G3 Winner for Per Incanto

Media Release - Saturday October 26

Tenacious six-year-old Mauna Kea scored the biggest win of his career to date when his never-say-die attitude paved the way for a gritty victory in Saturday’s Group III Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham.

Mauna Kea - Race ImagesThe Per Incanto six-year-old, who goes by the nickname Boris around trainer Paul Moseley’s Hawera stable, has proven a model of consistency since breaking through for his first victory in May 2018. Since then he has added a further seven wins to the ledger, however a stakes victory had proved elusive until Saturday’s contest.

Moseley was adamant before the race that his charge was a serious winning chance as long as rider Dylan Turner allowed him to find his feet early in the contest. After jumping well from a midfield barrier Turner slid Mauna Kea forward to lope alongside pacemaker Dolcetto throughout before issuing his challenge shortly after entering the home straight.

Mauna Kea bounded to the front and with Turner urging him strongly in the final stages he held out a determined challenge from Jessiegee to score by a head at the post.

Moseley was thrilled with the victory after nothing had gone Mauna Kea’s way when contesting the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings at his last start.

“Things didn’t go to plan (at Hastings) but that happens in racing,” Moseley said.

“It suited him much better today.

“He comes back quick from his races but he does like them spaced out. It takes him about three or four days and then he blossoms.

“He won best presented today which is a feather in my wife’s cap.

“I wouldn’t mind a couple more like him, in fact the game would be a lot easier with a couple more like that.”

Mauna Kea is the first foal of City On A Hill mare City Class Rose and hails from an extended family that includes multiple stakes winners Vite Cheval and Nat The Brat while his granddam is Grand National Hurdle (4200m) winner, Raggamuffin Rose. – NZ Racing Desk

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Race Result - Gee & Hickton Thompson Hcp Gr3 1600m

Trentham Track: Heavy(11) Time: 1:45.20
1
Mauna Kea
T: P R Moseley J: D L Turner 55.5
6g Per Incanto (USA) x City Class Rose (NZ) (City On A Hill (USA))
2
0.1
Jessiegee
T: M P Breslin J: L J Allpress 53.5
6m Alamosa (NZ) x St Jessie (AUS) (Jetball (AUS))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $15,000
V:Wellfield Lodge
B: NZB as agent
3
0.4
Polly Grey
T: Ms K Fawcett J: R Kozaki 53
5m Azamour (IRE) x Allanah (NZ) (Zenno Rob Roy (JPN))
4
1.7
Dolcetto
T: Ms S Kay J: J Parkes 60
7g Per Incanto (USA) x Our Shiraz (NZ) (Nediym (IRE))
5
2.5
Platinum Invador
T: Ms L Latta J: R J Hannam 53
4g Redwood (GB) x Atomic Dancer (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $25,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Lisa Latta Racing
6
2.7
Guillada
T: B E Newman J: D G Bradley 53
4m Guillotine (NZ) x Adalia (NZ) (Lucky Unicorn (AUS))
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $30,000
V:Woburn Farm
B: Lisa Latta Racing
7
3.0
Irish Flame
T: J R Wheeler J: L T Hemi 53
5g Zed (NZ) x Fleur De L'orient (NZ) (Thunder Gulch (USA))
8
5.3
Secret Allure
T: Ms L Latta J: R J Myers 53
4m Zacinto (GB) x Secret Scent (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $36,000
V:Inglewood Stud
B: Lisa Latta Racing
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