These Bikkies Have Bite at Hastings

The margin in the end was only a head, but upwardly mobile dual Group 1 winner Gingernuts earned his third top-flight victory at the expense of recent G1 Tarzino Trophy hero Close Up and first as a 4-year-old at Hastings Saturday, landing the 1600-metre G1 Windsor Park Plate in thrilling fashion. Bet down to 90 cents on the dollar, the favourite proved gamest all the way to the line in a driving finish. Six-time Group 1 scorer and last year’s victor Kawi was only 1 1/4 lengths back of the leading duo, with the consistent Group 2 winning mare Underthemoonlight (NZ) (El Hermano {NZ}) 1 1/2 lengths adrift in fourth.
He’s an exciting horse and he’s still learning his trade, rider Opie Bosson, who was winning his third Group 1 aboard the Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards trainee, told I got in behind Kawi and he gave me a beautiful track into the race. I was a bit worried when he started gawking around and he only knuckled down when the other horse came at him. There’s so much improvement left in him.
The Te Akau Racing colourbearer settled in midfield in the wake of Kawi well off the fence early. Motoring four deep by the 600-metre mark, Gingernuts rallied even wider at the top of the lane, sweeping past that foe before and drawing even to Close Up. Inside the final quarter-mile the duo both let down strongly, with Gingernuts gaining the upper hand inside the last 25 meters to prevail.
A juvenile winner at second asking, Gingernuts began to hit his straps with a Benchmark 65 win third up as a 3-year-old at Te Teko Jan. 30 and upped his game with a victory in the G2 Avondale Guineas at Ellerslie Feb. 18. The G1 New Zealand Derby went his way by a length on Mar. 4 and his run of good form continued with a popular victory across the Tasman in Rosehill’s G1 Rosehill Guineas on Mar. 18. Covering extra real estate, Gingernuts could only manage fifth in Randwick’s G1 Australian Derby behind another son of Iffraaj (GB), Jon Snow (NZ) on April Fool’s Day, and was flying late to fill the same position three weeks back in the Tarzino Trophy.
The lanky chestnut, entered for the 2400-metre G1 Caulfield Cup on Oct. 21 and the 3200m G1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Nov. 7, has now gained favouritism for the third leg of the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown, the 2040m G1 Livamol Classic in two weeks’ time.
We [co-trainer Autridge and Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis] won’t be making any decisions today and we’ll sit down tomorrow and have a chat, co trainer Richards said, regarding the immediate future of Gingernuts. The horse still isn’t 100% in the coat just yet. He’s a staying type of horse and to win over a mile at weight-for-age as a 4-year-old is a great effort. There’s a great team of owners behind this horse-it’s good for racing and it’s great to be part of it.
Pedigree Notes
Bred by Goodwood Stud Ltd., Gingernuts sold for NZ$5,000 at the NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale before going the way of David Ellis for NZ$42,500 at the NZB Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs in November of 2015. He was Iffraaj’s eighth Group 1 winner with his Derby win last campaign, who splits his time between Darley’s British base of Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket and Haunui Farm in New Zealand, where he currently commands a fee of NZ$25,000. Gingernuts is also the third of four winners from his five-time winning dam Double Elle (NZ). His year younger winning full-brother Griffin (NZ) is also part of the Te Akau brigade. Double Elle’s last reported foal is a yearling filly by Jakkalberry (Ire). His third dam, Windrift (NZ) (Sir Tristram {Ire}), is a half-sister to 1988 G1 Western Australian Oaks heroine Trappings (NZ) (Grosvenor {NZ}). Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.

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However many toys you buy your cat, nothing beats their excited little face when you open a cardboard box or give them a fresh paper bag.

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English Channel’s Johnny Bear Upsets Hawkbill in Northern Dancer Photo

Johnny Bear was risked for a $40,000 tag as recently as last October, but that didn’t stop him from upsetting heavy favorite and European invader Hawkbill by a nose in the GI Northern Dancer S. at Woodbine Saturday.

Tracking the pace in third as Hawkbill brought the field through a measured six furlongs in 1:16.51, Johnny Bear slid up the rail and paused momentarily in search of running room on the far turn. Patiently handled, the gelding gained momentum coming off the turn, angled out and reached even terms with the favorite in midstretch. Hawkbill found more, and the pair did battle in the final furlong, but it was Johnny Bear who got the best of the tight win photo.

I had faith in this horse, right from the beginning, and I didn’t give up on him, said John Brnjas, whose Colebrook Farms co-owns the winnerwho is in turn trained by his daughter, Ashlee.

Johnny Bear entered the race off a course-and-distance win in the restricted Halton S. Aug. 30. The Northern Dancer marked his second foray into graded stakes company, following a fifth-place effort in the 2015 GIII Singspiel S. on the local main track.

When we got him he was a nice horse, but he was the equivalent of a marshmallow, said Ashlee Brnjas. It took a long time for him to develop, and we stuck it out, and it was the right decision.

Pedigree Notes:

A $278,000 yearling purchase at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society sale, the winner is a full-brother to Breeders’ S. hero Channel Maker, while his second dam Bartered Bride (Shadeed) is herself a half to GISW Auntie Mame (Theatrical {Ire}) and Star de Lady Ann (Star de Naskra). In Return, who established a course record in her lone stakes win at Monmouth, produced a filly by Court Vision in 2016.

Saturday, Woodbine

NORTHERN DANCER TURF S.-GI, C$340,800, WO, 9-16, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT, 2:27.30, fm.

1@&JOHNNY BEAR, 119, g, 6, by English Channel

1st Dam: In Return (SW), by Horse Chestnut (SAf)

2nd Dam: Bartered Bride, by Shadeed

3rd Dam: Lady Vixen, by Sir Ivor

(C$275,000 Ylg ’12 CANSEP). O-Colebrook Farms & Bear

Stables Ltd.; B-Tall Oaks Farm (ON); T-Ashlee Brnjas; J-Luis

Contreras. C$216,000. Lifetime Record: 33-7-7-5, $487,214.

*Full to Channel Maker, MSW & MGSP, $371,453. Werk Nick

Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2Hawkbill, 123, c, 4, Kitten’s JoyTrensa, by Giant’s Causeway.

($350,000 Ylg ’14 KEESEP). O-Godolphin; B-Helen K. Groves

Revocable Trust (KY); T-Charles Appleby. C$60,000.3Messi (Ger), 121, g, 7, New Approach (Ire)Messina (Ger), by

Dashing Blade (GB). (80,000 RNA Ylg ’11 BBAGS). O/B-Gestut

Brummerhof (GER); T-H. Graham Motion. C$30,000.Margins: HD, 3/4, 3 3/4. Odds: 9.10, 0.60, 3.10.

Also Ran: Seeking Albert, English Illusion, Noble Thought, Pumpkin Rumble, Camp Creek.

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Leger Glory For Galileo’s Capri

CAPRI (IRE), c, 3, Galileo (Ire)Dialafara (Fr), by Anabaa.

O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor; B-Lynch Bages Ltd & Camas Park Stud (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. 396,970. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Ire & G1SP-Fr, 10-5-1-2, 1,266,483.

Freshened up after his G1 Irish Derby victory, Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) came to Doncaster’s Town Moor with three stablemates to produce the perfect scenario for him and duly rewarded their hard front-running efforts by justifying 3-1 favouritism under Ryan Moore. Always comfortable in fourth off the searing pace, the grey was committed passing the three-furlong marker and held off TDN Rising Star Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) and the G1 Goodwood Cup hero Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) by a half length and a short head as the best horses came to the fore in a strong renewal. He’s a very good horse and he’s very honest, his rider commented after winning his first St Leger. He dug in and fought very hard when Crystal Ocean came to him. He’s done very little wrong in his career and has progressed from race to race.

The Flying Fight

Two of Britain’s fast-ascending trainers Karl Burke and Clive Cox go head-to-head in Friday’s G2 Wainwrights Flying Childers S. at Doncaster with Havana Grey (GB) (Havana Gold {Ire}) and Heartache (GB) (Kyllachy {GB}) in what appears a match on paper. The former captured the G3 Molecomb S. at Glorious Goodwood Aug. 2 before running second to stablemate Unfortunately (Ire) (Society Rock {Ire}) in the G1 Prix Morny at Deauville 18 days later and Burke said, He’s fresh and well and came back from the Prix Morny in great form. Clive Cox’s filly is obviously very quick. Whether she’ll be as quick as Havana Grey over five furlongs, I don’t know, but it will be an interesting clash.

Heartache took the G2 Queen Mary S. at Royal Ascot June 21 before finishing third when she did not enjoy the run of the race behind Unfortunately in the 5 1/2-furlong G2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte July 23 and Cox commented, We’re delighted with how she’s bounced back after initially coming back from France wrong. She got a bump during the race over there and it was quite obvious when she came home that she was lame behind. She had a deep-seated muscle problem. We’re much happier with her now and I think she goes there in really good nick. We’d appreciated if the ground kept drying. We’re hopeful it will with the high winds and hopefully the rain will stay away.

Winx Set To Brush Aside Rivals

The last time a mare by global sire Street Cry (Ire) went for 20 consecutive race wins, champion mare Zenyatta fell short. On Saturday at Royal Randwick, Australian Horse of the Year Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) will be looking to go 20 on the bounce and create her own piece of history in the G1 Colgate Optic White S. (1600m).

A winner 12 months prior in the race when defeating Godolphin’s pair of Hauraki (Aus) and It’s Somewhat, Winx will take on a different line up this year, highlighted by last start G2 Chelmsford S. runner-up Red Excitement (Aus) (Excites {Aus}), who showed daring tactics last time out, going out many lengths clear, only to be run down late by the glamour mare.

While it’s always hard to see Winx being defeated, trainer Chris Waller will saddle up a further three runners in the field taking his total to five of the nine, while Pat Webster’s last start G2 Tramway S. winner Happy Clapper (Aus) (Teofilo {Ire}) looks capable of giving the progeny of the Darley stallions a one-two finish.

Waller’s second stringer is the highly talented and very capable Group 1 winner Foxplay (Aus) (Foxwedge {Aus}). Appearing to have taken a while to get over her first-up effort when second to Winx almost a month back, the Brenton Avdulla-ridden grey is a winner over the Randwick mile, and although a win looks unlikely, she will surely play a role in the finish.