Day At The Track

Exciting Kiwi pacer joins Brisbane stable

07:07 AM 22 Nov 2016 NZDT
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Pulp Fiction jogs home in the Riverton Cup
Pulp Fiction jogs home in the Riverton Cup
Bruce Stewart Photo

A Brisbane harness racing syndicate has been formed to purchase exciting New Zealand pacer Pulp Fiction for a hefty six-figure sum.

The syndicate, constructed by leading trainer Chantal Turpin features several of her best clients and now they’ve joined forces to race the Art Major – Joys Underworld stallion.

Turpin prepares a strong team at Patrick Estate, west of Brisbane with her husband Pete McMullen, one of the state’s best drivers.

Amongst the ownership group is Ross Patrick, Dave Murray, Denis Golinski, John Manzelmann and Jake and Karen Turpin.

The deal was negotiated through respected south island bloodstock agent Geoff Gibson-Smith.

Pulp Fiction will arrive at the end of the week and be set for the upcoming Queensland summer carnival open class features including the Gr.2 $50,000 Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park on December 17.

“It’s very exciting to have a horse of this quality join our stables and we’re really looking forward to the challenge, the summer open features are the obvious early target although we haven’t confirmed what races we will hit or miss with him.” Turpin said.

Previously prepared by Riversdale horseman Tony Stratford, the five-year-old raced during Cup week at Addington where he finished 6th behind brilliant mare Dream About Me before finishing 7th behind Chase The Dream in record time.

Pulp Fiction has put together a very tidy ‘CV’ which includes 12 wins and 8 minor placings from 33 starts to date while amassing more than $100,000 in stakes.

His biggest win to date came via the 2014 Riverton Cup.

“He profiles really well and he’s proven he can compete with some very good horses, I think his speed will be his biggest asset when racing here in Australia. The opportunity to buy this horse came about quickly and we didn’t hesitate to grab him, he arrives on a very good mark for a horse of this quality.

“It’s great that we got the support from the owners, that’s the most important part of setting up a stable and we’re always looking to expand. Having a horse like this in the stable and performing, well hopefully that will build our profile a little more.

“Obviously we’ll be keen to have him competing in some of the better races both here and south of the border, in fact, we plan on having a good quality team of horses in Sydney at Menangle early in the New Year.”

The young couple prepare exciting four-year-old Mattgregor, a winner of 7 from 11 to date.

by Chris Barsby

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