Local Wins G3 Waikato Cup

Media Release - Saturday December 14

Local galloper Justamaiz left no excuses for his rivals as he led all the way to capture the day’s feature staying contest at Te Rapa, the Group III SKY CITY Hamilton Waikato Cup (2400m).

Justamaiz - image Trish DunnellThe free-going Guillotine five-year-old was rated perfectly by rider Sam Spratt who judged her ride to perfection on the David Greene-trained runner who had adopted similar tactics at his last start when successful over the same 2400m distance at Pukekohe.

Spratt took control of the contest as she jumped Justamaiz away nicely from an outside barrier to dispute the early lead with Masetto before taking over in front with 2000m to run.

Allowed to dictate the terms, Spratt had her foot off and on the accelerator throughout and it was obvious at the 600m mark that Justamaiz was going to be hard to catch.

Masetto, who had enjoyed the trail throughout, got the closest but was still two lengths in arrears at the winning post with New Plymouth visitor Dezella finishing off strongly to take third.

Greene, who had made a pledge to his father that they would win the Cup this year after Justamaiz had finished second twelve months earlier in a minor race on the card, cut a relieved figure after the race.

“Once he gets into autopilot like that, he just strings furlongs together, “Greene said.

“That is what Sam does so well and with a bit of a kick on the way home, he’s a pretty good stayer, I think.

“He’s going great and keeps improving and we think he can get two miles as well, so hopefully he can keep kicking on from here.”

Greene will now set his sights on the Gr.3 SKYCITY City Of Auckland (2400m) Cup at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day although he does hold some reservations about the event.

“We’ll go to the City Of Auckland Cup but we seem to go terribly every time we go to Ellerslie,” he said.

“We’ll try again and then we’ll either go to the Wellington Cup (Gr.3, 3200m) or have a freshen up before the Herbie Dyke Stakes (Gr.1, 2000m) and then the Auckland Cup (Gr.1, 3200m).

Bred by the Greene family under their Greene Thoroughbreds Ltd. banner, Justamaiz has now won six of his 21 starts for the family who race him in conjunction with Jack & Sue Thorburn and Quentin Maisey. – NZ Racing Desk

 

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Race Result - Sky City Hamilton Waikato Cup Gr3 2400m

Te Rapa Track: Good(3) Time: 2:27.12
1
Justamaiz
T: D G Greene J: S C Spratt 54
5g Guillotine (NZ) x Arthena (NZ) (Desert Sun (GB))
2
2.5
Masetto
T: M Moroney & P Gerard J: C E Lammas 53.5
4g Cape Blanco (IRE) x Passchendaele (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
3
4.8
Dezella
T: R J Patterson J: C J Grylls 53
5m Zed (NZ) x Kasella (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ))
4
5.6
Vin De Dance
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: J K Riddell 59
5g Roc De Cambes (NZ) x Explosive Dancer (NZ) (San Luis (AUS))
5
7.6
Lady Shabeel
T: I B Kennedy J: T D Thornton 53
6m Howbaddouwantit (USA) x No Tolerance (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
6
8.4
Gorbachev
T: B E Newman J: D G Bradley 56.5
6g Gorky Park (NZ) x Gimmeawink (AUS) (Carnegie (IRE))
7
8.5
All Roads
T: T W Cole J: M T Coleman 54.5
8g Road To Rock (AUS) x Dancing Daze (NZ) (Dance Floor (USA))
8
8.7
Excalibur
T: S F Ritchie J: S R Weatherley 54.5
6g Tavistock (NZ) x Strabelle (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
9
10.4
Katie Perrie
T: J C Collett J: B R Jones 53.5
5m Rock 'n' Pop (AUS) x French Lion (AUS) (Lion Heart (USA))
10
10.6
Strolling Vagabond
T: S B Marsh J: D S Johnson 54
7m Darci Brahma (NZ) x Bella Rosalia (GB) (Singspiel (IRE))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $65,000
V:Little Avondale Stud
B: John Foote Bloodstock
11
12.1
Blue Breeze
T: A J Morley J: C Dell 58
6g Bullbars (AUS) x Peony Rose (NZ) (St Reims (NZ))
12
24.7
In A Twinkling
T: J W Richards J: T N Harris 59
4g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Moment In Time (AUS) (Archway (IRE))
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