Trelawney Stud’s Taylor family joined forces with jockey Jake Bayliss for a dream day at Hastings this afternoon, scoring back-to-back stakes wins in the Listed Royston Hospital Hawke’s Bay Cup and the Listed NZB Finance Sprint.
“We’ve had an absolutely great day,” Cherry Taylor told www.theinformant.co.nz. “Two stakes wins in a row at Hastings, and we also bred Ocean Knight, who won very impressively on debut at Caulfield today, and we part-own Chequered Flag, who won a race worth A$100,000 at Morphettville. Four out of four! We’re delighted.”
The Chris Gibbs-trained Richie McHorse delivered the first leg of the double. Eight years after his dam Boundless won the Hawke’s Bay Cup, the Redoute’s Choice gelding stormed home from last to match his mother’s achievement in the time-honoured staying feature.
Bayliss timed his run to perfection, finishing over the top of the last-start Awapuni Gold Cup winner Our Abbadean and scoring by a long neck. Local hope Hunta Pence finished third.
“We bred Boundless and raced her, and we bred Richie and race him, so it’s very special for him to come out and win the same race his mum won,” Taylor said. “We’re so proud of him. He’s a real stable favourite.”
Previously trained by Graeme and Debbie Rogerson, Richie McHorse moved north to Ruakaka late last year. The change of scenery has done him the world of good, with three wins and three placings from eight starts this season for almost $100,000 in prize-money.
“Graeme and Debbie did a great job training him, but he had some trouble with his knees that got the better of him,” Taylor said. “We operated on his knees, and then Graeme felt he would be best suited to training on the sand.
“Chris Gibbs and Donna Logan were happy to take him, and he’s been a very happy horse since he moved up there. Chris loves him and never takes him to the track, he does all his work on the beach. It’s worked out really well.”
Thirty-five minutes later, a great day got even better. Bayliss adopted completely different tactics on the Tony Pike-trained Indecision, leading all the way and kicking clear in the straight to beat the fast-finishing Deals In Heels by two and a quarter lengths. Rikki Tikki Tavi, from the stable of the Cup winner Richie McHorse, ran on into third.
A half-sister to multiple Group One winner Viadana, the Per Incanto mare Indecision has had 14 starts for four wins, four placings and more than $60,000 in prize-money.
“That Listed win is really valuable for her,” Taylor said. “The Pikes have done a wonderful job with her, and she’s hard to get past over 1200 metres.”
Jake Bayliss brings Richie McHorse home from last to win the Hawke's Bay Cup.