News & Events
Page 11 of 39 (20 results per page)
<<5  06 07 08 09 10 [11] 12 13 14 15    16>>
Windborne bursts to Murdoch Newell victory: Richard Edmunds, The Informant Sat, 22 Nov 2014
25 Nov 2014

Windborne (Matt Cameron) makes it two from two and earns black type in the Murdoch Newell Stakes at Avondale.
Windborne (Matt Cameron) makes it two from two and earns black type in the Murdoch Newell Stakes at Avondale.

Windborne whetted the appetite for a potential clash with Maritimo when she took her record to two from two with an exceptional win in the Listed Murdoch Newell Stakes at Avondale today.

The two star fillies, both unbeaten in two starts and both stakes winners, are on a Karaka Million collision course and may also clash in the Gr. 3 Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

Windborne may have won her stakes race today by a smaller margin than Maritimo did in the Wellesley Stakes, but she was every bit as good.

After breaking first from the gates, Windborne was suddenly in trouble as Thwayya and The Dark Knight turned on the turbos and crossed her from their outside gates. Windborne did not take kindly to their intrusion, throwing her head in the air and racing fiercely for close to 100 metres.

“They attacked me from the outside and just got her over-racing,” winning rider Matt Cameron said. “But then we eased out of that speed duel and after a little while she just relaxed beautifully.”

The winning of the race came soon after the home turn, when Windborne exploded to the lead 300 metres from the finish. Her margin dwindled as she gawked and lost her way a little down the straight, but she had already put the result beyond any doubt.

Windborne won by a length and a half. First-starter Cinematic took second in a tight three-way photo, beating She Is Stryking by a nose with Showboy another nose behind in fourth. The 1100-metre contest was run in 1:04.21.

“That turn of foot at the 300 was very impressive,” Windborne’s trainer Jason Bridgman enthused. “She was a little bit green when she hit the front but that was a very good performance. It was surprising how easily she did it.”

The Darci Brahma filly impressed with a winning debut at Ellerslie late last month, and she stepped up to another level today. But Bridgman said she is still nowhere near the finished product.

“There’s still plenty of improvement in her,” he said. “She’s only had one piece of work since that first win and she really just did all this on natural ability.

“She’s an outstanding type of filly. She really has a lot of class and is beautifully put together. She’s got a terrific temperament as well and ticks a lot of boxes. It’s great to see it with a product of Te Akau Stud, homebred by David (Ellis) and Karyn (Fenton-Ellis).”

Windborne was bought by Fortuna’s John Galvin for $100,000 at this year’s Select Yearling Sale at Karaka.

She is a full sister to Darci’s Dream, who finished a close second to Platinum Witness in last weekend’s Gr. 1 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas at Riccarton.

“It’s been a great last seven days for the family,” Bridgman said. “I think this filly has a touch more speed than Darci's Dream, she’s more precocious and is really quite a natural two-year-old type.”

Now all but guaranteed to have enough stakes earnings to make the field for the Karaka Million, the focus has shifted to mapping out an ideal lead-in to the dash for cash at Ellerslie in late January.

“We’ll probably go to the Eclipse and then straight into the Million from there,” Bridgman said. “There’s about a three-week gap between those two races which is a nice lead-in to the Karaka Million.”

Cameron appears unlikely to want to swap Windborne for any other Karaka Million mount.

“She’s a little pro,” he said. “You can’t do any better than two from two. She’s had a look at Ellerslie and been there and done that. She just does everything perfectly and is going to be pretty hard to beat.”

Runner-up Cinematic did her connections proud on debut, finding the line strongly and hinting at a successful season. The Australian-bred daughter of Dane Shadow is ineligible for the Karaka Million and may instead target such features as the Gr. 2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.

It is a similar story with the fellow Aussie bred She Is Stryking, who improved significantly on her first-start fourth and will be one to follow through the season.

The previously unbeaten Thwayya was unable to continue the extraordinary run of Graeme and Debbie Rogerson, which now stands at 11 wins from 14 races. She had her work cut out from the start when she had to work hard to make the lead from her second-to-outside gate. That effort took its toll and she finished fifth, five lengths from the  winner.

Former jumps jockey Michael Gillies passes away: Dennis Ryan, The Informant Sat, 22 Nov 2014
25 Nov 2014
Almost exactly 24 hours after the death of former jockey Tony Williams in the early hours of Thursday morning, former leading jumps jockey Michael Gillies has died after a long illness.

Gillies, a member of one of the country’s most celebrated jumps jockey dynasties, dominated riding ranks over fences for a decade through the 1970s and ’80s.

After retiring from that role in 1988, he worked in Japan and then Macau before returning several years ago after suffering a serious head injury. Gillies succumbed to cancer early yesterday at the age of 61.

He was the second eldest son of Jim Gillies, the brother of Tony and Stephen Gillies, half-brother of Jamie and uncle of Mathew Gillies, all of whom rode or continue to ride over jumps with outstanding success.

Michael served the bulk of his apprenticeship with Awapuni trainer Eric Temperton and rode his first jumps winner in 1971. According to details supplied by jumps racing statistician Chris McQuaid, he won a total of 114 jumps races, with his first majors the 1975 Awapuni and Hawkes Bay Hurdles on the Temperton-trained Thun.

Wins for his mentor were many. Thun added the 1976 Great Northern Hurdles and Grand National and Homeby Steeplechases, as well as the Homeby again in 1978. On Guess Who he also won the 1979 Grand National Steeplechase and the 1980 Koral (formerly the Homeby), while another memorable Temperton-trained jumper he combined with was the dashing grey Charger in his 1977 Awapuni and Sydenham Hurdle wins.

For another Awapuni trainer, Alan Kaye, Gillies combined with the mighty jumper Chumson in his 1977 Manawatu, Wellington, Grand National and Pakuranga Hunt Cup Steeplechase sequence.   

Other big wins included the 1983 Waikato, Trentham and Wellington Hurdles on Floodlight, the Koral Steeplechase on Glandovey (1979) and Retinere (1984) and his last feature, the 1986 Hawkes Bay Steeplechase on Regal Time.

Gillies lived his final years in Matamata, where a private funeral service will take place next week.

Race 9, Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday 12.11.14
17 Nov 2014

Winner of Race 9 at the Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday in the BNZ Partners 2000, Wednesday 12 November at Matamata:


Horse: Varro

Owner/s: Miss C M Lacy

Trainer: Todd Mitchell, Cambridge

Jockey: Cameron Lammas

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Race 8, Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday 12.11.14
17 Nov 2014

Winner of Race 8 at the Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race, Wednesday 12 November at Matamata:


Horse: Leviosa

Owner/s: Kendayla Park Limited

Trainer: Robyn & Russell Rogers, Cambridge

Jockey: Mark Hills

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Race 7, Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday 12.11.14
17 Nov 2014

Winner of Race 7 at the Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday in the Norwood Farm Machinery Centre 1400, Wednesday 12 November at Matamata:


Horse: Flirty Gertey

Owner/s: Te Akau Flirty Gertey Syndicate (Mgr D C Ellis)

Trainer: Jason Bridgman, Matamata

Jockey: Cameron Lammas

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Race 6, Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday 12.11.14
17 Nov 2014

Winner of Race 6 at the Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday in the Matamata Post & Rail ITM 1400, Wednesday 12 November at Matamata:


Horse: Sonic Jet

Owner/s: R S Baulcomb, G Collins, B W Darby, C Edsall, B Gibbons, C T Grammer, R A James, Robinson Family Trust, Rockfern Thoroughbreds Partnership, M Samuela, L B Schroder & J B Struthers

Trainer: Roger James, Cambridge

Jockey: Vinnie Colgan

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Race 5, Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday 12.11.14
17 Nov 2014

Winner of Race 5 at the Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday in the Tirau Veterinary Centre 1200, Wednesday 12 November at Matamata:


Horse: Mi Apache Horse

Owner/s: G J Lambert

Trainer: John Trumper, Te Aroha

Jockey: A C Schwerin (a)

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Race 4, Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday 12.11.14
17 Nov 2014

Winner of Race 4 at the Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday in the Matamata Commercial Cleaners 1200, Wednesday 12 November at Matamata:


Horse: Stolen Dance

Owner/s: G L Day, A J Dobbyn, D, J, D R, Mrs J C & S J McLeod, K G Mitchell, Mrs J J, Mrs M A, P W & T W Rogers, G A Shand & A Swales

Trainer: David Greene, Te Rapa

Jockey: Lynsey Satherley

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Race 3, Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday 12.11.14
17 Nov 2014

Winner of Race 3 at the Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday in the Pearson Engineering Limited 1200, Wednesday 12 November at Matamata:


Horse: Elle Grace

Owner/s: R Norman, G Hornsey, W Dickinson, J Price, P A Stevens & J Morrell

Trainer: Phillip Stevens, Matamata

Jockey: Lee Magorrian (a2/52.50kg)

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Race 2, Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday 12.11.14
17 Nov 2014

Winner of Race 2 at the Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday in the Onsite Auto Electrical (2005) Limited 1600, Wednesday 12 November at Matamata:


Horse: La Chica

Owner/s: J R Wright

Trainer: John Wright, Matamata

Jockey: Anna Jones (a3/50kg)

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Race 1, Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday 12.11.14
17 Nov 2014

Winner of Race 1 at the Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Spring Raceday in the Matamata Christmas at the Races 17th December 2000, Wednesday 12 November at Matamata:


Horse: Golan Power

Owner/s: W K F Wu

Trainer: Lance O' Sullivan & Andrew Scott, Matamata

Jockey: Cameron Lammas

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

* * * CORPORATE OPPORTUNITY FOR BUSINESSES ON WEDNESDAY 17 DECEMBER!! * * *
14 Nov 2014

Our iconic Twilight Christmas at the Races racemeeting, proudly supported by Noble & Lee, on Wednesday 17 December, sets the scene for a grand end-of-year festive celebration with colleagues, friends and family.

Do something a little different for this year's festive party and take it trackside to Matamata where your guests will be thoroughly entertained by the action both on and off the track!

We have a perfect business opportunity!  Book a corporate function package situated on a deck in the Members' Grandstand with premium uninterrupted views looking over the birdcage and racecourse.  The deck will accommodate 60 to 80 people.  The deck, seen on the left-hand side of the Members' Grandstand, will be festive-themed!

 

Call our friendly team on 07 888 8898 to discuss this exciting package opportunity!  We can design a customised package to suit your needs, combining live horse racing, a gourmet buffet and beverage packages so let’s get your party sorted!

Guineas placegetter sires Riccarton carnival winner: Richard Edmunds, The Informant Wed, 12 Nov 2014
14 Nov 2014
He ran third in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas at this carnival six years ago, and today Minstrel Court had his third winner as a stallion when Madame Jamai thrashed her opposition in the $30,000 Spicers CPS Premier at Riccarton.

The Jason Bridgman-trained filly went straight to the front under Matt Cameron and ran her rivals into the ground. She dashed clear at the top of the straight and careered away to win by three and three-quarter lengths in a slick time of 1:09.49 on a Good3 track. The forecast inclement weather has fortunately stayed away and left the track in excellent order.

It was Madame Jamai’s first win from six starts, but she had been placed in four of the previous five against the likes of 1000 Guineas third favourite Bonniegirl.

“It was an overdue win,” Bridgman said. “She did it in really good fashion today.”

Madame Jamai was a little disappointing when beaten as hot favourite at Motukarara last time out, but Bridgman put that down to missing a previous run at the abandoned Ashburton meeting last month.

“I brought her down here with a slightly better race in mind, but she missed a maiden run at the Ashburton meeting which threw everything into disarray,” the trainer explained. “She had gone six or seven weeks without a run and needed that Motukarara run badly. She’s come on in leaps and bounds since then.”

Minstrel Court, a Listed winner of the Slipper at Matamata, entered stud in 2009 and stands at Willow Glen in Waimate for a fee of $3000. He had his first winner when The Musician, also trained by Bridgman, won at Thames in January this year.

Minstrel Court was purchased by David Ellis for $100,000 and was raced by Te Akau, like The Musician and Madame Jamai.

No avoiding comparisons between Fursdon Cup contenders: Dennis Ryan, The Informant Tue, 11 Nov 2014
14 Nov 2014

Silk Chardonnay and Anna Jones are ready for their biggest challenge in Saturday's New Zealand Cup.
Silk Chardonnay and Anna Jones are ready for their biggest challenge in Saturday's New Zealand Cup.

A decade after preparing Upsettyhm to win the Auckland Cup, Matamata trainer Karen Fursdon can’t help but make comparisons with her Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup candidate Silk Chardonnay.

“It’s uncanny, I can’t get it out of my head how many things there are in common between the two,” said Fursdon after Silk Chardonnay had completed her final piece of serious work at Matamata this morning.

“This mare is five, the same age as Upsetthym when she won the Auckland Cup; both were gifts from their breeders to the syndicate that raced them; Silk Chardonnay has won her last two starts going into the big one just as Upsetthym had, and then of course there’s the jockey.”

Upsetthym was ridden in her lead-up racing and the Cup itself by Fursdon’s English immigrant apprentice Gemma Sliz. Likewise, current stable apprentice Anna Jones is an English immigrant in her early twenties and has been entrusted with the mount in Saturday’s 3200-metre feature.

Jones took her tally after 18 months’ race-riding to 28 wins when she got the Fursdon-trained Onlyarose home for a narrow win at Te Rapa last Saturday. Like Upsetthym and Sliz, she has struck a real affinity with Silk Chardonnay, as illustrated by the two heady rides that have catapulted the Lucky Unicorn mare into New Zealand Cup calculations.

On her home track a month ago, Silk Chardonnay led for the last half of her 2000-metre assignment and defied all challengers for a brave win, while the step up in grade and distance to a Rating 85 2400 metres at Ellerslie on October 25 brought out the best in horse and rider as Jones rated her mount perfectly in front for an uncontested win.  

“She’s a mare that you have to let have her own way, you can’t fight her, and Anna has got her worked out perfectly,” said Fursdon. “She had a wind problem that needed surgery and the secret is to let her roll along at her own speed to get into a rhythm and help her breathing.”

Upsetthym was originally leased from her breeder Sir Patrick Hogan before he gifted her to the syndicate and in similar vein, Silk Chardonnay’s breeder Kevin Hickman handed her over to Fursdon in what the trainer described as an early Christmas present last November.

Hickman, the owner-breeder of class racemare Silent Achiever and numerous other worthy sorts, threw his hands up in frustration after Silk Chardonnay had finished second in no less than seven of her 13 starts. Murphy’s Law came into play when the mare changed hands, winning her very first start in new ownership – this very day last year in fact - and adding another three in the meantime.

Almost as if to complete the sequence of similarities, Jones has followed Sliz’s example in seeking the advice of a jockey far wiser than herself. Sliz called on the expertise of retired champion Lance O’Sullivan in her Auckland Cup preparation, while Jones has turned to the current doyen of jockey ranks, master staying rider Noel Harris.

“Noel is our riding master at apprentice school and he’s been great talking things through with me,” she said. “I’ve never ridden at Riccarton before but I’m hoping to pick up a ride or two earlier in the programme.

“It’s exciting to think I’ve got what I rate a very good ride in the New Zealand Cup. The more we’ve asked of her the better she’s gone, so all I can hope is that things pan out for us and she carries on with it.”

Races Tomorrow at Matamata!
11 Nov 2014

We are racing here tomorrow at Matamata.

Check out the latest information at https://www.nzracing.co.nz/RaceInfo/43345/Meeting-Overview.aspx.

Track Good3 at 9.02 am / Weather Fine / Rail Out 8 Metres

First race is 12.22 pm / Last race at 5.00 pm

Racebook is attached for your perusal to get your picks sorted early - totes will be ready to take your bets tomorrow!  Please bet on-course!

Racebook for 12.11.14.pdf

Curragh Lounge is open until 6 pm to cater for the Riccarton Races!

See you all here tomorrow.

Left-handed tracks key for Tomorrowland: NZ Racing Desk, The Informant Sun, 09 Nov 2014
10 Nov 2014A return to his favoured left-handed way of going at Te Rapa yesterday was all talented gelding Tomorrowland needed to extend his winning record and set himself up for a tilt at further riches over the next few months.

The speedy son of Fast ‘N’ Famous had disappointed in his most recent run at Ellerslie after a scintillating victory when fresh-up at Hastings, however trainer Danica Guy was confident he would make amends on the weekend.

“His work since Ellerslie has been first class and I was pretty confident he could win on Saturday as he is a very good galloper,” she said.

“He’s just not as good going the Ellerslie way around but we had to test him there early in this campaign as there has been talk of a tilt at the Railway on New Year’s Day and you don’t want to go in to a race like that not knowing if they can handle the track.

“I think for now it is best to keep him going left-handed as that’s where he is most comfortable and there are still some pretty good prizes coming up that we can take a look at.”

Those targets include the Gr. 1 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham, although Guy is keen to keep her charge to his own grade for the time being.

“I’ve had a look at the programme and there really isn’t much for him at this stage,” she said. “He will probably be at the top of the handicaps in a Rating 75 race so we may look at the next grade up to get some weight relief but I don’t want to tackle an open handicap just yet as it would crucify him if he won it.”

Guy was also delighted the horse was showing no ill effects of the pelvic injury that put a temporary halt to his career after he won in maiden company in March.

“He fractured his pelvis and needed a month of box rest before he could start on some light work to start to get his muscle tone and base fitness back,” she explained.

“Thankfully he has come back really well and hasn’t shown any signs of the injury bothering him at all.

“I think he can go a long way as he has always shown plenty so it would be nice to give him the opportunity to deliver on that promise.”

Many special Guineas moments for Bosson: Richard Edmunds, The Informant Sun, 09 Nov 2014
10 Nov 2014
Turn Me Loose was in a different class to his rivals in yesterday’s Gr. 1 Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas at Riccarton, and his champion rider Opie Bosson has put together a similar record of dominance in the $400,000 classic.

Yesterday’s win was Bosson’s sixth victory in the prestigious race, which no other jockey has won more than twice in its 42-year history.

The three-length romp by Turn Me Loose was Bosson’s biggest 2000 Guineas win by margin, but there has been no shortage of talent and class among his other victorious mounts.

Bosson won his first 2000 Guineas in 1998 with Danske. The colt by Danehill out of Our Tristalight was having his 10th start in the November 11 feature. He sat midfield before hitting the lead at the top of the straight and kicking strongly to win by a nose from subsequent Derby winner So Casual.

The Guineas was Danske’s fourth win and he had been placed on another four occasions. He had previously won the Gr. 2 Lindauer Guineas at Ellerslie and the Listed Baillieu Stakes at Randwick, and he ran second in the Gr. 3 Hawke’s Bay Guineas and against older horses in the Gr. 1 Captain Cook Stakes.

Danske would only race three more times, all in Australia. He finished second in the Gr. 2 AAMI Classic at Caulfield but was unplaced in the Listed Debonair Stakes and Gr. 1 Australian Cup.

Danske retired to stud, where he produced Group One winner Snazzy and several other stakes performers including Coup Ay Tee, Dancing Jess, Tadan, Molta, The Twist, Dante’s Paradiso, Anne Carina, Our Bee Jay, Titsgittin, Valhalla, Figurinit, The Hand Of Faith and Quite Astute.

The very next year Bosson won the Guineas again, this time aboard Buzz Lightyear. The son of Gold Brose and Excitable Kid won the Guineas at his ninth start. He led for most of the journey, was tackled at the turn but kicked again to take control of the race and score by a length and three-quarters from Thee Old Dragon and Group One filly Ad Alta.

It was the ill-fated Buzz Lightyear’s third win and he had been placed three times. He had won the Hawke’s Bay Guineas and placed in the Lindauer Guineas and Eclipse Stakes. He raced four more times, winning the Gr. 1 Bayer Classic and Listed New Zealand Derby Trial before failing to see out the 2400 metres of the Derby. He was fourth in the Gr. 2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley in his only other start.

Bosson’s next Guineas win came four years later with King’s Chapel, who won the classic at his eighth start. He was trapped wide after breaking from an outside gate but strode forward to take the lead and ran away to a dominant win by two lengths over Sarah Vee and Kainui Belle.

The win was the King Of Kings colt’s sixth in those eight starts, and had also been placed once. His previous victories included the $500,000 Super Bonus Classique and the Listed Ray Coupland Stakes.

Overall King’s Chapel won 10 of his 23 starts including the Gr. 1 Telegraph Handicap and Otaki WFA. He also had Group One placings in the Bayer Classic and the George Main Stakes in Sydney.

King’s Chapel retired to Windsor Park Stud, where he sired stakes performers King’s Ransom, King Montrose, Negotiate, Lady Chapel and Princess Emmy. He has since moved to South Africa to continue his stud career there.

Bosson then endured his longest gap between Guineas victories – six years. The drought was spectacularly broken by the flying grey filly Katie Lee in 2009. The win was the Pins filly’s fourth from nine starts.

Katie Lee travelled nicely midfield but was slammed into from both sides at the top of the Riccarton straight. Bosson helped her regain her balance and rhythm and she produced an explosive turn of foot to burst out of the pack and run down subsequent Derby winner Military Move to win by a length.

A week later Katie Lee made history, becoming the first and so far only horse to win the 2000 Guineas-1000 Guineas double. She produced a similar late run down the outside of the track to wear down subsequent Oaks winner Keep The Peace and score by half a neck.

Katie Lee retired with eight wins and eight placings from 23 starts – a high-class performer for much of her career, and an unstoppable force for that one amazing week at Riccarton in November 2009.

Last year Bosson notched up his fifth Guineas with with Atlante, a Fastnet Rock colt having just his fifth start. He had cleared maidens at the third time of asking, stepped up to stakes class to win the Canterbury Stakes at his fourth start and then won the 2000 Guineas to complete a hat-trick of wins.

Atlante led in last year’s Guineas, was tackled and headed in the straight but lifted again to win by three-quarters of a length from Chambord, Gobi Ranger and a promising one-win horse by the name of Puccini.

That was Atlante’s final New Zealand run. He then relocated to Australia, where he won at Listed level and was placed in the Gr. 2 Hobartville Stakes.

Bosson has also enjoyed significant success in the 1000 Guineas and Oaks. He won the 1000 Guineas with Katie Lee in 2009 and King’s Rose in 2010, and he has won the Oaks four times – She’s Country (2000), Bramble Rose (2003), Princess Coup (2007) and Keep The Peace (2010).

The New Zealand Derby is the only New Zealand classic to so far elude him. He finished third aboard Castlzeberg in 2013.

Meritorious runs from Guineas placegetters: Richards Edmunds, The Informant Sat, 08 Nov 2014
10 Nov 2014
While Turn Me Loose was a dominant, effortless and emphatic winner of today’s Gr. 1 Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas, several of the beaten runners produced highly meritorious performances.

Fastnet Rock colt Rockfast, a $410,000 yearling purchase, produced a powerful late run down the outside of the track to snatch second place for trainer Jason Bridgman and rider Matt Cameron.

“We’re stoked,” Te Akau Racing’s stable manager Jeff Dore said. “It’s a great result. He’s always been effortless in running time in his work, which has given Jason a big opinion of him from the start. He’s lived up to it today.”

Rockfast was placed in three runs at two including the Listed Reid and Harrison Slipper at Matamata, but he looks more and more like a potential Derby horse with every start he makes.

“He had to be ridden upside down as a two-year-old to do some things that didn’t come naturally to him,” Dore said. “He still got beaten only a lip in the Slipper. But Jason believes he can get a trip and he’ll be set on a Derby campaign.”

Prince Mambo was second to O’Marilyn in the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes last season and earned his second Group One placing with a late run into third place today, three-quarters of a length behind Rockfast. He is trained by Stephen McKee and was ridden by Jonathan Riddell.

It was a terrific performance from the son of Thewayyouare, who stumbled at the start and lost a stack of ground. He was then trapped wide throughout the journey. He overcame his rocky run to finish the race off as well as any runner not named Turn Me Loose.

“He’s run his guts out,” Go Racing My Way Syndicate manager Albert Bosma said. “The winner still would have won, but with a better start and trip he could have been second. We’ll take him home now and give him a couple of weeks off. It was a great run, and didn’t we have a yell?”

McKee said the Derby would also be on the agenda for Prince Mambo.

“We’ll aim towards the Derby,” the Ardmore trainer said. “He’ll know he’s had a run today but he did well.”

Filly Platinum Witness produced a brave and strong effort to finish fourth, half a neck away from Prince Mambo. Stratocaster was another half-head away in fifth.

Saint Or Sinner gives lift for Moroney: Mathew Toogood, The Informant Sat, 08 Nov 2014
10 Nov 2014
Saint Or Sinner has given trainer Mike Moroney and his team a morale-boosting win at Flemington.

The Moroney-trained Araldo, seventh in Tuesday's Melbourne Cup before breaking his leg in an accident while returning to scale.

Saint Or Sinner, who races in the same colours as Araldo, was sent out a $12 chance in today's Antler Luggage Handicap (1600m) and prevailed by a long head over Pin Your Hopes ($13).

Moroney said it had been a tough spring for his stable but he appreciated the support his team had received since Tuesday.

"We've been overwhelmed by the thousands of people on social media that have sent messages," Moroney said. "I'd like to thank them for that because it makes it a little bit easier."

Saint Or Sinner's part-owner Rupert Legh, who also was in the ownership of Araldo, said it had been one of his toughest weeks in racing.

"He (Araldo) was just one of those special horses," Legh said. "He was just a special animal, just in stature and character. It just hurt, the way it happened."

Moroney praised the ride of James McDonald and said the gelding had always had talent.

Early double for Te Akau and Cameron: Richard Edmunds, The Informant Sat, 08 Nov 2014
10 Nov 2014

Wolfwhistle (nearer, Matt Cameron) scores an impressive win over My Chino (Chris Johnson) at Riccarton today.
Wolfwhistle (nearer, Matt Cameron) scores an impressive win over My Chino (Chris Johnson) at Riccarton today.

Te Akau Racing, Jason Bridgman and Matt Cameron will join forces with Rockfast in the Gr. 1 Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas later this afternoon at Riccarton, and an early double with Bronte Lass and Wolfwhistle got the team’s big day off to the perfect start.

Bronte Lass came out on top after an exciting tussle down the straight with Locket, while Wolfwhistle towered over his opposition on paper and was too good for them on the track as well.

Cameron rode a tactical race on the talented Bronte Lass, never letting his most dangerous rival out of sight and then timing his run to perfection. Locket tried her best to stay with the northern raider but Bronte Lass gradually asserted her authority down the stretch and scored by just under two lengths.

“I knew I had the horse,” the winning rider said. “Locket was right in front of me all the way, so I knew all I had to do was to get past that and I was away. She travelled nicely and finished it off really really well.”

A six-year-old daughter of Stravinsky and the Sadler’s Wells mare Little Dorrit, Bronte Lass now has five wins and 11 placings to her name in her 24-start career. She returned a dividend of $3.30 today and ran the 1600 metres in 1:38.76.

“She’s a progressive mare,” Cameron enthused. “She’s going to go places and she’s going to keep winning.”

Wolfwhistle has had a bit to live up to, being a son of champion sire O’Reilly and dual Group One winner Legs and a $240,000 purchase at Karaka. But the four-year-old has made giant strides this season and made it three wins in a row in the Muritai Marketing Premier.

Sent out at prohibitive odds in Rating 85 grade after winning the Listed Spring Classic at this track last start, Wolfwhistle lived up to expectations with a classy display. He tracked leader Red Ripper all the way around the track, cruised to the lead at the top of the straight and put My Chino and Colonel Carrera away with plenty up his sleeve.

“He was dominant,” Cameron said. “We weren’t sure how the race would pan out. Jason said the key was to get him breathing comfortably and happy, so I had him forward and outside the leader this time. He was happy there. He travelled up really well and was too good for them.”

It was a frustrating time for Balcairn trainers John and Karen Parsons, whose runner Locket and My Chino both had to settle for second to the Te Akau winners.

Wolfwhistle has now had 11 starts for five wins and a placing, earning more than $85,000 in stakes. But he is worth significantly more than that. Despite a placid nature that has fooled some into mistaking him for a gelding, Wolfwhistle is an entire and could be in line for a stud career if his outstanding racetrack results continue.

Rockfast will bid for a Te Akau, Bridgman and Cameron hat-trick in the Guineas later this afternoon. He is the seventh favourite for the race at 13 to one.

Page 11 of 39 (20 results per page)
<<5  06 07 08 09 10 [11] 12 13 14 15    16>>