Karaka graduates have shone again in the Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m), winning the Riccarton classic for the eighth year in a row on Saturday with the impressive Madison County (NZ) (Pins).
The $36,000 Select Sale purchase joins Embellish (NZ) (Savabeel), Ugo Foscolo (NZ) (Zacinto), Xtravagant (NZ) (Pentire), Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj), Atlante (Fastnet Rock), Sacred Falls (NZ) (O’Reilly) and Rock ‘N’ Pop (Fastnet Rock).
Madison County had previously won the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), and he was a fast-finishing third in the Group 2 Sarten Memorial (1400m) last start. On Saturday he confirmed his quality with an outstanding performance.
Ridden by Matt Cameron, the China Horse Club-owned gelding sat in midfield before angling to the centre of the track in the straight.
Madison County produced a spectacular finishing burst, roaring past Dawn Patrol (NZ) (Dawn Approach) and opening up a decisive margin of two and a half lengths.
“Madison County just proved he is the best three-year-old around,” Cameron said. “They went quick down the back, then slowed up and were all bunched up.
“I opted to come off into a bit better ground, as I know he has an electric turn of foot and a few of them were stopping. He got through and was very dominant.”
Raced by the China Horse Club and trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Madison County has now had six starts for three wins, three placings and $396,560 in prize-money – more than 11 times his purchase price.
Madison County was bred by Waikato Stud, who also bred last year’s 2000 Guineas winner Embellish.
Saturday’s race produced a trifecta for the 2017 Select Sale. Dawn Patrol cost $20,000, while third-placed Sir Nate (NZ) (Nadeem) was bought for $65,000.
Vendor Waikato Stud
Purchaser China Horse Club (China)
Breeding Pins – Red Delicious
Sale Lot 974, 2017 Select Sale, $36,000
Bred by G J Chittick
In other news classy sprinting mare Indecision (NZ) (Per Incanto) collected her second black-type win with a dominant front-running performance in the $50,000 Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
The $260,000 Premier Sale purchase won the Listed NZB Finance Sprint (1200m) at Hastings in April, and she was beaten by a nose when second in the Group 3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Rotorua last month.
On Saturday she never gave her rivals a look-in. Rider Leith Innes sent the five-year-old straight to the lead, and she produced a decisive turn of foot in the straight to kick clear and win by a length and three-quarters.
“She’s come back much stronger this season,” trainer Tony Pike said. “She’s always been thereabouts. This season she’s improved so much and she’s holding her form consistently.
“I thought she got the win at Rotorua last time, but she just missed that day. Her work since then has been first-class, and she’s a mare who’s certainly heading the right way. It was a handy enough sprint field today and she’s done it well.”
Raced by S L Malcolm, Mrs C N and Ms J Taylor, Faith Taylor, Brent and Cherry Taylor, Indecision has now had 20 starts for five wins, six placings and $115,275 in prize-money.
Indecision was bred by Little Avondale Trust and Mrs N K Smyth and was offered in Little Avondale’s draft at the 2015 Premier Sale.
Vendor Little Avondale Stud
Purchaser Bruce Perry Bloodstock (Masterton)
Breeding Per Incanto – Yeah Nah
Sale Lot 236, 2015 Premier Sale, $260,000
Bred by Little Avondale Trust & Mrs N K Smyth
With a remarkable front-running performance, $16,000 Select Sale graduate Dee And Gee (NZ) (Darci Brahma) collected her first stakes win in Saturday’s $75,000 Listed Redwood Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) at Riccarton.
Trapped wide in the early stages, rider Cameron Lammas elected to send the five-year-old forward to take the lead. Dee And Gee kicked away in the straight, moving well clear of her challengers.
The others were never able to eat into that advantage, and Dee And Gee crossed the finish line three lengths clear.
“I decided to go to the front and make them chase me, and she just kept finding,” Lammas said.
Owned and trained by Timaru couple Terrill Charles and Peter Corbett, Dee And Gee has now had 22 starts for four wins, four placings and $109,485 in prize-money – almost seven times her purchase price.
“She was a handy sort of horse last season who I always thought would get a bit of distance,” Corbett said.
Vendor The Oaks Stud
Purchaser Mr SF Ritchie (Cambridge)
Breeding Darci Brahma – Gabana
Sale Lot 973, 2015 Select Sale, $16,000
Bred by Sildi Bloodstock Ltd