Autumn Racing - 5 March Review
Belle Fascino wins the Jack Thompson Open
- It is sometime necessary for an open race to be carded on a southern Industry meeting to fill a programming void. Regrettably such a race commands a $12,000 stake but the field that was attracted to the Jack Thompson Open over the 1400 metres was worthy of a $35,000 Feature day race. Multiple Group and Listed performer BELLE FASCINO gained a justly deserved win over two other performers in the best grade SON OF MAHER and MONZA CIRCUITO. Trained by Stephen Marsh at his Riccarton Park satellite stable the win was Marsh’s 700th with Samantha Wynne who helps at the stable the winning rider.
- The Danny Crozier trained STRIKE FORCE remained unbeaten after stepping up to Rating 65 grade in the last of the day. As was the case in his debut three weeks earlier Jason Laking was the winning rider. Danny’s partner Rachael Deegan owns the four-year-old Battle Paint gelding with the trainer.
- KHIMAR WAR started a very hot favourite and justified that support in the NZB South Island Sale 17 April Rating 72. The Lance Robinson trained gelding had won in the same grade on the course three weeks earlier with Lisa Allpress again the rider.
- The same trainer rider combination combined with SUCCOSO SEGRETO in the Victoria Woodley Rating 65 after having also won in Maiden company at the meeting on 13 February.
- Allpress fresh from being the first woman to ride a winner in Saudi Arabia on the weekend rode three winners on the day the other being CINTO BAY for owner Les Grenfell and trainers Les and Richard Didham in the Christchurch Casino Rating 72.