August 29 Racing Review
Ruakaka visitors continue good run
- COVID-19 Alert Level2 regulations again applied to the first day of the Spring Racing Season at Riccarton Park. This resulted in only those people essential to the running of the day being able to be oncourse.
- Conditions were perfect for a late August raceday both overhead and underfoot with a Dead 5 tracks rated 3.2 on the penetrometer.
- Ruakaka trainers Kenny Rae and his daughter Krystal Williams-Tuhoro have travelled much of their team south for the spring and as they did at the previous meeting won the days three-year-old race. This time with EVA JAMES in the hands of Samantha Wynne (pictured). They also won a second race with the promising GIGOLO GEORGE who beat a strong field in the Rating 98 sprint. Terry Moseley rode the winner who is owned by his very good friend Kevin Neilson for whom Terry was best man.
- The Pitman training partnership also scored a double with HEARTOHEART in the Speight’s Maiden and CARSON RIVER in the Rating 89 1400 metres race.
- Training honours however went the Stephen Marsh Riccarton Park satellite stable with three winners, maiden winner JOJO ROXX, GLORIOUS OCEAN and BRONTE BEACH in the Rating 94 ‘mile’.
- Local owner/trainer Laurie Jarvis got a much deserved win with her consistent galloper ZURAFAA in the distance maiden.
- Riding honours were taken by Samantha Wynne with three winning rides on the day.