Top Fillies Fly In Series Opener

Saturday’s G3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings has set the bar high for the 47th New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series.

The first leg of the esteemed series was won by last season’s champion two-year-old Avantage, the Fastnet Rock filly who won five of her six starts including the Karaka Million and G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.

She was bought for $210,000 by Te Akau principal David Ellis at the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, and before Saturday she had already earned her syndicate of owners more than $760,000 in prize-money.

She was challenged by the locally trained Xpression (Showcasing), who had won two of her three starts including last season’s G2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes and made a it a thrilling contest as the pair went to war over the last 200m.

Avantage
Avantage Picture: Race Images Photo

Xpression charged down the outside from last and in a desperate fight to the finish Avantage snatched victory by a short head.

The win took Avantage’s earnings past $NZ800,000 with six wins in her seven start career for Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards.

Avantage (Fastnet Rock x Asvant by Zabeel) takes the early Filly of the Year Series lead with 6 points. The Te Akau colours won the Filly of the Year title in 2013-14 with Costa Viva (Encosta de Lago) and King’s Rose (Redoute’s Choice) in 2010-11.

Xpression picked up three points with her second placing on Saturday, while Rocket Fuel collected 1.5 for third.

The second leg of the series is the prestigious New Zealand 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on November 17.

Locally-trained filly Emily Margaret (Pins x Seven Schillings by O’Reilly) showed fighting qualities to withstand the challenge of northern visitor Wekaforce (Showcasing) and claim the Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes at Riccarton.

The victory provided former Waikato Stud champion sire Pins (Snippets), who died earlier this year due to complications caused by colic, with his 76th stakes winner.
Racing and Sports

Hastings

Saturday, 22nd September 2018

5
14:42
(local)

H B Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (G3)

Age: 3yo Sex: F Type: OPEN
NZD $70,000
1200m TURF DEAD
  • 1st NZD $43,750
  • 2nd NZD $14,000
  • 3rd NZD $7,000
  • 4th NZD $3,500
  • 5th NZD $1,750
5
14:42
(local)
NZD $70,000
1200m DEAD

Laurels Function Centre Mdn

Age: 3yo Sex: F Type: OPEN
  • 1st NZD $43,750
  • 2nd NZD $14,000
  • 3rd NZD $7,000
  • 4th NZD $3,500
  • 5th NZD $1,750
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. AVANTAGE (AUS) 3yo F
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - ASAVANT (NZ)
DANIELLE JOHNSON
JAMIE RICHARDS
$1.50
56.5kg
Te Akau Avantage Syndicate (Mgr: Kw Fenton-Ellis Mnzm)
2nd 2. XPRESSION (NZ) 3yo F
SHOWCASING (GB) - XPRESS (NZ)
SAMANTHA COLLETT
GUY LOWRY & GRANT CULLEN
$5.80
56.5kg
M N Apatu, M & P Bayes, F W Coates, Haunui Bloodstock Ltd & I R Renton
3rd 5. ROCKET FUEL (AUS) 3yo F
SMART MISSILE (AUS) - SHERBET BOMB (AUS)
CAMERON LAMMAS
GRAHAM RICHARDSON
$24.10
56.5kg
Tui Colven, Craig Leishman, Mike Creed, Diana Leicester, Mark Persico, Grant Glasgow, Graeme Mackin, Alan Thomas, Gary Thomas & John Persico

Sales Information

4th 4. LOOSE CANNON (NZ) 3yo F
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - HEAD ENFILADE (AUS)
MARK HILLS
STEPHEN MARSH
$13.00
56.5kg

Sales Information

5th 3. PLATINUM MAM'SELLE (AUS) 3yo F
FIGHTING SUN (AUS) - MISS FASCINATION (AUS)
JOHNATHON PARKES
MS L LATTA
$29.50
56.5kg

Sales Information

6th 7. STELLA NOIRE (NZ) 3yo F
SHOWCASING (GB) - SILKWOOD (NZ)
LEITH INNES
TONY PIKE
$7.70
56.5kg
7th 6. BEAM OF LIGHT (NZ) 3yo F
POWER (GB) - SOLITARY (NZ)
RYAN ELLIOT
GRAEME & DEBBIE ROGERSON
$61.80
56.5kg
8th 8. WHAT A SMASHER (NZ) 3yo F
SWISS ACE (AUS) - FORTELO (AUS)
R J MYERS
KEVIN GRAY
$34.80
56.5kg
9th 9. MISS MAXIPARK (NZ) 3yo F
OCEAN PARK (NZ) - MISS MAXIMUSS (NZ)
CHRIS JOHNSON
MICHAEL & MATTHEW PITMAN
$45.90
56.5kg
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