More Stakes Success for Two Illicit

Media Release - Saturday October 16

Noted fresh-up performer Two Illicit provided another example of her undoubted ability when she cruised to victory in the Gr. 3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings.

Michael McNab guides Two Illicit to a comfortable fresh-up victory in the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings Photo Credit: Race Images – Peter Rubery

The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained five-year-old was having her first run since an unsuccessful two-race campaign in Queensland winter campaign and came into the race without a trial to fit her for her raceday return.

That didn’t matter to the daughter of Jimmy Choux as she settled beautifully in midfield for rider Michael McNab, before idling into contention approaching the home turn.


Once McNab had her in clear air in the home straight, Two Illicit produced an undeniable sprint that carried her past eventual runner-up Times Ticking in three huge bounds before she eased up at the post to record her sixth career victory.

McNab was full of praise for the effort, acknowledging that he was confident of the win a long way from home.

“I got on the back of every horse I wanted during the run,” McNab said.

“They really pumped it on from the 600m and I scooted up the inside and then got every split I needed to.

“Mind you, when you have horses that are going that good it does make it easy for you and in the last bit, she was having a good look around.

“We all know she is a class horse, from a top stable and I was happy to be riding her for them.”

Wellwood was also pleased to see the mare bounce back to winning form after an indifferent four-year-old season.

“If we can keep her right, she is a very talented horse who showed us that as a three-year-old,” he said.

“It’s just good to see her back in the right order and winning nicely.

“She has just had a few niggles but hopefully we have ironed those out now and we can keep her in this order as we will win some nice races with her.

Carrying the Trelawney Stud silks, Two Illicit is raced by Brent and Cherry Taylor, Faith Taylor, Jane Taylor and Scott Malcolm and was one of the leading three-year-olds of her year, winning four of her seven starts, including twice at Group Two level before finishing second to Sherwood Forest in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).

Out of the Tale Of The Cat mare, Gemini, Two Illicit has now won six of her 14 starts and over $443,000 in prizemoney and is the second Trelawney Stud bred and raced winner from the James and Wellwood stable in recent weeks after Cheaperthandivorce won fresh-up over 1600m on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown carnival earlier this month. – NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - Red Badge Spring Sprint Gr3 1400m

Hastings Track: Good(3) Time: 1:22.43
Two Illicit
T: R James & R Wellwood J: M J Mc Nab 56
5m Jimmy Choux (NZ) x Gemini (NZ) (Tale Of The Cat (USA))
Times Ticking
T: A R Macgregor J: T Yanagida 54.5
6g Tavistock (NZ) x Laoghaire (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Vigor Winner
T: Ms L Brennan J: T N Harris 58
6g Declaration Of War (USA) x Savont (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $50,000
V:Regal Farm
B: Golden River Investments
Our Alley Cat
T: V A Prendergast J: S R Weatherley 54.5
5m Atlante (AUS) x Cat Woman (NZ) (Scaredee Cat (NZ))
T: B E Newman J: D A Hirini 55
6m Guillotine (NZ) x Adalia (NZ) (Lucky Unicorn (AUS))
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $30,000
V:Woburn Farm
B: Lisa Latta Racing
Colorado Star
T: M P Breslin J: L T Hemi 56
6g Alamosa (NZ) x Elegant Emerald (AUS) (Unbridled's Song (USA))
Cavallo Veloce
T: P N McKay J: S M Mc Kay 54.5
6g O'Reilly (NZ) x Giant Mystique (AUS) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Lime Country Thoroughbreds Ltd
B: Mr PN & Mrs K McKay
T: S B Marsh J: C J Grylls 53.5
5m Savabeel (AUS) x Splitsecond (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $100,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Vermair Racing/ Hughes Bloodstock
T: Ms D Guy J: S J Macnab 53
6g Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x St Germaine (NZ) (Keeper (AUS))
T: R James & R Wellwood J: R T Elliot 58
6g Reliable Man (GB) x Quality Dream (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Mr RA James
T: J W Richards J: D S Johnson 56
4h Savabeel (AUS) x Saoirse (NZ) (Iffraaj (GB))
NZB Ready To Run Sale $500,000
V:Riversley Park Ltd
B: Mr DC Ellis
Streak Of Power
T: F J Auret J: R J Hannam 54
5g Power (GB) x Stracile (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
The Mitigator
T: P N McKay J: J K Riddell 60
7g Master Of Design (AUS) x Charming Ruby (AUS) (Rubiton (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $75,000
V:Amarina Farm Denman NSW
B: Trent Busuttin
Magic Incanto
T: F W Pratt J: M K Hudson 53
9m Per Incanto (USA) x Magic Daze (NZ) (Grosvenor (NZ))
Shadows Cast
T: M K Oulaghan J: M Mudhoo 59.5
9g Per Incanto (USA) x Ages Past (NZ) (Slavic (USA))
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