Marthinus Mienie

GLITTER STAR CONTINUES TO SPARKLE FOR LUCKY HOUDALAKIS

Glitter Star by MuhtafalGlitter Star (SAF) - 2010 KZN Yearling Sale
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

GLITTER STAR (SAF)
Muhtafal (USA) - Celestial Charm (SAF) by Freedom Land (USA)

Glitter Star (Muhtafal - Celestial Charm) notched up his second win Thursday at the Vaal under jockey Marthinus Mienie for trainer Lucky Houdalakis. The Backworth-bred 3-year-old gelding won handsomely by 2 lengths carrying top weight and takes his career record to 2 wins and 4 places from 6 starts. Congratulations to owner Mr ME Leaf.

Glitter Star’s dam, Celestial Charm, is a half sister to Roland’s Song; ARCSA Champion 2-year-old filly, Horse Of The Year, Champion 3-year-old and Champion Older Female.

Glitter Star is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale.

RUGBY 5 MR 76 HANDICAP
Vaal, Turf, 1400m
28 June 2012

Win Time : 82.53

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 GLITTER STAR 60.0 79 2 M Mienie Lucky Houdalakis
2 2.00 WAR FRONT 59.0 77 10 G Lerena Erico Verdonese
3 2.25 SAINT JOHN BOSCO 53.0 65 12 S Cele Paul Peter
4 2.50 BUGLE CALL 57.0 73 3 R Simons Paul Matchett
5 2.75 PRINCE IGOR 58.5 76 6 P Strydom Weiho Marwing
6 3.50 MO’ PEPPER 55.0 66 7 JP van der Merwe Brian Wiid
7 4.25 WINTER DESIRE 58.0 72 5 M Van Rensburg Stuart Pettigrew
8 4.30 SILLY MID-ON 53.5 66 11 C Maujean Louis Goosen
9 4.75 MILKWOOD MANOR 56.0 68 4 T Appie Scott Kenny
10 5.00 STAR FACTOR 60.0 79 1 C Little Paul Peter
11 5.10 MO DA DI DU 54.5 65 8 *J Greyling Kumaran Naidoo
12 6.50 FLAMING FORGE 52.0 60 13 L Nhlapo Brian Wiid
13 11.00 ENGLISH CLUB 55.0 66 9 D Yeo Terry Lowe


Late Scratchings    


14 0.00 VALERE 60.0 60.0 3 C Orffer Mike Azzie
15 0.00 TIGER ATTACK 57.5 57.5 4 n/a Geoff Woodruff
16 0.00 HELL ALLEY 57.0 57.0 11 F Herholdt St John Gray

RAISE THE BAR GOLDEN IN LISTED NKOSAZANA STAKES

Raise The Bar wins the Nkosazana StakesRaise The Bar wins the Nkosazana Stakes
(Photo : JC Photos)

RAISE THE BAR (SAF)
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)

The Paul Matchett-trained 4-year-old filly, Raise The Bar (SAF) (Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF)), had stepped onto the Vaal sand track nine times in her career prior to Tuesday; for 3 wins and 5 places.

Sitting on the rail at the back of the pack under the experienced Marthinus Mienie, Raise The Bar had it all to do coming into the final straight. With 300m to go, Ugly Betty (ARG) (Mutakddim (USA)) surged to the fore with Raise The Bar and Sapphire Ring (SAF) (Spectrum (IRE)) in hot pursuit. With 150m to go, it was all over as Raise The Bar surged clear to win going away by 2.5 lengths from Ugly Betty and Shattered Image (SAF) (Damage Is Done (SAF)).

Our congratulations go to owner Mr John Koumides as well as to trainer Paul Matchett and his team.

This win takes Raise The Bar’s career record to 6 wins and 9 places from 21 starts, with earnings of R479,125.

NKOSAZANA STAKES (Listed)
Vaal, Sand, 1450m
27 March 2012

Win Time : 91.13

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 58.5 93 1 M Mienie Paul Matchett
2 2.50 UGLY BETTY (ARG) 53.0 82 10 D David Roy Magner
3 3.75 SHATTERED IMAGE 52.0 86 9 T Appie Roy Magner
4 4.25 SKINNY DIP 52.0 78 11 F Herholdt Alec Laird
5 5.75 CHECK IT 53.0 82 6 S Khumalo Sean Miller
6 6.25 SAPPHIRE RING 54.0 84 5 R Fradd Dianne Stenger
7 8.75 XILOMANTE (BRZ) 57.5 91 8 P Strydom Paul Matchett
8 9.00 PHI 52.0 69 2 * N Juglall Kumaran Naidoo
9 9.50 SILENT ANGEL 52.0 72 4 J Soll John Vos
10 12.25 MEXICAN GLORY (ARG) 52.5 87 3 R Simons Paul Matchett
11 14.75 END OF SEASON 55.0 86 7 S Chambers St John Gray
12 21.00 SHUFFLES 58.0 92 12 S Brown St John Gray
13 30.00 LEGAL ACCOUNT 53.5 83 13 D Daniels Stephen Moffatt

Late Scratchings





14 0.00 MINA SALAAM 61.5 99 15 G Lerena Roy Magner
15 0.00 SILENT WINGS 52.0 79 13 Reserve Geoff Woodruff

RAISE THE BAR : 4-3-2-1 FOR PAUL MATCHETT

Raise The Bar by GoldkeeperRaise The Bar - KZN Yearling Sale 2009
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

RAISE THE BAR (SAF)
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)

Prior to her thrilling win yesterday at the Vaal, Raise The Bar, the Backworth-bred four-year-old daughter of Goldkeeper, had contested three successive Conditions Plates at the same track since a layoff and had placed in all of them; finishing fourth, third and second respectively.

In her first run back over the 1200m sand track, where she was drawn widest of all in an 11-strong field, never a good position in races over 1200m, 1450m and 1600m, she did well to finish five lengths behind Mina Salaam.

Her penultimate start was also over 1200m and she had to jump from stall No 9 - also not a great draw - and she finished three lengths in arrears of Follow The Piper.

Last Thursday she lined up in an event over 1000m in which Hidden Beauty looked a standout bet. That proved to be the case, but Raise The Bar did manage to finish a 3.75-length second.

This time around Raise The Bar drew No 3 over her best distance and carried 60.5kg.

Raise The Bar is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2009 KZN Yearling Sale.

J&B MET 28 JANUARY KENILWORTH RACECOURSE FM 90 DIVIDED HANDICAP (F&M)
Vaal, Sand, 1200m
19 January 2012

Win Time : 73:04

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 60.5 91 3 M Mienie Paul Matchett
2 0.25 SAPPHIRE RING 54.5 79 4 P Strydom Dianne Stenger
3 3.00 MINWA (AUS) 53.5 77 9 D Mansour Erico Verdonese
4 7.25 POPPINS 61.0 92 8 A Delpech Gavin van Zyl
5 10.25 MACLAINE 52.0 69 5 C Maujean Louis Goosen
6 10.30 HOWHIGHCANUFLY 52.5 75 2 JP van der Merwe Roy Magner
7 10.50 GODDESS ATHENA 52.5 82 7 L Nhlapo Lucky Houdalakis
8 13.25 PACIFIC DYNASTY 53.0 76 10 *N Juglall Wallace Tolmay
9 14.50 SMALL MIRACLE 53.0 83 1 ** J Greyling (+0.5) Dominic Zaki
10 15.75 ALOUETTE 54.0 78 6 E Pheiffer Lucky Houdalakis

ONE-TWO FOR RAISE THE BAR AND BLINGLE BELLS

Raise The Bar by GoldkeeperRAISE THE BAR
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

RAISE THE BAR
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up by Jallad (USA)

The Backworth-bred duo of Raise The Bar (Gold Keeper (USA) - Moving On Up) and Blingle Bells (Parade Leader (USA) - September Bells) did us proud in the third race at the Vaal yesterday when notching up a convincing one/two.

Congratulations to trainers Paul Matchett (Raise The Bar) and Leon Erasmus (Blingle Bells).

Raise The Bar is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2009 KZN Yearling Sale. 

 

 

MR 76 Handicap
For Fillies and Mares
Vaal, Sand, 1000m
Win Time : 59.33

Trainer : Paul Matchett
Jockey : Marthinus Mienie
Owner : Mr J Koumides
Breeder : Backworth Stud

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 60.5 82 5 M Mienie Paul Matchett
2 1.75 BLINGLE BELLS 63.5 83 4 * D Lee (4.0) Leon Erasmus
3 2.00 BELLA MIA 55.0 66 8 L Nhlapo Leon Erasmus
4 3.25 TIME ROLLS ON 53.5 68 11 G Figueroa Paul Matchett
5 3.50 WILD SWAN 58.0 72 10 A Marcus Charles Laird
6 4.00 DIXIE LASS 59.5 75 3 S Brown Leon Erasmus
7 6.50 REBECCA SHARP 60.5 77 2 G Lerena Brett Webber
8 8.00 MAKEMEFAMOUS 52.5 61 6 D Mansour Greg & Karen Anthony
9 8.25 JOLLY POPPINS 59.5 80 9 J Sampson Louis Goosen
10 9.50 LOOK FOR LIGHT 55.0 66 1 * N Qaule (4.0) Lucky Houdalakis
11 11.00 GOLD ESSENCE 52.0 56 7 S Khumalo Romeo Francis


Late Scratchings




12 0.00 STRIKE PRINCESS 57.5 71 8 R Simons Barend Botes