Derby Day Racing Report
29 December 2003
Classy three-year-old filly Kainui Belle proved too good when taking out the Group 2 Eight Carat Stakes 1600m at Ellerslie on Derby Day.
The win by the Wayne and Vanessa Hillis trained runner took her New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year points to 21, just three behind series leader Taatletail.
Kainui Belle (Kashani x Lady Ukiah), who is raced by her breeders Phil & Jackie Rogers of Taupiri scored convincingly in a time of 1.33.87 and will now contest the New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes over 2000m at Ellerslie on the 2nd January 2004.
A win for Kainui Belle in the New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes would earn her 29 points and the lead in the NZB Filly of the Year Series. Kainui Belle was ridden to victory by Noel Harris.
Eftee One (Volksraad x Bashful Lady) finished 1-1/4 lengths back in second place scoring four points while Danette (Danske x Amynette) who finished � a length away in third place, scored two points for her efforts.
Following the running of the Eight Carat Stakes the point's table for the 2003-04 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series currently stands as follows:
Kainui Belle 21
Eftee One 4
Sarah Vee 4
Classic Clare 3
Rapid Kay 3
Bridie Belle 2
Pay My Bail 1.5
Wharite Princess 1.5
Her Hidden Talent 1
The next race in the 2003-04 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series is the Gr.2 New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes at Ellerslie on Friday 2nd January 2004.
The 2003-2004 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series can be followed by viewing www.nzb.co.nz where the point's table for the Series is updated after each race.
CLEAN SWEEP TAKES HOME $150,000 FILLIES BONUS
Two year old filly Clean Sweep's victory in the Mercedes Bonus Fillies Prelude saw her reward her owners by repaying her purchase price and some.
Clean Sweep (End Sweep x Eidercrown) won by a short neck over the 1100m journey on Boxing Day at Ellerslie. Summer Nymph (Danske x Nymphaea) finished second with pacemaker Iflooxcouldkill (Daggers Drawn x Hear's Hoping) � a length away in third.
Clean Sweep (End Sweep x Eidercrown) was purchased by Paul Moroney Bloodstock for $20,000 from the draft of Raffles Farm at the 2003 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale and is trained by the Mike Moroney & Andrew Scott combination at Matamata. Clean Sweep was bred by Classic Bloodstock Ltd.
Derby Day's bonus race was the second of three big bonus races this summer. The highlight of the Super Bonus season is still to come, with the $500,000 Mercedes Classique at Te Rapa on 31 January 2004.
For more information on the Mercedes Super Bonus Series please contact Petrea Vela at New Zealand Bloodstock on (09) 298 0055 or [email protected], or view the New Zealand Bloodstock website at www.nzb.co.nz which is updated after each race.