El Bulli to Contest Gr. 1 NZ Oaks
21 Jan 2005Smart three-year-old filly El Bulli will line up on Saturday 22nd January 2005 in the prestigious Group I Smokefree New Zealand Oaks, raced over 2400m for three-year-old fillies. Last year’s running was taken out by Wharite Princess (by His Royal Highness) and Pencarrow Stud bred and owned filly Filante Etoile (Soviet Star ex Georgiana by Nassipour) stormed home late to finish in second position.
El Bulli has followed the same path to the Group I filly’s classic as last year’s winner Wharite Princess, by winning her last start the Tararua Roading 3YO Stayers 2000m at the Woodville – Pahiatua Racing Clubs meeting on Saturday 8th January 2005, a race which carries a clause stating that the first filly home in the field (provided it runs in the first three positions) will be guaranteed a position in the Group I Oaks field.
Drawn favourably in barrier six in a field of twenty three horses (with five emergencies), El Bulli will be ridden by inform Central districts jockey Hayden Tinsley, who tasted success in the Group I ARC Railway Handicap on New Years Day at Ellerslie racecourse, Auckland. El Bulli is trained at Matamata by last season’s Champion trainer Mark Walker.
El Bulli (by Zabeel ex Grace and Power by Brief Truce) is a close relation to 1998 & 1999 Australian Horse of the Year Might and Power (by Zabeel). El Bulli is the first foal to race for imported Irish mare Grace and Power who will be represented by a Centaine colt (lot 437) at the 2005 Karaka Premier Yearling Sale which commences on 31st January 2004.
Another point of interest for the family will be El Bulli’s two-year-old brother Abbey Drive (also by Zabeel) making his raceday debut at the Avondale Jockey Club’s meeting also on Saturday 22nd January 2005.
Abbey Drive who was purchased by his trainers Colin Jillings and Richard Yuill at the 2004 Karaka Premier Sale for $300,000 will line up in race one on the card at 12.35pm, the Wattyl Paint 2YO over 1200m.
Abbey Drive has drawn barrier eleven in a field of eleven horses and will carry 55kgs. Abbey Drive is the winner of his most recent trial at Counties on the 29th October 2004 where he ran the 800m trip in 47.0 seconds on an easy track. On that occasion he was ridden by Lee Rutherford.
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The 79th National Yearling Sale Series commences with the Premier Session at 11am Monday 31st January 2005 and concludes with the Festival Sale on Monday 7th February 2005. For further sales information and catalogues please contact New Zealand Bloodstock, telephone: +64 9 298 0055 or email: email@example.com.