Wellington cup Winner for Shocking
Media Release - Saturday January 18

Underrated stayer Soleseifei completed a fairytale result for the Lupton family when she carried the colours worn by the legendary Kiwi to victory in the Group III NZ Campus Of Innovation & Sport Wellington Cup (3200m) at Trentham, thirty-seven years after the Snow Lupton-trained Waverley wonder scored in the event.

Soleseifei - Race ImagesPrepared at Waverley by Snow Lupton’s grand-daughter Jamie-Lee, the seven-year-old Shocking mare was having just her second run since November when a minor injury saw her miss a start in the Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton.

Lupton fitted her charge for Saturday’s famous Trentham two-miler with an encouraging performance for third in the Listed Marton Cup (2200m) a fortnight ago, although she was mostly overlooked by punters as she started a $19 chance in the contest.

Any thoughts of receiving an easy run in the race were dashed early on when rider Trudy Thornton found herself trapped three-wide leaving the straight for the first time with the mare forced to cover extra ground throughout the race.

Thornton made her move approaching the home corner and sent Soleseifei to the lead upon straightening. Soleseifei kicked clear before being hotly challenged by Toms and The Good Fight over the final 200m.

In a blanket finish Thornton threw Soleseifei over the line half a head in front of The Good Fight with Toms just a further head away in third.

Thornton was quick to pay tribute to the grit of her mount.

“She was entitled (to get tired) as I didn’t get a great run and she was stuck out,” she said.

“She was very brave.

“I was hoping to be forward but I couldn’t get there. It wasn’t until we were going down the back that I go a drag up from Sam Spratt (Justamaiz) in the three-wide train.

Soleseifei is the tenth SW for Melbourne Cup winning sire Shocking “Turning for home she was travelling super although it’s a long straight to lead in, but she’s tough.”

The publicity shy Lupton was swamped by her extended family and a large bunch of well-wishers in the Trentham birdcage as she struggled to take in what she had just achieved.

“It’s pretty thrilling after Snowy did it with Kiwi and it’s just lovely for the mare to do it too,” she said.

“She had a trouble- free run because nothing was falling back on her as she has had that the whole way through.

“She is a bit of a cripple and I spend a fair bit of time with her but she never goes a bad race and she tries really hard.”

The tenth stakes-winner for Shocking, Soleseifei, was a $26,000 purchase from the Rich Hill Stud draft at the 2014 Select Yearling Sale at Karaka, and has now won five of her 29 career starts.

Rich Hill will offer a half-sister by first season sire Vadamos during the Book 2 session at the National Yearling Sale at Karaka that kicks off on January 26 as Lot 1100. – NZ Racing Desk

Wellington Cup Gr3 3200m
Trentham Track: Dead(4) Time: 3:20.03
T: J Lupton J: T D Thornton 53
7m Shocking (AUS) x Evaline (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $26,000
V:Rich Hill Stud
B: Ridge Slagter Trust
The Good Fight
T: S F Ritchie J: S R Weatherley 54
5g High Chaparral (IRE) x Pravda (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Rich Hill Stud
B: Mr SF Ritchie
T: D & E Haworth J: C J Grylls 55.5
6g Towkay (AUS) x Steel Stilettos (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $12,000
V:Brighthill Farm
B: Mr DR Haworth
Cead Mile Failte
T: J Benner & H Wynyard J: L J Allpress 53
5m Tavistock (NZ) x Shamrox (NZ) (Pyrus (USA))
Dragon Storm
T: C Gibbs & M Bradley J: M T Coleman 53
5g Shocking (AUS) x Prize Lady (NZ) (Prized (USA))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $150,000
V:Mana Park
B: Kylin Horse Group (NZ)
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $55,000
V:Wentwood Grange
B: Rider Horse NZ
Kamanda Lincoln
T: Ms L Latta J: D G Bradley 53
6g Savabeel (AUS) x Our Careyes (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $360,000
V:Diamond Lodge
B: Lisa Latta Racing Stables
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Phoenix Park
B: Diamond Lodge/Riversley Park
T: S F Ritchie J: S T Collett 54.5
6g Tavistock (NZ) x Strabelle (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $150,000
V:Riversley Park Ltd
B: Mr PJ Mitchell
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $22,000
V:Kilgravin Lodge
B: Ben Foote Racing Stables
King Of The Dance
T: T Charles & P Corbett J: M Hashizume 53
5g Animal Kingdom (USA) x Spirited Dancer (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
MM National Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Wexford Stables
T: H W Mathews J: J Parkes 58
10g Dubai Destination (USA) x Magic Star (AUS) (Danzero (AUS))
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $20,000
V:Leanach Lodge Ltd
B: Mr PE & Mrs N Izett
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: M Cameron 53.5
6m Mastercraftsman (IRE) x Maidjeu (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
T: R J Patterson J: R J Myers 53
5m Zed (NZ) x Kasella (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ))
Nitro Ted
T: P D Pascoe J: R Kozaki 53
9g Citi Habit (NZ) x Tiana (NZ) (Lord Ballina (AUS))
Dee And Gee
T: T Charles & P Corbett J: L T Hemi 59
6m Darci Brahma (NZ) x Gabana (NZ) (Jungle Pocket (JPN))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $16,000
V:The Oaks Stud
B: Mr SF Ritchie
T: D G Greene J: S C Spratt 57.5
5g Guillotine (NZ) x Arthena (NZ) (Desert Sun (GB))
T: B E Newman J: R T Elliot 59
6g Gorky Park (NZ) x Gimmeawink (AUS) (Carnegie (IRE))
T: S & M Smith J: D S Johnson 53.5
7m Showcasing (GB) x Ivy Rose (NZ) (Don Eduardo (NZ))
Johnny Lincoln
T: Ms L Latta J: R J Hannam 53
7g Savabeel (AUS) x Samantha Jane (NZ) (Danasinga (AUS))