A great week for the progeny of Strategic Image and Island Time as Mihaia and full sibling North and South finish the old season off in style and start the new season with a bang.
Four-year-old gelding Mihaia brought the curtain down on the 2013-2014 season in style when recording his second win from just five starts at Rotorua last Wednesday. Trained by Stephen Marsh at Cambridge, Mihaia had to be good to win after missing the jump and then getting caught down in the worst part of the going for the majority of the race. He had a big weight of 59kg to carry and as Stephen Marsh says, is a horse that still has a lot of improvement in him. “He is a horse that still has plenty of maturing to do and has since gone to the paddock for a spell. He has done a fantastic job this time in and whilst he is one of the most improved horses in the stable, I think he is still a preparation away from really showing his best and this spell could be the making of him. I am impressed with the job Strategic Image is doing and the mare, Island Time is leaving some lovely horses”.
Mihaia’s full sister, North and South was not to be outdone and she showed what a quality winter galloper she is when effortlessly winning a $30,000 rating 85 1400 metre race at Riccarton on Saturday. The five-year-old mare has now won six of her seventeen race-day starts and is only $5 away from breaking the $80,000 barrier in stakes earnings. She was unlucky at her previous start when racing over 1400 metres at Taranaki and as jockey Robbie Hannam says, he was thrilled to be back riding her. “I have had an association with this mare right throughout her career and I was very happy to get the ride back for Saturday. She is a very promising winter galloper and she dealt to the opposition on Saturday. I never turned the stick on her and rather than knock her around in the run home, I was able to ease down and let her coast in the last 100 metres. It was an impressive performance and a very easy win”.
It was a big few days for the full siblings and with North and South backing up this weekend in a rating 85 1600 metre race at Riccarton it may not be over yet.