Well-related colt Move Faster claimed the final juvenile black-type event of the NZ season in the Listed Ryder Stakes at Otaki on Saturday.
Move Faster (2c Keeper – Justa Tad by Istidaad) found the line strongly for Pukekohe trainer Rudy Liefting who also bred the colt with wife Megan. They race him under their Kakapo Lodge banner along with stable client Ross Hirst.
“We were more hopeful than confident,” Megan Liefting said. “He was a maiden against 11 race winners but in the long run we’re working for our mare Justa Tad. She has a Perfectly Ready rising two-year-old and a Zabeel filly bred with Cambridge Stud for the Karaka sale next year.”
The Lieftings originally purchased Justa Tad (NZ) for $1,000 as a weanling and she went on to win the G1 New Zealand Oaks and G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas. She also performed with distinction in Australia with G1 placings in the Australian Oaks, G1 Ansett Australia Stakes and G1 Underwood Stakes.
Her first NZ bred foal Just Got Home (Storming Home) won twice for the Lieftings this season and her next was Tohunga (Zabeel) who was bred in partnership with Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan.
He was purchased out of Cambridge Stud’s 2010 Premier Sale draft at Karaka by leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse for $425,000 and, as Tohunga, has won twice and finished fourth in the G1 Queensland Derby.
A laid-back character, Move Faster (NZ) had improved with each of his three runs leading in to the Otaki feature. “He came back after the race and fell asleep,” Megan added. “Physically, he’s better on a wetter track at this stage so we will get him home and see how he does before deciding what to do next.”
Keeper will be represented by 2 lots at the NZB Winter Mixed Bloodstock Sale this Friday. The Cambridge Stud sire will also have 7 lots at the NZB South Island Sale of 2YOs and Mixed Bloodstock on August 10.