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Extreme Choice off the mark in NZ

Palamos (2 c ex Unrevealed by Forest Wildcat) could be set for the Karaka Million (RL, 1200m) at Ellerslie in January after the Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt) colt won his first start at Te Rapa yesterday and providing his Newgate Farm-based sire with his maiden first crop winner. Later, Tiger Of Malay won at Randwick to provide Extreme Choice’s second first crop winner. Palamos, who was purchased by Te Akau’s David Ellis for NZ$85,000 from Ainsley Downs Stud at this year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale, closed strongly to win the NZB RTR Trainers Series 2YO (1000m) by two lengths over Miss Ipenema (Sacred Falls). King Of Reds (Burgundy) was a nose away in third. 


14 for Reliable Man

A love affair with the Te Rapa track continued yesterday when course specialist De La Terre (3 f ex Veva Girl by Fastnet Rock) took out the Waikato Stud Soliloquy Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m). The Team Rogerson-trained three-year-old had won three of her four starts at the venue leading into the race and added a fourth victory with a gritty front-running performance and an inch perfect ride by jockey Ryan Elliot. The younger sister of Group 1placed mare Aalaalune (Reliable Man), De La Terre has now won four of her 11 career starts and over $100,000 in prize-money. She was a NZ$55,000 purchase from the Westbury Stud draft at the 2019 Book 1 Yearling Sale at Karaka. In winning yesterday, De La Terre became the 14th individual stakes winner for Westbury Stud’s Reliable Man (Dalakhani) who this year stands for a fee of NZ$15,000 (plus GST).  

Need I Say More leaves rivals speechless

Need I Say More (No Nay Never) let his actions do the talking at Te Rapa yesterday when he proved too smart for his rivals in the James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m). The Jamie Richards-trained gelding, who was purchased by David Ellis for NZ$130,000 at last year’s NZB Karaka Yearling Sale, had his doubters after he was beaten into fourth in the Hawke’s Bay Guineas (Gr 2, 1400m) at his last start when a well-backed favourite. However, he silenced his critics when making all to beat Hawke’s Bay Guineas runner-up Bourbonaire (Darci Brahma) and Tinker McPhee (Nostradamus) by two and a half lengths and re-establish himself as the one to beat in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) at Riccarton in a fortnight. “It was a good effort as he got away from the barriers cleanly today and then could dictate terms after that,” Richards said. “It all worked out well and he is going well. He just seems to be happier out in front where he can roll along, skip on the corner and then maintain that speed. It really was a massive run at Hastings and we weren’t disappointed as he did a power of work after getting caught wide with no cover and was still in the firing line before being run down the last bit. We’ll give him a couple of days now and see how he gets through the run but I would think you would have to go to Riccarton for the 2000 Guineas.”


Two for Proisir

Cambridge visitor Vitesse Bo (3 f ex Cissy Bowen by Colombia) caused a minor upset when she defeated some well credentialled classic contenders when taking out yesterday’s War Decree Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Riccarton. The younger half-sister to Levin Classic (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Travelling Light (El Roca) was having just her third start as she registered career victory number one with a dogged performance, beating Marine (Ocean Park) and Unition (Fastnet Rock) with just three quarters of a length separating the first three home. In winning yesterday, Vitesse Bo became the second stakes winner for her sire Proisir (Choisir) who stands at Rich Hill Stud for a fee of NZ$9,000 (plus GST).  


49 for Darci Brahma 

William Wallace (8 g ex Huluava by Pins) made the breakthrough in stakes company on start 34 at the age of eight when landing yesterday’s Christchurch Casino Spring Classic (Listed, 2000m) at Riccarton. The Adrian Bull-trained gelding beat Communique (Redwood) and Who Dares Wins (Iffraaj) to become the 49th individual stakes winner for Darci Brahma (Danehill) who stands at The Oaks Stud for a fee of NZ$15,000 (plus GST) in 2020.