News In Brief
15 December 2017, 1:21 p.m.
Positive report from jockey
Post-race comments from a leading jockey have encouraged Swisswatch’s connections that the last-start winner can make an impact over more ground.
The promising son of Swiss Ace was runner-up on debut before he cruised home under Leith Innes over 1400m at Pukekohe.
“He couldn’t have been more impressive and the first thing I asked Leith was would he get a mile and he said no doubt,” trainer Shaune Ritchie said. “The horse improved a lot from his first start and a mile looks no problem, but how much further he goes I don’t know.
“He’ll race next at Ellerslie over Christmas, probably in the three-year-old race on the first day. He’s got a nomination for the Derby, but we’ll have to wait and see about that.”
A brother (Lot 793) to Swisswatch will feature in Westbury Stud’s Book 2 draft at Karaka in 2018.
Filly provides Railway shock reminder
Memories of a major Group One boilover have been rekindled by Jessie May.
The well-bred O’Reilly filly overcame a troubled passage and greenness in the straight to break her maiden over 1200m at Hawke’s Bay on Thursday for trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott.
“She did a lot wrong so that’s pretty encouraging going forward,” Scott said.
Jessie May is a daughter of Miss Raggedy Ann, who won the Gr.1 Railway Stakes (1200m) in 2011 at odds of 86-1.
“The mother came right at four and five, the family needs a bit of time. This filly could be a handy sprinter in the autumn,” Scott said.
Jessie May is raced by her breeders Wentwood Grange, who will offer a half-sister (Lot 397) by Hallowed Crown during the Book 1 Sale at Karaka in January.
Villiers 4YO’s grand finale
New Zealand-bred Crack Me Up can go out on a high in Saturday’s Gr.2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
He is trained at Eagle Farm by Liam Birchley, who indicated the Mossman four-year-old will head for a break after the weekend.
Crack Me Up won the Listed Recognition Stakes (1350m) at Doomben last month and then ran fourth last Saturday in the Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m).
Expatriate New Zealand jockey Jason Collett has been booked to ride Crack Me Up, who also won the Gr.3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) last season.
Bradbury Park will offer Crack Me Up’s half-brother (Lot 111) by Reliable Man during the Book 1 Sale at Karaka next month.
Princely Hastings result
A Pencarrow Stud-bred blueblood has sired his first winner from a handful of representatives.
Prince Conti opened his account when the Sue Thompson and Mick Brown-trained Kaipawe led all the way to easily break her maiden at Hawke’s Bay on Thursday.
“She drew one so I said to Sam to use the gate and she did,” Thompson said. “There’s a race at Otaki next for her and then a special conditions race at Wellington.”
An unraced three-quarter brother by Redoute’s Choice to Darci Brahma, Prince Conti retired to stud at Paxton Park in Cambridge in 2011 but only produced 10 foals in two seasons.