IN Racing
Grand National Festival - Day 1 Review
Lord Darci wins Cup
August 08, 2022
Terry Moseley and Bevan Wilson enjoy the moment
  • Racing was conducted on Heavy10 going but not as wet as feared after July being the wettest month in Canterbury history.

  • The time-honoured Winning Edge Presentations sponsored Winter Cup had not been won be a Canterbury galloper since McLASKRY in 1999.  Ashburton Owner Trainer Bevan Wilson, a past All Blacks fullback, and Christchurch rider Terry Moseley ended that run of outs in emphatic fashion with LORD DARCI in the 2022 renewal.  The five-year-old gelding won by 2 lengths from SUMMER FESTIVAL and 6½ lengths to Whyte Handicap winner BERRY FLASH.  Sharing in the owning and training is Bevan’s wife Robyn, daughter of legendary Gore trainer Rex Cochrane. For good measure Bevan and Robyn bred the winner.

  • The Koral Steeplechase (Sponsored by the Racecourse Hotel and Motor Lodge) drew a disappointingly small field of only four runners but despite that a little bit of history was extended with Awapuni trainer Mark Oulaghan recording his seventh win in the race.  WEST COAST ridden by top jockey Shaun Fannin beat a Kervin Myers trained trio for a family ownership group headed by Ron Williamson.  Ron the backbone of the Kurow Jockey Club has long been a stalwart of racing in the south.

  • The Avon City Ford Sydenham Hurdles was also dominated by Kevin Myers who provided four of the six runners.  HE’S RIC and Hamish McNeill led all the eay to prevail over stablemates HEY HAPPY and INTERLLECTUS, the later having his first run since August 2020.

  • Ellis Winsloe got a result for Southland with TARAMEA LAD dominating the last race in the hands of Krishna Mudhoo.

  • Myers won four of the nine races to be leading trainer on the day and head a 6 to 3 count in favour of North Island stables.

  • Jockey honours were shared around with all nine races being ridden by different riders.