Spring Racing 3rd Day Review
Winning debut for $550,000 yearling purchase
- Racing was abandoned after two races on Saturday 6 October due to instances of horses ‘slipping’ and resumed with an eight race card on Tuesday 9 October 2018.
- The Nobby Bussell Memorial Two-year-old looked a battle of the Jamie Richards trained pair – the colt CHALLA and the filly PUYSEGUR. The filly was a $550,000 yearling purchase prevailed for owners Willie and Karen Calder. It was just result for Southland domiciled Willie who had driven to Riccarton Park on Saturday, then jumped in his car to drive to Te Awamutu where he had a runner. That meeting was also abandoned and he turned around and headed back to Christchurch. (see image)
- Richards also prepared OUR FLYING ACE to win the Inglewood Stud Guineas Trial and in so doing shorten into third favouritism for the Al Basti Equiworld NZ 2000 Guineas.
- There was another Southland connection later in the day. For decades the famous ‘Dennis Brother’ have been churning our quality thoroughbreds more often than not with the prefix ‘The’ as p[art of their names. Their latest project is THE PRECIOUS ONE a daughter of NZ 1000 Guineas winner THE JEWEL and the mare commenced her four-year-old career with a win in the Plough Hotel Rating 72 over the 1200 metres distance.
- Riccarton Park trainer Michael Pitman underwent a 7 ½ hour cancer operation on the Monday and son and training partner Matthew oversaw the winners of both open races. ELFEE in the Waimakariri Businesses North Canterbury Cup and SON OF MAHER in the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile Prelude. The later is now fourth favourite to improve on last years dead-heat in the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile.