4 Win Saturday - It's Business Time Does the Business

Date: 12 Mar 2023

4 Win Saturday - It's Business Time Does the Business


It's Business Time (4 m Turn Me Loose - Risque Business, by Volksraad) and jockey Opie Bosson accomplished a rather unique double when winning the $70,000 Gravity Special Conditions 1400 metres on Saturday at Pukekohe.

Immediately preceding her previous victory in the Special Conditions 1600 metres on 11 February at Te Rapa, Bosson had combined with stable-mate and Champion Three-Year-Old Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) to win the BCD Group Sprint (Gr. 1, 1400m), and on this occasion Bosson had just won the Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) aboard stable-mate Tokyo Tycoon (Satono Aladdin).

Not only did Bosson win Group One races prior to the wins by It's Business Time, but they were both scored in virtually the same manner.

At Te Rapa, Bosson negated an awkward barrier (9) to situate It's Business Time in a plum spot, fifth, and after cruising into third approaching the home turn it was a clinical victory.

While at Pukekohe, It's Business Time again secured a lovely trip behind the leaders, was clear to challenge at a timely moment and after quickening appreciably to lead a furlong out she kept up a strong gallop to win handsomely, with stablemate Freeze Frame finishing strongly for third.

There is no doubting the prowess of Bosson - record-holder of Group One wins (90) in New Zealand - but his confidence and ability to ride winners immediately following victories at the ultimate level is uncanny. 

Similarly, It's Business Time also capped another good day for the stable. The last of four victories when winning at Te Rapa, she emulated the feat on the back of Tokyo Tycoon, and stable-mates Sans Doute (Not A Single Doubt) and Challa (Dissident), who won the first two races on the programme at Trentham. 

“She's a nice mare and great to win for the Windsor Park team, who put so much into the industry,” said trainer Mark Walker. 

“It's wonderful that they have another promising stallion again in Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj), so it's fantastic.

“The great thing about Rodney (Schick) and the team at Windsor Park, they don't pressure them as young horses and she's quite big and just needed that time to mature.

“She will definitely be better next season and whether we give her much more this season, or put her aside, we will just have to see.

“We haven't got her up over ground yet and I think she'll get over 2000 metres, plus.”

On (Soft5) footing that continues to race very well and handle a busy schedule, It's Business Time ran 1400 metres in 1:24.4, last 600m in 33.9, and paid $3.00 & $1.40 on the NZ TAB tote, in a race where stable-mate Freeze Frame (Vadamos) continued his good form for third. 

Out of a talented Windsor Park Stud family, It's Business Time was passed in at the yearling sales and stud master Rodney Schick elected to race her with some friends.

She is raced by V I Curtin, M Delahunty, C W McArthur, J Ormsby, S P Parham, J Peacocke, C R Scott, J & R Taylor, and Windsor Park Stud, and now recorded three wins and placed twice from six starts.

“It's always terrific to train winners for Windsor Park Stud, and to win a really good stake ($70,000) on Auckland Cup Day just adds to the excitement,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM. 

“The Schick family has been both revolutionary and very successful in the thoroughbred breeding industry in this county and their colours have been carried by some of the very best racehorses.”

The third dam of It's Business Time, Satirical (Kaapstad), left Champion Filly Star Satire (Volksraad), who was miraculously saved for breeding after breaking a leg, and she in turn left brilliant Australian filly Satin Shoes (Flying Spur) and Zarzuela (Zabeel). 

The latter, Zarzuela, was trained by Mark Walker to win the Great Northern Guineas (Gr. 2, 2100m), Waikato Guineas (Gr. 3, 2000m), and Championship Stakes (Gr. 2, 2100m), before finishing third in the NZ Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m). 

“It's been another really good day for the stable, with Mark (Walker) training four winners, and great reward for the both the owners and team who are all working so hard,” Ellis added. 

“We been blessed to have some good weather and tracks in the past couple of weeks and let's hope that continues well into autumn.

“We registered our 140th win for the season today and nearing $6.5 in prize money, so we're very pleased with the way things are going and we still have shares available in some lovely yearlings. 

“People wanting to discuss them and come and inspect them are always made to feel very welcome, and they can give me and Karyn a call anytime.”

It's Business Time was strapped by Shaun Magee. 


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