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Four for Per Incanto 

Little Avondale resident Per Incanto (Street Cry) sired his fourth individual elite level winner when his daughter Bonham (3 f ex Fortune’s Choice by Redoute’s Choice) took out yesterday’s Levin Classic (Gr 1, 1600m) at Trentham. Trained in partnership by Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard, Bonham beat Brando (Savabeel) by a neck, with Wild Moose (Nadeem) two and a half lengths behind the winner in third. In doing so she became the 17th individual stakes winner for her sire as she stretched her record to four wins in five starts. Bred by Little Avondale, Bonham was purchased for $160,000 by her owner Gary Harding out of the 2019 Karaka Book 1 Yearling sale. She is the first winner out of the Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare Fortune’s Choice, who was winless during her race career. Per Incanto stood for a fee of $15,000 (plus GST) in 2020. 


13 for Ocean Park

Ocean Park (Thorn Park) sired his 13th individual stakes winner when the improving Our Hail Mary (5 m ex Repenting by Ekraar) continued her winning run with victory in yesterday’s Trentham Stakes (Gr 3, 2100m) The Allan Sharrock-trained five-year-old followed up her two recent handicap wins by defeating Fiscal Fantasy (Skilled) and Dr Velocious (Haradasun) in a tight finish. Our Hail Mary’s is out of a half-sister to Sharrock’s former stable star Shez Sinsational (Ekraar), who collected four Group 1 wins during her career. Ocean Park stood for a fee of $20,000 (plus GST) in 2020.


Waikato Cup a possibility for Our Hail Mary

Connections of Our Hail Mary have their sights set on some big-race targets after she took her tally to six wins in 13 starts yesterday. “Over ground, I believe she’ll get to the top level,” Sharrock, who is part-owner, as well as trainer of the mare, said. “But I’m not going to ask too much of her this time. I’ve got things like the Waikato Cup in mind for next season. There are a couple of fillies and mares’ races coming up over the next few months, those could be nice options for her.” Those include the Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes (Gr 3, 2000m) on April 9 and the Travis Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) on May 1.


Four for Super Easy

A step up in grade proved to be no obstacle to Super Strike (4 g ex Southern Touch by Stark South) as he took out yesterday’s Anniversary Handicap (Gr 3, 1600m) at Trentham and in the process provided his sire Super Easy (Darci Brahma) with his fourth individual stakes winner. Trained by Richard Collett, the four-year-old just edged out Sacred Elixir (Pour Moi) to notch his fifth win in nine starts. Guillada (Guillotine) filled third spot. Super Easy stood at Hallmark Stud for a fee of $7,500 in 2020.


Connections mulling options with Super Strike

Super Strike was quoted as just a $10 chance by the TAB for the Thorndon Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) at the end of the month following his win yesterday, but Collett said he is yet to decide if the gelding will take his chance. “He’s come a long way in this preparation, and this was his first time in open company,” the trainer said. “So we’ll get him home and see how he’s come through this run before deciding on anything. He might not be far away from going out to the paddock. But this was a good result today.”


51 for Darci Brahma

Darci Brahma (Danehill) sired his 51st individual stakes winner when the exciting Quattro Quinta (2 g ex Quintette, by Alamosa) won for the second time in four starts by taking out the Wellesley Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Trentham yesterday. Sent off the warm favourite, the Te Akau Racing juvenile just got the better of Wolfgang (Puccini), with Magneto (Showcasing) in third. Bred and raced by a group including Nearco Stud Ltd, K W Fenton-Ellis MNZM, Westonlea Bloodstock Partnership & Waihi Livestock Ltd, Quattro Quinta is the fourth foal of Quintette (Alamosa), a daughter of New Zealand Cup (Gr 2, 3200m) winner Everswindell (Align). Darci Brahma stood for a fee of $15,000 (plus GST) at The Oaks in 2020.


Johnson brings up century

Danielle Johnson notched her 100th winner for the season when she guided Quattro Quinta to victory yesterday. The runaway leader of the National jockeys’ premiership is over fifty wins clear of her nearest rival