Delightful Memphis wins at Yonkers

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Former smart Overport Lodge mare Delightful Memphis extended her North American earnings for the year to just over $US140,000 last weekend.

Racing as Delightfulmemphisn, she made the most of the ace draw in a $29,000 fillies and mares pace at Yonkers Raceway, New York, on June 21, leading throughout to score in 1:52.4 (fifths).

Delightful Memphis, shown racing in Australia for the Mark Jones stable.

Delightfulmemphisn, racing for the Richard “Nifty” Norman stable and driven by Jason Bartlett, held by half a length for her sixth win in 17 starts for the year.

The daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Memphis Melody has a best of 1:51.2 (fifths) at the Meadowlands.

She returns to Yonkers for a $46,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap this Friday (North American time).

Delightfulmemphisn starts from the six gate this week, where her rivals include other ex-Canterbury mares, Shezza Gnp (barrier one) and Bettor Joy (barrier eight).

She formerly won 11 races in Australasia and over $300,000 for the Mark Jones stable.

Meanwhile, her two-year-old sister Stylish Memphis ended her two-year-old racing with a fifth to Sweet On Me in the $150,000 Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond at Addington on June 1.

Stylish Memphis showed good promise from just three starts in her debut term.

She ran second to Spellbound in the Group Three Caduceus Club Of Southland/Alabar Fillies Classic at Invercargill in March, then won a Winton mile in May in 1:58.7.

MARLBOROUGH HRC, Sunday, June 23

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MARLBOROUGH HRC, Sunday, June 23

Race 2: MOLLY DOOKER (2, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2300m: “Had her chance the first day and battled the last bit, so hoping she will be improved for the second day.”

NZ & AUST, June 20-22

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FORBURY PARK TC, Thursday, June 20

Race 7: NAIYA FRANCO (Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 1700m: “Is racing good. Drawn bad but a winning hope.”

Race 11: GIMMEFIVEMINUTESMORE (4, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2200m: “Gets a draw to roll forward and an each-way chance.”

AUCKLAND TC, Friday, June 21

Race 9: MICHELLE (SCR) & EYRE I GO (8, Maurice McKendry), mob. 1609m: “Eyre I Go is drawn bad but if he steers better is an each-way chance.”

MARLBOROUGH HRC, Friday, June 21

Race 2: MOLLY DOOKER (1, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2300m: “Has the right draw but an outside place hope.”

REDCLIFFE (QLD), Saturday, June 22

Race 5: BARRETT (9, Narissa McMullen), mob. 2040m: “Has drawn bad but is racing super and an upset chance.”

NEWCASTLE (NSW), Saturday, June 22

Race 8: MISTER FINNIGAN (8, Guy Chappie), mob. 2030m: “If he does things right can win.”

MENANGLE (NSW), Saturday, June 22

Race 9: THE BUS (11, Guy Chappie), mob. 1609m: “Has drawn terrible in a tough race and needs to improve on recent form.”


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Barrett, now in Queensland for winter racing, paced a 1:52.7 career best mile rate win over 1660m at Albion Park, Brisbane, on Saturday, June 15.

Catch-driven by Anthony Butt for trainers, Mark Jones and Aaron Goadsby, Barrett trailed from the ace draw in a C2 and faster pace and was too good along the sprint lane.

Barrett, furthered his 3YO racing with a 1:52.7 mile rate win at Albion Park, Brisbane on Saturday night.

Barrett held fellow ex-Kiwi pacer Tennyson Bromac, the latter now racing for the Grant Dixon stable, by 2.9 metres.

The Australian-bred Barrett, by champion sire Bettors Delight from Priceless Gem (Art Major-My Ami Lee, by Safely Kept), was recording his first win on Australian soil.

He had raced with credit in the Bathurst Gold series but was hindered by a tough draw in the Chalice Final in late March.

Barrett, raced by Grant Hatton, Starmark Ltd and Stu Gillan,
only began racing this term.

His Albion Park win was his fourth from 17 starts, taking his earnings to $A39,496.


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MENANGLE (NSW), Saturday, June 15

Race 3: MISTER FINNIGAN (6, Guy Chappie), mob. 1609m: “If we run in the first four it would be a good result in a tough race.”

Mister Finnigan, contests a NSW Breeders Plate heat at Menangle on Saturday night.

OAMARU HRC, Sunday, June 16

Race 5: FLEETMASTER (1, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2000m: “Has trialed ok and has the right draw to be a chance.”

Race 6: HIS ROYAL HARNESS (7, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2000m:
“Is on the way up but with a run to suit, could surprise.”

Race 7: QUEENOFDANCE (6, Samantha Ottley) & LETS HUSTLE (8, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2600m: “They are in the right race to be place chances if things go their way.”


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FORBURY PARK TC, Thursday, June 13

Race 4: MICHELLE (8, Sheree Tomlinson), UR 1, 2200m std: “Fresh-up and will need it but can place.”

Race 6: QUEENOFDANCE (3, Laura Mckay), mob. 2200m: “Bit in and out but on best day is an each-way chance.”

Race 7: MOLLY DOOKER (2, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2200m: “First start back and an each-way hope.”

Race 10: GIMMEFIVEMINUTESMORE (5, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 1700m: “Will need luck from the draw.”

NEWCASTLE (NSW), Friday, June 14

Race 3: THE BUS (8, Cameron Hart), mob. 1609m: “Tough draw but is a race he can win.”

Race 4: GETARATTLEON (6, Guy Chappie), mob. 1609m: “Surprised last start but an upset place show.”

AUCKLAND TC, Friday, June 14

Race 8: EYRE I GO (7, Maurice McKendry), 2700m std: “If he steps he should be a strong each-way show.”

Eyre I Go, a winner two back at Auckland and a chance again at Alexandra Park with a safe start on Friday night.

NZ METRO TC, Friday, June 14

Race 5: NAIYA FRANCO (4, Sheree Tomlinson) & SMOKE N REACTOR (12, Ricky May), mob. 2600m: “Naiya Franco is in a tough race and Smoke N Reactor is racing out of her grade.”

Race 10: UPTOWN LADY (9, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m: “Has drawn terrible but a chance with luck.”


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PENRITH (NSW), Thursday, June 6

Race 5: THE BUS (3, Cameron Hart), mob. 1720m: “Is fresh-up. Will need the run and will have to sit parked but a winning hope.”

AUCKLAND TC, Friday, June 7

Race 6: EYRE I GO (2, Maurice McKendry), 2700m std: “Won well last week and this is a step up, but should be a good each-way chance.”

NEWCASTLE, NSW, Saturday, June 8

Race 4: GETARATTLEON (1, Leigh Sutton) & BARRETT (10, Guy Chappie), mob. 2030m: “Getarattleon gets a good draw and a place hope.”

“Barrett has drawn bad but is a nice horse returning and a winning hope.”

Race 8: ROCK N JOY (5, Guy Chappie), mob. 2030m: “If driven with a sit is an upset place chance.

MENANGLE, Tues, June 4

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MENANGLE (NSW), Tuesday, June 4

Race 2: MISTER FINNIGAN (2, Anthony Butt), mob. 1609m: “Has freshened since racing in late March, but could place behind Jilliby Nitro.”


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FORBURY PARK TC, Thursday, May 30

Race 6: GIMMEFIVEMINUTESMORE (8, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2200m: “Tough race and has got to do things right so may struggle.”

Race 7: LETS HUSTLE (4, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2200m: “Is fresh-up and may need the run but an upset hope.”

NZ METRO TC, Saturday, June 1

Race 2: SIMONE DE BEAVOUIR (9, Sheree Tomlinson), E1, mob. 1980m: “Will struggle.”

Stylish Memphis, an upset place chance in the $150,000 Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond on Saturday.

Race 3: LULU LE MANS (2, Sheree Tomlinson), MISS RUBY SUNSHINE (3, Samantha Ottley) & STYLISH MEMPHIS (5, Ricky May), mob. 1980m:

“Lulu Le Mans has good all season. Has drawn well and an upset place hope as she is a wee professional.”

“Miss Ruby Sunshine has done a good job all season but looks a bit outclassed.”

“Stylish Memphis is a nice filly on the way up but is drawn in no mans land. Even so, is capable of placing.”

Race 7: GIMMEFIVEMINUTESMORE (3, Sheree Tomlinson), E1, mob. 1980m: “Unlikely to get a start.”

ASHBURTON TC, Sunday, June 2

Race 4: QUEENOFDANCE (10, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2400m: “Went terrible last week but gets the right draw to be an upset place chance.”

Race 10: NAIYA FRANCO (3, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2400m: “Good run last week but is up in grade in a smart field.”

Fog disrupts Aussie & north Jewels hopes

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By Garrick Knight

The relentless overnight fog which plagued Christchurch on Friday night and Saturday morning has affected the visiting contingent for next Saturday’s Harness Jewels.

Three of the six Australian invitees landed in Auckland on Saturday night but were unable to continue on to Christchurch as planned.

Tickle Me Pink, and Ardmore trainer-driver, Tony Herlihy, in action at Alexandra Park. (Trish Dunell photo).

A further two Aussie hopes, plus three northern runners were also grounded, including the second favourite for the 3YO Ruby, Tickle Me Pink.

It is a setback of at least 48 hours for the horses with the next flight due to depart Auckland in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Another three northern horses are due to fly on Tuesday morning, bringing the total to 11 currently in a state of flux.

Richard Cole is a part-owner of IRT, the shipping agents charged with delivering the horses to the Jewels which, coincidentally, they are the naming-rights sponsor for.

He points out that a number of factors out of the company’s hands prevented the flight from leaving Auckland this morning, or on any flight where fog is a possibility in Christchurch.

“The horses simply can’t go with the threat of fog, because the plane would divert to Sydney, and then it becomes a major red-tape issue.

“Our hands are tied and we are completely at the mercy of the weather, unfortunately.

“The ultimate decision lies with the flight captain whether to allow horses on the flight.”

Christchurch Airport lacks a key piece of radar software that would allow planes to land in foggy conditions, said Cole.

“It doesn’t have a fog detection system; if they did, planes could be guided in.

“There has been talk for a long time about it happening, but it never has.”

Cole confirmed that if the horses aren’t permitted to fly on Tuesday morning, every other morning until Saturday is an option.

“What we need is rain.

“Generally, when rain arrives, that reduces the possibility of fog.”

Sydney trainer Shane Tritton arrived in Auckland with Falcon Stride and Petes Big Jim on Saturday and says the disruptions to their preparations aren’t ideal.

Shane Tritton

“Obviously, the hardest part is you’d like to get them settled in and fast-worked Tuesday and Thursday.

“If we’d been able to land this morning, it would allow them to settle in and build their preparation in Christchurch throughout the week.

“This makes it a little more difficult as they’re probably going to have to do a bit of fast work tomorrow instead.”

Tritton is an experienced traveler, especially to New Zealand and says it’s nothing he can’t overcome.

“You have your highs and your lows when you travel.

“It’s in the hands of the gods and I’m sure we will get there.”

Tritton’s pair, plus Chris Frisby’s mare Major Occasion, and Anton Golino’s trotters Majestic Player and All Cashed Up, are all based at Tony Herlihy’s property near Auckland Airport for the time being.

“We opted to come here when we landed, because it was going to be a four-hour wait regardless, and on the off chance there was fog in Christchurch, it made sense to have them already settled.

“Tony’s in the same boat as us as he’s waiting with Tickle Me Pink, but at least she hasn’t had to leave home yet.”

Golino could not be reached for comment on Sunday, but Harness Racing New Zealand’s Racing Manager, Darrin Williams, said the delay had not sat well with the highly-regarded Victorian trainer.

“Anton is considering his options with his two horses now, regarding starting them in the Jewels.

“He was discussing that with their owner, Pat Driscoll, and getting back to me, but it seemed like a 50-50 call when I spoke to them.”

The fog has caused mayhem in Christchurch the last few days – Addington’s race meeting was called off halfway through the card because of it and the following morning at the same track, the Jewels trials were run in a blanket of it as well.

Even in one of the worst-case scenarios that the horses don’t land in Christchurch until Friday or even Saturday morning, it’s not insurmountable.

Two years ago, after a week of flight delays, champion mare The Orange Agent landed in Christchurch on the morning of the Group 1 New Zealand Breeders Stakes, which she went on to win comfortably.

Back in November, Temporale arrived in Christchurch the morning of the Dominion Handicap. On the same flight was the galloper Media Sensation, which won the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton the next day.

And in 1998, a contingent of New Zealand pacers got a police escort from the airport straight to Moonee Valley after repeated flight delays.

Among the cargo that day were Pride Of Petite, Brabham, Holmes D G and Lord Lester, all four of which went out and won on the night.

The six local horses waiting on a flight with the Australians are Tickle Me Pink, Baquero, In The Shadows, About Turn, Tiger Swift and Tricky Ric.

Tiger Swift’s stablemate, Triple Eight, was floated down last week while Betterthankaty, Pearl Harbour and Zeuss Bromac left Auckland by float on Sunday morning.

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Additional Note: The Shane and Lauren Tritton pair, and Chris Frisby’s Major Occasion, are booked to stay at the Overport Lodge stables of Mark Jones.