Top-weight Halls races clear of Monkey Business (blue) in the Egmont Cup. www.raceimages.co.nz
The Foxton training partnership of David Haworth and Matt Dixon had a Stella day at Hawera on Saturday, saddling four winners, including their talented staying horse Halls (8 B. G. Generous – Star On Ice, by Half Iced) in the $20,000 Egmont Cup over 2100-metres.
Granted, they did line up twelve runners on a massive twelve-race programme, but even the four winners prompted commentator Tony Lee to suggest it was a touch of gluttony by the stable as Halls reached the post to cement the four.
“That’s just greed for the Haworth-Dixon stable”, said Lee, “what a day for Palace Lodge.”
Notable also was the fact that three of their four winners were sired by Generous (Caerleon), with the stamina influences of the English, and Irish Derby winner shining through in the shape of Rendevous (5 B. G. Generous – Kamahi, by Grosvenor), his one year older full-brother Tullaroan, and Halls.
Each successful over a mile, both Rendevous and Tullaroan are bred and owned by Christopher and Suzanna Grace, and given they were both fresh-up following a spell since April and May, respectively, made the training performance all the more special.
Off an even longer spell, 335-days, the victory by Fears Nothing (5 Ch. G. Faltaat – Magical Moment, by Sadler’s Wells) in the $12,000 Harris & Taylor Rating 80 over 1200-metres, to give jockey Hayden Tinsley the third of his four winning rides for the stable, was very impressive.
Held in high regard by David Haworth, the former third place finisher in the group three Waikato Guineas travelled three wide without cover in midfield for a majority of the journey, but put paid to his rivals when Tinsley let the breaks go at the 250m, and he bolted in.
The winner of five from sixteen starts, Fears Nothing was registering his third success on slow footing, yet he can also operate on better ground.
R A Coupland, D McK & K M Duncan, D R Haworth, A R Hurley & J F G O'Brien share in his ownership.
For Halls the Egmont Cup victory fits nicely with his hometown Foxton Cup win scored in June, and he increased his earnings to $197,400 when registering win eight for breeder-owners Mrs A & M J Hall.
Like his ride aboard Fears Nothing, Tinsley also had Halls posted in midfield, but he sprinted when asked for his best in the straight, coming with a huge finish to score by one-length over Monkey Business (Istidaad), who continued his excellent record on the Hawera course, while last start winner Iriodes (Zerpour) finished third, just ahead of No Cash (D’Cash), fourth.
Run at good pace, courtesy of the heavily backed ninth placed King Victor (His Royal Highness), the time for the 2100m was 2:16.65.
Halls hails from the talented race-mare Star On Ice, who impressed winning over 2100-metres during a career that contained ten wins, while as a broodmare she has left a full-brother to Halls, Three Chimneys (7 wins), who finished second the Chairman’s Handicap and third in the Sydney Cup at Randwick in 2006, while also winning the Wanganui Cup in the same season.