Another NZB Ready to Run SW
Media Release - Saturday October 20

A desperate finish to the Group III Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Rotorua was decided by the photo-finish camera in favour of underrated mare Volks Lightning.

Volks Lightning - Trish DunnellThe Graeme and Debbie Rogerson trained six-year-old claimed her fifth career win when she led all the way to defeat Indecision by the barest of margins in the Group Three feature. It was her first victory in stakes company although she does boast four black-type placings including a third in the Gr.1 Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie last season.

Rider Jake Bayliss, who had guided the mare to a comfortable trial win at Taupo earlier in the month, was full of smiles when asked to comment on the performance.

"She was really in a happy zone," he said.

"The plan wasn't to lead but she jumped away quick and put herself there. She gave a good kick on the corner and gave them something to chase but got a little bit tired in the last 50m.

"She was going in to this fresh so it was a gutsy win."

Co-trainer Debbie Rogerson, who prepares the mare with husband Graeme, was also taken with the effort.

"It was a really good win today," she said.

"The mare's going really well for Jake as he rode her at the trials and that was how he ended up on her today.

"This prep she is jumping the gates good and leading easily in a rhythm so that is how we will ride her.

"She got the result although it was a little nerve wracking towards the end."

Volks Lightning took her career record to five wins from 27 starts with just over $185,000 in stakes earnings. She is raced by the Vermair Volks Lightning Syndicate that is managed by former New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCallum, who purchased her for $60,000 out of the Windsor Park Stud draft at the 2014 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale.

The 2018 edition of the Sale will be held at Karaka on November 21 & 22. – NZ Racing Desk

More Reading...
Bold by Name and Bold by Nature - Bold Star
And maybe a Star by name and nature as well, the Gordon Richards trained 4Y0 so impressive recording a a tough and determined victory in Saturday's $140,000 Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington.
Hinchinbrook Sprinter wins G1 Centenary Sprint Cup Again!
The sad loss of Yarraman Park's  Hinchinbrook was highlighted yet again at Sha Tin on Sunday when his quality sprinter Beat the Clock claimed another major victory in the Group I Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m).
Sire Profitability at Magic Millions 2020
Magic Millions 2020 has been well covered but we always find it interesting to take a look at the sires that returned the most profit for their supporters in terms of multiple of fee and straight profit.
South African Sale-Topper Filly Destined for Australia
Top bloodstock agent Ric Wylie created history in Cape Town on Thursday night (16 January) when purchasing two fillies at the 2020 CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale, the first ever South African yearlings bought specifically to race in Australia.
Business as Usual for King of Karaka
With the 2020 edition of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale series set to kick off in a week’s time, the wins of class mare Avantage and promising filly Festivity at Trentham on Saturday put a smile a mile wide on the face of Te Akau Racing boss, David Ellis.
Pencarrow Racing Boasts Remarkable Roll of Honour
Pencarrow Stud has achieved international fame as a nursery of outstanding thoroughbred talent, but the blue and white hooped colours of Pencarrow’s racing team have also earned a stellar reputation.