News In Brief
Hiflyer arrives in Sydney
Multiple Group winner Hiflyer and his stablemates Dougie and Mr Luigi have touched down safely in Australia.
Trainer Peter Lock belatedly welcomed the trio this morning after a cancelled flight delayed their arrival in Sydney.
A last-start winner at Ruakaka, Hiflyer will run in Saturday’s Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill. He will carry 59.5kg and be ridden by his regular partner Johnathan Parkes.
Nine for Charm Spirit
Windsor Park Stud’s shuttle stallion Charm Spirit recorded his ninth individual winner from his first crop of European two-year-olds when Chicago May won over 1400m at Naas on Saturday.
The Henry De Bromhead-trained filly won by two and a-half lengths after distancing her rivals at the 200m mark.
“She is a filly we have always liked, but I thought she would need the run as I hadn't done that much with her at home,” De Bromhead said. “I'm delighted with her as she's done it very well in the end.”
Windsor Park Principal Rodney Schick is thrilled with the way Charm Spirit's progeny are performing and is looking forward to his first southern hemisphere crop getting to the track next season.
“We have had a lot of good feedback from the breakers, so there are exciting times in store next season,” he said.
“He sold really well (at the sales this year). He sold up to $400,000 and he’s certainly left some good types. The encouraging thing is they are going to good judges like Guy Mulcaster and Ciaron Maher.”
Charm Spirit will return to Windsor Park Stud this coming breeding season where his service fee will be P.O.A.
Staying prospect for sale
Anyone in the market for a progressive stayer might be well-advised to take note of Vittachi.
The four-year-old is being sold to dissolve the Homebush Partnership No.6, which races the son of Tavistock with Lib Petagna.
“It was set up as a trading entity and was always going to be wound up,” manager Bruce Perry said.
“We had three initially, one went amiss and the other was Ugo Foscolo so it’s been great.”
Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Vittachi has won three of his 11 starts including a Te Rapa success at his most recent appearance.
“He’s needed to get over more ground and he was pretty unlucky at Ruakaka the start before, he should have run first or second there,” Perry said.
Houston calls time on riding career
Premier jumps jockey Shelley Houston has retired from riding.
The 35-year-old, who has 111 wins to her name, will now concentrate on her Cambridge-based training operation.
“I’ve had ongoing issues with my shoulder, I’ve broken it three times and had three operations and bone grafts,” Houston said.
“I’m happy with my career. I’ve had a lot of fun and I’ve got no regrets, but my body is clearly saying it’s not capable anymore.”
Among her career highlights was her association with Climbing High and they combined to win two editions of both the Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase (4800m) and the Ken & Roger Browne Memorial Steeplechase (4000m) and the Waikato Steeplechase (4900m).
Avondale hope working well
The Poormanzabeel is in good order for Avondale on Wednesday.
The son of Zed will go into the AJC Members’ 1360m off the back of a runaway maiden success at Te Awamutu at his fifth appearance.
“He’s improved with time and he’s working well,” trainer Catherine Cameron said.
“Amber Sims will ride him and the claim will help. She’s been riding a bit of work for us so she knows the horse pretty well.”