Weather, fine; track, slow (7), rail, out 4m from 1400m to 300m, followed by cutaway rail.
Race 1: Taieri Colts Maiden, $10,000, 800m
Cabernet won in dashing style. She trailed the leaders, surged along the inner in the home straight and won by four and a quarter lengths. Hiho fought on for second after disputing the pace. There was a length and a quarter to Let Her Rip Riley, who was always in the firing line. Silhouettes was a nose back fourth after leading out with a neck to My Soprano, who was prominent to the 250m. Cabernet is a 3yr-old filly by Pins and the first foal of Miss Aurora, an unraced O’Reilly mare. Ridden by Jacob Lowry, Cabernet is trained by Brian and Shane Anderton for breeders Grant and Brent McKenzie and their wives.
Horse to follow: Cabernet.
Race 2: Wingatui Function Centre, $11,000, rating 75, 2200m
Satin Guru confirmed his liking for Wingatui with a powerful finish. He raced three back on the inner but became awkwardly placed when Villa Elba dashed to the front at the 800m. Satin Guru (Shankar Muniandy) charged along the inner in the final 200m to win by three quarters of a length from Villa Elba. Mac Murdoch was a neck by third after racing outside the early leader Raven Darkholme. The favourite Jackfrost was a length and a quarter back fifth after becoming buried on the inner. Satin Guru, who has gained four of his five wins at Wingatui, is trained by Brian and Shane Anderton for George and Christine Cleland, of Luggate. George is a committee member of the Otago Racing Club.
Horse to follow: Jackfrost.
Race 3: KB Contractors, $11,000, rating 75, 1200m
The Czar overcame a slow start to gain the deciding stride. The Czar was last and some eight lengths from the lead at the 400m, then came down the outside and wore down Taieri Gem by a head. Taieri Gem came from seventh at the 400m to lead near the 50m. Our Teddy Boy was a length and a quarter back third after racing fourth on the outer and reaching the lead in the run home. The favourite He Kin Fly battled for fourth after racing handy. The tearaway pacemaker Enzedjewel wilted to second last. The Czar, ridden by Brett Murray, is trained by Kelvin Tyler.
Horse to follow: The Czar.
Race 4: Mosgiel Tavern Maiden, $10,000, 1200m
Fly To The Sky, having his second start, won attractively. Fly To The Sky led early, then trailed and switched to the outer in the run home by Samantha Wynne, came on boldly to win by a length. Highland Lady fought on well for second after being prominent throughout. There was a nose to Juliette, who ran on from well back. There was a neck to Markwood, who disputed the pace outside Omar, who faded to fifth. The favourite Jim’s Gift was never in contention from a wide draw.
Fly To The Sky, is a 3yr-old gelding by Fully Fledged – Anangel, trained at Riccarton by Lance Robinson for R H and M A Hood and the HMCC Dreaming Big syndicate.
Horse to follow: Fly To The Sky.
Race 5: Ray and Alison Kean Of Southern Wide Real Estate, $10,000, rating 65, 1200m
Prince Oz had his second win from as many starts since joining the Riccarton stable of Neill Ridley. Technically Prince Oz has had three starts for Ridley but he was deemed a non-starter in his previous race. The O’Reilly – Royal Princess 6yr-old tracing to Princess Mellay was previously trained by his owners Mark and Raymond Connors at Wanganui. Prince Oz settled fifth and he was angled off the fence by Terry Moseley at the 350m and forged to the front near the 250m, winning by a length and a quarter. Dutch Courage ran on gamely from sixth for second, four lengths clear of Vice Marshall, who was third in the running. There was three parts of a length to Dreaming Easy, who made ground late, ahead of Black Label, who led out, then trailed pacemaker Mia Mamma. The favourite Starmaker was closest at the finish when seventh. He was checked at the 900m.
Horse to follow: Dutch Courage.
Race 6: Carefree Stables, $10,000, rating 85, 1400m
Lochan Ora recorded his tenth win with a bold late run from the rear of the field. Ridden by apprentice Kin Kwo, Lochan Ora dropped out to the rear early and charged home wide out from last at the 350m to win by a head. He outfinished El Bee Darci, who led late in proceedings after trailing the pacemaker Maid Of Steel. There was half a neck to Fairlight, who trailed three back on the outer. Whats Up Alf came from second last for fourth, half a length back, ahead of Maid of Steel and Tomm Jones. Lochan Ora, raced by his Riverton trainer Kelvin Tyler has won three of his six starts at Wingatui.
Horse to follow: Lochan Ora
Race 7: NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race, $12,000, rating 65, 1400m
Moyrabella justified her favouritism with an easy win. Ridden by Chris Johnson, Moyrabella settled back in the field, showed up wide entering the home straight and came clear in the closing stages to win by two and three quarter lengths. Perceptive ran on late from the rear for second when starting afresh She outfinished the pacemaker Supatwista by a long neck with a similar margin to Royal Dollar, who raced third on the inner. Shine Bright led in the others, ahead of Sammi Lou, who attended the leader. Moyrabella is a 4yr-old Makfi – Dr Kate mare trained by Terri Rae for W Bryson, B Oughton and G K Taylor.
Horse to follow: Perceptive.
Race 8: Riviera Of Antarctica Maiden, $10,000, 1600m
Golden Valkyrie was highly impressive with a last to first performance. He came from last at the 400m in a 14-horse field. Golden Valkyrie (Terry Moseley) powered home to win by two and a half lengths. The pacemaker Mowenna fought on for second with three quarters of a length to Roc The Cradle, who ran on from fifth. Al Be Civics, who trailed the leader was close up fifth, ahead of Rock Master and Riding High. Golden Valkyrie is a 4yr-old Stratum – Jungle Juice gelding trained by Nicky Lloyd who races him Alan Edge, Neil Clode, and Jessie O’Flaherty.
Race 9: Tabula Rasa Maiden, $10,000, 1600m
Yes You Did scored a popular win. He is trained at Wingatui by Graeme Mee, a clerk of the course for the Otago Racing Club. Yes You Did is raced by Ann Mee (brand inspector for the club), Kerry and Mary Shaw, of Christchurch, Neville Armstrong, Tim Duncan and Lindsey Scott. The 6yr-old son of Shinko King and Udiditagain was passed in after being prepared by the Shaws for the South Island sale. A syndicate was then formed to race the gelding. Udiditagain won two races for Shaw and co-owners at Wingatui as a 2yr-old, including the listed 2006 Champagne Stakes when trained by Kevin Hughes.
Yes You Did (BB Hong) was caught three wide early in sixth slot He challenged for the lead at the 350m He won by a length and a quarter from Patricia Rose, who was slow in the early stages. Patromia, another tardy beginner, did well for third, a neck back and half a length clear of Smart Garden, who was closest at the finish.
Horse to follow: Patricia Rose.
Race 10: Proudly Wingatui, $10,000, rating 65, 1600m.
Welcome cased an upset with her win. The 4yr-old mare, a previous winner at Wingatui is trained by John and Karen Parsons for the Archer Corporation. Welcome was always in the firing line, disputed the lead outside Olaf on the home turn and came ahead in the straight to win by a length. Her stablemate Bring It On ran on from sixth for second with a neck to Quaintrelle, who ran on well for the ruck for third. Verna Audrey was doing her best work at the finish in fourth place, ahead of Countess Ruby (slow away) and Slammer.
Horse to follow: Quaintrelle.
Photos: Wild Range Photography