Your Wish is Granted!

Date: 30 Jan 2022

Your Wish is Granted!


Cherry-ripe for his resh-up assignment, I Wish I Win (3 g Savabeel - Make A Wish, by Pins) proved too good winning the $50,000 3YO 1200 metres on Wellington Cup Day (29 Jan.) at Trentham.

In training for Waikato Stud, I Wish I Win made immediate impact last season, winning on debut before running second to stable-mate On the Bubbles (Brazen Beau) in the Sires' Produce Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m). He ended his previous campaign in the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), November at Riccarton, and looked good having an exhibition gallop on 19 January at Te Rapa.

Presented in first-class order, I Wish I Win was planted on the speed by Opie Bosson, drew to a three-length advantage mid-straight and was never threatened. Physically more mature, he cut a pretty picture near home.

“He's a smart galloper and we knew we had a good horse on our hands today,” Bosson said. “He was really on the job and travelled beautifully throughout. When I asked him for a kick he came straight up underneath me with a good sprint. He's on the way up and there's lots of improvement in him.”

On Dead4 footing, described by Bosson as “running perfectly”, I Wish I Win vied for favouritism with second placed Not Guilty (Not A Single Doubt), paying $2.50 & $1.40 on NZ TAB tote. The race was sponsored by Little Avondale Stud ‘Big on Winning'.

“He's a quality horse and he's got Group One form around On the Bubbles (Brazen Beau) and stakes' form in the South Island, as well. He looked the part pre-parade and I'm pleased to get another winner for Mark (Chittick) and the team at Waikato Stud.

“He came right in the autumn as a two-year-old, ran really well in the spring without winning, and has some big targets in front of him. He's a beautiful looking horse and we're looking forward to what's ahead.”

Richards said I Wish I Win would likely contest the $80,000 Mufhasa Fasttrack Stakes (Gr. 3, 1400m) on NZ Derby Day (5 March) at Ellerslie, ahead of  the$260,000 Levin Classic (Gr. 1, 1600m) on NZ Oaks Day (19 March) at Trentham.

By Waikato Stud resident six-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), his dam Make A Wish, by award winning stallion Pins (twice NZ leading sire for global progeny earnings), was an impressive race winner at 1200m and 1300m; from Starcent (Centaine), Joint Third Top Filly in three-year-old season.

A half-brother to Queensland Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m) runner-up, Group 3 winner, and multiple stakes' placed Another Dollar (Ocean Park), I Wish I Win is bred on same Savabeel/Pins cross as stable star, NZ Horse of the Year, and four-time Group 1 winner in Australia, Probabeel, purchased as yearling by David Ellis CNZM, from the draft of Waikato Stud, and owned by Brendan Lindsay MNZM and Jo Lindsay (Cambridge Stud).

I Wish I Win was strapped by Sarah West.


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