GR1 AUCKLAND CUP
CHENILLE (NZ) 2011
6 M (Pentire - Charmed by O'Reilly)
Run over 3200m on March 16, 2017 at Ellerslie
Prizemoney: $482,000
Trainer: A W Pike
Jockey: L G Innes
Time: 03:22.9
Track Conditions: Dead(5)
Race Club: ARC
Winners Details
Sale: 2013 National Yearling Sale
Vendor: Longlands Stud
Purchase Price: $55,000
Sales Co: NZB
Then came: El Pistola, Jacksstar, Megablast, Five to Midnight, Fanatic, Gentil Tonton, Pentathlon, Perfect Start, Storming the Tower, Snow Secret, Mister Impatience, Marciano, King Kamada, Smedley, Nymph Monte
Race Images NZ
At Ellerslie in New Zealand yesterday, Rich Hill Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Pentire (Be My Guest-Gull Nook, by Mill Reef) added a black-type success when 5YO mare Chenille (Pentire-Charmed, by O'Reilly) scored by 0.75 length for trainer Tony Pike as favourite in the $500,000 Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, over 6YO mare El Pistola (El Hermano-Classic Shot, by Zabeel) & 4YO gelding Jacksstar (Zed-Star Guest, by Pentire). A NZ$55,000 purchase by Chris Waller from the draft of Longhands Stud at the 2013 NZB National Yearling Sales Series, Chenille improved her record to 9 wins (including the Listed Hawkes Bay Gold Cup) and 8 placings from 27 starts for NZ$548,375 earnings. Trainer Tony Pike said Chenille was now a chance of crossing the Tasman for the $2 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on 8 April. "She looked a good thing on the turn," said Pike, who prepared Rock Diva to win the Auckland Cup in 2015. "She probably got to the front too soon, but she's a very good staying mare." He added: "She's entered in the Sydney Cup, but whether we head that way or not we'll wait and see."