Happy Hitter Hits the Line First
Media Release - Friday January 11

Te Aroha-based trainer Peter Lock celebrated his gavelhouse purchase Happy Hitter breaking maiden ranks at Matamata Racing's meeting yesterday.

Happy HitterTaking advantage of an inside draw in the Brooks Racing 1200m, the daughter of Swiss Ace was ridden forward by jockey Michael Coleman to get the run of the race. Coming out of the corner and into the straight Happy Hitter took advantage of an opening off the rail to run on and win by a length and a half.

Bought online in May from vendors Westbury Stud for $1,700 the five-year-old mare has now had three starts for the stable to return $7,000 and looks capable of providing further returns.

"We are very, very happy with her and she came home and licked her bowl clean," Lock said.

"Michael was very happy with her and we will continue to step her up slowly and see how she goes."

"Before we decide her next start we will look to see how she is at the end of the week but there could be a nice Rating 65 race for her at Trentham over 2200m at the end of the month."

Happy Hitter is among 25 horses Lock has in training at Royal Oak Lodge.

"We have a few nice ones coming through and in particular there are a couple of colts we are really excited about."

Happy Hitter is out of the winning Royal Academy mare I'mhighlydelighted who has produced five other winners with this the family of one of Swiss Ace's best performers in Swissta.

Currently online is the latest gavelhouse.com Australia auction featuring seven unreserved Lots with bidding set to close from 7pm AEDT Monday.

Off the back of 100% clearance in the last gavelhouse.com New Zealand auction, entries are due for the next one at 7pm on Monday 14 January. Contact Haylie@gavelhouse.comor Laura@gavelhouse.comfor more information on using gavelhouse.com or call +64 9 296 4436.

Swiss Ace in upcoming sales:
Brooks Racing Mdn 1200m
Matamata Track: Good(3) Time: 1:11.92
Happy Hitter
T: P W Lock J: M T Coleman 56.5
5m Swiss Ace (AUS) x I'mhighlydelighted (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
Waiwetu Lass
T: A W Pike J: M J McNab 56.5
4m Bernardini (USA) x Teresa (GB) (Darshaan (GB))
Conquering Kelly
T: S T Wenn J: Jake Bayliss 56.5
4m Any Suggestion (AUS) x Conquering Beauty (NZ) (I Conquer (NZ))
T: J C Pender J: S C Spratt 56.5
4m Super Easy (NZ) x Brisayus (NZ) (Falkirk (NZ))
Henley Road
T: Ms L M Laing J: S T Collett 56.5
5m Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x Raadisi (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $45,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
Golden Age
T: J W Richards J: O P Bosson 57
3g Savabeel (AUS) x La Belle Epoque (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $350,000
V:Lyndhurst Farm
B: Mr DC Ellis
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: Lyndhurst Farm
Regal Assassin
T: J C Pender J: D J Danis 53.5
4m Guillotine (NZ) x So Regal (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE))
Mr Incredibull
T: C J Wood J: S M McKay 58.5
4g Encosta De Lago (AUS) x Mis Excitabull (USA) (Holy Bull (USA))
Misha's Star
T: M G Forbes J: R T Elliot 54
3f Echoes Of Heaven (AUS) x Nellie (NZ) (Natural (NZ))
Mangaroa Diva
T: G Thomas and M Gillies J: L H Satherley 56.5
4m Thewayyouare (USA) x Never Cent (NZ) (Centaine (AUS))
Sly Baljo
T: A A Meikle J: T I Miles 54.5
4g El Hermano (NZ) x Sly Di (NZ) (Diamond Express (NZ))