Weather, fine; track, slow (8); rail, true position.
Race 1: Mouse Kennedy, rating 72, $11,000, 1600m
Swing Note won comfortably. The 4yr-old Encosta De Lago mare, who won her previous start fresh up at Ashburton, is trained at Matamata by Jamie Richards for the Te Akau Jazz syndicate. She was ridden by the stable apprentice Nik Bakar (25). Swing Note trailed the leader, Lord Beaver, eased off the inside rail at the 400m and forged clear in the run home to win by three and a quarter lengths. The Quiet Man ran on strongly for second. He was slow away and last in the seven-horse field until the 400m. He finished a length and a quarter clear of Lord Beaver with four and a quarter lengths to Larrikin, who was fifth in the running.
Horse to follow: The Quiet Man.
Race 2: Ken Russell Maiden, $10,000, 1600m
Nomen Ludi, who began racing 19 months ago broke through for a win.
“ He finished second at his first start as a 3yr-old but we have had to wait until he was five to win,’’ said Allan Graham, his Invercargill breeder.
“He has been a cheater.”
Trainer Ellis Winsloe has schooled Nomen Ludi over fences recently to improve his attitude. Nomen Ludi is by Nom du Jeu from Gladiator’s Choice, who won seven races for Graham. She is also the dam of jumper Tai Ho.
Jockey Kylie Williams improved Nomen Ludi from mid-field top lead at the 1000m and the gelding maintained a powerful gallop to win by two and three quarter lengths. Little Bossing, close up on the outer throughout, fought on for second, a length and a quarter clear of Elegido, who trailed handy. Sansa Stark, ran on late for fourth, ahead of Morena Rock , who dead-heated for fifth with Miss Catherine, the early leader. The favourite Midnite Kaos was never in the hunt.
Horse to follow: Sansa Stark.
Race 3: PGG Wrightson Real Estate South Otago Cup, $15,000, open, 1400m
Irish Excuse regained winning form with a bold front running performance under 58kg. Trained by Ellis Winsloe and ridden by Tina Comignaghi, Irish Excuse won by three and a quarter lengths. It was the 12th win for the No Excuse Needed – Irish Babe gelding. Tim Tyler did well for second after being trapped three wide in a seven-horse field and four wide entering the straight. What’s Up Alf overcame a slow start to finish third, a length and three quarters away with half a length to Gold’nguru, who trailed Irish Excuse.
Horse to follow: Irish Excuse.
Race 4: Ted White, rating 72, $11,000, 1200m
The Czar showed a form reversal to win with the eclipse of the hot favourite Summer Monsoon. The Czar, trained at Riverton by part-owner Kelvin Tyler and ridden by Brett Murray, raced handy and ran on solidly to win by three quarters of a length from Bakela, who came from second last. There was a similar margin to Absolute Gold, who was doing her best work at the finish. Macy fought on for fourth, ahead of favourite Summer Monsoon, who was swamped in the run home after making the pace.
Horse to follow: Bakela.
Race 5: Hector and Alice Anderton Maiden, $10,000, 1200m
Our Flying Ace won as he liked at his first start. The son of Darci Brahma – Aterballeto is trained by Jamie Richards for the Te Akau Flying Ace syndicate. Our Flying Ace was bought for $62,500 as a weanling by Inglewood Stud and sold for $140,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock premier yearling purchase. He has been entered for the New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas. Jockey Shafiq Rusof angled Our Flying Ace outside the leader Campo from the outside draw in an 11-horse field. Our Flying Ace dashed clear in the run home to win under a hold by two and a quarter lengths.”He is still green,’’ said Rusof. Break Dance ran on late from fifth for second, a neck clear of Sentient, who trailed the leaders. Bluey’s Chance, close up throughout, fought on for fourth, two lengths back with a length to Ivan Kane, who made ground from the rear.
Horse to follow: Our Flying Ace.
Race 6: Drew Stevenson, rating 65, $10,000, 1200m
Vice Marshall belied his age when the 9yr-old led throughout. The son of Strategic – French Queen, trained by Stephanie Clark had a margin of a length and a half at the finish. Waimate Bill ran on solidly from mid-field for second with a long neck to Flicka Of Gold, who flew home from the rear. The favourite Belle Hope, who settled third last, was in cramped quarters over the closing stages and finished fourth, ahead Prediction and Omar.
Horse to follow: Flicka Of Gold.
Race 7: NZB Insurance Pearl Series Maiden, fillies and mares, $10,000, 1200m
Moss Jazz, who dropped her rider Amless Bohorun twice in the enclosure before the race, was soon in front from a wide draw and maintained a strong gallop to win by two lengths. The 6yr-old Tavistock mare, who had not raced for 20 months, was making her first appearance for Southland trainer Stephen Blair – Edie. He now shares the ownership with his wife, Linda, Chris Russell, of Hastings and Horace McCullough. Moss Jazz won by two lengths from Boyslightup, who ran on from fifth. Supertramp came from third last for third, a length and a quarter back with three quarters of a length to True Elegance, who was closest at the finish.
Horse to follow: Supertramp.
Race 8: Dr Tom Sidey, rating 65, $10,000, 1600m
Abraxos gave dual code trainer Donna Williamson a win. Veterinarian Williamson is also the owner of the 6yr-old mare who was ridden by Terry Moseley. Abraxos settled fifth and came to the fore inside the final 200m. She won by a length and a quarter from Advent, who ran on well from mid-field. There was a head to the powerful finishing Bet Ya Wood with two lengths to well supported Bak Da Master, who faded after disputing the lead with Skeen and Richie Rox (three wide.)
Horse to follow: Advent.