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Haunui Farm graduates had an outstanding day on day two of the Cup Week Carnival at Riccarton but it was the aptly named Carnival (NZ) (Showcasing) who took centre stage yesterday with an impressive victory in the Group Three Stewards Handicap (1200m) - her first attempt at black type.
Facing the starter for just the eighth time, Carnival made it win number four in her already impressive career, getting the better of multiple stakes winner Passing Shot (NZ) (Swiss Ace) in a ding-dong battle down the straight. The performance was such that trainers Kevin and Pam Hughes are now plotting a path to the Group One Telegraph with the lightly raced mare.
Bred by long-time Haunui clients and big racing supporters, Don and Dame Wendy Pye, in notching her first Group win, Carnival became the 20th stakes winner for her sire Showcasing (GB) (Oasis Dream) who since joining the Haunui roster in 2011, has secured the titles of Champion 2YO and First Season Sire and, Champion Second Season Sire with his oldest crop now five.
Fellow Haunui Farm graduates Laaffaire (NZ) (Iffraaj) and Nothing Trivial (NZ) (Elusive City) rounded out a strong showing for horses carrying the HF brand yesterday with the former running third in the Group Three Canterbury Breeders' Stakes (1400m) whilst Emma-Ann Evans' run of racetrack success continued as Nothing Trivial took out the following racing on the card whilst another of her runners on the day, Watch This Space (NZ) (Elusive City) was run down in the shadows of the post to finish fourth in the Group Two Couplands Bakeries Mile.
"It was a great day all round," said Haunui Farm's Managing Director, Mark Chitty. "Carnival is proving herself to be a very tough and handy sprinter and Don and Dame Wendy Pye put so much into racing, it's great to see their colours get up during one of our biggest weeks of racing in New Zealand," he said. "And for them to have bred and raced Showcasing's 20th stakes winner is fitting given they're such big supporters of Haunui and our stallions," says Mark.
"And Emma Evans' run has just continued with Nothing Trivial and Watch This Space putting in strong performances. Her racing team is flying and she's also got Deals In Heels who is heading toward the Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes," said Mark. "Emma breeds solely to race so for her to be having the run she is having is fantastic."