Next Up has followed in the footsteps of seven siblings, clearing maiden status with a victory at Avondale this afternoon.
The five-year-old gelding won the 1360-metre Waterview Maiden by a nose, registering his first career victory at his fifth attempt.
Like so many of his predecessors, Next Up is trained, co-bred and part-owned by Shelley Hale and was ridden by Grant Cooksley.
Next Up is by Shinko King out of one of New Zealand’s most remarkable broodmares, Regelle.
The daughter of Exploding Prospect has had eight foals to race, all of them winners.
Her first foal, Son Of A King (Kingdom Bay), won two races.
Thumbs Up (Shinko King) won eight races including the Gr. 2 Hong Kong Jockey Club Cup, the Hong Kong Classic Mile, Premier Plate and Sha Tin Trophy. He placed in the Gr. 1 Hong Kong Vase and QEII Cup.
Two Up (Shinko King) and Straight Up (Handsome Ransom) won four races between them.
Sum Up (Shinko King) won six times and placed in the Gr. 2 Waikato Gold Cup and Gr. 3 Rotorua Cup.
Close Up (Shinko King) has won 10 races to date, headed by the Gr. 1 Tarzino Trophy at Hastings last spring. He has also placed in the Gr. 1 Windsor Park Plate and Gr. 2 Foxbridge Plate.
His year-younger brother Seventh Up (Shinko King) has won eight races including the Gr. 2 Easter Stakes at Ellerslie.
Regelle produced a Tavistock filly in 2015, and the late mare’s final foal was a Burgundy colt born in 2016.