Return To Racing - July 25 Review
Augustace takes Greenwood Family Amberley Cup
- There is often discussion about the use of or benefits of moveable rails. The importance of them and the benefit to upcoming meetings is evident in this photo. Riccarton Park was required to race three times in four weeks at the wettest time of the year to relaunch racing after the COVID-19 enforced lockdown. As expected they were all on Heavy going and the 400 horses that raced over the three days equates to more like four meetings. The rail enabled use of the outside of the course for these meetings whilst ensuring ground was protected for use twice in August including Group 3 Winter Cup day on 15 August.
- The Greenwood Amberley Cup was the days feature. The time honoured race went to the ever consistent AUGUSTACE in the hands of the mercurial Chris Johnson.
- Riccarton Park trainer Sharon Robertson prepared the six-year-old and in a red letter day for the unassuming Robertson TAKE A RISK won the opening race on the card, also ridden by Johnson, and her only other runner FAUX PAS ran second to ATHENE in the last race the Daphne Bannan Memorial.
- ATHENE also brought up a training double for Neill Ridley after ATAAHUA DREAMTIME had won the HYGAIN/MITAVITE Maiden earlier in the day.
- One of the most popular winners came in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series race when DONNATINA scored for happy owner trainer Johnny ‘JT’ O’Flanagan. Terry Moseley was the winning rider.
- Two-year-old races always command much interest with the expectation of a potential up and comer. That may well be the case after the running of the Barney Knudsen Dash. Inglewood Stud filly MATCHMAKER scored a most impressive debut win and her three-year-old campaign will be awaited with interest.