Waikato RC @ Te Rapa
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Waikato RC @ Te Rapa
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Patience is paying off for the connections of Adriatic Pearl after she stormed to a convincing win in the $30,000 Gallagher (Rating 85) over 1600 metres on Saturday.
The lightly raced rising seven-year-old is named after a boat in the Mediterranean Sea, and it couldn't be more appropriate. "Grey, sleak and fast, like the boat in the Mediterranean," part-owner and trainer Jim Pender said.
The grey daughter of Zed settled handy, improved along the inside of fellow grey Leeds (S.McKay), and drew out to a half-length victory with nearly five lengths back to El Pescado (J.Riddell) in third.
"That surprised me, she travelled the whole way," regular rider Trudy Thornton said.
"That was an absolute bonus for me!"
Adriatic Pearl winning time was 1:40.8 a Slow9 track.
"I was surprised she raced as handy as she did today," Tauranga trainer Jim Pender said.
"She's got that X-factor and she's a lovely mare to do anything with. She's really matured now."
"She's a lovely mare, one of those that you really enjoying working with. It's great to see her back in form after nothing went right for her for a long time. She came up with a hoof problem and had to spend four months in her box," commented Pender.
"Trudy loves the mare and she gets on really well with her, I'll be in trouble if I ever take her off."
Pender is now considering his options with Adriatic Pearl, one possibility being the 2200-metre Taumarunui Cup at Rotorua in two weeks' time.
"The Taumarunui Gold Cup has been mentioned, but it might be too much," he said.
"She's yet to start at anything further than a mile, so I'll just wait and see."
Adriatic Pearl recorded her sixth win from 21 starts and has earned over $86,000 in stakes for owners Mrs R Henderson, A L P Knap, J C Pender & I Smith.
"All we want now is a bit of black type with her and we'll look for that probably next season," part-owner and trainer Jim Pender said.
Versatile jockey Jonathan Riddell gave a classic display why he will be a huge addition to the northern riding ranks, to lift Ru'mar to a narrow victory in the $10,000 Foster Maintain Maiden over 1400 metres.
The multiple Group One winning jockey Riddell has wasted no time since relocating north from Awapuni to Cambridge along with his wife Trina, who is now a stable manager for premiership-leading trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
Ru'mar with Riddell aboard, jumped well from barrier three to trail the leaders one off the rail until the turn taking an early lead but was soon headed by favourite Blue Twilight (T.Harris). The two fancied runners battled it out down the straight with Ru'mar getting his head in front at the post by a short head, with six lengths back to Ready To Rock (V.Colgan) in third.
"He hit the front, was headed but he fought back nicely," Riddell said.
"Just a couple of hurdle jockey's battling it out," Riddell said with a grin, when questioned over the tight finish with fellow premier jumping jockey Troy Harris, both outstanding jockeys on the flat in their own right.
Ru'mar's winning time was 1:27.81 on a Slow9 track.
"He had a few coughs after his previous run, then we found out he had a bruised foot. So we padded him up and freshened him up," winning part owner and trainer Todd Mitchell said.
"He hadn't eaten up 100% this week, so I was doubtful of starting so I'm actually more surprised than anything."
"It was a very good effort, but a great ride from Jonathan," Mitchell said.
Ru'mar's first win after seven starts takes his stakes to just short of $10,000 for his owners Butch Syndicate, T Kneebone, P T McBride & T W Mitchell.
The Guillotine gelding was sold through 2013 National Weanling sale for $2,500.
The Mark Forbes trained Alvins Dream opened up his winning account on debut in the $10,000 Tonksy's 40th 1200 at Te Rapa on Saturday.
In-form rider Troy Harris settled the Iffraaj gelding midfield then reeled in the leaders half way down the straight to record a stylish one and three-quarters of a length victory over favourite Green Star (S.Weatherley) with New Crown (S.Collett) a head back in third.
"He's done a lot wrong, but he's picked them up in no time, probably a bit too soon but finished it off well," Troy Harris said.
"He's a promising horse."
Alvin Dream's winning time was 1:14.04 on a Slow9 track.
"I thought he needed today. I think he'll get better up to a mile - he's bred to," trainer Mark Forbes said.
"We've had high rapts on him but I couldn't get him to win a trial, when he was for sale. So, it's nice to have him at the races and win and great for the grand-parents."
"Older brother Alex does a lot of the work on our horses, he's a great asset to the place, and we would be lost without him, so it's good to have him in to share," Forbes said.
"We've been waiting for better tracks, so today was a perfect opportunity for him. He drew a good gate and with a good ride capitalized."
"He still has a lot to learn, and will take a lot from today," Forbes added.
"I know I can say it now because he's a winner, but I really like this horse. He's a lovely type - being out of a Zabeel mare helps - and seeing what he just did I don't think this will be his last win."
Originally destined for Hong Kong trainer Tony Millard's stable, who paid $62,500 for him at the 2015 Karaka Select Sale, it was decided that he wasn't up to Hong Kong standard after unable to win a trial in three attempts.
Forbes, who is held in high regard for his breaking in and prep work on horses destined for overseas formed a four-way partnership with his friend, Ross McFarlane and grandparents Gary and Caroline Tims along with older brother, former jockey Alex Forbes.
After creating a huge impression when winning on his debut last month, Getty kept his perfect record intact when winning Saturday's $20,000 NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (2YO) over 1100 metres at Te Rapa.
The striking son of Excelebration looks likely headed towards black type options including the Listed Ryder Stakes in two weeks and the Hawke's Bay carnival soon afterwards.
Getty won over 1000 metres on debut at Trentham, again used his inside barrier draw to full advantage with Jonathan Parkes leading from the start and when challenged by Malambo (R.Elliott) chasing the Pearl Series bonus, Getty kicked back to score by half a length, with a long head to the winners stable-mate Waldorf (J.Riddell) in third place.
"He's a good horse and he'll like the better track conditions," said successful jockey Johnathan Parkes.
"He had a nice barrier, so it was just a matter of getting him out and putting him in the race. He did just want to wait for the opposition a little, but once he's seen them in the corner of his eye, he's really quickened up."
"He's taken it all in his stride and is going to make a nice three-year-old," commented Parkes.
"He's leant since his Wellington run, but there's still more to learn and I think he'll be a talented horse latter on," Parkes expressed.
Getty's winning time was 1:07.14 on a Slow9 track.
"It was a great result. I've always thought he would like the better tracks. He got bogged down at Wellington," part-owner and trainer Andrew Campbell said.
"I thought he would jump and lead, he's a pretty smart horse and I'm really happy with the other one (Waldorf) as well."
"We looking at him as a three-year-old but need a better track. We're pretty wet where we are, so it's a great result to come up here but we'll try not to run them against each other again."
"I'll have a chat with part-owner Tommy (Heptinstall) about it and we'll make a plan," Campbell said, who shares in the ownership of both two-year-olds along with J A Barnao, T M Pivac, D R Platt, C V Barnao, C D Allison, N Cruickshank & Withonel Syndicate.
Campbell purchased Getty at the 2016 Karaka Select Sale for $75,000 from Cambridge Stud's draft.
Getty's two wins has earned $18,750 in prizemoney.
In-form mare Nina Arora came with a searching run to grab victory in the $20,000 United Cleaning (Rating 65) over 2100 metres on Saturday.
The Nigel Tiley trained mare has been in splendid form lately with a brave win and an unlucky second in her last two starts, and was sent out $4.60 favourite for the last on the card.
Rider Michael McNab relaxed Nina Arora midfield on the rail, stealing ground along the inside as the field packed up at the 600m mark. At the home turn Nothing Trivial (D.Danis) took the lead but under strong ride from McNab, Nina Arora drove to the line to win by a head. Valente (S.McKay) was five lengths back in third.
McNab has struck up a good relationship with the daughter of Don Eduardo, winning three and placed once from five rides.
Nina Arora's winning time was 2:15.76 (last 600m 37.81) on a Slow8 track.
"She's shown the ability we always thought she had, said part-owner Michelle Saba.
"She had a bit of a setback last year when she fractured her pastern."
"Nigel thinks she's tough, and she toughed it out today. I don't think she is just a wet track horse so we might put her aside now. She is exciting," Saba said.
"It was a perfect ride by Michael (McNab)."
The four-year-old is owned by Cole Play Syndicate, R H P Healey, The Bohemian Trust & R M Williams.
Nina Arora looks well looked after in the ratings, with the five points for the win, is now rated only 69 after three wins and three placings from 13 starts and earning $38,000 in stakes. She would still look competitive for Rated 65 races with an apprentice claim.