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Senior rider Jamie Bates
will cut his ties with New
Zealand racing after the
Wellington Cup meeting
later this month to take up
opportunities on offer in
Bates has been stable rider
for the majority of Kenny
and Lisa Rae’s Ruakaka team
during its southern racing
campaigns, and will be aboard
their Kumara Gold Nuggets
winner Red Ripper in the
The likeable hoop partnered
Red Ripper to an all-the-way
win in the Kumara feature
race and says the horse was
the reason he had not headed
across the Tasman sooner.
“I knew he was a good
ride in the Nuggets and he
is a tough horse so I’ll now
stay with him until after
Trentham,” Bates said.
“I’m going over to Victoria
to ride but I’m not looking
to chase the big time. I’ll
ride track work and stick to
race riding at the smaller
country meetings and see what
“I’m looking for ward to it
and I’m sure it will work out
well,” Bates said.
Red Ripper and rider Jamie Bates
combined to produce an all-the-way
win in the $25,000 Vernon and Vazey
Truck Parts Kumara Gold Nuggets, on
The win booked the combination
a trip to Trentham and a start in the
$200,000 Wellington Cup 2400m, on
It was a fluent front-running display
on Saturday, with Bates adopting
‘catch me if you can’ tactics, and it was
apparent with 600m to run that he had
the rest of the field at his mercy.
El Chico, with rider Chris Johnson
realising trouble was looming, tried to
pressure the free-flowing Red Ripper
early in the race, but to no avail.
“My horse was always travelling
good,” Bates said. “Chris ( Johnson)
came and had a look early to put a bit
of pressure on us, but we were free-
wheeling. I gave Ripper a rest heading
down the back and then kicked again.
“I could hear the sticks whacking
behind me down the back and I knew
they were in trouble. The horse has
really developed and is tough, he won
very well in the end.”
Red Ripper is trained at Ruakaka by
Kenny and Lisa Rae and paraded in
fine racing trim, ser ving notice the
six-year-old was ready to roll.
The northern runner had finished a
brave second at Waikouaiti on New
Year’s Day and with the Nuggets, both
races were lead ups to Wellington,
Kenny Rae said.
“The horse had qualified for the New
Zealand Cup but he wasn’t trained for
it,” he said.
“ We’ ll head to Wellington now
that he turned it on today as he was
pretty impressive. Red Ripper is not a
class horse but he is tough and Jamie
(Bates) knows him so well.
“ You don’t need to give Jamie
instructions, but I was always happy
with the horse going into the Nuggets
“Red Ripper had to learn to grow up
a bit along the journey the past year or
two. I think he is there now.”
The Ruakaka training partnership
produced Absolute Excellencia to
win the $25,000 Reefton Cup, on
Wednesday, and had further success at
Kumara with stable representative Fille
Du Roi taking out the G J Gardner
Homes Rating 65.
of the New Zealand Herald
Corey Anderson chose a good time
for his best ODI innings in a while at
Hagley Oval yesterday.
Without his 81, New Zealand would
probably have lost a game they should
have comfortably wrapped up.
Having restricted Sri Lanka to 218
for nine, New Zealand made a hash
of it through the middle stages until
Anderson got them to the point of
victory, which was achieved with seven
overs to spare.
From an early stage it was apparent
Sri Lanka needed 10 wickets to
win; they were never in a position to
countenance strangling New Zealand
after Brendon McCullum pasted them
en route to equaling his own record for
the fastest ODI 50 by a New Zealand
batsman, 19 balls.
Allrounder Anderson had not reached
25 in his last six innings so he was due.
His methods are invariably assertive
and although he lived dangerously at
times — twice at 15 and 62 he could
have been caught at slip, but both
would have been screamers — his
approach was spot on.
“ We thought 219 was a pretty good
target,” Anderson said.
“But the wicket held a lot, it had a
tennis ball bounce and it was difficult to
get your timing. ‘It’s a strange wicket. It
still does have carry but does hold and
when you start getting wickets that do
that, or stay low, that ’s when you start
playing into sub-continental hands.”
And therein lies a small concern for
The word is likely to go back to
Hagley Oval ground officials: More
pace please, before the World Cup
opener against the same opponents on
“I thought the way Mahela played
was unbelievable,” Anderson said of
Sri Lanka’s century maker Mahela
In the same way New Zealand
would have been in a large hole but
for Anderson, Sri Lanka only put up a
workable total courtesy of the veteran’s
18th ODI ton.
“He showed the tempo you needed
to play on that wicket. It was a brilliant
effort,” Anderson said.
New Zealand were never in danger of
a twitchy chase for the win, courtesy of
McCullum’s early assault. The effect was
New Zealand simply had to make sure
they got the runs, without having to fret
over ball vs runs equations.
Sri Lanka scratched around
themselves early on. Tillekaratne
Dilshan’s last ODI, on December 16,
produced a century against England in
Colombo. But he fiddled about 42 balls
over 19, Kumar Sangakkara missed out
again but Jaywardene was superb.
New Zealand’s bowlers generally
impressed. Trent Boult was better than
his figures suggest; Adam Milne’s
opening five-over spell produced two
for 12; Nathan McCullum was tidy
while Mitchell McClenaghan, after
shipping 15 runs in his first two-over
spell, then took four for 21 in eight
Three came in one over as Sri Lanka
stumbled late on, partly down to
fine catches from wicketkeeper Luke
Ronchi, leaping spectacularly to his left,
and Anderson, running and diving at
deep mid wicket.
At 101 for five, things were wobbly
for New Zealand, after offspinner
Sachithra Senanayake — back after
ser ving a suspension and straightening
his arm — and swing bowler Nuwan
Kulasekara caused problems.
Grant Elliott ’s return to international
cricket last six undistinguished balls
before he left a gap the size of a
footpath to a ball which swung in and
However Anderson, playing some
thunderous shots, found support
initially from Ronchi and then Nathan
McCullum with a steady contribution.
The second game in the seven-match
series is in Hamilton next Thursday.
These teams will be heartily sick of the
sight of each other by then.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Caps’ Corey Anderson hits out in yesterday’s one day international against Sri Lanka at the Hagley Oval in
Jamie Bates talks to Trackside presenter Greg O’Connor after his
success on Red Ripper in the Vernon and Vazey Truck Parts Kumara
Gold Nuggets, on Saturday.
PICTURES: Paul McBride
Successful rider Jamie Bates returns to the winners enclosure on Red Ripper after an impressive all-the-way win in the $25,000 Vernon
and Vazey Truck Parts Kumara Gold Nuggets, on Saturday.
organisers were left
reaching for the positives
following the withdrawal
of top seed David Ferrer.
Ferrer, a four-time
winner of the Auckland
event, was victorious at
the Qatar Open in Doha
Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5
in the final but tweaked
his back in the process.
The injury means that
Ferrer joins defending
champion John Isner
(tiredness) and Gael
reasons) on the list of
players who have pulled
out of the Heineken
Open, which starts today.
Given the Australian
Open gets under way in
Melbourne on Monday
week, Spain’s Ferrer did
not want to risk further
damage to his back.
Karl Budge said this
week’s event would still
have a solid field with
Latvian Ernests Gulbis
to take over as the new
No 1 seed following the
withdrawal of Ferrer.
unfortunately a nature
of sport and while it’s
been a tough one for us
this year, we’ve got four
players sitting inside
the world’s top 20 still
participating and that ’s
equally the most we’ve
ever had,” Budge said.
Aside from world
No 13 Gulbis, Roberto
Bautista Agut (15),
Kevin Anderson (16) and
Tommy Robredo (17) are
the other leading names
ranked inside the world’s
top 20 who will play at
the Heineken Open.
Fans in Auckland will
also catch a glimpse
of Ferrer who will be
involved in promotional
activities this week.
“One thing we can say
about David Ferrer is I
don’t think we can ever
question his loyalty or his
passion or his drive for
this tournament,” Budge
“ He’s given us 10 years
of impeccable ser vice
and he’s come here and
fought for every single
ball of every match and I
know David desperately
wants to be playing
these tournaments. He
doesn’t have a record of
pulling out of events.
He wouldn’t be doing
so if it wasn’t absolutely
necessary this time
The withdrawal of
Ferrer has also caused a
few changes to the draw
with Robredo, who was
previously the fifth seed,
moving up to the top line
of the draw as the fourth
Robredo will get a bye
first up and last year’s
beaten finalist Yen-Hsun
Lu becomes the eighth
seed where he will play
A lucky loser or
qualifier will play New
Zealand’s Rubin Statham
on Tuesday. The lucky
loser is drawn from one
of the four players who
lose in the last round of
Bates to try hand
Venus Williams said on Friday
she was after a straightfor ward
win in Saturday ’s ASB Classic
final, free from the drama of last
year’s loss in the tournament
But, as a caveat, she added:
“Easier said than done.”
So it proved on Saturday
played some of her worst tennis
of the week before claiming a
three-set victory over top seed
Caroline Wozniacki to win the
2015 ASB Classic.
Williams rebounded from
an under whelming first set at
Stanley Street to reverse her
fortunes in a dominant second
and hold her ner ve during a
tense third, eventually winning
2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to atone for a
defeat in the 2014 showpiece
against Ana Ivanovic.
The American never looked
like fulfilling her pre-match
wish and doing it the easy way,
not after the humbling she received
in the first set. But a player does not
win seven grand slams and 46 career
titles without remaining composed
when faced with adversity.
That adversity arrived early on a
sun-soaked afternoon in Auckland.
Williams struggled from the
outset, managing to hold her first
ser vice game only after a couple of
ferocious winners when faced with
Those shots were the exception
rather than the norm as the set
progressed and Wozniacki took a
firm grip on the match. The Dane
broke her opponent at the second
time of trying and soon repeated
the feat to jump out to a 5-1 lead,
eventually taking the set in just 31
When Williams was broken
again to begin the second, it looked
like the dream final could be over
before the packed crowd had even
had a chance to make a dent in
the steady supply of champagne.
Williams immediately broke back
and, just like that, the tide was
The 34-year-old showed there
remained enough life in her legs
to compete with the world’s
best, chasing down a couple of
Wozniacki returns and winning
rallies that seemed to favour
the stamina of her 24-year-old
Williams took the set and
followed it up with another break in
what proved to be the pivotal third
game of the third set, dampening
leaving the destiny of the title in
her own hands.
With the wind picking up,
Williams was battling to hold
both her ner ve and her ser ve as the
match ticked near the two-hour
mark, setting up what looked like it
would be a jittery final ser vice game
to take the title.
That game never arrived after
Williams jumped on a couple of
mistakes from Wozniacki’s ser ve,
eventually converting her fourth
match point to give this year’s trip
to New Zealand a much happier
PICTURE: Getty Images
Caroline Wozniacki, left, and Venus Williams after receiving their
trophies at the ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland on Saturday.
Anderson sets Black Caps up for victory
slump to win classic
Win No 1000 meant a lot to Roger
Federer. But toasting the not so recognised
No 1007 at the Australian Open
may be one of his greatest achievements
Top seed Federer became just the third
man in the open era to shatter the 1000 win
barrier after outlasting world No 8 Milos
Raonic of Canada to claim his maiden
Brisbane International title last night.
His 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 win over the big-
serving third seed at Pat Rafter Arena
ensured Federer joined an elite group whose
only other members are Jimmy Connors
(1253) and Ivan Lendl (1071).
World No 2 Federer almost looked star
struck when he received the winner’s Roy
Emerson Trophy from the man himself,
the 12-time grand slam champion, after
clinching his 83rd career title.
However, Federer appeared truly touched
when his hero Rod Laver emerged to
present a special memento to mark win
No 1000 as a video tribute to the Swiss great
played on the big screen.
Yet it all may pale in comparison to what
the 33-year-old may achieve at the opening
Federer will become the oldest player since
a 37-year-old Ken Rosewall took out the
1972 crown if he adds another seven wins to
his remarkable tally in Melbourne.
After seeing off a member of the
new guard tipped to threaten the
“ big four” in 2015, the 17-time grand slam
champion is considering another entry in
the record books.
Asked if he thought he could add to his
four Australian Open titles this year, Federer
said: “ Yeah, I do believe that.
“Then again, it’s just talk. At the end of
the day, I’ve got to do the running, I’ve got
to do the clutch play when it matters the
But no one would doubt Federer after
watching the veteran outlast a member of
tennis’ self proclaimed “generation next ”.
Federer appeared to be a marked man
after Raonic backed fellow young gun Kei
Nishikori’s call in Brisbane that the days
of the old guard — Federer, Rafael Nadal,
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — were
World No 5 Nishikori tipped the likes of
himself, reigning US Open champ Marin
Cilic, big-serving Raonic and Federer clone
Grigor Dimitrov to take the next step this
However, Federer has done his best to
silence the knockers by holding out the likes
of world No 11 Dimitrov and Wimbledon
semi-finalist Raonic on his way to savouring
Federer has now won at least one
tournament every year since 2001.
In the meantime, Federer seemed intent
to relish his milestone which came at a
stunning 81.5 winning percentage.
“It feels very different to any other
match I ever won — reaching 500
or 800, all those numbers didn’t mean
anything to me, but for some reason
1000 means a lot because it’s such a huge
number,” he said.
“My daughters can’t even count to
Federer notches up 1000th win, eyes No 1007 in Aussie
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