Another Cup for Maygrove

A $110,000 purchase at the Select Sale at Karaka, lion-hearted stayer Maygrove (Authorized) is becoming a king of New Zealand’s Cup races.

The gutsy grey’s trophy cabinet already included the Group 2 Wellington Cup (2400m), Group 2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m), Listed Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) and Listed Jakkalberry Classic (1950m), and on Saturday he struck again in the $100,000 Group 3 Ssangyong Counties Cup (2100m) at Pukekohe.

A victim of his own success, Maygrove’s high rating has earned him a 60-kilogram topweight in the Fielding Gold Cup and Counties Cup in his last two appearances. But it hasn’t been enough to stop him.

Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and ridden by Johnathan Parkes, Maygrove sat in a handy position before surging into contention in the straight.

In a desperate three-horse battle down the straight with lighter-weighted rivals Five To Midnight (NZ) (Domesday) and Promise To Reign (Manhattan Rain), Maygrove refused to surrender and lunged at the line to win by a short head.

“He’s a cracker horse, having to carry the 60 kilograms,” Parkes said. “He’s been headed about 100 metres out, but he’s kept giving in a super effort.”

Raced by Lib Petagna’s JML Bloodstock Ltd in partnership with Patrick O’Rourke, Maygrove has now won nine of his 48 starts and more than $470,000 in prize-money.

“He’s a star,” Petagna’s bloodstock manager Bruce Perry said. “He’s so game, he’s brilliant. He’s great for everyone to be a part of.”

It was a Select Sale quinella in the Counties Cup, with runner-up Five To Midnight a $165,000 purchase in 2014.

Vendor Haunui Farm
Purchaser Bruce Perry Bloodstock Ltd (Masterton)
Breeding Authorized – Lady Zhivago
Sale Lot 848, 2012 Select Sale, $110,000

Also at Pukekohe $15,000 purchase at the 2013 South Island Sale, Fully Funded (NZ) (Fully Fledged) has risen through the grades of New Zealand’s sprinters picking up a first black-type victory for himself and for his trainer Joanne Surgenor in the $50,000 Listed Haunui Farm Counties Bowl (1100m).

The chestnut gelding had won seven races before Saturday, earning him a rating of 98 and a 60-kilogram topweight in Saturday’s feature. But he was relentless in the last 200 metres, overpowering Go Nicholas (NZ) (Danroad) and Heroic Valour (Fastnet Rock) in a tight finish.

“It was a huge run, he was three wide,” Surgenor said. “He’s got a heart this horse, he just tries so hard. I’m so proud of him. I’m thrilled.”

Fully Funded has now won eight of his 25 starts and $194,975 in prize-money. He is raced by Sir Patrick Hogan, Alistair Sutherland and Peter Walker. The latter pair also shared in the ownership of his Group 1-winning sire Fully Fledged (NZ) (Align).

The 2013 South Island Sale has proven to be a rich source of major sprint success. Another graduate of the Sale was Signify (NZ) (Perfectly Ready), who cost $5,500 and has won nine races and more than $350,000 including the Group 1 Telegraph and Listed Lightning Handicap.

Vendor Mansfield Farm
Purchaser Mr PJ Walker (Auckland)
Breeding Fully Fledged – Keshava
Sale Lot 14, 2013 South Island Sale, $15,000

In other news the well-related Celebrity Dream (NZ) (Thorn Park) was a $260,000 purchase at Karaka and is quickly living up to that on the racetrack.

Making the 13th start of her career in Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Crown Perth Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) at Ascot, she produced a top-class performance to record her sixth victory and her first at stakes level.

Ridden by William Pike for trainer Adam Durrant and Western Australia’s biggest owner Bob Peters, the five-year-old mare overcame a wide draw to win the sprint feature by a comfortable length and a half.

Her 13 starts have now produced six wins, four placings and A$240,750 in prize-money, with the promise of much more still to come.

Bred by Garry Cranny, Frantic Bloodstock Ltd and Haunui Bloodstock Ltd, Celebrity Dream is a daughter of the Red Ransom mare Valpolicella (NZ), winner of three races including the Group 3 Manawatu Classic and Listed Champagne Stakes.

Valpolicella is the dam of four foals to race, three of them winners and now three of them stakes winners. Vavasour (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) won the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic, Group 3 Counties Cup and Group 3 Waikato Cup, while Vilanova (NZ) (Commands) won the Group 2 Autumn Classic, Group 3 Grand Prix, Listed Tattersalls Club Cup and Listed Star Way Stakes.

Celebrity Dream was offered at the 2014 Premier Sale by Haunui Farm, where she was bought by John Chalmers Bloodstock for $260,000.

Vendor Haunui Farm
Purchaser John Chalmers Bloodstock (Western Australia)
Breeding Thorn Park – Valpolicella
Sale Lot 325, 2014 Premier Sale, $260,000