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Waiting Game for Lizzie

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained, Lizzie L’Amour, will need a little luck on her side if she is to join her stable mates, Bonneval and Jon Snow, in the Group1 Caulfield Cup field next month.

Zabeel mare is currently ranked 41st in the order of entry, but Baker is not overly concerned at her low standing at this stage.

“Its early days,” he said “They drop out a lot, so we’ll just wait and see what happens.”

There are 12 international runners ahead of Lizzie L’ Amour in the order of entry, however, six of those failed to enter quarantine in England, or, Ireland last week.

Early indications are that only five internationals rates ahead of Lizzie L’ Amour, they are Admire Deus, Francis of Assisi, Steel of Madrid, Johannes Vermeer and Marmelo who are likely to take their place in the S3 million Caulfield Cup.

A Group I winning daughter of Zabeel , Lizzie L’Amour disappointed when finishing seventh in the Group2 Dato Tan Chin Stakes at Moonee Valley over 1600 metres, but was subsequently found to have suffered an atrial fibrillation.

“She has been as good as gold since, “Baker said “She’s had a jump out and has passed everything, we just left it to the vet to treat her, she’s righted herself and everything is okay.”

The classy middle distance mare will likely return to Moonee Valley for the Group 2 Stocks Stakes over 1600 metres next Friday, with her stablemate, Jon Show, to step out in the Group 3 JRA Cup over 2040 metres on the same card.

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Lizzie L'Amour with Damian Oliver up


Group One filly continuing to improve

Belle du Nord’s trainers are behind the eight ball with their gifted filly, but they are far from panicking.

“She’s very well, but we haven’t been able to get as much work into her as we would have liked,” said Emma –Lee Browne, who prepares the daughter of Reliable Man with her husband David.

“Like everyone else we’re hoping the tracks improve, but at this stage we’re happy with her, and her main aim is Riccarton.”

She was referring to the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on November 18, and Belle du Nord will take another step towards Christchurch when she runs in Saturday’s Group 3 Hawkes Bay Breeder’s Gold Trail Stakes.

“We’re all set for Hastings and looking forward to it Browne said, “She’s improving safely through Saturday, she’ll run i n the Soliloquy Stakes, or the Sarten Memorial. “

Belle du Nord was an impressive winner last season at Ellerslie, she was spelled after finishing runner up behind champion two year old, Melody Belle, in the Group 1 Mamawatu Sires

She returned last month at Taupo, where she came from the back of the field to beat all but Astor, with the subsequent Listed O’ Leary Fillies Stakes winner, Dijon Bleu, in third spot.

“We were really happy with her,she finished off well, it was a game effort,” Browne said.

Meanwhile Belle du Nord stakes stable mate, Ja Ja Binks, is back in work after a break following a trial outing in early August.  


Belle du Nord


Showcasing’s fee announced

Group One producer, Showcasing, will stand at a 2017 service fee of $12,000 plus GST at Haunui Farm.

The son of Oasis Dream was the champion first season sire of his year, and crowned champion second season sire last term.

“Showcasing couldn’t have made a better start to his career in either hemisphere,” Haunui’s Mark Chitty said.

“He had a runner in the Karaka Million from every crop to date, and he has proven that he can upgrade his mares with all of his 15 stakes winners to date, the best performed progeny are from mares that are non stakes winners themselves.”

“At a fee of $12,000,we feel we are giving every breeder in New Zealand the opportunity to use a stallion that we know can get winners, can upgrade mares and can leave type,” added Mark Chitty.

Black-type assignment for Calligraphy

Cambridge trainer, Ross McCarroll, had black type visions for his mare, four year old Callgraphy, after she toyed with her rivals in a Benchmark 75 at Tauranga on Thursday.

Returning from a brief let- up Calligraphy was prominent throughout under apprentice Sam Weatherley, and was always travelling like a winner.

“She really showed a good turn of foot and I thought she was impressive,” McCarrol said.

“She was getting a bit tired towards the end of her last preparation, we gave her three weeks off and she has come back much better,” he added.

The mare has an impressive record, with four wins and four placings from just 11 outings.

Her next assignment is likely to be the Group 3 Classic Cuisine Rotorua Stakes, over 1400 metres, on May 13 for the daughter of Perfectly Ready.

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Vela pair chase Travis Success

Sir Peter Vela will look forward to tomorrows Group2 Travis Stakes, with two chances of adding to his previous three wins in the feature race for fillies and mares.

Sir Peter, and his late brother Philip, first won the race, then known as the Dulcie Stakes, with Chrisiania Belle in 1993, before adding further success with Dolmabache in 2012 Rasa Lila last year.

Rasa Lila is back to defend her title for the Maungatautari training team of Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie.

The six year old mare by Darci Brahma, Rasa Lila goes into the race with a higher rating that most of the field, and looks the improver on her first up run in the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, over 1600 metres at Te Rapa, three weeks ago according to Sir Peter’s racing manager Garry Cossey.

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Rasa Lila


N Z Jockeys Best for the Weekend

A selection of New Zealand’s leading jockey s offer their best rides for the weekend and where applicable last week’s results.

Lisa Allpress – Love Comes First –Tauherenikau (race 2)
(Saracino -1st)

Opie Bossom –Camino Rocoso—Avondale (race 5)
(Gingernuts 1st )

Matt Cameron – Mongolian Wolf –Tauranga (race 2)
(Zacada 4th)

Sam Collett -- EkarosaTauranga (race 9)
(Miss Wilson 1st)

Chris Johnson-- Belham –Tauherenikau (race 7)
(Signify 1st)

Danielle Johnson –Cote D’Or – Tauranga (Race 5)

Michael McNab – Cherry Bay – Tauranga (Race 5)

Johnathan -- Raul – Tauherenikau (Race 2)
(Hoist 4th)

Sam Spratt –Irish Mist – Tauranga (Race 10)
(O’Rachael 3rd)

Jason Waddell – Sensibility –Avondale (Race 7)


Melody plays winning tune in Karaka Millions

Te Akau Racing and Fortuna Bloodstock combined for their great victory when Melody Belle blitzed a quality field in Sunday’s Listed Karaka Million, over 1200 metres at Trentham.

The Commands filly had been absent from pre –post discussions, despite an eye catching debut win, followed by a brilliant third behind the well fancied Gift of Power in stakes company at Trentham.

Ridden by Opie Bosson, the filly jumped well from the inside draw to dispute the early speed, and was always there when it was time to be called upon.

She was a $57,500 purchase by David Ellis from last year’s Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka, on behalf of Fortuna Bloodstock‘s principal, John Galvin.

Co-trainer, Jamie Richards, was all smiles as he accepted congratulations, along with his training partner, Stephen Autridge, after the race.  

Melody Belle is the first foal of the Iffraaj mare Meleka, whose second foal, a colt by O’Reilly, is included in the Haunui Farm’s draft of yearlings at Karaka, during the second session of the Yearling Sales, he is Lot 850.

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Melody Belle

Filly outmuscles males to continue winning roll

Volpe Veloce went to another level at Ellerslie, where she kept her unbeaten record intact on Sunday, at the expense of a small but select field of three year olds.

The daughter of Foxwedge took on a hot line up of colts and geldings in the Listed NZB Insurance Karaka three year old mile, she put them away in a typically gallant performance.

Her six previous wins included the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic, but this was her sternest test to date, she stepped up to the task to defeat Heroic Valour and Jon Snow.

“Every time she puts in, I don’t know how good she is, she just keeps improving all the time,” her trainer Graham Richardson said.

Volpe Veloce has Group 1 nominations for both the Videophone New Zealand Derby, and the Wellfield New Zealand Oaks, she will make her next appearance in the Group2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic, at Te Rapa on February 11

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Volpe Veloce.

Santuzza dominates at Trentham

Santuzza delivered on the promise she showed when finishing third on debut, as she went up two places at Trentham on Saturday.

The two year old daughter of Savabeel ran a mighty race behind the well fancied Karaka Million candidate Padraig, at the same venue a fortnight earlier.

The raceday experience stood her in great stead on the weekend as she bounded to an early lead from her favourable barrier draw, then dictated the pace from there on.

Co- trainer, Debbie Rogerson, admitted that the stable had been expecting the performance based on her debut run.

“She has the makings of a very good horse,” she commented.

“She’s had the experience down here so we were pretty confident today, despite what she does now, we also know she will be a better three year old,” she added.

Her half brother, by Ocean Park, is Lot 427 in the draft from Monovale Farm at the Karaka Yearling Sales.




Death of Haunui Sire

The local thoroughbred breeding industry suffered a major loss during the week-end when the Haunui Farm announced the death of the Australian Guineas winner Ferlax, who had to be euthanized after sustaining a paddock injury late last week.

On the eve of transporting his first crop of yearlings to the National Yearling Sales series at Karaka, the loss is a bitter pill for his connections to swallow.

“We are devastated, “ Haunui Farm’s Managing Director, Mark Chitty, said “we were privileged to have the opportunity to stand Ferlax on behalf of his owner, Jonathan Munx, and have worked closely with him and his bloodstock manager, Dean Hawthorn, to give Ferlax the best possible opportunity at stud,” he said.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved with giving advice in regard to the injury sustained, we certainly explored all of the options in regard to the injury Ferlax sustained, we certainly explored all of the options and there were vets all around the world providing their thoughts and opinions over the past few days, which we very much appreciate.”

In the end the difficult decision had to be made, but finally there was no alternative.

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Ferlax winning the Australian Guineas

Ellerslie next for Travimyfriend

A trip this is on the cards for the impressive Trentham winner, Travimyfriend, who completed a winning treble at Trentham on the weekend.

The imposing Travistock four year old had commenced his winning run on his home track at Otaki back in December, with a maiden victory over 1200 metres, before making it two on end when stepping up to rating of 65 company over 1400 metres earlier this month.

Saturday’s special conditions event over the same 1400 same journey saw the gelding installed favourite against a field on mainly maiden gallopers, and despite carrying top weight of 59 kgs he didn’t disappoint after a peach of a ride from regular pilot Hayden Tinsley.

Tinsley made good use of the inside barrier draw, as he settled his charge directly behind the speed before angling into the clear, shortly after the field straightened for the run home.

Although forced to bullock his way between runners at the 200 mark, once into the straight he quickly gave his opposition the slip, winning by a length.

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Travimyfriend winning at Trentham

Miss Wilson ignites memories of past champion at Trentham

A tried and true combination turned the clock back on Saturday, when Miss Wilson emulated an illustrious older sibling with a comprehensive victory at Trentham.

Rider, Jonathan Riddell, sported the distinctive colours of owner – breeder, Richard Wood, of the mare who was having her first start following a lengthy stint in Australia.

While the half sister by Stratum to Jimmy Choux has a way to go to match the deeds of the New Zealand Horse of the Year, Saturday’s victory certainly brought plenty of joy to her owner.

“It’s a good result as she’s a pretty good filly, “said Wood, you couldn’t keep the smile off his face.

“The pressure is off now and she will improve from that, she’s holding her condition and the weight on her, which she couldn’t do in Australia,” he added.

Riddell was also full of praise for the effort as he returned to scale, “she showed a lot of gate speed and she’s now on track,” he said.

The win was so encourageing she may head to Brisbane for the Stradbroke, that could be her mission.

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Miss Wilson - A possible candidate for the Stradbroke 


Xtravagant out Group 1 filly in

Pre – post favourite, Xtravagant ,is out of Saturday’s Group 1, J, R, & N Berkett Telegraph Hcp, while a high class filly has been confirmed to take on the older horses atTrentham’s sprint feature.

The four year old son of Pentire was taken out of the race after he failed to gallop up to expectations at Matamata on Tuesday morning.

“He worked without being great,” said Jamie Richards, who trains in partnership with Stephen Autridge.

“We had a team talk afterwards and we decided that his work wasn’t good enough to be going to Wellington, so he will miss the race,” said Richards.

It’s really unfortunate that we’re not going to be seeing him ,but that’s racing and a decision on what we do now has yet to be made,” he added.

While Xtravagant has been given the red light, it’s all green for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, join trainers of Luna Rossa to resume in the Telegraph.

“She won on the course and at the distance as a two year old, and it’s a race we’ve been thinking about for a while, “said Baker.

“She’s a good filly with plenty of speed and she’s really well, with only 52.5 kg on her back she’ll he ready to go,” he added.


Luna Rossa ready for the Telegraph


McEvoy booked for star Kiwi sprinter

Kerrin McEvoy will be reunited with the champion New Zealand sprinter – miler, Turn Me Loose, in the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on January 27.

“He won the Emirates on him last year so he knows him well,” said Murray Baker, who prepares the Iffraaj five year old with Andrew Forsman.

“It’s only 1200 metres and it will be too short for him, he always needs a race to get him going, the main aims are the Orr Stakes and the Futurity Stakes which he won last year.”

“I’ve got to say that we are thrilled with the way we are going, he is coming to hand nicely,” said Murray Baker.

Turn Me Loose will be flown to Melbourne this evening.

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Cambridge’s draft for Karaka

Sir Patrick Hogan has put together another excellent draft of yearlings, from his Cambridge Stud, for the Karaka Sales beginning at the end of next month.

Cambridge has an imposing record, with no less than eight Melbourne Cup winners by either their sires, or produced from the studs resident mares.

Next year’s draft has been carefully selected, with 22 colts and 23 fillies represented by 14 exciting sires.

Sir Patrick is the ultimate perfectionist, he leaves nothing to chance, he has all points covered when it comes to the mating of his mares to selected sires.

Resident stallion, Travistock, as you would expect has the bulk of the draft, with nine colts and nine fillies to represent him.

Travistock, already a proven sire, with 130 runners for 79 winners, his 10 Stakes winners include, Tarzino, V R C Derby winner Group 1, Tavago, A T C Derby Group 1 success and Volkstok’n’barrel among his winning progeny.  

The colt by Snitzel, lot 25, looks certain to come in for some attention, his sire is going from strength to strength, he sired two winners at Flemington on Saturday and another at Randwick, while last week the 2016 Magic Millions sales topper at $1.6 million by Snitzel, now known as Chauffeur, opened his winning account at Rosehill the previous week.


Trainer sounds note of caution

Co-trainer, Allan Peard, believes there is a touch of vulnerability about Ronchi at TeRapa tomorrow.

“Its five weeks between runs and he is a gross type of horse, he has to carry a bit of weight but could probably still win,” he said.

Ronchi’s excellent form this preparation has seen him rise to the top of the handicap, and he will have to shoulder 60 kg in the Lodge City Rentals over 1600 metres, although he is opposed to a field of moderate quality.

The four year old opened his campaign with the defeat of the subsequent Group 3 Taranaki Breeders Stakes winner, Underthemoonlight, and a minor placing before a further open handicap success at Ellerslie.

“We are happy with him now and he will go into the Rich Mile after this race. “said Peard, who trains the son of Stravinsky with Bruce Wallace.

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Volpe Veloce keeps record in tact

Exciting New Zealand based three year old filly, Volpe Veloce, extended her unbeaten record to five wins, after winning the Group3 Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni on Saturday last.

Prepared by Graham Richardson she will now head to selected races with a likely lead into the Oaks.

Possible targets could well be the Eight Carat, or the Levin Classic, they are the races that would suit her at set weights.

Volpe Veloce was purchased at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast sales as a yearling for $120,000; she was included in the draft from Newgate Farm.

She is by Foxwedge from the mare Bardego, who has been back to Foxwedge twice, producing a colt and a filly, but neither has appeared in a catalogue.

The last covering was by Helmet, he has performed better in the Northern Hemisphere than the Southern Hemisphere.


Volpe Veloce aiming for the Oaks


South Korea - The place to train

New Zealand trainer, David Miller, is open for business in South Korea.

“I’m the first New Zealander to train here, “I’ve started to get horses into the stable, now I’ve 24 boxes and it won’t be hard to fill them.”

“The hardest part is getting the quality, there’s no problem with the quantity.”

The stables are on the track, with a swimming pool and walkers the facilities are quite good there.

Miller is based at Busan racecourse, which opened in 2005 with race meetings every Friday and Sundays.

“It’s the strongest racing here, even though Seoul is the capitol, all the big races are won by horses trained at Busan,” said Miller.

He can speak from experience since he was a jumps jockey in New Zealand, he rode during the winter and travelled in the summer, South Korea is the eleventh country where he has worked.

Miller who came from a training stint in Malaysia said, “There is a hefty starting up cost involved to train in South Korea.”

“I had to put down nearly $ US 90,000 to open a company, if things go well I should be making good money, “he said.

If a horse can run between first and eighth, it pays the training fees for a month.

A class one race can be worth $ US 100,000, and a class five and six can go up to $US 50,000, the trainer receives seven per cent, the jockey six per cent, and 10 per cent goes to the staff from the prize money.

You have to have four Korean bred horses before you can buy foreign horses at the sales.

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