First Stakes Win for Verry Elleegant Brother

Media Release - Saturday May 21

A powerful late surge that carried him to victory in the Listed James Bull Holdings Rangitikei Gold Cup (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday may have put a hold on an immediate jumping career for handy winter galloper Verry Flash.

The seven-year-old older brother of champion mare Verry Elleegant claimed his ninth victory for owners Nick Bishara and Don Goodwin, courtesy of a patient ride by apprentice Faye Lazet who claimed the biggest victory of her fledgling career with the win.

Faye Lazet guides Verry Flash to an impressive fresh-up win in the Listed James Bull Holdings Rangitikei Gold Cup (1600m) at Trentham Photo Credit: Race Images – Grant Matthew

Lazet didn’t panic when the Kevin Myers-trained runner made an awkward beginning that saw him back near last in the early running before being taken to the extreme outside of the track approaching the home bend.


Northern visitor Aromatic claimed the lead at the 200m and looked the winner, however Lazet had Verry Flash fully wound up at that point and his relentless finish carried him to a half-length victory with stablemate Kick On back in third.

Bishara, who prepared Verry Flash to win seven races before transferring him to the Myers stable with a jumping career in mind, managed to catch the race on television before heading off to feed up at his own stable and was thrilled to get the victory.

“Isn’t it amazing what can happen when you swap a mug trainer for a real good one,” he joked.

“He has always shown us the family ability, but last year we thought he may have met his mark so Don and I decided to see if Kevin might make a jumper out of him.

“He won first up on the flat for Kevin, who has been patient with him and he had had a trial and a jumpout before today so we thought he would be close to the mark, but maybe not a winner in that fashion.

“It was a lovely ride by the young girl and that black type is just a further bonus for his dam (Opulence) who Don owns and her daughter Black Lace who I own.

“I couldn’t get down there to see him race so watched it on TV before I headed out to the stable to feed up.

“It’s blowing a gale here and raining, but it doesn’t feel too bad after a win like that.”

Bishara isn’t sure where the horse will go next, preferring to let Myers do the planning for the horse, but he is keen for the legendary jumps trainer to help him achieve a boyhood dream.

“We don’t try and tell someone like Kevin what to do, so I’m not sure where the horse will go next,” he said.

“I do know there has been talk about having a crack at the Winter Cup (Gr.3, 1600m) at Riccarton in August.

“Kevin has mentioned the horse jumps pretty well and one dream I have always had is to take a horse to the Warrnambool carnival in Australia.

“If this guy can make it as a jumper, he could be the one to do that for me, which would be a real highlight and one I’m sure I’ll never forget.”

Verry Flash has now won nine of his 47 starts and over $219,000 in prizemoney. – NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - James Bull Rangitikei Gold Cup LR 1600m

Trentham Track: Heavy(10) Time: 1:41.23
Verry Flash
T: K T Myers J: F W Lazet 53
7g Zed (NZ) x Opulence (NZ) (Danroad (AUS))
T: M W Walker J: J Kamaruddin 53
5m Sacred Falls (NZ) x Vickezzchardonnay (NZ) (Don Eduardo (NZ))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $160,000
V:Milan Park
B: Mr DC Ellis
Kick On
T: K T Myers J: A Comignaghi 53
4g Per Incanto (USA) x Kick Back (NZ) (Bahhare (USA))
T: M E Cunneen J: D L Turner 54.5
6g O'Reilly (NZ) x Promenade (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Hong Kong Jockey Club
Mont Ventoux
T: R P Liefting J: M K Hudson 53
6g Nom Du Jeu (NZ) x Good Reason (NZ) (Lord Ballina (AUS))
No Loitering
T: I C Marks J: K R Hercock 53
9g No Excuse Needed (GB) x Scally Wag (NZ) (Danasinga (AUS))
T: S A Sharrock J: S O'Malley 60
6g No Excuse Needed (GB) x Often (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Mauna Kea
T: P R Moseley J: Rohan Mudhoo 53
8g Per Incanto (USA) x City Class Rose (NZ) (City On A Hill (USA))
T: S A Sharrock J: L J Allpress 53
5g Tavistock (NZ) x Miss Aurora (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Zee Falls
T: S B Marsh J: W F Pinn 53
4m Sacred Falls (NZ) x Zelitist (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $130,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Marsh Racing
T: C A Bambry J: C Dell 54
4g Swiss Ace (AUS) x Shanro (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Monza Circuito
T: S B Marsh J: C R Barnes 53
7m Showcasing (GB) x Monzahra (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
T: Peter Didham J: R J Hannam 53
5m Tavistock (NZ) x Cold Shoulder (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
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