Strong Report – Wingatui Make a Splash Race Day June 2nd 2019

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Banbury Lad won in a close finish to post his third win in his last four starts over hurdles. Ridden by Stuart Higgins, Banbury Lad came from seven lengths off the pace at 500m to win by a long neck from Jackfrost with half a head to Cashel.

Otago Racing Club meeting at Wingatui, June 2, 2019.

Weather, showery; track, heavy (11); rail, true position.


Banbury Lad after his hurdle win with trainer Amanda Schwarz, kockey Stuart Higgins and Pukekohe co-owner Graham Simpson.

Race 1 Wairepo Hereford Stud Hurdle, $20,000, open, 2750m

Banbury Lad won in a close finish to post his third win in his last four starts over hurdles. Ridden by Stuart Higgins, Banbury Lad came from seven lengths off the pace at 500m to win by a long neck from Jackfrost with half a head to Cashel. Banbury Lad is trained at Invercargill by Amanda Schwarz, who races the Woodbury Lad gelding with Graham Simpson, of Pukekohe and Greg Taylor, of Tauranga. Jackfrost made a bold showing in his first jumps start in a fresh campaign since he won the Grand National Hurdles at Riccarton and Northern Hurdles at Te Aroha last winter. His rider Jacob Lowry lost his irons at the first fence, recovered to second on the outer before striking the last fence.  He blew after the race according to Lowry. Jackfrost is booked to fly to Melbourne for a steeplechase campaign. He will be in the care of Anderton stable forewoman Courtney Barnes and based at Ballarat. Cashel also shaped well after making  the pace. The favourite The Energizer fell and spread himself at last fence when lodging his run from back in the field. He appeared to be inconvenienced as the fence had been punched down by Jackfrost.

Horse to follow: Jackfrost.

Adequacy (Stephan Karnicnik) and Delacroix (James Seivwright) clear the last fence together in the steeplechasse.

Race 2 Wairepo Hereford Stud Stereplechase, $20.000, open, 3200m

Adequacy prevailed by a nose over Delacroix after the pair had engaged in a great battle over the last 1000m. A better jump by Adequacy at the last fence may have been the deciding factor.


Adequacy (Stephan Karnicnik), who had the best of a flag start by about some five lengths was well clear in the lead early. It was the first win for Adequacy since he was leased by Riverton trainer, Kelvin Tyler, his brothers Philip and Allan and father, Ken in August.  The Sufficient – Miss Zoey 6yr-old was previously trained by John Wheeler at New Plymouth. Irish Dude fell on the flat near the 1400m and brought down stablemate Paddy Owen.  Regalo Reaal, who had his chance, was in a gap of 16 lengths third.

Horse to follow:

Race 3 Southern Wide Realty, $10,000, 2yo, 1100m

Kitty Power held too many guns for her three rivals. Ridden by Kavish Chowdhoory, she settled second on the outer, reached the lead inside the 200m and won by a length and three quarters. He’s Got Power ran on from fourth for second, three lengths clear of the pacemaker Spur Road. Kitty Power is a filly by Dalghar from Coat du Roan, trained at Riverton  by Kelvin and Aimee Tyler for Terry Lines.

Horse to follow: Kitty Power.

Kitty Power(Kavish Chowdhoory) wins the race for 2yr-olds.

Race 4 Diamond Syndicate Maiden, $10,000, 2200m

Chookie’s Girl heralded a successful career as a stayer with her win. Ridden by Jacob Lowry, she was stepping up in distance and dashed clear by three and a quarter lengths in the closing stages after trailing fifth on the outer. A robust 4yr-old mare by Raise The Flag from Danz A Rook, she is trained by Brian and Shane Anderton for the Estate of Val Christophers. Chookie’s Girl is the first foal of Danz A Rook, a Danzighill mare who won nine races to 2200m when trained by Christophers. Chookie’s Girl had been placed in her other three starts. Peggy Stewart, who led early, then settled fourth on the inner, ran on for second with three quarters of a length to Macpac, who was back on the inner at the 400m. Steele Canyon led then trailed  the and battled on for fourth, ahead of Shock And Awe, who dashed to the lead at thre 500m

Horse to follow: Chookie’s Girl.

Race 5 Dunedin Print, $10,000, rating 65, 2200m

It’s Pandemonium who improved from mid-field to lead near the 1000m, stayed on to win. The 5yr-old Red Giant mare was ridden by Gee Saejorhor for Wingatui trainer Steve Tyler. It’s Pandemonium lasted by three quarters of a length from The Style, who trailed close to the lead. Roc The Cradle, handy outer, was a length and quarter back third, ahead of Sir Ed, who was closest at the finish, ahead of Lady Em and  the well supported Slammer.

Horse to follow: It’s Pandemonium.

Kitty Power(Kavish Chowdhoory) wins the race for 2yr-olds.

Race 6 Make A Splash at Wingatui Charity Maiden, $10,000, 1200m


Ringbolt won narrowly but well. Ridden by Krishna Mudhoo, he led out then trailed the leaders, reached the front inside the 200m and held off the strong finishing Battle Man by half a head. Ringbolt, a 6yr-old gelding by Pentire – Cyd Charisse, is  trained at Invercargill by Jo Gordon, who races him with Richard Tong. Battle Man came from an awkward position sixth on the inner. He finished three quarters of a length clear of Lady Davone, who disputed the pace with Maks Legend. Faux Pas, who was back early did well for fourth, ahead of Maks Legend and Nazare.

Horse to follow: Battle Man.

Reevederci (Brett Murray) who relished the heavy track to win.

Race 7 NZB Insurance Pearl Series Maiden, $10,000, fillies and mares, 1400m

Known To Flirt collected a $10,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Pearl series bonus for her owners with  her win. A $2250 weanling purchase at a New Zealand Bloodstock sale by Ikamatua part-owner Brian O’Malley, she is 4yr-old by No Excuse Needed from Flirting. She is trained at Riccarton by Les and Richard Didham. Known To Flirt (Jason Laking) was close up on the outer, disputed the lead with Elva and Highland Lady at  the 600m. She did best in the run home by three quarters of a length from Highland Lady, who did well after being forced over extra ground. Elva was three quarters of a length back third with a similar margin to Ubetiam. Molly Polly ran on late for fifth.

Horse to follow: Highland Lady.

Race 8 White Robe Lodge, $10,000, rating 65, 1400m


Reevederci confirmed his liking for heavy ground with a decisive win. The 3yr-old Reliable Man gelding ridden by Brett Murray, was having his second start from the Invercargill stable of Jo-Anne Dalton. He is now raced by Alan and Kerry Harper and Tom and Julie Kilkelly. His other win was by eight and a half lenghths on a heavy track at Avondale in June last year when trained by Lance Noble. Reevederci settled seventh on the inner and came through to lead near the 150m. He won by a length and three quarters from Abbey Kay, who made a game attempt to lead over the last 1200m. Monserrat ran on from ninth for third, half a length back with three quarters  of a length to Whiskey In The Jar, who was slow away.

Horse to follow: Reevederci

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