HK Buyers Circling Impressive Friday Winner

Media Release - Friday October 2

Punters betting into early markets for the Grroup I  Al Basti Equiworld Dubai 48th New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) should tread warily with Friday's impressive Te Rapa winner Mega Bourbon.

Mega Bourbon winning at Te Rapa on Friday. Photo: Trish Dunell

The Stephen Marsh-trained son of El Roca made it back-to-back wins at Te Rapa when winning the NZB Ready To Run Breeze Ups 12-13 October 3yo (1200m), closing well to run down highly-rated filly Babylon Berlin.

Bookmakers were quick to react, installing Mega Bourbon a $14 chance in the Guineas, despite the colt not being nominated for the race.

However, Marsh confirmed there had been significant interest from Hong Kong buyers in the promising galloper.


“He has been very popular. He has won his last two in good times and been very popular with Hong Kong buyers,” Marsh said.

“If he is not sold, he will be coming back here in three weeks for the Sarten (Gr.2, 1400m).

“I never really looked at him as a miler, especially a Riccarton miler. If he can come out and do something similar in the Sarten, I might be talking to the owners and we might be looking at a late nomination (for the Guineas).

“I thought as an early three-year-old he would be more a 1200-1400m horse, but they can change.”

Another Marsh runner sure to be at Te Rapa on October 24 is Atishu, who also closed well to be third to Mega Bourbon.

“I thought she was very good today. She had a bit of a freshen-up since her last start second at Wanganui and she has had a good blow,” Marsh said.

“She got caught three wide early and Sam (Spratt, jockey) had to niggle at her the whole way and she didn’t get to unleash with that good sprint she has got.

“She will come back here for the Soliloquy (Gr.3, 1400m) and then onto the 1000 Guineas (Gr.1, 1600m).

“She is going super and has probably got the most improvement out of all of them.”

Marsh also had All Black Bourbon finish eighth in the same race, a horse that looks like it will relish going further and easing in the ground.

“He probably needs a mile and a wetter track. He won’t run again on a dead track, he needs a Slow7 or worse. He is tidy and he is going to go through the grades but certainly on rain-affected,” Marsh said.

Both Mega Bourbon and All Black Bourbon are raced by The Bourbon Lane Stable LLC, led by American investor Dennis Foster, with the ownership group to be represented by the Marsh-trained Bourbonaire in Saturday’s Gr.2 Dundeel At Arrowfield Hawke's Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings. – NZ Racing Desk



Race Result - Nzb Breeze Ups 12-13 Oct. 3yo 1200m

Te Rapa Track: Dead(4) Time: 1:09.46
Mega Bourbon
T: S B Marsh J: M J Mc Nab 57.5
3c El Roca (AUS) x Megara (NZ) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $45,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Bourbon Lane Stable LLC / Marsh Racing
Babylon Berlin
T: B W Foote J: S T Collett 55.5
3f All Too Hard (AUS) x You Can't Say That (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
T: S B Marsh J: S C Spratt 54
3f Savabeel (AUS) x Posy (NZ) (No Excuse Needed (GB))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $260,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Go Racing
Rose 'n' Power
T: F P Cornege J: L H Satherley 54
3f Power (GB) x Diamond Rose (NZ) (Danroad (AUS))
On Display
T: D A Walker J: A C Goindasamy 55.5
3g Showcasing (GB) x Gatestopper (NZ) (Carnegie (IRE))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $30,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: Brookby Stables
True Blessing
T: Team Rogerson J: C J Grylls 55.5
3f Roc De Cambes (NZ) x Okagbare (NZ) (Swiss Ace (AUS))
Alice Tinker
T: Ms N Fraser J: T D Thornton 55.5
3f Il Cavallo (AUS) x True Star (NZ) (Ishiguru (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 3 $11,000
V:S. C. & R. L. Allan
B: Ms NG Fraser
All Black Bourbon
T: S B Marsh J: D S Johnson 57.5
3g Highly Recommended (AUS) x Airflight (NZ) (Golan (IRE))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $110,000
V:Kilgravin Lodge
B: Bourbon Lane Stable LLC / Marsh Racing
La Romanee
T: Daniel Miller J: T N Harris 58.5
3g Burgundy (NZ) x Celtic Dream (NZ) (Casual Lies (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $22,500
V:Brighthill Farm
B: Mr J Miller
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