24 April Review
Beauden justifies support
- The headline act on the 3rd day of the Autumn Racing Season was the time-honoured Coca-Cola sponsored Canterbury Gold Cup. It drew a field befitting its $100,000 stake and Group 3 status with runners from Ruakaka to Riverton. The Team Rogerson trained BEAUDEN (see image) was sent out a short priced $1.70 favourite after his Awapuni Gold Cup win and delivered for the punters but only after a sterling battle with fellow northerner HYPNOS. Locally trainer WHALE SONG, winner of the Christchurch Casino Easter Cup at his previous start, ran third.
- The win was jockey Ryan Elliot’s third on the day after winning the second maiden aboard stablemate CAPALDI and the previous race aboard UCALLEDIT for Kevin Myers.
- ATISHU was an even hotter $1.40 favourite to win the New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes which she duly did with a powerful finish to overhaul EXQUISITE PEARL and the brave LARPOWER. In doing so she wrapped up the prestigious New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series and booked herself a flight to Brisbane for the Queensland Oaks.
- ATISHU is raced by a Go Racing Syndicate as is ART DE TRIOMPHE who gave Riccarton Park trainer Andrew Carston a day to remember when the two-year-old filly became the first southern hemisphere winner for her sire VADAMOS. Under Kylie Williams she rallied strongly to beat CHOISA PRINCE and MOZZARELLA in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race.
- The Ellie Stokes Trust Open Sprint was the other feature on the day and KHIMAR WAR prevailed for trainer Lance Robinson and top rider Chris Johnson.
- On a day when 140 horses competed over $2.2 million was wagered illustrating the depth and quality of the fields across the 10 race card.