Doubles for trainers and stud
Roger James and Robert Wellwood had a pair of Waikato Stud graduates to thank for a winning double at Awapuni today.
The Cambridge training partners saddled Killarney and Hanger and both produced impressive displays.
The O’Reilly six-year-old Killarney has had his share of issues, but his talent can’t be questioned.
A $115,000 Karaka yearling, he has now won five of his 12 starts and could be in line for higher honours.
“He’s had a lot of soundness issues and it’s a big shout out to the staff who have spent a lot of time with him,” Wellwood said.
“Fingers crossed he comes through this well and then we might have a throw at the stumps and a decent race for him.”
Killarney is out of the Irish Colleen, who won seven races including the Gr.2 Concorde Handicap.
Hanger returned from a lengthy break in a blaze of glory and he’s another more than capable of potting bigger prizes.
“He hadn’t raced or had a trial since the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes, he’s had a few niggles along the way,” Wellwood said.
Hanger is a son of the Savabeel mare Do Ra Mi, who won the Gr.2 Kewney Stakes and ran second in the Gr.3 Vanity Stakes.
She is a half-sister to the Gr.1 Australasian Oaks winner Marju Snip and the Listed Hong Kong winner Unique Jewellery.
Golden time on the Coast
Waikato Stud signed off from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on a high when its Savabeel colt provided the Matamata farm with its highlight of the auction. The well-related youngster attracted widespread interest …Read More
Saintly run from Ocean Park’s daughter
Our Hail Mary became Waikato Stud stallion Ocean Park’s 13th individual black-type winner when she produced an irresistible finish to claim the G3 Trentham S. this afternoon. Third in the Listed NZB Airfreight S. as …Read More