Otago Racing Club meeting at Wingatui, April 11, 2019.
Weather, overcast; track, slow (7); rail, out 3m from 1400m.
Race 1 Harcourts Maiden, $10,000, 820m
Out Of Aces, trained at Wingatui by Graeme Mee, clerk of the course for the Otago Racing Club, sustained a big run wide out to win in style. Graeme accompanied Out Of Aces back to the winners’ circle. Out Of Aces, a 5yr-old mare by Swiss Ace – Pamela Place, is raced by Graeme’s wife, Ann with Neville Armstrong, Tim Duncan and Lindsay Armstrong. Out Of Aces is the first foal of the unraced Pamela Place (by Captain Rio). Out Of Aces (Rohan Mudhoo), who settled three wide in fifth place, won by a length and a half from McLaughlin, who did well after a slow start with half a length to Indulgent, who attended the pacemaker, Point Score three wide.
Horse to follow: Out Of Aces.
Race 2 KB Contractors, $11,000, rating 72, 1200m
Dreaming Easy, trained on the track by Steve Tyler, won decisively. Dreaming Easy (Leah Hemi) chased the leader Vice Marshall, led near the 300m and maintained a strong gallop to win by a length and a half. Dreaming Easy is raced by Tyler, his wife, Emma and Dermot Fitzgerald, of the Central Districts. The hot favourite Miss Brahmos ran on for second. Miss Brahmos was eased early to last in the five-horse field and then came wide from the 400m.There was three quarters of a length to Lord Beaver, who ran on from fourth, three and a half lengths clear of Vice Marshall.
Horse to follow: Dreaming Easy.
Race 3: Wingatui Function Centre Maiden, $10,000, 1200m
Outram got up in the last stride to give Owen Diack his first win as an owner. Mr Diack races Outram with Hindon breeder Rob Johnstone, Ray Kean (president of the Otago Racing Club) and Ian Nicol. The 3yr-old son of Gallant Guru – Minnaloushka is trained at Wingatui by Brian and Shane Anderton. Outram settled sixth and came through the middle after giving the pacemaker Hombre four lengths at the 350m. Outram’s performance took on added merit as his rider Jacob Lowry said he did not handle the soft track. Hombre added to a long list of placings when he fought on for second, four lengths clear of Index, who was fourth in the running. Chookie’s Girl ran on late for fourth at her first start. She was last to the 400m. There was three and a quarter lengths to Colette, closest at the finish.
Horse to follow: Chookie’s Girl.
Race 4: Leith Liquor, $10,000, rating 65, 1200m
Kerany recorded her second win in six starts. The 3yr-old Falkirk – Sudders filly is trained at Wingatui by Terry Kennedy, who races her with Dave Drinnan. Kerany (Chris Johnson) led out then eased to fourth and outfinished the pacemaker Miroslava by a head. Crispin came home boldly for third wide out, three quarters of a length back. She was seventh and wide in the running. Plutonium came along the inner for fourth after being ridden off the pace with half a length to Happy Hitter, who was close up to the straight.
Horse to follow: Crispin.
Race 5: Dunedin City Motors, $11,000, rating 82, 1400m
Moyrabella, who had not raced for eight months, unleashed a big run to win. Moyrabella is trained at Riccarton by Terri Rae and the win added to the record of the Makfi mare on rain affected tracks. Moyrabella (Chris Johnson) settled three wide back in the field and she gave the leader a start of seven lengths starting the run home. She won by half a length from Zabay, who ran on from fourth on the outer. Flicka Of Gold was a game third, a length and a quarter back after being clear in the lead until the straight. Taieri Gem fought on for fourth, ahead of Perfidia and The Bumper.
Horse to follow: Moyrabella.
Race 6: Southern Wide Realty Maiden, $10,000, 1600m
Danzi Creek lifted her form to prevail in a close finish. The Raise The Flag – Powder Creek mare is trained by Brian and Shane Anderton and raced by Brian and Lorraine Anderton with David and Cecily Cochrane and Stu and Colleen Rutter. Danzi Creek (Jacob Lowry) was buried back in the field until the straight and unwound strongly through the middle to win by half a neck from Eager Beaver with a nose to Jandles.
Eager Beaver settled last in the 14-horse field, then improved wide from the 600m, Jandles was back and wide and showed up near the lead at the 400m. Shock And Awe, who led at the 700m was two and three quarter lengths back fourth with a length to Rainman and half a length to the well supported Scandalous, who faded after racing handy.
Horse to follow: Eager Beaver.
Race 7: Speight’s, $10,000, rating 65, 1600m
Just Push Play justified his favouritism when he drew away from his rivals in the closing stages. Just Push Play is trained on the track by Steve Tyler, who races the Road To Rock 5yr-old with his wife, Emma, Pip and Natalie Bradford, of Christchurch. Just Push Play, ridden by Kavish Chowdhoory, was buried in the ruck until the straight when he came through on the inner and scampered clear to win by two and three quarter lengths. Manhattan Fire did well for second after racing wide near the lead. Nomen Ludi was given no respite in the lead and fought well for third, a length and quarter back with a long neck to Cocee (always handy) and half a head to It’s Pandemonium, who disputed the pace.
Horse to follow: Just Push Play.
Race 8 NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race, $10,000, rating 65, fillies and mares, 1400m
Double Down turned up trumps in her third start since joining the Riverton stable of Ashley Frye, who races the Castle Dale mare with her grandparents Keith and Lorraine Robb, of Rangiora. Double Down came south in January after winning two years ago from the Foxton stable of Heather Weller. Double Down (Krishna Mudhoo) trailed and then attended the leader, Abbey Kay and did best in the run home to win by a head. Montserrat ran on from sixth for second, half a length clear of Mowenna, who was never further back than fourth. Cabernet came from last at the 600m for fourth with three quarters of a length to Celtic Wonder and a length to Zayzay.
Horse to follow: Double Down.
Race 9: See Ya At Wingatui 24th May Handicap, $11,000, rating 72, 2200m
Lil Miss Swiss came from last to first to win. The margin may have been less than a neck had Jason Laking, the rider of second horse Road To Redemption not lost his whip about 150m out when changing hands. Tanya Jonker dropped Lil Miss Swiss out to last early, then improved round the field from the 600m to dispute the lead early in the run home with Road To Redemption, who had improved from mid-field. Londonderry Air ran on from well back for third in a gap of four and a quarter lengths with three lengths to Smokem Up, who disputed the pace inside Delacroix.
Horse to follow: Road To Redemption.