Talented Kiwi filly Xpression has overcome an illness that prematurely ended her juvenile season, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Showcasing 2YO has been sidelined since landing the Gr2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m) at Trentham at just her second start. "Unfortunately, she developed a virus that meant she didn't go to Wairoa and then on to the Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes [Gr1]," said Grant Cullen, who trains the filly with Guy Lowry. "It wasn't the end of the world and the time away has helped her. She's back in work now and doing well." Xpression is being prepared for an early season fillies' feature on her home track at Hastings. "We'll be looking at the Gold Trail Stakes with her, that's the first target," said Cullen. "She looks like she could be top notch so the 1000 Guineas in the South Island is the ultimate goal."
Haunui Farm in conjunction with Whitsbury Manor Stud have announced that Showcasing will no longer shuttle to the southern hemisphere, reports NZ Racing Desk. Showcasing's stallion career has continued to flourish at Whitsbury Manor Stud in the UK where he now commands a fully booked service fee of £35,000 having started his stud career in 2011 at a service fee of £5,000. The son of Oasis Dream now has 25 stakes winners after his 3YO son Dice Roll (FR) staked a claim for the French 2000 Guineas with a brilliant 5 length in the Gr3 Prix Djebel at Deauville on Tuesday. Given his European success and popularity, Whitsbury Manor Stud's offer to purchase the 50 per cent shareholding owned by the New Zealand-based shareholders of Showcasing was accepted on the condition that he no longer shuttle to the southern hemisphere. Showcasing has been represented by six stakes winners in the southern hemisphere this racing season including exciting 3YOs Be Bee and So Far Sokool and 2YO Group winners Xpression and Bit Lippy. Showcasing stood at Haunui Farm last season at $12,000 + GST and will be represented by three further racing crops in the southern hemisphere.
At Trentham in New Zealand, Haunui Farm's Gr2-winning shuttler Showcasing (Oasis Dream-Arabesque, by Zafonic) added a Group race success when 2YO New Zealand-bred filly Xpression (Showcasing-Xpress, by Don Eduardo) unwound a strong run from the rear of the field to win the $100,000 Gr2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Espumoso & Bit Lippy. Xpression, who hails from the family of Gr1 Underwood Stakes & Gr1 Doomben Cup winner Perlin and Karaka Million winner Hardline, improved her record to 1 win and 1 placing from 2 starts for NZ$64,750 in earnings. Haunui Farm studmaster Mark Chitty said he never had any thoughts of selling Xpression, whom he bred with childhood friend Iain Renton, reports NZ Racing Desk. "We were 13-year-olds together at King's College and Iain, whose father bred the Melbourne Cup winner Gold And Black, and I had three goes with Showcasing and this one was the best by a mile," Chitty said. "I said to Iain let's race her and we got a few others involved. It's very exciting." Xpression is now likely to be aimed at the Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes next year.