12 Sptember Racing Review
Five Princes continues to thrive
- An eight race programme was carded for the second day of the Spring Racing Season. Starter numbers were once again very strong with an average field size of 13.6.
- It took Balcairn gelding FIVE PRINCES (see middle of image) 20 starts to win its first race but in four subsequent starts has added three more wins and a fourth. The latest win for trainer Centaine Spittles was Saturday’s Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup Trial. One can wonder what makes a horse click but perhaps in this case it is former Parson’s apprentice Gosen Jogoo who first sat on the horse in a Rangiora June trial and in six raceday rides has the record of 4 wins, a second and the fourth.
- Senior Jockey Lee Callaway substituted for a stood down Chris Johnson aboard TURNCOAT in the Speight’s 1200 and in so doing ended a long time between drinks by riding his first winner since December 2019.
- That win was the second of the day for the Pitman training partnership with CARSON’S RIVER making it back-to-back wins when beating SUMMER MONSOON in the Rating 91 1400 metres event.
- The famous ‘Rose and Black’ colours of ‘Mick’ Murfitt once again graced the Riccarton Park winners stall with QUEEN SWEEP in the last on the day. Raced by ‘Micks’ son Corin and grandson Phil the mare is co-trainer by Phil’s wife, Naomi.
- SERIOUSLY was an impressive maiden winner for local trainer Neill Ridley. Named after a term regularly used by Neill’s great mate Angus Mavor, like Neill a one time stalwart of the southern jumps jockey ranks, SERIOUISLY was ridden by Rasha Cuneen.
- GRAB THE BAR provided young trainer Ashley Harrington (nee McKay) with her third winner since moving to a Riccarton Park base whilst another young training partnership Ashburton’s Sarah and Matthew Smith won with SPLENDIOR.
- Danny Frye had recently taken over the training of BOYSLIGHTUP from his daughter Ashley to be the other winner on a good days racing.