NZ Cup Meeting - 3rd Day Review
Dee and Gee provides emotional victory
- Emotions ran high in the birdcage after DEE AND GEE won the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup. Part owner and co-trainer Terrill Charles had battled cancer with great bravery and dignity and could not believe that she was in the birdcage to win the most historic race on the Riccarton Park calendar. Partner Peter Corbett also struggled to hold his emotions in check as they proudly posed with their pride and joy for post-race photos. Manawatu jockey Leah Hemi rode the six-year-old mare who defeated the topweight KAHARAU and Wellington Cup winner GORBACHEV.
- LOIRE was at long odds to win the Group 1 gavelhouse.com 47th NZ 1000 Guineas but the Redoute’s Choice filly defied putters predictions defeating JENNIFER ECCLES and the favourite TRAVELLING LIGHT. Michael McNab celebrated a Group 1 win as only he can aboard the Brent and Cherry Taylor owned and Tony Pike trained filly.
- Dan Millers decision to undertake a spring campaign in Canterbury with his small team was again rewarded with a Listed Stakes victory in the Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes. His two-year-old gelding blundered the start but still proved the best of the juveniles in beating the locals SHOWEMHOWITSDONE and OHIO SHOWGIRL. Sam Wynne was the jockey.
- Wynne, Hemi and McNab all rode two winners on the day, whilst the 11 races were each won by a different trainer.
- Quality mare KIWI IDA won the twelfth race of her career in the Vernon & Vazey Truck Parts premier for owner trainers John and Karen Parson. Their apprentice Ashvin Mudhoo, a cousin of successful Riccarton Park riders Krishna and Rohan Mudhoo, couldn’t have wished for a better stage on which to ride his first ever winner.
- Southern stables won seven of the 11 races with the north winning four. The overall count for the three days was 19 to the South and 13 to the North.