Impressive Win for Group Performer Lilikoi (NZ)

Considering the types of races Lilikoi (NZ) (Charm Spirit) was winning and placing in around this time last year, it was no surprise to see the high-class Pencarrow mare win Monday’s $11,000 Lance Lawson 1400 at Rotorua.

Trained by Jamie Richards for owner-breeder Sir Peter Vela, Lilikoi won two races last season including a powerful performance in the Group Three Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni on December 14. She also placed in the Group Two Royal Stakes (2000m) on New Year’s Day.

Monday’s race was Lilikoi’s third start of her four-year-old season, and she was right at the top of her game.

Ridden by Danielle Johnson, Lilikoi showed early speed before easing back into third. She was always travelling comfortably, and once Johnson turned her loose in the straight, she finished over the top of Can I Get An Amen (NZ) (Hallowed Crown) and scored by a head.

Lilikoi has now had 11 starts for three wins, three placings and $72,235.

The dam of Lilikoi is the Giant’s Causeway mare Barbadine, whose dam Damson (Entrepreneur) won at Group One level. The pedigree page also links up with a high-class Aga Khan family, which features this year’s Group One Prix Vermeille (2400m), Prix de l’Opera (2000m) and Breeders’ Cup Turf (2400m) winner Tarnawa (Shamardal).

Barbadine won three races in Ireland and New Zealand, and since retiring to Pencarrow Stud she has produced three winners from four foals to race. Granadilla (NZ) (Encosta de Lago) won over 1400 metres, while Badea (NZ) (Darci Brahma) won twice at 1200 and 1600 metres.

Since producing Lilikoi in 2016, Barbadine has had a filly by Charm Spirit, a colt by Vadamos and a colt by Charm Spirit.