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Alcaldesa floored punters on Saturday when she shed her maiden tag with a boilover win in the Listed HS Dyke Wanganui Guineas.
The outsider of the field turned the form book upside down with her late lunge for victory at the expense of the local hope Perfect Harmonee and the favourite Lucky Edie.
|Alcaldesa Photo: Race Images Palmerston North|
The result continued the excellent Guineas run of Alcaldesa’s co-breeder, part-owner and trainer Tony Bambry.
“She’s a half-sister to Lord Turbo, who won the race two years ago, and it’s a race we’ve targeted,” he said. “It’s on our back doorstep.”
Bambry also produced another filly in Acquisto, a maiden at the time, to finish third at long odds in the feature 12 months ago.
Alcaldesa also credited both her rider Leah Hemi and the three-year-old’s Group One winning sire Nom Du Jeu with their first black type victories.
“Leah did a great job and the further this horse goes the better she will be – she’s an Oaks filly,” Bambry said.
Alcaldesa, who went to Wanganui off a runner-up finish at Woodville, settled in the last trio and was still giving the leaders a decent start 250 metres from home.
“She had every excuse to stop,” Hemi said. “We were wide throughout and we got a big check 700 metres from home, but she’s a tough little filly and there is some great racing ahead of her.”
Acaldesa hit the line strongly to beat Perfect Harmonee by half a head with Lucky Edie, who led 200 metres out, finishing third. – NZ Racing Desk.
The Bambry family affinity with the Wanganui Guineas continued on Saturday as their maiden filly Alcaldesa sprang a major upset to claim the Listed event.
Bred by Chrissy Bambry along with her parents Tony and Judith through their Mangatiti Trust, Alcaldesa followed in the footsteps of her older half-brother Lord Turbo who also made the Guineas his first stakes company triumph with a win in 2013.
|Alcaldesa with Chrissy Bambry photo: Race Images|
The pair have both outstripped their dam, Sitting On A Hill who finished fifth in her attempt at the early season classic back in 2006 while the Bambry trained Acquisto ran third in 2014 edition of the contest.
“It is a race we have targeted over the past few years and we have enjoyed some really great results,” explained Chrissy Bambry.
“It is only about three quarters of an hour up the road for us so we treat the race as being on our home turf and it’s always nice to do well at home.”
Success in the race has also set the Bambry owned broodmare Sitting On A Hill on a path to success that saw a Rip Van Winkle son of the City On A Hill mare sell for $220,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale Series at Karaka earlier this year.
“The family raced Sitting On A Hill who was a handy galloper with a record that probably didn’t do her justice as she only won the one race but she did run creditably in some of the good three-year-old events,” noted Bambry.
“We kept her as a broodmare and her first foal was Lord Turbo. He was a super galloper and was on-sold to Hong Kong after he had run fourth in the Wellington Guineas.
“Her next foal was Alcaldesa who is by Fairdale Stud stallion Nom Du Jeu. We were always keen to send her to him as he was a terrific horse and such a beautiful type.
“He is also a local and it was good to support him as he was just kicking off his stud career.”
The success of Lord Turbo on the track and his subsequent sale also paved the way for the Bambry’s to increase the potential commercial value of their mare through a mating with Rip Van Winkle.
“The opportunity was there to upgrade the mare so we took the chance with Rip Van Winkle who is another stallion we just loved. That gamble paid off with the result we got at Karaka this year so we’re hoping that can continue with the path we’ve taken since then.”
Subsequent to the Rip Van Winkle colt, Sitting On A Hill produced a filly by Waikato Stud stallion Ocean Park who will sell at Karaka in 2016. After missing to Rip Van Winkle last season the mare will visit another Waikato Stud product in Sacred Falls this year.
“With two stakes winners from the first two foals in the family it really is a dream come true,” said Bambry.
“Now we just have to see just how far Alcaldesa can go after such a wonderful start. We have always thought she would be best on a better track so there is a lot to look forward to over the next few months.
“Each year we dream about having an Oaks winner so you never know this could be the one!” – NZ Racing Desk