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    • Auld Jock finished just half a length short of superstar jumper The Cossack in Saturday’s Wellington Steeplechase (5500m), and Peter and Jessica Brosnan now have their sights set on a trip to Riccarton Park next month for the Grand National Steeplechase (5600m).   The diminutive gelding stepped up to open grade with a creditable run for fourth in the Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase (4800m) a fortnight ago and tackling the unique course at Trentham, he looked right at home from the outset.   Joshua Parker rode a patient race on Auld Jock, travelling quietly in midfield, and as the pressure came on crossing over to the course proper, he was among the dangers to catch The Cossack and a storming finish had him within touching distance of the biggest win of his short jumping career.   “We were absolutely rapt with him, he’s certainly got the makings of a good little horse, so onwards and upwards,” Jessica Brosnan said.   “He kept coming really strongly at the finish, so it was pretty exciting.   “Josh rode him perfectly, he cut all the corners and had him on the inside everywhere he could. He jumped him well, we couldn’t fault the ride.   “He wants to stick with him, so that’s a good sign as well.”   The Brosnans headed straight back to their base at Matamata after the marathon jumping contest, where the son of Adelaide will have a few quiet days before preparing for their southern mission.   “He was a bit tired so we brought him home late on Saturday instead of staying down there for another night, just so he could have a sleep and wake up in his paddock,” Jessica Brosnan said.   “It saves him sitting on the truck for seven or eight hours on Sunday to get home.   “He’s had a couple of days off and now he’ll have some time in the swimming pool and on the walker, then we’ll get back into it and make some plans.   “I’m just running through the logistics now, we’ll get him down to Christchurch and if he settles in well, we’ll have a go at both days.   “It would be nice for him to get a look around the course before the big race, although he adapted to Wellington so easily and jumped every jump so beautifully.   “If he didn’t settle in for whatever reason, we can skip the Koral and go straight into the National. I don’t know what will be in on the first day, so it might be a good chance for him to pick up a nice prize down there.  “I said to Peter that we’ll need to take another horse as well so that’ll probably be Teen Titan, he’s improving at every run over hurdles so he can run both days and be a travel buddy for Jock.   “We’re in the middle of lambing and calving so getting down to Christchurch for 10 days will be a bit of a marathon, but it’s been our goal all the way through with this horse if he kept stepping up so we’re going to make it happen.”   The Wellington meeting provided a strong turn-out in the jumping events, including 30 runners at maiden grade, an important and exciting improvement for the future of the sport in Brosnan’s perspective.   “Hopefully we can find more horses like Jock and continue being competitive in these big races next year, jumps racing is really picking up and we had an amazing day down there on Saturday,” she said.   “Every horse got around and jumped well, so many people commented to us on the quality of the day and fields.   “We’ve got the jockeys now and a couple more coming over, so the atmosphere among the jumping people is great.   “Looking at a horse like Jock, he didn’t win a race on the flat but he’s got the skill and toughness to make a really nice jumper, so there are opportunities for horses like him.” View the full article
    • New Zealand-breds have long held a strong record in Hong Kong, which was further enhanced at the 2023/24 Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards on Friday when Ka Ying Rising was crowned Champion Griffin. The son of Shamexpress has been a standout in the Asian racing jurisdiction, winning five and runner-up in two of his seven starts last season for trainer David Hayes, highlighted by his victory in the Gr.3 Sha Tin Vase (1200m) last month. Ka Ying Rising became the third New Zealand-bred to be crowned Champion Griffin in the last five years, joining multiple Group One winner Lucky Sweynesse (2022) and Good Luck Friend (2020). Bred by Grandmoral Lodge Racing, Ka Ying Rising is out of the Per Incanto mare Missy Moo, and had a couple of jump outs for Marton trainer Fraser Auret before he was sold to clients of Hayes and had a few trials in Australia before making his way to Hong Kong. Friday’s announcement was welcome by Windsor Park Stud, who stand Ka Ying Rising’s sire Shamexpress. “He (Shamexpress) leaves good horses up there and he also has that very good horse in Singapore as well, Lim’s Saltoro,” Windsor Park Stud General Manager Steve Till said. “It has been exciting to watch his (Ka Ying Rising) progress through the autumn. His time in the Sha Tin Vase was very good. “He has a champion trainer in David Hayes, who knows good horses so well, and he is targeting him towards the international meeting in December for the Group One sprint race. You know the horse must be pretty good when David is talking about the horse in those sorts of terms, and is setting the horse for that sort of race. “He could end up being Shamexpress’s best. He (Shamexpress) is a very good sire and he has got two beauties going around for him at the moment.” Till said gaining accolades such as Champion Griffin is very important for stallion careers. “Our Asian markets are very important and none more so than Hong Kong,” he said. “The standard is so high there that if you have got a stallion that can sire good horses up there, the market demand then increases and that filters right through. “In the case of Ka Yong Rising, he is out of a Per Incanto mare, and Per Incanto is a good example of that. His progeny have done very well in Hong Kong as well, and that combination all bodes well.” Till said Shamexpress’s progeny are well suited to Hong Kong because of their demeanour. “He is a great stallion to have around and he is a very physical stallion,” he said. “He is a straightforward horse to mate to because he leaves good types, but he can impart a very good constitution and brain into his progeny, and I think that stands them in very good stead when they go to overseas environments like Hong Kong and Singapore. It is a great thing to have in your armoury when you are a stallion, and I think that has contributed to his success.” Shamexpress stands at Windsor Park Stud, near Cambridge, for a fee of $8,000+GST. View the full article
    • Racing at Ruakaka is well-suited to Patricia and the local mare sprinted to her fourth win at the course for Rick Wells on Saturday.   A five-year-old by Super Easy, Patricia indicated she had plenty to offer in her first season of racing last term, producing a trio of victories at her home track. Returning as an older mare, she took a few starts to find that form but did so with a tidy run for second behind Pippy last start, setting her up to be a key contender in the undercard sprint race of ITM/GIB Finals day.   In a compact field of five, it was tipped to be a match race between Patricia ($3.70), stakes performer Illicit Dreams ($2.60) and Byerley Park visitor Love Affirmations ($3.30), and the script couldn’t have been more accurate, with the three going to battle down the straight.   In a sensational photo-finish, Patricia was announced the eventual winner by a short head under Sam Spratt, with Illicit Dreams collecting second place by a nose to Love Affirmations.   Wells hadn’t been sure she had got over the line on top but was delighted when the call came.     “I thought it was a huge run, I wasn’t sure she had got up at the line so I stayed back at the TV to watch the replay and I could see she just got her head in front,” he said.   “Her only option really now is an 1100m race up here, because she can’t handle heavy tracks. That is an open race, so she’ll have to race in that grade, but the time on Saturday was fairly quick so hopefully she’ll handle the step-up.”  Patricia was the 27th winner in Wells’ training career, made more special as she was a homebred and is co-owned by the local horseman.   “She’s a lovely horse to have around, a wee bit aggressive but these mares tend to have a bit of that,” he said.   “She’s push button to work, she just goes out and does her thing. She’s a real professional.”   Out of a Spectatorial mare Xpectastar, Wells also has a two-year-old full-sister to Patricia in the stable who he has plenty of time for.   “If you saw them standing side-by-side you wouldn’t think they were sisters, they are totally different looking horses,” he said.   “The filly looks a bit like Spectatorial who her mother was by, and if she was as fast as him we’d be pretty happy because he won the Blue Diamond (Gr.1, 1200m).   “She’s just started to do a bit of fast work now, we haven’t rushed her and she had a bit of a foot problem which we’ve got sorted now. We’ll probably get her to the jump-outs or trials up here then she can have a break before the spring time.   “We’re in no hurry as she’s a nice filly.”   At 71 years old, Wells describes himself as ‘mostly retired’, but receives a massive thrill out of preparing his select team.    “I’ve just got those two, I’m retired really and I enjoy just having a couple to work with. It’s especially good when you have days like Saturday,” he said.   “During the week I just get up about half-past six, have a coffee and head down to the track. I’ve got Ian Perry to ride the older horse (Patricia) and Eddie Turns rides the young one so that’s our morning.   “For the rest of the day I try not to find any more work which is quite good.” View the full article
    • A Randwick double and a winning turn at Caulfield completed a rewarding weekend for Cambridge Stud. The Waikato nursery celebrated the successes of homebreds Defining and War Eternal in Sydney while the colours of farm principals Brendan and Jo Lindsay were carried to victory in Melbourne by Lovazou. “Obviously, a big focus of our business is to be successful in Australia at a metropolitan level, so it was nice to see that happen,” said Scott Calder, Head of Sales and Nominations at Cambridge Stud. “It’s been a really successful season and hopefully we can continue that momentum into the new season and spring racing.” Defining was sold for $225,000 at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale in 2020 with Mitchell Bloodstock and G1 Goldmine signing the ticket for the daughter of Not A Single Doubt. She won twice and finished runner-up in the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) from Tony and Calvin McEvoy’s stable before she was offered at the 2023 Inglis Chairman’s Sale. Defining resold to Mitchell Bloodstock and Yes Bloodstock for A$280,000 and relocated to Annabel Neasham’s yard and now has four wins and nine placings from her 19 starts. She is out of the Encosta De Lago’s Group performed daughter Seduced, whose dam Dama De Noche won the Gr.3 Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes. “She’s been a somewhat frustrating mare and had a few years when she was empty,” Calder said. “For a mare of her age she hasn’t had as many foals on the ground as we would have liked, but she has a nice Hello Youmzain filly in the paddock, which is quite exciting given the way the stallion has started off in Europe.” War Eternal was a $160,000 Karaka purchase for trainer Bjorn Baker and Clarke Bloodstock and is the first foal of the Fastnet Rock mare Aleria. The son of Pierro has won three races and during his three-year-old season ran second in the Gr.3 Spring Stakes (1600m), third in the Gr.2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) and finished fourth in the Gr.1 Randwick Guineas (1600m). His dam is out of the multiple black-type winner Impressive Eagle whose half-brother Eagle Way won the Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m) and the Gr.2 HKJC Cup (2400m). “Aleria has been a good mare for us with a black-type performer and we’ve had some nice results in the sale ring with her,” Calder said. “Her Almanzor filly Undaunting has been a winner after selling well (A$250,000, Inglis Premier Sale). “She has a Per Incanto colt on the ground who will hopefully be another good prospect at the sales next year.” Meanwhile, the Danny O’Brien-trained Lovazou has won three of her seven starts and finished runner-up on debut in last season’s Gr.3 Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes. She was purchased out of Kia Ora Stud’s draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for A$400,000 and is a daughter of the Lonhro mare Lovani. “It was great to get a metropolitan win to go with that black type and we’ve had a bit of luck with the Zoustars that we have raced,” Calder said. Notable among them is the Gr.1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) winner Joliestar and the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m) winner Habana. The Chris Waller-trained Joliestar could resume next month in either the Gr.1 Winx Stakes (1400m) or the Gr.3 Show County Stakes (1200m) while Habana, prepared by Lance Noble, may target the Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m). View the full article
    • What Newcastle Races Where Newcastle Racecourse – 100 Darling St, Broadmeadow NSW 2292 When Tuesday, July 16, 2024 First Race 12:20pm AEST Visit Dabble Provincial racing heads to Newcastle on Tuesday afternoon, with a competitive eight-race program set for decision. The rail is out +6m the entire circuit, and although the track is rated a Soft 6 at the time of acceptances, the sunny skies predicted in the lead-up should have the surface improving throughout the week. All the action is scheduled to get underway at 12:20pm local time. Best Bet: Monty Be Quick Monty Be Quick didn’t go a yard on the Heavy 10 surface at Scone on July 2 and warrants forgiving as he heads into his third Australian start. The European import was strong prior to that second-up failure when crowded for room at a crucial stage at Hawkesbury on June 18. He should strip fitter now, and with the ideal run likely to fall his way from barrier three, Monty Be Quick will prove hard to hold out as he searches for his maiden success. Best Bet Race 2 – #1 Monty Be Quick (3) 4yo Gelding | T: Nathan Doyle | J: Aaron Bullock (59kg) +150 with Bet365 Next Best: Dumebi Dumebi was well beaten by five lengths first-up at Warwick Farm on June 26 but had excuses returning from a 399-day spell. The son of Lonhro had the wheels spinning a long way out on the bottomless conditions, unable to show his best in the final furlong. The Ciaron Maher-trained colt appears perfectly placed getting back to provincial company for the first time, and with the improving conditions likely to play into his favour, Dumebi should go close to shirking the maiden tag. Next Best Race 3 – #3 Dumebi (5) 3yo Colt | T: Ciaron Maher | J: Ashely Morgan (59kg) +100 with Neds Best Value: Promiscuous Girl Although Promiscuous Girl has been defeated by a combined 10.5 lengths across two barrier trials, her work has been much better than it appears as she debuts for the Chris Waller barn. She was hardly asked for an effort in her recent jump-out at Rosehill on July 12, going through the wire hard held under Jason Collett. Rory Hutchings gets the nod for race-day, and with gate five allowing Promiscuous Girl to lob into the one-one throughout, the three-year-old should get every chance to make an impression at the each-way price with online bookmakers. Best Value Race 4 – #6 Promiscuous Girl (5) 3yo Filly | T: Chris Waller | J: Rory Hutchings (58kg) +1100 with Unibet Tuesday quaddie tips for Newcastle races Newcastle quadrella selections Tuesday, July 16, 2024 2-3-6 1-3-7-8-9-11 1-5-6-7-9 2-3-5-6-10 Horse racing tips
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