NEWS AND VIEWS
MACKENZIE CONTINUES TO BE A BIG HIT STATESIDE
Former smart filly MacKenzie an early star for Jean Feiss at Rolleston continues to be a big hit in the States. The Rock n Roll Heaven mare, now five might have been foaled in Australia but she is handling the winter temperatures in New York scoring in an open mare's pace last week worth $US40,000. By comparison Christen Me was winning a pace at the Meadowlands worth $US20,000. She has now won over $350,000
MacKenzie A as she is now known, started off looking like a possible superstar at Rolleston and while luck was not always on her side she did not quite live up to that promise. A striking filly she beat Nek Time on debut and was beaten only by Cash N Flow on Show Day at Addington as a 3yo. She did well in Australia taking a Group One second in a Breeder's Crown at 3 before being sold to Americans Ellen Kinser and Harry Van Noblauch. Overall she won eight from 19 in Australasia. Last week was her fourth win in her last five starts and her sixth this year from 15 starts. She also won the Alabar Blue (G2) in Sydney. Peter Tritton trains her in the States.
While MacKenzie might not have done everything on the track Jean Feiss might have hoped, she did her owner one other huge favour. Knowing how MacKenzie was shaping, Jean was prepared to go to six figures for her half-brother when he presented his handsome looks in the salering as a yearling. His name is Vincent
A RARE RECORD-EVEN FOR ALL STARS !
Partyon played a role in another astonishing All Stars record at Auckland last Friday becoming the fifth successive winner for the stable in the Group One Queen of Hearts (in a dead heat) . No other stable has managed that since Group racing started. Tim Butt trained four successive winners of the Dominion Handicap while All Stars have trained the last five winners of the Group Two Welcome Stakes at Addington and the last four winners of the Group One 3yo Sires Stakes Final giving the opportunity of another great feat next November. The stable has multiple wins in most Group One races but reaching five in succession is a huge achievement.
Almost as impressive is that just over four weeks the stable has won SIX Group One events with four different horses including the N Z Cup and Free for All; Sires Stakes Final; Inter Dominion Final; Golden Nugget and now the Queen of Hearts. Partyon is a "Breckon" mare syndicated by Ken and Karen but it may come as no surprise that Phil and Glenys Kennard are among the syndicate of owners meaning they have been involved in five of those Group Ones ! In five weeks!
All Stars have now prepared 217 Group One winners since 1994
THE RACING SCENE
Vincent stole the show.
Only a few days short of six months since he last raced, the glamour son of Art Major overcame some difficulties in the running to outlast the seasoned A G White Socks in 3.19.7 breaking his own record set as a three year old on December 31 last year.
To be fair 2700m stands are not that common these days at Auckland but the all round performance deserved a record it was so commanding in the circumstances. He moved up to be parked middle stages, then got some cover but was out and going by the corner and while his condition was giving out he had the class to hold on and win.
Next time it is the Jardine Futurity at Cambridge on December 24 a win in which qualifies him for the Chariots of Fire -and then the Auckland Cup. If achieved it would be ta remarkable treble.
Only a week ago Natalie did not rate her chances of driving Vincent -"I'll never prise Mark out of his cart"- but a suspension in Perth gave her her chance and
she made the most of it. Vincent has now won 14 of 17 starts.
CHASE AUCKLAND was brilliant in the Alabar Stakes-first fast, then tought, then resolute in the finish-anything you would have asked of a high class three year old. That was his first run in a while and the rest of his major assignments at the carnival, notably the Sales Series Final look like his to lose all things being equal.
All of his stablemates went top races and seem even in quality but Chase Auckland is the standard setter at the moment.
STRESS FACTOR was straight and true in his stable debut for All Stars taking early control for Tim and never letting any of his rivals into the fight.
FROM THE TOP TABLE
Australian Dates to Remember (Runners to be confirmed)January 20 Melton- Ballarat Cup-Victorian Derby heats-January 20 Menangle- Hondo Grattan (4yo qualifier for Chariots)-January 27 Melton- Victorian Derby , Bonanza (4yo) , Alabar Ladyship Stakes-February 3 Melton- Hunter Cup February 3 Menangle- Paleface Adios (4yo qualifier)-February 17 Menangle Cordina Sprint -(Miracle Mile leadup)-Robin Dundee (mares) -heats NSW Derby and NSW Oaks-February 24 Menangle- NSW Derby-NSW Oaks-Miracle Mile-Bohemian Crystal -Ladyship Mile
You May Have Missed- The return of the hickory cart at All Stars-Hal David and Bare Knuckle-Waikiki Beach farewell-Expert Perth host for All Stars Gary Elson .Try our Timelines or Feature Page
MILLIONAIRE ALL STARS - 1. Lazarus approx $3.3m 2 Smolda $2,558,5442. 3. Auckland Reactor $1,837,043 4.Adore Me $1,677,032 5 Il Vicolo $1,580,948 6 Have Faith In Me $1,469,492 7 I Can Doosit $1,445,774 8 Young Rufus $1,082,692 9 Highview Tommy $1,021,904 10 Dream About Me $1,002,839
Michelle's Week-A regular column from our stable manager Michelle Neilson)
In-- Ready to Bloom, More the Better, Sicario, Zion Bromac, Slingshot, Letterkenny Boy -Jack Jones Bubbled up, Self Assured, Spitfire Shadow Ohanzee, Speech is Silver, Lovemlikeyoudo, Having The Faith December 18 - Mach Up December 25- Think About Me, McCarthy, Highly Regal. January 1 Bettor My Dreamz Janaury 18 Ruby Rose
Tim dictated and drove Stress Factor to win on his stable debut on Premier night
Nath gave All U Need is Faith and Bettor Trix ideal trips on Friday night and landed best possible placings in the circumstances. Encouraging start to his northern campaign.
TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS-AND THOSE NOW
The Inter Dominion tonight is a tricky race and one thing I can say is that I am glad I am not driving in it ! There will be a lot going on especially early and even with a horse as good as Lazarus Mark is going to need his share of luck to win it. He should be fairly handy and while it doesn't seem likely he must be tempted to look at leading on a track with no passing lane. The lead would put Chicago Bull three back and it might then decide on whether Tiger Tara could run past him and I wonder if he could.
We were one and two when Mark won with Mark Hanover back in the 1990's and that came down to the run of the race. Christopher Vance was our number one and Mark Hanover just got the right run and beat him. I can't say I was really surprised he won, he had been racing well, but he just got the run on the night.
I never drove in the Inter Dominion of course but I think we trained one that was unlucky and it sounds a silly thing to say when the winner was Young Quinn. But we had Hi Foyle in that year and he just didn't get the rub of the green in the race. He was a top horse. We had him for about two months before the Inter Dominion. He had suspensory problems. We didn't rely so much on veterinary surgeons then and I put a lot of time into his legs putting ice packs on several times a day and between workouts. Henry Skinner drove him but we just didn't have the luck.
Everything seems to have gone well for Mark and his team. I haven't been in the best of health recently but I'm on the road to recovery now so I will be staying up to watch. I wish them all the best