SUNDAY: November 11, 2018: HAWKESBURY trainers have racked up a half century of winners in just over the first three months of the new season.
Garry White, the leading local trainer at Hawkesbury meetings last season, took the tally to 50 when Paris In May scored at Orange last Friday and Scott Singleton made it 51 when his promising mare Stock Up was successful at Newcastle yesterday.
Hawkesbury trainers prepared 10 winners in August, 17 in September, 20 in October and this month’s tally stands at four.
White made it seven wins so far this season when lightly-raced Paris In May ($1.35 favorite) gave his backers no cause for concern with an easy victory in the Maiden Plate (1000m) at Orange.
Having only his third start and tackling country rivals after two provincial fifths at his home track (on February 13 and October 25), Paris In May (Mathew Cahill) was all the rage.
A beautifully-bred Hobartville Stud four-year-old by Duporth, the gelding is out of Danehill mare Danebeam, a daughter of multiple Group 1 winning mare Slight Chance.
Singleton lifted his 2018-19 tally to six when Stock Up made it two wins from as many starts this preparation, comfortably disposing of her Class 1 Handicap (1400m) rivals at Newcastle.
Given a perfect ride by Shaun Guymer, Stock Up ($3.90) again gave an indication of better things to come when she put the issue beyond doubt early in the straight and beat Mandalong Emperor ($$.50) and Donald Krupt ($21).
“It was a very easy watch,” Singleton said.
“Stock Up needed a bit of time, and has come back a stronger mare this preparation.”
When resuming on her home track on October 25, she broke through in a 1300m Maiden Handicap for four-year-olds and upwards.
Singleton purchased two horses at the 2016 Karaka (NZ) Select yearling sale for bargain prices – and Stock Up is one of them.
A daughter of Tavistock, she was Lot 495 and fetched $15,000. Stock Up has now raced nine times and the Newcastle victory boosted her earnings to $63,580.
In one of her placings last season (second at Rosehill Gardens in April), subsequent Queensland Oaks winner and Melbourne Cup sixth Youngstar finished third.
Singleton also purchased Lot 745 for $10,000 at the same New Zealand sale. Racing as Decapitor (a four-year-old son of Guillotine), he is yet to win from 13 starts but remarkably has finished second at six of his last seven starts, the latest when narrowly beaten over 1900m at the Canterbury night meeting on October 26.
Though winless so far, Decapitor has more than recouped his purchase price, earning $36,830.
. Spright is returning home after another first-class Melbourne spring carnival effort at Flemington yesterday.
Spright ($31) finished seventh – beaten only 2.75 lengths – to Santa Ana Lane in the $1m Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m).
The classy Hawkesbury mare came from 12th at the 800m and trainer Garry Frazer said it was “a performance you could not be disappointed with”.
“Damien (Oliver) said they went that hard early that it was virtually impossible to make up enough ground,” Frazer said before flying home from Melbourne this afternoon.
“Spright finished alongside Redzel (dual The Everest winner) and was still coming to the line.
“She appears to have pulled up well and will have a few days in the paddock once she gets home tomorrow.
“Then we will make a definite decision whether she goes back to Melbourne next weekend to be flown to Perth for the summer carnival.”
Frazer is targeting the $1m Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on December 1 if the Perth trip proceeds.
Oliver was suspended at Flemington yesterday after riding Prized Icon in the $2m Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), but will be back in time for the Perth race if Spright goes.