Catalyst in the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m). He looks to have freshened up well and trainer John Bary said he will enter him for the $25,000 three-year-old set weights & penalties race over 1400m at Awapuni on December 21.

   Bellesgirl, a Niagara-Belfast Babe three-year-old filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable, was most impressive when winning one of the other 1000m heats by 6-1/2 lengths, clocking the fastest time of 60.3s. She has now had the experience of at least three jumpouts.

   Wicked Maiden, a member of the John Bary stable, clocked the quickest time of the three 750m heats when winning by 1-1/4 lengths in 45.3s



Heat 1, 750m: Flautino (J Bassett) 1, Raise The Flag 4yr-old gelding 2, Atlante-Springvale Lass 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: ¾ length, 1 length. Time: 54.5s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Spill The Beans (H Andrew) 1, Glass Harmonium 3yr-old gelding 2, Niagara-All In Grace 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-3/4 lengths, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 46.4s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: Wicket Maiden (H Andrew) 1, Ivory Madonna 2, Niagara-Chocolate Cake 4yr-old mare 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, 1 length. Time: 45.3s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 4, 1000m: Savabeel-Simply You 3yr-old gelding (Sammy) 1, Jakkalberry 3yr-old gelding 2, Alpine Charm 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, 1/2 length. Time: 1:03.4. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: Niagara-Belfast Babe 3yr-old filly (H Durrant) 1, Unlaced 2, Eleventhour 3. Four starters. Margins: 6-1/2 lengths, 2-3/4 lengths. Time: 60.3s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 6 1000m: Callsign Mav (H Andrew) 1, So Gold 2, My Tommy 3. Five starters. Margins: Nose, 3 lengths. Time: 60.4s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.




(By John Jenkins)

   Yossarian and Sheer Elegance, two horses from the Lee Somervell stable down the race at Waipukurau this Sunday, hit out strongly together at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Yossarian started a couple of lengths clear of Sheer Elegance when they left the 1000m peg but there was little between the two at the finish. They clocked 1:04.5 for the full distance, the last 600 in 37.2 and both horses were travelling well at the finish.

   Xpression was given two 400m sprints. She ran the first one easily before quickening over the second one in 23.3. The Showcasing mare has returned home after a stint with top Sydney trainer Chris Waller and will contest the Rating 82 race over 1200m at Trentham this Saturday, providing the necessary paperwork is registered with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing.

   Red Sunday, preparing for a Maiden 1600 at Hastings next Wednesday, worked with Chalk over 1000m in 1:04.8, the last 600 in 37.5 and looked to be striding out well at the finish.

   Fabulous Fleet and Sigourney Heights, two others from the Somervell stable down to start at Waipukurau on Sunday, worked together over 1000m in 1:07.9, the last 600 in 39.2 while Atlanta Peach ran an easy 1000m in 1:15, the last 600 in 40.9. She is likely to contest the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday week before going out for a summer spell.

   My Tommy showed good zest when working on his own over 1000m in 1:05.7, the last 600 in 37.5. He has been back in work for six weeks and will have a jumpout at Hastings on Thursday of next week.

   Pas de Geant, another Somervell-trained runner at Waipukurau on Sunday, worked on his own over 1000m in 1:07, the last 600 in 38.2. He will make his race debut in the Maiden 1200.

   Matt Kain, preparing for next Wednesday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, clocked 1:14.7 for an easy 1000m, the last 600 in 42.3.

   A Niagara-Belfast Babe three-year-old filly and a Glass Harmonium three-year-old, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked in from the 1000m peg and were timed to run the last 800 in 57.1, the final 600 in 42.



(By John Jenkins)


   Kiss An Angel, preparing for Sunday’s Waipukurau meeting, hit out impressively on her own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was not much in the way of fast work as several horses entered for Waipukurau were to gallop tomorrow (Wednesday).

   Kiss An Angel was given two 400m sprints, running the first in an easy 25.6 before stretching out well over the second one in a quick 22.6.

   She is a Showcasing three-year-old filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable who finished fourth in a 1025m Taupo trial last month and will make her race debut in a three-year-old fillies maiden over 1200m at Waipukurau.

   Count Conti, another from the Lowry/Cullen stable entered for Waipukurau, worked with Rekohu Diva over 1000m in 1:4.6, the last 600 in 38.3. Count Conti was running on when sixth over 1400m last start and steps up to 1600m on Sunday.

   Ribamine and a Niagara three-year-old filly worked together over 1000m in 1:7.2, the last 600 in 38.6. They are both in Kate Hercock’s stable.

   Tekeela Charm was another who was given two 400m sprints, clocking 24.6 for the second one. She is a three-year-old filly by Charm Spirit in the Lowry/Cullen stable and could make her race debut at either Waipukurau on Sunday or Hawke’s Bay the following Wednesday.

   A Raise The Flag four-year-old gelding trained by Patrick Campbell ended his work with 400m in 26.2 while stablemate Kuasa Kuda was given an easy 600m in 46.

   Uncle Bro, who will line up in a Rating 5 race over 1600 at Waipukurau, worked over a round on his own. He went very slowly for the first 1000m before quickening slightly over the last 600 in 43.2.

   The Group 1 placed Xpression is back in the Lowry/Cullen stable after a stint with top Sydney trainer Chris Waller and underwent a couple of rounds of pacework. She is entered for the Rating 82 race over 1200m at Trentham this Saturday and may have one more start after that as she is in foal to top Australian sire Snitzel.

   Xpression has recorded three wins and five minor placings from only 14 starts and finished third in last season’s Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).


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