Otago Racing Club meeting at Wingatui, March 2, 2019.
Weather, fine; track, good (3); rail, true position.
Race 1 Wingatui Function Centre Maiden, $10,000, 1600m
Larippa won narrowly but well. She finished with determination from fifth on the outer to reach the lead 50m out and hold on by a nose from the favourite Scandalous, who ran on well from mid-field. Larippa is a 3yr-old filly by Rip Van Winkle from Larrinka (by Volksraad) trained by Brian and Shane Anderton for breeders, the McKenzie family, Graeme, his sons Grant and Brent and their wives Philippa and Moana. I Am Rock was a length and three quarters back third after chasing the pacemaker Bluey’s Chance, who wilted to ninth. Manhattan Fire was half a length back fourth after racing handy with a similar margin to Jandles, who ran on from the rear.
Horse to follow: Scandalous
Race 2 Otago Farm Machinery, $22,500. 2yo, 820m
Rosarito prevailed in a close finish in her first start since joining the Riccarton stable of Danny Crozier. “She came down from Jenna Mahoney (Karaka trainer and part-owner)) at the end of January and Danny, myself and Liz Somerville, of Invercargill took shares,’’ said Rachel Deegan who was in charge of the Burgundy -Whiritoa Bay filly. Rosarito had been placed at Ellerslie and Otaki in four starts. Rosarito (Courtney Barnes) disputed the pace outside Diva Express and did best by a nose with a similar margin to Our Rosette, who was third in the running. VIvace Lady fourth on for fourth, ahead of favourite Touchabeel, who was outpaced.
Horse to follow: Rosarito.
Race 3 Speight’s, $25,000, rating 72, 2200m
Te Quiera completed back to back wins. She won by a neck from Smoke House Bay, who was gallant in defeat. Te Quiera, ridden by Corey Campbell, trailed the pacemaker Thought That and gained the upper hand close to the finish line. Smoke House Bay raced outside Thought That and led in the run home. Thought That was a creditable third, two and three-quarter lengths back with half a neck to the favourite Pamir, who had her chance after trailing in the second line on the outer. The Lustre lost her chance when she bucked out of the gates. Sweet Time was a late scratching when she injured a leg at the barrier.
Horse to follow: Smoke House Bay.
Race 4 Southern Wide Realty, $35,000, open, 1600m
Residential confirmed her liking for the Wingatui track when she got up in the last stride. The Pins – Metropolitan mare is trained by John and Karen Parsons for Mark Ritchie, Jason Wardle, Michael Piaggi, Henry and Ron Williamson, Leslie and Ann Seaton, John and David Nixon and Waikato Stud Ltd. Residential (Tina Comignaghi) was three wide early then moved to second at the 1000m as Accidental Offside made the pace. Residential edged out Accidental Offside in the final 50m. It was her fifth win from eight starts at Wingatui. Tomm Jones was two lengths back third after tracking the leader with three parts of a length to Shakti, who ran on well after a slow start. Tommy Tucker made ground from the rear for sixth.
Horse to follow: Accidental Offside.
Race 5 KB Contractors, $22,500, rating 65, 1200m
Jim’s Gift charged home late to win. Jim’s Gift drew the outside barrier in the 13-horse field and she came from the rear of the field at the 350m to win going away by three-quarters of a length. Jim’s Gift, a 6yr-old mare by Per Incanto from My Game, is trained at Invercargill by John Yeo, who races her with his son, Tim. “ She (Jim’s Gift) was given to me by late Jim Wallace, of Masterton. I have had other horses from him and won a Great Western (2010) with Lindisfarne,’’ said John. Cabernet ran on from sixth for second, half a length clear of Magic Note, who was also running on. Touch The Sky, who trailed the leader Plutonium, held fourth, ahead of Stellacanto, who was doing her best work at the finish from back in the field.
Horse to follow: Jim’s Gift.
Race 6 ‘gavelhouse.com auction online now’ $35,000, open, 1200m
Disturbance had his second win in as many starts since rejoining the Riccarton stable of Shane Kennedy and Anna Furlong.
Disturbance was trained initially by Kennedy and Furlong for four wins including one at Wingatui. The Wayyouare gelding was transferred to the Canberra trainers Barbara Joseph, Paul and Matt Jones as a 5yr-old and won the 2018 $60,000 Dubbo Gold Cup (1600m) in five starts.
“He just became badly weighted in Australia so we brought him home and gave him a break,’’ said Kennedy. Disturbance (Kate Cowan) worked to reach the lead at the 800m. He disputed the pace with Johnny Jones and did best to win by a neck. Johnny Jones held second, two lengths clear of the late finishing Pippi Rea with two lengths to Feelin The Love, who was at the rear early.
Horse to follow: Pippi Rea.
Race 7 Positive Signs Ltd, $25,000, rating 72, 1200m
Morweka ran her rivals ragged. Ridden by Lisa Allpress, Morweka set a hot pace and won by four lengths in 1.10.8. The 5yr-old Showcasing – Spera mare is trained by Terri Rae for the Galloping Wekas syndicate No 2. Theonlyway chased the leader and fought on for second with half a head to Zabay, who came from the rear of the field at the 400m. Nopele, who missed the start, did well for fourth, ahead of Heberite and Fly To The Sky.
Horse to follow: Morweka.
Race 8 NZB Insurance Stakes, $50,000, listed, 3yo fillies, 1600m
Emily Margaret left no excuses for her rivals with a bold display of front running from a wide draw. Ridden by Robbie Hannam, Emily Margaret was soon clear in the lead and drew out in the run home to win by two and a half lengths. Emily Margaret is trained at Riccarton by Kevin and Pam Hughes for Rodger and Emily Margaret Finlay, of Christchurch.
“She qualified for the Karaka Million but the owners were keen to go for this race,’’ said Pam Hughes. “The 1400m is her perfect distance.” Emily Margaret will now go to the Wellington Guineas over that distance next Saturday. She won the Canterbury Belle
Stakes in the spring and leads the Southern Filly of the Year series with 14 points. Emily Margaret was a $55,000 purchase at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock select sale at Karaka when offered by Archer Equine Investments Ltd. She is by Pins from Seven Schillings, an O’Reilly mare who won the listed Ford Classic at New Plymouth in 2009 as a 2yr-old and placed in the gr one Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie. The Finlays raced Brown Eyed Girl, who won the 2009 Canterbury Belle Stakes at Riccarton when trained by Kevin Hughes and Steven Kellow and ridden by Hannam.
Dreamtesta ran on from fourth for second to Emily Margaret. The favourite Naval Fleet was third, a long neck back after trailing Emily Margaret. There was two lengths to Severline and a similar margin to Tee Cee Coup.
Horse to follow: Emily Margaret.
Race 9 Andy Bay Liquorland, $25,000, rating 72, 1600m
Showpin gave apprentice Tia Comignaghi her second win for the day. Showpin raced outside the pacemaker Excuses Excuses, led near the 350m and won by a length and a half, The consistent Showpin is trained by Tony and Lyn Prendergast. Shirley Maude, who trailed the leader, fought on for second, a length clear of favourite Picture Me Rollin, who was back early and then three wide. Teddytwinkletoes made a late dab from well back for fourth, ahead of Our Teddy Boy and Carson River.
Horse to follow: Picture Me Rollin.
Race 10 White Robe Lodge, $22,500, rating 65, 1600m
The Sparkle capped of four minor placings with an impressive win. The Robert Dennis-trained mare settled eleventh in a 14-horse field and unleashed a big run from the home turn. Just Push Play, who was buried in mid-field ran on solidly for second when clear. He was half a length from The Sparkle with a similar margin to Welcome (always handy). There was a length and a quarter to Tony Two Chips, who ran on from eighth. Mossy Creek finished on from the rear for fifth.
Horse to follow: Just Push Play.