Former Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Showcasing brought his tally of stakes winners to 35 yesterday following the successes of Rainbow Dash in the Listed Waikato Equine Vet Centre Two-year-old (1100m) at Te Rapa and All About Magic in the Listed Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton.
All About Magic was the most impressive of the two winning by 2-1/2 lengths, while Rainbow Dash also scored comfortably by half a length.
All About Magic was recording her third win from only five starts, with her two other starts resulting in a second and a fifth. She is trained on the Riccarton track by the father and son combination of Michael and Matthew Pitman and part-owned by Michael’s wife Dianne.
“She is a very smart horse,” an excited Dianne Pitman said.
“As Michael has said before, she comes from one of the good families and they are all the lovely dark fillies like her,” Pitman said.
“She has everything going for her.”
Bred and raced by Twizel’s Stephanie Rathgen, All About Magic is the third living foal of Montjeu mare, Rosecroft who is the daughter of talented performer Soltanto and hails from the extended family of Group One winners, Soliloquy, Solveig, Culminate, Captivate and Savaria.
Rathgen purchased Rosecroft in foal to Showcasing for $7,000 at the 2016 National Broodmare Sale with All About Magic the resulting progeny.
Consistent filly Rainbow Dash added further valuable black-type to her outstanding two-year-old campaign with a gritty victory at Te Rapa.
The Jenna Mahoney-trained filly has only finished further back than second on one occasion in her six starts to date and that was when running sixth on an unsuitable heavy track in the Group 1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie in March.
Narrowly beaten in the Group 2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) back in February the filly claimed her first victory at stakes level when she out-finished race favourite Whiskey Neat and pacemaker Ramazzotti, despite racing three-wide for most of the journey.
Mahoney, who also part-owns the filly with Michaela Murray’s Murray Bloodstock operation and Geoff Wolfe, was thrilled to see her pocket rocket knuckle down and take out the race.
“She tried really hard today, which was good to see for a little filly, as they were a lot bigger than her those horses in the race,” Mahoney said.
“I think the big weight last time (when running second) cost her and now she has gone back to a filly’s weight it was easier for her.
“She definitely has a lot of positives about her as she tries really hard, although she is only small, so that is a good sign.”
Rainbow Dash will now head to the spelling paddock before Mahoney gets her ready for a crack at some of the early-season spring three-year-old features.
Showcasing, a son of Oasis Dream, also produced another New Zealand winner yesterday when Morweka bolted in by 7-1/2 lengths in a Rating 82 race over 1200m at Riccarton. The stallion is standing his ninth season at Whitsbury Manor Stud in the UK at a career high fee of £55,000.