Strong Report – Cromwell
Otago Racing Club meeting at Cromwell,
December 2, 2018.
Weather, fine; track, good (3); rail, true position.
Race 1: Otago Farm Machinery Maiden, $10,000, 1400m
The De Boy justified his hot favouritism when he got up in the last few strides. He is a 4yr-old by Super Easy from The Boys owned and farm-trained by Rodd McKenzie, who has a dairy farm at Balclutha. He races The De Boy with his wife, Denise. “The Dennis brothers kindly loaned me the mare for breeding and that is why I gave him that name,’’ said McKenzie. The De Boy settled fifth on the inner and Corey Campbell angled him into the open entering the home stretch. The De Boy prevailed by half a head from Jessie Janet, who chased the pacemaker Show ‘N’ Go and led in the run home. There was three lengths to El Bee Jack, who provided a feature of the race when he came from last at the 450m. Show ‘N’ Go was a long neck back fourth with half a neck to Stirling Lady, who was closest at the finish.
Horse to follow: El Bee Jack.
Race 2: Christmas At The Races 14 December Maiden, $10,000, 1400m
Get Rhythm, at odds of 35 to one, led throughout and won decisively. The 4yr-old son of King Of Roses – Cooliky is owned and trained at Riverton by Stephen Blair – Edie, who races him with his wife, Lynda. They bought Get Rhythm as a foal. Get Rhythm maintained a strong gallop to win by a length and a half. Reliable Glow overcame a slow start to finish second with three quarters of a length to Gemstone Jewels, who ran on strongly late from back in the field. Aulyn Star was close up fourth after a slow start with a length and a quarter to favourite Raise You Five, who was three wide early then handy.
Horse to follow: Gemstone Jewels
Race 3: Fresh Choice Cromwell Maiden, $10,000, 2030m
Head Office returned a sound staying performance to win. The son of Zabeel and Choices Are (by Redoute’s Choice) settled last in the 14-horse field and Robert Hannam improved him from the 900m, Head Office sustained his run to win by neck from Ohthoserussians, who was wide early then trailed handy. Beam Me Up Scotty came from last at the 400m for third, two lengths back with three quarters of a length to Tatum, who was also well back for most of the way. Raise Ya Cards was a fair fifth, ahead of Zedaam and Colour Me Red. Head Office is owned and trained by Peter Corbett and Terrill Charles
Horse to follow: Beam Me Up Scotty.
Race 4: Speight’s Handicap, open, $35,000, 1400m
Kiwi Ida treated her rivals with disdain to win. Rahui Beeharry eased her to last early from a wide draw and her eight rivals were still ahead of her at the 400m. She stormed through the field to win by a nose from He’s Gold, who forced the pace. El Bee Darci came wide out from the rear for third, a length and a half back with a length to Secret Power, ahead of Koxinga (slow early) and Flying Sardine.
“I am not sure if she will get a mile (1609m) but the Timaru Cup could be an option,’’ said her trainer John Parsons.
Horse to follow: Kiwi Ida.
Race 5: Quartz Reef, rating 82, $30,000, 1220m
Nowhere Man, who had not raced since July, prevailed in a close finish. Nowhere Man, trained by Michael and Matthew Pitman and ridden by stable apprentice Kavish Chowdhoory, settled eighth and came to the fore in the home stretch with Pippi Rea, who raced mid-field. Nowhere Man did best by a head. There was two and three quarter lengths to Celtic Cross, who was always in the firing line. Ishinktaatledo, who drew wide, came from the rear for fourth, a nose back, ahead of Feelin The Love and King Pin. Nightcap (six wins) stumbled at the 300m and she was pulled up. Nothing was found amiss with the mare.
Horse to follow: Ishinktaatledo.
Race 6: Industri Architectural Design, rating 65, 1220m
Jake Bayliss, the Victoria jockey temporarily based at Matamata, broke through for a win on Touch The Sky. Baylis had been narrowly beaten in the two previous races. Touch The Sky settled fourth and won by half a length from Iffida who ran on well after being awkwardly placed eighth on the inner. Supatwista, who improved from third to lead in the straight was a head back third, a neck clear of Trinovantes, who made ground with a similar margin to Cadrona, who was doing her best work at the finish. Acekingsuited weakened to seventh after leading.
Horse to follow: Iffida.
Race 7: S J Allan Holdings, rating 65, $22,500, 2030m
Aboli stepped up to 2030m when he mastered 59.5kg to win narrowly but well. Shankar Muniandy gave him the run of the race behind pacemaker Stellacanto and the Terry Kennedy-trained Aboli came on to win by half a head. So Brazen (sixth inner) came strongly for second, a neck clear of Red River Rock, who stormed home late from the rear. Run Forest Run was three quarters of a length back fourth after racing close up on the outer. Tony Two Chips made ground for fifth, ahead of Slammer and Wagner.
Horse to follow: Red River Rock.
Race 8: No Limits Interiors Handicap, open, $35,000, 2030m
Jockey Terry Moseley won the feature staying race at Cromwell for the fifth time when he combined with Kaharau. Moseley first won the Cromwell Cup in 1996 on the John Parsons -trained Luskin Lass when it was run on the first day of the Cromwell Jockey Club meeting in March. He won on Understudy, trained by Paul Ayton the following year; Harp Lager (Neville Patterson) in 2001 and To The Max (Andrea Smith) in 2015. Moseley had the gloss taken off the win with a five day suspension for shifting ground at the 1900m. Kaharau, a winner at Cromwell in 2015 in a rating 65 2030m, won decisively. Kaharau came on boldly from fourth on the winner to win by a length. It was the eleventh win for the Ad Valorem gelding, trained by Kenny Rae and Krystal Williams – Tehoro. Who Dares Wins ran on from third for second, a head clear of Come Fly Me, who made the pace. There was a neck to Lochan Ora, who made ground from back in the field. Taxihome was a neck back fifth, ahead of Gallant Boy, who was making ground to shade Elfee.
Horse to follow: Kaharau.
Race 9: Dunstan Horse Feeds, rating 72, $25,000, 1400m
Xcuses Xcuses gave jockey Jake Bayliss his second win for the day. The No Excuse Needed mare won in dashing style. The 7yr-old is trained at Rangiora by part-owner, John Blackadder. Xcuses Xcuses settled fifth and angled off the inner entering the straight, she rattled home to score by two and three quarter lengths. Akoya Pearl, who shared the second line outside The Czar behind pacemaker He’s Mi Brother, fought on for second, a long neck clear of Zabay, who was always prominent. Waimate Bill made ground to be close up fourth, ahead of Rideitlikeustoleit, who came from well back. He’s Mi Brother faded to sixth, ahead of Hee’s Our Secret and Keep On Coming.
Horse to follow: Xcuses Xcuses.
Race 10: Centrepoint Liquor Supplies, rating 65, 1400m
Khorabella capped a day of fixed fortunes for jockey Jake Bayliss with his narrow win. Bayliss won three races on his first visit to Cromwell. He was stung on the arm by a bee after second win, aboard Xcuses Xcuses. He then won the final race on Khorabella.
“ My arm is sore but the bee sting is the least of my worries as I got suspended twice,’’ said Bayliss. He is out until midnight on December 22. He received a seven riding days suspension for excessive use of the whip on Touch The Sky and the same penalty for careless riding on Red River Rock, who finished third.
Khorabella, trained at Riccarton by Andrew Carston, came from well off the pace to win by a neck from Perfidia with similar margins to Promising and Leuluai. The well supported Cabernet
Horse to follow: Khorabella.