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17th Jun: Saturday Raceday Review
Published: 17 Jun 2017 - - Author: Newsroom


Kaharau takes out Bream Bay Cup, while The Oysterman finally tastes victory at Trentham

Ruakaka proved its value as a winter racing venue with a Dead4 surface, while at Trentham it was a seasonally Heavy10 for the relocated Manawatu RC meeting.  Generally small fields didn’t detract from competitive racing that took place under blue skies at both venues.

The Oysterman Jumps to victory in the Manawatu Steeplechase

It’s not often a maiden wins a feature Saturday race, but The Oysterman looked every bit the part as he took out the $50,000 LJ Hooker Manawatu Steeplechase at Trentham.  A past performer around the unique course but having to settle for placings, The Oysterman was prominent throughout to record his first win in style. The job of jockey Hamish McNeill’s charge appeared to be made easier when favourite The Big Opal fell in the latter stages, one of three horses that failed to finish. But that didn’t detract from the popular win of a horse now quite familiar to Trentham racegoers.

The Oysterman is a nine year old by prominent jumps sire Yamamin Vital. Trainer Stephen Nickalls will now be looking to the Wellington Steeplechase on 15th July for more success. It’s a race in which The Oysterman has twice placed previously. 

Top hurdler Sea King back to his best

In the other jumping feature of the day, favourite Sea King took his earnings to over $700,000 with a stirring win in the Manawatu ITM Awapuni Hurdles for jockey Shaun Fannin and trainer Kevin Myers.  Trailing or outside the leader Shamal all the way until the third last fence when that horse unfortunately fell, Sea King took charge and maintained his advantage in the latter stages of the race. This was the Shinko King 10yo’s 18th career win on both sides of the Tasman, ten of which have been over hurdles.

Sea King has a reputation for being a difficult customer, which wasn’t lost on part-owner Rachael Frost in the aftermath of victory. A prominent Central Districts trainer herself, Rachael told Trackside viewers that she’s always happy when Sea King goes back to Kevin after a six-week spell at her place. But he’s well worth his troublesome nature, and his return to form suggests another Australian campaign may be on the cards.

Bream Bay Cup goes inter-island

Trainer Kenny Rae and team are back in Northland for winter racing with some of their South Island stable stars, and it was the Ad Velorum gelding Kaharau to the fore in the Lawson Cartage Bream Bay Cup over 1600m. Responding to the urgings of jockey Sam Collett, Kaharau took a tight gap at the top of the straight to win comfortably from favourite Nailed It in the six-horse field.

If he hadn’t failed a vet check he’d have been sold to Australia as a jumper,” Rae said after the race. “We’ll keep him going and look towards the Whangarei Cup or Taumaranui Cup later in July. “  On Kaharau’s Bream Bay Cup performance, some more silverware may not be far away.

Topweight shines in Trentham’s feature flat race

Hardy campaigner Blathwayt stylishly took out the feature flat race at Trentham, the Nelson Pine Industries Handicap, carrying 60kg in the process. This was the grey gelding’s ninth win from 39 starts for trainer Alby McGregor, who also shares in the ownership. 

Jonathon Riddell had Blathwayt well-placed in the running, pouncing when the speed went on at the end of the back straight, to race clear and hold a tidy margin over last-start Trentham winners Dr Watson and Here Bawl.

Our Bandit just keeps on winning 

It was five wins from six starts when short-priced favourite Our Bandit fought doggedly to hit the line first in Race 7 at Trentham, the IPL Plywood Handicap. Seeming to be battling on the turn and powered it seemed as much by sheer determination as by  horsepower, the 4yo by little-known sire Bushranger came through the pack to narrowly beat Lord Ernesto, Duffers Creek and Mr Darcee’s Gold. The tight finish also demonstrated the skills of Lisa Allpress in getting the most out of her mount at the business end.

After the race a cautious trainer Peter McKenzie somewhat played down the gelding’s immediate future prospects, but must surely now have an eye on Riccarton in August. “He loves his work and does everything I ask of him,” Peter said in noting this was the horse’s biggest test to date. 

Kiwi Braveheart strikes at Ipswich

It was a slashing performance by William Wallace to take out Race 2 at Ipswich, a rating 75 handicap over 1350 metres. Slow to start and settling last, the 4yo only had one behind him on the turn as Tegan Harrison positioned him out wide.  William Wallace then unleashed a sustained run to get up by half a length and going away fast. Opening a hot favourite but drifting in the market on opinions expressed that the track was too soft for the horse, William Wallace punished the doubters in no uncertain terms.

Hunterville’s Adrian & Harry Bull have been patient with the Darci Brahma gelding. They have now tasted success in successive Queensland starts, having also scored at Gold Coast a fortnight earlier.  

Benzini was the Bull’s other runner at Ipswich, running on from the rear to finish a meritorious second in the Ipswich Cup behind runaway winner and favourite Self Sense, by Street Sense. Winner of the 2016 Brisbane Cup and 4th in this year’s edition, Benzini has again performed well in Queensland this campaign.

De Niro flies but Spider takes charge when it matters

Among the day’s remaining NZ racing, one of the more impressive performances was by the Buffalo Man gelding Spider in Race 7 at Ruakaka, the Marine & Engineering Supplies Rating 85. Tracking tearaway leader De Niro into the turn under a well-judged ride by Trudy Thornton, Spider then took control to win by more than a length from Wolff Spirit and Creative Genius. Now the winner of four from 15 races for local trainer Kim Knight and owners J & Mrs KM Connell, Spider has established himself as a real Ruakaka specialist. All of his wins and two placings have been on his home track. 

Racing Sunday

Tomorrow we heads to Waipa races at Te Awamutu Sunday 18th June, with eight good-sized fields carded. The first jumps at 12.06 and early on the track is rated Heavy10. There’ll be a lot of interest in Race3 and the fresh-up run of Jayla Monet, winner of three on end in May/June last year.

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