The team at Go Racing are celebrating the close of a stellar racing season.
“We had a record-breaking season winning on both sides of the Tasman.” says Albert Bosma, Racing Manager.
The jewel in the crown for the season was undoubtedly the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks win by Sentimental Miss for trainer Lisa Latta.
“We were just so rapt for her to win that pinnacle race and so pleased for Lisa. Sentimental Miss’ win means that Go-Racing purchased horses from Karaka have won 50% of the three-year-old Group 1 fillies races in New Zealand over the last two seasons. We’re pretty proud of that.”
It continued to be a ‘Magic March’ with a rich run of success for the entire Go Racing training suite who celebrated nine winners over a three week period.
“Go Racing had its most successful individual week ever in March with five winners. We were just so proud and rapt for our trainers and our owners.”
The season was characterized by an increased presence and success across the Tasman starting with successful Australian campaigns by Campari and Mark Two, picking up two wins and one win respectively.
“It was our deliberate strategy to take promising horses through the Australian grades to win good money. It worked and we will continue to offer the thrill and financial reward of Australian racing to our owners.”
Another ground-breaking strategy – the importation of European stayers – also paid dividends in the 2018/2019 season.
Sir Pippin, trained by Chris Waller, won on his Australian debut and picked up another victory at Caulfield repaying his purchase price after just two starts.
“This strategy has been extremely successful for our owners. Sir Pippin’s European stable mate Alward is closing in on the half million dollar prize money mark and our latest import, Obelos finished a close second at his last start and we believe is a Group quality horse. We also purchased Sayl, our first two-year-old from the northern hemisphere, and we are excited about what he can do next preparation.”
Stephen McKee-trained grand campaigner Passing Shot added an 11th, and final win, to his illustrious career before retiring in May.
Says Albert, “He was a legend – only a very few manage double figures. Unbelievably, his final win was at a distance (1400) he had never won at before.”
Shottie’s careers highlights included the Group 3 Mr Tiz Trophy as a three-year-old in 2015. In 2016 he won the Listed Lightning Handicap and the Listed NZB Finance Sprint. He was beaten a short margin in the Group 3 Stewards Stakes Handicap in November 2017. In 2018 he ran a career highlight of fourth in the Group 1 Telegraph. He also won the Gazely Cup by four lengths as clear top weight as a three-year-old. Earning a total of $414,500 prize money for his extremely happy syndicate, Passing Shot claimed the title of the Go Racing horse with the most wins.
Rising star Savabeel colt Exuberant won the two-year-old Listed Wellesley Stakes in the spring for trainer Stephen Marsh.
“Go Racing has enjoyed great success with our juveniles. Ruud Awakening won the Karaka Million and Group 1 Diamond Stakes in 2013, before running in the Golden Slipper. Hasahalo won the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes and was second in the Karaka Million. Prince Mambo won the Listed Ford Slipper and was second in the Group 1 Sires Produce. Now Exuberant continues that proud tradition for us.”
Says Albert, “It was a hell of a ride last season. We also saw the inspirational comeback story of injured Mighty Aslan whose patient syndicate did the right thing by this talented gelding. He rewarded them with his first win back in May at Ruakaka and we think he is a very promising stayer on the rise. Our owners have enjoyed a lot of success in 2018/2019. We look forward to the new season!”