Larry lands Foundation Stakes

Larry’s Never Late started his 2010 with a G3 result in the Launceston Cup and he farewelled the year with a G3 victory in the MRC Foundation Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.

Pinecliff Racing’s Jonathon Munz purchased Larry’s Never Late for $77,500 from Te Parae Stud at the 2007 NZ Bloodstock Karaka Sale.  The gelding is by Rich Hill Stud sire Pentire out of the Zabeel mare Laebeel who was runner-up to Sky Heights in the 1999 Caulfield Cup.  

Larry’s Never Late was racing for the first time since finishing fifth in the G2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm in June.  He has a tremendous first-up record winning four from five when resuming from a spell.

“We might send him to Dubai,” trainer Jim Conlan said.  “He’s a good traveller and there are some nice races for him up there on turf.”

The Sandown feature was a $75,000 consolation for connections.  They won the G2 AAMI Vase with Rekindled Interest at Moonee Valley last month but the Redoute’s Choice colt was a beaten favourite in the G1 Victoria Derby.

Conlan will set Larry’s Never Late for the Sydney autumn carnival if the Dubai trip falls through.  Another Pentire galloper embarking on an autumn campaign is Rangirangdoo.  The Chris Waller trained gelding hasn’t been seen since winning the 2010 AJC Doncaster Mile but he will return to work this week after an injury-enforced lay-off.

Pentire was also represented by a highly-promising winner at home on Saturday when The Terminator scored at Tauranga.  The Roger James trained four-year-old is unbeaten in two runs this time in following a first-up victory over 1600 metres at Pukekohe on October 27.

The Terminator (4g Pentire – Tipper Too by Trempolino) was bred and sold by Rich Hill for $82,500 at the 2009 NZ Bloodstock Select yearling sale at Karaka.  His American-bred dam has left four winners in Japan and one in the United States.  She boasts a truly international pedigree and included in the family is G1 Hong Kong Chairman’s Sprint Prize winner Dim Sum.