No Tricks claims her re­ward

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - DEN­NIS RYAN

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.

Poto: NZ RAC­ING DESK

No Tricks car­ries the tan­ger­ine and blue Te Akau colours to an­other Ric­car­ton fea­ture win.

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