Peter Chambers increases involvement

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Jakarta-based Australian businessman Peter Chambers had a big interest in developments on the Canterbury scene in late August.

Mr Chambers has confirmed he was the buyer, through agent Peter O’Rourke, of 2005 NZ Cup winning mare and 2005-06 NZ Harness Horse of the Year Mainland Banner at the Cullen Breeding Dispersal Sale on Sunday, August 29.Peter_Chambers

On Saturday, Mr Chambers Burnham-based trainer Mark Jones stepped out two 2YO fillies owned by the major owner at the Rangiora workouts on Saturday, August 25.

“Peter is sending Mainland Banner to Rocknroll Hanover,” Mark said.

“Hopefully I will get a few of her foals to train. I’d have to be pretty happy about that.”

“I’m lucky Peter sends his mares to the best stallions and while that doesn’t guarantee you’ll end up with the best, it definitely helps if you have well bred stock to work with.”

Mr Chambers also recently purchased retired former smart racemare Crystal Star out of the Mark Jones stables as a broodmare.

“The two fillies who went to the workouts on Saturday were both purchased as potential broodmares and hopefully then can do a good job as racehorses first,” Mark said.

Glenferrie Magic, a daughter of P-Forty-Seven and Time Flies (1:52, US), scored by half a length over Glenferrie Diva, at the end of the mobile 2000m workout in 2:43, quickening over their last 800m in 60.4s and final 400m in 28.9s.

“The are both bloody nice fillies. The P-Forty-Seven filly feels a bit stronger and I’m leaning towards her as the better of the two at this stage, even though the Christian Cullen filly is better bred,” Mark said.

“They’ve only been in work for six weeks. They’ve both done well so they can be turned out now on an agistment farm at Rangiora for two-three months.”

“They were both bought privately and look like they’ll be good investments.”

Glenferrie Magic is the first foal from Time Flies (In The Pocket-T K Swift), who won a 2YO fillies pace at Addington second-up in 2002 for Malcolm and Ian Shinn, defeating River Valley Belle and Champagne Princess.

She won two-lead up races at Auckland and Cambridge then ran fifth in Lombo La Fe Fe’s 2002 Great Northern Oaks before taking out a Nevele R Fillies Heat at Marlborough in 1:58.4 (mile).

Time Flies was exported to North America and Canada from that point where she did a big job, winning a further 32 races and retiring with lifetime earnings of $624,230.

She is closely-related to a host of smart pacers including fromer Kingergarten Stakes winner Flak Jacket (1:54, US), Slybye (1:52.4h, US, 23 Australasian wins), El Cabalero (1:54.4, US, 5 NZ wins), Cee Eye Sly (11 Aust wins), Ulitmate Pursuit (1:51.6, US, 6 NZ wins and over $US151,000), Cee Eye Bee (7 NZ wins) and Crafty Kobba (10 wins including a Forbury 4YO Championship).

Runnerup Glenferrie Diva is the second NZ foal from 1:50.4 North American miler Pleasing Package (Fake Left-Pleading), a former smart 3YO filly in Australia who furthered her career in North America, winning 38 races and $US359,380.

Pleasing Package was raced by Tony Price from the Graeme Bowyer stable in Australia. She won a Gold Coast Oaks and was the runnerup to Sparks A Flyin (driven by Mark for trainer Cran Dalgety) in the 2001 New South Wales Oaks. She was also the runnerup to Cherry Cheer in the 3YO Fillies Qbred Triad Final at Albion Park at three.

Her grand-dam Pleading is a NZ-bred daughter of McKinzie Almahurst and Pleadover.

By Jeff Scott