Cambridge Jump Outs 19/06/2020

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Concorde next for Ardrossan

Ardrossan (Jason Waddell) producing a fine dress rehearsal for the Concorde at Ellerslie when scoring a decisive win yesterday.

The Stephen Marsh-trained Ardrossan extended his unbeaten streak in New Zealand to three when winning the Pak N Save Thames Sprint (1200m) at Te Aroha yesterday.

The Redoute’s Choice entire was sent forward by jockey Jason Waddell early and settled a few lengths behind early pacemakers Island Bay and Beyond Dispute.

He cruised past the leaders down the straight, but was kept up to the mark by Waddell to extend once again at the 100m mark to win by two and a quarter lengths over Dama Zorro, with a further two and a quarter lengths to Bravissimo in third.

“He just lobbed into a beautiful spot and cruised up to them on the bend,” Marsh said.

“I thought at the furlong we might have been in a bit of trouble, but Jason gave us a little smile in the grandstand at about the 100m, then he was away laughing.

“He is just such a relaxed colt. I think he just took Jason to really ask him to sprint and he has done it well at the line. It’s great to have a high-class colt like this, with high-class owners.”

Waddell was also forthcoming with his high opinion of the stakes winner and believes he has a bright future ahead of him.

“It was really enjoyable. He is just a stunning individual,” Waddell said.

“He has got great attributes. He is quiet, he’s fast, he does what you want and there’s still a lot left in the tank. He’s just a nice horse who I look forward to continuing a nice association with.”

Marsh said he is now looking to add a Group victory to the four-year-old’s record, with a plan to line him up in the Gr.3 Brighthill Farm Concorde Handicap (1200m) at Ellerslie later this month.

“He has delivered well so onwards and upwards, and hopefully now we can get nicely into the Concorde on Karaka Millions night,” Marsh said.

“We’ll get him home and get him ready for that. It is a nice gap, just over three weeks so it should fit nicely if he comes through well.”

– NZ Racing Desk


Milestone result for Savvy Racing

Van Diamond (Matt Cameron) recording a milestone first win for Savvy Racing with a dominant display at New Plymouth yesterday.

Nobody was happier than Keith and Janice McDonald when Van Diamond broke through for a deserved win at New Plymouth yesterday.

Not only did Van Diamond please punters when delivering as an odds-on $1.40 favourite in the Stella Artois Maiden, the Rip Van Winkle four-year-old also put his 17 owners on cloud nine and, most of all, he credited the McDonalds’ Savvy Racing Syndication with its first success.

Van Diamond is the flagbearer for Savvy Racing and is the first horse the couple purchased for syndication when going to $50,000 to secure him at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka.

“It’s a big thrill to get that first winner,” said Keith McDonald. “We’ve had over 2300 hits since yesterday on our Facebook page. It’s generated so much interest.”

The McDonalds established Savvy Racing with the view of mixing rugby and racing, bringing in rugby regions to race horses. Van Diamond is raced by the Savvy Racing (Waikato) Chiefs Syndicate and another of the syndicate horses, Pinmedown, is raced by Auckland Blues supporters.

“I’ve followed racing from a young age and my Dad bred a few horses,” said McDonald. “I also had a second cousin who was a trainer.”

McDonald has obviously also been a keen rugby follower and he coached at representative and premier club level for 16 years, while wife Janice did the pony club scene and has always had a passion for horses.

Savvy Racing is in its fledgling state and has three horses syndicated with Pinmedown (by Pins) in the Mike Moroney and Pam Gerard stable and another, Chiara (by Pentire) being placed twice for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh.

Van Diamond is prepared by Cambridge trainer Shane Crawford, who has taken the promising galloper along quietly.

“Shane has always said time will be his best friend and the owners have been happy with that,” said McDonald. “We’re reaping the rewards now.”

Van Diamond won his first trial over 800m in August last year and had an educational run as an early three-year-old then after a spell had a further start last January.

Crawford bided his time with Van Diamond and gave him his third start at Hawera a few months ago and the horse ran an eye-catching fourth to Rippin, then two starts later was in the money when third over 1600m at Te Rapa early last month.

He has continued to improve since then, finishing third to Los Angeles at Te Rapa and a second to So Wicked over the same course and distance a few weeks ago before capping that form with a comprehensive win yesterday.

Ridden by Matt Cameron, he soon tracked the leader and took over before the home turn then kicked away to win by three and three-quarter lengths from Lorde Have Mercy.

It was a performance which suggests more is in store for the four-year-old, who hails from a family which improves with age.

He is the first foal from Mydiamond Bracelet, a winner of four races including her last start in a Listed 1400m sprint at Te Rapa.

His grandam, Plain Jill (by Kinjite) was a handy performer who won six races and his third dam, Sweet ‘N’ Vain (by Truly Vain) was a talented sprinter, winning five races over 1400 metres.

This is the family of Listed Taumarunui Cup winner Sweet Dancer and the stakes performers Rosenkavalier (six wins; third Gr.3 CJC Stewards Handicap) and Woodbury Lane (nine wins; three times black-print placed).

Having now tasted success as syndicators, the McDonalds will be looking to take the next step to introduce more people into the ownership ranks.

Track Work 3 May 2018

HIGHLAD and VICTORY DRIVE were paired in a solid gallop at Cambridge today. Working 13m out on a dead number 2 grass, HIGHLAD and VICTORY DRIVE, who are race rivals at Te Rapa this weekend, maintained a good clip throughout 1200 in 1:15.1, sprinting the last 600 in 36.9.

ZANYETTA, who makes up the trio of Baker/Forsman trained runners in The DoubleR 2100m Rating 85, was comfortable throughout 1000 in 1:07, coming home in 39.1. All three look fit.

Last start winner, SIMPLY OPTIMISTIC was given a comfortable 600 run in 45.3, he should maintain his good record at Te Rapa this weekend.

POKER FACE returned 1:23.5 for 1200, the final 600 in 42.4. BEALE STREET was timed from the 1000 in 1:08.7, the 600 in 39.8.

SKYWEKA was impressive over 800 in 49.5, dashing the 600 in 36.3. LUEN YAT MIRACLE left 1000 behind in 1:07.2 and 38.6.

EXCELSIOR ISLAND and ALVINS DREAM were timed from the 600 in 39.6. HAUSSMANN ran 1000 in 1:06 and 39.3. STARTLING REMINDER was another in good form over 1200, the final 1000 in 1:03.1, the 600 in 37.2.

JET CHARGED ran 600 in 40.6. LUVLUCY and AYA SOFYA maintained a solid pace from the 1000 in 1:03.2 and home in 37.2.

PACORUS and WOODEN EDGE were timed over 1000 in 1:07, finishing off in 38.1. BOSTONIAN, who heads to Brisbane tonight was most impressive when completing 1000 in 1:07.2, the final 600 in 37.4.

On the number four grass, QUI EXPRESS and OLE OLE rounded off their preparation for Saturday’s Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2 yo Stakes (LR) in fine style with 1000 in 1:06, the final 600 in 37.4.

Track Tip: HIGHLAD – Race 5 – DoubleR 2100 at the Waikato Racing Club meeting at Te Rapa. Tends to mix form but races well at Te Rapa.

Nearly a double for Vicki Pike

Blue Lagoon (Leith Innes) doing best in a torrid battle with Richie McHorse at Matamata last Saturday.

Blue Lagoon made up for a narrow miss earlier in the day for Cambridge owner-breeder Vicki Pike when returning to her best form at Matamata last Saturday.

Pike watched the televised coverage as Nowhere Man, a six-year-old Darci Brahma gelding she races with top South Island trainer Michael Pitman, came so close to victory in the second event at Riccarton, going down by a mere nose to Final Say, the first of five winners on the day for Lisa Allpress.

A couple of hours later Pike was able to celebrate the win of Blue Lagoon, a Masterclass five-year-old mare she and her husband, Wayne, bred and race together.

Blue Lagoon produced a top effort to win the Drymx Cement Bay Of Plenty Cup by a short neck from Richie McHorse and in doing so she turned the tables on the Ruakaka galloper.

The pair had met the previous start, at Ellerslie on March 10, and on that occasion Richie McHorse was successful while Blue Lagoon battled away for seventh, almost four lengths behind.

In Saturday’s clash, Blue Lagoon had to overcome being hampered at the start, but she was soon sent forward by rider Leith Innes and took the lead with 1200 metres to run.

She kicked strongly in the run home to hold her rivals at bay and register her second minor cups win for the year. Her previous win had been four starts earlier at Te Teko last January when she took the Putaukai Trust Cup (2100m).

Blue Lagoon has proved a handy performer for the Pikes and their son, Tony, who trains the grey mare.

She has now won four of her 19 starts and picked up seven placings. In fact she has been past the winning post in front on five occasions, but was relegated to second behind Comin’ Through at Ellerslie 12 months ago.


Derby dream now a reality

Vin De Dance (inner) providing Jason Waddell with his first NZ Derby win at Ellerslie today.

OTI principal Terry Henderson paid a glowing tribute to his Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman after the Melbourne-based identity’s colours were carried to victory in the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie today.

“Murray and Andrew have done a remarkable job and when it comes to stayers they’ve got no peers,” he said.

Success in the Derby has long been on Henderson’s wish list and Vin De Dance ensured it was ticked off in dramatic style at Ellerslie with his defeat of Mongolianconqueror and the filly Danzdanzdance.

“I rarely get emotional, but I’ve waited a long time to win this,” he said.

“I’ve come close a few times and I owe an enormous debt to this race and New Zealand-bred horses, it’s really special.

“It’s an amazing story really and I saw him in the ring (at Karaka) when he was passed in. I said to (bloodstock agent) Phill Cataldo, who owned the horse and he said it was a mate of his, Luigi Muollo.

“I asked Murray to tell me know what he thought of the horse and we ended up getting him and now he’s won the Derby.”

Plans for Vin De Dance now include a trip across the Tasman. “He’ll go to Sydney as long as he pulls up well,” said Henderson.

The result was also a welcome one for Novara Park Stud principal Muollo, who has remained in the ownership, following the recent loss of his foundation stallion Jakkalberry while likewise luck for successful jockey Jason Waddell.

“It’s a dream come true. I really thought I had lost my chance in January when Demonetization got hurt,” said Waddell.

Vin De Dance came across from an awkward gate to race near the pace and he was finished tenaciously in the run home.

“They dawdled early and I got into a good spot and got him to relax,” said Waddell. “I knew he was tough and strong. It’s fantastic.”

Co-trainer Forsman was rich in his praise for the part Waddell played.

“We thought we had the horse spot on today and we just wanted him to have a clear run and Jason rode him a treat,” he said.

NZ Racing Desk.

Another Group One mission for Star

Tony Pike believes there’s still more Group One glory possible for Sacred Star.

Sacred Star finished out of the money in the Gr.1 Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham, but his performance encouraged trainer Tony Pike.

“He couldn’t get across and was flushed wide at the crossing,” he said. “He was closing off. There’s still life left in the old boy.”

Sacred Star will now be set for the Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa, a race he won in 2015.

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Track Work 26 December 2017

Ebony Pearl impressed during the morning session at Cambridge today.

Galloping on the plough, Ebony Pearl was full of running at the completion of 600 in a smart 36.3.  Fendella was another in good form when timed from the 600 in 36.4. Come In Spinner left 1000 behind in 1:08, the final 600 in 38.8.  Mozart, Peaceful and Dash Of Paint worked well together over 1000 in 1:04.9, sprinting the final 600 in 37.1.

Zacada came to the end of a smart 1000 in 1:03.1 and 36.4.  Frasco was timed from the 600 in 39.4.  Akoya followed in 39.8.  Chou Chou ran the last 1000 of 1200 in 1:05, finishing off in 39.3.

Last start winner Boomerang came to the end of a comfortable 1200 in 1:29.9 and 42.6.  Hoof Hefner and All But Me worked in from the 600 in 37.3.  Doubtless Bay completed 1000 in 1:06.6, home in 34.  Oceans Eleven cruised 600 in 43.1.  Our Mackay ran 600 in 40.1.  That Lady Rocks cut out 1000 in 1:09, the 600 in 41.4.  Felaar returned 1:09.3 and 41.2.  Our Van Daam left 600 behind in 41.4.  Collaborate came to the end of 1200 in 1:19.6, finishing off in 38.7.

Mongolian Marshal and Not Usual Prince matched strides from the 1000 in 1:08.3 and 39.1.  Etilt ran 1000 in 1:07.4 and 38.3.  Sacred Vista was clocked from the 600 in 40.8.  Sultan Of Swing ran 1000 in 1:06.1, home in 37.3.  Stolen Night did well from the 1200 in 1:18.4, finishing off in 36.5.  Swissalicious and Politely sprinted the final 600 of 1000 in 36.4.  What A Diva was given a comfortable 1000 in 1:11.7, the last 600 in 42.4.

Floozie ready for drop back mission

Thee Auld Floozie, who is ready to bounce back to her best form this weekend.

Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) contender Thee Auld Floozie will take a step back in class on Saturday.

She will run in the Group Three contest at Hawera after unplaced efforts in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) and in the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m).

“Her work has been very good and if we could get a better track it would help her,” said trainer Stephen Marsh said.

The Cambridge horseman also confirmed stablemate Sofia Rosa would be heading back to Hawke’s Bay for the rescheduled Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) on October 22.

“She’s really well and she’ll definitely be running at Hastings,” he said.

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Royal Fashion crossing Tasman

Royal Fashion is on her way to the powerful Hayes and Dabernig stable in Australia.

Black-type mare Royal Fashion is to continue her career in Australia.

Raced by prominent Hong Kong-based owner Dr Gene Tsoi, the daughter of Snitzel won twice from 10 starts for Cambridge trainer Mark Forbes and ran second in last season’s Gr.3 Mongolian Khan Trophy (1200m).

“She’s on a flight tomorrow and she’s going to David Hayes, whom Gene has had a long association with,” said Forbes.

“The tracks here haven’t helped and there’s a lot better races over there for fillies and mares.”

  • NZ Racing Desk