Canterbury Industry Forum - Tuesday 13th October 2015
September 28, 2015
Prodigal Seelster CSBA Summer of Speed Series
December 5, 2014
2015 NZSBA Cup Eve Function
November 25, 2015
Two Golden Girls Crowned
June 30, 2014
The first of the Golden Girls Finals (C0–C1 Pace Southland/Otago and C2–C4 Pace Greater Canterbury) were held this weekend in Dunedin and Rangiora.
First to be crowned 2014 Golden Girl was Shya, a seven-year-old mare by Grinfromeartoear out of Victoria Globe. Shya has taken a bit of time to come of age – this being her first season. It seems that giving her some time to mature has done the trick; she has won three of her first four starts, all at Forbury Park.
Shya, who was bred by Leo Enright and Graham Cooney, finished a lacklustre tenth in the fourth heat of the Golden Girls but warmed up to win convincingly in the final by one and one-quarter lengths in a time of 1.58.5 (the fastest of that series).
Further north, the impressive Candy Styx won the Greater Canterbury C2–C4 Pace. A previous Golden Girl, winner of the 2013 C0–C2 Final, Candy Styx won Heat 3 of the series and was again too good in the final.
Candy Styx, a five-year-old mare, was bred by Neil Rich and is by Christian Cullen out of Armbro Moonlight. This win saw her post her fastest time (1.57.9 mile rate) giving her the Black Type needed for the broodmare paddock.
She has now won seven races from 22 starts and $43,356 in prize money.
NZSBA spoke to Candy Styx’s trainer Steve Dolan. She is now off for a well earned spell and will be raced again next season, aiming her once again at mares’ races. She will also, more than likely, head to the broodmare paddock next season, hopefully after a few more wins under her belt.