Christian Cullen mare looks ready to rumble

10:10 AM 30 Jan 2010 NZDT
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Kiwi Ingenuity
Kiwi Ingenuity
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Christian Cullen mare Kiwi Ingenuity (1.52.1) looked forward and ready for her next harness racing assignment when she hit out well at the Rangiora Workouts today (Saturday). The four win and faster mobile event (2000) was won by Bailey's Dream who keeps improving for trainer Brendan Hill and looks close to a resumption.

A head away in third was the Robert Dunn trained Muscle Beach who raced handy throughout, with a further half head to Kiwi Ingenuity who rattled home from the rear for Robbie Holmes. Lauraella continued her preparation for the big mares races with a solid hitout finishing a 1/2 length back in fourth.

The overall time for the workout was 2.30.7 with the leaders running a sharp 55.7 last 800 and 27.2 final 400, making Kiwi Ingenuity's effort to make ground on the leaders, a highlight of the trial. She was privately timed in 54.9 for the final 800. The Robbie Holmes trained winner of more than $500,000 in stakes, is likely to step out next in the Summer Cup at Addington next Saturday, followed by the Group one Breeders Stakes less than a week later, a race she won last year.

Co-Owner Hamish Scott was his usual jovial self following his pride and joys leg stretch at Rangiora today, and seems more than happy to bypass this year's Interdoms in Sydney. "Robbie has put together a program including the Auckland Cup (March 12) and the Ladyship Mile in Manangle. Going to Harold Park was never an option, it's just a little too tight for her," he said.

The amazing mare has proven that Kiwis can indeed fly, and providing some exciting moments for Scott, his partner Kim Lawson along with Abbey Smith. "She has given us some huge thrills. The Southland Oaks was special for sentimental reasons, there was the Jewels and just to get an invite to the Miracle Mile was a big buzz in itself. The atmosphere there was very like our Jewels day," according to Scott.

The heavily involved harness racing nut has some 37 horses on the books with a band of broodmares totaling eleven. "We only managed to get seven in foal this year. We went to Christian Cullen, Gotta Go Cullen, Gotta Go Collect, Elsu and Artsplace. So hopefully we will get something out of that," he smiled. Scott and Lawson are genuine believers in dabbling in most things harness racing, and are offering two at this years Premier Yearling Sales.

A colt by Christian Cullen out of race winning Troublemaker mare Trouble In The Ranks, from the family of Stampede. And an Armbro Operative filly from Whythelongface, who has already produced a good winner in Whythehellnot (1.51.6f, 8 wins). To balance the ledger the pair may consider a purchase or two of their own. "We have bought from the sales before and have a three year old half sister (Elsu) to Bettor's Strike. Given the way he is going it could make a nice addition to the broodmare paddock."

Kiwi Ingenuity has been "tentatively" booked to Art Major in the case of her racing career being cut short. In the meantime the party will continue on deep into next season.

Steve DOLAN

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