News In Brief
Well-related colt keeps stable trot going
A relative of the New Zealand-bred Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) winner Efficient has continued the good run of form of Mike Moroney and Pam Gerard’s stable.
On The Rocks was their third consecutive Saturday winner when he broke his maiden at Tauranga on Saturday, Resurrect having won on the course three weeks ago and The Boy Wonder delivered at Te Rapa seven days later.
“It was no real surprise as he had been working very well with The Boy Wonder,” Gerard said.
“He’s been scratched recently off wide draws and lightened up when off his tucker for a couple of days, but he goes pretty well this horse.
“Although possibly a bit deceiving, he certainly appreciated stepping up to a mile. He’s still learning and a bit green.”
By Alamosa, On The Rocks is out of an unraced half-sister to Efficient and the Gr.2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) winner Guillotine, formerly resident at Windsor Park Stud.
Winning weekend for brothers
Werther completed a memorable family double on Sunday with victory in the Gr.2 Hong Kong Jockey Club Cup (2000m).
His win at Sha Tin came a day after his younger brother Gobstopper produced a dominant front-running performance to claim the Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton.
“That was a cracking good run considering it was his second run this season,” Werther’s trainer John Moore said.
“His fitness was really tested and he will improve for this run. The speed that Harbour Master went up front really tested his fitness level, which wasn’t 100 per cent.
“We got away with it and now we go to the Hong Kong Cup. He’ll come away from this race in better fettle for that grand final.”
Werther and the Andrew Campbell-trained Gobstopper are sons of Tavistock and the Zabeel mare Bagalollies, who is back in foal to the Cambridge Stud stallion.
Stunning win at Sha Tin
Mr Stunning stamped himself as the horse to beat in next month’s Gr.1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) with a comfortable victory in the traditional local lead-up, the Gr.2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint (1200m), at Sha Tin on Sunday.
“This preparation, he has done everything perfectly. He’s obviously a nice horse to train, he’s relatively straightforward and similarly, on race day, he’s pretty good for the jockeys too.”
By Exceed And Excel, Mr Stunning was a $250,000 purchase out of Lyndhurst Farm’s 2014 Premier Sale draft at Karaka.
Cup honours for Balham
Capable stayer Balham has bounced back to his best form for trainers David and Emma Howarth.
He won for the sixth time when successful in the Steelform Roofing Group Waverley Cup (2200m) in the hands of Rosie Myers on Sunday.
“Duffers Creek put pace into the race and our horse was able to keep rolling,” Emma Howarth said.
“About the 800 I could see he was travelling well, when he starts to move into a race like that it’s a good sign.”
Lightning strikes twice
The New Zealand-bred Mongolianlightning has struck for a second time in China.
The son of Bullbars made a winning debut there for trainer Rui Severino and he followed that up with further success at the weekend in the Sprint Cup at Chengdu, again beating the best gallopers in the country.
Mongolianlightning was bred and sold by Highview at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka for $90,000 to Rider Horse China, headed by Lang Lin.
He was trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman to win one of his four New Zealand starts and also ran third in the Gr.3 Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) before travelling overseas.