Gr1 Targets for Son of Maher

Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

Riccarton trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman will aim Son Of Maher at Group 1 features over the upcoming New Zealand summer carnival, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Zealand Cup carnival kings produced an impressive eight winners during the meeting, among them their highly-regarded 5YOs dead-heat victory with Shadows Cast in the Gr2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile (1600m). "He's a horse that I've made no secret of the fact that I think he's the best horse I've ever trained," Michael Pitman said. "We're going to come up to Trentham for the Captain Cook Stakes [Gr1] and then bring him back home and get him ready for the Thorndon Mile [Gr1]." Son Of Maher (Al Maher-Dance Hit, by Tights) has two stakes victories to his name, the Coupland's Bakeries Mile and the Listed Dunedin Guineas, but also boasts a second to Dukedom in the 2016 Gr1 Levin Classic.

Coulee Wins Gr3 White Robe Lodge Hcp

Monday, 6th February 2017

At Wingatui in New Zealand, White Robe Lodge's multiple group-winning Australian-bred stallion Gallant Guru (Montjeu-Proud Halo, by Don't Say Halo) added a black-type success when 5YO mare Coulee (Gallant Guru-Cherry Creek, by Monashee Mountain) scored by 1.3-lengths for trainers Brian & Shane Anderton in the NZ$70,000 Gr3 White Robe Lodge Hcp (1600m) for Open runners, over stable mate 8YO gelding Tommy Tucker (Gallant Guru-Lady Vital, by Yamanin Vital) from 4YO horse Son Of Maher (Al Maher-Dance Hit, by Tights). Coulee took her record to 8 wins (including the Gr3 South Island Breeders Stakes & 9 placings from 26 starts for $202,572 earnings.


Son Of Maher Wins Listed Dunedin Guineas

Monday, 8th February 2016

At Wingatui in New Zealand, Emirates Park Stud stallion Al Maher (Danehill-Show Dancing, by Don't Say Halo) added a black type success when 3YO colt Son Of Maher (Al Maher-Dance Hit, by Tights) scored by a half neck for trainers Michael & Matthew Pitman in the NZ$50,000 Listed Dunedin Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, over 3YO fillies Replique (Darci Brahma-Mystique, by Montjeu) & Princess Davone (Iffraaj-Nikey Davone, by Bertolini). This was the first stakes victory for Son Of Maher who took his record to 3 wins and 4 placings (including the Gr1 WRC Levin Classic) from 10 starts for NZ$108,125 earnings.

Dukedom Wins Gr1 Levin Classic

Monday, 18th January 2016

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 NZ Bloodstock 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.


Risque Wins Listed Armadillo Stakes

Monday, 26th October 2015

At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, The Oaks Stud's 5-time Gr1-winning & 5-time Gr1-placed stallion Darci Brahma (Danehill-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Risque (Darci Brahma-So Explicit, by Straight Strike) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards in the NZ$70,000 Listed Armadillo Stakes (1600m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colt Son Of Maher (Al Maher-Dance Hit, by Tights) & fellow 3YO filly Special Memories (Fastnet Rock-Memories of You, by Galileo). Risque took her record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 5 starts for NZ$55,600 earnings.