No Tricks claims her reward
seven-figure fee in this country.
Pasadena Girl was bred at Blandford Lodge by Graham and Helen-Gaye Bax, who can also take credit for an earlier Group One winner by Savabeel, Lucia Valentina. On top of that, last week’s $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Criterion, the winner of the Australian Derby 12 months ago, was also reared at the Hinuera Road nursery.
Karapiro couple Paul and Cushla Smithies have also been experiencing a purple patch with horses bred at their property, Monovale Farm. Their star performer is New Zealand Derby and Thorndon Mile winner Puccini, while they also bred his older halfbrother Sir Slick as well as last year’s New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner Platinum Witness and now they have No Tricks.
No Tricks is due back from Christchurch and will have a week in the paddock to get over her southern campaign before a decision is made whether the Queensland winter carnival is added to her three- year- old season.
‘‘She really deserved that win. It’s valuable for any filly to get black type,’’ says Jason Bridgman. ‘‘I’ll head over to Monovale Farm next week and see how she has recovered from what has been a fairly busy time.
‘‘I know Paul is quite keen on races over in Brisbane but first we need to know that she’s in the right order to make the trip.’’
Jason is already looking towards next season with his other weekend winner, Hastings first starter Xtravagant. The twoyear-old brother to former class galloper and now Mapperley Stud stallion He’s Remarkable could not have been more impressive in his 1400-metre assignment, leading from the start and gapping his rivals to score by seven lengths.
Being by Pentire from a mare by Zabeel, Xtravagant could hardly be expected to be a precocious two-year-old, but there was no denying his aptitude for the task at hand on the weekend.
That will be it for now, however, with plans already in hand for the spring when natural development and further experience could well make him a front-runner in early season three-year-old features.
Hastings was also the scene of a performance at the other end of the spectrum, career win number eight for that wonderful sprinter Whosyourmaster. The pride of Dan and Judy Moss’s small racing string and prepared in exemplary style by training partners Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott, Whosyourmaster made light of his clear topweight of 59 kilograms to come from last and easily account for his Listed sprint rivals.
The rising seven-year-old won the same race last year and has added another four in the meantime as well as finishing second in a photo-finish in the Gr. 1 Railway Stakes. Last year he backed up to win the main sprint at this weekend’s Te Rapa race meeting but he will instead head to the spelling paddock and return for an early spring campaign.
‘‘Last year he was much lower in the ratings and we don’t want to see him carrying a huge weight for the hell of it,’’ reasons Lance O’Sullivan. ‘‘This way he can go out while he’s still feeling on top of himself and we can bring him back in time to have him ready for the Foxbridge Plate in August.’’
Just as Jason Bridgman had done, the Wexford partners came up with a dual venue double on the weekend, completed by Fascination Street at Ellerslie. With two wins from her last three starts and a string of placings as well, the four-year-old has really got her act together of late and may now be given her chance at weight-for-age company in next month’s Rotorua Stakes.
The red carpet was rolled out at Waikato Stud last Wednesday morning to welcome back the champion miler Sacred Falls, who will take the place of his deceased champion sire O’Reilly on the leading nursery’s stallion roster.
With impeccable bloodlines and a track record headed by two wins in the Doncaster Mile as well as the George Main Stakes and New Zealand 2000 Guineas, Sacred Falls is an exciting prospect.
No Tricks carries the tangerine and blue Te Akau colours to another Riccarton feature win.