graduate gallops to victory at Ashburton

LONGFORD ACTION 4624 graduate Longford rewarded his connections with a win at Ashburton on Thursday where in a notable accomplishment all seven races on the card were won by female jockeys.

It was Longford’s third start for his new owners having been bought for just $1,800 from Westbury Stud on

Longford was second favourite come post time and in the straight, he found a gap and ran on well, quickly joining the leaders before finishing a length and three quarters clear.

Purchaser and co-owner Ben Appelby was thrilled with the stylish performance “It was really good ride from Sam Collet, coming out of the turn they found a gap and he ran on impressively,”

“I’m excited to see what he does over further as I think he wants more ground, 1800 – 2000 metres would probably suit him better.”

Another successful graduate for Appelby, $3,200 buy Jumeirah from The Oaks Stud, has come back into work this week.

Having won two races and just shy of $30,000 since heading south to the Les and Richard Didham stable, Appelby reported on their plans with her “Jumeirah has returned to the stable this week and seems to likes the deeper tracks so we will aim for something in May with her.” The Oaks Stud have one Lot in the current sale, Lot 28, Theladyrocks who is a NZB Insurance Pearl Series Bonus eligible filly by Roc de Cambes offered unreserved as a racing and breeding proposition.

Another notable result at Ashburton for the current New Zealand catalogue was Rideitlikeyoustoleit’s win in race one. The Alamosa mare is a half to triple Group One winner Gingernuts and therefore also Lot 11 in the sale, the yearling Jakkalberry filly. Their dam Double Elle had produced four to race and all have won with Rideitlikeyoustoleit adding a fifth win to her record with her victory over the mile.

There is plenty of value to be had in the current New Zealand catalogue which will close from 7pm NZ-time on Monday 19 March. It features some appealing unreserved broodmare packages from the likes of Windsor Park and Waikato Stud among other leading farms and breeders in New Zealand with covering sires including Dalghar, Darci Brahma, El Roca, Jimmy Choux, Mongolian Khan, Ocean Park, Rageese, Reliable Man, Rock ‘N’ Pop, Super Easy, Sweynesse, Swiss Ace, Vanbrugh and Zacinto.

Entries for the next Australia auction are due on Monday at 7pm. Register online at to list or bid or contact the New Zealand team on +64 9 296 4436 or the Aussie team on +61 3 9614 4882.


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