Richie’s cup caps day

Sunday News - - RACING - NZ RAC­ING

TRELAWNEY Stud en­joyed a stel­lar stakes dou­ble at Hast­ings yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing re­sults to savour in Aus­tralia.

The Cam­bridge nurs­ery bred and races the $75,000 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) win­ner Richie McHorse and they share in the own­er­ship of In­de­ci­sion, who boosted her value with vic­tory in the $50,000 New Zealand Blood­stock Fi­nance Sprint (1200m).

Stud grad­u­ate Ocean Knight had ear­lier made a per­fect de­but with vic­tory at Caulfield, while Che­quered Flag added to the win­ning tally at Mor­phettville.

‘‘Che­quered Flag is a horse we’ve got with a few oth­ers who we raced Solzhen­it­syn [a dual Group One win­ner] with,’’ Trelawney’s Cherry Tay­lor said. ‘‘It’s been a great day.’’

Ocean Park colt Ocean Knight, a grand­son of the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) win­ner La Bella Dama, was sold through their Pre­mier Sale draft at Karaka last year for $115,000. He is trained by David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig. Richie McHorse is a son of Red­oute’s Choice and he emu­lated the feat of his mother Bound­less, a New Zealand Oaks (2400m) win­ner, who won the cup in 2010. ‘‘Richie went to the Ready RACE IM­AGES to Rale Sale, but no­body was in­ter­ested in him,’’ Tay­lor said. ‘‘We liked him and he’s my favourite – (hus­band) Brent and I bred and raced his mother.’’

Richie McHorse was orig­i­nally trained by Team Roger­son, but after surgery for knee is­sues, Graeme Roger­son ad­vised a change of en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘He said the only place to train him was on the sand,’’ Tay­lor said.

The five-year-old has re­sponded pos­i­tively in the Ruakaka op­er­a­tion of Chris Gibbs and his win yes­ter­day was his third this prepa­ra­tion.

Rider Jake Bayliss set­tled him at the tail of the field and they pow­ered home down the out­side to beat Our Ab­badean and Hunta Pence.

Bayliss adopted con­trast­ing tac­tics aboard the Tony Pike­trained In­de­ci­sion, who jumped to the front and was never headed for the fourth win of her 14-start ca­reer. By Per In­canto, she is a half-sis­ter to the dual Group One win­ner Vi­adanna, and was a $260,000 year­ling pur­chase.

‘‘It was a big step up in class for her, we thought we might sneak a bit of black type and she’s won very im­pres­sively,’’ Tay­lor said.

Richie McHorse pow­ers home for rider Jake Bayliss to win the Hawke’s Bay Cup yes­ter­day.

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