Night’s Watch Makes Spring Return10 Aug 2018
Talented galloper Night’s Watch (Redwood) makes his spring return at Flemington tomorrow in the A$100,000 VRC Member Damian Cubela Handicap over 1400m.
Talented galloper Night’s Watch (Redwood) makes his spring return at Flemington tomorrow in the A$100,000 VRC Member Damian Cubela Handicap over 1400m.
The Chris Gibbs & Michelle Bradley trained Lumberjack looks a big chance to break through for his first win at Ruakaka on Sunday when he lines up in the Northland Business Systems Maiden over 1200m.
Reliable Man mare Fly to the Moon will look to make it back to back victories when she steps up to Rating 65 grade in the final race at Counties tomorrow. An impressive winner at Matamata at her most recent start for Michael Moroney & Pam Gerard, Fly to the Moon has only had three starts in her career to date, resulting in a win and a close second and one unplaced effort at Te Teko on a tricky surface.
Red Giant mare Platinum Command scored a much deserved black type victory when she scored an emphatic win in the Winning Edge Presentations 121st Winter Cup Gr.3 at Riccarton on Saturday. The Lisa Latta trained mare will be retiring to stud this season as the winner of 10 races and stakes of more than $300,000, but the Group victory will cement her ongoing value as a broodmare for the future.
The odds for the excitement machine Julius (Swiss Ace) were slashed for next month’s Tarzino Trophy Gr.1 after he returned to track with an authoritative win in the Allied Security Open at Te Rapa on Saturday. Trained by John Bell at Cambridge, Julius has won his past four starts and boasts an impressive win tally of 7 from 11 and looks to have returned in career best form.
Reliable Man colt Trusty Lad looked a stayer with good potential when he finished strongly to win the first at Doomben on Saturday over 1630m for Matt Kropp and James Orman.
Exciting four-year-old Kementari (Lonhro) will make his much-awaited return to the track this Saturday in the A$150,000 Missile Stakes at Randwick and will be a warm favourite to make it a winning one. Providing he performs up to the expectation of his connections, the half-brother to Westbury Stud sire Telperion will be in line for a start in the A$13,000,000 The Everest and will be keenly sought after among the remaining slot holders to run in the race.
The David & Emma Haworth trained Red Sierra will be looking to cap off a fantastic run of form when she starts as the favourite for tomorrow’s Group 3 Winning Edge Presentations 121st Winter Cup at Riccarton. The Redwood mare has won three of her four starts this season and heads into the time-honoured event with an impressive last to first victory at Trentham in July.
Highly talented sprinter Julius (Swiss Ace) returns to the racetrack at Te Rapa tomorrow when he contests the Allied Security Open over 1200m. The winner of his last three starts including the Darley Plate Gr.3 and the Concorde Handicap Gr.3, Julius kicks off his campaign tomorrow with a view to getting to the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy at Hawkes Bay on 1 September. Julius meets a talented line-up tomorrow which includes last year’s Tarzino Trophy winner Close Up, Contessa Vanessa, Southern Icon, Magnum and company; and safely through Saturday Julius will be back at Te Rapa for the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate.
We had a number of nice horses step out during the past 12 months and we thought it was appropriate to do a little “round up” of the 2017-18 season from a Westbury perspective.
Chris Waller’s two-year-old Nobu (Reliable Man) looks well placed to take the step to 1500m when he contests the A$100,000 Owners Recognition Raceday over 1500m at Rosehill tomorrow.
Quality racemare Rosewood (Redwood) returns to Awapuni on Saturday – a track where she has had 5 starts for 2 wins and 3 seconds – in the $35,000 Fasttrack Insurance over 1200m. Rosewood meets a small, but select, field over the 1200m on Saturday with the likes of Dolcetto, Duffers Creek, and Darci Mac amongst her four rivals. Rosewood comes into the race with just 54kg on her back but the fact that her rivals will all use apprentice claims will make it a competitive race.
Red Giant gelding will be looking to make if four wins in a row when he heads to Rotorua tomorrow for the $65,000 Woods Contracting Taumarunui Gold Cup over 2200m. Major Tom has gone from strength to strength in recent weeks with three wins on his home track at Ruakaka including the Whangarei Gold Cup over 2100m.
Darren Weir’s Reliable Man two-year-old Lift (ex Super Nanny) will have his second career start tomorrow at Flemington when he takes on the A$130,000 Byerley Handicap over 1800m. The A$280,000 yearling purchase had his first start at Ballarat on 24 June, running home strongly from near the rear to finish a close second to British Medium over 1600m and the wide expanses of Flemington and a step to 1800m can only heighten his chances come Saturday.
The Chris Waller trained three-year-old Ombudsman (Reliable Man) is strongly fancied to make it back-to-back wins when he starts in the A$100,000 Book Spring Now Handicap over 2400m at Randwick. The only three-year-old in the event, Ombudsman was an impressive winner on the course and over the same distance two weeks earlier when ridden by Corey Brown, and will have the services of another top hoop in Kerrin McEvoy when he steps out tomorrow.
Impressive last start winner Shellez Ace will head to New Plymouth on Saturday where she is listed to run in the $65,000 Listed Powerworx Opunake Cup for Karyn McQuade, or alternatively she may run in the Rating 75 over the equivalent distance, but judging by the ease in which she won her last start at Hawera, she is a genuine chance in whatever race the McQuade’s choose to run her in.
Talented three-year-old Athletica is set to resume in the Red Alert Taxis – Getting You Home Handicap at Te Rapa tomorrow for Andrew Campbell and looked to near his best form when trialling well at Te Awamutu recently.
Redwood’s daughter Red Sierra now heads the market for the upcoming Winter Cup Gr.3 at a quote of $5.00 on the NZ TAB Futures markets off the back of her impressive win at Trentham last Saturday and will head to Riccarton in a rich vein of form as the winner of three of her last four starts.
The Redwood mare Red Sierra is in dynamic form at present, winning three of her past four starts, and her winning effort at Trentham on Saturday indicated that she will not be out of her depth when she heads to Riccarton to contest the Group 3 Winter Cup in a few weeks.
The aptly named Von Trapp (Swiss Ace) vindicated the high opinion his connections have of him when he made an impressive debut at Ruakaka on Saturday. Trained at Pukekohe by Richard Collett the two-year-old gelding had been unbeaten in three trials leading into Saturday and overcame a difficult barrier draw to lead comfortably for Andrew Calder early in the race. Von Trapp railed in front at the top of the straight before sprinting away over the concluding stages to win easily by 3.3 lengths and running a smart 59.53 for the 1000m on a slow track.
Talented Hong Kong sprinter Superich looked every-bit a topliner with the way he dispensed with a handy field of Class 3 performers on the final day of the 2017-18 Racing Season at Sha Tin yesterday.
Reliable Man’s son Jolly Honour, who is owned in Hong Kong by Phillip Ng, will head to Hong Kong shortly to begin his preparation for the 2019 edition of the Hong Kong Derby. The Chris Waller trained three-year-old has won his last two starts at Randwick and Rosehill and the 2000m trip of the Hong Kong Derby should play right into his hands.
With first nominations closing Tuesday 17th July for New Zealand’s first Group 1 of the season, the $200,000 Tarzino Trophy at Hawke’s Bay, The Tarzino Syndicate who sponsor the race have announced a further boost for the race with a free service to Tarzino (valued at $15,000 + GST) going to the breeder of the winner.
Reliable Man gelding Jolly Honour will look to make it back-to-back wins when he runs at Rosehill tomorrow. The Chris Waller three-year-old has been entered for two races initially, Race 3 the A$100,000 #Theraces Handicap for the 3YO’s over 1800m with Hugh Bowman booked for the ride, and Race 6 a Benchmark 80 race - the A$100,000 Sydney West App Handicap over 2000m - against the older horses where James McDonald will ride him, and should be strong winning chance wherever his trainer elects to run him.
Redwood mares Rosewood and Red Sierra head to Wellington on Saturday boasting strong formlines in recent weeks and both well fancied to carry on their winning ways.
The Hong Kong racing year comes to an end on Sunday and the farm will have two good chances of posting a win on the card.
As the saying goes - it’s not the size of the dog in the bite, but the size of the bite in the dog, that is important - and Redwood’s diminutive daughter Red Sierra certainly isn’t letting her size get in her way as she accepts every challenge her trainers David & Emma Haworth put in front of her as she makes a rapid climb through the grades.
On a strong black type card at Newmarket on Saturday the Two-year-old Novice over 7 furlongs was won in fine style by Reliable Man’s son Master Brewer as he made up for a luckless run on debut at Newbury some two weeks earlier.
The Graham Richardson-Gavin Parker trained Suliman will look to make it back-to-back wins when he steps out in the Zest Premeir over 2100m at Tauranga tomorrow. The son of Redwood was dominant in his last start victory at Te Rapa after sitting outside the leader and proved too strong for his rivals.
The exciting Swiss Ace three-year-old Conspirator heads to Te Aroha on Sunday after scoring a convincing maiden win at Te Rapa recently.
High Chaparral’s son Redwood is developing into a very good sire as his first crop come to the end of their four-year-old year and the past few weeks have seen his progeny put together an impressive winning streak across Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand.
Two-year-old filly Peaceful capped off her first season of racing with a comprehensive stakes victory in the Listed Auckland Futurity Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday and vindicated her $260,000 price tag outlayed by Bruce Perry Bloodstock at the 2017 Premier Sale.
If there was any “conspiracy” surrounding the Shaune Ritchie trained Conspirator (Swiss Ace), it is now clear for all to see and the three-year-old gelding looks to have a very bright future!
Matamata trainers Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker look to have a very progressive stayer on their hands after the Redwood gelding Suliman posted a strong win in the Phelan Racing Stables 2100m at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Reliable Man’s son Jolly Honour stepped up to a middle distance in the best possible fashion at Randwick on Saturday when he put up an impressive performance to come from back in the field to race away for a comfortable win in the A$100,000 tab.com.au Handicap over 2000m under Tye Angland.
Redwood mare Red Sierra returned to her winning self on Saturday when she put three-lengths between her and the rest of the field in the Wanganui Chronicle 1350, and the Swiss Ace sired Field of Fire made it a Gerry Harvey-bred quinella finishing second behind Red Sierra.
All good things come to those who wait and Rising Red’s patience certainly paid off on Saturday as he set out to win the Group 3 Premier’s Cup at Brisbane Race Club for the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young team.
A daughter of Reliable Man, She’s Reliable, lines up for her first black type assignment tomorrow at Doomben in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks and her recent form indicates the step up to 2200m could be just her style.
New Zealand Derby runner-up Rising Red has certainly paid his dues on the track and tomorrow he will be looking for that well-earned stakes win in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup at Doomben.
Talented racemare Swampland (Redwood) returns to the track this weekend after a long layoff when she steps out in the Listed A$100,000 Amgrow Bright Shadow Quality over 1200m at Doomben having not been seen out since running a good third in the Group 3 Maybe Mahal Stakes at Flemington in the spring.
Savabeel gelding Bassett heads to Brisbane this weekend to tackle Group company in the A$125,000 Flight Centre BRC Sprint over 1350m.
Swiss Ace stakes winner Huka Eagle will look to add a further black type win to his record when he heads to the Listed M$550,000 Macau Sprint Trophy on Saturday.
Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde had the time of his life this week winning five races on his home track during the famous Warrnambool Carnival, four of these coming on the final day and including the prestigious Brierly/Grand Annual Steeples double with the Gerry Harvey bred Gold Medals.
Zoustar filly Solar Star travels to Adelaide this weekend to contest the A$125,000 Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes over 1050m. The Anthony Freedman-trained two-year-old was an impressive winner at her last start where she posted an emphatic four length victory when resuming from a spell over 1100m and with top jockey Kerrin McEvoy taking the mount she should be more than competitive.
The Murray Baker/Andrew Forsman trained Peaceful (Savabeel) heads to Riccarton this weekend in an effort to end the season with a black type victory in the $50,000 Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes over 1200m and set herself up for an exciting three-year-old season later in the year.
Makfi three-year-old Win Beauty Win will look to keep Zac Purton in sight of Joao Moreira in the battle for the Hong Kong Jockey’s Title when he steps out in the HK$1,310,000 The Stevenson Cup over 1400m. Purton has been in superlative form of late posting a five-timer at Happy Valley recently and the Jockey’s Title is starting to look close as the season draws to the end.
Very impressive debutante Superich (Red Giant) will look to extend his winning record to two out of two when he will start a very warm favourite in the Li Cup over 1000m at Sha Tin on Sunday with Joao Moreira continuing his association with the Frankie Lor trained three-year-old.
While this might seem like a trip down memory lane, it is quite amazing how an impressive performance of a racehorse today can rekindle memories of previous eras and the outstanding performances within generations of a given family, reminding us all so vividly of the associations, acquaintances, and friendships which have been made years earlier.
After a very good week with Ruby Armani winning a stakes race at Awapuni and Tribal Wisdom winning at Randwick, former Westbury sire Makfi has strong representation across the card at the Cambridge Jockey Club’s premier meeting at Te Rapa tomorrow with some four runners over the eight race program and some very good chances in the day’s features, the Group 2 Travis Stakes and the Group 3 Inglis Sales Breeders Stakes.
The Jim Collett trained South Fork (Swiss Ace) will look to maintain his unbeaten record when he has start number three in the Mainline Cambridge Premier Fast Track Bonus over 1200m at Te Rapa tomorrow.
Talented Redwood mare Rosewood showed she was primed for a new campaign when she posted an impressive trial win at Foxton recently and steps out in the final race at Te Rapa on Saturday. Rosewood has filled a first-five position at 16 of her 20 career starts, winning on 4 occasions as well as recording 4 seconds and 4 thirds and has a Group 3 placing to her credit behind Dolcetto and Authentic Paddy in the Metric Mile at Awapuni.
Three-year-old Swiss Ace gelding Ugly Warrior continued on his winning way at Sha Tin on Saturday afternoon when scored an impressive win in the Age-Friendly City Handicap over 1200m and provided leading hoop Zac Purton with his second winner on the card as he looked to pull back Joao Moreira’s lead in the Hong Kong Jockey’s Premiership.
Higher Ground, a close relation to the current New Zealand Horse of the Year Bonneval, was an impressive winner of the Group 3 Iga Liquor Frank Packer Plate at Randwick on Saturday for Chris Waller, Glyn Schofield and owner Woppitt Bloodstock.
Reliable Man’s daughters Belle du Nord and Reliable Dame will provide their sire with a two-pronged attack on the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes at Morphettville tomorrow.
The two-year-olds don’t have many opportunities to step past 1400m in New Zealand and Saturday’s Diamond Lodge Champagne Stakes over 1600m at Counties will give the youngsters looking for a bit further the perfect opportunity to test their stamina, and one would think the Team Rogerson trained More Wonder's recent racing will stand him in good stead on what is likely to be a rain-affected track.
The Redwood gelding Rising Red will return to Sydney this weekend to run in the A$150,000 JRA Plate with an aim of completing some unfinished business from twelve months ago.
Tomorrow’s ATC Oaks contender Contessa Vanessa (Bullbars) has not only escalated substantially in value through her own deeds on the track this season, but the immediate family around her has also proven to be very active with Listed winner Astor (Iffraaj) recognised as one of our better sprinting three-year-olds, and during the past week a close relation by Snitzel from the Hussonet mare Walk With Attitude made A$1,550,000 in Sydney.
Three-year-old Makfi gelding Win Beauty Win resumes in the Yan Chau Tong Handicap at Sha Tin on Sunday for Paul O’Sullivan after winning the HK$2,000,000 HKJC Griffin Trophy back in December.