Racing: Owner's passion repaid with cup

By John Jenkins

Taradale racehorse owner Judith Buckeridge has never missed being on course when her star galloper Ourforeignminister has won and she is already planning another trip north this month to watch him race.

Buckeridge made the trek to Te Awamutu on Saturday to watch the Dubai Destination gelding contest the $25,000 Freight Lines Te Awamutu Cup. She and some of the other seven shareholders in the 5-year-old cheered him on to a 1 length victory.

It was the horse's seventh win from 26 starts and he is now being aimed at the listed $80,000 Taumarunui Cup (2100m) at Te Rapa on July 28. And Buckeridge says she will be there.

"I think I have only missed being on course for two of his starts and that was because I was overseas," Buckeridge said on Monday.

Ourforeignminister has turned his form around in the past fortnight, with two wins in a row after a run of lack-lustre efforts.

Buckeridge said the horse had a few minor problems when he came back into work this campaign but that his Te Awamutu trainer, Richard Otto, had ironed them out.

"He pulled up well after the race on Saturday and ate up everything that night and he's just a happy horse again," she said.

Buckeridge also had Trapiche racing at Saturday's Waipa meeting, and the horse finished a creditable sixth in the open sprint over 1150m.

"He also went well because he had never raced on a heavy-10 track before so he showed he's pretty versatile," she said.

Buckeridge, who was formerly based in the Wairarapa, has been racing horses since the early 1980s and has won more than 30 races.

The first horse she raced was Peace Seeker, whom she bred, and he won four races.

Buckeridge is also heavily involved in New Zealand equestrian circles and is secretary of her local Rotary club.

Voodoo casts right spell

Voodoo, part-owned by Hastings' Peter Johnson, recorded her fourth win when scoring a 2 length victory in a $10,000 Rating 75 race over 1600m at Friday's Ashburton meeting.

Johnson is a member of the Voodoo Syndicate that races the Pins mare in partnership with her Riccarton trainer Mike McCann.

Voodoo was having her fourth start in a new campaign, following a third and two fifths.

Stud presentation

Rich Hill Stud, the new Waikato home of former star Hastings galloper Jimmy Choux, will conduct a presentation on its stallions for the coming breeding season at the Hastings Hibernian Club from 11am this Sunday, June 15.

Rich Hill managing director John Thompson will attend the presentation, with head stud groom Mike Rennie. It is open to the general public, with a light lunch available.

Jimmy Choux will be the new stallion at Rich Hill Stud this year and will stand alongside proven sires Pentire and Any Suggestion and the Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.

Bus trip planned

The Hawke's Bay-Poverty Bay branch of New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders is putting on a bus trip to Masterton's Little Avondale Stud on Sunday, July 22.

Little Avondale Stud stands the proven sire Towkay and also has two new stallions in Per Incanto and Nadeem.

The bus will leave Sunday morning and return that afternoon and is open to the general public at a fee of $35/head. Those who attend will be able to view the stud's three stallions as well as enjoy lunch at the stud.

If interested, phone Shirin Wood at 871-0050 or Isabell Roddick at 879-8662.

Curran bags two wins

Former Hastings-based apprentice jockey Hayley Curran has enjoyed a successful week, kicking home two winners in two days.

Curran picked up a chance ride on Aruritson in the maiden hurdle race at last Wednesday's Cambridge meeting at Te Rapa after original rider Daniel Oakden failed to get a medical clearance. Curran took the 5-year-old Yamanin Vital gelding to an early lead in the 2400m event and they won 5 lengths clear. She then rode at Waverley next day, guiding Wotabuzz to a four-length win in a 2200m jumpers' flat and now has four wins from 20 race rides.

Curran is nowadays attached to the Awapuni stable of Wotabuzz's trainer Mark Oulaghan but originally started out in the Hastings stable of Dianne Sergeant before working for a time for another Hastings trainer, John Bary.

Double for Coastal Mist

Coastal Mist, bred by Central Hawke's Bay's Sue Harty, made it two wins from two starts this winter with another game performance in a Rating 75 1200m event at last Thursday's Waverley meeting.

Foxton trainer Heather Weller took over the ownership this year and has now had two starts for the horse for two wins.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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