1)Ultimate Machete and Sicario-(2) Bubbled Up leads Elle Mac until (3) the sprint home. Below: trotters Kings Landing, Winterfell Cheerful, Enhance the Calm
Below: 1) Lovemelikeyoudo 2) Flying Even Bettor and Virgil 3) Hoppled work Tuesday ? Who cares ? Gus and Gabby take it easy in the office
Below: 1) Another view of Dreams of Glory, Aqua Sancta and Beyond Words. 2) Callum manicuring the tracks between heats.Its essental. 3) “First day back at school “ -Dina Bolt jogs on first day back
Below: Glenn Stampalia an experienced horseman from Perth who has joined All Stars “and loving it” . 2-Splendid Me a sister to Dream About Me-3) The Power of Prayer and One Change
THE MOST UNDERRATED MARE OF HER TIME!
Ok, big deal. Queen of Hearts -for the second time. Is that news ? Well, yes.
For a start only two other mares have won the G1 race twice. Only one has also beaten the males at that level, the other being placed n an Auckland Cup. The winner was Adore Me. A cousin of the above. But she hasn’t been left behind by her close relation in any way. Study the record.
She has 34 starts and been in the first three 33 times.Yep. 33 times. That is in classic races, Cup races, a stream of G1 races.
She won the Delightful Lady Classic (G2) ‘ then the Sires Stakes Final (G1) ‘then the Breeders Crown; then the NSW Oaks. Then the Nevele R Filly Final and the NZ Oaks. Then the Junior Free for All on Cup Day beating Locharburn and Field Marshall; then there was a bit of a steal in the Queen of Hearts before a sensational 3.55 win in the Auckland Trotting Cup.
Foot problems restricted her for some time after that but since her return she has mixed it with “the boys” in race after race. Including the NZ Cup.Adore Me probably did it with more emphasis but Dream About Me has done it over a longer period of time.
A number of the “great mares” of modern times have ducked the big time all sex races. What Dream About Me has done in them is truly outstanding quite apart from her sensational record against her own sex.
Her earnings now top $1.1mwith more things -such as the Auckland Cup-yet to come.
TURN IT UP winning first up at Alexandra Park was hardly a surprise but backed Marks’ assessment that the right handed track would be no threat to him. He was helped getting another great trail from Ashley Locaz but proved too strong in the end indicating he will be heading for the Auckland Cup.
Nobody ever begrudges “everyday” star ASHLEY LOCAZ a moment under lights and he made it in spades on Friday at Alexandra Park.
On a track where he has shone previously (as if there is a track at which he hasn’t) Tim gave him a nice run trailing on the outer and outsprinted a smart field to win the Summer Cup, his biggest win since his shock triumph in the Harness Jewels at Ashburton at 2.
Now he has not only won one third of all his 18 starts but he has also posted seven seconds. That’s first or second in 13 of the those 18 starts. Who wouldn’t love a horse like that ? Certainly not the Van Beeks (with a Murfitt twist) who have remained loyal through the good times and the not so great. His earnings are now over $150,000
Ok no records were broken on Friday but most regarded it as the most competitive race of the night, Ashley Locaz holding out a fast finishing stablemate All U Need is Faith, not the first time they have run a quinella this season.
It was only the 6th start Ashley has had since winning at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve last year and he has been first or second in five of them. He is that sort of horse.
DREAM ABOUT ME had given Tim an earlier win after he claimed the lead from Elle Mac and won strongly in the Breeders Stakes. It was her first run at Alexandra Park since her treble of 2016 which included the Queen of Hearts and the Auckland Cup-a treble that could well be repeated.
Dream About Me has a remarkable record. Seh won her first 12 races on both sides of the Tasman with a dash of Group One features and even now after suffering foot trouble last season, has won 22 of 37 starts 12 others being seconds and thirds.
This is one of the great unsung strengths of the All Stars stable as Ashley Locaz’s record also shows. Maximum return for minimum race output. Explains why Dream About Me at 6 is just as big a threat to the best as she was at two years old.
JESSE DUKE won as rather expected in his Sires Stakes heat while the more sensational result on the night was the first defeat of Princess Tiffany at her 10th start.
Short on race conditioning and caught wide in the running she ran out of puff in the last 50m but fought bravely for her placing. So she doesn’t match Dream About Me’s 12 successive wins from career outset. But there won’t be many risking her next time.
(as of December 2. New Zealand racing season)
Winners (NZ) 38 Placegetters (2nd and 3rd) 38.
Winners (Australia) 5 . Stakes (NZ) $1.325m Strike Rate: .4536
Group One: 4. Breeder’s Crown, Sires Stakes Final, NZ Cup, NZ Free for All
Group Two: Kaikoura Cup
Group Three: Flying Stakes, Maurice Holmes. Methven Cup, Hannon Memorial
Most Wins on One Card: 8 (from 9 races)
Most Quinellas on One Card: