First Stakes-Winner for Telperion

Media Release - Saturday December 5

Flashy chestnut colt Stormy repaid the faith of punters who installed him as a $1.50 favourite as he powered to victory in the Group II Pete’s Joinery, Precise Design & Build Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1100m) at Trentham providing his young Westbury Stud based sire Telperion with his first stakes-winner.

The Tony Pike-trained Telperion colt was the only race winner in the nine-horse field after impressing on debut at Awapuni last month.

Stormy holds out Fonsalette to win the G2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes. Photo Credit: Race Images – Peter Rubery

Expected to race handy from an inside draw, rider Lisa Allpress followed the script to perfection as she bounced her charge out well before controlling a steady pace throughout.


In a carbon copy of her ride on Invisible Spirit in the first, Allpress kicked Stormy clear early in the home straight before fending off the challenge of Belardo filly Fonsalette over the final 200m to run out a comfortable winner, with debutant Taoiseach finishing third to register an all Cambridge-trained trifecta.

Pike had been confident of a good performance before the race and was relieved the colt had lived up his burgeoning reputation.

“He got a bit lost out in front and got on the wrong leg going over the crossing but he has got the job done,” Pike said.

“He’s probably a better chaser than a leader but he has done it nicely in the end.

“He is a homebred horse and not a Karaka Million contender so we will give him a little break now and then bring him back for one run before we go into the Sires’ races.”

Pike was referring to the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on March 13 and the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni on April 3.

The victory brought up a winning treble early in the day for Allpress after she had taken out the opening event on Invisible Spirit before guiding Casaquinman to his seventh career win in the third race.

Bred and raced by Queensland couple Geoff and Heather Nicholls, Stormy is out of the Swiss Ace mare Silent Night and is from a family that includes dual Group One winner Bentley Biscuit and Group One winner and successful stallion Thorn Park.

He was the first winner for Westbury Stud stallion Telperion and now becomes the first stakes winner for the Group One placed son of Street Cry who commenced duties at Westbury in 2017.

Telperion will be represented by thirteen individuals at the 2021 NZB National Yearling Sale that kicks off at Karaka on January 24. – NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - Wakefield Challenge 2yo Gr2 1100m

Trentham Track: Slow(7) Time: 1:04.13
T: A W Pike J: L J Allpress 56.5
2c Telperion (AUS) x Silent Night (NZ) (Swiss Ace (AUS))
T: S B Marsh J: D S Johnson 54.5
2f Belardo (IRE) x Medrano (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $40,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: Ribot Stud
T: Andrew Campbell J: V A Colgan 56.5
2g Highly Recommended (AUS) x Borntobeirish (AUS) (O'Reilly (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $5,000
V:Berkley Stud
B: A Campbell Racing
T: S B Marsh J: S L Wynne 54.5
2f Dissident (AUS) x Callista (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $60,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Go Racing
MM National Weanling Sale $35,000
V:Kambula Stud Kadina SA
B: Chris Phillips
Silky Red Fox
T: Ms L Latta J: J Parkes 56.5
2c Foxwedge (AUS) x Miss Gucci (NZ) (Makfi (GB))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $45,000
V:Blandford Lodge
B: Go Racing
Brazen Blue
T: Ms L Latta J: L T Hemi 54.5
2f Brazen Beau (AUS) x Veuvelicious (AUS) (Northern Meteor (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $125,000
V:Highden Park
B: Lisa Latta Racing
Inglis Great Southern Sale - Weanlings $52,500
V:Contract Racing Pty Ltd, Melbourne
B: Bleakley Bloodstock
Martina Diva
T: A C Baker J: T L Taiaroa 54.5
2f Swiss Ace (AUS) x Gibraltar Diva (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $15,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Mr AC Baker
Cherokee Warrior
T: D R Wiles J: R Cuneen 56.5
2c Showcasing (GB) x Lady Cherokee (USA) (Cherokee Run (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $9,000
V:Cambria Park
B: Everest Racing
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