New Zealand Bloodsrtock Ready To Run Sale purchase Correio (Keeper – Black Cat, by Black Minnaloushe) made a terrific start to his career in the Like Us On Facebook Maiden Plate (1100m) at Gosford.
Australian Bloodstock founders Luke Murrell and Jamie Lovett paid $NZ45,000 for Correio before the youngster repaid significant portion of their investment with his strong victory at the Australian Turf Club meeting.
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees had Correio ready to perform first-up with two good trial efforts on his home track but the gelding’s chances of a debut win dipped when he began the $35,000 contest slowly, which left him at the back of the field.
Correido’s jockey Christian Reith decided to keep his mount close to the inside fence to save ground from the 600 metres with the ploy leaving the son of Keeper (Danehill – Nuwirah, by Pleasant Colony) within striking distance of the leaders early in the straight.
Correido finished strongly to beat the Darley runner Adage (Exceed And Excel – Ouachita, by Canny Lad) by a length while Frespanol (Choisir – Besame Mucho, by Encosta De Lago) was a long neck away in third.
“As soon as he hit open spaces (in the straight) he doesn’t know what he’s doing,” Reith said. “He’s got a lot to learn.
“He gave me a beautiful feel. Travelled really well, he’s just very new.
“He’ll come of age and the more runs he has the more mature he’ll get and the better he’ll get.”
Lees said he would assess how Correio recovered from the win before deciding his next assignment, which will probably be in Saturday metropolitan race.
Former Chequers Stud shuttler Ishiguru (Danzig – Strategic Maneuver, by Cryptoclearance) was a big part of a racing rarity when brothers won consecutive races at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
Siblings Natural Flame and Call Me Achiever (both Ishiguru – Greensleeves, by Cryptoclearance) took out the opening two races at Wednesday’s meeting.
Six-year-old Natural Flame posted a three-quarters of a length success in the King Handicap (1200m) before his three-year-old brother took out the Multi-Star Handicap (1000m) by a similar margin.
Both horses came out of the New Zealand Bloodstock Select Sale. Natural Flame fetched $NZ35,000 in 2007 before Call Me Achiever sold for $NZ51,000 at the 2010 edition of the New Zealand auction.
Meanwhile, Cambridge Stud resident Keeper (Danehill – Nuwirah, by Pleasant Colony) had success of his own at the final Happy Valley meeting of the Hong Kong season.
Keeper’s progeny completed a running double at Happy Valley. Three-year-old Heco Rider (Keeper – Savannah Swift, by Centaine) fought hard to win the Multwinning Handicap (1200m) before Fortune Winner (Keeper – Way Leggo, by Kaapstad) scored a clear victory in the Maverick Star Handicap (1650m).
Platinum Princess (5 m Keeper ‚Äì Merle Park, by Machiavellian) made the most of the conditions to win Wednesday’s Gr 2 Coupland‚Äôs Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton Park in New Zealand. The feature race was lucky to be run as the track worsened with steady rain from the morning and an enquiry was held after a horse slipped in the Mile, the meeting being abandoned with one race remaining.
Platinum Princess enjoyed the softening going however and she had too much sprint in the straight, coming clear to defeat race-favourite Twilight Savings (Secret Savings) with Zabisco (Zabeel) running on well for third.
‚ÄúShe didn‚Äôt have a hood on when she won the Coupland‚Äôs Mile Trial (1600m) last start,‚Äù winning trainer Lisa Latta told Trackside. ‚ÄúKelly (Myers) felt she needed it on to sharpen her up a bit and it really did the job today.”
‚ÄúShe‚Äôd won all her races last season with the hood on and we‚Äôd left it off purposefully this year so we could put it on and sharpen her up for this.”
Yesterday’s race was the second black-type win for Platinum Princess, whose Gr 1 winning sire Keeper (Danehill) stands at Cambridge Stud.
Tiakinui (8 g Keeper ‚Äì Avelina, by Nashwan) became the 21st stakes winner for his sire when he ¬†scored in Sunday’s $150,000 Darley Seymour Cup (Listed) over 1600m.
Allowed to settle down last by James Winks, Tiakinui was still several lengths away from the leaders into the straight where he was able to find a run through along the inside where he came through to reach the lead.
Smoulder (Traditionally) ran on late but failed by a neck with La Rocket (Rock Of Gibraltar) one and a half lengths off in third.
“You could say it was a good ride but if I didn’t get the luck it was probably the worst ride.‚Äù Winks said afterwards. “Things just panned out. The best part was he was able to take me everywhere. When the runs presented, he kept sucking up lovely. The luck went his way and the horse did the rest.‚Äù
“It’s nice to win a race in the spring,‚Äù said trainer Matthew Enright. “Us small time trainers battle a bit. I have always got room in the stable for a nice horse. I don’t take on that many but the ones I do take on, I think I can get success with.‚Äù
A winning double at Hawera has paved the way for a trio of success spanning two continents for Cambridge Stud stallion Keeper (Danehill – Nuwirah, by Pleasant Colony).
Keeper’s son Sechura (Keeper – Seven Veils, by Take Your Partner) took out the 1600-metre Maiden Highweight before Ballroom (Keeper – Dancing Aurora, by Danzatore) completed the sire’s New Zealand success in the Mack Transport Handicap (1200m).
Baitiwu (Keeper – Healy Ridge, by Alwasmi) finished off the sire’s profitable Friday with his easy win in the Kowloon East Handicap (1650m) at Sha Tin. Baitiwu is a half-brother to the eight-time Hong Kong winner Flying Bishop (Deputy Governor – Healy Ridge, by Alwasmi).
Baitiwu cost his connections $NZ55,000 at the 2008 NZ Select Yearling Sale.
Meanwhile, Waikato Stud stallions Pins (Snippets – No Finer, by Kaoru Star) and No Excuse Needed combined for a winning double in the final two races of the Sha Tin meeting.
Smart Giant (Pins – Spring, by O’Reilly) took out the High Autonomy Handicap (1400m) for the John Moore stable. Smart Giant is a half-brother to the triple Group 1 winner Daffodil (No Excuse Needed – Spring, by O’Reilly), who was also crowned the New Zealand’s Champion 3YO in 2009.
Just Fantastic (No Excuse Needed – Soneri, by Stark South) finished Waikato Stud’s Friday in style with his win in the Racing Goes On Handicap (1650m).