Five Stars salutes18 Aug 2019

The Tony Pike-trained Five Stars saluted in impressive fashion when he scored in the $22,500 Volare Bread (Rating 65) over 1600 metres on Saturday.

Given a patient ride by Leith Innes, the son of Highly Recommended came from midfield, improving along the inside as the field fanned across the turn and came with a rattling run to beat Super Hoof (J.Fawcett) by three-quarters of a length. Heliberry (S.Spratt) was a long head back in third.

Five Stars’ winning time was 1:41.54 (last 600m in 38.67) on a Slow9 track.

“He galloped really well here on Monday morning so we expecting a good run,” trainer Tony Pike said.
“He’s a promising stayer going forward, he’s just been a little immature but looks a good horse going into the summer.”
“It was a good win for the parents.”
“We brought this bloke at the South Island Sale. Wayne liked his pedigree. It has real stayers pedigree so they’ll be rapt. They are on holiday at the moment so it’ll paid for the holiday anyway.”
“We’ll take him through the grades. He’s a four-year-old and we’ll look to step him up to 2000 metres now and see how far he gets.”
Five Stars second win from seven starts takes his earnings past $21,000 for owners V T W Breeding Company Ltd.
Pike purchased four-year-old at the 2017 South Island Sale from Three Valleys draft for $28,000.