Demonetization Delivers in Easter Handicap

27 April 2021

Demonetization storms home to win $100,000 Group Two Manco Easter Handicap (1600m). Photo: Trish Dunell 

Quality Karaka graduate Demonetization (All Too Hard) took his career to a new level at Ellerslie on Saturday, leaving a talented field in his wake in the $100,000 Group Two Manco Easter Handicap (1600m). 

Bought for $160,000 at the 2016 Premier Sale and then for $220,000 at the Ready to Run Sale later that year, Demonetization has had 27 starts for seven wins, six placings and $247,712 in stakes to date.

He was an impressive Group Two winner of the Auckland Guineas (1600m) at Ellerslie as a three-year-old, but Saturday’s win in the time-honoured open handicap – over the same course and distance – was even better.

Ridden by Sam Collett for Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley, the six-year-old settled well back in the field and had only three horses behind him as he rounded the home turn.

But then he sprouted wings in the straight and soared through the testing rain-affected ground, dashing to the lead and sailing clear with ease. He opened up a commanding margin in just a handful of strides, passing the finish line four lengths ahead of his nearest rival.

“He loves it when he can get his toe into the ground,” Tiley said. “But he’s a very good horse. He’s been carrying big weights in his recent starts, and he got in beautifully handicapped today. He’s been absolutely flying in the last couple of weeks.

“He ran an enormous race for second in the (Group Two) Rich Hill Mile (1600m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day, and then we put him out straight away and targeted this race basically from that day. It’s worked out really well.”

Runner-up Hasabro (NZ) (Savabeel) is also a Karaka graduate, bought for $220,000 from Waikato Stud’s draft at Karaka 2017. He is a full-brother to Group One winner Hasahalo (NZ) (Savabeel), and a half-brother to the Australian Group Three winners All Saints’ Eve (NZ) (Sacred Falls) and All Hallows’ Eve (NZ) (Sacred Falls).

Third-placed Marroni (NZ) (Makfi) was a $90,000 purchase from Westbury Stud’s draft at Karaka 2018. Saturday’s black-type placing came at just his 13th career start, and his first at stakes level. He has had four wins and four placings from those 13 appearances.

Vendor

Premier: Blandford Lodge

RTR: Mana Park

Purchaser

Premier: 888 Bloodstock (Victoria)

RTR: N & P Balia Family Trust (Auckland)

Breeding

All Too Hard – Midnight Special

Sale

Lot 400, 2016 Premier Sale, $160,000

Lot 345, 2016 Ready to Run Sale, $220,000

Bred by

Peters Investments