Pukekohe Park jockey Sam Spratt celebrates a double at Riccarton Park
Sam Spratt, a well known jockey in the Franklin community, enjoyed two major successes on the last day of the Cup Week Carnival held in Christchurch.
This included HASAHALO in the Group 1 NZ 1000 Guineas and GOBSTOPPER in the Group 3 New Zealand Cup.
Full write up from NZ Racing below:
Filly bounces back in Group One style
Hasahalo displayed a faultless sense of timing when she bounced back to winning form at Riccarton.
She had failed to flatter in two previous three-year-old appearances before she came from the back with an undeniable finish to claim Saturday’s Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).
Hasahalo had been among the leading fillies last season, winning the Gr.3 Eclipse Stakes (1200m) and finishing runner-up in the Karaka Million (1200m).
"I was really happy with her last run at Ellerslie in a strong Rating 85 race,” trainer Stephen McKee said.
"She got back and never got a clear run and before that she struck a wet track. There was still a question mark about the mile today, but she got the job done well and found the line strongly.”
As is her racing pattern, Hasahalo drifted off the pace and when rider Sam Spratt found clear air at the top of the straight she lengthened stride.
"She went past them like they were tied to the ground,” she said. "When I asked her to go she had fire coming out the back end.”
Hasahalo thundered home to halt Dijon Bleu’s winning run with the southern stablemates and relatives The Lustre and The Sparkle the next two home.
The favourite Prom Queen was first out of the gates for rider Alysha Collett before she settled in the trail and an inside run on the turn saw her get to the front.
However, her bid was short-lived and she petered out to finish ninth, just the second defeat of her career.
"She’s won eight out of 10 so that’s not bad for a three-year-old,” said Kenny Rae, who trains the filly with his wife Lisa and their daughter Krystal Williams. "It’s not a funeral she’s done a great job for us.” – NZ Racing Desk.
Royal day at Riccarton
Jockey Sam Spratt and trainer Andrew Campbell enjoyed the sweetest of times at Riccarton when they combined with Gobstopper to complete a memorable Saturday.
They triumphed in the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) to hand Spratt a coveted double having earlier won the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m), while Campbell was saddling his first runner from new quarters.
He recently relocated from his long-time base at Opaki to a property in Cambridge.
"This is my first starter so it’s pretty special,” Campbell said. "We decided to target this race right from the time he came back in. He’s a lightly-framed horse so he doesn’t need much racing.
"He’s only going to get better with time like his brother Werther.”
Campbell trained Werther before he transferred to Hong Kong where he has been a Group One winner and on Sunday will step out in the Gr.2 Jockey Club Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin.
His younger sibling is a renowned front-runner and in Spratt he had the ideal partner with the Pukekohe-based jockey giving Gobstopper free rein to bowl along at the head of the field.
"He got into his rhythm and when they came up to us he kicked again, it was a brilliant run,” she said. "He could have gone around again.”
The Tavistock gelding was out on his own with 1000m to run before the field gradually closed and Pentathlon challenged on straightening, but Gobstopper wasn’t done and went clear to win with authority.
Pentathlon boxed on to take second money ahead of Kaharau with Sampson fourth and last year’s minor placegetter Imperium the next home. – NZ Racing Desk.