Palm Springs (NZ) Scores at New Plymouth

A trip to New Plymouth’s twilight race meeting on Friday paid dividends for Pencarrow mare Palm Springs (NZ) (Super Easy).

The lightly raced four-year-old collected the second victory of her career with a bold performance in the $10,000 Mason Appliances 1200.

Ridden by Vinnie Colgan, Palm Springs broke quickly from the starting gates and went forward to sit outside the leader. She stuck her head in front rounding the home turn, then pulled away in the straight to win by a length and three-quarters.

Trained by John Bell, Palm Springs has now had seven starts for two wins, a third, a fourth and a fifth. She has earned $13,800 in stakes.

Palm Springs is raced by Sir Peter Vela, who bred the filly in partnership with Curraghmore’s Gordon Cunningham.

She is a daughter of the home-bred Pencarrow mare North of Sunset (NZ) (Red Ransom), who is a half-sister to the stakes winner and Group One-placed Wildflower (NZ) (Keeper). She is also a blood-sister to Group winner and successful broodmare Amaryllis (NZ) (Red Ransom).

The family goes back to Habibti (Habitat), a multiple Group 1 winner in the UK and Europe who is a half-sister to the legendary broodmare Eight Carat (Pieces of Eight). Habibti features in the dam line of numerous Group 1 winners including the New Zealand-bred and owned multiple Cox Plate (2040m) placegetter Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo).

Palm Springs is the first foal out of North of Sunset, who has subsequently had a colt by Tivaci and was served by Pencarrow’s Group One performer Eminent in 2019.