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2020/2021/2022 Aust & NZ Jumps Season

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Winner of the maiden Chains of Honour for Maher/Eustace has Calvin McEvoy and Annabel Neasham in the ownership.
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Chains of Honour made a great debut in the maiden hurdle.  Regally bred being by Redoutes Choice out of Bart’s 2009 VRC Oaks winner Faint Perfume.

But if you thought that was impressive, what about the local debut of the French hurdler Stern Idol, wow!  Some big names in the ownership with Gerry Ryan (Jayco), Frank Sedgman (tennis great), Sam Kekovich (Nth Melb legend) & Deane Lester (RSN tipster).
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Originally posted by Shawy38 Shawy38 wrote:

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First jumps start for the season & wins handsomely Star
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Raise The Flag again.
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Disappointing to hear the situation regarding Bit of a Lad. Some of the smaller ownership wanted the horse retired but majority shareholders overruled them and kept the horse racing. He was out the back and never likely today. 

Surely the trainer has some courage to pull the pin? 

This can only end one way….
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A great days jumps racing action at Pakenham today.

That French horse Stern Idol is an interesting prospect.  Beating up on modest opposition at his 2 runs here in Australia winning by 27 lengths at the Bool and by 15 lens today.  The tear away tactics with him are certainly exciting to watch.

And what can you say about Saunter Boy, the ultimate professional winning the Drescher Hdl took his hurdle record to 9 wins from 12 starts Clap
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Some good news re Bit of A Lad

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From the Maher & Eustace stable:

A sad day for the team as we make the call to retire Big Blue. From Ballarat to The Bool to Cheltenham and back, he has been a pleasure to train. We will miss him so much around the stable, but an amazing career in the showjumping arena awaits - happy retirement Blizzle! 💙
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Champion jumps trainer Paul Nelson will be in Australia rather than Christchurch this weekend as he watches his star hurdler The Cossack take on Australia’s best.

Nelson won last season’s New Zealand jumps trainer title with 19 successes, including a startling eight prestige jumps races, but he won’t be represented on the first day of the Grand National carnival at Riccarton on Saturday.

Instead he’ll be at Sandown in Melbourne on Sunday for the A$300,000 Grand National Hurdle (4200m), where The Cossack takes on local champ Saunter Boy and a high-class field.

“We are very happy with him,” Nelson said.

“He’s bright and he’s wanting to do his work, and that’s all we wanted.”

Though Nelson’s former main rider Aaron Kuru is now based in Australia, he said he had no hesitation in giving The Cossack’s regular New Zealand rider Shaun Phelan the mount at Sandown.

“Shaun has stuck with us right through the season and he’s ridden everything that we asked him to ride,” Nelson said.

“I wanted him to have the chance, and I’m sure Aaron would see it that way as well, and Shaun’s ridden over there before as well.”

Nelson plans to fly over to Melbourne for the weekend, return on Monday, and then head back later in the month if The Cossack is able to compete in the Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) at Ballarat.

“He’s had the one race over fences in New Zealand but he’s got to have a school at Ballarat before he can race in the steeplechase,” Nelson said.

“It will all depend on how he comes through the race this weekend.”

Nelson said he wouldn’t be taking any horses to the Riccarton winter carnival because of the impact it can have on the horses for the rest of the jumps season.

“If the horses went to Riccarton, that would be them for the season. The track’s very wet, and it’s hard going and it looks like they’re going to get some more bad weather,” Nelson said.

“I was going to take Nedwin for the hurdles but he wasn’t quite right, and you’ve got to go down there 110 percent right.

“We’ve taken hurdlers down there and still returned for the Great Northern, like The Cossack did last year, but we haven’t done it for a steeplechaser. They seem buggered by the time they get back from there.”

With Nelson not going down, and given the fact that jumps racing in the South Island is now restricted to this Christchurch carnival, the nominations for the first day jumps races have been very light.

Nelson said it was extremely disappointing that jumps racing had all but come to a halt in the South Island, with none of the nominated runners hailing from the South Island.

He said a meeting held in Christchurch last year had some enthusiasm for jumps races to be staged at Riccarton on the same day that the Riccarton synthetic track was used for flat racing, but it wasn’t pursued.

“Those at the meeting thought it was a great idea, it would give South Island races a boost, it would make sense to have it at Riccarton so riders could get down there – it’s too difficult for riders to fly in and then drive down to other tracks,” he said.

“Everybody was very happy with the idea and it was in New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing’s hands, but they decided to do away with jumps racing in the South Island bar the National.

“I don’t believe the Canterbury Jockey Club can do without this weekend of racing, and without jumping being a huge part of it. As far as most people are concerned, it’s not the Winter Cup meeting, it’s the Grand National meeting.”

Nelson said the lack of tracks in the North Island wasn’t helping either, and the fact that Ellerslie, where jumps racing has ceased with the steeplechase hill sold, and Te Aroha, where the Great Northern jumps racing carnival was held last season, were being remodelled at the same time didn’t seem to make sense.

However, he said attendances at the jumps meetings that were taking place had been very encouraging.

“At the Wellington Steeplechase meeting three weeks ago there was a bloody good crowd. The stands were full and all the rooms were chocker,” he said.

“Hawke’s Bay, both days they’ve had, were huge. There were people around the parade ring before the first race. When do you get that in winter other than jumps racing?” 

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Big race day at Sandown today with 3 jumps races.

Crisp Steeplechase - Flying Agent

Was great in the Thackeray 2 starts back, then a nice tick over run on the flat last time.  Would be more confident if the track was heavy but feel he’s got the measure of his opposition today anyway.  

Novice Hurdle - Chains of Honour

This regally bred 6yo gelding was super impressive on debut at the Bool & is one that also had a nice tick over run on the flat last time.  

Grand National Hurdle - no bet : sit back & enjoy

Fascinating race, mooted as a match race between the locally trained star Saunter Boy vs the Kiwi champ The Cossack.  Can’t wait to see how they measure up against each other but the drier track probably favours the French import.  St Arnicca could be a sleeper - unfortunately scratchings mean no each way betting


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mate of mine has got a share in Mustang Harry in the Crisp, he's big odds, but off his last run at Pakenham, he will run well.
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Flying Agent home at $4.20.  Thumbs Up
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Flying Agent home at $4.20.  Thumbs Up
Thanks SC, was pleasantly surprised his price was that succulent so was a super result.  Just love this horse & the reason I love jumps racing generally is that you get to see horses compete year after year and get an emotional connection to the horses themselves.  This fellow is in that mould with his career going nowhere in NZ back in 2019, he joins Amy McDonald and has now won a jumps race every season from 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022. 

The feature GN Hurdle was a great spectacle, with the handsome grey import just managing to stave off St Arnicca.  I’m glad he did as after tipping St Arnicca as my sleeper, I would have cursed myself if he got up.  The 4200m was right on Saunter Boys distance limit and full credit to him - another horse who’s flat career was floundering before going jumping.

Two more jumping race days for the season - Coleraine next weekend & Ballarat on 28th Aug
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