Strong Report – Boxing Day 2018
Otago Racing Club meeting at Wingatui, December 26, 2018.
Weather, fine; track, good (3); rail, our 3m from 1400m, cutaway from 300m.
Race 1: Otago Packaging Supplies, $30,000, rating 82, 1600m
Residential regained winning form on a track where she has won four of her six starts. The Pins 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 won five races as a 3yr-old, including the Dunedin and Southland Guineas and NZ Bloodstock Insurance Stakes at Wingatui but she only managed one win at four last season.
Gosen Jogoo gave Residential the run of the race behind the leaders and took a gap between horses to lead at the 300m. Residential won by a length and a quarter from Shirley Maude, who ran on solidly from fifth. There was three and a quarter lengths to Orepuki Lad, who made ground along the inner from mid-field. He shaded Pinup Coup, who was closest at the finish. Forged, who raced three wide on the pace was three quarters back fifth, ahead of Kilowatt (slow early) and Koxinga.
Horse to follow: Residential.
Race 2: Wingatui Function Centre Maiden, $10,000, 1400m
Superstatic outclassed her rivals. The 3yr-old Super Easy – Electrostatic filly is trained by John and Karen Parsons from Mr P H Brown, Mrs C J Brown, Mr P J Grimsey, Mrs D G Grimsey and Mr J R Mugavin. She was having her second start for the stable after transferring seven weeks ago from the North Island. Superstatic showed out in the lead early and Gosen Jogoo then eased her to fourth. She dashed away in the run home to win by five lengths. The favourite Air Max fought on for second after disputing the pace with Outram. Melanite, who trailed the leaders was a head back third with a head to Danzi Creek (mid-field) and a nose to Outram. Wardofthestate, who missed the start, ran on late for sixth, ahead of Lunar Lady (slow away) and Picture Me Rollin.
Horse to follow: Superstatic.
Race 3: Karaka Wherewinningbegins, $22,500, 3yo set weights, 1200m
Express Rip prevailed in a close finish. Express Rip is trained at Leithfield by Neil Coulbeck for Paul Wyatt, of Auckland. Express Rip (Rohan Mudhoo) raced close up three wide with cover after starting from the outside draw and won by a nose from Hombre, who raced close up three wide in the open. There was a neck to Khimar War, who ran on boldly from sixth. Deceptio Visus was a similar margin back fourth, with a late burst from last at the 400m. The favourite Liam was swamped in the closing stages after racing handy and finished sixth.
Horse to follow: Hombre
Race 4: Speight’s Handicap, $35,000, open, 2200m
Princess Brook responded to a change of gear to show a form reversal and recapture winning form. Trainer Terry Kennedy replaced the blinkers with side winkers on the Raise The Flag mare who was ridden by Chris Johnson. It was the ninth win (five at Wingatui) for Princess Brook, raced by the Fred King Family Trust. She has amassed $199,590 in stakes. Princess Brook improved from seventh to outside the leader at the 750m and stayed on to win by half a length from Ablaze, who stuck on gamely after being handy but wide from the 700m. Shezatoucha finished on from sixth for third, ahead of Shakti, who came from second last at the 400m. Dee And Gee battled for fifth after chasing the leaders Taniwha and Shantav to the 900m. The well supported Kaharau failed to flatter. His rider Terry Moseley said he was not suited in a muddling run race.
Horse to follow: Ablaze.
Race 5: Milestone Finance, $25,000, rating 72, 1400m
Trainers Brian and Shane Anderton provided the quinella with Zabay and Taieri Gem. Zabay was first out of the barrier then Jacob Lowry steadied her to mid-field. She finished boldly to win by half a length from Taieri Gem, who trailed handy. There was a neck to Hoofbeat, who came from the rear. Khorabella was a nose back fourth after racing handy. Morrellmac, He’s Our Secret and the favourite Monza Circuto were close up next. Monza Circuto shared the lead with Dangerous Pony.
Horse to follow: Zabay.
Race 6: Allied Security Hazlett Stakes, $50,000, open, listed, 1200m
Sensei justified his favouritism in a star studded field. The 4yr-old ridden by Chris Johnson raced three and four wide and keenly but stuck to his guns to score by a head. Michael Pitman, the trainer of Sensei with his son Matthew, said the group one Telegraph Handicap at Trentham was next on the programme for the 4yr-old. The Pitmans won the Telegraph last January with Enzo’s Lad, who finished seventh in the Hazlett. Sensei finished 14th in the Telegraph after pulling hard. The 2017 Telegraph Handicap winner Signify finished third in the Hazlett this year after trailing the leaders Morse Code and Feelin The Love. The Precious One ran second to Sensei with a powerful run from the ruck. Feelin The Love was a respectable fourth, ahead of Johnny Jones and Macy.
Michael Pitman trained Pokare to dead-heat for first with Courier Flight in the listed Hazlett Stakes in 1985. He has also won the race with Coup Ray (2005 at Cromwell) and Coup Align (2010).
Horse to follow: Sensei.
Race 7: White Robe Lodge, $22,500, rating 65, 1200m
Where Angels Walk overcame a wide draw and won decisively in the hands of Chris Johnson. The Centaine Spittles- trained mare was soon handy and forged clear in the final 100m to win by a length and a half. The Swiss Maestro finished on from mid-field for second, a neck clear of Touch The Sky who was in the firing line throughout. The favourite Carson River came from far back for fourth, ahead of Dutch Courage, Plutonium and Acekingsuited, who disputed the pace with Kate The Great.
Horse to follow: Carson River.
Race 8: KB Contracting, $22,500, rating 65, 1600m
Our Teddy Boy staged a big run wide out from back in the field to win for Wingatui trainer Steve Tyler. Our Teddy Boy was ridden by Wingatui apprentice Corey Campbell. Our Teddy Boy won by three parts of a length from Leiluai, who raced close to the pace. There was half a length to Teddytwinkletoes, who ran on gamely from mid-field. Welcome had her chance when fourth with half a length to Pamir, a creditable fifth uinder 58.5kg, including a two kilogram re-handicap for her win at Ashburton five days earlier. The favourite Cabernet finished eighth after racing mid-field and shifting in abruptly in the straight causing checks to Jin Lu, Aulyn Star and Letsbringiton. A warning was issued by stewards on her racing manners. Stewards were informed before the race that she was in season.
Horse to follow: Our Teddy Boy.