Two Exciting Youngsters Unleashed

Tony Pike felt “ten foot tall and bullett proof” at Ruakaka last Saturday.
The amiable trainer, who trains in partnership with Mark Donoghue, produced two exciting youngsters at the Whangarei meeting.
“We were confident both would perform, but to actually come out and do what they have done today is very exciting” said Pike.
Pike was referring to Doubtless and Sacred Falls, easily the most impressive winners on the day.
Doubtless got the ball rolling when successful on debut in the first northern two year old race of the season.
The dash over 880m was virtually turned into a procession by the impressive juvenile.
Bouncing brilliantly from his wide gate, Doubtless crossed quickly to be two lengths clear after 200m.
“He’s got brilliant acceleration and was always travelling like a winner” said rider Leith Innes on dismounting.
Doubtless is Australian bred being by Not A Single Doubt and is raced by Pike in partnership with his parents, Vicky and Wayne.
“He won his trial at Avondale leading up to this run today, and he continues to improve” said Pike.
Doubtless won by five and a half lengths easing down, from Zaragoza and Desert View.
“He is unusual for a two year old in that he is so relaxed…….nothing seems to fluster him” said Pike.
Buoyed by the improvement between the Avondale trial and his debut run, Pike will aim Doubtless towards the Wellesley Stakes at Trentham.
“He deserves to have a crack at that after today’s effort” confirmed Pike.
 
As exciting as the win by Doubtless was, Pike had even more reason to be smiling after Sacred Falls won.
Sacred Falls maintained his unbeaten record when winning the day’s feature race the Westbury Stud Challenge Stakes. 
Fresh up for the season, Sacred Falls was sent out favourite on the strength of two impressive juvenile wins last season.
Ridden by regular race day rider Leith Innes, Sacred Falls came from three back on the rails to swoop to victory in the 1200m event.
“We had to ride him a little handier than usual from his inside draw, but once he got balanced up, he was always going to win” said Innes.
Pike declared Sacred Falls one of the best he has trained.
“He’s got it all in front of him, he has the potential to go a long way” beamed Pike.
Sacred Falls, a son of O’Reilly, is nominated for the 2000 Guineas at Riccarton in November and is already one of the favourites for the Group One fixture.
 
There were two local winners at  the Marton meeting at Awapuni last Saturday.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained Neo broke his maiden status at his second race day appearance.
Ridden by Andrew Calder, Neo scored by three quarters of a length in the 3yr old Maiden.
The manner of his win suggested more is in store for Neo.
 
The same could be said for Chapinta who also scored at Awapuni.
Sent out favourite by punters, Chapinta was too strong for her opposition when winning over 2100m.
Trainer Craig Thornton will aim her towards the NZ Cup at Riccarton in November.
“She’s getting better all the time, and being by High Chaparral, she will stay too” said Thornton.
Chapinta was again ridden by Tasha Collett, who is fashioning a good association with the mare.
 
Finally, congratulations to the connctions of Silent Achiever.
The Roger James trained filly was named Champion Three Year Old of the Year at the NZ Racing Awards last week.
The NZ Derby winner swept all before her in a marvellous season last year and was a deserving winner.
Other local winners were Zabeel, Dewar Stallion of the Year, Richard Cully (Jumps Jockey), James McDonald (Jockey), Ima Heroine (Jumper), Dick Karreman (Owner) and Piper Farm (Breeder ).
The Outstanding Contribution to Racing award went to Trevor McKee while Mufhasa picked up his second Horse of the Year title.
 
I’ll catch you next week.
 
Cheers
 
George