Members from two of Australasia’s most famous racing families with winning ties to the Melbourne Cup joined forces for a memorable victory at Hawera at the weekend.
The Jaimee-Lee Lupton-prepared Lostcause (by Sweynesse) was successful in Sunday’s BHL Feeds ‘Copper Weave’ Maiden over 1400m with the trainer sharing the strapping duties with Stevie Payne.
Waverley-based Lupton is the granddaughter of the late Snow Lupton, who co-owned and trained Kiwi to claim a breath-taking win in the 1983 Melbourne Cup, while Payne strapped 2015 Flemington hero Prince Of Penzance. The son of Pentire made history when he triumphed under Payne’s sister Michelle, the first female jockey to lift the Cup.
Family patriarch Pat (Paddy), a Group One-winning trainer, grew up in Hawera before the family relocated in the early 1980s to Victoria where Michelle and Stevie were born.
“I went and stayed with Pat and Stevie a few years ago now when I was working for Kevin Myers and he took eight horses to Australia,” Jaimee-Lee Lupton said.
“We stayed for a month or so and I had an outstanding time there, they are wonderful people and welcomed us into their home. I had a great time.”
Lupton was delighted to catch up with the family and to celebrate a winning result with Lostcause.
“It was lovely to see them on Sunday and have Stevie strapping. He was the golden ticket and brought some luck to the horse,” she said.
“Stevie and his Dad and his sister Therese came to Hawera to catch up with some relatives and Kevin Myers so it was really nice.
“I was really thrilled and Stevie helped to saddle her up. He was really keen to help to lead her and he was so chuffed when she won.”
Lostcause carried the colours made famous by Kiwi, as did the Jaimee-Lee Lupton-trained Soleseifei (by Shocking) when she won the two-mile Wellington Cup in 2020, 37 years after Kiwi had won the Trentham feature.
A daughter of Sweynesse, Lostcause was originally purchased out of Te Keeti Bloodstock’s draft at Karaka by bloodstock agent Phill Cataldo for $11,000. She was resuming at Hawera after weighing in from both of her starts last summer.
“She’s a nice filly that has taken a bit of time, but she’s got enough ability. She’s been immature and was weak last time in,” Lupton said.
“She was doing everything right and galloping well, she just couldn’t round it off and has improved.”