Sheka The Standout For Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Castletown Stakes

Friday, June 4, 2004

The strong field includes smart filly Sheka (NZ) (Sandtrap x Lynsu) who tasted black type success at her last start in the Listed ARC Great Northern Foal Stakes (1200m). The filly, who was sold at the 2003 New Zealand Bloodstock Festival Sale by Java Lodge for $2500, is proficient in wet conditions and an outside draw should come in handy if the track remains soft.

Former champion Zimbabwe jockey Mark Du Plessis, who has recently decided to base himself permanently in New Zealand, will ride the filly for the Sargent / Allpress training partnership.

Busy Week Of Mercedes Super Bonuses

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

This weekend's race sees five runners eligible for the bonus.

Korau Road (NZ) (Cape Cross x Just Cruising) won his debut at Counties RC three weeks ago. The colt was purchased by current co-trainer Trevor McKee at the Select Colts Sale for $28,000 from The Oaks

Gearing Up For Karaka 2005

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

With the 2004 National Yearling Sales a not-so-distant memory, it is hard to believe it is time again to start gearing up for January 2005. But in the wake of the fantastic Yearling Sale at Karaka, and the buying frenzy at the Sydney Easter Sale, prospective buyers are already interested in what will be offered at Karaka in 2005.

New Zealand Bloodstock has confirmed that the Sale will start on 31 January and continue through the first week of February. The actual split between Premier, Select and Festival sessions will be determined once entries are received. New Zealand Bloodstock's nomination forms will go out in the next fortnight, and nominations will close on 14 July.

Pinprick Picks Up $50,000 Mercedes Super Bonus Jackpot

Monday, May 24, 2004

The Moroney / Scott-trained Pinprick (NZ) (Pins x Hinewai) scored the $50,000 bonus when he cruised to a 1 � length victory in the Carters James Hardie 2YO Colts & Geldings 1100m.

Pin Up Boy (NZ) (Pins x Dare To Win) who is trained by the Rogerson / Autridge team ran second giving Pins the quinella in the event. His Tory (NZ) Gold Brose x Thatcher) rounded out the minor placings with third.

Mercedes Super Bonus Double

Friday, May 21, 2004

As expected the incentive has attracted many smart horses to the event. This weekend's race sees eight of the twelve runners eligible for the jackpot.

There are several noteworthy entrants traveling to Pukekura Raceway for the race. Sandboy (NZ) (Sandtrap x Trudy's Folly) was sold by Java Lodge for $62,500 at the Select Colts Sale and purchased by current trainer Trevor McKee. The colt has had nearly six weeks away from the track following two wins and a fourth in the Listed ARC Champagne Stakes earlier this year.

Kiwi Group 1 Double In Adelaide

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Adelaide Cup day at Morphettville proved to be hugely successful for New Zealand bred horses and in particular, Rich Hill Stud. The Walton (near Matamata) based nursery stood Bahhare and stands Pentire who sired the winners of the Group 1 South Australian Oaks and the Group 1 SAJC Adelaide Cup respectively.

The running of the Group 1 South Australian Oaks saw New Zealand-bred fillies Dowry (NZ) (Bahhare x Meant For Me) and Tingirana (NZ) (Generous x Shy Lizzy) provide the quinella in the 2500m event. The New Zealand bred, owned and trained Dowry went to Adelaide after winning the Group 3 Manawatu Classic but had finished down the track in her first two starts in Australia.

Classic Clare Wins Southern Filly Of The Year Competition

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

The unbeaten Uprize (NZ) (Prized x Impossible Dream) went into the race as favourite. The Peter and Dawn Williams-trained filly needed the win to secure the top-equal position in the series. Despite looking promising throughout the race she was unable to get past the race leader Kim's Coup (NZ) (Kashani x Marcasite) who held on to win by a half neck. Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel x Real Success) ran home well for third after being jostled on the turn.

Kim's Coup is owned by Ray Coupland who purchased her from the 2002 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Fillies Sale for $26,000.

$10,000 Super Bonus Up For Grabs At Wellington

Thursday, April 29, 2004

The Moroney & Scott-trained filly Bible Class (NZ) (Volksraad x Worship) has the advantages of drawing one and being one of Michael Walkers last rides before he heads to Melbourne in May. After a third in her first start she finished a disappointing tenth last time out, in the Listed ARC Champagne Stakes, following an awkward start

Also eligible are Grant Searle-trained Kashden (NZ) (Kashani x Savage Garden) and the John Wheeler-trained Rokocoko (NZ) (Volksraad x Tall Poppy). Both colts have raced before, Rokocoko finishing third in his first start and Kasden having two fourths including one at Trentham in March.

Southern Filly Series Comes Down To The Wire

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Despite finishing unplaced in the last leg Classic Clare (NZ) (Gold Brose x Funny Features) leads the points table by a margin of seven points. This ensures her a win, the only question being whether she will share the title with the unbeaten Uprize (NZ) (Prized x Impossible Dream). Uprize, trained by Peter and Dawn Williams, is currently sitting in second position with seven points. Not only will she require a win for level pegging in the competition she will also need to see Classic Clare finish out of the placings.

The presence of some proven North Island fillies in tomorrow's field will give the connections of Uprize an indication of their filly's potential. The most interesting of the northern brigade is the Paul O'Sullivan-trained Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel), who looked very promising with a winning double during the summer but finished only midfield when stepped up to stakes company at her last start. A recent trial win and good work since was enough for her connections to send her south on this one-race campaign.

Royal Run In New Zealand Bloodstock 2yo Fillies Stakes

Monday, April 26, 2004

Having her first start back from a short spell Royal Babe, ridden by Matthew Williamson, was handy throughout kicking clear of the field down the straight. Pacemaker, Darceybee, fought on gamely for second ahead of the fast finishing Pin High (Pins x Spring Reason).

Owners, Mark and Bobi Petch bought the filly's dam Royal Snip (Royal Academy) who is a stakes-placed winner out the class race mare Snippet's Girl (Snippets), a multiple stakes winner in Australia. Mark, twice New Zealand touring car Champion, is a member of the Counties Racing Club and has been asked to manage the car racing franchise the club has just taken over.

Fillies Super Bonus Jackpots To $50,000

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Goldsinga (Danasinga x Donna's Gold) and Triple Time (Gold Brose x Mazurka) are the only eligible contenders for the $50,000 bonus, as the only starters who are Karaka sales graduates enrolled in the Mercedes Super Bonus Scheme. They will compete against a field of smart fillies for in this valuable black type event. Both fillies have picked up some trial form at Cambridge recently. The Robert Priscott-trained Triple Time ran first of eight, covering a 1000m in 59.5 and winning by two-and-one-half lengths. Goldsinga, trained by the Moroney-Scott partnership ran third of five in her qualifying trial and has drawn one, which is always an advantage in a 1000m event.

The field also includes some impressive fillies that have already had some race success. The Jim Gibbs-trained Darcybee (Fasliyev x Eminent Walk) has started twice finishing second on her first outing at Paeroa and winning by two and three-quarter lengths two weeks ago at Te Aroha. Enthralling (Volksraad x Captivating), from the Rogerson & Autridge stable, has also done well in her first two outings running a place at Rotorua followed by a win at Otaki two weeks ago. Another hopeful from the Rogerson & Autridge Stable is the Danzero filly Primera Dama (Danzero x Velita) who finished second to Darcybee at her first start.

Kiwi Fillies Fare Well In The Oaks

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Mike Moroney, trainer of French Lady (Entrepreneur x Le Tebaldi) who finished second, was very pleased with the result saying that the filly is very tough and that he expects improvements. After the race jockey Greg Childs said that he thought he had the race won at the 600m mark but the winner, Wild Iris (Spectrum x Wild Violet), was just too good.

Post race, Moroney said that French Lady, who was recently purchased by American George Strawbridge, would be aimed for the Hollywood Oaks. He later said a run in the Queensland Oaks may be a possibility.

Following her fifth in the Group I Arrowfield Stakes, Boulevardofdreams (Dagger's Drawn x Faustina) ran on from the back of the field after missing the start by several lengths. Into the straight she struggled to get a clear run but managed to steam home for third. Trainer Wayne Hillis, was very happy with the run and said that the filly would be returning to New Zealand on Thursday. Boulevardofdreams won the Gr. 2 Championship Stakes in February, the last leg of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year series.

The time for the Oaks was 2.30.55 on a dead track; the last 600m was run in 37.03.

Successful Sydney Easter Carnival For New Zealand Breeding

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Braeloch had kicked clear into the straight and according to jockey Danny Beasley, the $101-shot, was still going strong past the 200-metre mark. Starcraft, the equal-favourite, was back in the field, as usual, but when he started his run on the home turn he cut in badly slowing his momentum. He overcame this and ran on powerfully out wide to catch the outsider on the line.

Both horses were sold at the 2002 New Zealand Bloodstock National Premier Yearling Sale. Starcraft was a Waikato Stud entry who was bought for $80,000 by the Robert Dawe Agency on behalf of the colts current owner Paul Makin.

Uprize Cruises To Victory In The New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight Stakes

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

The Peter and Dawn Williams-trained filly had won two earlier 1400m races at Riccarton and Ashburton. She will now be aimed for the Warstep Stakes, the 2000m listed race that concludes the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year series.

Kims Coup (Kashani Marcasite) and Hi Yo Wassup (Al Akbar x Luscious Kiwi) also entered the points table yesterday as they fought it out for second and third respectively.

Smart Southern Fillies Contest New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight Stakes

Thursday, April 8, 2004

The Shane Kennedy trained Classic Clare (Gold Brose x Funny Features) leads the series following her convincing last-start victory in the second leg. With 14 points she stands 11 points clear of her closest rivals, Clifton (Bahhare x Instantly) and Lady Libertine (Tuscany Flyer x Liberty Rose).

Clifton, who finished second to Classic Clare last start, will need to win the race to keep the series alive going into the final leg, the New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes. The Mike McCann trained filly will be ridden by Hayden Tinsley.