At Matamata in New Zealand, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) when 7YO New Zealand-bred gelding Show The World (High Chaparral-Bazelle, by Zabeel) returned to the winner's circle after a hiatus of more than two years when landing the $50,000 Listed Kaimai Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Our King Sway & Rangipo. Andrew Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker, said Show The World would be given the chance to emulate his dam Bazelle when he contests the Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) on 10 March. "He'll get a few points now to get into the Auckland Cup," said Andrew Forsman, who trains the stayer with Murray Baker. "He's going well and last preparation he had a niggling issue behind, we couldn't find out what it was so we gave him a long break and he's come back a happy horse." Passed in shy of his $400,000 reserve at the 2012 NZ Premier Yearling Sale, Show The World is bred on an identical cross to Baker's former 5-time Gr1-winner Dundeel. By Sadler's Wells' English & Irish Derby winning son High Chaparral, Show The World is out of the Gr1 Auckland Cup and Gr1 Zabeel Classic-winning mare Bazelle. Bazelle's grand dam is the unraced UK-bred mare Toyland, dam of outstanding 1970s filly Toy Show. Toy Show won 4 Gr1s during her illustrious career, namely the Golden Slipper (where she defeated Denise's Joy), AJC Sires' Produce Stakes, VATC 1,000 Guineas & Newmarket Handicap.
Classy Kiwi mare Volpe Veloce has firmed into outright favouritism for next month's Gr1 Railway following her blistering return to racing at Ellerslie on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The multiple Group winner accounted for Group 1 winners Heroic Valour, Melody Belle and Rangipo when she powered to victory in the Ray White NZ over 1200m. The 4YO was having her first run back since failing to fire during the Hawke's Bay carnival. Wet tracks brought about her undoing resulting in 6th and 11th place finishes in the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) and Gr1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) respectively. "I'm shaking, she did a lot wrong and still won," said Graham Richardson, who trains with Gavin Parker. "That was amazing and it's definitely the Railway next." Volpe Veloce, whose name in Italian translates to "fast fox", improved her record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic, Gr3 Eulogy Stakes & Listed Karaka 3YO Mile) from 12 starts for NZ$344,000 in earnings. By Newgate Farm's Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock), Volpe Veloce is a half-sister to Listed Black Opal Stakes winner Delago Bolt from the Gr3 Blue Diamond Preview winning filly Bardego.
Cambridge trainer Tony Pike has his sights set on the Hawke's Bay carnival with New Zealand Derby winner Rangipo (Stryker-Holloway Castle, by Zabeel), reports NZ racing Desk. "We'll be entering Rangipo for all three of the Group Ones at Hastings," Pike said. "He's starting to breeze up now and hopefully he will come up quickly enough and at this stage I am very happy with him." Pike added: "As long as he progresses well, he'll be going for the first two and ideally all three." Rangipo won three times at Gr2 level before defeating What's The Story and the Pike-trained Raghu in the Derby, but was then unplaced in his Australian debut at Doomben. He was put aside until last spring and was again turned out after twice finishing out of the money in Melbourne. Rangipo returned in much better form in the autumn when a first-up third in the Gr3 Darley Plate before finishing sixth in the Gr2 Japan-New Zealand International Trophy. "We've had a few issues with him, but he seems to be coming back nicely now," Pike said. "We'll give him a couple of jump-outs and probably a barrier trial before Hawke's Bay."
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds have confirmed the 2017 service fees for exciting young sire Unencumbered, whose first runners will be seen in the spring, and on proven Group One producing sire Stryker. A winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, Unencumbered (Testa Rossa) has covered more mares in each of his three seasons at stud which is somewhat unusual and serves as a real vote of confidence in his potential. “Unencumbered and Dundeel were the only sires in their third year to serve not only an increase in mares, but more than their first year which is a wonderful vote of confidence from breeders,” said Toby Liston. “History shows that when the market backs stallions in their third year with more mares than their first year with strength it’s generally a good indicator of greater things to come.” Unencumbered will stand this spring at a fee of $11,000. Meanwhile, the superbly bred Stryker (Fastnet Rock) already has a Gr1 winner on the board in Rangipo and is producing numerous winners every week including smart 3YO Perpetual Crisis, who won the $250,000 Inglis Dash at Flemington. “He represents great value for breeders looking to have some sales ring fun and breed some good looking progeny with the best temperaments ever,” added Liston. Stryker has had his fee reduced for the first time this year and is priced at $6,600.
Last season's Gr1 New Zealand Derby winner Rangipo (Stryker-Holloway Castle, by Zabeel) is scheduled to make two more appearances this campaign, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 4YO resumed last Saturday with a bold third in the Gr3 Darley Plate at Ellerslie and he will step up to a mile next time out. "It was great to see him back and it was a super run," trainer Tony Pike said. "At this stage he'll go to Tauranga for the Japan/NZ Trophy and then to the Easter [Gr1 Easter Stakes]. He'll have a break after that and we'll get him ready for the Hawke's Bay carnival in the spring."
At Auckland's Ellerslie Racecourse in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning sire Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a group success when 4YO gelding Splurge (Savabeel-Splashing Out, by O'Reilly) scored by 1.3-lengths for Te Aukau Racing's trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards in the NZ$100,000 Gr3 Darley Plate (1200m). Runner-up was 4YO mare Volks Lightning (Volksraad-Next Century, by Stravinsky) who finished ahead of 4YO gelding Rangipo (Stryker-Holloway Castle, by Zabeel). Saturday's victory was the first at black-type level for promising Splurge who took his ultra- consistent record to 6 wins & 2 runners-up from 10 starts for NZ$127,275 earnings. The son of multiple champion sire Savabeel appears to be well on his way to potentially justifying his NZ$500,000 purchase price at the 2014 NZB National Yearling Sales Series where he was consigned by Waikato Stud. Dam, Splashing Out, won the Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, and is also the dam of Hong Kong Gr1-placed Packing Pins and Gr2 Angus Armanasco winner Shopaholic.
Melbourne remains an option for talented Kiwi stayer What's The Story (Savabeel-Tall Story, by Carnegie) who is progressing well after an early setback to his spring campaign, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Group 1 performer, who was laid low by a blood infection, furthered his preparation when fifth in a 1000 metre trial at Avondale on Tuesday. "He's well and it's good to have him back trialling," said Stephen McKee, who prepares the Savabeel gelding with Eddie Chippendale. "The track was far too heavy for him so he just cruised around and he made some steady ground late in the piece. He'll go to Ruakaka on Saturday week and we'll get that run out of the way before we lock in a programme." He added: "There are a nice spread of races in Melbourne for him, he's not nominated for the Caulfield or Melbourne Cups but there are a lot of options over there for a horse that can stay." What's The Story has won 2 of his 8 starts and was also runner-up to Rangipo in last season's New Zealand Derby. He was spelled after running sixth in the Gr1 Australian Derby in April.
Trainer Tony Pike says top Kiwi juvenile Sacred Elixir could earn himself a shot at the Cox Plate in the spring if his form warrants it, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He will kick off in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude on September 24, that's obviously a nice race to get him ready for the Caulfield Guineas," the Cambridge trainer said. "Then we will decide what path we take – the VRC Derby or if he was to be really dominant in the Caulfield Guineas we could consider the Cox Plate, it will just depend how he is going." Pike also confirmed that Sacred Elixir would remain in his care until at least the end of this season. "He's part-owned in Hong Kong and whether he heads up there at the end of his three-year-old year we'll just have to see," he said. "If he keeps putting his hand up there is plenty of money available for him in Australia over the next couple of seasons." Sacred Elixir hasn't raced since his commanding victory in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm in June and, along with his Gr1 Queensland Oaks-winning stable-mate Provocative and Gr1 New Zealand Derby winner Rangipo, he remained in Australia after his winter campaign. "They spelled for three weeks and they've been back in work for three weeks now and, at this stage, they will fly down to Melbourne on August 11," Pike said. "They all spelled fantastically well. There's a lot of improvement left in them."
Meanwhile, Queensland Oaks winner Provocative (Zabeel-Betwixt, by O'Reilly) is likely to resume over a mile at Moonee Valley toward the end of next month, reports NZ Racing Desk. Cambridge trainer Tony Pike may then aim the highly talented daughter of Zabeel toward the Gr3 The Bart Cummings at Flemington on 2 October as the winner of the 2500 metre handicap is exempt from the ballot for the Melbourne Cup. Provocative spelled in Brisbane with stable-mates Sacred Elixir & Rangipo following her brilliant Oaks victory with the trio scheduled to fly to Melbourne on 11 August. Provocative's progressive profile and pedigree suggests she can be competitive in a Melbourne Cup. Not only is she by renowned stamina influence and classic-producing sire Zabeel - sire of Melbourne Cup winners Might And Power, Efficient, and Jezabeel - but her dam is the New Zealand-bred mare Betwixt (O'Reilly), winner of the 2009 edition of the Gr3 Tasmanian Derby over 2200 metres.
Three of Tony Pike's stable stars have returned to work in Brisbane as they commence their build-up towards the spring carnival in Melbourne, reports theinformant.co.nz. Gr1-winning gallopers Rangipo (New Zealand Derby), Provocative (Queensland Oaks) and Sacred Elixir (JJ Atkins Stakes) remained in Queensland to spell after the conclusion of the winter carnival and Pike says he is delighted with their early progress. "They've all been back in work for just over a fortnight now," the Cambridge trainer said. "They'll fly down to Melbourne on August 11 and are most likely to kick off their campaigns in early September. We'll decide nearer the time exactly where they'll run." He added: "I'm really pleased with them. They spelled very well and they've come back looking great." All three are nominated for age-group categories at the upcoming New Zealand Horse of the Year Awards. Provocative and Rangipo are finalists for Champion 3YO, while Sacred Elixir has been nominated for Champion 2YO.
New Zealand Derby winner Rangipo (Stryker-Holloway Castle, by Zabeel) has been sent to the spelling paddock and will be aimed at the spring carnival in Melbourne, reports the informant.co.nz. A winner of 7 of his 13 starts, the son of Stryker enjoyed a stellar domestic season with victories in the Gr1 New Zealand Derby, Gr2 Northern Guineas, Gr2 Waikato Guineas, and Gr2 Avondale Guineas. Rangipo then made his Australian debut when resuming with a slightly below par 9th place finish in the Gr3 Fred Best Classic at Doomben two weeks ago. The Fred Best was intended as a preparatory run for the Gr2 Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm on Saturday week, but trainer Tony Pike has decided to put the gelding aside until the spring. "We've turned him out and he'll have a nice spell in Queensland before he heads down to Melbourne," Pike said. "We were just on the back foot a little bit trying to get him ready for the Queensland Guineas, and in the end we decided it would be best to take the cautious approach and save him for the spring."
One of New Zealand's leading 3YOs has made his final appearance in his homeland, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Tony Pike-trained Raghu (Showcasing-Fantasy World, by Zabeel) is currently enjoying a break before he continues his racing career overseas, as was always the intention. "He's owned in Hong Kong so he won't race here again before he heads up there," the Cambridge horseman said. Raghu made impressive progress this season after finishing runner-up in a Te Aroha maiden on debut in October. He was successful at his next start at Te Awamutu and two placings preceded his Listed win in the Karaka 3YO Mile. The son of Showcasing held his form at black type level to run a close second in the Gr2 Waikato Guineas, finished equal third in the Gr2 Avondale Guineas and was again third behind his stable-mate Rangipo in the Gr1 New Zealand Derby. Freshened after Ellerslie, Raghu's connections had considered a possible tilt at the Gr1 Queensland Derby before he was sent to Hong Kong, but those plans changed after the gelding ran fifth when resuming last month. "He jarred up on the really firm track at Te Rapa so he's having a nice break," Pike said. From the Zabeel mare Fantasy World, Raghu descends from the same female line as champion New Zealand stallion Zabeel, Australian Guineas winner Baryshnikov, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winning mother and son Detroit and Carnegie.
Matamata trainer Dancia Guy has expressed her delight with Capella's eye-catching run in Saturday's Gr1 New Zealand Derby and is now weighing up options for the highly talented daughter of Rip Van Winkle, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Gr2 Eight Carat Classic winner showed she was back to her best when storming home from well back in the field to finish a close-up fourth (beaten 0.5-length) behind Rangipo in the blue riband classic. "I was absolutely delighted with my horse and very, very proud of her after an interrupted preparation," Guy said. "She came through the run really well and wouldn't have blown a match out after the race which is quite amazing." She added: "She will have a few days off now to get over it, but I couldn't be happier." Guy will discuss options with Capella's owner Gary Harding but is leaning towards an Australian campaign aimed at the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes and Gr1 Australian Oaks rather than the New Zealand Oaks.
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Three Bridges Thoroughbreds' Gr3-winning stallion Stryker (Fastnet Rock-Laetitia, by Woodman) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 3YO gelding Rangipo (Stryker-Holloway Castle, by Zabeel) scored by a short head for trainer Tony Pike in the NZ$750,000 Gr1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colts What's The Story (Savabeel (AUS) 2001 out of Tall Story (NZ) 1998, by Carnegie) & Raghu (Showcasing-Fantasy World, by Zabeel). Rangipo took his record to 7 wins (including the Gr2 Avondale Guineas, Gr2 Waikato Guineas & Gr2 Great Northern Guineas) and 1 placing from 12 starts for NZ$684,570 earnings. Rangipo capped a remarkable 3YO season with his seventh win in New Zealand's time-honoured blue riband event. "It's a great thrill," trainer Tony Pike told NZ Racing Desk. "It's one of the classics and I've won a 2000 Guineas (Sacred Falls), an Oaks (More Than Sacred) and now the Derby so I've got the treble." Jockey Vinnie Colgan who claimed his sixth Derby win after victories aboard Roysyn (1995), Zonda (1997), Hades (1999), Redoute's Dancer (2007) and Habibi (2013), commented: "He was off the bridle a bit on the turn and I was worried, but he really showed his determination and he just keeps going."
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Three Bridges Thoroughbreds' Gr3-winning stallion Stryker (Fastnet Rock-Laetitia, by Woodman) added a Group success when promising 3YO gelding Rangipo (Stryker-Holloway Castle, by Zabeel) scored by a neck for trainer Tony Pike in the NZ$100,000 Gr2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colt Brighton (Buffalo Man-Gore Bay, by Danehill Dancer) & fellow 3YO gelding Get That Jive (Street Sense-Cobbley, by Falbrav). Rangipo took his record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Gr2 Waikato Guineas & Gr2 Great Northern Guineas) and 1 placing from 11 starts for NZ$234,570 earnings. Rangipo is now the $5 favourite for the Gr1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on 5 March. "He's an amazing horse as he's been in work a long time and he just keeps turning up," trainer Tony Pike told NZ Racing Desk. "He'll be back in a fortnight and then he can have a well-earned break."
At Te Rapa in New Zealand, Three Bridges Thoroughbreds' Gr3-winning stallion Stryker (Fastnet Rock-Laetitia, by Woodman) added a Group success when promising 3YO gelding Rangipo (Stryker-Holloway Castle, by Zabeel) scored by a nose for trainer Tony Pike in the NZ$100,000 Gr2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colt Raghu (Showcasing-Fantasy World, by Zabeel) & fellow 3YO gelding Get That Jive (Street Sense-Cobbley, by Falbrav). Rangipo took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Great Northern Guineas) and 1 placing from 10 starts for NZ$174,570 earnings.
At Trentham in New Zealand, Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner & NZ The Oaks Stud shuttler Bachelor Duke (Miswaki-Gossamer, by Seattle Slew) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 3YO gelding Dukedom (Bachelor Duke-Bianca Bay, by Bianconi) scored by a short head for trainer Steven Cole in the NZ$225,000 Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colt Son Of Maher (Al Maher-Dance Hit, by Tights) & fellow 3YO gelding Rangipo (Stryker-Holloway Castle, by Zabeel). A NZ$65,000 purchase at the 2014 NZB Ready To Run Sale from the draft of The Oaks Stud, Dukedom took his record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr2 ARC Great Northern Guineas) from 6 starts for NZ$160,050 earnings. "It's amazing, a whole lot of emotions," Cole told NZ Racing Desk. "It's my first Group One winner and a huge thrill. It's an amazing feeling and I didn't think he was going to pick them up, but he's a very, very good horse." Dukedom will now be given a short break before heading to the Gr2 Avondale Guineas and then the Gr1 New Zealand Derby.
Te Akau Racing's exceptional Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas hero Xtravagant has the market for tomorrow's Gr1 Levin Stakes at Trentham in Wellington completely cornered. Currently a $1.35 quote for the 3YO affair over 1600m, the son of Rich Hill Stud stallion Pentire (currenty 3rd on the Australian General Sires Premiership table) has been in devastating form in his past three runs which culminated in an easy victory on Boxing Day at Ellerslie in Auckland. Rangipo ($7.00) & Ruud Not Too ($8.00) are the only either two runners in the 12-horse field that are under double figure odds. Xtravagant is a NZ$375,000 yearling graduate (2014) of the NZB National Yearling Sales Series which gets its 2016 renewal underway at Karaka on Monday, January 25.
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Three Bridges Thoroughbreds' Gr3-winning stallion Stryker (Fastnet Rock-Laetitia, by Woodman) added a Group success when promising 3YO gelding Rangipo (Stryker-Holloway Castle, by Zabeel) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Tony Pike in the NZ$100,000 Gr2 Great Northern Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO geldings Get That Jive (Street Sense-Cobbley, by Falbrav) & Dukedom (Bachelor Duke-Bianca Bay, by Bianconi). Rangipo took his record to 4 wins from 8 starts for NZ$90,570 earnings.