Return To Racing - July 11 Review
Another successful day
- Club Chairman Gordon Fulton had a red-letter day part owning two winners. Debutante two-year-old filly WALKTHISSWEY (see image) won the 900 metres maiden and OCEANS AWAY recorded his second victory in the Coca-Cola 2000. Both were trained by Rangiora conditioner Paul Harris with Sarah MacNab riding the former and Courtney Barnes the latter.
- Keeping it in the family, so to speak, previous Chairman Jeff McCall, Business Services Manager Gareth Murfitt and Chief Executive Tim Mills shared in the ownership of WANDERIN OVER who won the David Lyttle Farewell. Also sharing in the ownership was popular identity Barry Pelling who won many races at Riccarton Park winner as a jockey but was recording his first win at his home course as an owner. Local apprentice Kin Kwo partnered the Ross Beckett trained mare.
- David celebrated his retirement after 55 years of service to the Club and Riccarton Racecourse primarily being responsible for managing the gate and other raceday workers.
- TURNCOAT won the Norwood Farm Machinery 1200 for the Pitman partnership and was ridden by their apprentice Wesley Papier.
- The Pitman’s had previously trained the trifecta in the Rating 92 sprint over the 1000 metres distance with SABER, CONFESSIONAL and NELLIE BLY.
- Chris Johnson took another step towards the riding record of Davis Walsh aboard the ultra-consistent AUGUSTACE who hung on against the rail to beat the fast finishing JIN LU.
- Andrew Carston joined Harris and the Pitman’s to train two winners when he ‘book-ended’ the programme with HUNUA HANK in the last race after previously winning the first race with WHERE’S WALLY part owned by Hororata Committeeman Don Arthur.