Go Racing are looking to back up one of our most successful weekends of racing with another! Long may Magic March continue.
Savabeel siblings – Group 1 winner Hasahalo and full brother Hasabro – both compete at Tauranga on Saturday – see full story here.
Further south at Riccarton talented and progressive three-year-old filly Severine is in race 2 the 3YO 1400m worth $25,000.
Trainer Andrew Carston feels she is building nicely. “Last start Severine ran fourth in a listed race and was hard finishing over 1400 metres. She has continued to improve since then and will be competitive. Oaks winning jockey Lisa Allpress was going to ride but has been suspended so we are pleased to have Robbie Hannam in the saddle from a handy barrier 3.”
Severine’s campaign will culminate in two target races – the Listed NZB Airfeight Stakes for three-year-old fillies over mile in two weeks’ time at Riccarton, followed by the Listed Warstep Stakes over 2000 metres worth $50,000.
Carston also has last start winner Titanium Jack competing in race 4 – a rating 65 1400 metres worth $22,500. “The plan is to get back and run on from the outside barrier draw. He’s only gotten better since his last start win, but he’ll need to be as he is going up in grade.”
We round out the weekend with two-year-old Bella Sorella debuting at Tauherenikau. Oaks winning trainer (did we mention we won the Oaks?) Lisa Latta says, “She’s shown good ability at the jump outs, but it’s just a starting point for her and she’ll learn a lot from it.”
When Sentimental Miss won the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand Oaks on Saturday, she became the centrepiece to a rich run of success for the Go Racing syndications team.
Go Racing, and most importantly their large groups of owners have celebrated nine winners over the past three weeks.
“We’ve been having a great run and last week was our most successful yet with five winners,” racing manager Albert Bosma said.
“I think it goes back to doing the hard yards at the sales to buy the good horses.
“We’ve focused on buying these three-year-old classic types that we can take across the Tasman if they’re good enough.”
It’s a strategy that’s working with Sentimental Miss joining her 2017 Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas-winning stablemate Hasahalo as classic winners at the highest level.
Another key factor in the recent success of Go Racing is the quality of the trainers they have engaged both across New Zealand and in Sydney, where Chris Waller has 10 Go Racing horses in training.
Testament to this is the fact that their nine most recent winners have been spread across all five of their chosen trainers.
Ardmore-based trainer Stephen McKee has saddled three winners – grand campaigner Passing Shot and promising four-year-olds Running Man and Maktoum, who has won three of his five starts this season and is being set to campaign in Sydney.
Cambridge-based trainer Stephen Mash has also trained three – exciting three-year-olds Deels Done and Decadence who will target the Gr.3 Higgins Concrete Manawatu Classic next up and four-year-old Raposa Rapida who claimed a well-deserved win at Tauranga on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Palmerston North-based Lisa Latta lays claim to the biggest winner in Sentimental Miss and Christchurch-based Andrew Cartson has also had a win with Titanium Jack.
Across the Tasman Chris Waller was represented by Sir Pippin on Sunday who won his Australian debut at Yarra Valley.
Sir Pippin is the latest European Import sourced by Go Racing to have been successful.
Go Racing initially purchased two horses in Europe, Alward and Raqeeq, both of which have been success stories that led to the purchase of three additional horses out of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale last year – (Sir) Pippin, Obelos and Sayl. - Picket Fence
Photo: Sentimental Miss pictured with the members of the Go Racing Yesteryear Syndicate, Trish Dunell.