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Brother to Diademe at Karaka 2014

Brother to Diademe at Karaka 2014

The extremely consistent mare Diademe (NZ) (Savabeel) was able to go one better than her runner-up placing in the same race last year with victory in the Group 2 $85,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) on Saturday at Te Rapa.

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Diademe (NZ) triumphant in the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa. Photo courtesy of Trish Dunell.

A full-brother to Diademe is catalogued as Lot 388 in the upcoming Premier Sale in Waikato Stud’s draft at Karaka 2014.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained filly was a close second in last year’s running of the event when beaten by multiple Group 1 winner Shez Sinsational (NZ) (Ekraar). The consistent mare has only missed earning her owners a cheque twice in her 15-start career.

The five-year-old mare entered the race third up this preparation having finished an unlucky sixth at her last start in the Group 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.

Ridden by leading jockey Leith Innes, Diademe went straight to the front from the 1600m start and was able to dictate the pace of the race. Around the 600m mark Innes put pressure on the field as he increased the tempo, leaving the rest of the field flat-footed and on entering the straight the pair had opened up a sizable margin.

There was no catching Diademe as the lead she had created at the top of the straight proved more than adequate to hold of the fast-finishing Zurella (NZ) (Zabeel) to win by 1.1 lengths in a quick time of 1.33.97 on the Good 3 track.

Bred: Garry Chittick Offered: Waikato Stud Purchased: Scott Richardson Bloodstock at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2010 Karaka Premier Sale for $50,000

First Filly Series Points for Whistling Dixie

A hard-fought victory by Whistling Dixie (NZ) (Pins) in the Group 3 $70,000 Ezibuy Eulogy Stakes (1600m) has propelled the filly into contention for the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series as she earned a valuable six points in the Series.

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Whistling Dixie (NZ) winning the Group 3 Ezibuy Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni on Saturday.

The Graeme and Debbie Rogerson trained three-year-old filly entered the Saturday’s Group 3 feature at Awapuni on the back of a tough last start run when racing wide throughout the race and battling on well to finish seventh.

Ridden by Aimee Taylor, the daughter of Pins was able to find a good position in behind the leaders with cover by the end of the back straight. The pair hit the front halfway down the straight and had to hold off the fast finish of Miss Selby (NZ) (O’Reilly) to hang on to win by a long head.

“Debbie bought her for Segenhoe Stud, they are very excited and we are looking forward to the Eight Carat Stakes now,” stated Graeme Rogerson.

“She is a nice filly that is maturing all the time, a lovely big filly too.She will go on now to the Eight Carat Stakes and Royal Stakes and follow the Filly of the Year Series onto Te Rapa and the Oaks.

“Her go will be if she stays the Oaks trip and the other fillies don’t get the mile-and-a-quarter. We have been waiting for these fillies races to start stepping up over more ground and that’s what we have been aiming for.”

Bred: Garry Chittick Offered: Waikato Stud Purchased: Debbie Rogerson at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2012 Karaka Select Sale for $30,000

Pizzazz No Surprise for Trainer

A major upset was caused by New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale graduate Pizzazz (NZ) (Bertolini) with the $60 chance triumphant in the Listed $50,000 Shaw’s Wire Ropes Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.

The seven-year-old gelding was having his second start in New Zealand since returning from Hong Kong where he won five races and over $600,000 in prizemoney. Pizzazz was forced to cover extra ground in his New Zealand debut, finishing seventh behind Waterford (NZ) (Darci Brahma) at Counties.

Trained by John Bell, Pizzazz settled well back in the 15-horse field for rider Reese Jones in an evenly run race. The son of Bertolini then produced a strong sprint in the straight has he ploughed down the centre of the track and put his head in front on the line to claim victory over Karaka Select Sale graduate Needly (NZ) (O’Reilly).

“The way he had been working it was not a surprise to us,” remarked Bell. “We expected him to be in the race but I couldn’t believe the price he was paying. It is going to be a very good Christmas for the stable.

Bred: Alan Jones & Edwina Morris Offered: Berkley Stud Purchased: New Zealand Bloodstock as agent at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2008 South Island Sale of 2YOs for $80,000

Brother to Nigelissima at Karaka 2014

Maiden filly Nigelissima (NZ) (Pentire) prevailed in a surprise victory in the Listed $50,000 Jesters Pies Championship Stakes Prelude (2100m) at Ellerslie on Sunday, adding to the pedigree of her full-brother catalogued in 2014 Karaka Select Sale.

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Nigelissima (NZ) winning the Listed Jesters Pies Championship Stakes Prelude on Sunday.

Rich Hill Stud will offer a colt by Pentire out of Posing Zero (Danzero) at the upcoming Select Sale, with the full-brother to Nigelissima catalogued at Lot 727.

Trained by father and daughter combination of Jeff McVean & Emma-Lee Browne, Nigelissima was a late entry for the Listed feature on Sunday when the field was left open due to low initial nominations.

The daughter of Pentire had three starts before Sunday for two placings, including an unlucky second last start when held up for much of the straight at Te Aroha when ridden by Alysha Collet.

Collet was once again aboard the filly on Sunday and the pair dropped to the tail of the field soon after jumping from the outside barrier in the 10-horse field. Collet rode a patient race on Nigelissima, cutting the corner to the home straight and finding a gap that the pair burst through and ran to the lead to defeat hot favourite Show the World (NZ) (High Chaparral) by three-quarters-of-a-length.


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