New Zealand Bred Kaapfever Triumphs in Australia Day Cup

Mark Smith - Wednesday January 26

The Joe Pride-trained Kaapfever loves his home track at Warwick Farm and a strongly run mile and a half, and he had both to suit in the Listed Inglis Australia Day Cup (2400m).

The 7yo gelding had made four previous starts in black-type races, with a third in this race last year behind Skymax (GER) and Wolfe (JPN) his previous best finish.

Given a patient ride by Alysha Collett, Kaapfever came from last to defeat the 6yo Pierro gelding Parry Sound by a half-length with Mubariz (GB) (Dansili) a further four and a half lengths further back in third.

The New-bred son of the Zabeel stallion Sufficient advances his record to seven wins, eight seconds, and eight thirds from 59 starts with earnings of $484,450.

“I would have liked to seen him jump a little better, but Alysha rode him back and rode him well and she is such a strong rider, the stable Racing Manager Orla Pearl said.

“You could tell when Alysha started to ride him on he picked up. Coming into the straight if he could do it.

“It was a terrific result.”

Kaapfever is the only runner from the three foals produced from the winning Kaapstad mare Kaapdiva before her death.

Kaapfever (image Ashlea Brennan Photos)

Stakes winners have been few and far between in the family of late. However, Kaapdiva descends from the Chatsworth II mare Precarious, the dam of one of the top-class fillies in New Zealand in the 1970s, Prepak (Pakistan II).

Kaapfever becomes the third black-type winner for the stakes-winning Zabeel stallion Sufficient who stood for six seasons in New Zealand before being sold to China in 2017.


Race Result - Inglis Australia Day Cup LR 2400m

Warwick Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 2:28.77
T: Joseph Pride J: A B Collett 54
7g Sufficient (NZ) x Kaapdiva (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ))
Parry Sound
T: Bjorn Baker J: J B Mc Donald 57.5
6g Pierro (AUS) x Aqua D'Amore (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Tyreel Stud Agnes Banks NSW
B: Domeland Pty Ltd
T: C J Waller J: Tommy Berry 54.5
6g Dansili (GB) x Could It Be (IRE) (Galileo (IRE))
Fun Fact
T: Bjorn Baker J: K Mc Evoy 54
6g The Factor (USA) x Fill The Page (AUS) (Dane Shadow (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Edinburgh Park Wingham NSW
B: Spendthrift Australia
T: Mark Newnham J: Rachel King 54
6g Maxios (GB) x Set Dreams (FR) (Galileo (IRE))
South Pacific
T: Richard Litt J: R Dolan 55
6g Galileo (IRE) x Tonnara (IRE) (Linamix (FR))
T: Matthew Smith J: Tom Sherry 59
7g Makfi (GB) x Tia Kia (IRE) (Montjeu (IRE))
T: G J Preston J: Reece Jones 54
7g So You Think (NZ) x Sun Song (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB))
Inglis 2019 DECEMBER Online Sale $1,750
V:Chris Waller Racing
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $320,000
V:Willow Park Stud Scone NSW
B: Chris Waller Racing
Navy Cross
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Tim Clark 54
5g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Watchful (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
Inglis January (Early) Online Sale $4,250
V:Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing
B: Darb Seveer Racing
Inglis September (Late) Online Sale $22,500
V:Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing
B: Adrian Bott
Inglis September (Early) Online Sale $20,000
V:Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing
B: T Dumbrell
Inglis September (Early) Online Sale $3,750
V:Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing
B: Elza
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $700,000
V:Aquis Farm Wonglepong Qld
B: Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott/Blue Sky (FBAA)
Not Negotiating
T: Peter W Stanley J: Ms A Stanley 54
6m Onemorenomore (AUS) x Empress Regnant (AUS) (Antonius Pius (USA))
Inglis 2020 JANUARY Online Sale $600
V:Abby Downs
Barellan Bandit
T: John W Ramsey J: G Buckley 54
5g Declaration Of War (USA) x Romance Writer (NZ) (One Cool Cat (USA))
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