IN Racing
NZ Cup Meeting - Day 3 Racing
Meeting completed on Monday
November 15, 2022
Aljay wins Martin Collins NZ Cup
  • What promised to be a New Zealand Cup Day out of the box with a sell-out crowd being reached on Thursday evening evolved to a calamitous event when racing came to an end when HARMONIOUS slipped during the running of race 3.  After remedial work being done on the surface on Saturday and Sunday the nine races not held on Saturday were run as a new raceday on Monday 14 November 2022.

  • Visiting Victorian jockey and expat Cantabrian Dan Stackhouse rode the winners of all three races conducted on the Saturday aboard UGO, OSO SAVVY who made it a double for the meeting for Hall of Fame trainer John Wheeler and part owner Taranaki Racing boss Carey Hobbs, and STAR BALLOT.

  • Back on the Monday AVAQUINELLA trained locally by Lance Robinson won the opening event the KN Cooltainer Premier.

  • A budding superstar LEGARTO gave owners and backers some anxious moments when proving difficult to load and breaking a bridle before the running of the Barneswood Farm 50th NZ 1000 Guineas.  In the end the $1.30 favourite treated racegoers to a stunning performance running away to win by 4 ¾ lengths in the hands of Ryan Elliot.  BEST SELLER ran second ahead of the Kevin Hickman owned BLUE SOLITARE.

  • Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers made it back-to-back Martin Collins New Zealand Cups and his third overall with the $2.80 favourite ALJAY.  For good measure Myers shares in the ownership with his great mate L J ‘Charlie’ Gestro.  Tina Comignaghi rode the winner to give her three winners on the day.

  • Trained at Ascot Park by Sabin Kirkland BUOYANT improved on his first day third placing to run out the winner of the Group3 Lindauer Stewards Stakes. Albeit being trained in the deep south this was BUOYANTS fourth win at Riccarton park including one on the Polytrack back in June.

  • CJC Commercial Manager Chris Rowe rounded out the day being part owner of JUNE BUG the winner of the last race.