Side By Side (NZ) Adds to Winning Week

The blue and white colours of Pencarrow Racing scored their third win for the Christmas-New Year period when Side By Side (NZ) (Star Witness) produced a stylish performance at Taupo on Wednesday.

The three-year-old filly’s victory in the $10,000 Graeme Thomson Antique Jewellery (1100m) was Pencarrow Racing’s third win in the last four days, following on from Maison Roxanne (NZ) (Snitzel) at New Plymouth on Sunday and Lilikoi (NZ) (Charm Spirit) at Rotorua on Monday. High-class mare Supera (NZ) (Savabeel) also finished second in the $200,000 Group One Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, her final start before joining the Pencarrow broodmare band.

Side By Side was ridden by New Zealand premiership leader Danielle Johnson, who slotted her into a midfield position before launching her run in the home straight. A big burst quickly carried Side By Side to the lead, and she dug deep when challenged to score by a long head. The rest of the field finished another two and a half lengths behind the first pair.

Trained by Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie, Side By Side has now had two starts for a win and $5,800 in stakes.

Bred by Pencarrow and owned by Sir Peter Vela, Side By Side is out of Boito Belle (NZ) (Centaine), who is a half-sister to the Group One placegetters Winning Belle (NZ) (Zabeel), Our Ella Belle (NZ) (Encosta de Lago) and Aspen (NZ) (Alamosa).

Winning Belle is the dam of Sydney Group One winner Plucky Belle (Mossman), while other close relatives include South African Group Two winner Fabiani (Model Man).

Boito Belle herself was unraced, but she is the dam of seven winners from nine foals to race. Between them, those seven winners have amassed 21 wins. Another Holdup (NZ) (Postponed) was also stakes-placed in the Listed Melvista Stakes in Western Australia.

Since producing Side By Side in 2017, Boito Belle has had a colt by Darci Brahma and a filly by Tivaci.