Four Karaka graduates combined for a spectacular finish in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Rotorua, with Volks Lightning (NZ) (Volksraad) scoring by a nose from Indecision (NZ) (Per Incanto), Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) and Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge).
Group 1-placed last season in the Sistema Railway (1200m), the $60,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase Volks Lightning claimed a deserved black-type win with a relentless front-running performance.
The six-year-old flew out of the gates and dominated the race from there, producing a strong kick at the top of the straight for rider Jake Bayliss. She clung on by a nose in a heart-stopping four-way finish. Indecision was second by a long head from Julius, with Volpe Veloce another nose back in fourth.
“She gave a really good kick at the corner and gave them something to chase,” Bayliss said. “Coming into this race fresh, first-up, it was a gutsy win.”
Trained by Team Rogerson for cricket star Brendon McCullum’s Vermair Volks Lightning Syndicate, Volks Lightning has won five of her 28 starts and $185,652 in prize-money – more than three times her purchase price.
“It was a bit nerve-racking at the end, I didn’t know if we’d got it,” co-trainer Debbie Rogerson said. “But we got the result. I’m thrilled for the owners and for the horse, because she really deserved to win a Group race.”
In addition to her Group 1 Railway placing on New Year’s Day, Volks Lightning had also been placed in the Group 3 Darley Plate (1200m), Mr Tiz Trophy (1200m) and Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m).
Runner-up Indecision was a $260,000 purchase at the 2015 Premier Sale, and she added today’s Group 3 placing to her win in the Listed NZB Finance Sprint (1200m) earlier this year.
Third-placed Julius cost $44,000 at the 2013 Select Sale. With seven wins and six placings from 13 starts, he has earned $228,025 in prize-money.
Volpe Veloce, a $240,000 Premier Sale graduate, is a Group 1 winner and has earned $478,500 in stakes.
Volks Lightning is the latest in a long line of stakes winners bought out of the Ready to Run Sale. The 2018 Ready to Run Sale will be held at Karaka on November 21 and 22.
Vendor Windsor Park Stud
Purchaser Vermair Racing (Christchurch)
Breeding Volksraad – Next Century
Sale Lot 75, 2014 Ready to Run Sale, $60,000
Bred by Windsor Park Stud Ltd