Captain Kirk comes in strong

20:39, Feb 04 2014
Captain Kirk
COMFORTABLE: Captain Kirk (Vanessa Johnston) wins in dashing style at Wingatui on Saturday.

Captain Kirk, who ran his rivals ragged in the open 1200m at Wingatui on Saturday, has remained there for the corresponding race at the Southland feature meeting on Saturday week.

Captain Kirk has been based at Wingatui with his Otaki trainer, Rachael Frost, who has returned home. She has left Captain Kirk, Miss Sing, Desert View and Right Royal Rose in the care of stablehand Te Baker.

''I will race them at Invercargill and then go to the Timaru meeting [February 20] and go from there,'' Frost said.

Miss Sing was a maiden winner at Ashburton last week.

Apprentice Doni Prastiyou has been booked to ride Captain Kirk at Ascot Park. He can claim 3kg.

The Wingatui apprentice rode Miss Sing in her win.


Vanessa Johnston, who rode Captain Kirk in his Wingatui win, had a prior booking for Australia.

He led throughout and won by five and three quarter lengths in 1.09.87, 0.47 outside the track record set by El Chico last year. Captain Kirk ran his 600m in 34.16, believed to be the fastest sectional recorded at Wingatui. He had won the corresponding race last year.

Include, winner of the Dunedin Guineas (1400m), has the Southland Guineas (1600m) as her next assignment.

''I would like to give her 2000m somewhere after that without blinkers as a lead up to the New Zealand Oaks,'' co-trainer Brian Anderton said.

He fitted Include with blinkers to motivate her for 1400m in the Dunedin Guineas and she will retain the gear for the Southland Guineas.

The Anderton-trained Quartet had her third barrier trial win at Wingatui yesterday morning over 800m in 49.53 on the course proper. Her stablemates, Norah (50.03), Cassandra's Dream (38.36 for 600m), Gallant Ruby (61.23 for 1000m) and Gallant Rose (1.16.21 for 1200m) won the other barrier trials.

The stable could be worth following at the Gore meeting today. They have Gallant Dan and Tullibardine, both placed at their last starts and Gallant Satin (fifth). Co-trainer Shane Anderton said Tug O'War had freshened since his unplaced run at Omakau early last month.

John and Karen Parsons, who won four races including the Dunedin Cup at the premier meeting last Saturday, switch their sights to the North Island this week. They have Arietta ( Wairarapa Breeders' Stakes) and Confused at Tauherenikau tomorrow.

Final Touch (Waikato Sprint), Dillinger and Locket are nominated at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Zeina, the 3-year-old filly who cleared maiden ranks at Motukarara on Monday, was bred by Sheik Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, of Dubai. She is raced by on lease by Dulcie McDonald, of Mosgiel.

''Zeina was one of three horses Stephen McKee was training for the Sheik. He offered them to us as more suitable for South Island racing,'' Tony said. '' Lyn in her wisdom took the three.''

The other two were Royalty, who has been placed three times for the Prendergasts and Hennessy Black, who had a breathing problem and did not make the grade.

The trio came south from Takanini in October.

''Zeina capped her hocks crossing on the ferry and that delayed her racing.''

She is by Murtajill, who won the Skyline Stakes as a 2-year-old at Randwick and placed at group one level.

Tony said he had taken a lot of satisfaction from the maiden win of McMay for the stable at Ashburton last week.

''I had about 20 unbroken 2-year-olds in a paddock to choose from at White Robe Lodge when I arranged the lease of McMay. I just liked her,'' he said.

The 4-year-old daughter of Yamanin Vital- McMammoth is raced by Val French, a Prebbleton deer farmer. McMammoth, a McGinty mare, won the 2002 Hororata Cup (2000m) at Riccarton. The Prendergasts have won 10 races this season.

The Southland Times