JUST WHEN you might have thought the record of Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand crop could not possibly be embellished further, another potential winner has popped up.
Bigandme became the 20th qualifier from a crop of just 23 horses when he won at the Balfour trials on 26 November. The six-year-old was nearly seven seconds inside the qualifying time when he posted 2:51.2 for the 2200-metre mobile on the grass track. That followed an impressive win at the workouts the week before.
Should he go on to win on race day, Bigandme would take Panspacificflight’s winner to foal ratio to 65 per cent from his first crop.
Bigandme was bred by Neil Timms from the Presidential Ball mare Alta Biannca, who left another late developer in Jimmy Nga, who won first up for Wyndham trainers Gordon and Colin Lee last season as a six-year-old.
PANSPACIFICFLIGHT three-year-old Naholo did just about the impossible in his debut run at Ashburton on 16 November — motherless last at the 800 metres in a big field he came wide on the track to storm to his maiden victory.
Naholo was a hot favourite for driver Ricky May. Now we know why. He came six-wide at the top of the straight and, according to the commentator, was still a dozen lengths behind them at that stage.
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Horses just don’t do this at Ashburton, which, despite the length of the straight, does not favour runners coming from back of the field.
A $22,000 purchase at last year’s yearling sales, Naholo is out of the Badlands Hanover mare Truely Jaccka, who has left the good Australian winners Fliteoftheconcords and Bettor Shape. He’s trained by Brendon Hill.
His full brother Von Richthofen, at 80 to one, put in a nice run for fifth at the Wyndham meeting on 19 November.
JUNIOR DRIVER Maruia Parker has joined the full-time staff at Macca Lodge as a stablehand and stud assistant. Maruia has had 14 wins since she started driving in 2015.
The McIntyres have farewelled long-serving staff member Serenity O’Connor. Serenity’s involvement with the stud goes back to the days it was owned by the Smaills and known as Jaccka Lodge.
CAN PANTASTIC do it again for Caine McIntyre and his mates?
Back in July the Panspacificflight mare won the Macca Lodge-sponsored South of the Waitaki final at Addington in Christchurch. That was pretty cool because she was bred by the McIntyres, is raced by Caine and some mates and is trained by Brent at Macca Lodge.
On Friday Pantastic lines up in the $25,000 Macca Lodge South of the Waitaki race on Show Day at Addington. Her form slipped after her winter campaign but she trialled well behind the exciting three-year-old The Dorchester at the cup trials last week. John Dunn drives her.
With the breeding season in full swing at Macca, Brent is staying home so that Caine can travel to watch his horse race. Caine is also a part-owner of the four-year-old mare Debnita Rose, who ran a bold third at Addington on Cup Day.
FOOTNOTE: Sadly for the connections, Pantastic broke during the running of the race.