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Stephen Ralph trained Admiral relished in the heavy conditions to take out the Listed $50,000 Haunui Farm Karaka Classic (1600m) at Pukekohe yesterday.
The son of recently deceased Align, was not only stepping up in stakes company for the first time, but was also stepping up in distance for 1600 metres for his first attempt.
Given a brave ride from apprentice jockey Viktoria Gatu, allowing five-year-old gelding free reign in front and score a stunning pillar to post five length victory over his more fancied rivals.
Blizzard (A.Collett) finished second, with Wllie Cazals (C.Grylls) one and three-quarter lengths back in third. Favourite Platinum Command (S.McKay) finished a disappointing fourth, even though she was running on from the back.
The winning time was 1:39.86 (last 600m: 38.3) on a Heavy10 track.
For winning trainer Stephen Ralph, it was a welcome return to his former home track, where he was based until moving to Te Rapa last season.
"That was awesome. The light weight (53 kgs) really does help horses. It made a big difference for him. He's come back to what I would call his home track, it's a track he knows very well, and he's done a brilliant job today. Well done to Viktoria as well, for a great ride, trainer Stephen Ralph said.
The win was Gatu's first at black-type level, and brought up her 50th career win.
Admiral is now the winner of four (four wins and a placing from five starts on heavy tracks) and five seconds from 24 starts, and has earned $93.075 for owner/breeder Stuart Seath.
She is out of the un-raced mare Pirate Queen, also owned/bred by Seath.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman training pair started the premier meeting at Hastings on Saturday on the right note with unbeaten mare Francaletta winning the $30,000 Hastings - Heart of Hawke's Bay 1300.
The daughter of High Chaparral bolted in on debut at Matamata on a heavy track earlier this month, and backed up impressively in the 1300-metre special conditions event.
With Michael Coleman aboard, the Lib Petagna owned four-year-old, trailed the leader Lincoln Blue (M.Tanaka) until 250m to travel and under an easy ride by Coleman the pair strode to a convincing two and a quarter lengths win from Dolcetto (S.Collett); with half a head to Kamikaze Rebel (C.Lammas) in third place.
The winning time for the 1300 metres was 1:17.45 (last 600m 35.05) on a Dead4 track.
On-course was Bruce Perry, racing manager for Francaletta's owner, Lib Petagna.
"She's very good. Murray and Andrew have always had a lot of time for her. She's very well-bred and we didn't have to pay a lot for her. Hopefully she can get some black type."
Perry purchased the filly for A$65,000 at the 2014 Australian Easter Yearling Sale from Trelawney Stud's draft.
Rider Michael Coleman was impressed. "She's not 100 percent knowing what to do yet, but once I popped the question she found a length quickly. She's real quality."
Kawi dug deep at the finish to take out the Group One $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings, setting him up completing the first ever Triple Crown, but its reported his connections have decided on an Australian campaign instead.
The six year old son of Savabeel pipped pacemaker Mime to win
the second leg at Hastings, following his previous victory in the Group One Makfi Challenge
Stakes. He was poised to complete the first ever Triple Crown if he started in the
Group One Livamol Classic on October 1.
"It's tempting, but I've got to talk to the owners. He's done it hard today and they still couldn't get passed him. He's the best I've trained and I've had a few good ones, trainer Allan Sharrock said immediately after the race.
Leader Mime (M.Coleman) looked to have secured victory 200 metres out, but Kawi under a hard ride by Leith Innes powered home to nab Mime by a head at the post to record his fifth Group One win from 26 starts. Rasa Lila (J.Collett) rattled home strongly to finish third, half a head further back.
The winning time was 1:35.52 (last 600m: 35.21) on a Dead4 track.
"We didn't have much luck out three wide so full credit to the horse, he dug deep," winning rider Leith Innes said.
Sharrock has earmarked a trio of Group One features in Australia, the Mackinnon Stakes in Melbourne, and also the Railway Stakes and the Kingston Town Classic, in Perth.
The victory was Kawi's 13th and along with eight placings, the gelding has won just short of $950,000 for his owners A A Baeyertz, J P Goodin, G A MacDonald, G H Phillips & Est late R W Sharrock.
"The connections have decided not to run Kawi in the last leg/Livamol, futures market re-opens today," TAB bookmaker Stephen Hunt said.
Cambridge trainer Roger James labelled debut runner Killarney 'the man' pre-race, and the son of O'Reilly obliged, strolling to an emphatic victory in the $7000 Te Kauwhata Tavern Bar & Restaurant 1200 (Maiden), at Te Rapa.
The race favourite, Killarney was a trials winner at Cambridge last January when he won by three lengths from Crookshanks - who was a successful debut a race earlier.
With Vinnie Colgan as rider, the pair started well from barrier two to sit outside leader Flash Suggestion (M.Vance) early, but was shuffled back to settled fifth.
Colgan angled the four-year-old to the center of the track, and when asked for an effort, the turn of foot was instant with the strapping gelding careered away to win by three lengths. Sally Lunn (T.Thornton) finished second, with three-quarters of a length back to Ocean Rock (C.Lammas) in third.
The time for the 1200-metre event was 1:11.65 (last 600m 34.9).
"I think I like him even more now. He's a big horse, he's still getting there, but he's got so much ability which makes my job easy."
"It was tempting to carry on with him after he won that trial, but he wasn't ready. I've waited and waited, but now he's starting to come together. He's still got a lot to learn. He's exciting. I'm very lucky to have a patient group of owners," James said after the race.
Those patient owners are Rod Balcoumb and John Struthers, who raced the James-trained He's Remarkable, and co-breeders Daniel and Elias Nakhle that raced the dam Irish Colleen.
Irish Colleen was a winner of seven races including the 2009 Group Two Concord Stakes (1200m), but was retired after falling in the Group One Foxbridge Plate (1200m).
James purchased Killarney for $115,000 at the 2014 Karaka Select Yearling Sale from Waikato Stud draft.
Patience paid off for the connections of Crookshanks after she impressively won on debut, the $7,000 Distinction Hamilton $5K Punters Challenge 5 Nov @ Te Rapa 1200 (Maiden) at Te Rapa on Wednesday.
The four-year-old has for some time been highly rated by her connections after an impressive trial win at the end of last year, then finished second in a trial in January to Killarney - who went onto win later in the day.
The daughter of Rip Van Winkle, Crookshanks (M.McNab) settled in fifth spot, one off the rail. Near the 500m mark, the pair were slightly checked but McNab pulled her four wide for clear running room turning for home, as the pace-maker Doubtless Bay (S.Spratt) kicked clear and looked a winning chance.
Doubtless Bay was still two lengths clear with 150m to run but once McNab pulled the stick back to his right hand, Crookshanks powerful finish had her grab the leader inside the last 100 metres and win by a half-length. Wide Awake (M.Cameron) finished third, four and half lengths back.
The 1200 meter winning time was 1:11.00 (last 600m: 35.00)
Crookshanks provided a father and son trainer-jockey partnership success. The mare is trained by Chris McNab and was ridden by his son Michael.
"She's got plenty of ability and she'll improve," said Chris McNab - private trainer for the co-breeders and owners.
"Chris has always rated her highly. She doesn't like wet tracks so we've been patient with her. We'll aim her for the summer carnival," Windsor Park Stud Marketing Manager Michael Moran said.
Co-bred and owned by Windsor Park Stud, Crookshanks is out of Australian-bred mare Ella's Cat.
Donna Logan originally purchased Crookshanks at the 2014 Karaka Select Yearling Sale for $34,000. The Ruakaka trainer then purchased a half-brother (by Pour Moi) for $60,000 at the 2015 Karaka Select Yearling Sale.