New Stakes-Winner for Cup Hero Shocking
Media Release - Wednesday November 13

Melbourne Cup hero Shocking has been enjoying success this spring with his classy stayer Surprise Baby, who was fifth in the Melbourne Cup, the Rich Hill Stud based sire also producing a new Group III winner in New Zealand on Wednesday.

Ticket To Ride has booked her fare to the broodmare paddock after taking out the Group III Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton .

It was the first black-type victory for the daughter of Shocking who has been in fine form since joining trainer Andrew Carston’s Riccarton stable at the beginning of spring.

The eighth stakes-winner for Shocking, Ticket To Ride has won three of her seven starts for the Canterbury trainer and she looked every bit a winner as she jumped away from the gates on Wednesday.

Ticket to Ride in black and red grabs the win - Race Images SouthShe began like a rocket out of barrier two to take an early lead for jockey Kylie Williams before handing up to Terry Moseley on Shirley Maude.

Ticket To Ride regained the lead at the top of the straight and held out a brave Belle Fascino to win by half-a-head, with a further neck back to Kiwi Ida in third.

“She anticipated the jump pretty well,” Williams said. “She’s not the quickest horse, but if you put the pressure on she will give you everything she has got. It was a good run from her.”

Formerly trained by Keith and Gavin Opie at Te Aroha, Carston said it was a master stroke by her connections to send her south after she had struggled to find form over winter.

“She is a great mare and tough as old boots,” he said. “It was a good decision by (owners) Peter Setchell and Margaret Christian to send her down and this is a fantastic result.

“Keith sent her down in great order and he has been in touch with Peter Setchell the whole way through.

“I’ll be honest, I have probably been a bit soft on her and they keep telling me to keep racing her because she is looking a bit pretty. They were right and she is a great mare.”

Carston was also pleased for jockey Kylie Williams with whom he has developed a great association.

“We have been friends for 15 or so years,” he said. “That’s a Group Three and a Listed race for us both this year. It’s great to have her in the team.” – NZ Racing Desk

Valachi Downs C'bury Breeders Gr3 1400m
Riccarton Park Track: Dead(5) Time: 1:22.70
Ticket To Ride
T: Andrew Carston J: Ms K Williams 55
7m Shocking (AUS) x Classy Bawn (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Belle Fascino
T: S B Marsh J: S L Wynne 55
6m Per Incanto (USA) x Playing For Keeps (NZ) (Keeper (AUS))
Kiwi Ida
T: J & K Parsons J: C W Johnson 56
5m Squamosa (AUS) x Empress Ida (AUS) (Blevic (AUS))
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale $4,000
V:Ponderosa Park, Nathalia
B: J & K Parsons
Monza Circuito
T: M P McCann J: Rohan Mudhoo 55
5m Showcasing (GB) x Monzahra (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
T: Ms J Millar J: R J Myers 55
6m Nadeem (AUS) x Tinkermia (NZ) (Johar (USA))
Emily Margaret
T: K & P Hughes J: R J Hannam 56
4m Pins (AUS) x Seven Schillings (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $55,000
V:Trelawney Stud Ltd
B: Mr RJ Finlay
Livin' On A Prayer
T: W P Hillis J: R Kozaki 55
6m Redwood (GB) x It's My Sin (AUS) (Success Express (USA))
Meara Mary
T: M & M Pitman J: S R Weatherley 55
4m Echoes Of Heaven (AUS) x Divine Proportion (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
T: M P Breslin J: L J Allpress 55
6m Per Incanto (USA) x Lottery (NZ) (Carnegie (IRE))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $60,000
V:E. L. Holmes
B: Mr MP Breslin
Feelin The Love
T: T & L Prendergast J: A Comignaghi 55
9m Savabeel (AUS) x Miss High Heels (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
NZB National Weanling Sale $1,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: New Zealand Bloodstock Ltd
T: A W Pike J: R T Elliot 55
6m Darci Brahma (NZ) x Bound To Impress (NZ) (Galileo (IRE))
T: N Wigley & K Milnes J: M J Mc Nab 55
7m Alamosa (NZ) x Castellina (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $85,000
V:Wellfield Lodge
B: Mr GC Beemsterboer
T: B & S Anderton J: C A Campbell 55
6m Stravinsky (USA) x Obey (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Lake Chalice
T: S Kennedy & A Furlong J: M Cameron 55
5m No Excuse Needed (GB) x La Madelina (USA) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
The Sparkle
T: R C Dennis J: S T Collett 55
5m Darci Brahma (NZ) x The Dazzler (NZ) (Centaine (AUS))
Shirley Maude
T: Ms L Vaughan J: T R Moseley 55
6m Fully Fledged (NZ) x Set The Tempo (NZ) (Pins (AUS))