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Xpressions has your dress
Top jumping action on display
Winter raceday: Winner of last
year's Hawke's Bay Hurdles, Ho
Down, clears the final fence on his
way to the winning post.
When: July 2.
Where: Hastings Racecourse
First race: 11:10am
Admission: $10 (tickets at the
Soaring steeds and some of the
country s best jumps jockeys are
expected at this Saturday s
Hawke s Bay Hunt raceday at
The feature races are the
$33,500 FMG Hawke s Bay
Steeplechase (4800m) and the
$33,500 Livamol Hawke s Bay
Both races have long and
esteemed histories, with the first
running of the Hawke s Bay
Steeplechase dating back to 1879,
making it the second oldest
steeplechase in New Zealand
behind the Grand National
The first official running of the
Hawke s Bay Hurdles took place
in 1896 and, other than a few dis-
tance changes over the years,
neither race has varied greatly
from their inception.
Hawke s Bay Racing s
operations manager Kim Treweek
says both features will again
attract quality competitors from
around the country.
He said last year s Hawke s Bay
Steeplechase winner, Yourthe-
man, was likely to return to
defend his crown.
While yet to find his best form
this year, I am sure he will once
again be very competitive. His
main dangers are likely to come
from the locally-owned and
trained Proposition, the 2011
winner, as well as Climbing
High, a top class performer
over recent years, Treweek
Add Mr Align, Mike-
meandad and another local
Barado to the mix, and it is
sure to be an intriguing
race, he says.
The Livamol Hawke s Bay
Hurdles will be just as competi-
tive. Possible runners include last
year s winner Ho Down; 2011
Waikato Hurdles winner Karlos;
2011 Manawatu Hurdles winner
Victory Morgan; 2010 Wellington
Hurdle winner Solid Steel; 2010
Great Northern Hurdle winner Mt
Sinai; and 2010 Grand National
Steeples winner Counter Punch.
Fittingly for the winter race
meeting, punters will be invited to
keep warm at the hot spot under
the grandstand where they will be
served complimentary mulled
wine, imbued with spices.
Regional champs: Above, the members of Ru-tsu
celebrate backstage after winning the
Smokefreerockquest regional final; and below, on
stage at the Hawke's Bay Opera House in Hastings.
Talented soloist: Amy
Barnard, from Taradale High,
finished second overall and
won the best song award for
Ru-tsu -- a reggae band from Lindisfarne College
-- won the recent 2011 Smokefreerockquest
Hawke s Bay regional final at the Opera House in
Hastings. The five members of Ru-tsu -- Mokoia
Huata (lead guitar), Conor Ratima (bongos), Mar-
cus Jackson (keyboard), Brooks Kershaw (saxo-
phone/keyboard) and Tim Walker (drums) -- all do
vocals as well as play instruments.
There were other bands whose songs were just
as good as ours, but out harmonies really stood
out, band spokesperson Mokoia Huata said.
The band says they chose their name because it
means the root of a plant in Japanese, and
because Ru-tsu plays roots music . Three of the
band members -- Jackson, Kershaw and Huata --
also tasted success last year when they won the
regional final with their band Dik Dar City.
Second place went to singer-songwriter Amy
Barnard, from Taradale High School, who also
won the APRA Lyric Writer s Award for her song
Red Indian. Ru-tsu and Barnard won musical gear
from NZ Rockshops and will go on to compete for
one of six spots in this year s final in Auckland on
September 17. The finalists will be drawn from
the pool of first
and second place-
getters from each
of the 27 regional
from here on, the
two Hawke s Bay
have to work hard
and draw on their
creativity to make
the most of the
The bands to
play off at the
national final in
DVDs of their
own music, Common said.
This means they ll need to work together as a
group and develop the skills that will turn their
talent into success.
In term three, Smokefreerockquest and the NZ
Music Commission, with funding from the Minis-
try of Education, will also partner the regional
winners with a mentor band that has first-hand
knowledge of the industry.
Other Hawke's Bay winners:
Third place: Alerion -- Taradale High School and
Napier Boys High School.
Smokefree People's Choice: Cold Shoulder --
Napier Girls High School and Taradale High
The Mainz Musicianship Award winner:
Joseph Nesbit -- the drummer from Jah Children,
Havelock North High School.
The Lowdown Best Song Award: Heterodox,
Karamu High School.
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