Rich’n Unhitched Wins at Grafton
Wednesday 13th July, 2011
Rich’n Unhitched (by Bachelor Duke) won his second race from 3 career starts to take out the Grafton Radio Taxis Class 1 hcp over 1400m on Ramornie Day at the Grafton Racing Carnival in Australia on Wednesday 13th July.
Ridden by Australian jockey Jason Holder, the 3 year old gelding was always handy just in behind the leaders. Rich’n Unhitched was given a clear passage and streaked clear of the field.
Despite a late challenge from the Scott Seamer ridden Jaydee, Rich’n Unhitched never laid down to score by ½ neck with a length between 2nd and third. His time of 1.23.21 just fell short of the class record which was 1.23.19.
The Grafton carnival is one of the most competitive country carnivals in Australia and over the years, the quality of horses competing has only become stronger. With many of Australia’s top seasoned campaigners heading south after the Brisbane carnival, Grafton proves an ideal stopover for a chance to grab the riches on offer.
Roly Poly Hot Tip in Te Awamutu Cup
Thursday, 07 Jul 2011, 16:00
Matamata trainer Graham Richardson’s decision to stay closer to home this weekend with his talented winter galloper Roly Poly could reap rewards in the $17,500 Freight Lines Te Awamutu Cup.
Roly Poly Could roll the topweights in Te Awamutu Cup
By John Jenkins
Richardson was tossing up whether to head south with Roly Poly for a $16,000 Rating 90 1400-metre sprint at Awapuni on Saturday or stay in the Waikato and run him in the feature race at the Waipa meeting. He has opted for the latter after weighing up the opposition in each race. “It’s a pretty good little field down at the Marton meeting whereas there are only five horses rated above the minimum in the Te Awamutu Cup,” Richardson said this week.
“The horse (Roly Poly) has done very well since his last start and he’s been placed on the Te Awamutu track before so we’ll have a go there.” Richardson said the 1400-metre distance at Awapuni probably suits Roly Poly better than 1580 metres at Te Awamutu but thinks the tight turning track there should negate the distance concern. His biggest fear is that the Te Awamutu track may become puggy and Roly Poly needs either a dead track or one that is loose. “The track was too puggy at Tauranga last start and he just doesn’t like puggy tracks.”
Two starts back Roly Poly finished fifth in an open 1400-metre race at Ellerslie and would have probably finished a lot closer had his rider not lost his whip. “I didn’t blame the rider for losing the whip. It was an atrocious day and a clod of mud flung up and knocked the whip out of his hand,” Richardson added. Promising apprentice Alysha Collett rode Roly Poly last start and has retained the mount on Saturday. Richardson said the horse is fairly easy to ride and can position himself anywhere in a field. Four starts back Roly Poly was an easy winner over 1400 metres at Tauranga and his overall record stands at four wins, four seconds and two thirds from just 25 starts.
Hurricane Mickey, Cent Per Cent and Sircross look to be three of the main rivals for Roly Poly on Saturday, with Llancaden another lightweight chance. Hurricane Mickey will definitely run out the 1580 metres better than most and the likelihood of a heavy track will not worry him. He beat a good field over 1560 metres at Rotorua three starts back and was a close second behind Don Dixit over 1600 metres at Tauranga last start.
Sircross is the likely pacemaker and could be hard to catch if allowed to dictate his own rules in front. He blitzed the opposition by six lengths when winning over 1600 metres on that very testing track at Ellerslie two starts back. He then found 2100 metres a bit too far at Tauranga last start but will appreciate the drop back in distance here. Cent Per Cent got bogged down on an extremely heavy track at Ellerslie last start but his form before that was good, including a game win over 1400 metres on a good track at Te Rapa. He has had one start at Te Awamutu for a win.
Llancaden is the winner of five races, four of them on heavy tracks. He has been carrying big weights in Rating 80 and Rating 90 races of late and will appreciate the drop down to 54kg on Saturday. One for longer odds could be Danz Star. He is now a nine-year-old but won this race two years ago on a heavy track and finished second in an 1150-metre Te Awamutu trial last month.
Princessabeel Wins at Te Teko
Wednesday 29th June, 2011
Four year old mare Princessabeel (by Savabeel) finally got the track conditions to suit to win the Henderson Horticulture Ltd rating 70 over 1600m at Te Teko on the 29th June. Aided by a 3 kilogram claim, apprentice jockey Dicky Lui gave Princessabeel a good ride to score convincingly by half a length with a short neck between second and third.
Our Horse Truck has Arrived
Monday 20th June, 2011
We recently purchased a horse truck for the stable. This will be a great asset and will also offer owners transport options. For those owners who want their horse or horses tranported to trials or races in the new truck, we request a letter from you or if you are in a syndicate, your syndicate manager, authorising Graham Richardson to transport your horse or horses.
Pictured here is the new Richardson Racing Stables horse truck.
8th June, 2011
Richardson wins 2 at Matamata
Graham Richardson was on a high after two of his runners won on his home track on the 8th June at Matamata. Letmeby (Don Eduardo)
won the Bayleys Residential over 1400m. Always handy, Letmeby took control at the 400m to win convincingly by 1 3/4 length. Boy Star (Gold Mine)
provided a thrilling finish in the last race of the day to score narrowly by a head from the favourite Delaman.
Rich'n Unhitched wins at Caloundra
3rd June, 2011
Rich'n Unhitched (by Bachelor Duke)
won his first race at Caloundra in Australia on the 3rd June. He lines up next at the Gold Coast on the 18th June and all going well he will run in the Sunshine Coast Guineas which is worth $100,000 Australian on the 2nd July.
Congratulations to Richard and Sheena Cole, Peter and Mary Cole. They have had 4 starters where 2 of their horses were bought for them by Graham at the Karaka Sales, the other horse being Alarico who is owned by the same partnership won his last 2 out of 3 and then was sold on to Hong Kong.
These horses were bought by Graham at the Karaka Sales, not a lot of money was paid for them which proves you don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy a good horse.
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