Riccarton Double - Win No.2 Illicit Miss Marvellous

Date: 14 Sep 2022

Riccarton Double - Win No.2 Illicit Miss Marvellous


Good enough to contest the Lowland Stakes (Gr. 2, 2100m) in March at Hastings, Illicit Miss(4 m Hinchinbrook - Unlawful, by Sebring) made it two from three this season when winning the $14,000 NZB Insurance Pearl Series Rating 65 1600 metres (eligible $10,000 bonus) on 14 September at Riccarton.

In a virtual repeat of the poly-track meeting on 1 September at Riccarton, where stable-mates Illicit Miss, Belle of the Ball (Burgundy) and Campionessa (Contributer) all obliged, the outcome of both entrants Belle of the Ball and Illicit Miss again resulted in victories.

Each was ridden by Te Akau Champion Apprentice Joe Kamaruddin who, with two wins on the programme, took his season tally to 12 - joining stable rider Opie Bosson - and two-off leader Lisa Allpress.

Belle of the Ball was dominant in the Rating 65 1400 metres, while Illicit Miss increased her winning margin from two lengths (1 Sept.) to four lengths.

Drawn the ace, Kamaruddin was content to let Illicit Miss trail on this occasion and once quickened to lead a furlong out, she again powered clear to win stylishly.

Under overcast sky, Illicit Miss ran the mile in 1:36.6, returning $1.90 & $1.20 on the NZ TAB, and became the eighth winner from 16 runners for the stable this season at Riccarton.

“It was another confident ride by Joe (Kamaruddin) and like Belle of the Ball, she too is a progressive mare,” said trainer Mark Walker, from the course.

“She has matured after a good spell at Te Akau Stud and, similar to her stable-mate, she's heading towards the Spring Classic.”



Contested on 22 October at Riccarton, the Spring Classic (Listed, 2000m) has been won previously by Te Akau horses Viana (Volksraad), Wolfwhistle (O'Reilly), Grazia (Savabeel) and Swing Note (Encosta de Lago).

Purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $95,000 at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Landsdowne Park, she is owned by Te Akau Illicit Miss Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM).

From the last yearling crop of ill-fated stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock), a half-brother to four-time Champion Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice), Illicit Miss is out of a mare by Golden Slipper (Gr. 1, 1200m) winner and Champion Sire Sebring (More Than Ready), who was a huge loss to the Australian breeding industry following his sudden death aged 13.

At the time of purchase, Ellis said: “The dam was good enough to win four times in Australia, from an imported family, and we thought she was a really good type of filly.

“She was narrowly beaten when stepping to 2100 metres last season at Te Rapa, and you couldn't knock her run for fifth in the Lowland (Stakes).”

Dam Unlawful won four times from 2000m to 2540m, while further back in the family USA Broodmare of the Year Leslie's Lady (Tricky Creek) left three individual Grade One winners.


Illicit Miss was strapped by Katija Cherie.



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