Luck was not on the side of top Kiwi mare Volpe Veloce in Queensland, according to rider Jake Bayliss. "I was very happy with her. She came over here to try her luck and she hasn't disappointed us or connections," Bayliss told NZ Racing Desk. "She just needed a bit more luck." Trained by Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker, the Gr1 Railway (1200m) winner finished sixth in the Gr1 Kingsford Smith Cup (1350m) and 10th in Saturday's Gr1 Tatts Tiara (1350m). Meanwhile, John Bary's Gr1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (1600m) winner Miss Wilson tailed the field home in the Tiara. "She was a bit disappointing. She was gone turning for home," rider Vinnie Colgan said.
Trainer John Bary says classy Kiwi mare Miss Wilson is raring to go for Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Tattersalls's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben. Miss Wilson (Stratum-Cierzo, by Centaine), a half-sister to 5-time Group 1 winner and sire Jimmy Choux, will be chasing her second top-flight success after winning the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha in April. The 5YO looked in superb order for her latest assignment when cruising to an easy 5 length win in a 1000m barrier trial at Eagle Farm last week. "She's done really well. She's settled in really well, enjoying the warmth and eating up super," Bary told Melbourne's Radio Sports National. "She's going really well. Her movement, and that's the biggest thing, is fantastic. She had a lovely gallop Tuesday so we're here and ready to rock 'n' roll." Miss Wilson is listed as a $15 chance with TAB for Saturday's fillies and mares weight-for-age feature.
Kiwi trainer John Bary has had his confidence buoyed after watching Tatt's Tiara contender Miss Wilson score an easy barrier trial win at Eagle Farm on Tuesday morning, reports NZ Racing Desk. Miss Wilson (Stratum-Cierzo, by Centaine), a half-sister to 5-time Group 1 winner and sire Jimmy Choux, has settled in well to her Brisbane base ahead of the $500,000 Gr1 Tattersalls's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben on 23 June. "She trialled over 1000 metres and went really well," Bary said. "There were six in her open heat and she won by about five lengths. More importantly, she pulled up well. It was a genuine dead track and she got through the ground without any problems." Bary added: "I flew over with her last Friday and it was all smooth going and she has settled in really well. So at this stage, everything looks good. It will be a one-hit raid and she will probably spell over there in the warmer weather before she comes home." The Australian-bred Miss Wilson sent her value soaring when claiming her maiden Group 1 victory in the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha in April.
Gr1 winning Kiwi mare Miss Wilson (Stratum-Cierzo, by Centaine) will have the final domestic start of her campaign tomorrow before crossing the Tasman in search of further top-flight success, reports NZ Racing Desk. The half-sister to 5-time Gr1 winner and sire Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park) will run in the Gr3 Rotorua Stakes (1400m) at Arawa Park before embarking on a Queensland winter carnival campaign aimed at the $500,000 Gr1 Tattersalls's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben on 23 June. The Australian-bred 5YO sent her value soaring when claiming her maiden Group 1 win in the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha in April. "This is definitely her last appearance in New Zealand this season but we are thinking of the Tatt's Tiara as a one-hit raid," trainer John Bary said. "We'll just get through Saturday...the Tiara does look tailor-made for her - 1350 metres around Doomben at weight-for-age for fillies and mares on a track favouring frontrunners." Bary added: "She doesn't necessarily have to run on Saturday either. We could trial her instead, either here or get her to Brisbane early and trial her there. She's naturally fit anyway and she's got the residual fitness from her racing."
Dual Gr2 winner Ocean Emperor continues to make good progress ahead of his upcoming international campaign, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Gary Hennessy-trained galloper remains on track for the Group 1 Kranji Mile (1600m) in Singapore on 26 May. "It's no mean feat that we got accepted but he has beaten the best milers in this country – Kawi, Thee Auld Floozie and Miss Wilson and other Group Two winners like Coldplay," Hennessy said. Ocean Emperor (Zabeel-Tootsie, by Pins) furthered his Singapore preparation when given an easy time finishing fourth in a 1000m trial at Te Teko on Tuesday. "It was a pleasing day out and Shaun [McKay] was very happy with him. Everything is on target and he's in pretty solid condition," Hennessy said.
At Te Aroha in New Zealand, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO Australian-bred mare Miss Wilson (Stratum-Cierzo, by Centaine) sent her value soaring when claiming her maiden top-flight victory in the $200,000 Gr1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) for fillies & mares, defeating The Auld Floozie & Nicoletta. This was the third stakes victory for Miss Wilson who is a half-sister to 5-time Gr1 winner and sire Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park). She improved her record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Spring Sprint & Gr3 Cuddle Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Gr2 Tauranga Stakes) from 25 starts for $320,918 in earnings. Just like former New Zealand Horse of the Year Jimmy Choux, Miss Wilson was bred and raced by Richard and Liz Wood whose familiar colours she carried to victory on Saturday. "It's great for Richard and Liz. They have been big supporters of the stable," trainer John Bary told NZ Racing Desk.
Multiple stakes-winning Kiwi mare Miss Wilson (Stratum-Cierzo, by Centaine) will drop back in grade after finishing a luckless eighth in the Gr1 Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham last month, reports NZ Racing Desk. Miss Wilson, who is a half-sister to 5-time Gr1 winner and sire Jimmy Choux, boosted her value significantly when winning the Gr3 Cuddle Stakes & Gr3 Spring Sprint last year. "We'll take the softer option and she'll run in the open 1400m here at Hastings on March 1 and then we'll make a plan from there," trainer John Bary told NZ Racing Desk. "She could defend her Cuddle title and then maybe look at Te Aroha again."
At Tauranga in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's deceased multiple champion sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) added a Group race success when talented 6YO New Zealand-bred entire Ocean Emperor (Zabeel-Tootsie, by Pins) finally opened his stakes account against a quality field in the $100,000 Gr2 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Miss Wilson & Kawi. The lightly raced but injury prone Ocean Emperor improved his record to 6 wins and 5 placings from 16 starts for NZ$119,625 in earnings. Trainer Gary Hennessy, who purchased Ocean Emperor for NZ$450,000 from Waikato Stud at the 2014 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, owns him with Hong Kong partners Andrew Wong and Steve Yang, the same trio that raced Cox Plate winner and Waikato Stud sire Ocean Park. He is out of Gr3 Mannerism Stakes winner Tootsie and hails from the family of stakes winners La Rose Noir, Urbane, and Espurante. Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick said: "Gary Hennessy has done an unbelievable job with this horse. He's been so patient and he's always rated him so highly." He added: "Good on him, off the back of Ocean Park they bought this horse for $450,000 from us. They deserve it, he's won a really nice race and it's still early days, the horse hasn't had much racing."
At Hastings in New Zealand, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a Group race success when 5YO bay mare Miss Wilson (Stratum-Cierzo, by Centaine) dominated her rivals when bursting clear at the top of the straight for an easy win in the $70,000 Gr3 Spring Sprint (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Lucyinrio & Amarula. This was the second stakes victory for Miss Wilson who is a half-sister to 5-time Gr1 winner and sire Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park). She improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Cuddle Stakes) and 4 placings from 20 starts for $177,145 in earnings. Owner Richard Wood said he and trainer John Bary had Group One ambitions for Miss Wilson. “I think John has her headed toward the Captain Cook [Gr1] in Wellington, track dependent,” Wood told NZ Racing Desk. “She’s a great looker from a great family so she will make a great broodmare, so that’s the plan.”
John Bary won't hesitate to bypass the early domestic spring features with his stable star Miss Wilson, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Hastings trainer is keen on a first-up tilt at Group One honours in the Tarzino Trophy, with Melbourne pencilled in as Plan B. "The first leg of the series here is attractive if the track is okay for her and if she can get in," Bary said. "If she wasn't going to get a run, I wouldn't think twice about heading straight to Melbourne without a race here." Bary added: "There's plenty of fillies and mares' races at set weights over there for her starting with the Let's Elope [Gr2] and, if she was going well enough, the Myers Stakes [Gr1] would be her main aim." A half-sister by Stratum to Bary's former New Zealand Horse of the Year Jimmy Choux, Miss Wilson made impressive progress during her last preparation with four consecutive wins, culminating in a Gr3 victory in the Cuddle Stakes and a fourth in the Gr1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes. "She had two months off after that and she's been back in the stable since June 5," Bary said. "She spelled on the property here and was rugged and fed twice a day. She's cruising around now and she's a happy horse."
At Trentham racecourse in New Zealand, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a Group success when 4YO mare Miss Wilson (Stratum-Cierzo, by Centaine) scored by 0.75 length for trainer John Bary in the $70,000 Gr3 Cuddle Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, over 5YO mares Stylish Attack (Tavistock-Western Invasion, by Best Western) & Charmont (High Chaparral-Martique, by Danehill). This was a valuable black-type victory for Miss Wilson who is a half-sister to 5-time Gr1 winner and sire Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park). She improved her record to 5 wins and 4 placings from 16 starts for $123,559 earnings.