STRONG REPORT – WINGATUI
14th December, 2018
Otago Racing Club meeting at Wingatui, December 14, 2018.
Weather, fine; track, dead (4), good (3) from race 6; rail, true position.
Race 1: Speight’s Maiden, $10,000, 2200m
Dante Fire, the first foal of the grand race mare Inferno, prevailed in a close finish. Dante Fire is trained by Brian and Shane Anderton who prepared Inferno (Yamanin Vital – Emerald Fire), winner of the Canterbury Gold Cup in 2011 and 12. Dante Fire, a 4yr-old mare by Raise The Flag was bred by Brian and Lorraine Anderton, who race her with the All Blokes syndicate. Dante Fire (Jacob Lowry) trailed the pacemaker and stablemate Raise Ya Cards (favourite) and got up in the last few strides to win by a head. Hard But Fair improved from last to second at the 1000m and fought well to hold that placing. There was a head to Raise Ya Cards and half a length to Painted Angel, who ran on late from second last at the 350m. There was a similar margin to Raise A Saint.
Horse to follow: Hard But Fair.
Race 2: Dunedin Print, $11,000, rating 72, 2200m
Shezatoucha, an earlier winner at Wingatui, proved too seasoned for the favourite Sulcifera. Shezatoucha is trained by John and Karen Parsons for the Barrington Bowling Boys syndicate. She settled fifth and Gosen Jogoo brought her along the inner to take the decision by three quarters of a length Sulcifera was not disgraced in her first race for four weeks. She trailed in the second line on the outer and fought well. There was a length to Road To Redemption, who made a late dab from sixth on the outer. The Quiet Man was half a head back fourth after improving from second last to lead early in the run home.
Horse to follow: Sulcifera.
Race 3: See Ya Boxing Day Wingatui, 2yo, $10,000, 820m
El Gladiador credited sire Ghibellines with his first winner when he prevailed in a close finish. El Gladiador is from the first crop of Ghibellines, who stands at the White Robe Lodge stud, North Taieri. Ghibellines won the gr two Todman Stakes at Rosehill as a 2yr-old from eight starts. El Gladiador is out of Querella (by Irish horse Haafiz) and thus a half brother to Querer, who won at Wingatui at a 3yr-old in 2014 when having her first start. Querer, a Captain Rio filly who won six races, died after she broke a leg in a paddock as a 4yr-old. El Gladiador is trained by John and Karen Parsons, who had Querer and Querella (four wins). El Gladiador is raced by Karen, the breeder. She has been breeding from the family for 27 years. The family produced Seamist, who numbered the 1992 group one Auckland Stakes among her 12 wins for the Parsons stable. El Gladiador settled second on the outer and displayed grit to reach the front inside the last 50m and hold off Our Rosette by a head with a neck to Emma’s Chance and three quarters of a length to the pacemaker Shelby Devine. Our Rosette had been slow away and Emma’s Chance came from last.
Horse to follow: Our Rosette.
Race 4: Unichem Taieri Pharmacy Maiden, $10,000, 1100m
Never Quitz lived up to her name when she made the pace and came again after being headed short of the finish line. She won by a head from Retort, who trailed Never Quitz and had the upper hand close to the line. There was two lengths to Hiho, who ran on from fourth with a length and quarter to Qashqai (third outer in the running). Outram ran on late from third last for fifth, ahead of Hold The Raddle and Eager Beaver.
Never Quitz (Zed – Acquit), having her third start and first June, is trained at Isla Bank by Ian and Kerry Taplin. She was ridden by Zubair Bholah.
Horse to follow: Outram.
Race 5: White Robe Lodge Maiden, $10,000, 1100m
Cocee, who had not raced since March, triumphed for the North Taieri stable of Steven Prince and breeders Everd and Marie Strauss. Cocee, a 4yr-old mare by Nadeem from the Yamanin Vital mare, Amy Cee, was ridden by Shankar Muniandy. She came from fifth on the outer and held off the Sadler’s Lass by a nose. Sadler’s Lass came resolutely from mid-field after racing three wide. There was a length and a half to the favourite Hombre, who made the pace. Sweet Oak came from the rear of the field for fourth, ahead of Benlachie and Larippa (closest at finish).
Horse to follow: Sadler’s Lass.
Race 6: Otago Farm Machinery, $10,000, rating 60, 1200m
Kate The Great continued a good season for trainer Stephen Blair -Edie with her win. He races the Per Incanto mare with Maurice Forde. Kate The Great (Lee Callaway) was close up three wide and came on to win by three quarters of a length from Swiss Eire, who ran on boldly in her first start for Michael and Matthew Pitman. Showpin overcame a slow start to finish third, a long neck back with a head to Fascino Lass, who led out, then trailed. Zayzay was doing her best work at the finish in fifth place, ahead of Verify and Miss Norway.
Horse to follow: Swiss Eire.
Race 7: T J Kennedy Racing Stables Maiden, $10,000, 1400m
Nigella Jazz completed back to back wins for trainer Stephen Blair – Edie and jockey Lee Callaway. The Niagara mare made the pace and held off the fast finishing favourite Lunar Lady by a head. Lunar Lady came from third last at the 350m . Scandalous, who settled second last in the 13-horse field, was a neck back third with half a length to Ubetiam who improved from mid-field to challenge for the lead in the straight. Danzi Creek, fourth inner, fought on for fifth, ahead of Balanto and Turbulence.
Horse to follow: Lunar Lady.
Race 8: Wingatui Function Centre Maiden, $10,000, 1600m
Aulyn Star, stepping up to 1600m, sustained a big run from back in the 14-horse field to win. The Star Witness 4yr-old, trained by Jo- Ann Dalton was ridden by Gosen Jogoo and settled second last. He stormed home to win by a length and a quarter from Mr Intelligence, who ran on solidly from fourth. There was a length and a half to Roc The Cradle, who attended the pacemaker Stirling Lady. The favourite Raise You Five was three quarters of a length back fourth after racing back in the field. Our Boy Ritchie was unable to quicken in the closing stages when fifth with Stirling Lady fading to sixth, ahead of Our Boy Baz and Patromia, who did not make an impression.
Horse to follow: Aulyn Star.
Race 9: Contact Wild Animal Control, $11,000, rating 72, 1600m
Absolute Gold posted her third win on the Wingatui track in convincing style. The 7yr-old Gold Centre mare is trained there by Claire Anderton. Absolute Gold, ridden by Rohan Mudhoo, disputed the early lead with Flicka Of Gold, then trailed. She was back in front at the 350m and came clear to win by two and a quarter lengths. Larrikin came home well from the rear for second, a neck clear of Taieri Gem, who was doing her best work at the finish from well back. The Real Deal fought on for fourth after racing handy, three quarters of a length clear of Golden Valkyrie and Rebel Rose. The favourite Crispin battled on for seventh.
Horse to follow: Absolute Gold.
Race 10: Mosgiel Tavern, $10,000, rating 65, 1400m
Smoke House Bay justified favouritism with a narrow win. Trained at Rangiora by part-owner, John Blackadder, Smoke House Bay was ridden by Tanya Jonker. Smoke House Bay was back in eighth place until the 350m when she lodged a determined run. She held of the fast finishing favourite, Cabernet by a nose. Cabernet dropped out to the rear early. Hoofbeat was half a length back third after racing handy and being in cramped quarters in the closing stages. There was a neck to Supagili, who made the pace. Valetina Vittoria was closest at the finish in fifth place, ahead of Major Ish Choux.
Horse to follow: Cabernet.