Guiseppina and Ebullient Brilliant at Awapuni


04 April 2011

Pencarrow Racing had another strong weekend, this time at New Zealand’s feature meeting at Awapuni, with Guiseppina and Ebullient providing the stud with a winning double.
The $45,000 Listed Fairdale/Goodwood Studs Flying HCP (1400m) saw a superb performance from the up and comer Guiseppina (Johar x Battocchi) who really dealt to her rivals in the premier sprint on the card.
Jockey James McDonald rode her cold in transit but at the 600 metres bought her into the race, coming wide on the turn. Showing that stunning and effortless turn-of-foot that seems to improve with every start, she left her rivals standing in the straight, and looked to have even more in reserve as she crossed the line.
Now a winner of four of her six starts, the Steven Ramsay & Julia Ritchie trained marehas beaten some talented horses including Keep the Peace last preparation, and beating O’Cartier (16 wins), Group 1 winner Eileen Dubh (seven wins) and Justanexcuse (seven wins) on Saturday.
“She is freaky,” said co-trainer Steven Ramsey. ”What she has done in six starts has been out of the ordinary. Every time she has stepped up in class she has handled the rise so well and she just keeps improving.”
Jockey James McDonald was also blown away by her win.
“That was a good field out there and she made them look second class.”
The sky seems the limit for the daughter of Johar, and a decision will be made in the coming days as to whether she will back up in her biggest test to date, the Group 1 Te Ahora Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes on Saturday.
The $20,000 Lincoln Lodge Premier (1200m) saw Ebullient (Stravinsky x Ethereal) notching up back to back wins after a short break from the track after winning at Otaki on February 26.
Racing well in transit and coming into the race strongly at the top of the straight, jockey James McDonald gave the son of Ethereal some reign and he set out after the game leader Miss Annaliese. Proving up to the task, Miss Annaliese fought well but Ebullient was too strong, and he held the mare at bay with ease to win by half-a-length.
“He was always going to win,” said McDonald. “Every time he goes to the races he feels so much stronger. He certainly has a big future.”