Winter Cup Day Review
Major Tom wins feature
- The re-emergence of COVID-19 in the Auckland community during the week resulted in that City being Alert Level 3 and the rest of the Country at Level2. This meant that only people essential to the running of raceday could attend oncourse. A frustrating but necessary policy to maximise protection for the critical jockey pool and to enable racing to proceed for the wagering and televised product.
- The Group 3 Winning Edge Presentations Winter Cup was the first Group or Listed race of the new season. Ruakaka’s Kenny Rae is, along with Kevin Myers, New Zealand’s most widely travelled racehorse trainer. He had sent members of his team south before Auckland, through which he had to travel, went into lockdown, and it was a good job he did. Good galloper MAJOR TOM under the riding of top Matamata rider Sam Weatherly recorded his 11th win in only 33 starts in the days feature holding out a spirited bid from the other end of the country in WILD JACK from Riverton. Gore galloper NOMEN LUDI ran third and top-weight WHO DARES WINS tried valiantly in running fourth.
- Classy sprinter HE KIN FLY had won at the previous ‘Ghost Meeting’ on Saturday 21 March and after running 4th first up at Ashburton post lockdown won the Gold Club Handicap the days feature sprint. NELLIE BLY and CARSZON RIVER filled the minors.
- There was no happier person oncourse that Lance Robinson’s apprentice Yong Chew who scored his first winner aboard DR VELOCIOUS for Riverton trainer Kelvin Tyler a man who delights in giving young, hard working people a helping hand. The five-year-old is owned by one of racing’s unsung hero’s South Auckland based Terry Line who spreads his ownership and sponsorship far and wide around New Zealand.
- Hard work defines local jockey Terry Moseley and he was rewarded with three winners to be the days leading jockey.
- Kenny Rae and his training partner and daughter Krystal Williams-Tuhoro trained a brace of winners with three-year-old ZOLTAN upstaging the extremely hot favourite MATCHMAKER in the Zilco Three-year-old.
- Matthew and Michael Pitman also trained two winners on day that was disappointing for oncourse owners, members, sponsors and general fans but in a positive result achieved significant wagering and saw $240,000 in stake money distributed.