The rescheduled G1 Livamol Classic at Hastings on Sunday produced a surprise winner when Wait A Sec (NZ) (Postponed) got the verdict over hot favourite Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj GB}) by a head. The 7-year-old gelding is trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and benefitted from a daring ride by Jonathan Parkes who threaded the winner through a narrow gap inside the last furlong then repelling the late burst of the runner-up to register a popular local success. Despite his long odds of 27-1, Wait A Sec had sound credentials and had an impressive success ratio of late, winning six of his previous eight starts including a win in the Egmont Cup at Hawera on Oct. 14. The proximity of that last start proved no hindrance to the winner as his co-trainer Grant Cullen explained.
“We tossed up about backing him up after his Egmont Cup win last week but he pulled up so well from Hawera it was hard not to,” Cullen told Racing And Sports. “This is huge for Hawkes Bay to win this race with a local, it’s a real thrill.”
While it was not to be on this occasion for triple Group 1 winner Gingernuts, he will no doubt bounce back from this defeat and could get the opportunity to do just that in the G1 Emirates S. at Flemington on Nov. 11.
On his 41st racecourse start Wait A Sec was tackling stakes company for the first time and he made a seamless transition thus becoming the first stakes winner for his once placed dam Security (NZ) who has also bred four other winners from six foals and the same number of runners. Her dam Secrecy (NZ) won seven times and hails from the family of Group 1 winners Survived (NZ), Mun Lee (NZ) and Marmalitre (NZ). Click for the free arion.co.nz catalogue-style pedigree.
Sunday, Hastings, New Zealand
LIVAMOL CLASSIC-G1, NZ$250,000, Hawkes Bay, 10-22, Open wfa, 2040mT, 2:05.59, Dead.
1–WAIT A SEC (NZ), 59.0, g, 7, by Postponed
1st Dam: Security (NZ), by Grosvenor (NZ)
2nd Dam: Secrecy (NZ), by Diplomatic Agent (NZ)
3rd Dam: Phareno (NZ), by Pharamond (Fr)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. 1ST GROUP WIN. 1ST GROUP 1 WIN.
O-I M P D Henderson; B-I M Henderson, G D Innes K R
Whitehouse, Central, NZ; T-G Lowry G Cullen; J-J Parkes;
NZ$156,250. Lifetime Record: 41-11-5-6, NZ$330,195. Werk
Nick Rating: A++ Click for the eNicks report 5-cross pedigree.
2–Gingernuts (NZ), 57.5, g, 4, Iffraaj (GB) –Double Elle, by
Generous (Ire). (NZ$5,000 Wlg ’14 NZBMAY; NZ$42,500 2YO
’15 NZBNOV) O-Te Akau Gingernuts Syndicate (Mgr: D C Ellis);
B-Goodwood Stud Ltd, Central, NZ; T-S Autridge J Richards;
J-O P Bosson; NZ$50,000.
3–Endean Rose (NZ), 57.0, m, 7, Savabeel (Aus) –Pretoria, by
Carnegie (Ire). (NZ$1,900 RNA Wlg ’11 NZBNAT). O-Andrew Burton,
Linda Hunt Iain Kennedy; B-J W Campin, Waikato, NZ; T-I B Kennedy; J-C E Lammas;
Margins: 0.1, 0.6, 0.7. Odds: 26.80, 1.80, 78.90.
Also Ran: Saint Emilion (NZ), Mime (NZ), Authentic Paddy (NZ), Close Up (NZ), Megablast (NZ), Volkstok’n’barrell (NZ), Sofia Rosa (NZ), Rock On (NZ), Nymph Monte (NZ), Chance to Dance (Ire) , Five to Midnight (NZ).
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