Kennedy’s Cup Week Raid Continues with Breeders’ Crown

Media Release - Wednesday November 15

The Riccarton Park crowd is getting all too used to the masterful tactics of Warren Kennedy, and the premiership-leading hoop produced another black-type winning ride in guiding Fashion Shoot to victory in the Group 3 Windsor Park Stud Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (1400m).

Fashion Shoot winning the Gr.3 Windsor Park Stud Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton on Wednesday.  Photo: Race Images South

Kennedy arrived back in Christchurch on Wednesday fresh off a successful first day of the New Zealand Cup Carnival last Saturday, where he took out the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) with Crocetti and the Listed Metropolitan Handicap (2600m) with Nest Egg, and he didn’t take long in adding to his black-type haul.

Navigating an awkward draw of 13 aboard the Mark Walker and Sam Bergerson-trained Fashion Shoot, Kennedy took the patient approach in settling the mare at the tail of the field behind a hot tempo set by Goldie’s Chance.

Kennedy still had the full 16-horse field before him nearing the 400m where race favourite Watch Out looked ominous, but the six-year-old’s strong turn-of-foot shone in the closing stages where she burst into the clear, wearing down a game Live Drama to score by a neck.

Underrated mares Miss Layla and Hi Yo Sass Bomb stormed home late to round out the first four placings in the feature, each closing north of $38 with TAB bookmakers.

Co-trainer Bergerson was delighted to see the daughter of Savabeel collect the valuable stakes victory following third placings in the Breeders’ and the Gr.3 Concorde Handicap (1200m) last season.

“That was some ride, I was watching it during the running and I was thinking ‘she can’t win from there’, but fair play to him (Kennedy), he was patient,” he said.

“We sort of thought we had to ride her cold today and just come at them with one last run and she was electric. It was a massive effort.

“On the way down we were confident, she was a touch disappointing at Trentham but maybe we rode her a bit too handy and she was just exposed.

“She was probably unlucky not to have picked up a black-type race before today, she’s a lovely mare and lovely to deal with so it’s fantastic to finally get a result for the team.”

“It’s great to win a race sponsored by Windsor Park. They are great supporters of the industry and of us as a stable as well so a huge result.”

Kennedy was pleased to have executed his carefully planned ride aboard the Te Akau mare and see it pay off.

“It was always the plan to come up neutral because she’s not the best breather so I had to get her breathing as soon as possible, they went fast and I was happy to be at the back,” he said.

“She travelled in a good rhythm, she was breathing lovely and midway through the race she started to kick up at me really nicely.

“Going the 1400m I was able to wait a little bit longer, get her into that good rhythm and she was building throughout the race, and when I showed her clear air at the 250m she really kicked smartly.

“I’m very happy to be out here again and riding another feature winner is fantastic.”

Fashion Shoot was purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis out of Waikato Stud’s Book 1 draft at the 2019 National Yearling Sales, and the mare has now earned over $250,000 in prizemoney.

NZ News Desk


Race Result - Windsor Park Canterbury Breeders' Stakes Gr3 1400m

Riccarton Park Track: Good(3) Time: 1:21.90
Fashion Shoot
- 6m Savabeel (AUS) x High Fashion (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: Mark Walker & Sam Bergerson Rdr: W B Kennedy 55
NZB Karaka Book 1 $320,000
Seller: Waikato Stud Ltd
Buyer: Mr DC Ellis
Live Drama
- 7m Ghibellines (AUS) x Sheeza Drama (AUS) (Pure Theatre (AUS))
Tnr: L M Robinson Rdr: K Chowdhoory 56
NZB South Island Sale $8,500
Seller: White Robe Lodge
Buyer: The No. 8 Syndicate
Miss Layla
- 4m Burgundy (NZ) x La Etoile (NZ) (Thorn Park (AUS))
Tnr: S Kennedy & A Furlong Rdr: W F Pinn 55
NZB Karaka Book 2 $20,000
Seller: Kiltannon Stables Ltd
Buyer: Robert Dennis Racing
Hi Yo Sass Bomb
- 5m Complacent (AUS) x Hi Yo Soo (NZ) (Spartacus (IRE))
Tnr: Kim Reid Rdr: C J Grylls 55
- 4m Churchill (IRE) x Fond Du Coeur (IRE) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: A W Pike Rdr: V A Colgan 55
Watch Out
- 5m Highly Recommended (AUS) x Arietta (NZ) (Falkirk (NZ))
Tnr: J & K Parsons & V Ramhit Rdr: A Comignaghi 55
- 5m Niagara (AUS) x Pink Zone (NZ) (Electronic Zone (USA))
Tnr: Jamie Bullard Rdr: Ms K Williams 55
- 6m Proisir (AUS) x Vania (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
Tnr: L M Robinson Rdr: K Asano 55
Petty's Legacy
- 6m Sweynesse (AUS) x Petty Lane (NZ) (Danroad (AUS))
Tnr: S Kennedy & A Furlong Rdr: S L Wynne 55
Goldie's Chance
- 4m Iffraaj (GB) x Genealogy (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Tnr: L R Beckett Rdr: S R Weatherley 55
Divine Sava
- 5m Savabeel (AUS) x Divine Shiva (NZ) (No Excuse Needed (GB))
Tnr: S B Marsh Rdr: S C Spratt 55
- 6m Per Incanto (USA) x Miss Rhythmic (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: Ms L Latta Rdr: M J Mc Nab 58
- 6m Niagara (AUS) x Elusive Tracy (NZ) (Elusive City (USA))
Tnr: L M Robinson Rdr: C R Barnes 55
Dazzling Miss
- 5m Proisir (AUS) x Dazzling (NZ) (Star Way (GB))
Tnr: Ms T Rae Rdr: L J Allpress 55
Midnight Jane
- 7m Zoffany (IRE) x Midnight Van Damme (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy (USA))
Tnr: P D Harris Rdr: M K Hudson 55
Go Lotte
- 5m Telperion (AUS) x Ashima (NZ) (Red Giant (USA))
Tnr: Kelvin Tyler Rdr: Joe Doyle 55
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