(By John Jenkins)
A Niagara three-year-old filly from the Lowry/Cullen stable and an Ekraar two-year-old trained by Lee Somervell were two of the most impressive winners at today’s Hastings jumpouts.
There were nine heats run up against the inside running rail where the track was rated dead.
The Niagara-La Tourneau filly recorded the fastest time of the four 750m heats when clocking 47.13s and winning by 3 lengths. She is a full-sister to Talenti, a horse that had three starts from the Lowry/Cullen stable two seasons ago for a win and two fourths before he was transferred overseas.
One Dream One Soul is the name of the Ekraar two-year-old filly trained by Lee Somervell and she beat four older horses in her 750m heat, clocking a good time of 48.01s.
One Dream One Soul is a full-sister to the good performer One Prize One Goal, who was recently retired from racing after chalking up five wins and 17 minor placings from the Somervell stable.
Heat 1, 400m: Time Test yearling gelding (S Mohammed) 1, Road To Rock yearling colt 2. Two starters. Margin: Long head. Time: 37.5s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 2, 2200m: Ian’s Legacy (D Hirini) 1, Red Zed 2, Noess 3. Four starters. Margins: ½ length, head. Time: 2:33.81. Winner trained by Lucy de Lautour, Waipukurau.
Heat 3, 2200m: Franklin (L Zydenbos) 1, Argyle 2, Argentiere 3. Four starters. Margins: ¾ length, 1 length. Time: 2:28.75. Winner trained by Paul Nelson & Corrina McDougal, Hastings.
Heat 4, 750m: Highly Recommended 2yr-old gelding (K Hercock) 1, Per Incanto-Mint 2yr-old gelding 2, Ocean Park 2yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: Head, 1-3/4 lengths. Time: 50.25s. Winner trained by Simon Wilson, Waipukurau
Heat 5, 750m: Alamosa 3yr-old filly (D Hirini) 1, Shocking 3yr-old gelding 2, Charm Spirit 2yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Neck, 2 lengths. Time: 50.06s. Winner trained by Fred Pratt, Hastings.
Heat 6, 750m: One Dream One Soul (K Hercock) 1, Ekraar 3yr-old filly 2, Redwood gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: ¾ length, 3 lengths. Time: 48.01s. Winner trained by Lee Somervell, Hastings.
Heat 7, 750m: Niagara-La Tourneau 3yr-old filly (L Zydenbos) 1, Moll Of Pentire 2, Lady Vadamos 3. Three starters. Margins: 3 lengths, 1 length. Time: 47.13s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 8, 1000m: Super Easy-Flare 3yr-old gelding (L Zydenbos) 1, Free Thyme 2, Alamosa 4yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: ¾ length, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 1:02.53. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 9, 1200m: Countess Conti (S Mohammed) 1, Nadeem 4yr-old mare 2, Ekraar 3yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: 2 lengths, 2-1/4 lengths. Time: 1:17.18s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.