Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Castlzeberg looking to lead in TV3 New Zealand Derby

Castlzeberg looking to lead in TV3 New Zealand Derby

5th February 2013 - There is one giant difference between riding a Derby winner and training one - and as Bob Vance will tell you, it is not the winning percentage that counts.

As a jockey, Vance rode four New Zealand Derby winners during his stellar career and now trains the second favourite for the TV3-sponsored classic at Ellerslie on March 2nd in Castlzeberg.

So the biggest difference?

“When you are training a horse like this, he is the first thing you think of every morning,” says Vance.

“However when you are riding them, sure it matters, but you really just walk out into the Birdcage, hop on and hope for the best.

“There isn’t really a lot more you can do than that as a jockey. Whereas when you are training them you have to plan every little thing.

“Obviously it’s far more involved, but as a result, it’s far more rewarding.”

Vance, who trains Castlzeberg with his wife Jenny, is still very much a rider and does much of the three-year-old Castledale gelding’s trackwork himself.

“Jenny and I share the trackwork but I tend to ride this fella more. However, we had a departure from that last week when Danielle (Johnson, his raceday jockey) came in and rode him. That is unusual for us but it worked.”

That is a typical piece of Vance understatement.

Johnson read the tempo perfectly in Saturday’s $100,000 Waikato Guineas at Te Rapa as Castlzeberg led throughout to distance his opposition by 3.8 lengths. Well backed pre-post to win the Guineas, the effortless victory saw him shorten into $6 second favouritism with the TAB for the TV3 New Zealand Derby.

The star of The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival at Ellerslie, Habibi, has tightened into $3.50 favoritism for the TV3 New Zealand Derby (even though she didn’t race over the weekend), with unplaced Guineas favourite Weissmuller drifting from $6 to $8 for the big race.

While Castlzeberg’s front-running tactics were perfect for a raceday dominated by on-speed horses on Saturday, Vance believes that can prove just as effective over 2400m in the Derby.

“I think when you have a horse people expect to lead and they know will run along, they get respect - and he would have gained a lot of that from what he did on Saturday.

“Mark Sweeney, who rode Zinko, said to me that at the 600m all he wanted to do was get off our guy’s back because Danielle was tapping him up but then 400m later he was cruising again.

“So we won’t be scared to try and lead all the way in the TV3 New Zealand Derby because if you have a horse who likes it up front and is relaxed, it can be the best place to be.”

Vance will not commit to a pre-Derby meeting with Habibi in Sunday week’s Avondale Guineas just yet.

“It is possible but I also think we could get away without another race before the Derby.

“If we do miss the Guineas, I’d be quite keen to gallop him at Ellerslie’s Breakfast With The Stars on the Tuesday prior to the Derby.

“But I might even leave it to this weekend, or even next Monday, to make that decision.”

The Auckland Cup Week Breakfast With The Stars will be held at Ellerslie Racecourse on Tuesday 26th February. It is at this event where some of the ‘stars’ of New Zealand’s richest racing event will enjoy a training gallop before Auckland Cup Week begins on the Saturday. This event is free for the public to attend with breakfast items and hot drinks available for purchase.

The Group I $750,000 TV3 New Zealand Derby is the headline act of TV3 Derby Day (the opening ‘act’ to Auckland Cup Week 2013) and is set to be held at Ellerslie Racecourse on Saturday 2nd March. This year’s TV3 New Zealand Derby is one of New Zealand’s richest races, with a total prize purse of $750,000.

www.ellerslie.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Film Awards: The Dark Horse Scores Big

An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas. More>>

ALSO:

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news