Summer Racing - 8 February Review
Wekaforce bolts home
- The second day of the Summer Racing Season carded only seven races with the two-year-old event failing to attract sufficient entries.
- Racing was competitive on a Dead4 track which was testimony to a great effort put in by the grounds staff in an exceptionally dry January aided by a few millimetres of rainfall during the week.
- With no listed races on the programme the days feature was the NZB South Island Sale 17 April Open Sprint over the 1000 metres distance. Nine runners headed by the Group 1 performed SENSEI faced the starter whilst the judge had little challenge declaring the result with WEKAFORCE (see image) a most convincing winner. PIPPI REA and JOHNNY JONES were 4 ½ lengths behind in the minors. Lisa Allpress, at Riccarton Park instead of the Group 1 day a Te Rapa, rode the four-year-old mare for Terri Rae.
- The other open race was over 1800 metres and attracted only five runners. That did not matter to Auckland based apprentice Masa Hashizume who, after starting his racing with Neill Ridley, made a triumphant return to Riccarton Park winning aboard OWEN PATRICK. The Japanese rider made it back to back wins on the Terrill Charles and Peter Corbett trained gelding having also been the winning rider at Trentham on Wellington Cup day.
- THE GROWLER was a popular winner of the first race. Owned by two big syndicates, with many oncourse, the Les and Richard Didham trained gelding outfinished I AM A ROCK and SHARP ‘N’ SILVER in the hands of Brett Murray.
- John and Karen Parsons were in rampant form winning three races on the programme whilst stable apprentice Tina Comignaghi and Lisa Allpress each rode two winners on the programme.
- Favourites won five of the seven races making the day a popular one for punters.