October 24 Raceday Review
Vitesse Bo wins War Decree Stakes
- The Group 3 War Decree Stakes was the feature event on the 4th day of the Spring Racing Season. The Ben Foote trained VITESSE BO won the important ‘Guineas Lead-up’ and will be looking to go two placings better than her half-sister TRAVELLING LIGHT in the Barneswood Farm NZ 1000 Guineas® in three weeks time. Local jockey Terry Mosely was the winning rider having previously won the race in 2000 and 2002. Favourites MARINE and UNITION filled the minor placings.
- Hunterville trainer Adrian Bull travelled south to attend the funeral of his mate Neill Ridley the day before and decided that if he was going south then so to should some horses. The rest as the saying goes is history. WILLIAM WALLACE recorded his third win from eight starts on the Riccarton course when running out a convincing winner of the Christchurch Casino Spring Classic. The favourite COMMINIQUE ran second ahead of crowd favourite and perennial topweight WHO DARES WINS. Sarah MacNab was the winning rider.
- Kevin Hickman is a great support of the Canterbury Jockey Club and his trainers Stephen Autridge and Kris Shailer have a team based at Riccarton for the spring. Retained rider Craig Grylls produced the good s aboard KARALINO to defeat UPPERHAND and an unlucky BENEFICIAL in a tight finish to the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile Trial.
- A new feature to the programme was the ‘NZB Airfreight Road To The Jericho’ over the unique flat race distance of 3000 metres. The winner is granted exemption from the ballot in the Christchurch Casino NZ Cup® and the A$308,000 Jericho Cup in Victoria on the last Sunday in November. Riccarton Park is a happy hunting ground for Ruakaka trainers and Chris Gibbs did what Kenny Rae did earlier in the day preparing DRAGON STORM to run out a most convincing winner of the staying test. In doing so he gave Craig Grylls his first of two winning rides.
- Rae and daughter Krystal Tuhoro-Williams had trained the winner of the previous race the days two-year-old event. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS made in two from two in the hands of Lee Callaway and is part owned by mine host at the Yaldhurst Hotel, Dave McHugh.
- Image - Vitesse Bo post race presentation