Autumn Racing - 23 April Review
Prise De Fer wins Cup
- The time-honoured Coca-Cola sponsored Canterbury Gold Cup was fittingly won by the highest rated runner entered for the race. PRISE DE FER a proven Group 1 performer and a Group 2 winner was rated eight points more than his closest rival HASABRO. Punters considered him the best chance and so it proved with the Mark Walker trainer visitor being too good for Ascot Park mare ASATHOUGHT and IRISH GIRL. Ashburton jockey Jason Laking continued a recent rewarding association with Te Akau Racing as the winning rider. The time was a very slick 2.00.03 which, whilst not a track record, was the fastest in the history of the race since being run over 2000 metres or mile and a quarter. The previous best had been 2.00.32 recorded by COMMISSIONAIRE in 1983.
- Most racing fans considered that REPUTABELLE would continue her winning ways in the New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes, but it was not to be. The winner of NZ Bloodstock Southern Filly of the year had to settle for third behind BURGIE and BELLE OF THE BALL. Brian and Lorraine Anderton bred the filly and race her in partnership with BJs Southern Syndicate. Son Shane shares in the training with Terry Moseley the winning rider.
- BURGIE was Moseley’s third winner of the day after MATSCOT was a maiden winner and VOLVIK won the Waimakariri Businesses North Canterbury Cup.
- The Anderton training partnership also won the last on the card with CAPO DELL IMPERO.
- Riccarton Park conditioner Lance Robinson also trained two winners, AERIAL BLUE in the maiden and KHIMAR WAR in the KAM Transport Open Sprint.