Te Rapa treble - Wishing Well Wonderful

Date: 3 Feb 2021

Te Rapa treble - Wishing Well Wonderful

Stripped in magnificent order, Wishing Well (3 f Charm Spirit - Starwish, by Redoute's Choice) notched a third win on the programme for trainer Jamie Richards when taking out the $10,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series Rating 65 1400 metres on 3 February at Te Rapa.


After looking the winner a long way out in the Maiden 3YO 1340 metres on 14 January at Wanganui,
Wishing Well brought the right form to rate a top three chance and duly obliged under a textbook ride by Danielle Johnson.

While the winning ride by Opie Bosson aboard stable-mate Maasir (Proisir) in the previous race was top drawer, the execution by Johnson on Wishing Well also lacked for nothing. A commanding leader in all facets of the Jockey Premiership, Johnson continues to ride in breathtaking form while extending her lead over the nearest rival to 62, and 111 in total for the season.

Straight into the box seat, third off the rail with cover, Johnson had Wishing Well purring along before presenting at the 200m and she drew out to score emphatically by one and three-quarter lengths.

Strongly supported in betting, Wishing Well paid $2.50 & $1.40 on the NZ TAB tote after running the 1400 metres in 1:23.1 on footing that upgraded to Good3 after race four.

“She's a filly that's taken a little while for everything to come together and it was another nice win,
Richards said.

“She's always been able to gallop, but she's a bit headstrong and we've tried to meet her halfway. She had been going keenly, but now learnt to settle and do things properly, including on the training tracks, and I'm pleased with the way she's going.

“Danielle (Johnson) has ridden her very well in her last couple of starts and the results are evident.

“It was good to see her win again and she's a filly that should keep getting better as she gets a bit older.

“It's nice to have a good filly in training for James Chapman and Sam Munro, at Jamieson Park. They're investing a lot of money in broodmares and stallion shares, have sent mares to breed in Australia, and I think they'll be breeding some very good horses at short notice.”

Wishing Well is from the second crop of triple Group One winner Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit), out of a Redoute's Choice (Danehill) mare that has now left six winners of 17 races (1000m - 1400m).

“She won well and I was trying to get there,” said Chapman, who was at a meeting in Rotorua. “I didn't get there in time, unfortunately, but Jamie was certainly expecting her race well again.

“It was a good barrier (6) for her and she jumps very well. Danielle got her into a lovely spot and it seems as though she's running out the 1400 metres very well. She's getting a little bit exciting.

“Jamie and I can have a talk in a couple of days and see what he's got planned.

“She's gone from being a bit of a handful to being well behaved and doing everything right, so fingers crossed she continues in that vein. It's a great effort by Jamie.

“She's from a family that have all jumped very well from the gates, but this filly is showing she's got a bit more stamina about her.”

The year younger sister to Good Luck Charm, the winner of two from four before transferring to race in Hong Kong, Wishing Well carries a Danzig cross through her sire lines, while dam Starwish has a cross of brilliant Australian sprinter Bletchingly.

Wishing Well was strapped by Hunter Durrant.


Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz


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