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Spondulicks added to Sires Stakes team next week
Workouts Ashburton Tuesday:
Mark and Natalie gave a tick to all the team with most interest on three year olds More the Better and Ultimate Machete. Both went tops. Titan Banner on hold.
12.00 Brother In Arms, Major Hippie - Major Hippie (Natalie) won impressively heading Brother in Arms during a fast last 1/2. 3.10.5-58.1/27.4 2.25 len
12.15: The Fixer, Spondulicks, Flash Boy-Spondulicks (Tim) , back early, came with a run wide to win from Flash Boy (Mark) and Thefixer (Nat) but only heads in it. .308.3 -57.6/27.2
12.30: Whosashadylady , Smiley Sophie Smiley Sophie lunged down the outside in a sprint home to win well with the other filly further back butboth pleased. 3.08.3 59.2/27.7
12.45: King Solomon, Ultimate Machete Ultimate Machete took the honours taking charge early on and going to the line strongly really rocking the watches. King Solomon trailed further back. Held on well given the time. 3.01./57.2/26.5.
1.45: All Star Magician, Boults on Fire-Boults on Fire did a lot of the work in front and held on well from his stablemate, 3.10.1 57.7/27.2. Half a length. Nice work from both,
2.00 Titan Banner, More The Better- Titan Banner was sent along to the front middle stages and bowled along with a very quick quarter down the back. More The Better was going keenly back in the field and improved from the 800m. He went to the line strongly and beaten a whisker. 3.06,7/56.5 800m then 25.9 for the last 400m !
Below- Boults on Fire and All Star Magician; Ultimate Machete has Usain Colt covered: Major Hippie is away on a quick quarter: Smiley Sophie whizzes away
WHO IS GOING WHERE -NEXT FOUR WEEKS.
Racing Sunday- Duane Marfisi's charge Cullenmore 2.15 pm, Banks Peninsula Sunday-"Mark has offered to drive again. That's encouraging. I thought he might prefer a day off" Duane says
RACING THURSDAY (FORBURY) - More The Better, Ultimate Machete, Spondulicks-Sires Stakes
RACING FRIDAY -Lazarus, Smolda, Have Faith in Me-Canterbury Classic
TRIALLING IN 2 WEEKS : Dream About Me, Piccadilly Princess, Mr Mojito (Tachyon and Flash Boy "floaters" on present timetable.)
TRIALLING IN 2-3 weeks: Didjamakem Bolt, Vincent, Riccardo, Flash Boy Tachyon, These timetables may vary)
OTHER PLANS- "Australian team" PartyOn, Pacing Major, MacKenzie, Waikiki Beach resume mid October. Also Lydia Lindenny and Czzar. Heaven Rocks resumes on September 26 along with Revolver, Zion Bromac
FOR INDIVIDUAL REPORTS AS OF SEPTEMBER 19 SEE RACING TEAM
***SPONDULICKS has been added to the Sires Stakes team for Forbury next Thursday. More the Better and Ultimate Machete are already pencilled in for that heat but Spondulicks is well prepared having had two recent workouts.His presence also reflects that Sires Stakes pressure is on for the trainers as much as the horses !
"He is ready to go and we are going to be under pressure giving all our Sires candidates a fair go at making the Final with the heats available so it fits in well for him" Mark said
***TITAN BANNER SEASON DEBUT DELAYED
In spite of a nice trialTuesday at Ashburton TITAN BANNER will have another one before stepping out on raceday. Originally immediately after the trial Mark and Natalie were talking Canterbury Classic next week but have now decided to take a safer route toward the Cup.
"Intially we were thinking next week but he just blew up a bit more than we thought afterward. So at this stage it will be another trial and he will probably go to Methven now" Natalie said.
***"THAT'S THE WAY IT IS AND THAT'S THE WAY ITS GONNA BE"
Natalie's strategy with nervous starter HAVE FAITH IN ME getting ready for the New Zealand Cup
"I tried him a good way back today deliberatelyand it looks like we will be giving them a start from the stands through the spring racing" Natalie said of her tactics with Have Faith In Me at Ashburton on Tuesday though it didn't all go quite to plan.
Have Faith in Me stood well back from the others and got moving before they did which he did safely enough. His fans can expect to see more of the same through the spring.
"Last week he was a bit fresh but he is still a bit nervous when asked to walk up between horses. So I think what we will be doing is standing well back and give them a start then rather than later when he has a gallop. He went away in the Auckland Cup but he was standing well back then too. Timmy's confident he will come right but I think the safe way at the moment is to stand him on his own well behind the others.
It didn't seem to faze "Crown". He settled well back, made a run down the back and gave Christen Me some cover after Dexter hadmoved off the rail first. He got the last say in a cracking last 400m of 26.8 but there were only heads separating the four Cup horses and not too much could be read into the trial as a Cup guide. Smolda set the pace and was well clear at one stage before being swamped in the last 50m.
"His condition just gave out on him a little that last bit but it was a better run than last week so he is going the right way" Tim said.
Lazarus trailed lost touch a wee bit near the turn but rallied well and Mark was happy with the run. There will be no hiding this spring either.
"No they will all be racing together in the same events. There are not a lot of options to be honest but they will be needing some hard racing anyway before Cup time so it is not a problem" Mark said
***12 GROUP ONES IN AUSTRALIA -THIS YEAR !!
( A SMALL REQUEST TO OWNERS - If you want to call Natalie and Mark for any reason could you please make it after noon ? They are VERY busy in the mornings especially hopple days))
SOME OF ALL STARS STABLES PAST TRIUMPHS
RACING THIS WEEK
6.13 Sires Stakes Heat
Bettor Be Gold (3) Mark
You Gotta Have Faith (7)
8.13 New Brighton Cup
Lazarus (7) Mark
Smolda (8) Tim
Have Faith In Me (unr) Natalie
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(THIS COLUMN IS ABOUT DUANE BUT NOT BY HIM. BUT WE THINK YOU WILL LIKE THE STORY ANYWAY)
Duane brought out his North American colours for the first time when Cullenmore lined up at Addington on Friday. He was $1.50 and finished back in the field.
Many people might conclude that was a very bad result. To some punters it was. But for Duane just getting him to the races is a personal triumph against what seemed like insurmountable odds.
Consider that Cullenmore a, sought after yearling, qualified as long ago as February 2015-two seasons ago now-running second to Waikiki Beach -but soon after suffered a major setback with a suspensory injury. He eventually came back but suffered another setback and most had him written off as a racehorse.
"There was the suspensory injury but some of the bone had separated. It's still floating around in there. You can't operate to remove it. But I talked to Steve Byrne (managing owner) because I had had experience working with horses with that sort of problem back home and wouldn't mind having a go at doing it with him. I took a share in him and set about doing what I could.
For a time the horse was based at Greg and Karen O'Connor's property near All Stars and Duane went over every lunch time using a "blood spinning" technique on the injury.
"I had to go to Auckland with the team then and I taught Greg how to do it and he subbed for me while I was away. It was one step after another and the horse was holding up well."
The horse also spent time with Steve Boyd while undergoing a water walking regime for a month but Duane was there every day in his down time (and believe us there isn't much of that!) treating the horse further, gradually building him up for his race debut.
'He worked 2400m in 3.16 on Mark's track last week home in a just over a minute and I thought that might be enough on what other maidens have done off that work. But he latched on a bit and I was surprised how much he blew afterward. It shows how hard it is to get them up fresh when they run the times as they do these days"
Saturday would be a big day for Duane. That is when he will find out if his hundreds of hours of devoted care have not been cut short by a post race problem. Mark, who drove Cullenmore, thought he was fine after the race but the "overnight" result would be a better guide.
Everyone around All Stars will be crossing their fingers his hard work has paid off. Duane works long hours anyway and comes back in extra time if the track needs a final "feathering" ready for the fast work the next day without thinking that is unusual. While his time at All Stars is now limited he has made such a contribution it would only be right that his colours be carried to victory before that time comes.
Especially if they are carried by Cullenmore.
-MASTER TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES WHO MADE HIM FAMOUS
No 7 Luxury Liner
He was a great horse for us in many ways and a terrific stayer winning both the big cups and winning all the staying races he was set for. But he didn't look any sort of star when he was a younger horse.
He was quite difficult to educate. He took some time to get his gait right and while he won a two year old race he looked like developing into a good handicap stayer. It was really only as he worked through the grades we realised what potential he had. Barry got his heart score done as an older horse and was very high-higher than just about any other horse tested.
Probably just going through the grades was an ideal thing for a stayer like him and why he was so tough later on. Brent Mangos drove him a lot early and when he was placed in his first NZ Cup but Tony was the stable driver by the time he won that race (1988). That was probably our biggest thrill with him. He had won the Auckland Cup and been second twice in the Addington Cup so to finally win it and the way he did it was a thrill too.
Tony had to be patient because Vinny Knight and took off from the 600m with Our Maestro and went past Tony easily and put a length on him. But Tony knew what a great fighter our chap was and he hadn't asked him for his best then. He was still confident and so it proved. They went a hell of a time (4.00.4) and it was a big win. Mark beat him in the free for all with Tax Credit who had run last in the Cup. There was a lot of calls to talkback radio which was booming then but I didn't think people had watched the race right. Tax Credit got the drop on Luxury Linera nd the old boy fought back as he did but not so easy to get back up in a sprint race. There was hardly anything in it. Mark just got the perfect run.
(Luxury Liner won $1.7m only a touch less than Auckland Reactor and won 37 races from over 120 starts. He lost to Our Maestro in the Miracle Mile but beat him in the Treur Memorial in Australia)
Luxury Liner was a grumpy old bugger. He was all right with other horses but he hated people making a fuss of him patting him and that. He wanted to be left alone. Barry was great with him and he got a lot of thrills from the horse's wins.
The horse never broke down or anything. He just wore himself out. He was a horse who gave it everything every start in those big races and if they are not brilliant it catches up with the joints and things in the end. It was a great time for our stable with Christopher Vanceand Mark Hanover coming along at around the same time.
OUR EIGHT MILLIONAIRES !
1.Auckland Reactor 32 wins $1,770,700
2.Adore Me 26 wins $1,677,032
3.Il Vicolo 31 wins $1,574,443
4.Smolda* 25 wins $1,503,830
5.I Can Doosit 36 wins $1,442,675
6. Have Faith in Me $1.381,446
7.Young Rufus 22 wins $1,039,382
8. Highview Tommy 17 wins $1,021,904
(Close but no cigar dept-Pride of Petite ($811,816) Jack Cade ($742,232)