Mid Winter Christmas June 22nd
Mid Winter Christmas briefs
- Unusually a beaten runner was the highlight of the day. Rising 10-year-old SCAPOLO had his first start at Riccarton Park as a two-year-old and 78 starts later was having his 23rd run at the venue, something that is not all that extraordinary other that the fact that SCAPOLO was trained at Wanganui not here in the south. Trainer Kevin Myers wanted the gelding to have his last start at his adopted home track and the fairy story almost came true in the days feature the Greenwood Amberley Cup with the gallant gelding just going under to the fast finishing LIL MISS SWISS. SCAPOLO was roundly applauded as he left the birdcage bringing a tear to Queensland owner Ric Hill who was over for the occasion. The winner came from the Riverton stable of Kelvin and Aimee Tyler and was ridden by the vastly improved Tanya Jonker.
- Tanya also combine with trainer Taylor Burnett, a young man with great potential, to win the Smiths Hire Benchmark 65 with GIFTED.
- The days open sprint, the Sonia and Garry Thompson Open, resulted in a continuation of the picket fence formline for PIPPI RAE who made it five wins on the trot in Kevin Hickman’s colours. Stable apprentice Tina Comignaghi rode the five-year-old for trainers John and Karen Parsons.
- INTIMIDATE may have run last at her only start in the spring but recent trial performances suggested an autumn win might be on the cards. So it was to be in the Barney Knudsen Dash for the two-year-olds. The Inglewood Stud owned filly is trained by Nick Wigley and was the second of three winning rides for Tina Comignaghi.
- Kevin and Pam Hughes may be cruising Europe but stable foreperson Natalie Smith has done the job admirably in their absence and prepared ALBUT ME to win the Optimise Fertilisers & Equi-Lise Benchmark 72 in the hands of stable apprentice Sanu Toolooa.
- Training honours went to Kevin Myers, who was oncourse himself to see SCAPOLO, with two winners.