THE MOST MAGNIFICENT 7 - FROM JUST 10 RACES -IT IS A NZ RECORD!
WAR DAN DELIGHT GIVES OWNER Danny Zavitsanos SECOND WIN OF THE WEEKEND WITH SAPLING-KINDERGARTEN DOUBLE -1:53.3!
CHASE AUCKLAND OUT OF NEW ZEALAND DERBY WITH A CURB -JEWELS MAY STILL BE ON (fROM THE TOP TABLE)
Trevor Casey posts second owner treble at Addington at successive meetings, two of them with old mate Neil Pilcher
Faithful Jean Feiss and Bill on hand for Elle Mac's outstanding run and Kennard Syndicates post a double
Below 1) Turn it Up , the latest Courage Under Fire winner for Neil Pilcher who races him with Jim Gibbs 2) Anthem with familiar owners 3) Australian owned Enhance Your Calm has them covered. 4) Elle Mac turns in an outstanding performance and the whip has been put away. Bettor Trix top effort for second 5) Tennyson Bromac team straight back in the winners circle 6) Funatthebeach just stepped up in great style. 7) Winterfell
NEWS AND VIEWS
Try and not let a glaze come over your eyes but All Stars just keeps setting records. And they get more extraordinary even by the week.
Last week the stable posted 10 wins from 10 races competed in. If that had ever happened before it was rare indeed. But five days later the score is 17 races and 17 successive wins. You can bet your pyjamas that hasn't happened in any professional stable before.
But that, as they say, is not all.
SEVEN WINS at Addington on Friday night is not a new record in itself amazing as it might be. But it is if you consider it was a 10 race progamme. All Stars's previous 7 win records have been set on 12 race programmes. Never easy. But a little easier than a 10 race programme even if it not a Premier meeting as the others were
As is occasionally brought out driver Doug Watts drove seven winners on an eighr race programme at Reefton back in the day. Six of them were trained from one stable but the devil in the detail is that three horses won two races each. To train seven winners at Addington with seven different horses is an astonishing feat.
The races were not just a+b=c either. OHANZEE had to work a bit harder than TURN IT UP in the running and that made the difference (2.22.9/27.7) ANTHEM had to overcome a difficult draw and drag a puncture for the last round to run 2.22.3/28.4 but convincing in the end with game Duplicated third. ENCHANCE YOUR CALM has, not surprisingly, something to learn about racing according to Mark but getting some nice sectionals he outclassed his 2yo trot opponents while ELLE MAC chalking up a second stable quinella with BETTOR TRIX, didn't run great time but ran a great race winning easily in the end after doing her fair share of work in 2.23.1 /27.8.
WINTERFELL took advantage of stablemate Stress Factor's keenness to get on with the job trailing on the outer and just being too strong for Mark over the final stages in a very good 2.25.7 /29.3 before FUNATTHEBEACH really stood up in the open race left sitting parked and giving Alta Orlando the trail but fighting off the older former G1 winner with a game display in 2.23.5 but home in 26.6!. Then Tim joined the party with TENNYSON BROMAC also sitting parked and still too strong over a G1 placegetter in 2.22.1/27.7 which was actually the fastest time of the night
HERE AND THERE
Bill Feiss is a man of many parts and he may not have been entirely joking when he noted at Addington on Friday that he might approach wife Jean to add his name in the book to Jesse Duke.
Bill was responding to the habit of the Feiss's to race their horses under separate names even though they are essentially a partnership. The policy may well have cost them Owners of the Year in the past and might again this year.
"It is not that big a deal though we were runners up as leading owners at Moonee Valley a few times years ago. We couldn't beat the Knights" Bill said
In those days Jean was training the team herself along with son Matthew
Last season Jean raced the best two year old filly and the best three year old filly and Vincent was Bill's star. Nobody would quibble with the connections of Lazarus being Owners of the Year but the Feiss partnership has built an astonishing strike rate in a relatively short time.
Jean has added considerably too to Yearling Sales turnover. She has bought four sale toppers as yearlings just in recent years and the three to race, Vincent, Sicario and Jesse Duke have all made their mark.
Bill is hopeful about the racing future of Vincent after his stem cell operation.
"The op went well and and he has been boxed since. Now he goes into a yard and then into a paddock and he will be exercised every day. Its a long process and hopefully it will work out. The problem is that he is a colt and he is putting weight on. WE have to keep on top of that"
Back in Rolleston Vincent will continue light exercise. Like his dad, Roy, Mark is sceptical of the lengthy spell originally prescribed for Vincent
"I haven't had much luck bringing horses with suspensory problems back from long spells " Mark said.
Most recently he was probably thinking of the hugely talented Didjamakem Bolt who did everything by the book (including exercise and a long buildup) but either failed to survive the final stages of a race preparation or had a brief racing return before experiencing further problems.
"It's never easy to get them back when they are racing at the highest level" Bill said
"But he is good enough to try and he is a sensible horse which helps"
Bill and Jean were at Alexandra Park for the memorable Group One wins with Elle Mac and Jesse Duke last week and had a tiki tour of the country driving down from Auckland during the week to watch Elle Mac score in the Nevele R heat on Friday. It would be fair to say that Bill, once a rarer visitor on this side of the Tasman where Jean is a devoted follower of her racing team, has become a more regular traveller lately.
In the meantime check the ownership of Jesse Duke. Bill's name might work its way into the book-and he will be even more regular then !
THE RACING SCENE
Danny Zavitsanos approached Mark and Natalie as a prospective client looking for a change of luck with his racing interests. He came to the right place. He has had a stellar month winning the Sapling Stakes and Kindergarten Stakes with War Dan Delight after Enhcnace Your Calm which he and his wife bought a few weeks ago won his trotting debut at Addington on Friday.
War Dan Delight, given a dream trail by Natalie behind Jack Jones, sprinted home in 27 to hold out Another Masterpiece who again impressed with his strong finish. Jack Jones who was responsible for the scorching pace as a result of being too keen faded to finish fourth.
Earlier Semiramide ended All Stars's dream run of 17 successive winners when beaten into third .
FROM THE TOP TABLE
Chase Auckland is out of the Derby and the Flying Stakes next week. He has a curb and we will give him about three weeks off now and assess where we are with him. If all goes well he could be got up for the Harness Jewels otherwise he will have a long break with an eye to the Cup meeting in November maybe. It is bad luck from a timing viewpoint though the owners have had a good run with him so far and these things are always a possibility. We have some other nice three year olds to tackle the Derby but he will certainly be missed.
We had been up in Hanmer for a short break this week so full credit to the staff topping off the team for Friday's racing. It was a wonderful effort from all of them and they deserve a lion's share of the praise for our success this week. We headed home on Friday and while we kept tags on how things were going it was a tribute to Tim and Michelle in particular but also all the rest of our staff that it turned out so well on Friday. WE are thrilled with the way they have achieved what they have,
STATS AND FACTS
- MARK is the latest driver to top 1500 winning drives in the same season he joined the exclusive 2000+ training winners. Next target ? The first 2000 win trainer to also drive 2000 wnners.
- ALL STARS has won five of the last seven runnings of the Young Guns (Cardigan Bay Stakes G1) and three of the last seven Northern Derby's. It has also won five of the last seven Northern Oaks,
- MILLIONAIRE ALL STARS - 1. Lazarus approx $3.9m 2 Smolda $2,558,5442. 3. Auckland Reactor $1,837,043 4.Adore Me $1,677,032 5 Il Vicolo $1,580,948 6 Have Faith In Me $1,469,492 7 I Can Doosit $1,445,774 8 Young Rufus $1,082,692 9 Highview Tommy $1,021,904 10 Dream About Me $1,002,839
- ALL STARS has topped the $3.5m in stakes earnings so far this season, Lazarus and Ultimate Machete alone winning over $1.3m in Australia
- STABLE CHAT
It was quite a thrill to win the two year old filly race at Invercargill with Kayla Marie. It was my first Group win and that is always an extra bonus. The win was not the reason I have picked up a stable drive at Invercargill though. SEMIRAMIDE is a good drive In the Kindergarten my favourite is Jack Jones who Mark is driving this time. He is a fast horse and he worked really good this morning (Thursday).
Looking ahead we have a huge meeting coming up at Addington next week and that will be our focus after this weekend.
Things haven't all gone my way this week but it was a thrill to win a bunch of races last week. THE MOONSHADOW had the draw work against him in the Young Guns and he is better than that. He has stayed in the north to run in a Sires Stakes heat because we have so many contenders down here. I hope it can carry on but not as easy this week as it turns out. STRESS FACTOR should be one of my best drives. He has been trialling well and he worked good this morning. He has the experience over his stablemates and should go well. TENNYSON BROMAC is another good drive on Friday. The draw might actually suit him and with a bit of luck he can make his mark here on his three year old form in the spring. My best outside drive would probably have been BETTOR'S HEART but it is a step up and beating horses like Duplicated and especially Anthem won't be easy. Same with KENSINGTON KATE against fillies like Elle Mac.
We had a bit of a misunderstanding over Wyndham when it turned out Nat and Mark couldn't be there for the first and last runners of our team and by the time that had all been sorted I had taken drives which meant I was out of the running with Semiramide and I can't see the drive I have in that race beating it.
ANOTHER MASTERPIECE was a good run last week. He really got stuck in in the straight and is a progressive horse. My question over him is that originally he was not going to come back for this day so he has had two trips south and the other juveniles only one. But he seems the sort of horse who can adapt. Most of my outside drives are only upset hopes though DIBABA is a threat in its race and can get in the money.
DUPLICATED is my first drive on Friday and I rate him a winning chance. He was second to Funatthebeach last time from the same draw and he went a good race. Ok he may be just a little below our glamour three year olds but he is racing well and I see him in three or four with any luck at all. Anthem will be hard to beat.
ZION BROMAC has a bad draw too and that could make things tricky with horses like TENNYSON BROMAC in the field even though my guy is competitive. I have won on him before. Probably each way is best. I am a little disappointed I couldn't pick up a drive in the Juniors race but it is very competitive right now and especially as trainers like to stick with local drivers in their areas more than it used to be,
LEGEND ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS
It's a shame the stable of Mark and Natalie are having a bad run with suspensory injuries. They are tricky things to deal with and they vary from bad news to very bad news. But I have to say when I see horses being sent for long spells I think back to how we used to deal with most of them and it was really often the opposite. But things were different then.
For one thing you could blister the leg, which was a normal treatment but you can't do now. Progress is progress but there is no doubt in my mind that blisters did the job and they weren't as bad as some made out. Blisters shortened the time the horse was out of work and thousands of horses survived them fine in that era.
Ideally in the older days you preferred to keep the horse in work unless the suspensory was very bad or beyond repair. I am still not a great believer in nine month spells but I am old school and they do have advanced surgery now (stem cell) which we didn't use for most of my training career,
Horses with tendon and suspensory problems were walked or jogged on a very firm surface such as a sealed road. It kept the right angle to the ground so there was no aggravation to the injury.
I had an example with Hi Foyle which we were training up for the Inter Dominions in 1975. Paul Gallagher had had him mostly for Lex Thomas. He was an iron horse with a big heart but he had a suspensory problem and he had those big races coming up so we had to treat it the best way we could. Spelling him wasn't an option as he was an old warrior and he probably wouldn't have come back from it.
The main thing we did was work on his leg morning and night. Every four hours we changed his iced bandage and sprayed a treatment on which had a similar effect as well. It meant getting up in the middle of the night every night but we kept him sound enough to race. Of course we didn't do much with him between races except continue the treatment. He was a very brave horse and went terrific each night. In fact we thought he was bit unlucky not to win the final even though it was Young Quinn who beat him. He went to stud later. I think he had nearly 100 starts and was a grand old horse.
What we did you couldn't do now really but he stood up to the racing when it was really tough racing so he must have felt all right !
OUR SUPPORT TEAM -AND GREAT SUPPORTERS THEY ARE!
Michelle Neilson, , Matt Bowden, Tim Williams,, Mike Woodlock, Dave Lewis, Rebecca Hendricks, Kerry Estreich, Olivia Thornley, Ashleigh Royal,
Carolyn Carney, Iva Junkova, Pilch, Michael Purdon, Nathan Purdon, Alison Ward, Kayla Cooper,