Nashville upstages Haunui Classic

NZB’s Ready to Run Sale celebrated another weekend of Group 1 success with Nashville beating a star line-up in the Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m) at Otaki.

Nashville is NZB Ready to Run Sale second Group 1 winner for this season with Sangster (Savabeel) winning the International Stakes just two weeks ago, also providing the Sale with its 12th Group 1 victory in the last five seasons.

Nashville (4g Darci Brahma – Royal Kiss by Royal Academy) has now won 6 of his 13 starts for over $315,000 and is the second Group 1 winner for his exciting young sire Darci Brahma.  The sire of eight stakes winners, Darci Brahma had a top weekend with his talented daughters Recite (G2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes) and Deliciano (St Leger Trial).

The Group 1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic boasted a small but highly talented field headed by Ocean Park (Thorn Park), Veyron (Thorn Park), Final Touch (Kashani) and Better Than Ever (French Deputy) but it was Nashville who upstaged them all to take the biggest win of his career.

Trained by Adrian Bull, Nashville came from last in the five horse field under jockey Kelly Myers, producing his customary turn of foot to power past his rivals to beat Veyron by half-a-length with Better Than Ever finishing third.

“We are thrilled with the result,” Bull said.  “For him to beat horses of that calibre at equal weights is a big achievement.  From here we may look to the G1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) but the horse is due for a break soon so we will give him a good spell and aim him at some Group 1 races in the spring.”

The four-year-old son of Darci Brahma had no luck in his last two starts, running into a wall of horses in the G1 Telegraph Handicap and losing several lengths in the G1 Thorndon Mile before finishing just three lengths from the winner Historian (Choisir).

Nashville was bred by Blyth Tait’s Chesterfields Ltd and is raced by Bull with his wife Robyn.  He was purchased by Beamish Bloodstock from Chesterfields Ltd at NZ Bloodstock’s 2010 Ready to Run Sale for $40,000.

Nashville is a half-brother to three winners with Melbourne galloper China Causeway (Giant’s Causeway) the best to date.  Second dam Hawajiss (Kris) won the G2 Goodwood Nassau Stakes and third dam Canadian Mill (Mill Reef) was runner-up in a G1 Newmarket Cheveley Park Stakes.