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Hastings-trained Talenti fulfils early promise 30 May 2019

   Hastings-trained Talenti lived up to the high opinion jockey Johnathan Parkes has of the gelding when scoring a game debut win at last week’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The Niagara three-year-old was unplaced in two barrier trials towards the end of last year but was unlucky not to finish a lot closer in one of them, when ridden by Parkes.

   “In his first trial at Foxton he got jammed up against the inside rail in the straight, when he was going well, and probably should have won,” the horse’s co-trainer Guy Lowry said this week.

   “Johnathan liked him then and said he was one of the most promising three-year-olds he had ridden at that stage of the season.”

   Lowry and his training partner Grant Cullen have taken Talenti along quietly since those trials and the horse showed a glimpse of his ability when winning a 1000m jumpout at Hastings a month ago. He also finished second in another 1000m jumpout at Woodville on May 10.

   “He’s a horse that has taken a bit of time to come to it but he should go on with it now,” Lowry said.

   “Johnathan Parkes has always rated him and was keen to ride him when he finally got to the races.”

   Talenti was the centre of a major betting plunge at Hastings last week, opening at a double-figure quote on the tote before coming into $5.90 when the race started.

   The three-year-old was slow to begin in the 1200m event and was a clear last on settling. Parkes then sent him on a forward move around the field and he ranged up wide out rounding the home bend.

   The horse then took a while to get properly balanced in the home straight before producing a great finishing burst, under a vigorous ride from Parkes, to get up and snatch a nose victory on the line.

   Talenti is owned by his Auckland breeder Trish Dunell, whose husband is noted Singapore-based punter Graeme Mackie.

   Dunell has shares in the stallion Niagara, who started his breeding career at the former Hawke’s Bay stud of Lime Country Thoroughbreds before being transferred to The Oaks Stud in Cambridge.

   Dunell bred Talenti out of the Lonhro mare La Tourneau, a mare she raced and who recorded one win and five minor placings from 26 starts. She is a daughter of the six race winner Tonic.

   “We have got a Niagara yearling filly coming on out of the mare and she is now back in foal to Niagara,” Dunell said.

   “We sent her to Showcasing two years ago but she didn’t gel with him and didn’t get in foal,” she added.

   Lowry and Cullen have now turned Talenti out for a brief spell and will bring her back for races in the early spring.


Savvy Coup sells for $A1million at auction

   Dual Group 1 winning mare Savvy Coup was sold for $A1million at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale in Queensland on Tuesday.

   The daughter of Savabeel was offered by Attunga Stud on behalf of her New Zealand owners, Ray Coupland and Jim Bruford and their families.

   Savvy Coup won the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham as a three-year-old and also took out the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings in October last year. She also included the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings among her New Zealand victories.

   She has had 16 starts for six wins, two seconds and three thirds and her stake earnings total more than $669,000.

   She is one of two winners from the unraced mare Eudora, who is a sister to Group 2 winner Legless Veuve and the Group 3 scorer Tootsie and was purchased by Coolmore in conjunction with Morning Rise Stud’s Rob McClure.

   Attunga Stud’s Brian Nutt was hopeful the mare would make somewhere in the region of her eventual $1 million price tag.

   “I thought the million was spot on for her,” Nutt said.

   “We were hoping to get a million and we had a reserve in place to under a million in the hope she would make that. We got the price that we were hoping for - so it was a good result.”

   Coolmore has previously enjoyed success with daughters of Savabeel, having purchased Group 1 winner Diademe for $740,000 in partnership in 2015 before reselling her last year for $1.7 million.

   They also sold a Fastnet Rock colt out of Diademe for NZ$1 million last year.

   The top-priced mare at Tuesday’s sale was Missrock who will head to the UK after being knocked down to the bid of Highclere Stud’s John and Jake Warren for $A2.3million.

   The Warrens came out on top in a lively bidding battle with Coolmore Stud to secure the Group 3 winning daughter of Fastnet Rock, who won four times including the Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) and also finished runner-up in Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on two occasions during a stellar career on the track.


Myrtle chalks up fourth victory

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Myrtle made it four wins from 15 starts with another dominant victory in a $25,000 Rating 72 race over 1600m at Awapuni on May 18.

   The Keeper mare, trained on the Awapuni track by David Goldsbury, added to her good record on her home course where she has had six starts for two wins and a third.

   She is a mare that has had niggling injuries in the past but looks to have come back this season better than ever, with two wins from her last three starts.

   Myrtle was bred by Napier’s Tony Aldridge and Hastings-based Gerard Moughan.

   They are both members of a big syndicate that races Myrtle with Moughan’s wife Vera and Aldridge’s Wellington-based brother Pat also among the members. The others are Ken Lynch and Morrie Belle from Napier, Alan Hunt, Bevan Bramley and Alistair Poulgrain from Hastings, Terry Coffey and John and Stephen Dine from Taradale and Peter Wilkins from Havelock North.


?Waddell’s surgery successful

   Jockey Jason Waddell is already eyeing a return to the saddle on August 1 after undergoing a successful surgery on his leg on Monday morning.

   Waddell missed parts of the season through the impact of compartment syndrome, which limited the supply of blood to his right leg, causing increased pressure and severe pain.

   “If I do any impact, the calf muscle in my right leg swells. Whether it’s jumping on and off horses, any kind of running, skipping and going down flights of stairs,” he said.

   “Unfortunately no blood goes down my leg and I get a build-up of lactic acid and I am unable to walk for a few hours and in quite a lot of pain.”

   Despite the condition, Waddell has still managed to kick home 53 winners this season including a Group 1 victory aboard Shadows Cast in the Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham in January.

   “Through the leg I had to miss the first Group 1 at Hastings,” he said. “I missed a few big days during the season, just through when it flared up. 

   “To be up over 50 winners and have another Group 1, and I pretty much only rode until Derby Day, so I was very happy with the season.”

   Waddell is happy to get the surgery completed and is aiming towards a return to race day riding at the start of next season.

   “It’s hard for them to give me a timeframe, but it’s quite a common injury with football players. The timeframe they give them is pretty much eight weeks to be back on the pitch playing,” he said.

   “That’s been kicked and tackled around the leg, so I don’t think I will be that far. I have given myself six to eight weeks, so hopefully in the last week of July I’ll be back riding some around and then be rearing to go by August 1.”


Book closed for Roaring Lion

   Cambridge Stud has closed the 2019 book for their freshman sire Roaring Lion.

   “From the moment the horse was released to the market, the response from breeders in both New Zealand and Australia was immediate and we are now closing his book,” Cambridge Stud chief executive Henry Plumptre said.

   “Bringing champion racehorses of the calibre of Roaring Lion and Almanzor into New Zealand, to stand alongside our champion international sire Tavistock, at very competitive service fees is a key component of our business model.

   “We are delighted with the response to all the stallions and appreciate the endorsement from breeders across New Zealand and Australia.”

   Roaring Lion, like Almanzor, was named Cartier Champion three-year-old and Horse of the Year after a stellar 2018 season resulted in four consecutive weight-for-age Group 1 wins in the UK, earning him a Timeform rating of 130.

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