Puketiro Debut Perfect

Date: 30 Dec 2022

Puketiro Debut Perfect


Bred by Christopher Grace QSM, grey filly Puketiro (3 f Savabeel - Matakana, by Mastercraftsman) produced a promising debut victory in the $14,000 J. Swap Contractors Maiden 3YO 1100 metres on 30 December at Taupo.


Sharing in the ownership with his wife Susanna, I J & J F Cameron, D W Dalziell, A E Falloon, J R & L D Griffith, G Jones, J E & S J McKenzie, and B C & T D White, Grace is a well known identity in New Zealand farming and racing circles as a breeder of quality thoroughbreds.

Through the deeds of Shillelagh (Savabeel), Precious Time (Stravinsky), Grazia (Savabeel), Dreamer (More Than Ready), Motivation (Mastercraftsman), Spirit Of Galway (Rip Van Winkle), Tauparae (Savabeel), and Invincibeel (Savabeel), Te Akau has built a long term relationship with horses either bred or owned by Grace, and it's lovely to see another nice prospect in the fold.

Given only one trial by nine-time Champion Trainer Mark Walker, when quickening to grab victory on 29 November at Avondale, Puketiro rated a top three chance and benefitted by a lovely ride from reigning Champion Jockey Michael McNab, who scored aboard impressive winning stable-mate Sans Doute (Not A Single Doubt) two days earlier at Rotorua.

Securing a nice spot in fourth, Puketiro ranged three wide rounding the home turn, quickened to lead at the 200m, and raced clear to win by three lengths.

For good measure, fellow three-year-old filly stable-mate and debutante Rightly So (El Roca) finished second after racing outside the leader.

On Good3 footing, Puketiro ran 1100 metres in 1:04.9, last 600m in 33.9, and paid $3.20 & $2.00 on the NZ TAB tote.

“She's a nice progressive filly, bred by Christopher Grace, who breeds great stock, year in and year out,” Walker said.

“She's a filly that we think has a good future. She only had the one trial, so she's doing it all on natural ability and I think there's a lot more to come from her.”

Puketiro is a sister to Tauparae, and Invincibeel, mentioned above, with the latter purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $145,000, from draft of Little Avondale Stud, at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale.

Winner at a mile and potential stakes' quality in making, Invincibeel is owned by Bill & Jim Gartshore, who experienced Group One success with stable-mate Savy Yong Blonk (Savabeel) when she won the 2021 Livamol Classic (Gr. 1, 2040m).

The pedigree has a beautiful cross of legendary stallion Sir Tristram (Sir Ivor), on the sire line, as sire of Zabeel (Sir Tristram), and dam line of Matakana as sire of third dam sire Grosvenor (Sir Tristram).

From family that produces some really good racehorses, Puketiro is by eight-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), from a young mare by successful sire Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer), who is also dam sire of Group One winner Loving Gaby (I Am Invincible).

Her grand dam, Titanium, by 2000 Guineas (Gr.1, 1600m) winner and renowned sire Kingdom Bay (Otehi Bay), was an impressive five-time winner to 1600 metres and stakes' placed at 2000 metres, who subsequently left four winners of 14 races including Wellington Cup (Gr. 2, 2400m) winner Graphic (Volksraad).

Puketiro was strapped by Hunter Durrant.

Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz


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