Hale’s brothers too classy

Seventh Up (Grant Cooksley) producing a fine dress rehearsal for the Gr. 2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile with an impressive win at Tauranga yesterday.

Seventh Up (Grant Cooksley) producing a fine dress rehearsal for the Gr. 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile with an impressive win at Tauranga yesterday.

Brothers Close Up and Seventh Up banked travel expenses for their upcoming southern venture when they posted a winning double at Tauranga yesterday to add to their family’s proud roll of honour.

Close Up took top honours under Grant Cooksley in the Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom Handicap before the veteran jockey guided the year younger Seventh Up to victory in the Gartshore Construction 1600.

The Shinko King siblings are trained at Cambridge by their co-breeder, part-owner and trainer Shelley Hale, who has enjoyed wonderful success with their mother Regelle.

The daughter of Exploding Prospect, who won four times, has been a broodmare gem with seven of her eight foals to race having been successful. They include the Gr.1 Hong Kong Classic Mile winner Thumbs Up.

“She’s in foal to Burgundy and she’s about three or four weeks away from foaling,” said Hale. “Fortunately, we got a Tavistock filly out of her last season, which was an amazing result.”

The six-year-old Seventh Up has now won five of his 11 starts and was the big shortener in the market for next month’s Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at Riccarton. He has been cut from $21 to $7.50.

Travelling companion Close Up has now won seven times with his Tauranga success coming off the back of a second at Pukekohe.

“He’s older now and he’s taken a bit longer to get fit,” said Hale.

Close Up settled off the pace and he let down strongly in the straight to win going away by two and a quarter lengths and Seventh Up produced a similar performance to post a length and a quarter margin.

– NZ Racing Desk.