A High Achiever Indeed

Date: 26 Mar 2021

A High Achiever Indeed


Now the winner of three from six, High Achiever  (4 g Pins - Thee Achiever, by O'Reilly) resumed with a stylish victory in the $11,000 Stable Books Rating 74 1200 metres on 26 March at New Plymouth.


Unbeaten in three fresh-up attempts, and a smart horse capable of clocking good sectionals, High Achiever had rounded off solidly for fifth in a preparatory trial on 16 March at Cambridge, and appeared beautifully poised heading to the start.

Last out of the gates, he recovered three back inner under Sam Weatherley and quickened in the straight to mow down Brahma Sunset (Darci Brahma) and stable-mate Ocean Belle (Ocean Park) in the shadows of the post.

The first three had nearly five lengths on the remainder, with High Achiever running the 1200 metres in 1:10.8 on Dead4 footing and returning $3.60 & $2.10 on the NZ TAB tote.

The win capped a terrific week for Champion trainer Jamie Richards, who prepared Need I Say More (No Nay Never) to win the Wellington Guineas (Gr. 2, 1400m) and Amarelinha the NZ Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m) last Saturday at Trentham, following with Lisheen (Pins) on Sunday at Te Aroha, and Aotea Lad (Savabeel) Wednesday at Pukekohe.

He now sits on 132 wins for the season (74 ahead of second), with 36 stakes' wins including 13 Group One's - and another four Group wins in Australia.

“He'd come up pretty well in the early part of the summer, but his form tapered off in a couple of starts when we thought he should be doing a bit more,” Richards said. “So, we gave him a month out and a freshen-up. He had a couple of nice quiet trials and he presented well.

“It was a smart ride from Sam (Weatherley), after falling out of the gates, to save ground and get over the heels of the two in front. He was good late and he's got improvement to come, too.

“He's putting together a nice record and the team at the Uni Barn (Shay Carter and Hunter Durrant) have done a good job with him.

“He's a horse that should only continue to improve as he gets a bit older, like most the family, and the owners are being rewarded for their patience.”

From one of the legendary thoroughbred families in New Zealand, bred by the Dennis brothers (Tony, Joe, Martin and Ray Dennis) and owned by the Te Akau High Achievers' Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), he was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $100,000 at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the Milan Park draft.

High Achiever is the first foal of a three-time winning O'Reilly mare. His grand-dam, The Grin (Grosvenor), won four races and became the dam of 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) winner The Jewel, her 11 wins netting $620,003.

One of their (Dennis bros.) three winners of the NZ Broodmare of the Year title, The Fantasy (Gate Keeper), produced The Phantom (Noble Bijou), winner of 10 races and $2,231,391 prize money, and his brother The Phantom Chance won 11 races and $2,189,706.

High Achiever carries a bloodline cross of immortal sire Northern Dancer.

“We bought both High Achiever and Aromatic, who has also been impressive winning three times, as yearlings, from Tony Rider at Karaka. We bought them late in the day, quite close together, and they may have got under the guard of a few but they are two really good horses,” Ellis said.

“Tony's got some lovely horses of his own in the stable, too. Milan Park is a boutique stud that really knows what they're doing.

“I've been to the Dennis brothers' farm in Southland. It's a beautiful property and very, very well farmed. They do everything very well with their horses and they've had huge success.

“Some of our best owners are in this horse. People that have supported us all the way through, including Dave Smith, from Dunstan Feeds, and he and I have been doing business now for 25 - 30 years. We're great mates and were on the Board together at the Waikato Racing Club.”

High Achiever was strapped by Reece Trumper.


Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz


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