Latest from the trials - December 15
Welcome to the last trials report for 2023. We will be back early next year, assessing form from around the country.
The Rangiora trials Tuesday 12th December
Weather Raining Track Easy / Slushy
Moose Morowski (2g Art Major – Minnie Moose)
The Todd-trained runner trailed fourth of four but in a well strung out group in miserable conditions, let loose 500m out to lead turning in, ran clear in straight, officially by 6 1/2L at the line . MR:2:08.4, 800m in 62.8, 400m in 31.1.
His dam won eight and won $142k in stakes and has already left a good horse in Funathebeach who raced timed in 1:49.4 in America so plenty to recommend him.
Share A Dream (3g Art Major – Follow The Dream)
Another from the Regan Todd barn, soon in front then trailed from 1400m, popped out at the 400m and finished far too well last 200m for impressive win. MR:2:05.0, 800m in 59.4, 400m in 28.6. Hasn’t had a lot of luck in his four raceday starts (all at Addington) against some handy types, looks way better than a non winner and those loyal to the stable should get some reward in the coming weeks
Moments Like This (2f Downbytheseaside - Destiny)
The Purdon-trained runner trailed third before easing to sit parked 600m out, led 400m and had little trouble coming clear final stages for an impressive win.MR:2:05.0, 800m in 57.5, 400m in 29.0. Recent qualifier who has some breeding to back up his race day claims and the stable is to be obviously respected when she debuts
All You Need Is Me (2f Captaintracherous – Adore Me) deserves a mention on breeding alone, soon led but headed by the eventual winner at the 400m, fought on for third but over 5L away at the line, qualified way back in February.
Akuta (4g Bettor’s Delight – Adore To Our Dreams)
The Purdon runner only had two rivals (and with respect lesser types) and soon led on a sedate pace, not really tested to come clear by 4L at the line, labelled a ‘nice quiet hit out’. MR:2:03.4, 800m in 57.7, 400m in 27.8. Deemed to have come through Cup week nicely and ready to re-assert himself as the best NZ based pacer.
The Chase (3g What The Hill – Loveonthelawn)
The Barron-trained runner trailed two and three deep, up to challenge 500m out, did enough under his own steam in the straight to keep his rivals at bay. MR:2:14.2, 800m in 62.7, 400m in 31.0. Debut is just around the corner and dam won two in short career and her dam in turn won five, looks good enough to at least be competitive in a maiden
Orlando Express made an early mistake losing several lengths after 300m, recovered to tag on in fourth then had enough to finish attractively close up in third. Manners on race day have let him down (4x) but there is a motor there and dam was quite smart winning six in only 24 starts
Ashburton Trials Thursday 14th December
Weather Fine Track Good
Mighty Flying Lou (2c Sweet Lou – Fleet’s Pocket)
The Hanrahan-trained 2yo in the hands of Rick May led from the outset then under his own steam did enough to hold out Misty Blue who trailed then finished stylishly. MR:2:03.7, 800m in 58.6, 400m in 27.4. The latter is a half to the very promising Pinseeker (2 starts for 2 wins) and definitely caught the eye as the winner was a very good winner on debut during Cup week at Ashburton. Both are worth following in upcoming engagements.
I’m Rockin (2g Johnny Rock – I’m Joe King)
The Todd-trained runner broke soon after the start and back to last in seven horse heat, recovered then improved with 1x1 cover last 500m, finished on in third, less than 2L from the winner who had a cosy trail most of the way. MR:2:06.5, 800m in 57.6, 400m in 28.4. Only qualified a week ago and still learning but this effort suggested a definite competitor in maidens at least.
Sweet Diamond (3f Sweet Lou – Rhythmic Rose)
The Telfer trained winner of five (from 22 starts) settled in the rear before improving to take over 1000m out and proceeded to turn heat into a procession from the 800m, officially winning by 10L MR:2:05.5, 800m in 58.3, 400m in 28.3. Last start well back behind Millwood Nike on Cup day but did have a tough trip and has proven capable on her day so shouldn’t be underestimated over the ‘holidays’
Unbeaten Pinseeker went some 200m from behind the mobile and successfully negotiated, was withdrawn from the contest.
Majestic Sunday (4g Majestic Son – Pretty Sunday)
In front throughout for trainer/driver Murray Alfeld and kept up strong run to come clear of rivals over final 100m. MR:2:12.1, 800m in 60.2, 400m in 29.4. Qualified back in early September but yet to make his race day debut. Traces directly back to top trotting mare Merinai and the family has done particularly well in recent seasons, looms as a solid maiden prospect.
Fourth Amendment (5g American Ideal – Major Spirit)
The Mowbray-trained winner of three stepped quickly over two rivals and kept going stoutly to keep those runners at bay in the straight. MR:2:07.7, 800m in 58.3, 400m in 28.7. Freshened since last racing and has had his best season this year with time and maturity being his best friend.
Harmonia (2f Majestic Son - Laurelson)
The Ford/Tomlinson trained 2yo raced fourth of four throughout then powered along inner last 150m to pick up her rivals with some conviction. MR:2:10.7, 800m in 60.8, 400m in 30.5. Qualified in early October behind Head Em Up and currently starting from the unruly (stand) but comes from a top family that includes champion Lyell Creek and definitely one to follow on this performance.
Wyndham Workouts Thursday 7th December
Weather Fine Track fast
Superfast Ronnie (3c Superfast Stuart – Hazel Maud)
The Brown trained trotter was solid throughout for Brent Barclay, stepping nicely and trailing two and three deep throughout, challenged leader 400m out and had little trouble getting the upper hand over the final stages. MR:2:12.8, 800m in 63.8, 400m in 31.7. The qualifying time was not electric but the dam won seven and her first three foals have all been winners. ‘Ronnie’ is foal number four.
Sweet Star Of Mine (3f Sweet Lou – Petra’s Star)
Trained by Nathan Williamson, this filly qualified here and it was an eyecatching run, settled last of eight in a strung out field and was still 5L behind the eventual winner Dragon Power at the 400m, poked through late when gaps appeared to be only 1 1/2L away at the line in second. MR:2:03.0, 800m in 58.1, 400m in 30.1. Bred by the Cummings family of Tuapeka fame and a half to decent winners in Galactic Star and Tuapeka Trick, both 1:52 performers
Tact McLeod (4g Sweet Lou – Tact Hayley Jane)
The Proctor runner was back at the trials again this week but much more reserved than previous recent efforts, sat in trail behind With A Bang and never pulled out at any point, looked to have plenty of petrol in the tank. MR:n/a, 800m in 59.4, 400m in 29.6. Looks a strong chance wherever he goes in the coming weeks.
Imperial Man (4g Imperial Count – In De Fence)
The Ryan trained winner of three (from only 15 starts) was content to stay back in six horse field, worked closer 400m out, challenged wide around final turn, doing best work final 50m to just miss picking up Joeking who came from well back also but stuck to the inside to make his run. MR:2:09.2, 800m in 60.7, 400m in 31.6. The former hasn’t started since April but has fashioned a tidy record already and shouldn’t be underestimated when he resumes.
I’ll Be Back (2c Bettor’s Delight – Lulabelle Midfrew)
The Gray trained runner soon in front and under siege on straightening for the run home but kept going strongly to hold rivals at bay headed by stablemate Wehavtime who led out before trailing winner.MR:2:01.0, 800m in 60.4, 400m in 28.7. Has had a stable change since debuting at Addington back in July and now domiciled in the deep south, look out for him !
Sweet DJ (2f Sweet Lou – Everlasting Deal)
The yet to qualify Nathan Williamson runner sat fifth of five throughout before taking closer order inside final 400m, finished stylishly last 150 to win impressively. MR:2:08.9, 800m in 59.6, 400m in 29.5. The full brother (1st foal) was snapped up by Australia after placing on debut and this filly looks full of promise judging by this effort.
Ultimate Weapon (2g Bettor’s Delight – Reality Check)
Not for the first time, the Williamson runner gets a mention in this forum. . . . settled midfield before improving bell only to be parked out for the rest of the trip, refused to lie down and not extended to keep Eatmydust at bay who sat in 1x1 last lap. MR:2:05.9, 800m in 60.7, 400m in 29.5. Most likely to be well supported when the debut finally arrives.
Major Envy (2f Art Major – Gotta Go Harmony)
Yet another from the Nathan Williamson barn, soon in front and then waved goodbye in the home straight winning by some 10L. MR:2:05.5, 800m in 59.0, 400m in 29.0
Placed in three of her four starts including a last start third behind Louie’s Girl back in late October which is now really good form, should be easily placed in the coming weeks especially against her own sex.
Pukekohe Workouts Saturday 9th December
Weather Fine Track Fast
Kashkeeper (2g Bettor’s Delight – Elusive Chick)
The Telfer trained runner out well from the outside draw to land parked before pressing on to lead after 500m, under siege 300m and looked headed but came back final 100m to hold 5 rivals at bay. MR:2:06.6, 800m in 59.0, 400m in 28.0. This boy a full brother to Lulu Le Mans (10 wins + $115k in stakes) from the well performed Elusive Chick who won 13 & over $400k in stakes
Of those in behind, Magnum Star caught the eye finishing on late wide out although only officially fifth but close up. Another by Bettor’s Delight, he has plenty of breeding behind him, qualified way back in February
Dream Of You (4g Love You – Paramount Dream)
The Balle trained winner of six only had two rivals, started off 40m before improving to lead midrace, nothing between it and That’s What We Do (30m) at the end after the latter challenged hard over final 400m. MR:2:13.6, 800m in 60.1, 400m in 28.2. Dream Of You a last start winner albeit back in late July and has a good horse’s record to date.
That’s What We Do didn’t perform up to expectations at Addington over cup week but he too, also a son Of Love You, has fashioned a tidy record in a short career and can bounce back quickly.
Twista (2g Bettor’s Delight – Double Twist)
The Telfer trained runner trailed Predator throughout then issued a challenge at the top of the straight to finish best with the other two runners beaten off by some distance. MR:2:02.6, 800m in 58.9, 400m in 28.9. Placed on debut then unplaced in only other start back in August, he is a half to Double Time who has won four and there is plenty of breeding behind him to suggest he has a bright future.
Taketheplunge (2c Downbytheseaside – Winter Rose)
The Reid trained runner worked into a trail before issuing a challenge 400m out, came clear final 100m to win untouched, impressive work. MR:2:06.4, 800m in 58.7, 400m in 27.6. He is a full/half brother to a stack of good horses and this effort suggested he had inherited much of the family ability, qualified back in early June and his debut now keenly awaited
Cambridge Workouts Saturday 9th December
Weather Fine Track Fast
Shez The One (2f Sweet Lou - Styxler)
The Arna Donnelly trained runner made an early mistake and lost several lengths, recovered to trail (three in heat) then improved to lead a lap out, kept going determinedly to stay in front. MR:2:02.5, 800m 58.9, 400m in 29.2. Qualified back in early July behind Little Spike who has been a recent winner, showed enough here to follow with interest when she debuts.
Nelson Trials Sunday 10th December
Weather Fine Track Fast
Sarasota Sunset (4m Sunshine Beach – Crystal Bromac)
The Walsh trained runner made the run from Westport to compete and went solidly against one other rival, the last 800m especially pleasing. MR:2:02.0, 800m in 57.1, 400m in 29.2. Good enough to win as a 2yo on her home track but that was on Boxing Day two 2 years ago, not overly raced and obviously getting ready for that venue again, a suggestion here that she might be able to turn the form line around.
The Ashburton trials Tuesday 5th December
Weather Overcast Track Good
Jukebox Gypsy (2f Rock N Roll Heaven – Gypsy’s Choice)
In the hands of her trainer Gerard O’Reilly, the filly went to the front then cleared out from her rivals over final 400m. MR:2:02.5, 800m in 60.5, 400m in 29.9. She is the first foal of a mare that won five races herself and this effort suggested that she had inherited much of her mother’s ability.
Chica Bella (4m Art Major - Indulge)
The White trained mare got her ‘ticket’ here by getting to the front and staying on too well for her four rivals. MR:2:05.9, 800m in 60.2, 400m in 29.4. She has had plenty of time to work the racing game out and the stable obviously likes her. She has some breeding to reinforce her claims with her dam winning six and over $100k in stakes. ‘Bella’ is the 3rd foal and the 1st 2 foals have both been winners
Rockin Va Va (5g A Rocknroll Dance – Va Va Voom)
The Cheree Wigg runner sat at the back of the bunch throughout and was still there 500m out, put in sustained run in the straight to just outfinish Terra Sancta who was last of the bunch turning in, did best work out wide last 150m to just miss (margin – nose) MR:2:05.1, 800m in 59.0, 400m in 28.9. Rockin Va Va, as the winner of six, might be a ‘special’ if kept for an amateur race. Terra Sancta qualified in late November for Matty Williamson but has yet to debut.
Ari On Safari (2g Always B Miki – Jive Denario)
The O’Reilly trained runner stepped nicely and was handy before taking control after 500m, simply said goodbye to his rivals at the 400m and was officially 10L clear at the line. MR:2:06.6, 800m in 59.1, 400m in 28.7. This impressive qualifier is the first foal from a mare that is no longer with us but was a half sister to three winners and from Stylish Sweetheart who won 12 races and $157k in stakes including seven as a 2yo. Certainly a debut to look out for.
Rangiora Trials Wednesday 6th December
Weather Fine Track Good
Im Rockin (2g Johnny Rock – I’m Joe King)
The Todd trained runner stepped and led his one rival throughout, kept going solidly to win nicely MR:2:08.5, 800m in 56.3, 400m in 28.2. Apart from the slick sectionals in this qualifier, the winner has some very interesting breeding behind him and his dam is a half to five winners including For The Ladies (9 wins and race timed in 1:51) !
Rockingood (2g A Rocknroll Dance – Good Girl Becqui)
Trained by Benny Hill, the 2yo was happy enough to sit back in the field before improving to outside the leader 600m out, led on straightening, kept going strongly to come clear final 50m MR:2:04.6, 800m in 59.2, 400m in 28.6. The trainer has a share in this fella and there is some good breeding in behind to suggest a promising future. Louretta made ground in style from back on outer for a closing second, yet to qualify.
Lethal Speed (3g Bettor’s Delight - Sossusvlei)
The Dunn runner settled fifth of seven in indian file before improving midrace to lead, kept going strongly to clearly outstay rivals MR:2:03.4, 800m in 58.8, 400m in 30.1. Qualified back in August and this professional performance argued well for when the top stable decides to run him on debut. It should be noted that he is the third foal and the first two have already been good winners including his full brother Aqua Sancta who has raced timed in 1:51. This is the Black Watch family through Corbie. On Top Of The World ran on well for 2nd although no match for the winner
Narobi (2f Bettor’s Delight – Its All On)
The Purdon trained filly got to the lead soon after the mobile left and kept going under her own steam to keep her rivals at bay MR:1:59.9, 800m in 58.7, 400m in 29.8. Qualified back in May behind Waterfront (Sires Stakes heat winner) and ahead of Madrid. That company would suggest she is more than likely to handle a maiden race.
Fulham Jive (3g A Rocknroll Dance – MJ Fulham)
Taken straight to the front by trainer Robbie Holmes and came clear in the straight to win impressively by nearly 4L MR:2:03.1, 800m in 57.0, 400m in 28.3. Placed once in three starts, the last of which was way back in February, given time to grow into his big frame and this patient policy looks to be heading in the right direction for his connections.
Elite Styx (4m Betting Line – Styx On The Beach)
The Payne trained mare sat fifth of six before improving to take control last 600m, kept up strong run to win with something in hand MR:2:05.0, 800m in 57.4, 400m in 28.5. Genuine mare who has already won three and generally gives of her best, freshened since last racing and a good chance to build upon her current record at short notice.
Beach Ball (4h Somebeachsomewhere – Twilight Rascal)
The NZ Cup placegetter here for a ‘quiet run’ and he settled third of four, tracked into the race on the final bend then had little trouble picking up rivals inside last 100m. Driver Rick May had made the journey from Methven to stick with him, since being taken over by Benny Hill. MR:2:01.3, 800m in 56.8, 400m in 27.9
With placings in both Cup week starts, it would be fair to say the big boy is in career best form and can be followed with some confidence in the coming weeks
Live On Legend (4g A Rocknroll Dance – A Legend)
The Austin trained runner, not for the first time in recent weeks, was impressive again in a trial after stepping to the front and proving a class above his two rivals. MR:2:06.4, 800m in 58.4, 400m in 29.1. The winner of four from 20 starts, and freshened since last racing in September, his work at the trials suggest he is ready to build upon his tidy race record. Last start winner Dare Devil stepped smoothly from the stand then was pulled out of heat after performing satisfactorily with his stand start manners.
Pukekohe Workouts Friday 1st December
Weather Fine Track fast
Prince Miki (2g Always B Miki – Jubilee Princess)
The Telfer-trained runner got back in the five horse qualifying field, still had plenty to do 400m out, made up a ton of ground in the straight to finish third less than 3L from winner/stablemate Major Secret who led throughout. MR:2:02.2, 800m in 58.7, 400m in 29.1. His last 400m would have been quite superior to that of the winner. Ice Fairy who has been mentioned more than once in recent weeks, trailed then challenged strongly to be close up in second to also qualify.
Manhattan (5m Bettor’s Delight – Wat A Woman)
The Butt-trained runner, up in the north for the mares specials, sped out to lead as the gate pulled away in the hands of young Harrison Orange, had little trouble staying in front of her three rivals, it was impressive work. MR:2:01.5, 800m in 57.1, 400m in 27.2. Life’s A Beach not disgraced in coming from fourth of four to snare second, made her run at the 400m when the pace was right on.
Royal Action (3f Majestic Son – Aspiring Monarch)
Four runners and all had a turn in front but Royal Action (unqualified) was good enough to sit parked last 1000m and still outfinish two-win pacemaker The River Boy for co-trainer Lyn Neal although the latter did give the winner a 20m headstart. MR:2:10.5, 800m in 61.5, 400m in 29.6. The winner sprinted sharply in the straight to win impressively and her debut should be keenly awaited.
Con Grazia Love (4m Love You – Con Grazia)
The McCaffrey-trained Group 1 winner gave her six rivals a start and was content to race in last spot before improving from the 600m, brought wide on straightening and proved too classy for her rivals. MR:2:06.7, 800m in 59.8, 400m in 29.0. Hasn’t started since May and will derive great benefit from this run. Already the winner of $116k and just five races, she should be easily placed in the coming weeks.
Slots (2c Sweet Lou – Spin To Win)
The Telfer-trained runner again impressed, racing fourth of six before electing to race parked from the 900m, too strong over the final stages for pacemaker Taketheplunge MR:2:05.9, 800m in 58.1, 27.7. Of interest, Roman Rock, stablemate of the winner, caught the eye, running on for third without being pushed. Now four (rising 5) but qualified way back in early 2022 and yet to debut.
DJ Rock (3g Rock N Roll Heaven – Ideal Lass)
The Telfer-trained runner raced third of three before getting around to challenge pacemaker McKendrick at the 400m, both went to the line strongly and just a nose between them at the finish. MR:2:05.4, 800m in 57.8, 400m in 28.1. DJ Rock has won two already from just eight starts and looks capable of extending that promising start in his present rating grade.
Cassius Clyde (3g American Ideal - Charioteer)
Yet another from the powerful Telfer stable, raced fourth of four throughout, came wide on the final turn and finished resolutely to get very close to winner Major Achievement who trailed third until finishing best. MR:2:03.0, 800m in 60.4, 400m in 29.1. Clyde has already won two from just five starts but has been given time to fill into his large frame and this patient policy should prove fruitful for his connections.
Winton Workouts Friday 1st December
Weather Fine Track Good
Flashbytheseaside (2c Downbytheseaside - Flashonbye)
Only a learners heat but the Morris-trained runner made a positive impression by racing last of five throughout before putting in a sustained finish over the final 400m to nail pacemaker John Snow on the line. MR:2:06.8, 800m in 58.7, 400m in 29.3. The half to Sporty Charlie (4 wins) should easily qualify to go to the races on this effort.
Captain Meister (3g Captaintreacherous – Lite Jagermeister)
In the hands of trainer Kirsten Green, settled last of four before taking closer order inside final 800m, led around final turn and kept going strongly to outstay Mallory Maguire who trailed mostly, without being driven out. MR:2:03.0, 800m in 56.0, 400m in 28.4. Already placed in a short career to date, he looks well capable of winning a maiden sooner than later. Mallory Maguire, a half to Lewey Maguire, looks a promising filly also.
Tact McLeod (4g Sweet Lou – Tact Hayley Jane)
Some performance this. Settled last of 7 and at one point must have been 20L from the leader, gaps closed up midrace then he was set alight by young Kite and went from last to first in the space of 200m, led on straightening, arrogantly proved too good without being extended. MR:2:03.2, 800m in 55.5, 400m in 27.7. This field had the likes of Sandwave and Another Party included but the lightly raced Proctor runner (2 wins from 4 starts) definitely made a statement here.
The Highflyer (2g Fear The Dragon – The Highlight)
The Gray-trained runner trailed third before electing to improve and lead 1200m out, stayed on strongly to deadheat with Blue Star Hima (lead, trail) with the others well beaten. MR:2:05.2, 800m in 58.2, 400m in 28.6. Qualified back in September behind Claasee (already a winner) and looks a sound advert for his sire who had his first NZ winner recently. Blue Star Hima qualified even further back in April and has some breeding to recommend him, the 2yo colt by Sweet Lou
Bring On The Muscle (2g Majestic Son – Mass Invasion)
The promising Barron-trained trotter (2 wins/2 placings from just 4 starts) trailed throughout then challenged at the top of the straight and had no problem powering past the pacemaker to win impressively. MR:2:06.9, 800m in 58.6, 400m in 29.0. Looks a handy horse in the making and even at this stage could be followed with some confidence moving forwards.
Northern Southland Workouts Sunday 3rd December
Weather Overcast Track Good (Grass track)
Bobbie’s Majorette(3f Art Major – Ask McArdle)
The Matheson-trained filly led out before trailing Peace Of Heaven after 400m, challenged determinedly in straight to just edge out the latter but little between them at the line. MR:2:05.5, 800m in 59.6, 400m in 30.1. Bobbie is from a handy mare that won five and her first four foals have all got to the races including the promising last start winner in Caldwell. Peace Of Heaven is a half to three winners who have gone sub 1:58 including the handy Escobar who won two here before being exported to Australia.
Sky Fawkes (3f Sky Major – Coughton Court)
The Anderson/Love trained runner sped out to lead and was clear most of the way, kicked again at the top of the straight when her rivals threatened to get close, cleared out by 7L. MR:2:06.7, 800m in 60.5, 400m in 29.4. Qualified back in October and high strike rate trainer has a share in this one, primed for her debut wherever she goes to.
Bobbie’s Rock (4g A Rocknroll Dance – Ask McArdle)
The Kirsten Green-trained runner snagged back to last in a field of six, stayed there until getting into the running line three back on outer inside final 1000m, came wide on final turn to strongly reel in his rivals. MR:2:12.8, 800m in 59.3, 400m in 29.1. Hasn’t started since April but showed good promise winning two from 10 in his first campaign
Shezza Vinny (3f Vincent – Shezza Cracker)
The Brinsdon-trained filly led out and set a leisurely pace, sprinted strongly last 300m to come clear of four rivals, officially by 4L. MR:2:16.3, 800m in 60.2, 400m in 30.0. Close to winning her maiden in recent times and this effort again reinforced the thought that this win is close at hand
One Two Menny (6g Majestic Son – One Two Kenny)
The Wilson-trained runner began ok off 20m but then had an early gallop, recovered to track stablemate Willangus Lad (30m) onto the front end midrace and led 1200m out, caught by the latter final 50m but kept going strongly to the line, just a head the margin. MR:2:07.7, 800m/400m sectionals not available. While Willangus Lad had race fitness on his side after racing (unsuccessfully) at Addington over Cup Week, One Two Menny hasn’t started since April and would have benefited immensely from this outing.
Chertsey trials Tuesday 21st November
Weather Fine / Track Fast (Ashburton)
Paramount Lady (2f Tactical Landing – Paramount Faith)
In the hands of her trainer Mark Jones, the 2yo half sister to Muscle Mountain went solo in this solid effort. MR:2:09.9, 800m in 60.6, 400m in 29.6. She qualified back in August but her three starts to date against the best 2yos have reaped little to date. Her breeding is to respected and with practice she should get better.
Franco Promachos (3g A Rocknroll Dance – Pepper Potts)
The Leacock-Jones trained runner got his qualifying ticket here by stepping straight to the front and running away from his 3 rivals over the final stages. MR:2:08.1, 800m in 56.9, 400m in 27.6. The overall time was nothing to write home about but the final sectionals looked positive. His dam won six and has already left two sub 2:00 min performers from her first two foals including Parker (7 wins) and he is foal number three.
Whatever It Takes (3c Creatine – Diedre’s Gold)
The Donna Williamson-trained runner settled fourth of four before improving to take issue inside the final 800m, surged to the front at the 500m and careered away from his three rivals in the straight, 15 1/2L officially. MR:2:11.3, 800m in 59.0, 400m in 29.2. This qualifying effort was quite a professional one and he looked solid throughout. Another plus is the fact that he is by a sire doing a very nice job currently.
Mighty Miki (2g Always B Miki – Touch Of Rose)
This Matty Williamson-trained runner caught the eye when qualifying second, just behind West Virginia, coming off her back to just miss by a nose, had raced fourth of five throughout. MR:2:07.3, 800m in 58.7, 400m in 28.3. Those sectionals off the front which made his run meritorious. His dam won four and was a handy 2yo and has already left five winners so he has a bit going for him.
High Energy (3f Father Patrick – High Gait)
Back from an Australian campaign and already the winner of eight (from only 11 starts) and close to $140k in stakes, the Purdon trained filly led and was not asked for too much as she was nabbed late by High Intensity (yet another by Creatine) who trailed her throughout. MR:2:10.5, 800m in 60.7, 400m in 29.2. The latter has won two from five on raceday and these two fillies could clash again on Grand Prix day in early December.
Kiss The Girls (6g Terror To Love – Duarunner)
The Jones trained runner officially only sixth in a nine horse field but never pulled out over final stages after racing in midfield and looked to have plenty in reserve. Heat won by a pacemaking El Chico. MR:2:04.8, 800m in 56.1, 400m in 27.4. The winner of six has not started in over a year and would have derived great benefit from this run, certainly one to watch out for if he makes it back to his best.
Henry Winkler (3g Rocknroll Hanover - Angela’s Dream)
The Fonz would have been very happy with this effort from the Smolenski trained gelding who stepped into the trail then put plenty of dash into his final 300m to clear out from his four rivals. MR:2:05.3, 800m in 57.6, 400m in 27.6. A recent qualifier with some breeding behind him, the 7L margin would suggest a maiden field well within his capabilities…..happy days !
Transtasman Bubble (3f Aldebaran Eagle – Anguish)
Only officially fifth of seven for the Holmes trained filly but she did come from last at the 800m to get within a length of the winner Special Effects and was stretching out in good style over the final 200m. MR:2:10.3, 800m in 59.1, 400m 28.9. Has twice from only three starts including finishing ahead of subsequent winner Mainbocher at her most recent start. On the breeding front, her dam is a daughter of Sungait Reb (15 wins + $178k in stakes), she looks a winner in the very near future.
Sonadora (3f Betting Line – Sue Dreamer)
Now with Mark Smolenski (previously in her four career starts with the Dunns), led out then trailed seven win mare She’s Tough, gave plenty of cheek to that runner over final stages in sharp sprint home, 1L away in 2nd. MR:2:09.6, 800m in 56.6, 400m in 27.5. Good enough to win on debut then place against the likes of Franco Sinatra in her first campaign, put aside for the winter and hasn’t started since May but one to consider in her own grade against her own sex.
Aldebaran Floss (5m Muscle Mass – Another Love)
The Swain-trained trotter trailed then popped out to lead from the 800m, ran clear of two rivals from that point. MR:2:15.4, 800m in 57.8, 400m in 28.4. Has had two runs back after being off the track for over two years. Was a Group 2 winner at three and has won three from 17 career starts, starting against the best of her age group. The time not startling but much to like about her final sectionals and looks to be a natural improver with racing under her belt
Rangiora Trials Wednesday 29th November
Weather Overcast Track Good
The Chase (3g What The Hill – Loveonthelawn)
The Barron-trained trotter had four rivals in this qualifying heat but three of them broke badly enough to take no real part and it was really a solo effort that him clear by 20 odd lengths at the line. MR:2:12.1, 800m in 60.8, 400m in 30.6. He was very solid throughout and comes with some breeding, going back to a prolific family developed by legendary trotting trainer Bill Doyle. As the name suggests, his dam is by Love You and won twice in a short career, one to respect on debut
Kamilla (3f Creatine – Dutchess)
Trained by Benny Hill, the as yet unqualified 3yo had no trouble leading from the mobile and at the business end had similar ease in proving far too good for her two rivals. MR:2:08.2, 800m in 60.8, 400m in 30.5. She is a half to three winners including the well performed Doff Your Cap (14 wins + $208k in stakes with a best time of 1:54.1) and while not overly big, had a nice way of going to suggest a maiden field would be well within her capabilities.
Cathy Freeman (2f Sweet Lou – Tres Vite)
The Mark Jones-trained filly settled back in 6 horse field, still had plenty to do 400m out, came wide on final turn and finished determinedly to grab a head win over Lady Boutique who enjoyed the 1-1 sit last 800m, both naturally qualified. MR:2:03.9, 800m in 59.2, 400m in 29.8. Driven by Sam Ottley, the winner looked to be finding the line under her own steam. Dam won seven in a short career and this is her first/only foal to date
Built For Glory (2c Bettor’s Delight – Fight For Glory)
The Telfer trained colt settled midfield from widest draw then elected to improve 1200m out to lead, kept going strongly to keep his rivals at bay. MR:2:02.5, 800m in 59.1, 400m in 29.1. This colt qualified way back in March just behind Major Hot and Vessem (both high quality performing 2yos) and of course his dam was a big winner on both sides of the Tasman, winning 14 and some $674k in stakes. He ticks a lot of boxes.
Warrior Chief (3g Sweet Lou – Here We Go Again)
The Gameson trained runner trailed two and three deep mostly before being asked to improve inside final 800m and sit parked, led 400m, kept up strong run to clearly outstay rivals. MR:2:02.3, 800m in 58.1, 400m in 29.5. He has been mentioned in this forum previously and it is noted that his last start (in early October) was against Don’t Stop Dreaming and other smart 3yos. Already a winner from just four starts and looks capable of adding to his record at short notice.
Franco Marek (5g A Rocknroll Dance – Miss Lisa)
Caught wide early, the Manson trained runner pushed forward to lead then sprinted sharply to keep We Walk By Faith at bay. MR:2:00.5, 800m in 56.3, 400m in 27.4. Didn’t get much of a go in last week’s Timaru Cup and has a good horse’s record, having won five from just 14 starts, punters should stay loyal to him. We Walk By Faith led then trailed, not extended to keep pace with the winner with the rest some 8L away. Did the business on Show Day at Addington and not finished yet for high profile stable.
Caserta Franco (2f Art Major – Cherish A Franco)
Not often a runner that runs last of six deserves a mention but the McRae runner bungled the start and lost considerable ground, only made contact with her rivals with 800m to run and not surprisingly elected to tuck in behind all the way down the home straight and looked comfortable enough over the final stages. Heat won by Ten Da Touch. MR:2:08.7, 800m in 59.5, 400m in 29.7. She qualified back in April and is a half to some handy types including Franco Cristiano (9 wins). One to watch out for especially against her own sex.
Muscle Mountain (6g Muscle Hill – Paramount Faith)
Back at the trials after the misfortune of The Dominion handicap on Show Day, the Hope trained superstar gave 5 lesser-rated rivals 40m start and after beginning swiftly to trail third, used the inside channel to finish best although the time not overly quick. MR:2:13.4, 800m in 61.2, 400m in 29.4. Nevertheless, the connections would have been ultra happy with the run under the circumstances and he looks on track to bounce back and show his true worth.
Pinseeker (3g Downbytheseaside – Nicky’s Power)
The Cox trained runner (1 start for 1 win) stepped and led, set leisurely pace before sprinting stylishly and holding off his more tightly assessed rivals in Live On Legend and Mandalay Bay MR:2:10.2, 800m in 57.5, 400m in 27.6. The debut was no fluke and he can continue on his merry way next time out. Live On Legend raced fourth of four then came on very well last 400m and his sectionals would have impressed watchers.
Pukekohe Workouts Saturday 25th November
Weather Fine Track fast
Major Achievement (3g Art Major – Atom Queen)
The Green-trained runner settled third of five and stayed there until stablemate and pacemaker Beaudiene Rocknroll went off stride 600m out, took the opportunity to take over and kept going strongly to hold his rivals at bay. MR:2:03.9, 800m in 59.0, 400m in 29.6. Maiden win was four starts ago and looks to be coming to terms with recent rise in class, might be better suited to Cambridge way of going.
Conrad H (4g Love You – Hilton H)
The Balle-trained trotter was slow away from the front line but able to trail ahead of 20m runners, back to third of four mid race, came around on final turn to outstay his more tightly assessed rivals. MR:2:12.3, 800m in 61.7, 400m in 30.3. Did ok last campaign and now getting ready for another crack. Hasn’t started since May but should be improved again this time in.
JT Boe (2g Always B Miki – Bettor Think Quick)
The Telfer-trained (and unqualified) runner sat last of three and was still there turning in, brought wide and finished strongly to grab his rivals last 50m. MR:2:03.8, 800m in 60.5, 400m in 29.4. Mum won nine and nearly $100k in stakes, this is her first live foal. From a good family and getting his raceday ‘ticket’ won't be a problem.
Major Secret (2g Art Major – Presidential Affair)
Another unqualified pacer from the Telfer team, trailed two and three deep of four, and produced strong burst through the middle last 150m to win going away. MR:2:10.1, 800m in 62.1, 400m in 28.7. Also from a good family including A Fair Of Dance who won in 1:49.2 in America, race day debut can't be too far away judging by this effort.
Note: I Didn’t Know That led for fun early on but ran off the track a lap out and dislodged his driver.
McKendrick (3g Sweet Lou – Beaudiene Beaut Babe)
The Dunn-trained runner in the hands of stableforeman Rhys Fensom, raced fourth of five throughout, still had plenty to do on straightening, flew last 100m to just miss picking up pacemaker Sharkies Girl. MR:2:04.0, 800m in 59.0, 400m in 28.2. Robert Dunn owns a share in this runner and up from the South Island where he has done his racing, last seen back in May and with natural maturity, should give a good account of himself in upcoming assignments.
Delightful Reality (3f Bettors Delight – Major Reality)
The Telfer-trained filly trailed pacemaker Change Tact throughout, challenged hard in straight, just missed in a close photo finish. MR:2:05.3, 800m in 60.2, 400m in 29.1. Only had the one start back in June but looks to be much stronger this time in. Plenty of breeding gives her a chance with dam being a half sister to Group 1 performers Ultimate Machete and Ultimate Sniper.
Slots (2c Sweet Lou – Spin To Win)
Straight to the front with the hammer down and far too good for his rivals, winning officially by 6L. MR:2:04.9, 800m in 59.0, 400m in 28.6. The Telfer team thought enough of him back in September to have him debut against the best 2yo boys in a Sires' Stakes heat at Cambridge. The result wasn’t flattering but ‘where there is smoke, there might be fire’.Due big respect if he lines up in a maiden in the coming weeks
Winton Workouts Friday 24th November
Weather Overcast Track Good
Pay Me Speedy (6m Mach 3 – Pay Me Painter)
In the hands of trainer Chelsea Faithful, the four-win mare settled third of four before improving mid race to lead, came clear at the 400m to put 3L on her closest rival Rakamurph who led then trailed the winner. MR:2:02.8, 800m in 56.9, 400m in 29.1. Hasn’t won for a while but getting to become a mum might help the form.
Breeny’s Rock N Roll (5m Rock N Roll Heaven – Breeny’s Passion)
Now with Lyndon Bond, the mare gave her four rivals a headstart by being very slow from behind the mobile and raced in last spot mostly before taking closer order approaching the final turn, strong finish to come over the top of her rivals MR:2:04.6, 800m in 58.6, 400m in 30.8. Has only had the one start back in June (at Ashburton) when trained by its owner. Her dam was handy winning four but like her daughter didn’t really hit her straps until an older mare.
Raklou (2f Sweet Lou - Raksbet)
The Hunter-trained filly worked to the front in a quality four horse trial and kept going strongly to hold her rivals at bay MR:2:03.2, 800m in 55.9, 400m in 28.5. After some untimely setbacks in the spring, she might be ready to show her best, sectionals here suggested that is the case.
Always Ticking ran on strongly from three deep and looks like a natural improver, another quality filly.
Tact McLeod who hasn’t started since March but who created such a good impression when brought north to Addington was right in the photo after trailing.
Another getting ready for a new campaign is nine race winner Sand Wave who was happy enough racing fourth of four and wasn’t asked for a big effort over the final stages, look for him down south over the summer.
Ultimate Weapon (2g Bettor’s Delight – Reality Check)
A full brother to Group 1 performers in Ultimate Machete and Sniper got his qualifying ticket for trainer Nathan Williamson after racing midfield of five then finishing best to score with something in hand. MR:2:04.8, 800m in 57.4, 400m in 29.2. Has a lot to live up to, best start at the beginning and let's see what unfolds
Wyndham Workouts Saturday 25th November
Weather Fine Track Fast
Caldwell (5m Sportswriter – Ask McArdle)
The Douglas-trained mare got to the front and sprinted sharply to come away from her four rivals in the straight, by nearly 4L at the line.MR:2:05.4, 800m in 57.4, 400m in 27.4
Was a last start winner for then trainer Kirsten Green but that was over a year ago. Connections have kept the faith and her dam was very handy.
Scruffy (4g Bettor’s Delight – Caballo Blanco)
When he last raced back in April, was trained by Kirk Larsen, now with Tyler Dewe, straight to the front in this heat and came clear in impressive fashion over the concluding stages, officially by 5 1/2L. MR:2:03.4, 800m in 56.5, 400m in 27.9. Didn’t show much in previous campaign but nothing ‘scruffy’ about this effort, stable gaining a reputation for turning horses around.
Cambridge Workouts Saturday 25th November
Weather Overcast Track Fast
Ice Fairy (2f Always B Miki – Snow Fairy)
The Neal-trained filly gets another mention after leading and proving too good for her three rivals in the hands of her part owner/trainer. MR:2:08.2, 800m in 59.1, 400m in 29.5. Still unqualified at this time but getting better with the experience and her breeding demands some respect, one to paste away.
Caufield (4g Sir Lincoln – Cosi Bella)
The Butcher trained runner led and had little trouble holding on from only two rivals including stablemate Brookside Girl (third of three). MR:2:03.8, 800m in 59.9, 400m in 29.4. This was a rather tame affair but what caught the eye was the winner of four now down to a 46 rating and freshened since last racing.