Records tumble at Ascot Park
Four track records fell at Ascot Park on Saturday.
Raksdeal produced her class again when breaking two records in the Mark Jones Racing Stables Pace. She ran 2:41 (2200m mobile), a mile rate of 1:57.7, to lower the open and 3-year-old fillies' marks. Both records were previously held by Gaylee's Delight who posted 2:41.1 in the 2012 Southland Oaks. The Group II feature, to be held at Ascot Park on Sunday, is next for Raksdeal, owned by Brendan Fahy and trained and driven by Clark Barron, of Rakauhauka.
Joanne's A Delight trimmed 0.9sec off Western Dream's 2-year-old fillies' mark (2005) by clocking 2:4.4 (1700m mobile) in the Caduceus Club of Southland Classic.
Christchurch trainer Nigel McGrath prepares the daughter of Bettor's Delight for Florida owners Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks. She cost $52,000 at last year's yearling sale in Christchurch.
''They picked the pedigree and I picked the type,'' McGrath said.
''If she comes through this OK, I'll back her up in a Sires' Stakes Heat at Addington on Friday. She's a lovely filly, very relaxed.''
McGrath is to marry Alex Fauth in Christchurch on Saturday.
Cyclone Kiwi's time of 2:41.4 in the Autumn Futurity (2200m mobile) took 0.2 sec off the 3-year-old colts and geldings' track record. Oscar Wild set the previous record at the corresponding meeting in 2003.
The Cyclone Kiwi Syndicate bought Cyclone Kiwi for $20,000 at the 2012 Christchurch yearling sale. Syndicate member Hamish Scott, of Christchurch, and the gelding's Leithfield Beach trainer-driver, Robbie Holmes, became interested in Cyclone Kiwi at a pre-sale parade at Shard Farm, Myross Bush.
Vendors Alan and Sarah Donaldson, of Myross Bush, arranged for Cyclone Kiwi to join the Shard Farm parade.
Scott, wife Kim Lawson and Holmes won 11 races with Cyclone Kiwi's close relation, Kiwi Ingenuity, including the 2008 Southland Oaks.
Cyclone Kiwi's dam, Another Kiwi, is the granddam of Kiwi Ingenuity, who holds the New Zealand fillies and mares' mile record of 1:52.1.
Ten shares involving 15 people make up the Cyclone Kiwi Syndicate, managed by Phil Gourdie, of Christchurch.
- The Southland Times