First Stakes Win for Blueblood Sebring Mare

Media Release - Saturday October 31

Promising galloper Siracusa brought up a hattrick of wins in the best possible style when she stormed home out wide to take out the Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic (1600m) at Pukekohe bring a big pedigree update for her half-brother headed to the NZB Ready to Run Sale.

The Sir Peter Vela-bred and owned mare only made the final field for the race after scratchings on race morning saw her sneak into the final field from off the ballot for the day’s feature event.

Ashvin Goindasamy brings Siracusa back to scale. Photo Credit: Trish Dunell

Apprentice Ashvin Goindasamy, who was registering his first victory at stakes level, rode a cool, calm and collected race on the Sebring four-year-old who settled last in running from a midfield barrier.

Still back last approaching the home turn, Goindasamy set her alight as the widest runner in the home straight as she steamed home to down the Nigel Tiley-trained race favourite Demonetization in a driving finish with another Tiley runner in Le Castile running on strongly for third.

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Co-trainer Julia Ritchie, who prepares the mare with partner Steven Ramsay, had been on tenterhooks on Saturday waiting to see if they had made the final field for the race and then whether they could find a lightweight rider for the mare.

“We knew there weren’t going to be many riders around if we did make the field, so I was really worried for a while,” she said.

“The other thing is that she really likes some cut in the ground and when they posted a Good3, it was also a concern.

“When we got the big shower during the day it was perfect for us although I was still a little worried that they might call the race off if they were slipping.

“We told Ashvin that he should ride her where she was happy and give her plenty of room as she likes her space.

“When she was so far back, I was thinking this is a huge, huge task for her but she still managed to get up when it mattered.”

Ritchie has been excited about the future prospects for Siracusa from the day she entered the stable although a tricky situation that developed during the first COVID-19 lockdown in March nearly scuppered the spring plans for the mare.

“She has the heart of a lion and is so so tough,” Ritchie said.

“We’ve always thought so much of her and have been prepared to nurse her along all the way.

“We took her down south where she ran fifth in a Listed three-year-old race which, in hindsight, may have been the wrong move as she got stuck down there when we went into lockdown.

“We were fretting as to when we would get her back and it wasn’t until lockdown was over towards the end of May that we could start to get her home.

“She still wasn’t quite right when she ran third for us in her first campaign run at Taupo but since then she hasn’t looked back and has just kept getting better and better.

“Based on today’s effort there is plenty ahead for her but we are going to continue being patient as we move forward.

“We’re going to enjoy this result and then see how she comes through it before we decide where she goes next.”

Siracusa is out of the O’Reilly mare Corinthia, a half-sister to Group I winner De Beers and grand-daughter of Group I winner Tristalove. She has now won four of her eight starts.

Her half brother by Charm Spirit will feature as Lot 173 from the Kilgravin Lodge draft on the first day of the NZB Ready To Run Sale at Karaka on November 18. – NZ Racing Desk

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Race Result - Karaka Classic LR 1600m

Pukekohe Park Track: Dead(5) Time: 1:36.23
1
Siracusa
T: S Ramsay & J Ritchie J: A C Goindasamy 53
4m Sebring (AUS) x Corinthia (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Sebring
2
0.1
Demonetization
T: N W Tiley J: L G Innes 56
6g All Too Hard (AUS) x Midnight Special (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
All Too Hard
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $220,000
V:Mana Park
B: N & P Balia Family Trust
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Blandford Lodge
B: 888 Bloodstock
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale Platinum Session $65,000
V:Holbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock
3
2.6
Le Castile
T: N W Tiley J: S T Collett 55
6m Dalghar (FR) x Awatea (NZ) (Never Til Dawn (USA))
4
3.4
Cherry Lane
T: N P Bishara J: C M Burdan 53
6m Redwood (GB) x Street Law (NZ) (Street Cry (IRE))
5
4.4
Watch This Space
T: W P Hillis J: D J Danis 55.5
9g Elusive City (USA) x Multi Tasker (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ))
6
4.5
Pinmedown
T: M Moroney & P Gerard J: Brandon May 54
5m Pins (AUS) x Alleyway (NZ) (Oregon (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $28,000
V:Ardsley Stud Ltd
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
7
5.3
Sweet Clementine
T: R D Collett J: A J Calder 53
4m Sweet Orange (USA) x Wealth Star (NZ) (Senor Pete (USA))
NZB Karaka - Book 2 $75,000
V:Wentwood Grange
B: Collett Racing Stables
8
6.6
Go Nicholas
T: Ms S Hale J: T Yanagida 60
9g Danroad (AUS) x Witches Britches (NZ) (Exploding Prospect (USA))
9
7.1
Ronchi
T: B Wallace & G Cooksley J: L H Satherley 53.5
8g Stravinsky (USA) x Rose Of Tralee (AUS) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
10
7.5
Crafty Jess
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: M Cameron 54
7m Mastercraftsman (IRE) x Dancing Jess (NZ) (Danske (NZ))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $21,000
V:Mapperley Stud Ltd
B: Baker Racing
11
8.2
Te Akau Caliburn
T: J W Richards J: T N Harris 58
6g Camelot (GB) x Enchanted Evening (IRE) (High Chaparral (IRE))
12
12.4
Nasha Riva
T: J C Pender J: T D Thornton 53
5m Shocking (AUS) x Loviste (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe (USA))
13
14.0
Za Za Gabor
T: M Moroney & P Gerard J: C J Grylls 53
6m O'Reilly (NZ) x Zaza Top (GER) (Lomitas (GB))
14
14.2
In A Twinkling
T: J W Richards J: O P Bosson 58.5
5g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Moment In Time (AUS) (Archway (IRE))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $250,000
V:Curraghmore
B: Mr DC Ellis
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