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MARK DISCUSSES FIRST NIGHT INTER DOMINION HOPES
MARK IS RE-ESTABLISHING THE LEGEND OF THE HICKORY BRYANT -TYPE SULKY -BUT THE PEGASUS HAD TO STAY AT HOME FOR THE INTER DOMINIONS !
Unsung hero of Lazarus's triumph in the New Zealand Cup (and other stable winners at the meeting) was the Pegasus racing sulky built by Gary Roberts in Templeton.
Ok so there are so many modern sulkies it is not funny. They all have a marketing story But this one is a unique mixture of new and old. And Mark loves it.
He fitted it to Lazarus this spring and was rapt with the results. Lazarus is the first horse to win a Cup in a hickory cart since Terror to Love's second Cup several years ago.
Other All Stars major winners also pulled one
"Gary makes our work carts and he has made a great job of these Pegasus race carts too " Mark said
"I have used the modern steel carts like everyone but when I tried this one I found because it was lighter it was easier on the wheels -you can hear them grinding sometimes on the other carts-and had more natural spring as you would expect from high grade timber"
"I found that I could drive five or six races in a steel cart and have a sore back the next day whereas with this one there is no problem. It may be different for lighter drivers though I am not really heavy anyway!. I think its just the lightness and the spring in the wood"
Gary Roberts has specialised in sulky wheels for years having a bicycle industry background and then moved on to carts.
"We bring in the highest grade hickory, have a wider cart than the old Bryants along the American lines but has the Bryant build standards" he says.
"Gary puts a hell of a lot of work into these carts" Mark adds
"You don't just get the hickory in and start building the sulky. There's a lot of shaping and adjusting going on before that happens"
"Gary offered people trials of the carts and guarantees them from a safety angle through all the racing, fixing anything wrong.
The only problem ? Laz can't pull the Pegasus in Australia.
"They banned wooden carts over there quite a few years ago. I did apply to use the Pegasus on this trip but, not surprisingly, they turned it down"
But it will be waiting at home-and maybe is the next generation of speed carts in New Zealand. Certainly if its good enough for champions and budding stars at All Stars it is good enough for anyone!
Perth Essential Dates:
November 24 Gloucester Park-Round one of ID Heats 2130m $125,000 Loans Classic, $50,000 M=Norms Daughter Classic Piccadilly Princess
November 28 Bunbury- Round two of ID Heats 2130m
December 1 Gloucester Park -Round three of heat qualifying for ID 2130m -4yo Championship $50,000
December 8 Gloucester Park- ID Final ($1.1m) Mare's Classic $125,000 Golden Nugget 4yo $200,000
LAZ TOPS SMOLDA AS RICHEST ALL STAR EVER
(Earnings reach $2,678,000)
*** LAZARUS is now the richest horse All Stars Stable has prepared has moved to 8th on the all time list of Australasian stakes earners. The top Kiwi is Monkey King with $3.48m and Lazarus has just passed evergreen hero Smolda on the list. This all from just 36 starts consisting of 31 firsts. 2 seconds and three 3rds. That's right. Never further back than third since starting his racing at 2.
Average earnings per start $74,000!
FROM THE TOP TABLE
MARK IS "BLOWN AWAY" BY FINAL WORKOUTS FOR FIRST NIGHT OF THE INTERDOMINIONS
The answer is blowin' in the wind. Mark talks about Friday's team.
The horses have settled in well. They are eating up but I can't really tell you much from Wednesday's workouts. We have had a lot of wind here. You don't usually associate Perth with wind its usually just the heat and the flies and at least the wind keeps the flies away from the horses.
But they were sprinting home into a strong wind on Wednesday. They all felt fine but you couldn't get a complete line on them from that.
I am a wee bit surprised Lazarus is not the favourite for his heat to be honest.. Soho Tribeca is a good horse and he has the draw but his form is probably not as strong as Laz's is. It is early days but he should go a really strong race . The draw is so much more important here, though you wouldn't be swapping many in that field for Lazarus.
That is a stat which I like ( 49% of winners at Gloucester Park start from gate one) when it comes to Ultimate Machete in the Loan Stakes. He is really probably a class above most of those he will meet and the draw is a bonus especially as he can use his speed early.
From what I see of Piccadilly Princess's draw it might be a lot better than it looks. I can see her getting a reasonable run through from that second line. If so that will make her very competitive and of course she has won here before.
Have Faith In Me I am sure will go a big race. We were very happy with his work back home he just hasn't been able to get into the race for one reason or another. Chicago Bull will be all the rage and has the draw but I can see "Crown" putting in a top run.
WHERE YOUR HORSE IS RACING NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER (ADJUSTMENTS MAY BE MADE FOR THE USUAL REASONS_)
no runners in NZ this week
December 1 Addington - Sires Stakes Silver- Anthem, Funatthebeach, Tennyson Bromac Major Shard, Gentle Giant Sires Stakes heat- A Lister, Bare Knuckle, Elle Mac
December 3 Methven- Waikiki Beach, Green Mile
December 8 Auckland- Sires Heat- Delight in Me, Shenandoah- 3yo All Your Need is Faith, Ashley Locaz, The Devil's Own, Spankem
Mares- Dream About Me, Partyon. Free for All -Heaven Rocks, Vincent
December 15 Auckland - 3yo Fillies- Elle Mac, Bettor Trix, Bare Knuckle Delight in Me, Shenandoah- 3yo male-Chase Auckland, All U Need is Faith, Ashley Locaz, Spankem, The Devil's Own- Queen of Hearts- Dream About Me, Piccadilly Princess (?) Partyon -Franklin Cup-Vincent, Heaven Rocks
December 31 Auckland -Auckland Cup Dream About Me, Heaven Rocks, Vincent. Have Faith In Me (?) Lazarus (?) Ultimate Machete (?) to be nominated also
3yo fillies -(final or consolation)- Elle Mac, Bettor Trix, Shenandoah Bare Knuckle, Delight in Me -Sales Series c and g- Chase Auckland, All U Need is Faith, The Devil's Own, Spankem, (Anthem, Funatthebeach and Tennyson Bromac also possible)
Australian Dates to Remember (Runners to be confirmed)
January 20 Melton- Ballarat Cup-Victorian Derby heats-
January 20 Menangle- Hondo Grattan (4yo qualifier for later features)
January 27 Melton- Victorian Derby , Bonanza (4yo) , Alabar Ladyship Stakes
February 3 Melton- Hunter Cup
February 3 Menangle- Paleface Adios (4yo qualifier
February 17 Menangle Cordina Sprint -(Miracle Mile leadup)-Robin Dundee (mares) -heats NSW Derby and NSW Oaks
February 24 Menangle- NSW Derby-NSW Oaks-Miracle Mile-Bohemian Crystal -Ladyship Mile
MILLIONAIRE ALL STARS - 1. Lazarus $2, 678, 946 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
(A regular column from our stable manager Michelle Neilson)
We have Addington safely behind us and I must say it all went smoothly considering but I could have had a bit more luck in the sulky personally with some awful draws. As you can see we have more than a dozen headed north for that carnival and they could be joined by those returning from Perth. We also have a number of youngsters coming back in so it is still going to be a busy time if a little less raceday pressure around here until after Auckland
TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS-AND THOSE NOW
Lazarus was great in winning the Cup just too good for them and he is probably the best we have had since Christian Cullen. He seems to keep a lower profile than some stars because he is just so efficient at everything. You are very lucky to train a horse like that. I was thrilled for Barry too. His horse (Jack's Legend) went a great race for a four year old and to see Mark and Barry quinella a race like the Cup was a special thrill really.
Mark has gone past Barry and I now with Cup wins. I think I will consider coming out of retirement ! Never enjoyed coming second in anything !
But good on the both of them
Some of the fields looked a bit light on Tuesday and it is funny how people go on about raising stakes and when they do they get fewer horses !
I have never understood that sort of thinking but it has always been the case going back many years. I suppose it is human nature but its a shame for the clubs putting up the big money
STATS CORNER (2) -THE LEADING AUSTRALASIAN STAKES EARNERS
1 Black's a Fake $4.575m 2 Im Themightyquinn $4.567m 3-Smoken Up $3.66m 4-Mr Feelgood* $3.36m 6- Monkey King $3.33 m 7 Lennytheshark $2.56 8 Lazarus $ 2.45m 8 Smolda $2.4om-9Terror To Love $2.377m 10 Changeover $2.32m 11-Shakamaker $2.29m
*Mr Feelgood earned the bulk of his stakes in the USA
Other horses we have found to have won over $A2m in descending order- Our Sir Vancelot, Lyell Creek*, Christen Me, Beautide, Village Kid, and Westburn Grant.
NZ ONLY -Elsu won over $NZ2m while Luxury Liner, Christopher Vance, Chokin, Auckland Reactor, Master Musician, Holmes D G and Yulestar won between$1.7m and $1.9m each.
*Lyell Creekwon over $2.9m according to his New Zealand record which would place him 7th on our overall(unofficial) list
RACING /TRIALLING THIS WEEK