Strong Report – Wingatui, PGG Wrightsons Real Estate, Sun 6th Sept 2020

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Chookie’s Girl returned to her best form with a win in the Wingatui Event Centre (2200m) at the Otago Racing Club meeting recently.

Race 1: Chookies Girl back to her best

Chookie’s Girl returned to her best form with a win in the Wingatui Event Centre (2200m) at the Otago Racing Club meeting recently.

Chookie’s Girl, a 6year-old mare by Raise The Flag – Danz A Rook, is trained at Wingatui by Brian and Shane Anderton for the Estate of Val Christophers. Chookies Girl (Courtney Barnes)was slow away from barrier three and settled third last in the 14-horse field. She improved to dispute the lead at the 300m and maintained a strong run.

Chookies Girl
Chookies Girl held by Natalie Smith with jockey Courtney Barnes after her win.

Race 2: Thoroughbred win for the Browns

Syd and Shona Brown, better known as standardbred owners, had success with the thoroughbred I’m A Tiger at Wingatui. I’m A Tiger finished boldly wide out from mid-field in the hands of Kozzi Asano. I’m A Tiger, a 5year-old gelding by Tiger Prawn, is trained at Wingatui by Claire Anderton, whose stable is adjacent to the residence of the Browns. They race the big winner Field Marshal and won a race at Addington  earlier with Foregone Conclusion.

I’m A Tiger finishes boldly wide out to win.

Race 3: Flying Sardine pleased to be back in New Zealand

Flying Sardine had her second win in as many starts since returning from Australia when successful at Wingatui recently.

The 8 year-old Flying Spur mare has been ridden in both those wins by Riccarton apprentice Yong Chew, who is apprenticed to Lance Robinson. Flying Sardine is owned by co-trainer Kelvin Tyler and she has now won 13 races.

Flying Sardine
Flying Sardine, held by owner-trainer Kelvin Tyler with apprentice jockey Yong Chew after his win.

Race 4: Raise You Ten regains winning form

Raise You Ten had his first win for two and a half years at Wingatui recently but it did not surprise co-trainer Shane Anderton.

“It is the first time he has been down in the weights,” said Shane after Raise You Ten prevailed by half a head over City Slicker with two and a quarter lengths to the game Nomen Ludi, who carried 62kg and made the pace. Raise You Ten carried 55.5kg  with stable apprentice Corey Campbell in the saddle.

Raise You Ten

Race 5: Shaker makes a good impression

Shaker emerged as a smart galloper with his win in the Cheveux Hair Maiden (1600m) at Wingatui. Shaker started from barrier 13 in a 14 horse field and he was trapped three wide in the running.  Rider Corey Campbell eased him to mid-field early before improving to share the lead four wide at the 300m. Shaker then had a stern tussle with Red Magician over the final 200m before he prevailed to give the White Robe Lodge stable of Brian and Shane Anderton their third win for the day. Shaker is a 5 year-old gelding by WRL sire Raise The Flag from Miss Agavero and thus a brother to  Slammer, an up and comer in the stable.


Shaker makes good impression
Shaker (inner) prevails over Red Magician.

Race 6: Equinox wins fresh up

Equinox won fresh up for the powerful Matamata stable of Jamie Richards with a well judged ride by Samantha Wynne. Wynne eased Equinox off the early pace to settle three back on the inner. Equinox ran on generously to win by a head from Arnage who raced close to pacemaker Beeslaststing.

Equinox and Samantha Wynne after their win.

Race 7: Dr Velocious on target for NZ Cup

Dr Velocious continued his preparation for the New Zealand Cup with a decisive win in the $30,000 PGG Wrightson Real Estate South Otago Cup (2200m) at Wingatui.

“I will give him a wee freshener now and then head to the NZ Cup,’’ said Kelvin Tyler, who trains Dr Velocious at Riverton with his daughter Aimee Tyler. Dr Velocious is raced by Tery Lines, of Auckland.

Dr Velocious
Dr Velocious (Rohan Mudhoo) wins in style

Race 8: Keep Quiet in narrow win

Keep Quiet, who was awkwardly placed entering the home stretch, finished boldly to win the Wingatui Event Centre 1600m. The Andrew Carston -trained Keep Quiet (Kozzi Asano) won by a head from Anjameme, who was notching her third successive second placing.

Keep Quiet (6) wins narrowly from Anjameme and Full Fury.

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The Otago Racing Club is based at Wingatui Racecourse in Mosgiel on the outskirts of Dunedin. It stages major events such as Melbourne Cup Day, the Boxing Day Races and Champions Day in February, as well the extremely popular race days at Cromwell.

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