Group 1 Success For Stravinsky

8 Apr 2007

Captivate has provided Karaka owner-breeder Richard Moore with a second memorable win in the New Zealand Bloodstock Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha.

Moore had enjoyed his first win in the country's number one feature fillies and mares' race back in 1980 with Monody.

Moore and a strong network of family and friends were at Te Aroha on Saturday to witness the outstanding win by Culminate at long odds in the Group 1 $150,000 event.

Moore and his family have bred horses from Captivate's family for more than 40 years.

Captivate's seventh dam Garbadine was one of the Moore family's foundation broodmares and was the granddam of Soliloquy, the great granddam of Captivate.

Moore said Captivate's dam Cappie fractured a bone in her back as a two-year-old and as a result was lucky to survive. She was unraced as a result of that injury.

Cappie has an O'Reilly colt at foot and is currently in foal to Black Minnaloushe.

Moore was worried the same thing may have happened to Captivate after she pulled a muscle in her back as a two-year-old.

Captivate is trained at Ardmore by Stephen McKee who has always held her in high regard. She has now won 7 of her 14 starts to date

McKee said he had not originally planned a start at Te Aroha for Captivate but the impressive nature of her win at Pukekohe a week earlier had convinced him to start the Stravinsky mare in the event.

Moore and his father, Dick, have been racing horses from the McKee stable for more than 30 years with a huge amount of success.

Captivate's win capped a huge day for Richard Moore at Te Aroha as earlier in the day he had the thrill of another success with Culminate who is now being set for the $80,000 Windsor Park Breeders Stakes at Te Rapa later this month.

Culminate is from the same family as Captivate.