Following last week’s treble of victories at Otaki, gavelhouse.com graduates at Riccarton Park on Thursday one-upped that total, winning four races in a row on the eight-race card.
Beginning gavelhouse.com’s run was the Pins filly Reputabelle who snatched victory in a photo-finish in the Karaka 2022 7-12 March Maiden over 1200m. Ridden by Tina Comignaghi for Pitman Racing, she was purchased through gavelhouse.com as a weanling in June 2019 for $14,000.
The buyer, Jim Bruford recalls being the winning bidder on her back then “I always keep an eye out for weanlings listed on gavelhouse.com and she really impressed me when I inspected her at Waikato Stud prior to the auction’s close.”
“Being out of an O’Reilly mare, I thought she was full of potential to make it to the races in time.”
The following race saw another win for the Comignaghi/Pitman combination with Postcode Envy saluting in the Peter & Helen Cordner 1200m Maiden. Having been posted on the rail jumping from barrier one, the Tavistock gelding found room to peal out at the turn for home and eventually proved too strong, beating home stablemate Copy That by a neck. He was purchased as a tried horse in November 2020 for $5,250.
Vino Bella was the next gavelhouse.com graduate to win, triumphing in the A & L Browne Bloodstock Rating 65 over 1200m. In another close finish, the Burgundy mare chased down another from the site in Medalza in the final bounds to claim victory with Terry Mosely in the saddle. The win was her first under trainer Richard Didham, having been purchased through gavelhouse.com in March last year for $600.
Rounding off gavelhouse.com’s quartet was the Terri Rae-trained gelding Harbourside, who shrugged of his rivals for a comfortable win in the Ford Contracting Rating 74 over 1400m. Ridden by Kylie Williams, the son of Harbour Watch jumped very positively to then settle in midfield, before letting down in the straight to win with relative ease despite a riderless horse running alongside him for much of the way. The victory was his second in the South Island, since being purchased from Tony Pike’s stable by Stevie Golding for $11,300 through gavelhouse.com’s 5th April 2021 sale.
An abundance of gavelhouse.com runners will be lining up to run today across the three meetings held in New Zealand. Most notably at Ellerslie’s big Karaka Million meeting, we have representation through graduates One More Time and Malt Time in the Gr.2 Westbury Classic (1400m), and excitingly, juveniles Time Ruler and Timeless will be hoping to fire in the Double Tree By Hilton Karaka Million 2yo (1200m).
Currently online are 40 thoroughbreds for sale with bidding set to close from 7pm on Monday.