Te Akau Ashburton Trials’ Report
11 Sep 2019
Te Akau trialled horses on Monday 9 September at Ashburton –
Weather: overcast, track: Slow8, rail: out 3 metres
Heat 8 Open 1000 metres (1 length, neck 1:04.0)
Folk Dress (3 f Pierro – Gypsy Chimes) – Jason Laking; steadied to track along fourth on the outer, clear on straightening, levelled at the 200m and worked clear nicely under a hand ride to win.
In training for Coolmore Australia, she is a smart filly that won twice and also finished fourth twice in stakes races from five starts during her first campaign.
Heat 9 Open 1000 metres (1 ½ lengths, 2 lengths 1:00.7)
Louis Luck (3 g Dissident – My Option) – Jason Laking; steadied to fifth of six on a solid tempo, six lengths 600m, and remained rearward on footing that made it difficult to quicken.
In training for Cambridge Stud proprietors Brendan Lindsay MNZM and Jo Lindsay, he was a debut winner over 1200 metres at Trentham, going on to contest the Karaka Million (Restricted Listed, 1200m) won by stable-mate Probabeel (Savabeel). He is by Australian Horse of the Year and promising sire Dissident (Sebring).
Heat 10 Open 1000 metres (neck, 1 length 1:01.7)
Sword of Osman (4 g Savabeel – Bunyah) – Jason Laking; travelled comfortably, three lengths off the leader in second and finished close up without being asked for too much.
A finalist for Champion Two-Year-old after winning the Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) and Matamata Slipper (Gr. 3, 1200m). He won the Sarten Memorial (Gr. 2, 1400m) as a three-year-old, and five from 11 in total. A strong and precocious son of five-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), he was purchased by David Ellis for $165,000 at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, prepared by Trelawney Stud for breeder Joan Egan, and owned by the Te Akau Great Sword Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM).
Heat 13 Maiden 3YO 1000 metres (3 lengths, 1 length 1:02.7)
Exaltation (3 f Not A Single Doubt – Meleka Belle) – Jason Laking; settled fourth on the inner from barrier one, angled clear four wide in the straight and drew clear stylishly to win well.
Owned by the 2018 Fabulous Fillies Breeding Syndicate, purchased by David Ellis from Haunui Farm draft at the 2018 Karaka Book1 Sale, she is a half-sister to Champion Two-Year-Old and seven-time Group One winning stable-mate and Horse of the Year Melody Belle (Commands). By Champion sire Not A Single Doubt, a son of the undisputed king of Australian sires Redoute’s Choice (Danehill), his progeny have sold to $1.2m with winners up to 2400m.
Heat 17 Maiden 1200 metres (4 ½ lengths, 1 ½ lengths 1:16.3)
Golden Age (4 g Savabeel – La Belle Epoque) – Jason Laking; was easy off the outside gate to settle last, six lengths 600m, angled clear widest on straightening and finished off solidly for second.
Unlucky not to win during in his first campaign, with two seconds, a third, and two fourths, from six starts, he was purchased by David Ellis for $350,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock 2017 Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Lyndhurst Farm, for owners in the Te Akau Golden Age Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM).