Richard Reigns For Baynes


Richard Reigns For Baynes

Bruce Stewart

Richard The Third became part of a purple patch of form being experienced by owner Kenny Baynes and Baynes Racing Limited.

His win today at Roxburgh was the third for Kenny and his sister in-law Penny in as many days and two races later Mach Three three year old Stratofortress also won for the pair. Both are trained at Ryal Bush by Brett Gray.

Richard The Third was widely tipped to win today after running a gallant second to tearaway pace maker Time In A Bottle at Gore last month.

The giant trotter drew barrier one today and had to be on his best behaviour as two false starts were declared prior to the race finally getting underway.

“He’s just matured. The false starts didn’t bother him,” Kenny said.

Driver Brent Barclay settled the four year old in fifth early, with Galleons Future making the pace. At the 800 Barclay got on the back of stablemate Brandy And Dry and got a nice drag into the race. As the field opened up inside the last 500 metres he sent Richard The Third forward. At the top of the straight he was three wide and wore down a gallant Galleons Future to win by a length and a quarter.

The winning time of 2-53.4 was a new all-comers record for the 2180 metre stand, beating She’s Allthe Craze’s previous record of 2-54.1.

One of three winning drives for Brent Barclay – Richard The Third – Photo Wayne Huddleston – Wild Range Photography.

Richard The Third is out of the Gee Whiz ll mare It’s A Whiz which was bred by the late Bert Crooks.

Crooks, a long time President of the Southland Racing Club, raced many good gallopers including Wellington Cup winner Ed and Kurdistan mare Bonny Alouise. She won the 1975 New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Stakes at Ascot Park, trained by Rex Cochrane.

It’s A Whiz won three races for Crooks when trained at Makarewa by Tony Barron.

As a broodmare her first foal was Springbank Richard which was bred by Northern Southland couple Alister and Denise Smith. He won twenty races including the 2009 Dominion Handicap when driven by Nathan Williamson.

The Smith’s bred from It’s A Whiz until 2012 without too much luck and Baynes bought her in 2017

“I was up at Macca Lodge looking for a trotting mare. Alister said that he had one (It’s A Whiz). I asked him what he wanted for her and he said I could have her for nothing on one condition; that he didn’t get her back.”

Smith told Baynes he was sick of breeding fillies out of the mare.

“We’ve only bred from her twice and we’ve bred two colts.”

Since Richard The Third the mare has left a Lucky Chucky gelding named In The Groove which qualified for Gray at Winton in May.

“She’s (It’s A Whiz) just down in the paddock. She’s twenty two. Who knows whether I’ll breed from her again. She’s just in the spare parts department at the moment,” said Baynes who’s well known for his one liners.

Richard The Third got his name by being the third colt out of It’s A Whiz. He’s only had nine starts and this is his second season of racing.

“We might have been asking too much of him last year. He threw away a couple of races when he galloped in front.”

The investment in Richard The Third has turned out to be a good one for Baynes. Not only was the mare given to him for free but the service fee to The Pres (the sire of Richard The Third) was also won as a prize.

Two races later Stratofortress having his first start also won for the Baynes/Gray/Barclay combination.

“After Full Noise ran third in the first race I gave Brent a Jimmy’s pie. That’s what got him on a roll.”

Stratfortress is out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Better Hurry and is named after the long range B52 Bomber.

Stratofortress gets up on the inside to beat Yuko – Photo Wayne Huddleston – Wild Range Photography

The two wins today capped off a great start to 2020 for the Baynes family.

Further up country Play Ball trained by Michael House won for the partnership at Tauherenikua on Thursday while Miss Mucho also won in the Baynes colours at Omakau on the same day. She’s trained by Tony Barron.

Baynes has a host of horses spread across the South Island and says his tighter assessed trotter War Admiral is due to return to the race track this month.

The now five year old last started in the Four Year Old Ruby on Jewels Day at Addington in early June. He’s now trained by Michael House who’s given the horse two trials to get him ready to resume racing.

“He’ll be racing at the end of the month in the longer distance races around Canterbury. We want to target the shorter distance mobile races for War Machine.”