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NZ Racing and Breeding News – 25 February 2018

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February 25, 2018

Stayer chasing another Cup for the family

Show the World has earned another chance to emulate his dam Bazelle, whose two Group One wins featured a 2005 victory in the Auckland Cup (3200m).The High Chaparral gelding was fourth in the Barfoot & Thompson-sponsored feature three years ago and was unplaced in 2016.However, Show The World will go into this year’s edition in winning form after success in Saturday’s Listed Marks Ewen & Associates Kaimai Stakes (2000m) at Matamata.“He’ll get a few points now to get into the Auckland Cup,...

February 24, 2018

Devise gains deserved Group One victory

Good things come to those who wait as the connections of Devise found at Hastings on Saturday.A multiple black type placegetter, the mare broke through at the highest level when triumphant in the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m).“She really does deserve this,” trainer Shaune Ritchie said. “It was a bit easier without Bonneval here, she’s been a bridesmaid to her a couple of times.“It helped that a few of the favoured runners drew wide, but I’m delighted for the horse. She always ...

February 24, 2018

Byerley Park duo undecided on filly’s immediate future

Peter and Dawn Williams will please rival trainers if they play the waiting game with Spanish Whisper.The husband and wife team produced the daughter of Lope De Vega for a hard-fought victory in Saturday’s Gr.2 J Swap Contractors Ltd Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) and they are undecided on a start in the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie in a fortnight.“We’ll play it by ear whether we go there or not,” Peter Williams said. “She’s going to be a better three-year-old.”A d...

February 24, 2018

Smart mare back in fine style

Cote D’Or opened her Group One campaign in perfect fashion on Saturday.The highly-regarded five-year-old successfully resumed at Matamata in the Westbury Waikato Handicap (1200m) following a three-month break.“She’s got an exciting future and her main target will be the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha and there’s a 1400m race at Tauranga a couple of weeks before that,” said Ken Kelso, who trains with his wife Bev.“I said from day one that she could be exceptional and she...

February 24, 2018

Opie’s pick puts them to the sword

Opie Bosson’s judgment was again emphasised at Matamata where Sword Of Osman distanced his rivals.Te Akau’s stable jockey tipped the son of Savabeel as a rare talent before the two-year-old had raced and his prediction has been on the money.Sword Of Osman was successful on debut before he was unplaced in the Karaka Million (1200m), but he was back in the winning groove on Saturday with an effortless victory in the Gr.3 Reid & Harrison Limited Slipper (1200m).He’s a really, really good hors...

February 24, 2018

Distinctive Darci back to winning ways

Trainer Mark Walker’s decision to fit Distinctive Darci with blinker-pacifiers proved to be spot-on after the Darci Brahma four-year-old landed the spoils in the S$125,000 Kranji Stakes A race over 1100m on Friday night. The two-time Singapore champion trainer was not too happy with the way Distinctive Darci had been dropping at the rear at his recent races, a pattern which did not help his cause, he thought. By the time he unwinds, the bird had already flown. With Walker’s apprentice jockey...

February 24, 2018

Tulip blooms in Typhoon Tracy

Lindsay Park will plan Tulip’s feature race campaign in Sydney with confidence after the daughter of Pierro easily accounted for her rivals in Friday night’s Gr.3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. Under a strong ride from Kerrin McEvoy, Tulip travelled sweetly in the three-wide line with cover and quickened nicely when asked for an effort inside the final 400m, putting a length on tenacious leader and eventual runner-up True Excelsior.  Tulip is a $400,000 New Zealand Blood...

February 24, 2018

Distance rise expected to suit Rellson

Aaron Purcell admits he expected better from Derby hopeful Rellson when he returned from a spell but the trainer is looking forward to seeing the gelding step up in distance at Caulfield. Rellson was the $1.70 favourite in a 1400m benchmark-64 at Pakenham on February 8 but could only manage to finish fourth after settling midfield in the field of 10. He steps up to 1800m on Saturday against his fellow three-year-olds in the Gr.2 Autumn Classic at Caulfield with Purcell expecting an improved show...

February 23, 2018

Bedford chasing another Caulfield win

In-form Bedford will face the biggest challenge of his career to date when he returns to Caulfield for the Mornington Cup Prelude against a field which includes Melbourne Cup winner Almandin. The Anthony Freedman-trained Bedford has won his past two starts over Saturday's course and distance, scoring by six lengths in benchmark-70 grade two starts ago before adding a narrow win in benchmark-84 grade last time out. He steps up in class in Saturday's Listed 2000m race and connections are looking f...

February 23, 2018

Endean Rose sold via gavelhouse.com

Group One placed Savabeel mare Endean Rose has been sold to Australian interests for a six figure sum in a deal brokered by gavelhouse.com and parent company New Zealand Bloodstock. Endean Rose is the seventh six-figure horse sold via gavelhouse.com since the site’s launch as an auction platform in April 2016. Trainer Iain Kennedy, who raced the mare with Linda Hunt and Andrew Burton, commented on Thursday "We never thought of her as an out-and-out champion but she's outdone herself," "We'r...

February 23, 2018

Cup hope in top order

Wait A Sec has enjoyed a smooth build-up to Sunday’s AFFCO NZ Ltd Wairoa Cup (2100m) ahead of another Group One challenge.“He’s been here since last Sunday and he’s done well, we’re very happy with him,” said Grant Cullen, who trains in partnership with Guy Lowry.“He galloped between races yesterday and went over 1000m, quickening up for the last 600m. He stretched out nicely and he’s on target for the Auckland Cup.”The Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) winner is coming off an unpla...

February 23, 2018

Weir confirms Derby start

Travel plans have been confirmed for the Australian-trained Civil Disobedience to contest Saturday week’s Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie.The Kiwi-bred son of Raise The Flag has won four of his 10 starts, including a last-start success in the Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m), and will be trainer Darren Weir’s first New Zealand runner.“We’ve nominated a few before, but they didn’t get there and everything is now in order for Civil Disobedience to go over,” Weir said...

February 23, 2018

Stud suffers major loss

Novara Park has suffered a cruel blow with the passing of foundation stallion Jakkalberry. “He got a gut infection and that was that, it was pretty quick and we had to put him down early this morning,” studmaster Ray Knight said. “To say it was premature is an understatement, the signs couldn’t have been more encouraging for the horse. He’s only had two to the races and they’ve both gone well.” They include the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Thomas Aquinas, who was runner-...

February 23, 2018

Group One winner El Soldado retired

Gr.1 Auckland Cup winner El Soldado has been retired, denying him a chance to win the 3200m feature as an 11-year-old. Cambridge owner-trainer Phillip Devcich called time on the Colombia gelding's career after he injured a suspensory ligament in training last week. "He'll have six months in the paddock and then he can live out a good retirement. I'll probably ride him later on and he'll be a handy horse to help educate the young ones," Devcich said. "If he was a two-year-old, you'd have no troub...

February 23, 2018

Apprentice reunites with former master

South Island apprentice Tanya Jonker will renew her association with Howie Mathews’ Otaki stable on Saturday. The Riccarton-based jockey will partner Group One prospect Sampson when he runs in the El Cheapo Cars Raukawa Cup (2100m) at Hawke’s Bay. “She was with us for about 12 months and signed on as an apprentice, but she decided there were better opportunities down south and Kevin and Pam Hughes have supported her superbly,” Mathews said. “We wanted a three kilo claimer and she knows...

February 23, 2018

Injury puts Bonneval’s future in doubt

The racing career of New Zealand’s top mare Bonneval is in limbo. Injury has ended her autumn campaign with time to tell if the multiple Group One winner returns to the track. “There was some swelling around her fetlock joint this morning and a scan has confirmed a suspensory ligament issue,” said Andrew Forsman, who trains the reigning New Zealand Horse of the Year with Murray Baker. “Her CV is very good, she’s achieved an awful lot, and another scan in 10 days’ time will show the f...

February 23, 2018

See if he can hit right note with Anthem

Back from a four-month layoff, talented but unpredictable performer Olympic Anthem will be teamed up for the first time with current leading apprentice jockey Troy See on Friday night.With regular partner Michael Rodd riding Constant Justice, trainer James Peters had to look elsewhere. Vlad Duric and Glen Boss are suspended while Nooresh Juglall, who won on Olympic Anthem before, could have been an option but he is sticking with exciting three-year-old Nowyousee.Peters then thought of See for th...

February 23, 2018

NZ Racing and Breeding News – 23 February 2018

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February 23, 2018

Waller looks for improved Shillelagh run

Quality mare Shillelagh will be out to bounce back in the Gr.1 Futurity Stakes after never threatening in her return from a spell in the C F Orr Stakes. The Chris Waller-trained mare won the Gr.1 Kennedy Mile at Flemington at the end of her spring campaign and Sydney's premier trainer admitted the six-year-old performed below expectations in the Orr Stakes last Saturday week. Shillelagh started a $10 chance in the Orr but after getting back in the field over the 1400m she could only manage to ru...

February 22, 2018

Werther takes aim at an unusual hat-trick

Werther will attempt to give trainer John Moore a rare hat-trick in Sunday’s (25 February) Gr.1 Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup, but the handler is wary of a reformed rival back from the wilderness. “I’d be worried about Pakistan Star,” Moore said, recounting the Tony Cruz-trained galloper’s brilliant barrier trial of a week ago. “Tommy (Berry) said the way Pakistan Star went past him was impressive; he straight away said we’ve got that horse to beat on the big day. That horse is fresh and...

February 22, 2018

Randwick Guineas start on the line for Age Of Fire

A start in next month's Gr.1 $A1 million Randwick Guineas (1600m) beckons Age Of Fire, should he perform to expectations at Matamata on Saturday.The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained last-start Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m) winner tackles Saturday's The Proisir 1400 at Matamata and victory would see the Fastnet Rock colt locked in for a trip to Sydney."We've just been held up with a couple of niggling things with him but Opie [Bosson] rode him this morning at three-quarter pace and was ha...

February 22, 2018

Rangipo looks well placed

Rangipo will strip in top order for Saturday’s Listed Marks Ween & Associates Kaimai Stakes (2000m).“He’s very well and it’s a step back in grade for him and a big drop in weight,” trainer Tony Pike said. “It would be nice to get a win on the board, he’s been solid in all his runs this time in.”Rangipo has finished fourth in each of his last four appearances, including a strong last-start effort under 59kg in the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) and he will carry 54.5kg at Matamat...

February 22, 2018

Bright future tipped for 3YO

Mongolian Marshal might be a future classic contender, but it’s unlikely to be at home.The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained son of High Chaparral, who broke his maiden over a mile at Avondale on Wednesday, isn’t in Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) contention.“That might come up a bit soon, but there are other Derbys,” Forsman said. “He’s always showed a lot and as he matures he can only get better.”He also indicated the three-year-old is likely to wear blinkers next t...

February 22, 2018

Jockeys’ best for the weekend

A selection of New Zealand’s leading jockeys offer their best rides for the weekend and, where applicable, last week’s result. Opie Bosson Age Of Fire – Matamata (race seven)(Embellish – unplaced) Matt Cameron Excalibur – Hastings (six) (Saint Emilion – 1st) Alysha Collett Consensus – Hastings (race seven)(Lala Land – 3rd) Sam Collett Scrutinize – Matamata (race two)(Astor – 1st) Mark Du Plessis Promise To Reign – Hastings (race five)(Marciano – unplaced) Chris Johns...

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