Aussie link with All Blacks in England

Trainer Jeremy Gask could be forgiven for an identity crisis when Beauden Barrett won at Lingfield on Saturday.

Gask left Australia in 2007 after a Top 5 finish in Adelaide and is now based at Danebury Racing Stables in Hampshire.  He trains under ‘Horses First Racing’ and races Beauden Barrett in partnership with Sarah O’Connell.

The Dick Turpin 3yo is named after a rising rugby star from the NZ All Blacks.  “Nice to see Beauden Barrett win at Lingfield for Sarah,” Gask said after the second-up win.  “Not easy for an Aussie cheering him home though!”

dick-turpin-riccoche-coltAfter being backed into a $2.40 favourite, the gelding made headway to lead at the furlong and was shaken up to score by two lengths in the Betway Maiden (1200m).  “I was hoping to have him out much earlier,” Gask explained.  “He was held up on a couple of occasions but nothing serious.  I expect him to be looking for a more ground later on.”

Beauden Barrett (pictured as a foal) was knocked down for 140,000 euros (AUD 197,560) at the 2015 Arqana 2YO Sale at Saint-Cloud.  “He’s smashing,” agent Peter Doyle said.  “We bought Dick Turpin as a yearling and this one is the closest horse we’ve seen to his father.”

His dam Riccoche (Oasis Dream) is from the immediate family of French Group 3 winners Animatrice (Prix de Malleret) and Sadler’s Flag (Prix de Royaumont).  There’s an Aussie connection further back in the pedigree through LR Wyong Cup winner Bondi Iceberg.

Dick Turpin (Ire) shuttles to Mungrup Stud for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee.