Aequus (NZ) Completes Dam’s Big Week

Talented Pencarrow homebred Aequus (NZ) (Iffraaj) completed a remarkable week for her dam Equanimity (NZ) (More Than Ready) when she won Saturday’s $40,000 World’s End Bar and Restaurant (1200m) at Tauranga.

Saturday’s win came just two days after a maiden victory at Ashburton by Equanimity’s three-year-old daughter Tranquila (NZ) (Iffraaj), who is a full-sister to Aequus.

Aequus and Tranquila are part of a perfect record for Equanimity, whose four named foals have all been winners. Both Winston (NZ) (Press Statement) and Harmony Reigns (NZ) (Iffraaj) recorded two wins.

Herself a two-time winner on the racetrack, Equanimity is a daughter of Pencarrow’s Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner Insouciant (NZ) (Keeper). She is also closely related to another two winners of that Riccarton fillies’ classic – Dorabella (NZ) (Postponed) and Media Sensation (I Am Invincible).

The Tauranga track brings the very best out of the promising Iffraaj mare Aequus, who had also scored in Rating 65 company at the same venue in January. On Saturday she was able to repeat that result, this time against Rating 75 opposition.

Rider Ashvin Goindasamy settled the four-year-old in third before cruising through a gap one off the rail at the top of the home straight. Goindasamy released the brakes and Aequus burst to the lead at the 200-metre mark, kicking clear and holding on strongly to win by half a length.

Trained by premiership leaders Mark Walker and Sam Bergerson, Aequus has now had 10 starts for three wins, two placings and $63,670 in stakes. Prior to this year’s two Tauranga victories, she was a maiden winner as an autumn three-year-old on the Cambridge synthetic track last May.

Aequus was bred by Pencarrow Thoroughbreds Ltd and races in the famous blue and white hoops of owner Sir Peter Vela.