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Hawkes Bay Racing Column 21 Apr 2017

Home track success a first for Wait A Sec’s owner

Wait A Sec’s win in the $22,500 Stella Artois Stayers Handicap at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting provided the horse’s Hastings breeder and part-owner, Ian Henderson, with a special celebration.

Henderson has been racing horses for many years but it was his first ever success on his home track.

Wait A Sec made up for a couple of unlucky runs in recent weeks with a comprehensive victory. The Postponed six-year-old was given a perfect trip in transit by jockey Johnathan Parkes, who settled the horse in the last four and up against the inside rail in the early stages of the 2500m staying test and never went around a horse.

Parkes waited for the field to fan on the home turn before quickly improving his position and then pushed Wait A Sec through a narrow gap inside the leader El Bayardo 250 metres off the line.

Once into the clear Wait A Sec dashed away from his rivals and went on to win easily by 3-1/4 lengths from Ticket Clipper, with El Bayardo a short neck back in third place.

It was Wait A Sec’s fifth win from 33 starts and his first since he took out a 1600-metre event at Awapuni 12 months ago. The horse was unlucky not to finish a lot closer than ninth in the Waipukurau Cup (2100m) two starts back when held up at a vital stage in the home straight and followed that up with a fast finishing third over 2100m at Awapuni on April 1.

The horse is trained on the Hastings track by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and is expected to have his next start at either Hastings or Te Rapa tomorrow week.

“There is a 2100 metre race for him back here at Hastings or a 2400 at Te Rapa so we will have to decide which way to go,” Lowry said.

Ian Henderson races Wait A Sec with his Perth-based son Paul and bred the horse after purchasing the mare Security several years ago. She is out of Secrecy, who was the winner of seven races for another Hawke’s Bay owner-breeder, Don Gordon.

The first foal Henderson bred out of Security was a full-brother to Wait A Sec, called Secured. He was sold to Australian-based trainer Brian Jenkins for $25,000 and went on to a record a win and six minor placings in that country.

Henderson then bred a colt by Handsome Ransom out of Security but it broke down before getting to the races, with Wait A Sec being the next foal and the first one he has raced out of the mare.

 

Hastings pair in Adelaide

Savvy Dreams and Lamborghini, two in-form horses from the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, will both make their Australian debuts at tomorrow’s Morphettville meeting in Adelaide.

Savvy Dreams will contest the Group 3 $A120,000 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m), a three-year-old fillies’ race run under set weights and penalties conditions. She has drawn seven and will be ridden by South Australian jockey Paul Gatt.

The Savabeel filly has not raced since finishing a game third behind Bonneval and Devise in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 18. That run followed a close second to Bonneval in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 2.

Savvy Dreams will be using tomorrow’s race as a lead up to the Group 1 $A500,000 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6, a race that is also restricted to three-year-old fillies and run at set weights. Top Victorian jockey Craig Williams has already been booked to ride her in that race.

Lamborghini lines up in an $A100,000 Open Handicap over 1800m tomorrow, where he has drawn well at barrier six and will be ridden by Jason Holder. He was a last start winner of the Waipukurau Cup (2100m) on March 23.

Co-trainer Grant Cullen travelled with the two horses when they left New Zealand on Wednesday of last week. They were flown from Auckland to Melbourne and then had a nine hour float trip down to Adelaide.

The two horses are based at Paul Beshara’s Morphettville stables and Cullen says both have settled in well in the new surroundings.

They were given their final hit outs at the Morphettville track on Wednesday and both worked very well.

Lowry and Cullen will be hoping for a change of luck after previous trips to Australia have brought little in return. They lined up Pimms Time in the 2013 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) but she only managed 10th out of 13 and Irish Fling crossed the Tasman after winning the Group 1 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) at Trentham in 2014 but broke down when finishing last in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill in her only Australian start.

Back when Guy Lowry was training on his own he also took Lilakyn over for a crack at the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) in 2007. The horse finished second, beaten a nose, after rider Lisa Cropp thought she had the race won.

 

Sweet success at Taupo

Hastings-owned Honey Rider returned to her best with a decisive win in a 1300m three-year-old race at Taupo on Easter Monday.

The Pins filly, bred and owned by Hawke’s Bay friends Charlie Whyte and Andrew Lockyer, was recording her fourth victory from only 10 starts but had only managed two sixths and a fourth from her three most recent outings.

Honey Rider only had four rivals in Monday’s race and she was caught three-wide in the early stages so rider Michael Coleman let her roll to the front with 900 metres to run. From then on she was always in control and, after leading by a length on the home turn, she kept up a strong gallop to hold a 1-1/4 length winning margin on the line.

Honey Rider won the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings last spring and her trainers, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, will now aim her at the Group 3 $70,000 Cambridge Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa tomorrow week.

“She did that easily enough today and she’ll now go to the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes,” said Murray Baker.

“She’s had a bit of a freshen up and she was ready to go again.

“She’s pretty good when she’s right and she looked to be waiting for the others a bit,” Baker said.

Honey Rider was the second foal out of the Align mare Southern Heights, who won two races for Whyte and Lockyer when trained at Hastings by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. The first foal, a colt by Savabeel, unfortunately died.

 

Peso ready to jump

Hastings-trained Peso broke through for an impressive maiden win on the flat at last week’s Rotorua meeting but it is over the jumps that he is expected to excel in the future.

The Colombia gelding was having only his sixth career start when he recorded a dominant 2-1/2 length victory in a 1950-metre highweight at Rotorua, after a second and a third in his previous five outings.

The horse is trained at Hastings by Paul Nelson and raced by him in partnership with his wife Carol. They bred the five-year-old out of the unraced Victory Dance mare All Magic.

Although Peso has yet to race over hurdles he was one of eight horses trainer Paul Nelson schooled at the Hastings track a couple of weeks ago where he gave a dashing display over the hurdles.

He is certainly bred to excel as a jumper as his dam is a full-sister to Hummer, who recorded a win, a second, two thirds and two fourths from 13 hurdle starts.

Jockey Aaron Kuru settled Peso just in behind the leading trio in the early stages of last week’s Rotorua race and secured a charmed rails run rounding the home bend to quickly challenge for the lead. The horse strode clear soon after and was being eased down by Kuru over the final stages.

Owners & Breeders function

The Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners & Breeders Associations will hold their annual race day function at the Hawke’s Bay meeting at Hastings tomorrow week, April 29.

The function will be held in the Karamu/Estella Lounge on the top floor of the Members Stand and will commence at 11.30am.

Each member and a guest will receive a complimentary drink, with a cash bar operating after that.

A complimentary luncheon for members and a guest will be served at approximately 1pm. Any additional guests will be charged $30 per person for the meal.

Throughout the day there will be a member’s draw prior to each race.

For catering purposes those attending are asked to RSVP by today (April 21) to either Tony Lyndon (06) 8768250 or Sharyn Craig 0274 999084. Or they can email: mike.sharyn@xtra.co.nz

  

By-monthly award winner

Hastings trainer Kelly Burne is the recipient of the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Kevin Wood Memorial Trophy for the months of February and March.

Burne and her Perth-based son Vinnie Meenehan race the talented stayer Saint Kitt, who has had four starts since the beginning of the New Year for two wins and two seconds. One of those victories was in the $30,000 Hororata Gold Cup (1800m) at Riccarton.

 

HB races on April 29

Hawke’s Bay Racing will stage an eight-race programme on the Hastings track tomorrow week, with the first race timed for 12.30pm and the last at 4.37pm.

There will be free general admission and access to the Members Stand where you can relax while getting a fabulous view of the horses passing the Winning Post.  It promises to be a great day out for families.   

 

Wait A Sec and jockey Johnathan Parkes are out on their own at the finish of the Rating 75 race over 2500 metres at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting. It was the horse’s fifth victory and the first home track success for his Hastings owner-breeder Ian Henderson

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Hastings Trackwork 18 Apr 2017

Racing: Tui Gold 

A strong 1000-metre gallop by the stablemates Tui Gold and Pakapunch was the highlight in a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

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

Tui Gold and Pakapunch worked together over 1000 metres in 1:4.3, running the first 400 in 27.8 and then speeding up over the last 600 in 36.5. Both horses looked to be travelling well at the finish and obviously appreciated the better footing.

A Shocking three-year-old gelding and one by Sufficient, two others in the Lowry/Cullen stable, also worked well together when running 800 metres in 51.6, the last 600 in 37.7.

Absolutely Peaches had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:15.2, the last 600 in 43.

A Darci Brahma two-year-old filly owned and trained by Richard McKenzie ran an easy 600 metres in 40.7. She is a full-sister to the stakes winning mare Silver Eclipse.

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Hawkes Bay Racing Column 14 Apr 2017

Ballybay runs rivals ragged again in Trentham sprint

(By John Jenkins)

It was a case of déjà vu when Ballybay, a horse part-owned by Napier accountant Paddy Murphy, scored an all the way win in the $25,000 Rating 85 race over 1000 metres at last Saturday’s Wellington meeting.

The six-year-old gelding was ridden to victory by top woman jockey Lisa Allpress and the same combination won the exact same race, with similar tactics, 12 months ago.

Ballybay was recording his second win in a row when he took out last Saturday’s Trentham race by 1-1/2 lengths, after also scoring a long neck victory over 1000 metres at Tauherenikau on March 26.

The horse’s form before that had been well below his best but Murphy explained this week that the six-year-old Sandtrap gelding suffered some health issues which resulted in him losing condition and failing to produce his best on race day.

“They worked it out that he was suffering from stomach ulcers and once we had that treated he quickly recovered and he’s bounced back to his best in his last two starts,” Murphy said.

Murphy races Ballybay in partnership with Wairarapa-based David Woodhouse and the pair bred the horse, along with former Foxton trainer Grant Laursen.

Ballybay began his racing career in Laursen’s stable but was transferred to Woodville trainer Shane Brown after Laursen was seriously injured in a fall from a horse.

Ballybay has now won six races from only 25 starts, with all six of those victories being over a distance of 1000m.

“He will probably head to Blenheim later this month for another 1000-metre race there and his win last Saturday qualified him for the Hanley Sprint Series Final, which is a $50,000 race at Trentham on May 27,” Murphy said.

 “The only thing is that race is 1200 metres and he’s never won at that distance yet.”

Ballybay is out of the Exploding Prospect mare Gee Baby, who was the winner of five races and is still being bred from.

“She produced a magnificent gelding by Per Incanto that we called Bekan. He was trialed and showed plenty of promise but unfortunately went in the wind and never raced,” Murphy said.

 “David Woodhouse has now got a Per Incanto two-year-old filly out of Gee Baby and the mare is now in foal to Niagara,” he added.

 Paddy Murphy has raced horses for many years, with his biggest success being as a shareholder in the 2011 Hawke’s Bay Cup winner Don Domingo.

 

Lowry/Cullen pair head to Aussie

Talented Hastings-trained filly Savvy Dreams was flown from Auckland to Australia on Wednesday accompanied by her stablemate Lamborghini.

Trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen had been preparing Lamborghini for this Saturday’s Listed Hawke’s Bay Cup but decided to send him across the Tasman as a mate for the three-year-old Savvy Dreams.

“The weather forecast doesn’t look good for Hastings later this week and Lamborghini needs a firm track. We also thought it would be best for Savvy Dreams to have a mate as it would have been a long trip for her on her own,” Lowry said.

Lamborghini was an impressive last start winner of the Waipukurau Cup (2100m) and Lowry said there are a couple of suitable races for the horse in South Australia.

The two horses landed in Melbourne on Wednesday and then had a nine hour float trip to Adelaide, where they are based at the Morphettville stables of Paul Beshara.

Co-trainer Grant Cullen travelled with the two horses and plans to be in Adelaide for almost a month.

Savvy Dreams will make her Australian debut in the Group 3 $A120,000 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville on April 22, a three-year-old fillies’ race run under set weights and penalties conditions.

This will serve as an ideal lead up to the Group 1 $A500,000 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6, a race that is also restricted to three-year-old fillies and run at set weights.

South Australian jockey Paul Gatt has been booked to ride Savvy Dreams in her Australian debut and Craig Williams will take the reins in the Oaks.

“We’ll see how she goes and there are the options of the Derby a week later and then the South Australian Oaks as well,” Lowry said.

“Our biggest worry is the travel. She doesn’t carry a lot of condition, but her work has been first class.”

The win by Bonneval in last Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) has franked the form of Savvy Dreams as she only went down by half a head when second behind that Baker/Forsman trained star in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 2.

Savvy Dreams then followed that up with a last start third behind Bonneval and Devise in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 18.

“She’s not Bonneval, but she’s not that far off her either,” Lowry added.

 

Owners & Breeders function

The Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners & Breeders Associations will hold their annual race day function at the Hawke’s Bay meeting at Hastings on Saturday, April 29.

The function will be held in the Karamu/Estella Lounge on the top floor of the Members Stand and will commence at 11.30am.

Each member and a guest will receive a complimentary drink, with a cash bar operating after that.

 A complimentary luncheon for members and a guest will be served at approximately 1pm. Any additional guests will be charged $30 per person for the meal.

Throughout the day there will be a member’s draw prior to each race.

For catering purposes those attending are asked to RSVP by April 21 to either Tony Lyndon (06) 8768250 or Sharyn Craig 0274 999084. Or they can email: mike.sharyn@xtra.co.nz

  

Saracino’s stable change

Saracino’s preference for left-handed tracks has prompted a move to Mike Moroney’s Melbourne stable.

The son of Per Incanto has been a multiple Group winner and Group One placed for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

He finished sixth in last Saturday’s Arrowfield Three-year-old Sprint at Randwick in his final appearance for the Cambridge trainers.

 ”He covered some ground on Saturday and I thought it was still a good run,” Baker said. “He has won three Group Two races this season, but he’s better on left-hand tracks.”

Mongolian Wolf, another three-year-old in the Baker/Forsman stable, has been sold and is expected to join Darren Weir’s stable in Victoria. The horse finished third in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas before he was unplaced in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby.

 

Wheeler chasing 10th victory

Jumps maestro John Wheeler will be shooting for his 10th win in the Great Eastern Steeplechase at Oakbank on Easter Monday.

The New Plymouth trainer will be relying on Racquetor to take him into double figures in the 4950m feature.

“He'll run on the Saturday (Von Doussa) and then the Monday (Great Eastern) and he's a pretty handy horse so I'd be expecting him to run pretty well,” Wheeler said.

 

Brisbane beckons

Star Wanganui sprinter Start Wondering will be campaigned in Queensland this winter, according to co-trainer J.J. Rayner, who prepares the horse with her father Evan.

 “The BTC Cup and the Doomben 10,000 are very good options and we could also be looking at the Stradbroke,” Rayner said.

Start Wondering established himself as New Zealand’s premier short course performer with his summer campaign netting him Group 1 victories in the Sistema Railway Stakes and the NRM Sprint, as well as the Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint.

He was also runner-up in the Group 1 Telegraph and then stepped up to a mile to finish second in the Group 1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic.

 

Hannam brings up 1000

Robert Hannam’s successful riding career has been founded on a mix of self-belief and determination.

He had to overcome the slowest of starts to become an established senior jockey and his hard work was rewarded on Saturday when he finally posted his 1000th New Zealand winner aboard Artaxerxes at Trentham.

One of the most popular members of the jockeys’ room, Hannam had got to within one of his milestone victory aboard Classic Touch at Hastings a month ago.

“I’ve had 30 odd rides since then so I’m so happy to have got there,” he said. “To be able to get 1000 is unbelievable. I just wish I could bottle it - I’m proof that dreams do come true!

“Even though I only rode six winners during my four years as an apprentice I was never going to give up. Most people would have, but I love riding and I’m still so passionate about it.”

Hannam, who served his apprenticeship at Otaki with Anton Koolman and Steven Dennett, has five Group 1 successes to his credit – Greene Street (Avondale Cup, International Stakes), Iamishwara (Otaki WFA Classic), Distill (Levin Classic) and Aide Memoire (Captain Cook Stakes).

Hannam, who also rode with success in India during the early 1990s, said he has no plans to retire just yet.

“I’m loving it, my weight’s good and I’m still getting more than 600 rides a season. I’ll do at least another couple of years yet.”

 

Ballybay, in the hands of jockey Lisa Allpress, scores a dominant 1-1/2 length win in the $25,000 Start Wondering Cup at Trentham last Saturday. It was the horse’s second consecutive win in the 1000-metre race.

 

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