Summer Racing - 25 January Review
Windsor wins Speight's Timaru Stakes
- Owner Kevin Pratt from Palmerston North had the option of watching horses compete in Melbourne, Wellington and Christchurch. He chose traveling south as he had never had a horse win three in a row which was the task facing WINDSOR in the Speight’s Timaru Stakes (see image). The Terri Rae five-year-old got the job done in strong fashion defeating MONZA CIRCUITO, BELLE FASCINO and Group 1 performer ENZO’S LAD in the days Listed Stakes race. Under-rated rider Courtney Barnes got a much deserved feature winner.
- The unpredictability of racing was evident when MR INTELLIGENCE won the Christchurch Casino Dunedin Gold Cup Trial. Nikki and Barrie Blatch only entered their four-year-old because there wasn’t a suitable Rating 72 race in the immediate future and was in fact a late entry after the nominations were left open. The end result; a long drive to and from Tapanui made a lot easier with a $20,000 winners cheque to come.
- Inglewood Stud’s Nick Wigley trained BLACKBOOK to win the NZB South Island Sale 17 April Maiden over the 1400 metres distance. The three-year-old filly is by SACRED FALLS who won the 40th running of the Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas whilst half-brother UGO FOSCOLO won the 44th running of the now Al Basti Equiworld sponsored NZ 2000 Guineas.
- Warwick and Mel Coles are not strangers to producing winning two-year-olds and were again in that role with CHOKITO winning the NZB Insurance Pearl Series race over 800 metres. Their filly beat home the Te Akau runner UNDER HER SPELL and IMPERIOUS who flashed home for third. CHOKITO is another gavelhouse.com success story after being bought through that medium for only $1,700 with her mother as a foal at foot.
- Sam Wynne on hers first day back from suspension was the only rider or trainer to win two races on the day.