FIRST, FIRST, SECOND, FOURTH, FIRST-ANOTHER MASSIVE DAY AT MELTON FOR ALL STARS !
ALL STARS CHALKS UP TENTH BREEDER'S CROWN VICTORY !
BREEDER'S CUP HEROES-HEROINES HEADED BACK FOR SPELL IN NZ
(Except New Australian Custodian Of Course)
***WAIKATO and AUCKLAND will be the temporary homes ofthe four Breeder's Cup stars for the next several weeks as they disperse for well earned breaks. The Breckon Farms-owned PartyOn heads there with MacKenzie as a mate and Pacing Major and Waikiki Beach are further north at another favoured All Stars rest centre.
***SUPERFECTA ended a short break and rejoined the stable this week aiming at the New Zealand Cup meeting and leadup event.
***NATALIE TALKS ABOUT VISIT TO WORLD TRAINING LEADER JIMMY TAKTER IN THE US
***JONNY COX JOINS ALL STAR TEAM -FOR NOW AND ALMOST CERTAINLY LATER **
( 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
***ALL STARS needed a backup work driver while Mark was away in Australia and didn't have to look far. Only as far as Yaldhurst where talented horseman, Jonny Cox, was available for hopple mornings at Rolleston. So the former southerner has quickly made the transition to being the driver of Lazarus in his NZ Cup preparationuntil Mark returns.
"It fits in quite well for me" said Cox a Group One winning driver and one of he most talented to come out of Southland in recent years.
"I've got four or five in work at the moment so I can help out here and still do my team later on. Our best one, Franco Saxon, is out at the moment too so there is not a lot of pressureon the home front team"
Jonny won the Dominion Handicap at long odds with Jacka Justy in 2014 and also trained the gelding in partnership with Amber Hoffman before moving to Canterbury where he is working to get up a good sized team, never an easy task.
While the plan was that he would only be assisting at All Stars during Mark's absence that contract could be extended. Natalie said that all going to plan Jonny would continue to help out after Mark's return.
"On real busy mornings like today (Tuesday) someone of his experience and skill helps the day go more smoothly so I expect that he will be around in the longer term" she said.
RACING THIS WEEK
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MARKING THE CARD
- NATALIE'S NOTES
- Going to Jimmy Takter's training establishment one day on our recent trip to the US was a highlight of the visit. He has a big place (50ha) in New Jersey with several tracks including a straight one of 1000m.
- Mark and I spent most of a day there. It was a real eye opener in a number of ways but for me the highlight was the natural way they are trained on his farm. The big training centres are more artificial with horses heads up high. I don't think I saw an overcheck at Jimmy's and he specialises in an individual approach to his training which I am sure helps toward his great success.
- (Jimmy Takter was born and raised in Sweden where his father was a leading trainer. He moved to America in 1980 and has been there since setting some unbelievable records, mainly with trotters but also with pacers. One of the top pacers he has trained was Mr Feelgoodwho is well known in New Zealand and Australia. His best horse was the all time champion trotting mare Moni Maker who when she retired with earnings of $us5.5m she was the highest earning mare of any code in the world. Champion trotters come out of the Takter stable every year)
- Mark drove in the last set on the day we were there. It is a big operation with a lot of horses there. One of the things which amazed me were the two year old trotters. They were just sensational. One lot on the straight track hit a dip they were never expecting and just trotted on without out missing a beat. I don't think we would have many here who could do that. The young trotters there are really brilliant.
- Everything there was big and impressively run. Out of interest in one of the sheds where the race carts were stored I counted 62 of them. And that was justthe race carts not the work ones.
- It was great to get to see how a big stable there is run and I especially liked the natural environmentthe horses are trained in.
- I am off to Melbourne on Saturday afternoon to support Mark and the team in the Breeder's Crown. We have several good chances but some of the draw outcomes are going to make it tricky, like for Pacing Major in the second line behind Tingara Beach who looks very promising. Btu with luck we can win our share.
TIM'S TIPS- Season Record: 130- drives-23-28 $499,000
It was a big season for me overall and I can't split my two biggest moments HAVE FAITH IN ME winning the Auckland Cup and PICCADILLY PRINCESS in the Victoria Oaks.
That was because they were different situations. The Auckland Cup was great from the point of view it was a standing start for Have Faith In Me and he has a wee bit of history on the track and for him to do it right, not only early but during the running was a great result for the team. I was one but Mark, Natalie and Duane were of course all involved.
The Victorian trip was different. I was in charge of the filly for a week so there was more individual responsibility involved and to win the Final like she did was a great moment-and I suppose a bit of relief !
Also I had been with her most of the season right through from a maiden winner at Motukarara to winning Group One races and that is a great feeling too.
I haven't set any specific goals for this season. I guess the New Zealand Cup with Have Faith In Me is something to look forward to if only because I am proving good enough to drive a horse like that in a race like that. It is one step at a time in this game but that will probably be the first highlight.
Disappointment ? Cash n Flow. He has such potential and it was a great ride for a while and then things went wrong. He seemed good coming back but after a few hopples there is a problem again and he is out for a while. With my personal connection with the owners and the horse and the potential he showed it looked like being a great ride. Hopefully he can come back with a clean bill of health and show how good he can be.
MATT'S MESSAGE- Season Record : 108-18-28 $152,000- 0.2798 (No 1 0+drives)
(A regular column from our Foreman)
-MASTER TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES WHO MADE HIM FAMOUS
No 6: Mark Hanover
Yes its been a big couple of weeks. First it was Nathan winning the big one in Brisbane with Ohoka Punter. What an amazing job he has done over there for a young fella. He's only 20 yet he has had that horse up to the mark for all the races he needed to. It was a great feat.
Michael is doing well over there too. I talk to him often He has been promoted to foreman and is just loving it over there. Michael has always had a thing about the trotters and it is great to see him doing well at something he really enjoys.
Margaret would have loved to have seen their success. She loved those boys!
Then More the Better winning the Two Year Old of the Year was a good feeling. It's always nice to win one of those awards and I have to go back to Sole Command as an owner winning a big one. It looked like a great show going by the TV and we just hope things will keep going our way this season.
MARK HANOVER was out of Miss Clevedon which I had raced with the Reids and we bred him from her. He was a terrific two year old and he was the horse who really lifted Mark's profile as a driver. He had had success before then but these two went through to the best classes together and then later he went to the States for over $100,000. He had a lot of success there too.
He wasn't sort of compared to horses like Chokin because he didn't win a Derby and he had a few problems with the standing start. But he won over $700,000 before his sale so we weren't complaining. His big win of course was the Inter Dominionat Auckland (1991) when Christopher Vance had his chance to beat Mark Hanover but he held on. It was a big occasion for Mark . He wona lot of races as a two year old (eight from nine at one stage) and a very good horse. Christopher Vance and he wee the same age and Christopher Vance had an edge on him on the record sheet. He was a very smart "sit and sprint" horse and went on to win Cups of course. Mark Hanover won the Rising Stars Championship at Addington. Anthony Butt drove him after Mark was suspended in the heat. He had won it but was put out for interference. Mark Hanover could tough it out and that final was an example (he beat the champion three year old of that year, Honkin Vision). He went amiss when he went south for the New Zealand Derby and missed the leadups (he still ran fourth in the big one) so he was a bit unlucky in that respect. He was probably as good as any of them that season.
(Mark Hanover won 18 races from 61 starts in New Zealand before going 1.53.5 in the US where he was very successful. Typical of his luck he ran 16 second placings during his New Zealand career and ran a remarkable 10 quinellas with Christopher Vance)
43 Premier Wins this season
OUR AUSTRALIAN RECORD
Breeders Crown 2yo filly mr 1.54.5
37) WAIKIKI BEACH
Breeders Crown 3yo pace mr 1.54.
Breeders Crown 2yo Trot
35) WAIKIKI BEACH
August Melton BC semi
BC semi final
33) WAIKIKI BEACH
August 13 1720m 1.53.8 mr
32) PACING MAJOR
August 12 Ballarat 1720m, in 2.06.6
31) MY MACKENZIE
NSW Blue (G2) Menangle July 16
30) MY MACKENZIE
Breeders Crown heat MenangleLuke McCarthy July 12
29) WAIKIKI BEACH
July Menangle 2300m BC heat Luke McCarthy
Menangle 1700m Breeders Challenge heat. Luke McCarthy
27) WAIKIKI BEACH
Menangle 2300m 2.47.8 (mr 1.57.4) 18th win in a row. May 14,
26) MASTERCRAFTSMAN Newcastle 1.53.3
25) WAIKIKI BEACH Newcastle 1.53.2 May 7
24) MACKENZIE Menangle 1.52.5 May 6
23) PICCADILLY PRINCESS
April 16 Victorian Oaks (G1)
22) CHASE THE DREAM
WA Derby Prelude
21) A PICCADILLY PRINCESS April 8 Victoria Oaks heat
20) HAVE FAITH IN ME Miracle Mile G1 Feb 28
1.47.5 Australasian record.
19) SMOLDA Bohemia Crystal G1
2400m in 2.48 world record. mr 1.52.7
18) WAIKIKI BEACH NsW Derby G1 Feb 28
2.52.2 MR 1.55.5 16th win in a row
17) DREAM ABOUT ME NSW OAKS G1 2.50.3 MR 1.54.2
16) Smolda February 20 Menangle Brian Hancock ffa (G3)
15) Dream About Me February 20 Menangle heat NSW Oaks
14)Waikiki Beach February 20 Menangle NSW Derby heat
13) Fight For Glory Menangle February 19 Menangle. Class race
12) HAVE FAITH IN ME February 13 Menangle. Chariots of Fire (G1)
11) SMOLDA February 6 Hunter Cup (G1)
10)Waikiki Beach -February 6 Menangle1.50.7 14th in arrow
9)Dream About Me -February 6 Menangle Pink Diamond Stakes1.51.6. 10 in a row
8) Fight for Glory Menangle January 30 Natalie
7) LAZARUS Victorian Derby (G1) Melton Jan 30 Mark
6) Have Faith In Me Paleface Adios G2 Menangle January 30 Natalie
5)SMOLDA Ballarat Cup (G1) January 23 Mark
4)Have Faith In Me Menangle January 23 Natalie
3)Lazarus (Vic Derby heat) January 23 Mark
2)Waikiki Beach (CO) January 15-Menangle
1)Dream About Me (G3 Raith Memorial) Jan 16
Quiz Answer: Sleepy Trip
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)