At Pukekura in New Zealand, Wellfield Lodge's 4-time Gr1-winning stallion Alamosa (O'Reilly-Lodore Mystic, by Centaine) added a Group race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Beefeater (Alamosa-Karaka, by Kings Island) opened his stakes account in the $80,000 Gr3 Taranaki Cup (1800m) for 3YO+, defeating Scapolo & Travimyfriend. Beefeater improved his record to 6 wins and 12 placings (including the Gr2 Japan-New Zealand International Trophy) from 23 starts for NZ$194,625 in earnings.
Meanwhile, Sir Peter Vela will look forward to tomorrow’s Gr2 Travis Stakes with two chances of adding to his previous three wins in the weight-for-age fillies and mares’ feature, reports NZ Racing Desk. Sir Peter and his late brother Philip first won the race (then known as the Dulcie Stakes) with Christiania Belle in 1993, then Dolmabache in 2012 and Rasa Lila last year. Rasa Lila is back to defend her title for Maungatautari trainers Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie on Saturday and will be joined by the Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained Echezeaux. Darci Brahma mare Rasa Lila goes into the race as the higher-rated of the pair and looks an improver on her first-up sixth in the Gr1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa three weeks ago. "She [Rasa Lila] needs to find a couple of lengths but she should have that improvement in her. Steven and Julia have said she has come on nicely since that run," Sir Peter's racing manager Garry Cossey said. "They are really happy with her. She's in a pretty good space but we hold no false illusions - it's a very strong edition of the Travis Stakes this year.” Echezeaux (Encosta de Lago) is the lowest-rated entry in the Travis Stakes but she resumed with a meritorious second placing at Hastings earlier this month and earlier this season won second-up at Trentham, defeating subsequent Gr2 performer Beefeater. "She has come back really well. Her sectionals at Hastings were very good compared to all other runners on the day," Cossey said.
At Tauranga in New Zealand, Wellfield Lodge's dual Gr1-winning stallion Road to Rock (Encosta de Lago-Trewornan, by Midyan) added a Group success when 5YO gelding All Roads (Road to Rock-Dancing Daze, by Dance Floor) scored by a short neck for trainers Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs in the $100,000 Gr2 Japan NZ International Trophy (1600m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Scapolo (Bachelor Duke-Kadesa, by Zabeel) & 4YO gelding Beefeater (Alamosa-Karaka, by Kings Island). All Roads, who was a $40,000 purchase at the 2013 NZB Select yearling Sale from the draft of Little Avondale Stud, improved his record to 6 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr2 ARC Rich Hill Mile) from 19 starts for NZ$166,155 earnings.
Coolmore agent Demi O'Byrne paid US$375,000 for a colt from the 1st crop of Coolmore stallion Powerscourt (out of Gr2-placed winning Thunder Gulch mare Beefeater Baby) consigned by Padraig Campion's Blandford Stud as agent.