First Day Reviw
Favourite wins feature race
- Pre-post favourite MADISON COUNTY had held that betting for weeks leading into the Al Basti Equiworld NZ 2000 Guineas. Whilst some punters looked elsewhere on the day in what appeared an even field the Cambridge gelding justified all that support with a commanding win. Previously unbeaten DAWN PATROL was given every chance by Jason Waddell and finished second ahead of SIR NATE and IN A TWINKLING. Matt Cameron who had ridden THE CHOSEN ONE in its two previous wins chose the right stablemate for trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman. Chain Horse Club principal Teo Ah Khing was on hand to receive the trophy from sponsors representative Mohammed Al Basti who had travelled from Dubai for the race.
- Ten Christchurch Casino NZ Cup hopefuls lined up in the Redwood Metropolitan Trophy but the result did little to clear the picture for the Cup. 50/1 shot DEE AND GEE went to the lead down the back straight and never relented a strong gallop winning by three lengths from Cup favourite FELAAR, MENTAL TELEPATHY AND SWING NOTE. DEE AND GEE was the second winner in the race for co-trainer Terrill Charles who won with SHE’S INSATIABLE in 2014. Coincidently the Baker/Forsman combination also won the Guineas that year with TURN ME LOOSE.
- A small field of five started in the listed Yesberg Insurance Services Pegasus Stakes. Woodville trainer Shane Brown had hoped to win the Racecourse Hotel Grand National Steeplechase back in August with CHOCOLATE FISH who ran a grand race for third on that occasion. Shanes very good sprinter CASAQUINMAN was well placed on the minimum and rewarded his trainer with a feature win. Dylan Turner was the successful jockey.
- John Wheeler rarely misses a ‘Cup’ or ‘National’ meeting at Riccarton Park and this year is no exception. He has high regard for four-year-old IRISH FLAME and the promising gelding landed some profitable multi-bets in winning the last.
- Riccarton Park trainer Mike McCann’s apprentice Rohan Mudhoo was a proud young man winning aboard stable charge MONZA CIRCUITO in front of his mother and fiancé who had travelled from their homeland of Mauritius for the Cup Meeting
- The North v South count at days end was five wins apiece.