Day At The Track

Christian Cullen daughter wins NZ Oaks

11:21 AM 16 May 2008 NZST
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Kiwi Ingenuity
Kiwi Ingenuity
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Kiwi Ingenuity unquestionably proved she was the best staying second season filly in the land when she responded magnificently to a bold and daring drive by trainer Robbie Holmes to run her rivals ragged in the Gr 1 $150,000 NZ Oaks (2600m, mobile) at Addington tonight Friday 16 May.

The feature raced named in honour of the late Wayne Francis, a co founder of Nevele R Stud, might have claimed the odd minor hard luck story but the harsh reality was that Kiwi Ingenuity was too rugged and reliable over the last lap.

The Southland Oaks winner earlier this season delivered in style for Holmes who set her alight three wide with 1300 metres to run and pressured pacemaker Badlands Jewel who was soon under pressure.

Kiwi Ingenuity ploughed on relentlessly and wore her rivals out to score by a length from surprise packet Angela’s Dream in a 1:59.3 mile rate for her 3:12.8 overall clocking.

The winner is raced by her breeders Dr Kim Lawson and Hamish Scott with Equine Investments.

“Hamish and Kim have put a lot into racing and thoroughly deserve this win,’’ enthused Holmes, who also paid a glowing and fitting tribute to his wife Carla and staff.

The personable Holmes said after Kiwi Ingenuity, an upstanding daughter of Christian Cullen, was a lovely filly to break in and educate.

Kiwi Ingenuity belongs to one of the toughest staying families in the Stud Book, belonging to Supreme Kiwi’s offshoot of the prolific Southland source of Harold’s Rest.

Supreme Kiwi descends from the limb established by the celebrated Dillon Hall producer Air Mail whose outstanding line was largely developed in Southland by Noel Drake, Hec and Allan Donaldson and Bill Coates.

Direct Kiwi was a rugged and dour stayer from the taproot that also produced iron horse Majestic Charger.

Another close branch produced Wellington Cup winner Rocky Tryax, Geelong Cup winner Kiwi Hanover and Cup Class pacer Adios Adieu.

Such was Kiwi Ingenuity’s superior staying prowess that if the race was run again 10 times, the odds of her winning the lot could not be discounted.

It was simply a case of too big, too strong and too powerful.

Fillies in her resourceful mould are indeed a rarity and she was trained to the minute and superbly conditioned for her biggest test to date.

Favourite Badlands Jewel, the second pacemaker, was under pressure and well out and dropped away.

Southland filly Natal Franco ran on genuinely for a creditable third behind gutsy runner up Angela’s Dream.

Don Wright

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