Ready to Run Graduate Claims Valuable Stakes Win

Ticket To Ride (NZ) claims her eighth victory in the G3 Canterbury Breeders' Stakes.
Ticket To Ride (NZ) claims her eighth victory in the G3 Canterbury Breeders' Stakes.

Ticket To Ride (NZ) (Shocking), who was offered at the 2014 Ready to Run Sale, capped her racing career with a valuable black-type win in Wednesday’s $80,000 Group 3 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton.

Offered by Millfield Stud, Ticket To Ride was passed in with a $30,000 reserve.

Wednesday’s victory was her eighth from 46 starts, and it boosted her prize-money earnings to $179,650. But in terms of the value of her pedigree page, a Group 3 victory next to her name means so much more than that.

The seven-year-old mare was ridden by Kylie Williams in Wednesday’s fillies and mares’ feature, and she charged out of the gates to take an early lead.

She lost that position during the middle stages, but regained it in the straight and then held out Belle Fascino (NZ) (Per Incanto) by half a head in an exciting finish.

“She’s a great mare and tough as old boots,” trainer Andrew Carston said. “It was a good decision by Peter Setchell and Margaret Christian (owners) to send her down here, and this is a fantastic result.”

Williams was impressed by her mount’s tenacity.

“If you put the pressure on, she will give you everything she’s got,” she said.

Seven progeny of the versatile sire Shocking are on offer in the 2019 Ready to Run Sale, to be held at Karaka on November 20 and 21.

Vendor Millfield Stud
Breeding Shocking – Classy Bawn
Sale Lot 300, 2014 Ready to Run Sale, Psd (Res $30,000)
Bred by Mrs M A Christian

Bargain Buy Stars in Stewards

Sheezallmine impressive in the G3 Stewards Stakes.
Sheezallmine impressive in the G3 Stewards Stakes.

Sheezallmine (NZ) (Super Easy) cost only $1,000 at the 2017 Festival Sale and on gavelhouse.com later that same year, but on Wednesday she scored a brilliant victory in the $100,000 Group 3 Lindauer Stewards’ Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton.

Bred by Judy and Monty Henderson, Sheezallmine was bought for $1,000 by the Dreamers Syndicate at the Festival Sale.

She fetched the same price on gavelhouse.com and went into the ownership of John and Maree Miller, who gave her to their son Daniel to train. On Wednesday he repaid them in spades.

Ridden by Melbourne-based Kiwi jockey Michael Dee, the four-year-old dominated the race from the front and held out the strong finish of favourite Sensei (Dream Ahead) to win by a length and a quarter. The 1200 metres were run in a slick 1:08.11.

“She’s definitely city class (in Australia), that’s for sure,” Dee said. “She could measure up to black type on Saturdays over there.”

Sheezallmine has now had nine starts for five wins and a placing, earning more than $120,000 in prize-money.

“It’s crazy – I’m lost for words,” Daniel Miller said.

“She is the first horse I have trained for Mum and Dad, the first horse I broke in for them and took to the trials and races, and she was my first winner.

“She has been a great horse for me and she is no longer a $1,000 horse they bought off gavelhouse. She is now one of the better sprinters in New Zealand.

“Mick told me before the race that if he could get a soft lead and get some easy sectionals and kick away at the top of the straight, that she could hold them off, and she did exactly that. He rode her beautifully.”

Four progeny of Super Easy are on offer in the 2019 Ready to Run Sale, to be held at Karaka on November 20 and 21.

Vendor Leanach Lodge Ltd
Purchaser Dreamers Syndicate
Breeding Super Easy – Bast
Sale Lot 1142, 2017 Festival Sale, $1,000
Bred by Mrs J M & T M Henderson

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