Pure Imagination Makes a Hastings Treble

Date: 21 Feb 2022

Pure Imagination Makes a Hastings Treble


A stable quinella put the icing on the cake of a good day for Te Akau and trainer Jamie Richards on 20 February at Hastings.

Following wins by Fierce Flight (Flying Artie) and Flat Track Bully (Reliable Man) it was left to debut winner Pure Imagination (3 g Darci Brahma - Granadilla, by Encosta de Lago) and last start winner Rip Van Gogh (4 g Rip Van Winkle - On the Move, by More Than Ready) to round out the Te Akau runners on the programme, with Pure Imagination stealing glory.

After riding the two earlier winners, jockey Sam Weatherley had Rip Van Gogh purring along outside the leader and in front at the 100m, before Pure Imagination and Te Akau apprentice Joe Kamaruddin ascended for victory.

Both vied for favouritism in an even field, with Pure Imagination closing $2.90 & $1.90 on TAB tote. On footing downgraded to Slow9 by rain on day, he ran 1200 metres in 1:15.1.

“Pure Imagination had been gelded since his last prep and spent time out in a paddock, spelling well at Te Akau Stud, and the colt barn has done a good job with him,” Richards said.

“He came back in, trialled well and, although I was concerned about the downgraded track conditions, it was hard to (late) scratch him in such a small field after having travelled all the way to Hastings.

“But, he was very well ridden by Joe (Kamaruddin) - Joe got the horse into a nice position with a bit of cover, followed Rip Van Gogh everywhere he went and had the drop on him with the (two-kilo) claim, which is a big help.

“It shows he's back in good form and hopefully he can continue to progress. He's better on top of the ground, and 1400 metres should be no problem to him.

“I'm thrilled for the owners because he was a Ready to Run Sale horse that Dave (Ellis) paid a bit of money for and while he was unable to front up longer term as a colt, hopefully they can have some fun with him now as a racehorse.

Owned by Te Akau Imagine That Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), purchased by David Ellis CNZM at the 2020 Karaka Ready to Run Sale, from draft of Lilywhites Lodge.

Pure Imagination is by Champion five-time Group 1 winning stallion Darci Brahma (Danehill), whom Ellis also purchased, while his dam Granadilla, by Champion Broodmare Sire Encosta de Lago (Fairy King), is a half-sister to former stable-mate and Eulogy Stakes' (Gr. 3, 1600m) winner Lilikoi (Charm Spirit).

Carrying a cross in his sire-lines of the immortal stallion Northern Dancer through Danehill, the sire of Darci Brahma, and Champion Broodmare Sire Encosta de Lago, Pure Imagination looked the spitting image of his sire when getting into his work at the Breeze Ups, prior to selling.

“I thought he was one of the nicest Darci's I'd seen at Karaka, and we knew the family well having trained Lilikoi to win the Eulogy and place in the Royal Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m) for Sir Peter Vela,” Ellis said.

“Winning as he did on debut we had high hopes of him going on with the job as a colt, but sometimes it becomes hard for them to keep their mind on racing and he was gelded.

“It was a beautiful mating, over an Encosta de Lago mare. He's a champion broodmare sire and we've had a lot of luck both with horses by him, like Group 1 winners and NZB Fillies of the Year Princess Coup and Costa Viva, and as a broodmare sire with colts like Champion 2Yo and Group 1 winner Sword of State (Snitzel).

“He's still a beautiful type of horse and Jamie (Richards) has done a great job turning him out again to win fresh-up.

“Joe (Kamaruddin) again showed how well he's riding with another really mature ride, and Sam (Weatherley) had a great day for us too. I was pleased to see Rip Van Gogh step up in grade, after winning last time, with a really good effort, and they are two horses that can win more races.”

Pure Imagination was strapped by Paul Richards.

Photo credit - www.raceimges.co.nz


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