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Waikato RC @ Te Rapa
Waikato RC @ Te Rapa
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A recent stable change for Costa Bravo was the winning formula when the four-year-old broke maiden ranks to win the $10,000 J Swap Contractors Maiden over 1400metres at Te Rapa yesterday.
The Ian Farrelly-owned gelding had previously been trained at Byerley Park by James Bridge, joined the highly regarded Cambridge horseman Mark Brooks at the beginning of the year.
A recent 800 metre easy trial win a fortnight ago didn't go unnoticed with punters, sending out the son of Encosta de Lago the $3.90 favourite.
Jumping smartly from barrier 12 with Opie Bosson aboard, the pair worked across from his draw to settle fifth with 800 metres to run. Entering the straight, Bosson pulled his mount to the middle of the track and responded under a hard ride grabbed leader Midsummer Magic (S.Spratt) short of the post to win by head. Rough Conduct (S.Collett) finished strongly in third, a neck back in third.
Costa Bravo's winning time was 1:2403 (last 600m in 35.73) on a Good3 track.
Brooks mentioned there is improvement in Costa Bravo.
"He's a bit fat and looking for more ground, but Opie (Bosson) got the job done. I think the further he goes, the better he will be," Brooks said.
Brooks has trained more than 60 winners in New Zealand winning nearly $900,000 in stakes,announced this week he plans to relocate to Ballarat towards the end of the season
James Bridge purchased Costa Bravo for $100,000 at the 2014 NZB Ready To Run Sale from Anzac Lodge draft.
Consistent mare Floating Heart emerged as an impressive winner in the $10,000 Greene Brothers 1400 (Rating 65) 1400metres at Te Rapa yesterday.
Floating Heart had finished second in her last two recent starts but went one better yesterday with a fine performance beating Moncrecour (V.Colgan) by head. Elletra (C.Grylls) put in a good effort to finish third, three-quarters of a length back.
Floating Heart's winning time was 1:23.61 (last 600m in 34.66) on Good3 track.
"Danielle rode her superbly. She made sure she didn't get too far out of it, popped her in the race just behind the speed where we wanted to be. We've dropped her back from 1600m, from the mile she wasn't quite finding the mile as well as we have liked. Im not saying she's not a miler, but 1400m was ideal today, and she rode her beautifully," co-trainer Chris Gibbs said.
"She's a slow maturing filly, and Sir Peter Vela has been extra patience with her, which has been wonderful so she was a work in progress. That's the big thing with patience, she come to it. She's a nice filly, but mentally immature but she's getting there now," Gibbs added.
Floating Heart is bred and raced by Sir Peter Vela, recorded her second win and along with three placings. She has yet to finish further back than fifth from seven starts and has earned over $15,000 in prizemoney.
Floating Heart is the first foal to race out of the Red Ransom mare Amaryllis (NZ), who carried the Pencarrow blue and white hoops to eight wins including the Gr. 3 Darley Plate.
Amaryllis is out of Lafleur (NZ) (Zabeel) who won the Group 2 Royal Stakes and Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic in an exceptional three-year-old season.
Trainer Trevor Cruz and jockey Mark Du Plessis had good reason to be all smiles after the combined to take the $10,000 Lodge Real Estate (Maiden) 1200metres with Elusive Meteor yesterday.
The pair were successful at Avondale last week with the promising Elusive Empire, and the combination have a great strike rate this season with four wins and three placings from nine starters.
Elusive Meteor settled midfield until the field of 11 swung for home, Du Plessis angled his mount four off the rail to challenge favourite Andado (D.Johnson) at the 200m mark and scored easily by two lengthsto Andado in second, with a head back to One Prize One Goal (R.Elliott) in third place.
"She's done nothing wrong in her first two starts, but today with a wider draw helped her get some cover and getting the last lunge. I think she's looking for little bit further now, maybe 1200m strength-wise, then 1200m up-to 1400m later," rider Mark Du Plessis said.
Du Plessis reiterated his gratitude towards owner Angel Cruz for her support.
Elusive Meteor winning time was 1:11.00 (last 600 in 35.21) on a Good3 track.
"I'd been happy with her work leading into the race. She's been a tad green, added blinkers today and it's done the trick. She's got a lot of natural gate speed, so the draw wasn't too much of a concern, Mark (Du Plessis) could have pushed forward but we actually wanted to track something today," trainer Trevor Cruz said.
"We'll work her through the grades now," Cruz said.
Elusive Meteor has now had three starts for one win and a second and earned $9,000 in prizemoney for her owner Angel Cruz.
Angel Cruz purchased the Australian-bred daughter of Northern Meteor-Golden Pedigree for $360,000 at the 2015 Karaka Premier Sale from Lyndhurst Farm's draft.
A near perfect ride from Opie Bosson saw Grazia emerge winner in the $12,000 NZB Insurance Pearl Series (Rating 65) for fillies and mares over 2100 metres and receive the lucrative New Zealand Bloodstock Pearl Series bonus in the process.
Sent out by punters as second favourite, Bosson settled Grazia midfield albeit a fair distance to leader, Thailand setting a solid pace. Bosson allowed Grazia be within striking distance to the leader turning for home and when popped the question didn't disappoint getting to the lead with 50m from the post, beating Thailand (S.Collett) by a long neck. Real Savvy (S.Weatherley) was one and three-quarters of a length back in third.
"She's stepped up heaps since I won on her at Wanganui. She's getting stronger and stronger, and she'll be alright." Bosson said.
Grazia winning time was 2:10.0 (last 600m in 35.7) on a Good3 track.
"She's a well bred mare that has always shown plenty and I think she could carry on, as well. She'll learn from that," he said. "She hasn't had many runs and we've taken her along quietly. She's a full-sister to Shillelagh, so let's hope she can be as good as her," said Stephen Autridge, who trains the mare in partnership with Jamie Richards.
"It's a fantastic surface again today. I'd like to thank New Zealand Bloodstock for these Pearl Series races," Te Akau Racing Manager Brad Taylor said on behalf of the owners.
"The owners have always had faith in this mare and now she is starting to deliver, so it's outstanding," Taylor added.
Grazia acgieved her second win and along with four placings from 12 starts has earned over $16,000 for the Te Akau Grazia Syndicate.
Grazia was purchased by David Ellis for $100,000 at the 2014 Karaka Premier Sale, from Little Avondale Stud's draft.
Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan was rapt in four year old Master Of Speed after the promising gelding won the $10,000 Ideal Electrical Supplies Maiden.
Drawn the widest of a field of eleven from the 2100 metre start, rider Michael Coleman settled the son of Mastercraftsman at the rear of the field going past the post the field occasion. Leader Epae Road eased the pace down the back straight and Coleman steadily moved forward three-wide to be outside the leader at the 1000 metre mark.
The two leaders increased the tempo steadily leaving the opposition struggling behind with only Soldier Field and Outsider the only likely challengers. Master of Speed took the lead at the 300 mark but ran greenly but when steadied by Coleman ran on to score his maiden win by one and three-quarters of a length to Epae Road (M.Cameron) in second, Soldier Field (O.Bosson) three and one-quarters of a lengths back in third.
The winning time was 2:12.11 (last 600m in 35.16) on a Good3 track.
"That's not him at all. It's very unusual of him to do that. Maybe he spotted the barriers." Brennan said referring to her charge running greenly half-way down the straight.
"Next season he could make a lovely staying type," she added.
Master Of Speed recorded his first win from five starts along with three placings has earned just under $10,000 for his owners P L Racing.
He was declared a non-runner at Avondale on January 25, when the false start siren had been momentarily accidently activated by the starter shortly after the horses left the barriers and he was one of a few runners eased up.
Master Of Speed was purchased by Hiwi Lodge for $70,000 at the 2014 Karaka Select Sale from breeders Windsor Park Stud's draft.