In the middle, Barinka is about to gain a narrow advantage over Jack's Point (purple) and Fritzy Boy. www.raceimages.co.nz
In a tight three-way finish to the Courtesy Ford Redcraze Bowl over 1400-metres at Awapuni on Saturday it was Barinka (6 Ch. M. Shinko King – Hay Barlu, by Hey Baba Riba) that produced telling late strides to give rider Hayden Tinsley his fourth win on the programme.
She returned to open handicap conditions having resumed from a spell in a weight-for-age contest for fillies and mares at Hawera over 1400m three weeks earlier where she finished fifth to Dancing Jess (Danske) after travelling and making her run in the worst of the slow ground on the inside.
Trainer Karen Zimmerman was happy with her progress in the interim while she had the positives of an excellent second-up record and had been impressive when winning previously over 1400m at a similar time of the year.
Aided by drawing barrier two and retaining the services of a rider in marvellous form she was able to capitalize on a sweet trip in the trail before pushing through between the leader Fritzy Boy (Brilliance) and Jack’s Point (Pins), who came off her back, to score by a short-head.
Racing above his rightful station the performance for second by Jack’s Point had plenty of merit, as too Fritzy Boy who had been freshened after producing meritorious efforts in each of the three group one races during the Spring Carnival at Hastings.
A duel listed winner and second in the listed Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich during the Queensland Carnival this year Barinka clocked 1:22.77 on good footing for the 1400m.
Now the winner six races with earnings of $235,000 Barinka is owned and bred by Graeme Hunt who shares in the Barinka Syndicate that race her.
Zimmerman said she would consider taking Barinka to Riccarton in Christchurch for the $250,000, Group II, Coupland’s Bakeries Mile during Cup Week in November, the venue of her success in the listed Canterbury Breeders Stakes during the corresponding carnival a year ago.
Tinsley had commenced the day with a win aboard Zorro’s Star (4 Ch. G. Zorro’s Lad – Santiga Lass, by College Chapel) for trainer Stuart Manning.
His second came aboard the very promising David Haworth and Matt Dixon-trained galloper O’Reilly’s Prize (3 B. G. O’Reilly – Jabeske, by Prized) and he then guided Albus (5 B. G. Magic Albert – Phoebe’s Bet, by Danzero) home by two-lengths for trainer Peter Hurdle.