Miss Moonlite who ran a track-record 1.54.7 at Richmond
Park yesterday. Photo by Tayler Strong.
Talented trotter Irish Whisper has been sold to Canada by
Oamaru owner Bev Williamson.
Irish Whisper is now under the direction of Papakura trainer
Tony Herlihy for a race at Alexandra Park on Friday night.
The Sundon-Little Contessa gelding, bred by Williamson, is
booked on a flight from Auckland on Friday week. Irish
Whisper has been at Papakura for a month after travelling
there with trainer Phil Williamson for the Harness Jewels.
Irish Whisper has won four of his seven starts. Three of his
wins have been at Addington where he rated 1.58.1 for 1950m
He qualified at Forbury Park 11 months ago.
Irish Whisper has been bought by John Curtin, acting as
Curtin, the manager of Auckland Reactor, said the entire
would resume work with Mark Purdon and Grant Payne ay
Rolleston on Monday.
Auckland Reactor has been spelling for the past fortnight at
Pukekohe after three weeks out in Australia. The winner of
three heats of the Interdominion in Perth, he pulled up
distressed after finishing seventh in the Final on March 2.
He was found to be suffering equine viral arteritis, an acute
viral disease. He was not permitted to leave Australia until
he was cleared.
• Miss Moonlite lowered a 15-year track record when she won a
heat of the Golden Girls series over a mile in 1.54.7 at
Richmond Park yesterday.
The 4yr-old Christian Cullen-Dancingonmoonlight mare, trained
by Andrew Stuart for Wibble Holdings, bettered the mark of
1.56.2 set by My Only Vice, a 4yr-old gelding, in 1997.
The previous record for a mare at Richmond Park was 1.57.3 by
Glen's Sister in 2002.
Miss Moonlite was served by Bettors Delight this season but
she failed to conceive.
"We thought we would bring her back for the Golden Girls
series but she has had a lot of trouble getting down on her
heels," Stuart said.
"My farrier, Jono Murfitt, has worked on the problem for four
or five months and if it wasn't for him she wouldn't be
"She will probably go back to Australia for the Breeders'
Crown in August."
Miss Moonlite ran a bold race fresh up at Addington on May
31, then broke a hopple on the home turn on the first day of
the Nelson meeting.
She won the Breeders' Crown Consolation for 3yr-old fillies
at Melton last August.
Piper Heidsieck set a track record of 3.47.2 (2.01.8 rate)
for 3000m when he led for most of the way in the Nelson
Winter Cup yesterday.
He bettered the record of 3.48.4 set by Love That Lavros in
the 2007 Nelson Winter Cup. Piper Heidsieck had also won on
the first day of the meeting for owners Scott Plant, of
Auckland, and Rose Dunn, wife of the trainer, Robert.
Tijuana Bromac equalled the track record of 2.57.7 for 2400m
(mobile) yesterday. The 3yr-old is owned and trained at
Fairhall (Marlborough) by Anne-Marie Best.
The Burning Question set the record in January.
• Paris H is back with her part-owner, Daryl Trainor, at
Forbury Park. She has been placed in four of her past six
starts when trained by Graeme Anderson and Amber Hoffman.
Tumundal is now in the Oamaru stable of Warren Bartlett.
Tumundal won fresh up at Forbury Park in March and placed in
two other starts for Anderson and Hoffman.
• Borrack won a steeplechase at Warrnambool yesterday,
maintaining his unbeaten record in two starts in Australia.
The gelding was ridden by Steven Pateman.
Borrack, who won a 2800m flat race at Flemington at his
previous start, is in the Ballarat stable of Kevin Myers.
• Rewa, who has a win and a second in two starts, is set to
resume racing at Washdyke on Friday.
The Traditionally mare, trained at Ashburton by Jan Hay, won
first up at Ashburton last July, then finished second at the
Grand National meeting.
• Reuben Percival is a late entry for the Stayers Cups at
Rosehill on Saturday, AAP reports.
Reuben Percival arrived back in Sydney on Monday after
finishing fifth in the Brisbane Cup (2400m) on Saturday.
He will be monitored this week before a decision is made on a
start. Reuben Percival won the Stayers Cup (3200m) by five
lengths last year.
• A British bookmaker has given up on the Diamond Jubilee
Stakes as a contest after framing a betting market without
William Hill has posted an alternative set of odds on the
Royal Ascot feature.
Black Caviar is a long odds-on favourite to win the sprint
after arriving safely in England last week for her first
Bated Breath has been made 4-1 favourite despite uncertainty
over his place in the field.
Trainer Roger Charlton is weighing up between the King's
Stand Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.