Clean sweep in stakes races

There is cause for plenty of celebrations at the Cambridge training centre after a 100  percent strike rate in the two stakes races, including a dream come true, at Ellerslie yesterday.

The Auckland Racing Club staged two Listed races for three-year-olds and both went to Cambridge-trained horses with the rising star Artistic taking the
$45,000 Just Juice Bonecrusher Stakes and Holy Moly successful in the $45,000 Manuka Doctor Soliloquy Stakes.

Artistic’s win, via a barnstorming finish from the rear, was a wish granted for trainer Shaune Ritchie, who made no secret that he dearly wanted to win the
race named in honour of Bonecrusher. After all it was “Red”, as Bonecrusher was affectionately known, who provided a youthful Ritchie with so many great
memories during his days as groom for the champion.

One of those treasured memories was his win over Waverley Star in the 1986 Cox Plate, the finish which is still recalled as a the race of the century. And now almost 25 years after that titanic battle between the two Kiwis, Ritchie has the pleasure of having won the Bonecrusher Stakes after having had to settle for minor placings in the past with Group I winners Magic Cape and Military Move.

The Bonecrusher Stakes was Artistic’s second win and the manner in which the Darci Brahma filly trounced her male rivals suggests there is much more black type in store for her. The next assignment is likely to be the Wellington Guineas on October 22, after which she will head to Riccarton for the Group I
NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas, the race in which her stablemate Keep The Peace was runner-up to Katie Lee two years ago.

The 1000 Guineas is also the target for Holy Moly, who surprised James by getting through the soft footing yesterday to win the Soliloquy Stakes. Holy Moly’s other win in her first four starts had been on good footing on debut as a two-year-old at Te Rapa last November.

Holy Moly, a $200,000 yearling purchase, is by Holy Roman Emperor from Clarissa, a Zabeel mare who won four races from the James stable. She is owned
by Ian Moses and his wife, Vivienne McIntosh, a former Californian couple who now live at Whangamata.

Holy Moly had been unlucky in her two races leading up to last Saturday’s win, having been held up when third at Taupo then hampered again when eighth
behind Dowager Queen and Testa Secret in the Listed Fordell O’Leary Fillies Stakes at Wanganui.