Swiss Ace Benefit5 Feb 2019
The past weekend proved to be a Swiss Ace benefit with five individual winners across the two days including the Group 3 Woburn Classic at New Plymouth for the two-year-olds with Miss Federer.
The winning regularity of the Swiss Ace progeny is well noted and every weekend his runners perform with credit across New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, or Macau. The Westbury bred Swiss Watch kicked off the day with an impressive win at new Plymouth, setting the pace early and sprinting home strongly from the 400m to win his fourth race from just thirteen starts. Swiss Watch is trained at Cambridge by Shaune Ritchie and was a $90,000 Ready to Run purchase at Karaka.
The second winner for Swiss Ace came in the opener at the premier meeting at Wingatui, with the John & Karen Parsons trained Mowenna breaking through over 1400m from stablemate Hombre (Captain Rio). Ironically both horses are owned and trained by John and Karen Parsons, and were also bred by their trainers.
Miss Federer made it three wins for the day for Swiss Ace and scored the most important victory for the stallion during the weekend when she put up a courageous effort in the $70,000 Group 3 Woburn Classic at New Plymouth, sitting three wide with no cover and fighting back strongly to snatch a brave win after being headed by Hasstobegood half way up the straight. Trained by Andrew Carston at Riccarton Miss Federer took out the Welcome Stakes on her home track in November and after a disappointing run at Ellerslie, had the blinkers applied for Saturday’s effort, where she takes her record to three wins from her last four starts.
The final winner for Swiss Ace on Saturday came in the shape of another Westbury bred runner in Plutonium (ex Flustered) who sat behind the speed early and was dominant as he took the lead with 250m to run and put a space between himself and his rivals. Plutonium was a $20,000 purchase for Shaune Ritchie and has won twice since being transferred south to the stable of Jim Burns.
Kiss My Swiss looked a filly of good potential as she posted her third win from as many starts when winning at the Sapphire Coast on Sunday for Joe Cleary. Out of the good racemare Regal Kiss, Kiss My Swiss showed excellent speed to lead and never gave her rivals a look-in as she strolled to the line by 1.8 lengths untouched.« Back