Final Touch prepares to cross Tasman

The South Island’s favourite mare Final Touch (NZ) has added another Group 1 to her winning record in the Telegraph Hcp at Trentham.

Shouldering equal top-weight of 58kg, the North Canterbury mare accounted for the country’s leading short-course performers with a blazing time of 1.08.53s for 1200 metres on Saturday.

Final Touch (5m Kashani – My Lydia by Umatilla) had also taught the best metric milers a lesson in the G1 Captain Cook Stakes last month.  “She’s a wonderful horse and one in a million,” owner-breeder Karen Parsons said.  “She’s an angel to have around and is just ultra-competitive.”

The Telegraph improved her record to 15 wins in 37 starts and she has also struck at Listed level in the Canterbury Breeders Stakes, NZB Air Freight Stakes, Otago Eclipse Stakes and Timaru Cup.  As jockey Chris Johnson brought the mare back to scale, Parsons revealed there’s a trans-Tasman campaign in the pipeline following Chris Waller’s approach to prepare her for the Sydney autumn carnival.

Final Touch surged home to down the fast-finishing Xanadu (Elusive City) and the favourite Burgundy (Redoute’s Choice) at Trentham.  “It’s great to be on a horse like this and she’s stepped up and done everything that has been asked of her,” Johnson said.  “She’s really honest and has got a few gears.”

Her sire Kashani (Danzig) stood at Highview Stud until pensioned in 2011.  There were over 250 winners at a very respectable 66% strike-rate at the time of his retirement.

Final Touch is the final live foal of My Lydia, an Australian bred mare who is from a half-sister to LR Seymour Cup winner Shistad (Kaapstad).  The NZ Stud Book reports she ceased breeding in 2008.