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Post by Des Carruthers on Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:46 pm

Going for 4 in a row at Alexandra Park ... not many horses do that. Standing start ... a new experience. The Faithful is a C3 against higher rated horses ... needs to be at his top. If he wins will become the third highest money earner in New Zealand this season behind Smolda and Christen Me ... elite company. Get that fourth batten ready barryf ... hopefully you can nail it on after the race.

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Post by barryf on Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:53 pm

The latest newsletter refers to Jack's likely next start will be at Auckland on 30th.October. He can then race each fortnight at Epsom through to the end of December, with premier racing during that month.
So it doesn't look likely that a further trip south, with all the imponderables which that involves, is on the agenda, particularly when his earlier runs in the South Island are considered.

There is also racing at Cambridge early in the New Year which could suit.

Another target to be borne in mind is the Ultimate Bonus of $10000 for horses which win 10 races at Alexandra Park.So it will be easier to reach that target if he gathers wins along the way at that venue.

But I am just speculating and am not privy to the trainer's or manager's innermost thoughts.

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Post by Des Carruthers on Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:46 pm

Does anyone know what is next for The Faithful? The PGG Wrightson Sales Series $50,000 at Kaikoura would be interesting. Would start off 10m in a race where Major Star's younger half brother Dana Duke ran second last year.

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Post by ShayneO on Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:23 pm

He's being followed enthusiastically here in Canada, as well!

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Post by Des Carruthers on Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:00 pm

For an hour or so last night The Faithful was the second highest money earning pacer for the current season throughout New Zealand (behind Christen Me) and the leading Jewels 4yo male horse but when Risk won later in the programme we were pushed down to third and second. Whilst you all had a room full of syndicate members celebrating at Alexandra Park, I had a one man celebration here in Perth and my son (also in this syndicate) was an enthusiastic supporter in Manila. The exploits of The Faithful are being closely followed around the world ... well south east Asia at least.

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Post by ray the beancounter on Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:54 pm

Yes it certainly was a nice win in a very quick 2:41 time.
There was such a high turnout of syndicate members due to it being syndicate dinner night the presentation room after the race was packed, with some people remaining out the door on the path. One of the racenight stewards even said to me "We DEFINITELY need a bigger room.....".
Get used to it stewards - you will be seeing more of us, Jack is certainly not finished yet. Dancing Banana
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Post by barryf on Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:16 pm

Yes, third batten nailed on.Good gate speed and racing manners continue to reap the rewards.

He certainly likes Alexandra Park to which his style of racing is well suited.

The presentation room was packed with so many  in celebration mood. Cheers  Wave

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Post by Des Carruthers on Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:05 pm

Extend that picket fence barryf ... what a nice win.

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Post by Des Carruthers on Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:14 pm

And I thought it was just a horse race.

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Post by barryf on Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:00 pm

I am reminded of the old Agatha Christie thriller/movie, "And Then There Were None" as various guests were disposed of by the villain of the story.
But Jack is no villain and will be a superhero if he completes a hat trick on Friday at the Meet The Members Night. The 150 members and guests who have registered should  drown out the announcer  if the picket fence receives an extra batten.

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Post by Conwell on Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:48 pm

Jack's last 2 wins have both come from barrier 4 so hopefully he will go straight to the front and lead all the way for the 3rd time in a row. sunny

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Post by ray the beancounter on Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:56 pm

I have just had a look at the field for Friday evening and I see that Jacks wide draw of 7 just became a great deal easier with 3 scratchings inside him - now meaning a start from gate 4. An 11 horse field now becomes an 8 horse field with 5 horses starting off the front row and 3 on the second row.
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Post by ray the beancounter on Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:45 pm

Hi Des – it is sad to see any horses racing career shortened due to injury, but Raksdeal will make a worthy broodmare.
Of the others that you have listed Lancewood Lizzy and The Orange Agent are clear and definite dangers to Belle. Willow will no doubt come back strong as do all Mark Purdon trained horses, but she is an unknown threat at this stage having not been seen since the Jewels at the end of May.

As to Venus Serena, in my opinion they are racing the guts out of her. Venus's last 14 race day starts have been in Group races and her last two races showed that she is not the machine that they thought she was. A worthy mentor once told me that there are “different levels of greed” and 14 group races in a row with a current view to starting in the NZ Cup doesn't seem to be in the horses best interests.
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Post by Des Carruthers on Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:48 pm

Thank you for the Ideal Belle update ray the beancounter and Conwell, it sounds highly promising. The little yellow guy at the end of Conwell's comment made me laugh. I see Raksdeal has been retired leaving Venus Serena, Willow, Lancewood Lizzie and The Orange Agent as Ideal Belle's main rivals in the upcoming high class mares races.

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Post by Conwell on Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:27 pm

Yes, the word from Sean Grayling on Friday was that Belle is training 'scary good' at the moment and appears to be back to her usual self. She is expected to be at the workouts this weekend. Yahoo

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Post by ray the beancounter on Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:17 pm

Hi Des, I wasn't on site for Jacks race last Friday night but a little birdy that was there in the stable area advises that the word from the Barry Purdon stablehands is that Belle will be at the workouts this coming weekend and that she is rearing to go. Check the HRNZ workouts fields that will be published Friday afternoon.
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Post by Des Carruthers on Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:39 pm

Another interesting race this Friday with the best drive likely to win from a number of candidates. Although it is a C2-C4 and we are only C2, last weeks C1-C2 was stronger. The Faithful is now ranked second in the Harness Jewels 4yo male division and ninth overall throughout N.Z. in money earned this season. Hopefully he can do the job again and earn enough to just about lock away a Jewels spot already. The 50% win stake bonus would also be handy. Does anyone have an update on Ideal Belle?

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Post by Des Carruthers on Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:16 am

The Faithful is the most consistent horse that I have been associated with. He is now proving to be versatile with gate speed and an ability to sprint after leading and he also retains his sit sprint racing style. I believe that there is a good race or two in him and look forward to him being given the chance to show it.
P.S. Ideal Belle is not too bad either.

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Post by ray the beancounter on Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:48 pm

That was a top win by Jack tonight in a small, but very high quality, field.
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Post by ShayneO on Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:42 pm

Looks like 80% of the field will be driven by members of the Butcher family... Let's hope the right Butcher wins.

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Post by ray the beancounter on Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:51 pm

I agree Des the class of the field is outstanding. It has whittled down in numbers with two scratchings to leave a field of only 5, but in my opinion there are 4 horses in there that can all win with the right run (numbers 3,4,5, and 7). It is going to be a lottery as to who wins this one Fingers Crossed .
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Post by Des Carruthers on Wed Oct 07, 2015 1:20 pm

What a good race. The highest standard C1-C2 race that I can remember.

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Post by ray the beancounter on Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:29 pm

It has certainly been a bit quiet for the past week or so.

It is my understanding that The Faithful will likely race this coming Friday, the 9th, at Alexandra Park and then if all okay will backup by racing again on the syndicate dinner night of the 16th. Check the nominations that will available on the HRNZ website shortly after 11am Monday morning.

As to Belle I understand that all concerned are very happy with her progress, so much so that she may make an appearance slightly earlier than originally anticipated. It is getting to the point that I check workouts and race noms fields for her name at the moment as she can’t be too far away from making an appearance.

On the topic of the 2016 syndicate horses I can only go by the latest monthly newsletter. Miss Kitty (Barry Purdon) has been in work this prep for 2 months and is doing very nicely - the next 4 weeks will tell whether she races as a 2 year old. Extra Blast (Tony Herlihy) is having break-in and prelim work done by Todd MacFarlane but is taking a while to get the gist of what the pacing game is all about – after a spell he has only been back in work for a couple of weeks so they are hoping for an improved effort. Some Change (Geoff Small) is a little behind the progress of other similar age horses and according to the Sept newsletter was likely sent for a spell at the end of September. So in summary two horses in work, one of which may race as a 2 year old, and one spelling.

Major Star is back home again and will concentrate on Auckland racing in November / December after suffering from a likely respiratory infection after his dismal 13th placing at Addington. He coughed whilst being loaded onto the float to be taken back to the stables after the race - a sign that all was not well with him. Any further thoughts of racing on at Addington were abandoned.
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Re: The Faithful

Post by Des Carruthers on Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:50 pm

This discussion forum has been very quiet for a week or so. Does anybody have any news about our horses, particularly Ideal Belle and the 2016 horses? Has the NZ Cup plan been abandoned for Major Star? Is The Faithful going to be nominated to race this week?

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Post by Des Carruthers on Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:52 am

The sectional timing has The Faithful running his last mile in 1.57.1 (2700m) which was only beaten on the night by Group 1 horse Besotted who ran a last mile in 1.56.7 (2200m) and compares favourably with Ohoka Punter, who also led, and ran his last mile in 1.58.6 (2200m). Stable connections say that The Faithful follows speed very well but these times show that he can produce speed as well.

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