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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.