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Veteran Nashville Wins Sixth Stakes Race

Darci Brahma’s veteran dual G1 winner Nashville picked up a sixth stakes win and moved within sight of $NZ1 million prize-money when he took out Saturday’s G3 Winter Cup at Riccarton.
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Veteran Nashville Wins Sixth Stakes Race

Darci Brahma’s veteran dual G1 winner Nashville picked up a sixth stakes win and moved within sight of $NZ1 million prize-money when he took out Saturday’s G3 Winter Cup at Riccarton.

The gelding’s trophy cabinet already featured two runnings of the G1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic, as well as the G2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile and G3 Canterbury Gold Cup and Trentham Stakes.

He may have turned nine but Nashville turned back the clock, charging home from second-last in a 17-horse field.


He raced past his opposition and scored by a widening margin of two and a quarter lengths, setting a new metric weight-carrying record for the Winter Cup of 60kg.

Nashville
Nashville Picture:Race Images PN

By Darci Braham from Royal Kiss (Royal Academy), Nashville was bought by Beamish Bloodstock for $40,000 at the NZB Ready to Run Sale back in 2010.

Nashville Horseform was bred by Olympic medal-winning former equestrian Blyth Tait under his Chesterfields banner.

Owned by Adrian and Robyn Bull and trained by Adrian in partnership with son Harry, Nashville has now had 65 starts for 13 wins, 14 placings and more than $940,000 in prize-money.

He is the only stakes winner out of Royal Kiss who has produced three other winners including the stakes placed China Causeway (Giant’s Causeway). She is also the dam of the unraced Sweet Maggie (Danehill Dancer) who is the dam of the Group winner Vinnie Eagle (I Am Invincible).

His second dam is the English G2 winner Hawajiss (Kris) who is a daughter of the G1 placed Canadian Mill (Mill Reef).

Royal Kiss has a three-year-old filly by O’Reilly and a yearling filly by Sacred Falls. She was covered by Sacred Falls last year.

Darci Brahma is the sire of 30 individual stakes winners with Nashvile among his seven G1 winners.

Nashville’s Winter Cup win completed a successful day for the Bulls who also had Humble Pie (Sakhee’s Secret x Eagle Feather) score a runaway win in the NZ Bloodstock 3YO at Riccarton.

The win could be a stepping stone towards bigger things for Humble Pie Horseform, who scored by almost eight lengths.

Bought for $25,000 at the 2016 Karaka Festival Sale, the gelding had raced greenly when unplaced in his only previous start.

Humble Pie again showed signs of inexperience was never in danger of defeat.

“He’s always worked well and I’ve always really liked him,” winning jockey Rosie Myers said.

“He’s obviously still got a bit to learn, but he had that petrol in his tank and I think he can go on with it.”

Foxwedge’s classy Group 2 winner Volpe Veloce tuned up for her tilt at the G1 Tarzino Trophy at Hawke’s Bay on September 2 with a first up win over 1200m at Te Rapa.

The Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker-trained four-year-old has only been beaten once in her eight start career that include the G2 Eight Carat Classic.

“We’re absolutely over the moon,” said Graham Richardson. “She’s back big time.”

Australian-bred Volpe Veloce Horseform (Foxwedge x Bardego by Barathea) was sold by her breeder Nick Vass through the Lyndhurst Farm draft at the 2015 Karaka Premier Sale for $NZ240,000 where she was purchased by Richardson Racing.

The South Island’s White Robe Lodge had a moment to savour at Flemington when two sons of resident stallion Raise The Flag fought out the Oliver Street Plate over 2500 metres.

The Darren Weir-trained Yogi grabbed a last stride win over stablemate Chequered Flag.

Yogi Horseform (Raise The Flag x Malozza by Grand Lodge) was sold at the 2014 South Island Yearling & Mixed Sale for only $NZ1000.

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R8 RICCARTON PARK 5 August 2017
Estar 120th Winter Cup , 1600m PLAY REPLAY
Race Synopsis: This G3 Open Handicap 1600m drew a substantially far weaker field than last year and the result proved it with the equal topweight, a 9yo gelding in Nashville, winning easily on a holding bog track. Nashville many years ago was a quality galloper but the fact he can still shame the younger ones at Group level is more a reflection on them and the lack of depth in New Zealand across the board. The natural backrunner was third last mostly then unleashed the run home and picked up his rivals inside the final 100m before drawing clear to win by over two lengths and clock 1:44.84. It was the thirteenth win in sixty-five starts and he was ridden today by an apprentice in a G3 non-claiming race. He has won three races this year having won just once in 2016 (in January too so had not won for fourteen months up until March this year) and has not a single salute in 2015 so the opposition clearly are getting worse as he gets older. His two wins earlier this year came with 52.5kg and 51kg at Marlborough and Wairarapa with the same apprentice atop, so to carry 60kg today at G3 says it all about the opposition. In fact today is the highest weight he has won with 60kg as prior the most he has scored carrying was 59kg and being a now 9yo that tells you the opposition are getting weaker. The second and third finishers Doiknowyou and New York Minute trailed and led respectively and had every possible chance with both giving the winner 4.5kg. Platinum Command ran home strongly for fourth under a hard to comprehend 56.5kg as she was second in this race last year on the minimum of 53kg and had not won a race since but was up 3.5kg. Luke was an honest fifth in what was a big jump on paper as he won a Ratings 80 in June and that is supposedly a vast number of lengths inferior to G3 under Handicap conditions. Elfee was a wilting sixth but prior to today she had won a Ratings 75 so was jumping up here a colossal amount in theory though as shown earlier this was a very weak field with little or no depth whatsoever. Miss Three Stars, the winner last year, ran on from the back distantly, while the equal topweight Taurus, another 9yo it should be pointed out that has not won a race since June of 2016 for even more perspective, sat second and stopped. Stormy Habit, a two-won gelding at $101 clearly for all to see missed the start and was last away and tailed out across the top but ran past many to finish ninth and that alone shows this field was dreadful. The rest got beaten over a dozen lengths up to and including thirty-three and a half lengths on awful holding heavy gluey ground. It is always good to see the old warriors deliver but it in fact masks the lack of depth and asks the question where are the younger gallopers coming through? This was not a G3 field and barely Listed level with this race last year being substandard and this year it was dramatically inferior. Taurus carried 60kg last year in this to finish and has not won a race since June of 2016 yet the 9yo today had 60kg again and that in itself says plenty about the massive lack of depth in the field. Nashville the winner, also a 9yo, carried the highest winning weight in his career and it came at G3, which says it all regarding what he in fact met and easily bet today.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. NASHVILLE (NZ)
9yo Gelding
ADRIAN & HARRY BULL
KATE COWAN
60.0
$10.80
 
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - ROYAL KISS (IRE)
A M & Mrs R E Bull
2nd  
12. DOIKNOWYOU (NZ)
8yo Gelding
BEN ROPIHA
LISA ALLPRESS
55.5
$8.40
 
KASHANI (USA) - SO FAMILIAR (NZ)
J Bhai, Mrs J M Hobson, Mrs C J & P J Lynskey, B K Nagle, B Ropiha, B, Mrs J J & K B & Est Late A M Ropiha
3rd  
11. NEW YORK MINUTE (NZ)
5yo Mare
I KELLY
SAM WEATHERLEY
55.5
$4.20
 
IFFRAAJ (GB) - ZENNO QUEEN (NZ)
 B Kelly Obe, Mrs J A Kelly, J J Kelly & Mrs M A Kelly
4th  7. PLATINUM COMMAND (NZ)
6yo Mare
MS L LATTA
MASA TANAKA
56.5
$13.80
5th  10. LUKE (NZ)
6yo Gelding
N RIDLEY
MARK DU PLESSIS
56.0
$6.10
6th  13. ELFEE (NZ)
6yo Mare
MICHAEL & MATTHEW PITMAN
TERRY MOSELEY
53.0
$23.20
7th  4. MISS THREE STARS (NZ)
8yo Mare
TOMMY BECKETT
SAMANTHA WYNNE
59.0
$11.00
8th  2. TAURUS (NZ)
9yo Gelding
J J & E RAYNER
JONATHAN RIDDELL
60.0
$18.40
9th  17. STORMY HABIT (NZ)
7yo Gelding
F STAMMERS
PARVESH SHAIKH
53.0
$101.50
10th  5. KAHARAU (AUS)
6yo Gelding
KEN, LISA RAE & KRYSTAL WILLIAMS
SAMANTHA COLLETT
59.0
$12.90
11th  14. MONTRACHET (NZ)
7yo Mare
ANDREW CARSTON
R J MYERS
53.0
$32.90
12th  6. TWOZNOTENOUGH (NZ)
7yo Mare
L DIDHAM
LEAH HEMI
58.0
$24.60
13th  8. FLYING IBIS (AUS)
8yo Gelding
MICHAEL & MATTHEW PITMAN
CHRIS JOHNSON
56.5
$20.50
14th  16. SPIDER LILY (NZ)
7yo Mare
LEONARD STEWART
A COMIGNAGHI
53.0
$90.60
15th  15. ACCIDENTAL OFFSIDE (NZ)
5yo Gelding
E WINSLOE
K WILLIAMS
53.0
$55.00
16th  9. LOCHAN ORA (NZ)
6yo Gelding
KELVIN TYLER
J R LOWRY
56.5
$34.20
17th  3. HAYLEY MAREE (NZ)
7yo Mare
KELVIN TYLER
DANIEL BOTHAMLEY
59.0
$19.60


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