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NZ Racing and Breeding News – 17 June 2019

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June 17, 2019

Mr Incredibull relishes winter footing

Trainer Chris Wood is hopeful he may have unearthed a leading prospect for the deep winter tracks over the next few months after Mr Incredibull broke his maiden status at Te Awamutu on Sunday. The Encosta De Lago four-year-old had provided glimpses of potential in his four raceday starts prior to Sunday’s 1400m maiden contest including an eye-catching finish for fifth at his last start at Pukekohe. Relishing the testing Slow9 track conditions on offer at Te Awamutu, Mr Incredibull looped the f...

June 16, 2019

Surprise Baby to embark on path to Cup

Paul Preusker is still ruing the nose defeat of Surprise Baby in The Andrew Ramsden Stakes which cost the stayer a guaranteed start in the Melbourne Cup. Surprise Baby and eventual winner Steel Prince staged a two-horse war up the Flemington straight on May 25 with the Anthony Freedman-trained gelding prevailing by the barest possible margin. Steel Prince earned a Cup ballot exemption for winning while Surprise Baby was in a distressed state post-race before quickly recovering and has enjoyed ti...

June 16, 2019

Sampson confirms shot at Eagle Farm feature

Evergreen stayer Sampson confirmed his place in the Gr.3 Tattersall’s Cup (3000m) at Eagle Farm this coming weekend with a fighting run for second in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) on Saturday. The Howie Matthews-trained nine-year-old never looked like shirking his task as he slugged it out with eventual winner Bergerac for the length of the Ipswich straight after working hard to dispute the pace for the last 800m of the contest. Matthews was thrilled with the run and the judgment exhibited by...

June 16, 2019

Business as usual for local partnership

The local training partnership of Chris Gibbs and Michelle Bradley were back to doing what they do best on their home patch at Ruakaka on Saturday - producing winners. The pair picked up four victories and six placings from their 18 runners on the day with none more impressive than three-year-old Mac Attacka. The Makfi gelding had impressed when making a winning debut at the venue back in May but followed up with a disappointing run on a Heavy10 surface at Ellerslie earlier this month. Back to a...

June 16, 2019

NZ Racing and Breeding News – 16 June 2019

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June 16, 2019

Long trek north pays off for Little and Lucyinrio

Central Districts raider Lucyinrio produced a gritty effort at Ruakaka on Saturday to take out the main race of the day, the Trigg Construction sponsored open 1200m. The stakes placed seven-year-old mare produced her usual trademark gutsy effort as she raced away in the closing stages of the contest after sitting outside the pace in the five-horse field for most of the journey. Rider Trudy Thornton punched Lucyinrio to a clear advantage with 200m to run and she maintained that break on her rival...

June 15, 2019

Gillies claims feature race double at Awapuni

Former top-class flat performer Gallante demonstrated his undoubted jumping ability when he ploughed through the Awapuni mud to capture the Manawatu ITM Awapuni Hurdles (2900m) on Saturday. The 2016 Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) winner joined Graeme, Debbie and grand-daughter Bailey’s Team Rogerson training partnership in late 2017 after being purchased from former owner Lloyd Williams. The Montjeu gelding showed his prowess over the fences when winning his hurdle debut at Te Aroha last August befo...

June 15, 2019

Hanger back to winning form at Ruakaka

An inch-perfect ride from Ryan Elliot has seen progressive galloper Hanger return to the winner’s enclosure when successful over 1400m at Ruakaka. The O’Reilly gelding had been in indifferent form since winning first-up over 1200m at Awapuni back in January. A disappointing last start-performance at Te Rapa back in April saw trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood give him time to get over that run and some impressive trackwork during the week had them confident of a bold showing. Allowed t...

June 15, 2019

Ruby Guru gets Ipswich Cup chance

Tough Toowoomba mare Ruby Guru will get her chance in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) after trainer Michael Nolan decided she had too much weight in a restricted class race. The consistent Ruby Guru would have been favourite in the Provincial Stayers Final (2500m) also at Ipswich on Saturday. When Ruby Guru got 59kg in the Stayers' Final and 54kg in the Cup, Nolan said he took a punt and accepted in the Listed race. "As it turned out a couple of the higher weighted horses in the Cup didn't accept...

June 14, 2019

Melbourne Cup aim for former Te Akau runner

Former Te Akau runner Torcedor is being set to tackle the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) later this year. The son of Fastnet Rock won two Group Three races for his former high-profile owners, who included Sir Patrck Hogan, Sir Peter Vela, Mohammed Moussa, and Laurie Laxon. Torcedor also went on to place at Group One level in the Goodwood Cup (3200m), Ascot Gold Cup (4000m) and Irish St Leger (2800m) before his sale to Australian Bloodstock. Now in the care of Andreas Wohler, Australian Bloodstock co...

June 14, 2019

Douglas injured

Jumps jockey Lemmy Douglas was injured when his mount The Bieber fell at the third hurdle in the Open Phar Lap Raceway Hurdles (3000m) at Timaru on Friday. Douglas took a heavy fall on the $2.60 favourite and has shoulder and collarbone injuries. The 25-year-old Englishman will not be riding at Awapuni on Saturday. $22 chance Additup won the event, while Delacroix was an impressive winner over the bigger fences when taking out the Equine Veterinary Services Steeples (4280m)....

June 14, 2019

Hawke’s Bay Foal walk

The Hawke's Bay/Poverty Bay Thoroughbred Breeders’ annual foal walk around several properties in Hawke's Bay will be held on Sunday, June 30. The walk will start at Guy and Brigid Lowry's property at 305 Kawera Rd, Okawa, at 10am sharp. At the completion of the foal walk a luncheon has been arranged at Off The Track Restaurant in Havelock Rd. For luncheon bookings RSVP Sharyn Craig at mike.sharyn@xtra.co.nz...

June 14, 2019

Rosewood thriving in wet conditions

Wet track specialist Rosewood will get her favoured heavy 11 surface on Saturday when she lines-up in the Redstag Open Handicap (1500m) at Awapuni, and trainer Marilyn Paewai is hoping she can go one better than last start. The daughter of Redwood was luckless when runner-up to Dolcetto in the Listed Ag Challenge Stakes (1600m) after a gap closed on her down the straight and she had to regather her momentum to make a late inside dash. Paewai was philosophical about the run and said her five-year...

June 14, 2019

Sampson thriving ahead of Ipswich Cup

Howie Mathews has Sampson in first-class order for Saturday's Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) but the Otaki trainer has his eye on an even bigger prize seven days later. Mathews, whose current Queensland adventure could lead to a more permanent move to the sunshine state, is using the Ipswich Cup as a springboard to Saturday week's Gr.3 Tattersall's Cup (3000m) at Eagle Farm. "If we get a bit of rain between now and then, that's when he's got a really big chance - up over 3000m and back to Eagle Farm...

June 14, 2019

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June 14, 2019

Racing Safety Development Fund recipients announced

Minister for Racing Winston Peters announced today that the Government has invested $389,351 in 17 projects to improve safety at racecourses. The grants are made available through the Racing Safety Development Fund which provides $1 million annually to racecourse safety across two funding rounds. This year’s second funding round has supported a range of infrastructure projects including track maintenance equipment, mobile barrier vehicle upgrades, replacement running rails and a greyhound tra...

June 13, 2019

Sydney Cup runner-up to miss the spring

Sydney Cup runner-up Vengeur Masque will be missing from the spring carnival after suffering an injury in a paddock accident. The Mike Moroney-trained imported stayer won the Geelong Cup and Queen Elizabeth Stakes during the 2017 Victorian spring carnival while his spring preparation last year included unplaced runs in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups before his third in the Sandown Cup. Vengeur Masque was sent for a spell after finishing a game second to Shraaoh in the Group One Sydney Cup (320...

June 13, 2019

Memsie pencilled in for Rondinella

Rondinella is set to kick off her spring campaign in the Gr.1 $A1 million New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 1, Cambridge trainer Robert Wellwood has revealed. Placed in the Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie and the Gr.1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Randwick before finishing fourth in the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) during the autumn, Rondinella has returned to training with Wellwood and his training partner Roger James. "She's back and she looks great," W...

June 13, 2019

Mega Heart bags second Hong Kong win

New Zealand Bloodstock graduate Mega Heart secured his second win in Hong Kong on Wednesday when victorious in the Hoi Mei Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin. Trainer Michael Chang was confident with the gelding heading into Wednesday and was pleased with the result. “I expected him to run a good race,” he said. “At the start of the season he carried big weights and was only beaten two or three lengths and now he’s dropped down the handicap. “I thought the dirt track would suit him, and, of...

June 13, 2019

Tony Pike chasing Ipswich Cup

Tony Pike's two winter Group One performers are heading home but he still plans to have a hand in the rest of the Queensland carnival. Pike has been a major Group One player during the winter carnival with The Bostonian winning the Doomben 10,000 and Kingsford Smith Cup and Endless Drama running third in the Stradbroke Handicap. The Bostonian and Endless Drama are booked to return to Pike's New Zealand stable on Friday. "They can have a break while we decide which way they will head in the Austr...

June 13, 2019

Mudhoo brings up century

Canterbury jockey Krishna Mudhoo kicked off his senior riding career in style at Waimate on Sunday, securing his 100th win when riding home Red Rose Warrior for trainer Neill Ridley. Mudhoo was excited to have reached the milestone, but admitted to being a bit disappointed he wasn’t able to reach it as an apprentice. “It was pretty good to get my 100th win on Sunday,” he said. “I wasn’t actually aware I was approaching it. My riding master, Mr (David) Walsh, told me after the race that...

June 13, 2019

Trans-Tasman targets for James-Wellwood team

Kingsclere Stables will traverse the Tasman on Saturday as Hypnos continues his campaign in Melbourne, while Killarney, Hanger and newcomer Even Chance compete at Ruakaka. Roger James is in Melbourne as Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m) runner-up Hypnos prepares for Saturday's Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap (1600m) at Sandown, while training partner Robert Wellwood is charged with applying the finishing polish to the Ruakaka team. Wellwood said reports from James were positive on Hypnos. "His work has b...

June 13, 2019

Rispoli bounces back with win on former kiwi

Umberto Rispoli missed Saturday’s Sha Tin card with a back injury. That was his first absence this term and he made up for it with his first success since 5 May in race two at Sha Tin on Wednesday night, section one of the Class 4 Tong Fuk Handicap (1650m), on former New Zealand based galloper Lasting Friendship. The Peter Ho-trained galloper had not hit the mark in 11 Hong Kong starts, not since a 1200m maiden win at New Plymouth for Lauren Brennan pre-import. The gelding held race favourite ...

June 13, 2019

Warrior prevails

Ugly Warrior won the Class 2 Butterfly Bay Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin on Wednesday night. Karis Teetan positioned Me Tsui’s galloper in the front pair and kicked upon straightening for home. The four-year-old son of Swiss Ace was all out with 200m to race but held on to hold Raging Blitzkrieg by three quarters of a length, taking his career tally to six from 11. “Last time things didn't go his way but Me had him spot on for today and last week he trialled really good with me, so the h...

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