Grand National Racing Festival of Racing - Day 2 Review
Daring ride claims Hurdles
- A daring ride by Buddy Lammas resulted in ALFIE DEE winning a driving finish to the Hospitality New Zealand Canterbury 130th Grand National Hurdles. With the crowd roaring the nine-year-old having only his fifth hurdle start beat BAD BOY BROWN by a nose with GUY FOX and THE GREART GURU running third and fourth some distance back. ALFIE DEE gave Hunterville trainer Ken Duncan a special double after SHAMAL had won the steeplechase version of the Grand National last year.
- The Nautical Boat Insurance Grand National Amateur Championship is a feature of the three day Festival and this year’s renewal was no exception drawing a field of 14 runners. Scott Wenn has for a long time been a topflight Amateur and recorded his first win in the race aboard the favourite MAESTRO BLU. Scotty MacNab another at the top of his craft finished second aboard SIR RITCHIE.
- REVOLUTION for Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal won the Riccarton Park Function Centre Maiden Hurdles in the hands of Aaron Kuru.
- The Dean Cunningham trained TELL ME MORE won the days other jumping race the Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge Steeplechase with Ken Duncan and wife Jacques being part owners. Shaun Fannin was the winning rider.
- Chris Johnson was the only rider to record two wins.
- As on the first day the north versus South count was 6 to 4.