Third Day Review
Sam Spratt rides the Cup winner again
- A plan put in place eight months ago came to fruition for BUZZWINKLE in the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup. The five-year-old gelding fought off a resolute challenge form DUPLICITY with the favourite FELAAR third in a close photo from GORBACHEV. Samantha Spratt made it consecutive Cups as winning jockey whilst Matamata trainer Glenn Old had the satisfaction of preparing a well executed plan.
- Damage to a plane on Wednesday and fog on Thursday resulted in a delayed trip to Christchurch for the Cup winner with a special charter being required on Friday morning. Also aboard were three contenders for the gavelhouse.com NZ 1000 Guineas. MEDIA SENSATION was one of those and it was a case of ‘all’s well that ends well’ with the filly taking out the Group 1 Classic from VALALIE and favourite XPRESSION. Michael Coleman got his first win in the race and trainers Peter and Dawn Williams returned to their old stomping ground to record their second win in it. Their first was with PLANET ROCK in 2011, a filly also owned by Sarah Green and Ger Beemsterboer.
- The same ownership hade been in the winners stall the race before with VENDIMA. This Australian bred mare was prepared by Neill Ridley to win the Rating 72 sprint sponsored by one time leading Riccarton Park trainer Bevan Laming.
- Sarah had been involved earlier in the day as sponsor of the Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes. This feature for the two-year-olds was won by MISS FEDERER giving local trainer Andrew Carston his first winner in a Listed or Group race. Matthew Cameron rode the filly to a game win over CHALLA who recorded his third second placing from as many starts.
- The days open sprint was the Vernon & Vazey Trucks Part Premier and it continued a rewarding run for Canterbury stables at the meeting with EL BEE DARCI winning at long odds for Ashburton’s Russell McKay.
- The South island won the battle of the islands seven to four on the day and 19 to 12 over the Meeting. Riccarton Park trainers won 13 of the 31 races.