Ashburton Raceday Review
Transferred Meeting successfully run
- The weather bomb and resulting state of emergency in parts of Canterbury led to the June meeting being shifted from Riccarton Park to Ashburton on Friday 4 June The rain ceased a day earlier in Ashburton than it did in Christchurch which was a catalyst for the decision to endeavour to give stakeholders the best going and surety that the $185,000 of stakemoney would be available for competition.
- The Canterbury Jockey Club and stakeholders are indebted to those associated with Ashburton Racecourse for their cooperation in this move.
- Unfortunately the hurdle race and steeplechase could not be accommodated.
- The most impressive performance on the day came in Rating 65 1200 metres event where MAXIMUS PRIME was a stunning winner coming from the rear of the field. No mean feat at Ashburton. Trained by John Blackadder MAXIMUS PRIME is co-owned by the Club’s Commercial Manager, Chris Rowe, and was ridden by Sam Wynne who rode a treble on the day. (see image)
- ORIGINAL GANGSTER continued trainer Lyn Prendergast recent run of good form winning the Coupland’s Bakeries Open over the metric mile. Long-time stable jockey Kylie Williams was the rider.
- The days other open race was the Barneswood Farm over the 1200 metres distance. Englishman Martin Dunne gained his very first win as a trainer when in partnership with Pam Robson they prepared CELINE to beat the 62kg topweight MIDNIGHT RUNNER. Tanya Jonker rode the mare for a large syndicate of owners under the management of Club member John Fowke.
- Despite major challenges training at Riccarton Park with the bad weather on top of restrictions caused by the construction of the Synthetic Track no fewer than five of the eight winners were prepared at that venue. Full marks to the resilience of Riccarton Park trainers.