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Highborn Home – Te Akau 1st Four Season – Win 60

12 Jan 2022

Highborn Home – Te Akau 1st Four Season – Win 60


Poking through the inner, the navy blue Windsor Park colours aboard Highborn (4 m Savabeel – Tempo Manor, by General Nediym) led home a Te Akau first four in $12,000 JP Wills Bloodstock Maiden 1200 metres on 12 January at Matamata. She also delivered Te Akau’s 60th win for the season.


Achieving the first-four feat previously in prestigious races: Karaka Million 2YO and Group 1 NZ 1000 Guineas, Te Akau horses were four across the track, with margins a long head, short head, short head, separating Highborn, Rip Van Gogh (Rip Van Winkle), Dancarina (Sebring) and Asperitas (Shooting to Win).

It was deserved success for Highborn, after getting back from the outside gate (12) and running the fastest last 600m (34.1) for third in a Maiden 1215 metres on 28 December at Rotorua. She was aided by weight relief to 54.5kg and rated a top three chance.

Despite missing the start by four lengths, Highborn improved on the inner to fifth at the 600m and capitalised on the inside run as the leaders rolled off rounding the home turn.

It was another good ride by Te Akau apprentice Joe Kamaruddin, especially not panicking after beginning slowly, and he extended his tally to nine wins this year.

On Good3 footing, Highborn ran 1200 metres in 1:11.9, last 600m in 35.1, and shortened in the betting to pay $3.50 & $1.30 on NZ TAB tote.

“She was worked up before the start, which could have been the home track, and missed the kick but we were going to ride her back anyway,” Richards said.

“She travelled strongly from the 600m and Joe (Kamaruddin) just had to control her. She came back to the inside whereas had he gone around them, he probably would have been beaten.

“Being able to come inside runners in the straight, with (stable-mate) Asperitas hanging around the home turn, was probably the winning of the race. Plus his two-kilo claim is such a benefit.

“She deserved that and could be one of those mares that just needed time to mature. I think we’ve worked out that she’s a 1200-metre horse, better ridden off the pace, which was Danielle’s (Johnson) call two or three starts back, and let her get home.

“It’s great to get a winner for Nelson (Schick) and his friends in the ownership.”

In training for Nelson & Meagan Schick (Windsor Park Stud), Robin Peel-Walker and Mark & Celia Wyborn, Highborn is by six-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel) from a General Nediym mare that won four times to 1300 metres in Australia.  She was purchased by David Ellis CNZM from draft of Westbury Stud at 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale.

“Robin (Peel-Walker) won the Derby years ago with Silver Lad, who was by Silver Dream which we stood, and we’ve raced some horses together,” said Nelson Schick. “He was Champion Australasian 3YO, Silver Lad. His father bred a Wellington Cup winner and they’ve been racing horses for a long time.”

Race sponsor Jo Wills presented the prize, saying: “I’m more than happy to support my local club through sponsorship. Racing has been good to me and it’s nice to put something back.”

Highborn was strapped by Sumeet Pillay.


Photo credit – www.raceimages.co.nz

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