Smart Type Emerges (Saturday 5th May 2018)


Bruce Stewart


On what was a run-of-the-mill raceday at Ascot Park today a two year old trotter emerged as being a horse to watch in the future.


Majestic Son gelding Full Noise handled the pressures of his first start against more experienced runners like a pro, and easily beat eleven other runners in the Hamil Saddlery Trot over 2700 metres.


Full Noise began slowly but well and settled in sixth place early. With 1600 metres to run driver Brent Barclay moved him off the running line to sit parked for the last lap.


"He never batted an eyelid out there. He's so laid back when he's parked so it worked out really good. I'd say he's got a very bright future," said Barclay. 


As the leaders turned for home Full Noise was asked to go and he trotted nicely down to the winning post to beat Superfast Ninja by three quarters of a length. 


"He's a lovely horse and a beautiful trotter. I've driven him in every workout and trial and he's just a natural."


His time of 3-35.2 was a new track record for two year old trotters who rarely run this distance. 



Full Noise winning on debut in those famous Baynes colours - Photo Bruce Stewart.



  Full Noise and Brent Barclay - Photo Bruce Stewart.


Trainer Brett Gray was also suitably impressed but he's known what's under the horses bonnet for a while. 


"Kirstin (Barclay) broke him in. I did a few weeks with him before Christmas and loved him. I turned him out and brought him back in. He's just a natural. The second row draw today worried me a bit but Brent drove him a treat and the horse would have learned a lot today. He hasn't raced in a big field," he said. 


After the win Gray wouldn't be drawn as to what the plans are for the two year old.


"I've just got to talk to the owners. I think he's a horse for the future and I really want to look after him." 




Winning connections - Photo Bruce Stewart. 


The Majestic Son gelding which is owned by Kenny Baynes and his sister in-law Penny, is out of the Sundon mare Knapdale Girl which won three races in New Zealand and a further five in Australia. Knapdale Girl is from a family the late Colin Baynes developed and raced over many years. It's the family that's produced quality trotters like Cool Cat which won ten races and Bearcat which won seven.


Full Noise is the first foal from Knapdale Girl. She has a yearling colt by Coktail Jet stallion The Best Madrik and a weanling filly by Pegasus Spur.  


Another branch of the family produced many good trotters for Maurice Skinner including Adiantum which won eight races and Maori Maiden the winner of seven. 


Full Noise is named after a Yak-3 V12 World War Two fighter owned by Graeme Frew, an Air New Zealand pilot.


Frew qualified for the National Championship Air Races in Reno in America where he broke a race record last year. He also recently bought the plane down to Wanaka for the Warbirds Over Wanaka. And in true pioneering spirit the plane carries the same number (35) as Southlander Burt Munro's Indian Motorcycle which also raced in America.


"We were actually in Reno last year when he was there. They put the plane in a container and took it over there. A local guy Jay McIntyre who is a renowned engineer who lives in Blenheim now, went over with him and put the plane back together. They did a fantastic job over there," said Penny. 


The win by Full Noise brings the number of wins for Kenny Baynes this season to 17. War Machine (5), War Admiral (3), Especial Convair Hustler(1) Too Cool (1) Royal Bengal (3) and Full Noise (1) Envious (1) and Especial (2). 


Full Noise, Royal Bengal and Convair Hustler are raced by Baynes Racing Limited (Kenny and Penny) while the other horses are raced by Kenny and his wife Jo. 









Please Shuddup Wins For Big Group (Saturday 5th May 2018)


Bruce Stewart


The crowd that gathered in the birdcage after Please Shuddup's win made up a fair portion of those that were on-course today at Ascot Park as many racegoers, including the horse's trainer Murray Brown, were in their Mai Mais for the opening of duck shooting in the province.


By Auckland Reactor, Please Shuddup drew two on the second row in today's R51 -R9 Mobile Pace. With the rush to the first bend, driver Craig Ferguson was able to ease the gelding off the inside running line and he settled fifth on the outside. At that point he started to get keen and threw his head in the air. 


"He's perfect at home but when he gets to the races he gets a bit keen. He's got a lot to learn, but with a bit more racing he should grow into being a nice racehorse," said stable representative Haley Croft, who does most of the work with the gelding.


With 1600 metres to run Ferguson came out three wide and progressed forward. With a lap to run he moved to sit parked.



Craig Ferguson moves Please Shuddup (10) forward with a lap to run - Photo Bruce Stewart. 


With 800 metres to go Please Shuddup was level pegging with leader Machitelli. Just before turning in Ferguson got busy on the gelding and while favourite Just Dance had to wait on the passing lane Ferguson pitched a bit of a break and that proved to be the winning of the race. Please Shuddup held on by a head. His winning time on a cold day was a respectable 2-43.5.  



Please Shuddup driven out at the finish line - Photo Bruce Stewart. 


Please Shuddup showed a lot of promise early this season running second on his home track in early December before winning at Winton later that month. His form then tapered off. 


"He had a problem with a tooth and that set him back quite a bit. We just lost too much time to race those good ones (in the Supremacy Stakes) so we just had to take a different road. But he's all good now."  


Croft says the stable has also tried a different tactic when presenting the horse to the races. 


"We've taken a bit of a different approach this time and come in fresh. Last time he had a trial and a workout. He probably ran his race in his trial because they went 2-45. It was a fresh approach today and obviously it worked. He doesn't take too much work. As you can tell he's a lean machine."


He's raced by the Tricode Racing Syndicate, The Tricode Racing Syndicate Number 2 and The Dolce Syndicate, and was bought by syndicate manager Peter Kett for $22,000 at the 2016 Sale of the Stars. The Tricode Syndicate had raced his half-sister Soapbox which won three races before she was exported to Australia.




Happy winning connections - Photo Bruce Stewart


"He's the type of horse that can't race week in week out so he'll probably have a couple more starts and then head to the paddock."


Meanwhile Jilaire's Mac won his first race for owner Gordon Hamilton and trainer Kirk Larsen. He's shown steady improvement in his seven previous starts and thanks to a great drive by Larsen got up to win his MR40 - MR 44 race.



The McArdle gelding is out of Jilaire's Standby and is closely related to Jilaire's Chance which won ten races and Jilaire Bogart which won the inaugural Southland Oaks in 1983.



Jilaire's Mac (7) winning for Kirk Larsen today - Photo Bruce Stewart.



Returning to the birdcage - Photo Bruce Stewart 


The well bred Buzinga also impressed on debut when she won the Southland Standardbred Breeders Association Fillies and Mares Mobile Pace.




Buzinga (4) winning for Dexter Dunn - Photo Bruce Stewart.




Back after her first win - Photo Bruce Stewart. 



The two year old filly, which is trained by Cran Dalgety is by Bettor's Delight out of the ten win Mach Three mare Safedra which Dalgety also trained.


Safedra is now part of the rich band of broodmares owned by Winton couple Todd and Fleur Anderson under the Taffy Limited umbrella.

The Anderson's have a full sister to Buzinga.  








Dunrobin Wins Nuggets (Saturday 12th May 2018)


Bruce Stewart


She looks at least a year away from maturing, so two wins in three starts this season have been a big bonus for the connections of nice filly Dunrobin who won the $12,000 Ryal Bush Transport Nuggets Final at Winton today.


"She's a very light framed filly so that's her last start for the season. She can go out now and grow up and come back next season. She's got a bit more of a turn of speed than the others (out of the mare) so hopefully that'll follow on into next season. She had to sprint hard to catch them today," said trainer Brent Shirley.


From barrier four, driver Mark Hurrell stayed out of the early rush for the front and settled the filly in the outside running line. Inside the last 300 metres Hurrell launched Dunrobin three wide to make her run. She still had a heap of ground to make up in the home straight but produced a sustained sprint to nab a game Alfie Romeo by a half a head. 


"Mark drove her an absolute treat so that was bloody great."




 Mark Hurrell getting the best out of Dunrobin (4) to beat Alfie Romeo (7) - Photo Bruce Stewart.




The victory salute - Photo Bruce Stewart. 



Hurrell is having a great run. Today's win was his eleventh of the season and seventeenth in his short career. He's currently in the top six on the New Zealand Junior Drivers table. 


Dunrobin, which is by Well Said out of Satire Franco, is owned by Shirley's wife Raewyn and loyal Bluffies John Edminstin and Earl Shannon.


Edminstin, surprisingly wasn't on course today, but he was out fishing. He's one of the driving forces behind next weekends Bluff Oyster and Food Festival so getting seafood had to take priority. 


Shirley said the 'road to the races' hasn't been easy for Dunrobin but that's been the case for all of Satire Franco's foals.


"The whole family have been hard. They're horrible yearlings, terrible two year olds and pain the arse three year olds. But they mature into nice four year olds. They're not dirty but it's a lot of work just getting them going. If they show something at three you're usually looking at getting a nice four year old."


Two races later one of the forgotten horses of Southland harness racing Fiddlethefool made an unexpected return to the races for Shirley. He's been away from racing since his win on this course in December 2016. It was thought that he wouldn't race again.


From his twelve starts he'd won four races and ran second behind Heaven Rocks at the Northern Southland meeting in March 2016. 


The now the five year old has been gelded and his new part-owner Grant Shirley said that was because he had intended to use the horse as a hack for his children.


Grant has done the majority of work with the horse and now owns him with Pat Langford, Mark and Martha Hogan and Raewyn Shirley.


"Martha's in the syndicate because she gelded him," said Brent. 


The horse's excellent third today is testament to Grant's ground work and Brent's finishing qualities.


"He broke down and has been away from racing for eighteen months. He was forward and working as good as he's ever worked. His aim is the Bluff Cup," said Brent. 


Meanwhile Ryal Bush trainer Brett Gray extended his lead in the Southland Trainers Premiership when the Charlie Smaill owned Elva Jaccka won her second race in just nine starts. The win was Gray's twenty eighth win of the season. He is now six clear of Nathan Williamson.




Elva Jaccka winning for leading junior driver Matt Anderson - Photo Bruce Stewart.



Coming back to the birdcage - Photo Bruce Stewart.


Grace O'Malley also returned to the winners circle when she beat Scarlett Lane by a half a head in the Murray Gray Memorial Trot. It was the nine year old Sundon mares second win of the season and sixth career win. She was driven by Peter Hunter who has reined her in all six of her wins.



Grace O'Malley beating Scarlett Lane at Winton - Photo Bruce Stewart.



Returning for owners Go Ziggy Go Limited and trainer Curly Thomas - Photo Bruce Stewart.






I'mallaboutthewin (Saturday 12th May 2018)




Bruce Stewart 


It's been a while coming but three year old filly I'mallaboutthebase recorded her breakthrough win at Winton today.


The Shadow Play filly trained by part-owner and breeder Steve Baucke, showed early promise as a two year finishing second to Dizzy Miss Lizzy in the Group Three Alabar New Zealand/Caduceus Club of Southland Fillies Mobile in March last year. Since then she's recorded three other seconds and a third in her thirteen starts.


In today's PGG Wrightson Mobile Pace, driver Craig Ferguson took luck out of play and from a handy draw went straight to the front with the favourite. He got away with a few 'cheap' quarters and the filly sped home in 56.7 seconds (last 800 metres) which put paid to her rivals. The winning margin was three lengths and the overall time was 3-01.9.


"She got a nice draw today, got out in front and did what she likes to do. She's hard to beat when she pulls a 56 half. It was a very good drive from Craig. He said she just jogged it," said Baucke who owns the mare with his wife Carol. 




I'mallaboutthebase cruising in front for Craig Ferguson with a lap to run - Photo Bruce Stewart.



Winning easily by three lengths - Photo Bruce Stewart.



In the winners circle for the first time - Photo Bruce Stewart


"She hasn't had too much luck and had a few bad draws. We took her shoes off at Addington and the track was deep (on the night she raced) and she wasn't getting any grip. The start before that she was second which was a good run for her. We've also had a few problems with her back muscles. Suzanne Toomey (masseur) came once a fortnight and she also massaged her a couple of days before she raced. When she was sore she was hard to steer round the corners. Being young and longer in the back I think there's just a weak area there. It's not uncommon." 


Baucke has also been keeping a close eye on I'mallaboutthebase's half-sister Delight My Soul which is now racing out of the Ray Green stable in Auckland.


"She's doing a great job up there. I'm proud of the little girl. She's bringing a bit of money in too."


Since racing in Auckland she's had six starts for her new stable which resulted in two wins, a second, a fourth and a sixth. With the higher stakes in the north, she's banked $19,381.00. 


"She's going to stud in the spring. I haven't finalised anything but I'm looking at Captaintreacherous."


I'mallbaouthebase is out of the In The Pocket mare Soleil D’or from which the Bauckes have bred three fillies – Acapulco Sunrise (Santanna Blue Chip) which was unraced, Delight My Soul (Bettor’s Delight) and I'mallaboutthebase.


Soleil D‘or is out of Corbie, a Vance Hanover daughter of Black Watch.

“She had about six fillies so we decided to sell her. Then she had a colt. She hasn’t been bree from since so I’m not sure what happened there.”

Steve and Carol Baucke have been in Southland for seventeen years, having shifted shifting south from Te Pahu south of Hamilton.


They have a 320 cow dairy herd on 300 acres near Woodland. It’s also the home of four broodmares and a small team of racehorses which Steve trains.


Carol’s parents Reg and Joyce Davey had horses too and raced Most Happy Milly, a Smooth Fella mare out Armbro Mill. Armbro Mill was a half-sister to Gold Rand which won eleven races.



Most Happy Milly won five races, all as a three year old. She was trained by Maurice McKendry.

The Daveys also raced thoroughbreds and actually bred Arwon the winner of the 1978 Melbourne Cup. He’s was by Aritzo out of Fair Flash and was originally named Flash Guy. His Australian owners changed his name to Arwon which is Nowra spelt backward. One of the syndicate members lives in Nowra.

Also in the winners circle today was the Brian Norman trained Easton Foxglove. The three year old Washington VC filly has been a model of consistency this season with wins or placings in her last seven starts.

With Dexter Dunn on board, the winning dividend was a surprising $8.90.

It was the Tahakopa trainer's thirteenth winner of the season. Norman is having his best season ever since he started training in 1985. His previous best was twelve in 2013.  



Easton Foxglove, the widest horse in the picture with the blinds on, is about to make his winning run at the top of the straight - Photo Bruce Stewart.



Back in the birdcage - Photo Bruce Stewart. 





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