NZ Success at Happy Valley
22 April 2005
It was a winning night for the Kiwis at Happy Valley on Wednesday, and timely success for the forthcoming National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka.
Leith Innes notched up his first win of his four month contract in Hong Kong with a win in Race 1 for John Size. Innes rode 3YO New Zealand bred, Har Har Charms, by Green Perfume from the Deputy Governor mare, Ruby Turner. A four-time winner herself, Ruby Turner is a full sister to Singapore Horse of the Year, Zirna. The mare will be offered for sale at Karaka as part of Westbury Stud's unreserved sale on 6th May (Lot 197), together with her weanling by first season sire, Pyrus (Lot 109), yearling colt by Elnadim (Lot 55) and untried two year old by Tuscany Flyer (Lot 32).
It was also a successful night for New Zealand trainer, Paul O'Sullivan, twice hitting the winning formula with ex-pat New Zealand jockey, Shane Dye. The first was in Race 2, with a win by Giddy Kipper in the Kent Handicap (Class 5), then again in Race 4, when Sniper took the Class 4 Middlesex Handicap in a close finish.
Race 7 saw New Zealand bred, Firm Offer, win the Class 3 St George's Challenge Cup for David Ferraris, a third win of the night for Shane Dye. Firm offer, by Fasliyev from Initial Offering, was purchased by Joe Barnes for $35,000 from the 2003 Premier Yearling Sale.