Member Login

JUICY ODDS FOR SALT BAY

Winning three of her last start five starts, Salt Bay (4 m Redwood – Marsh Harbour, by Volksraad) stepped up in no uncertain terms to win the $25,000 Cal Isuzu Rating 72 1200 metres on 14 April at Te Rapa.

After charging home to win a midweek Rating 65 1200 metres on 22 March at Avondale, Salt Bay made a successful transition to weekend racing in similar fashion.

Although drawn barrier one, jockey Jake Bayliss was content to let a fast pace unfold ahead of him and Salt Bay was a distant fifth on settling. Standing the leader seven lengths at the 600m and still sixth the 300m, she found another gear when sighting daylight inside the 200m and dashed home to win easily by one and three quarter lengths.

Shortening from an overnight quote of $12.00 fixed on the NZ TAB, Salt Bay gained plenty of admirers – worthy, given the manner of her last start performance and final 600m in 33.5 – to close at $7.10 & $2.30 on the tote.

On Dead4 footing, Salt Bay ran the 1200 metres in 1:10.9 and last 600m in 33.9.

“She’s got a real turn of foot and it was very nice,” Bayliss said. “Where she was travelling was where she was happy and I didn’t want to be running too fast and out of her comfort zone. If you’ve got a hold of her and have one run at them she’s got a very slick turn of foot. It’s why I waited even though I was back at the 600m.

“They went very hard early, so I came back a bit and let them go, waited until she came up underneath me. If you annoy her to keep up, she won’t finish off as well.”

Co-trainer Pam Gerard said: “Being a Redwood, she’s needed time but we’ve been patient. Very well related, obviously Swampland in Australia, she’s got it there and always been able to gallop.

“I’ve been a bit unlucky with barrier draws lately, so when she drew one I was pretty stoked. She just has to do no work. There seemed to be plenty of pace on paper and it always looked nicely made up for her.”

Although registering three wins over sprint trips, Salt Bay has the pedigree and racing manner to extend over more ground.

“We’ve mainly kept her to 1200 metres because of where she’s been physically, and it’s worked out well chasing the pace, but now she’s stronger a step to 1400 metres should suit and the tempo won’t be so sharp,” Gerard said.

A daughter of impressive winning race mare Marsh Harbour (Volksraad), Salt Bay was selected as a yearling by Paul Moroney and purchased for $25,000 at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Sale, from the draft of Westbury Stud, with the pedigree since receiving a boost through the deeds of her year older sister Swampland (Redwood).

Purchased a year beforehand for $82,500 by Victorian trainer Henry Dwyer, Swampland raced to four wins in short time before finishing second in the Let’s Elope Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m) at Flemington, and in doing so gave the family a decent lift.

Mike Moroney said: “I have seen Swampland racing at Flemington and this filly is the spitting image of her. She is the same colour and size to her winning sister, just a real likeness.”

It comes as no real surprise that their dam, Marsh Harbour, has been able to leave athletic progeny with a good turn of foot, as she displayed plenty of talent in winning three of her 10 starts and included a second in the Desert Gold Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m). Marsh Harbour is a three-quarter sister to Ginner Hart (Volksraad), a Group Three winner and Group One placed.

Salt Bay was strapped by Archie Hazlett.  
[14 Apr 19]

WEDNESDAY 21 AUG. AT TAUPO (New Zealand)

WEDNESDAY 21 AUG. AT TAUPO
[21 Aug 19] Two runners: Poppy O'Neill (Pins) and debut winner Petrachor (Redwood), pictured winning trial at Taupo  more...

COLORADO STATE TRIES THE SYNTHETIC SURFACE ON TUESDAY (Australia)

COLORADO STATE TRIES THE SYNTHETIC SURFACE ON TUESDAY
[20 Aug 19] Colorado State is our Tuesday runner when he races on the Synthetic track at Pakenham.  more...

GENT A REAL CHANCE ON SUNDAY (Australia)

GENT A REAL CHANCE ON SUNDAY
[18 Aug 19] One runner for us on Sunday with Real Gent travelling to Cranbourne.  more...
STAFF WANTED (NZ) [29 Oct 18]
RUBY A GEM (NZ) [25 Apr 18]
AVEC MOI WINS (NZ) [07 Mar 18]
BORN TO WIN (Aus) [28 Aug 17]
Girl Power! (NZ) [15 Sep 16]
100 Looms! (Aus) [21 Jul 16]
She's A Rose (Aus) [09 Jul 16]
Ararat Trio (Aus) [17 May 16]
Two Guineas! (Aus) [04 Mar 16]
Tulsa Resumes (Aus) [05 Feb 16]
Extra Smart! (Aus) [02 Sep 15]
Sandown Trio. (Aus) [01 Sep 15]
Rose Blooms! (Aus) [31 Aug 15]
Saturday Trio (Aus) [17 Jul 15]
Quiet Weekend (Aus) [25 Jun 15]
Sandown Trio (Aus) [03 Mar 15]
Garud At Best (Aus) [29 Dec 14]
Christmas Joy (Aus) [28 Dec 14]
Thursday Trio (Aus) [25 Nov 14]
RIP Araldo (Aus) [05 Nov 14]
Miz Flies! (Aus) [04 Aug 14]
Tasmanian Duo (Aus) [25 Feb 14]
Midweek Duo (Aus) [21 Jan 14]
Weekend Trio (Aus) [06 Dec 13]
Sale duo (Aus) [25 Sep 13]
On A Roll! (NZ) [17 Aug 13]
Te Rapa Duo (NZ) [15 Aug 13]
Confidence! (Aus) [26 Jul 13]
Lady Fires (Aus) [29 Mar 13]
Ararat Double (Aus) [12 Feb 13]
A Major win (Aus) [10 Nov 12]
Sale Saturday (Aus) [06 Sep 12]
A Magic start (Aus) [09 Apr 12]
Flashy flies! (Aus) [24 Mar 12]
Two for two! (Aus) [04 Nov 11]
What a week! (Aus) [03 Oct 11]
Born To Win! (Aus) [01 Oct 11]
Dashing Duke (Aus) [06 Jul 11]
She Rocks! (Aus) [18 Jun 11]
Busy weekend! (Aus) [03 Jun 11]
The Team (Aus) [09 Apr 11]
A Sale double (Aus) [28 Feb 11]
He's a Moral! (Aus) [18 Nov 10]
Oaks Day 2010 (Aus) [02 Nov 10]
A big weekend (Aus) [08 Jan 10]
Take That! (Aus) [02 Dec 09]