Back to Back Counties Cup Wins for In a Twinkling

Media Release - Saturday November 21

Enigmatic Fastnet Rock stayer In A Twinkling was on his best behaviour as he secured his second Group III Franklin Auctions Counties Cup (2100m) with a gritty effort on Saturday.

Opie Bosson has In A Twinkling at full stretch as they head to victory in the Gr.3 Franklin Auctions Counties Cup (2100m) Photo Credit: Trish Dunell
The Jamie Richards-trained five-year-old can be a headstrong character at times and has tested Richard’s patience on numerous occasions. However, when his mind is on the job, he is a highly talented galloper as evidenced by his runner-up performance in the 2019 Group I New Zealand Derby (2400m) along with a stirring front-running effort to win his first Counties Cup last season.

Sent for a lengthy summer spell, Richards gave In a Twinkling a slow build-up before he made his raceday return in September.


Having the fourth run of the campaign, In A Twinkling was handy throughout for rider Opie Bosson and held off a late charge of stablemate Savy Yong Blonk to secure the victory.

Some impressive trackwork during the week had Richards hopeful of a good showing although he was mindful of his charge having a few tricks up his sleeve after he finished last at his most recent run.

“We had been expecting him to run well and turn his form around as his work this week had been very good,” Richards said.

“He is a bit of a hard horse to get a line on as you have to take him on trust a little bit.

“On top of the ground and up in trip this time, he was very good.

“We gave him a good break as he had had a big season as a three-year-old and I think that has paid off and justified the owners’ patience with him.”

In A Twinkling holds a nomination for both the Group III SKYCITY City Of Auckland Cup (2400m) and Group I Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) with Richards believing he is best suited on right-handed tracks like Pukekohe and Ellerslie.

“I think the main thing is that he likes it up here and maybe we might need to just keep him going right-handed in the future,” he said

Purchased out of the Curraghmore draft at the 2017 Karaka Premier Yearling Sale for $250,000 by Te Akau Racing boss David Ellis, In A Twinkling is raced by the Te Akau Fastnet Moment syndicate has the overall record of four wins and four seconds from 22 starts.

Foaled and raised in Australia at Coolmore, In a Twinkling is a half-brother to stakes-winner I’m Incredible from multiple Group III winner Moment in Time, a tough and talented stayer that won up to 2800m.

Henley Park sold the full brother to In a Twinkling at Karaka Book 1 last year for $250,000 to Lindsay Park Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock

Moment in Time has a yearling filly by Fastnet Rock and is due to foal to Justify (USA).



Race Result - Counties Cup Gr3 2100m

Pukekohe Park Track: Dead(4) Time: 2:09.67
In A Twinkling
T: J W Richards J: O P Bosson 57.5
5g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Moment In Time (AUS) (Archway (IRE))
Fastnet Rock
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $250,000
B: Mr DC Ellis
Savy Yong Blonk
T: J W Richards J: D S Johnson 55.5
5m Savabeel (AUS) x Ampin (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Grand Bouquet
T: Ms L Brennan J: S M Mc Kay 53
5m Savabeel (AUS) x Daffodil (NZ) (No Excuse Needed (GB))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $600,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: China Horse Club
T: D G Greene J: M J Mc Nab 55.5
6g Guillotine (NZ) x Arthena (NZ) (Desert Sun (GB))
T: M & K Murdoch J: J J Fawcett 53
8g Pentire (GB) x Arniston (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
Livin' On A Prayer
T: W P Hillis J: L H Satherley 53
7m Redwood (GB) x It's My Sin (AUS) (Success Express (USA))
Ocean Billy
T: W K Pomare J: V A Colgan 56.5
5g Ocean Park (NZ) x Cool Storm (NZ) (One Cool Cat (USA))
My Gift
T: J K Mason J: D J Danis 54
8g Notnowcato (GB) x Red Blossom (GB) (Green Desert (USA))
Paisley Park
T: G Richardson & R Norvall J: A J Calder 54.5
6g Azamour (IRE) x Musical Magic (GB) (Mozart (IRE))
Blue Breeze
T: A J Morley J: C Dell 53.5
7g Bullbars (AUS) x Peony Rose (NZ) (St Reims (NZ))
Voler Pour Moi
T: L O'Sullivan & A Scott J: T Yanagida 53
7m Pour Moi (IRE) x Tin Goose (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
On The Rocks
T: M Moroney & P Gerard J: C K Ormsby 60
6g Alamosa (NZ) x Cold Shoulder (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Wellfield Lodge
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
T: M Moroney & P Gerard J: M Cameron 53
5m Pins (AUS) x Alleyway (NZ) (Oregon (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $28,000
V:Ardsley Stud Ltd
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
T: C R McCarroll J: T D Thornton 53
7m Cape Blanco (IRE) x Donaquillo (NZ) (Don Eduardo (NZ))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $12,000
V:Brighthill Farm
B: Mr CR McCarroll
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