Disruption, a horse that was co-bred by Hawke's Bay couple Graham and Isabell Roddick, impressed when breaking through for a maiden win at Riccarton last Saturday and looks headed for bigger things in the future.
The Showcasing colt was following up a fast finishing fourth over 1000m at Riccarton earlier this month and obviously appreciated the step up to 1200m. He looked likely to only run third half-way down the home straight but then charged between the front running pair of Sensibility and Saronic Miss to score by half a neck, in the hands of apprentice jockey Kate Cowan.
"That was a good win," a happy co-trainer and part-owner Shane Kennedy said after the win.
"He finished it off very strongly the last bit and he's a nice wee horse."
Kennedy trains Disruption with his partner Anna Furlong and the colt showed a glimpse of his ability when finishing second behind the flying filly Prom Queen in a 1000m two-year-old race last season. He is not among the nominations for the Group 1 $500,000 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in November but his connections could make a late payment if he continues to progress.
Kennedy said plans are for the horse to run again at Riccarton tomorrow week, in a Rating 65 grade event, and another good performance there could see him contest the Listed $50,000 John Grigg Stakes at Ashburton on October 21.
The Roddicks bred Disruption in partnership with Graham's Auckland-based sister and brother-in-law, Colin and Anne Scott.
The Roddicks bought Disruption's dam Busted Love for $5500 from a 2013 Mixed Bloodstock sale. She was in foal to Showcasing at the time but unfortunately that foal died. Disruption is the mare's second foal and was sold privately to a syndicate, with Kennedy also taking up a share.
Busted Love is an Australian-bred mare, by Flying Spur out of My Other Woman, and was the winner of one race from 11 starts. She is a half-sister the stakes-winning Singapore galloper Be Bee, who is also by Showcasing and has had five starts for three wins and two fourths.
My Other Woman, the dam of Busted Love, is out of the Marauding mare Burst who won Sydney's Group 1 two-year-old triple crown in her year, the Golden Slipper, AJC Sires' Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes.
The Roddicks are still breeding from Busted Love, who produced a filly foal by Echoes To Heaven last week and is to be served by Showcasing again this year.
Gingernuts is red hot
Gingernuts has been installed a hot favourite at $2 for the Group 1 Livamol Classic on the final day of the Bostock New Zealand Hawke's Bay spring carnival at Hastings tomorrow week after his outstanding win in last Saturday's Windsor Park Plate on the same track.
The four-year-old's connections confirmed he will be returning to Hastings for the 2040m feature before heading across the Tasman for the $A3.1million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 21.
Gingernuts is reported to have come through his short neck win over Close Up in last Saturday's 1600m event in great order and, based on the scenes at the victory ceremony following that success, there will be a sea of orange caps among the on-course crowd at Hastings tomorrow week.
"There were about twenty five of us on course last Saturday but I expect that number to swell next time as there were quite a few missing for this one," syndicate member Blair Alexander said.
Alexander was one of the prime forces in getting the group together to race Gingernuts after Te Akau principal David Ellis bought the horse for $42,500 at a Ready To Run two-year-old sale and admits it has been the ride of a lifetime to date for the 42 strong group.
"It's been an amazing journey so far and now we are so close to achieving one of the dreams we have had for the horse," he said.
"We turned down some very large offers for him with one of the main reasons being the desire to try and win a race like the Caulfield or Melbourne Cup which is what just about everyone who has ever owned a horse has dreamed of.
Alexander has also been overwhelmed by the support for Gingernuts from racing fans on both sides of the Tasman.
"The number of Facebook postings and requests for information about the horse is unreal," he said.
"The requests for our special orange caps is also growing so when he hits Hastings and then Caulfield you will definitely know the Gingernuts army is in town."
Opie Bosson has been the regular rider of Gingernuts and will again be aboard the Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards trained runner at Hastings next week.
Volkstok'n'barrell and Chance To Dance are joint second favourites at $7 for the Livamol Classic with Mime ($9) the only other horse at a single figure quote. Sofia Rosa is on the next line of betting at $10 ahead of last Saturday's impressive Hastings winner Nymph Monte ($12).
Chance To Dance rocketed into calculations for the Livamol when he resumed from a spell with a strong win in a Listed 1600m race at Pukekohe last Sunday and will give the Autridge/Richards stable a strong second string in the Livamol. It was the horse's first start since he finished fifth in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) in April and he came from well off the pace on the home turn to win by a long head.
Opie Bosson rode the horse that day but Leith Innes will take the mount in the Livamol.
Hoping for a good track
Ruakaka trainers Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs are hoping for a reasonably firm track at Hastings tomorrow week so their top galloper Volkstok'n'barrell can produce his best in the Group 1 Livamol Classic.
They were bullish about the chances of Tavistock six-year-old in last Saturday's Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings before the rain came, but the multiple Group 1 winner still did them proud in finishing fifth.
"He was fabulous. He was near last turning for home and he couldn't get out wide enough so it was a really, really good effort," Logan said.
"We were pretty confident and if the track had been a bit firmer it could well have been a different outcome."
"He's improved and the extra distance on a decent track will really suit him."
On target this time
Nymph Monte missed a start by one in last year's Group 1 Livamol Classic at Hastings due to him being the second emergency for the 2040m event but he showed he is right on target for next week's race after a dashing win on the Hastings track last Saturday.
Having just the third run in his current campaign, Nymph Monte showed an amazing burst of speed in the final stages of the Open 2000 to race away for a 3 length victory under jockey Rosie Myers.
It was just the performance trainer Grant Nicholson was looking for as he prepares the horse for his biggest test to date in next week's weight-for-age feature.
"He was impressive in that last bit with some improvement still in him," was his summing up of what his charge had just achieved.
"The track was a concern but Rosie got him out to the right part and he let down really nicely.
"He's strengthened again for this prep and that little bit of age on him has really helped."
Nicholson believes Nymph Monte is ready to tackle the elite level under weight-for- age conditions and is looking forward to the challenge.
HB Guineas hopes
The Lisa Latta stable is likely to have two runners in the Group 2 $100,000 Sacred Falls Hawke's Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings tomorrow week.
The Lincoln Farms-raced pair of Jimmy Lincoln, who finished runner-up when resuming at Hastings last Saturday, and Lincoln Hills, who ran sixth, are on target for the three-year-old feature.
"They both went well and Jimmy Lincoln will definitely run in the Guineas and the other horse, who doesn't like wet tracks, will probably be there as well," Latta said.
Jimmy Lincoln was successful in his only two-year-old appearance last season while Lincoln Hills also won on debut and was put aside after finishing fourth at Hastings behind the unbeaten Bostonian.
Bostonian is likely to be one of four horses Cambridge trainer Tony Pike will have in the Hawke's Bay Guineas, the others being Felton Road, Aim Smart and Haussmann.
The latter was hugely impressive when resuming from a spell with a dominant 2-3/4 length win in the 1100m three-year-old race at Hastings last Saturday.
The Pour Moi gelding settled toward the back of the field before rider Leith Innes angled him into the clear near the home turn and he bounded to the front inside the last 300 metres before being eased down towards the finish.
Haussmann was having his first start since winning the Listed Great Northern Foal Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie on May 27.