Otago Racing Club meeting at Wingatui, May 24, 2019.
Weather, fine; track, slow (8); rail, out 3m.
Race 1 Dunedin City Motors Financial Year End Sale, $25,000, rating 72 1600m
Owen Patrick was a most impressive winner. He settled third last on the inner in the 14-horse field and he was giving the leader a start of a dozen lengths at the 400m. He stormed home to win by three quarters of a length. Owen Patrick (Doni Prastiyou) was having his second start since joining the South Canterbury stable of Terrill Charles and Peter Corbett, who now race the 4yr-old son of Ocean Park – Unplanned with racing commentator George Simon and his wife, Maryanne, of Matangi. Owen Patrick won three races from 13 starts when trained at Cambridge by Shaune Ritchie.
Our Teddy Boy was not disgraced when second. He improved wide out from the rear of the field at the 500m and reached the lead inside the 200m. Teddytwinkletoes ran on from mid-field for third, a length and a quarter back with half a head to Just Push Play, who came from the rear at the 600m. Augustace dropped out after leading.
Horse to follow: Owen Patrick.
Race 2 Dunedin City Motors On Andy Bay Road Maiden, $10,000, 1400m:
Malawi had a well earned win. Ridden by Tina Comignaghi, he made the pace but was headed in the run home and came again to prevail by half a head. The 4yr-old is raced by his Balcairn trainers John and Karen Parsons, who bred the Edenwold – Lezani gelding.
“Lezani (by Beautiful Crown) won first up as a 2yr-old at Riccarton (2010) but she did not good on with it,’’ recalled John. Got A Rock, who finished second, raced outside Malawi and gained the upper hand near the 200m. There was three and a quarter lengths to Renounce, who fought on well after racing three wide close to the pace. Chookie’s Girl made ground for fourth, ahead of Jandles (closest at finish) and Haka Star.
Horse to follow: Renounce.
Race 3 Dunedin City Ford Financial Year End Sale, $25,000, rating 72, 1200m:
The 3yr-old filly Exemplar posted her third win on end with a bold finish. The daughter of Showcasing – Cabal is trained by Michael and Matthew Pitman for John Clapham, of Auckland. Lisa Allpress settled Exemplar last in the seven-horse field, improved wide out from the 500m and prevailed by half a head. The favourite Miss Brahmos was a game second after disputing the lead and working clear at the 600m. Turncoat, the early leader was two lengths back third with a similar margin to Nopele, who recovered quickly from a slow start to trail the leaders.
Horse to follow: Miss Brahmos.
Race 4 Dunedin City Mazda Financial Year End Sale, $22,500, rating 65, 1100m:
Black Label outsped her rivals in her first race for 12 months. It was the first win back for jockey Kylie Williams after a seven month break through injury. She fractured an ankle that required surgery. The win made the trip to Wingatui worthwhile for Masterton owner, Dermot Fitzgerald, who has the 6yr-old Per Incanto mare in the Wingatui stable of Steve Tyler. Black Label was soon clear in the lead and drew clear in the final stages to win by five lengths. Fascino Lass ran on from fourth for second. There was half a neck to Supatwista, who ran on from the ruck with a head to Campo (second mostly) and three quarters of a length to Miroslava (slow away).
Horse to follow: Black Label.
Race 5 Dunedin City Used Cars Financial Year End Sale, $22,500, rating 65, 2200m:
Dante Fire fairly outstayed her rivals. The 4yr-old Raise The Flag – Inferno mare is trained by Brian and Shane Anderton for the All Blokes syndicate, Brian and Lorraine Anderton, She was ridden by stable apprentice Corey Campbell. Dante Fire led early then settled sixth on the inner.
She came on generously to win by three quarters of a length from Fly Without Wings, who led briefly early then trailed when Riding High took over at the 1600m. Pableau was a neck back third after holding a handy position with half a head to Friday Knight, who ran on boldly from the rear. Slammer was close up fifth, ahead of Baby Menaka and the favourite Grant, who raced mid-field.
Horse to follow: Friday Knight.
Race 6 Ford Ranger NZ No 1 Vehicle, $35,000, open handicap, 2200m:
Nomen Ludi continued a good week for trainer Ellis Winsloe with a brave win. Winsloe won the Great Western Steeplechase at Riverton on Sunday with Tai Ho, a half brother to Nomen Ludi. He trains Nomen Ludi for Invercargill breeder Allan Graham, who also bred Tai Ho. Nomen Ludi, ridden by Terry Moseley, raced close up in the open, reached the lead near the 100m and won by a neck from the favourite Smiling Assassin, who ran on solidly from mid-field. There was a nose to The Gordonian, who did well after leading with half a length to Lady Bealey, who held her position throughout. Londonderry Air was a length and a quarter back fifth in cramped quarters.
Horse to follow: Nomen Ludi.
Race 7 New Mazda 3, 1st June, $35,000, open handicap, 1400m:
Kiwi Ida wound up her 4yr-old season with a dashing win. She settled eighth in the hands of apprentice Rahul Beeharry and sustained a big run wide out from the 400m to win by two and a half lengths. Kiwi Ida, owned and trained by John and Karen Parsons has won six of her 10 starts and $147,925 in stakes this season. Nowhere Man overcame a slow start to finish second, a length and three quarters clear of Moyrabella, who ran on from beyond mid-field. Trudeau, who had his chance was a head back fourth, ahead of pacemaker Zawhip.
Horse to follow: Nowhere Man.
Race 8 Dunedin City Motors Biggest Ever Sale Now, $22,500, rating 65, 1400m:
Whale Song got in the deciding stride over Queen Jetsun. The Michael and Matthew-trained Whale Song(Lisa Allpress) overcame the widest draw in a 14-horse field and came from last early. Queen Jetsun disputed the pace outside Sun Genes and she was clear early in the run home. Lord Beaver ran on from eighth for third, a length back with a length and a quarter to Regent Street, who was never far away. Montserrat had her chance when fifth, ahead of the favourite Reevederci.
Horse to follow: Whale Song.