(By John Jenkins)

Little known Hawke’s Bay-based thoroughbred stallion Playmaker was represented with his first winner when Rekohu Diva scored a three-quarter length victory over 1200m at Otaki last week.

Rekohu Diva is owned by her breeder Sarah Gregory-Hunt who races the five-year-old mare in partnership with her mother Diana Clough.

Gregory-Hunt stands Playmaker, a son of highly successful sire Pins, at her Rekohu Equestrian facility on the outskirts of Napier. The 12-year-old was unraced after being injured in a paddock accident and commenced stud duties in 2009.

He has covered a very limited number of mares and has only had two race starters to date, the other being Mystic Bay who has been unplaced in three starts.

“There hasn’t been much interest in him but there are some other progeny by him coming along,” Gregory-Hunt said.

“I have a three-year-old filly and a yearling gelding out of Rekohu Delight, who is a Colombia mare. And there are another couple of young horses owned locally by him.”

Besides being a son of multiple Group 1 winning sire Pins, Playmaker also boasts good bloodlines on his maternal side. He is out of the O’Reilly mare My Irish Rose, who won two races and has also left the nine race winner Tristan’s Choice.

Playmaker’s second dam is Sounds Exciting, a daughter of Sound Reason who was a winner at 1200m and was a full-sister to the Auckland Cup winner Senator.

Playmaker, who stands at a fee of just $1500 plus GST, served only two mares last season and both are in foal.