Win toasted on Gold Coast

A plan was well executed with the Cambridge three-year-old Heeby Jeeby at Ruakaka yesterday.

Trainer Tony Pike sent just the one horse north for the meeting with the sole purpose of chasing the $11,500 Pearl Series bonus and the outcome was perfect.

Ridden by Leith Innes, Heeby Jeeby proved too strong for her rivals in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series 1200, winning by two and a half lengths from the fast-finishing debutante Nickoftyme, from the Linda Laing stable.

With the race being worth $12,000, Heeby Jeeby’s payout from the win (including the bonus) was $19,000 – a good return for a midweek maiden fillies and mares event.

Heeby Jeeby was in the care of a stable groom with Pike and the filly’s owner, Bruce Sherwin, both being on the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions Sales which begins today.

“She deserved to win and did it well,” said Innes. “Pikey and Bruce will be happy with the bonus.”

Heeby Jeeby preceded yesterday’s triumph with four starts for three placings, including a third to the highly rated Ocean Emperor at Te Rapa and a second to Don’t Look Back at Tauranga in the lead-up to her breakthrough success.

A daughter of Pins and the O’Reilly mare Foo Wee, Heeby Jeeby was bought for $17,000 from the 2012 National Yearling Sale at Karaka. Her dam is a placed half-sister to Porotene Gem, whose five wins included the Gr. 1 Levin Classic and the Listed CJC Warstep Stakes. Porotene Gem was also third in the Gr. 1 Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham.

Heeby Jeeby was the second winner on the day for Innes, who started the meeting off with the first training success for Barry Smith when winning on Tipperary.

Smith is private trainer for Brendan and Jo Lindsay, who celebrated their first Group victory at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day when the Moira Murdoch-trained Marky Mark took the Gr. 3 Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes.

As usual, Ruakaka trainers Donna and Dean Logan were in top form at their local meeting, picking up a hat trick of wins with Fiamette (bought and part-owned by the trainers’ daughter, Sam), Hvala and Hymatsu.

Sir Peter Vela looks to have a smart type in Hvala, a three-year-old Sakhee’s Secret filly who followed up three trials placings with a decisive win.

Hvala led throughout and though she did plenty wrong in the race she was simply a class above her opposition, winning by three lengths.

“She’s got a lot to learn but she can gallop,” said rider Matt Cameron, who also won by five lengths on Fiamette.

Hymatsu, another first-starter, also looked very smart, overcoming the outside draw to win by three and a half lengths in the hands of Mark Du Plessis.

Bred by Windsor Park Stud and a three-year-old son of Mastercraftsman, Hymatsu is part-owned by Jen Campin Racing and had included a win at Ruakaka in three trials.