New York state of mind tri­umphs

Sunday News - - CRICKET - NZ RAC­ING

MURRAY Baker and An­drew Fors­man have ten­ta­tive Group One plans for the pow­er­ful mare New York Minute.

The cham­pion train­ers are be­ing lured by the ul­ti­mate goal at Hawke’s Bay where the Tarzino Tro­phy (1400m) will open the car­ni­val on Septem­ber 1.

‘‘Murray and I have spo­ken about that, we might just keep her fresh and maybe run her in the Foxbridge Plate be­fore that,’’ Fors­man said.

They took charge of the strap­ping mare for this prepa­ra­tion af­ter she had been a mul­ti­ple black type placeget­ter for for­mer trainer Ilone Kelly, whose fam­ily race the daugh­ter of If­fraaj.

New York Minute was a ru­n­away win­ner at Tren­tham in her first ap­pear­ance from her new quar­ters and at Tau­ranga yes­ter­day she pro­duced a gal­lant per­for­mance to add the Listed Woburn Farm Tau­ranga Clas­sic (1400m) to her record.

‘‘She had trained on re­ally well and she’s a big girl and not the eas­i­est to keep sound,’’ Fors­man said,

He gave credit to Trina Rid­dell, who moved north with jockey hus­band Jonathan from Awa­puni last year to work for the sta­ble in a pre-train­ing role, for the part played be­hind the scenes.

‘‘Trina and Jonathan have done a lot of work with the horse,’’ Fors­man said.

New York Minute sat be­hind the pace be­fore she was into the clear to im­prove 600m from home and, while headed at the top of the straight, she ral­lied strongly to win by three-quar­ters of a length.

She spear­headed a sta­ble tri­fecta with Deals In Heels fin­ish­ing sec­ond and Tomelilla third.

‘‘Win­ning a stakes race is the main thing,’’ Fors­man said. ‘‘We’re rapt with how they all per­formed.’’

New York Minute was part­nered by Lisa All­press, who has rid­den her in all six of her seven ca­reer wins.

‘‘She was ex­cep­tional to­day TR­ISH DUNELL con­sid­er­ing that the track wasn’t as wet as she likes,’’ she said. ● First im­pres­sions of Te Toro Pearl have counted for noth­ing.

The daugh­ter of Bull­bars did lit­tle early on to en­cour­age trainer Jon Miller, but it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent story now.

Te Toro Pearl fin­ished sixth on de­but and hasn’t been beaten since with suc­cess at Tau­ranga yes­ter­day in the San­pel­le­grino Premier (1400m) her third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

‘‘When I first got her I nearly sacked her, but she has kept im­prov­ing all the time and she’s a nice filly now,’’ Miller said. ‘‘Not many can win three in a row.’’

‘‘She’s just kept show­ing some­thing ex­tra. I thought she was un­der pres­sure at the top of the straight af­ter be­ing three wide, but she kicked away nicely in the straight.’’ EL Luchador’s per­for­mance at Tau­ranga yes­ter­day is likely to force a change of plans for the six-year-old.

The geld­ing was be­ing groomed for a jump­ing ca­reer but a dour per­for­mance to win the Orora Kiwi Pack­ag­ing Ki­wifruit Cup (2100m) will more than likely put a tem­po­rary halt to that.

“He was go­ing to head for the maiden hur­dle [at Hawke’s Bay] next week, he’ll prob­a­bly get a re­prieve now,” trainer Mark Brooks said.

El Luchador has showed prom­ise over fences and was placed in a hur­dle trial at Cam­bridge be­fore he re­sumed on the flat at Te Rapa where he fin­ished sixth in the hands of Michael Cole­man.

“It was a good run at his last start and Michael was keen to stick with him so that gave me a bit of con­fi­dence,” Brooks said.

“He’s a pretty hon­est sort of win­ter gal­loper.”

El Luchador set­tled mid­field and one off the fence be­fore he im­proved 800m from home and swung wide into the straight.

He got to the front 200m from the post and got the bet­ter of the favourite Ro­drico, who fin­ished run­ner-up in the Gr.1 Queens­land Derby (2400m) be­fore an un­suc­cess­ful Hong Kong stint re­sulted in him join­ing Murray Baker and An­drew Fors­man’s cham­pion sta­ble.

El Luchador is part-owned by his breed­ers Fran and Faye Drum­mond, who stood the stal­lion El Her­mano, a brother to the Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) win­ner El Se­gundo, un­til he suc­cumbed ear­lier this year to hoof prob­lems.

Adri­atic Pearl made up ground from the back of the field to take third money from the lo­cal hope Roger That.

Meanewhile, in-form rider Jas­mine Fawcett is trans­fer­ring her ap­pren­tice­ship to Mata­mata trainer Toby Autridge.

The 24-year-old, who is cur­rently in­den­tured to Jim Col­lett, will con­tinue her break­out sea­son from her new quar­ters as from to­mor­row.

“This will be new to us and our first ap­pren­tice,” Autridge’s wife Deb­bie said. “Jas­mine is very ea­ger to learn more and while we’re a smaller sta­ble, she will be able to ride track­work for as many other train­ers as pos­si­ble.”

Fawcett posted her 47th win­ner for the sea­son at Haw­era on Fri­day.

Jockey Lisa Al­press and New York Minute re­turn to scale af­ter win­ning the Tau­ranga Clas­sic at Tau­ranga yes­ter­day.

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