Australian owned and trained Ockham’s Razor (2 c Any Suggestion – Shadow Ray, by Groom Dancer) proved too good for the locals when running home strongly to win the $NZ1 million Karaka Millions (Listed) over 1200m at Ellerslie on Sunday.
The Australian Bloodstock-syndicated colt came from a midfield position into the straight and then came out wide with a well-timed run to run past Silk Pins (Pins) to go on and score with Warhorse (General Nediym) in third.
The win is the biggest in the career for trainer Anthony Freedman. “We didn’t know the form of the locals but we knew we had a good horse and he’s won a bit of money now.”
Purchased for $170,000 as a yearling at last year’s NZB Karaka Sales, Ockham’s Razor was syndicated by Australian Bloodstock who had a large contingent on hand to celebrate the big payday.
“This is just great, just great,” principal Luke Murrell said. “Anthony always said he thought this was the perfect colt for the race and that was the plan. To come here and win it is just a dream and for a lot of these owners it is their first horse, so it is a dream result really.”
Ockham’s Razor is from the first crop of the Australian Group winner Any Suggestion, a son of Lion Hunter, who stands at Rich Hill Stud in New Zealand, with that farm offering a full-sister to Ockham’s Razor later this week at the NZB Select Sale.
Killa Question got his first season sire Any Suggestion (Lion Hunter) off the mark when winning easily the 880m 2yo Stakes by two lengths on a heavy track at Pukekohe on Friday.¬†Killa Question (2 c Any Suggestion – Killa Loox) settled in behind the pace today before he angled clear into the straight and showed a good turn of foot for a convincing two length victory.
“He’s got a great constitution and is a real professional,” said hisMatamata-based trainer Paul Shailer, who was formerly stable foreman to Chris Waller in Sydney. The Listed Wellesley Stakes is now an option for Killa Question, who is out of a half-sister to the Gr 1 Ellerslie Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Iflooxcouldkill.
“It’s a great thrill to see the stallion get his first winner and we couldn’t be more delighted,” Rich Hill studmaster John Thompson said.¬†”We’ve been very happy and appreciative with the level of support he’s had and he’s on target to serve between 70 and 80 mares this season.”
Any Suggestion stands at Rich Hill Stud alongside the Dewar Award leader Pentire, Australian Cup and Melbourne Cup winner Shocking and the Dewhurst Stakes and Epsom Derby winner Sir Percy, who was this week represented by his 10th individual winner from his first Northern Hemisphere crop.
Dual Group 1 winner Shocking has arrived at Rich Hill Stud and is now available for inspection. The son of Street Cry (Ire) is in great condition and has immediately settled into his new environment at Rich Hill Stud according to principal John Thompson.
Rich Hill will be hosting an Open Day on Sunday, August 7 to parade Shocking and to showcase his associate stallions. “We’re waiting until that date as Sir Percy will be back from England by then to join in the parade.” ¬†Thompson said.
Anyone wishing to view Shocking at an earlier date is welcome to contact the Rich Hill office to make an appointment.
The syndication of Shocking is almost complete and he has attracted major interest from New Zealand and Australian breeders.
Shocking will stand at an introductory fee of $NZ12,000+gst. He will stand alongside leading stallion Pentire $NZ30,000+gst, English Derby winner Sir Percy $NZ15,000+gst and Any Suggestion $NZ6,500+gst.