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More Mercedes Super Bonus Dollars Up For Grabs At Avondale

Friday, January 10, 2003

The Mercedes Super Bonus has a high likelihood of being struck with eight of the eleven horses running eligible to win the $10,000. Of those eligible, the Paul Milich trained Bless (Slavic x Blue Tess) looks to be an excellent chance. Her consistent recent race form and smart track work during the week suggests she will more than likely feature in the finish.

Bless is one of three horses in the race to have already won a Mercedes Super Bonus with the other two being Purrfection (Tale of the Cat x Nothing Less) and Wooden Masque (Woodborough x Magic Move). Both Bless and Wooden Masque have won a $10,000 Mercedes Super Bonus while Purrfection took out a lucrative $25,000 Mercedes Jackpot Bonus.

Lafleur Too Good In New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes

Friday, January 3, 2003

Ridden by Leith Innes, Lafleur, who started from the widest barrier of 13, swooped around the field on the home straight to take the win a head from the Moroney & Scott trained Milzeel (Zabeel x Miltak) with the Mark Todd trained Bramble Rose (Shinko King x Images) a further long neck away in third.

Lafleur, who is owned and bred by Peter & Philip Vela, is now competitively placed on the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year points table, being third equal on 8 points with recent Eight Carat Classic winner Natalie Wood. The regally bred Lafleur will now be set for the ING New Zealand Oaks later this month.

New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes Draws Talented Field Of Fillies

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

The New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes provides a great opportunity to not only win an important black type race but also to gain valuable points in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series. This prestigious series has been tightly contested so far this season and a win in the Royal Stakes will place the victorious filly in the top four on the points table with only three races in the series to go.

The field is headed by the Mike Moroney and Andrew Scott trained Penny Gem (Pentire x Gemscay), who has impressive recent form after finishing a game second to the talented Natalie Wood in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic on Boxing Day. A victory for Penny Gem would place her at the top of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year points' table, equal with The Jewel on 12 points. The Moroney/Scott team will also be represented by Milzeel (Zabeel x Miltak), who is bred to get over ground being by Zabeel from the Auckland Cup and New Zealand Oaks winner Miltak.

Natalie Wood A Potential Starlet In The Making After Easy Eight Carat Win

Friday, December 27, 2002

The Don Sellwood trained filly took the lead in the final stages of the race and never looked back, extending her lead to two lengths at the finish line. The favourite Penny Gem (Pentire x Gemscay) finished in second place with Bramble Rose (Shinko King x Images) the third place-getter.

Natalie Wood is yet another successful graduate of New Zealand Bloodstock's Festival Sale. She was purchased at the 2001 Festival Select Sale by the Robt Dawe Agency for $16,500 from the draft of Mapperley Stud. She is owned by Messrs BG Black and WC McDonald.

Foxette Outfoxes Them In The Mercedes Fillies Prelude

Friday, December 27, 2002

In a tight finish the consistent Foxette, aided by the skills of top jockey Greg Childs, prevailed by a long head from the fast finishing and somewhat unlucky debutant Traffic Stopper (Volksraad x Startling Lady), who herself just got home in second place by a neck from Swing the Cat (Tale of the Cat x Awave) who added another third placing to her record.

Foxette is trained by Colin Jillings and Richard Yuill, who are no strangers to producing talented 2YOs to win Mercedes Super Bonus Series races, with their recent 2YO star Flying Babe (Flying Spur x Cast Your Fate) the winner of the highlight of the Mercedes Super Bonus Series, the $500,000 Mercedes Classique in 2001.

St Reims Sizzles In The Derby

Friday, December 27, 2002

In a great front running display, ex-pat jockey Greg Childs rated the regally bred St Reims beautifully, ensuring that the colt had just enough left at the end of the race to hold out gallant second place-getter Kajema (O'Reilly x Vreeland) by a neck, with Woburn (Groom Dancer x Harriet) finishing in third place.

Trainer Chris McNab and owners the February Syndicate, headed by Rob McAnulty, will undoubtedly be delighted with St Reims' Group 1 winning effort, as the horse has had its detractors after taking a few races to find winning form.

Competition Hot For Mercedes Fillies Prelude

Monday, December 23, 2002

The stellar field is headed by the Paul O'Sullivan trained filly Rockabubble (Bubble Gum Fellow x Blond Rocket) who recently won the Listed Cullen Stakes. Rockabubble will have some strong competition from the Mark Walker trained trio of runners Spur Bird (Flying Spur x Auptag), Snipight (Snippets x Spectacular Light) and Phoenicia (Volksraad x Meralini). Spur Bird and Phoenicia have both had wins and Snipight was an unlucky second in her only start. Walker looks to have a good chance of completing the Mercedes Prelude double after his precocious youngster King's Chapel won the Colts Mercedes Super Bonus Prelude on Saturday at Manawatu.

In what is likely to be a wide open affair, the consistent Bless (Slavic x Blue Tess) and Foxette (Entrepreneur x Blucielo) both have a strong chance of taking the honours in a very even field. Debut winners Pay My Bail (Justice Prevails x Ebony Jane) and Butterface (Prince Ferdinand x Bay Caf�) could be ones for lovers of longer odds to support, as is the rapidly improving Purrfection (Tale of the Cat x Nothing Less)

Stable Stars Quinella Mercedes Prelude

Monday, December 23, 2002

King's Chapel (King of Kings x Lower Chapel) looks to be a very talented colt in the making, scoring a thoroughly professional 1 � length win after a brief home straight battle with gallant third place-getter Romar Dale (Armidale x Rose of Belldale). Stablemate Maroofity (Maroof x Howkudai) flew home late to take second by a nose from Romar Dale, completing the quinella for successful young trainer Mark Walker.

David Ellis, who manages the Tauranga Racing Syndicate, purchased King's Chapel at the Premier Session of New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sale at the beginning of the year for $35,000 from the draft of Norelands Stud. The colt has now paid this back more than four times over, having already earned just over $160,000 courtesy of winning a $50,000 Mercedes Super Bonus Jackpot at his first start and the lion's share of the $150,000 prize money from the Mercedes Super Bonus Prelude.

Eight Carat Draws Big Field Of Classy Fillies

Monday, December 23, 2002

With a stake of $100,000 and the opportunity to make great inroads on the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year points table, the Eight Carat Classic has drawn a field of 22 smart fillies. The winning filly will be well within striking distance of the top of the points table for the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series with 8 points up for grabs to the winner of the race.

Many of the fillies have impressive recent form with the likes of the John Wheeler trained All In Tune (Grosvenor x Bonnie's Delight) who has won her last two starts, and the Graeme Rogerson & Stephen Autridge trained Curvy Girl (Desert Sun x Seductive) who has a 100% success rate with two starts for two wins.

Smart Field For The Rich Mercedes Colts & Geldings Prelude

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Saturday's $150,000 Mercedes Super Bonus Prelude at Manawatu has attracted a small but quality field of 2YO Colts and Geldings for the 1100m dash.

Trainer Mark Walker looks to have a strong hand in the race with his stable represented by the unbeaten youngsters Maroofity (Maroof x Howkudai) and King's Chapel (King of Kings x Lower Chapel). The two horses have already picked up two bonuses between them, with Maroofity the winner of a $10,000 bonus race, as well as the Listed Ford Welcome Stakes, while King's Chapel scored a very handsome $50,000 Mercedes Jackpot bonus in his impressive recent debut at Avondale on Cup Day.

Gypsy Babe Clinches Eulogy From Stablemate

Monday, December 16, 2002

It was a Moroney & Scott quinella in Saturday's Gr.3 Robertson Holden Eulogy Stakes ($40,000 1600m) at the Manawatu RC.

The Mike Moroney & Andrew Scott trained Gypsy Babe (Blues Traveller x Console) dashed home to win over her stablemate Bailey's On Ice (O'Reilly x Cr�me Anglaise) by 1� lengths, with third place going to the Noel Eales trained representative Charmaine (Centaine x Charmante).

Eulogy Stakes Attracts Smart Fillies

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Saturday's Robertson Motors Eulogy Stakes ($40,000, 1600m) at Manawatu has attracted a classy field of fillies, contesting not only for the Gr.3 win, but also for the prestigious title of 2002-03 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year.

Trainer John Wheeler has 3 good contenders in the field, Jetset Lass (Jetball x Midnight Lass), Kissinkin (Thunder Gulch x Cousins) & Optical Illusion (Danasinga x Sriwijaya). All three have had wins, although Kissinkin has the most impressive recent form, winning both of her last 2 starts and a barrier draw of 7 should give her every opportunity to figure in the finish.

Purrfect Finish To $25,000 Mercedes Super Bonus

Monday, December 9, 2002

The cats were out in force at Wellington on Saturday with Purrfection (Tale of the Cat x Nothing Less) taking out the Mercedes Super Bonus Juvenile (1000m), for 2YO Fillies.

Trained by Graeme Rogerson & Steven Autridge of Hamilton, Purrfection raced home to beat Danette (Danske x Amynette) with another Tale of the Cat filly, Swing The Cat (out of Awave) filling third position.

Successful Day At Avondale For New Zealand Bloodstock

Thursday, December 5, 2002

New Zealand Bloodstock had a big presence at the Avondale Jockey Club meeting yesterday. Not only sponsoring the main race of the day, the New Zealand Bloodstock Avondale Gold Cup, but also providing a $50,000 Mercedes Super Bonus to the winner of the 2YO race.

The big race of the day was the $150,000 Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Avondale Gold Cup which was taken out in fine style by Regal Krona (Krona x Regal Cent).

Bunker Bowls Them In Bayer

Friday, November 29, 2002

Bunker (Sandtrap x Perfect) outclassed his competition in yesterday's $200,000 Group 1 Bayer Classic (1600m) at the Levin RC meeting at Trentham.

The gallant 3 year old, took the lead in the straight and refused to give it up when Dane Choice (Danewin x Another Choice) & Cheerine Kid (Gaius x Pompeii Bride) made their final dash to the line.