Waikato RC @ Te Rapa
Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate Raceday
Waikato RC @ Te Rapa
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Prodigal Son gave Ryan Elliot his third winner of the day with a hard fought win in the $20,000 Jamark Plumbing (Rating 65) over 1400 metres.
Elliot had won earlier in the day on Malambo and Darci Mac in the previous race, but Prodigal Son un-wanted by punters, defied his 27/1 odds.
Beginning quickly from barrier 12, Elliott slotted his mount in the first half dozen three wide but with cover then angling out to the middle of the track in the run home. Elliot confidently drove the four-year-old to the front and was too strong to hold off the fast finishing Quantum (M.McNab) by half of a length, with Pythagoras (T.Harris) the same margin back in third.
"I had to push to get in the first half dozen from the bad draw and then got a nice trail around the corner and he's really kicked on well," said Ryan Elliot
"It good to have a day like this," Elliot said with a beaming smile.
Prodigal Son's winning time was 1:27.04 (last 600m 36.98) on a Slow8 track.
Prodigal Son was also the third winner for the day for Elliot's bosses, Graeme and Debbie Rogerson.
"Brilliantly ridden. He gave it a real good ride, and came down on the best part of the track," co-trainer Graeme Rogerson said.
"From the outside draw, he got back, let it travel and put them away quite nicely. He's a nice horse."
"Bailey will be upset, now he won't be eligible for the amateur race at Christchurch, but it was a nice ride, and he's certainly going places Ryan (Elliott)," Rogerson added.
Two wins on the day from the Rogerson-owned stallion Duelled looks to have ensured he stays at his Dormello Stud, near Hamilton.
Placed in both the VRC Derby and the Spring Champion Stakes, Duelled is also the sire of Rogerson's impressive two-year-old winner earlier in the day, Malambo.
"I was going to sell Duelled, but I think I will keep him now. He owes me nothing," Rogerson said.
Prodigal Son has now won four and seven placings from 28 starts has amassed $54,900 for long time Rogerson supporter, owner and breeder Denise Howell.
Darci Mac underlined his untapped potential with a strong win in the $25,000 Rob May Builder (Rating 85) over 1400 metres on Saturday.
The six time winner was a last start winner in open handicap grade the previous week at Otaki but dropping back to the Rating 85 grade was carded topweight (59kgs) but appreciated the 2kg claim with promising apprentice Ryan Elliott aboard.
Jumping from barrier six in a field of ten, Elliott settled the son of Darci Brahma in eighth position, steadily improving from the 800m mark to be in a challenging position as the field swung into the straight.
Favourite Alamer drew first blood as she swept past Stradivarius who had led at a solid clip from the start, but was unable to match the firepower of Darci Mac ($5.20), who overpowered them inside the final 150m to win by three-quarters of a length to He's Cavalier (T.Thornton) in second, with Leeds (S.McKay) a long head back in third. Alamer battled on for fourth.
Darci Mac's winning time was 1:26.64 (last 600m 37.14) on a Slow8 track.
Elliott, who was having his first association with Darci Mac, would be hoping it won't be his last.
The five-year-old gelding is now a winner of seven and along with eight placings from 27 starts has amassed more than $110,000 for his breeders and owners Mrs A C & H S McCallum & S A Sharrock, and also N H & R T Stanley.
Kakahu Stalker powered home late for last-to-first win to give his trainer Kim Coxon her second career training success when taking out the $10,000 Become A Member Of WRC (Maiden) over 1600 metres on Saturday.
Coxon trains from the family farm in Walton, had won with Gumboots last season, and victory by Kakahu Stalker was her first for the 2016-17 season.
Rider Cameron Lammas settled Kakahu Stalker at the rear of the field after jumping from barrier 9 of the ten horse field. Approaching the 600m mark the pair were still at the tail of the field albeit only six lengths from new leader and race-favourite Suliman.
Entering the straight, the four-year-old travelled into striking position on the extreme outside of the field. Once straightening up, the gelding hit the front at the 250m mark and withstood the challenge from another back maker Stolen Night (T.Thornton) by a long neck. Suliman (S.Collett) finished third, four and half lengths further back.
Kakahu Stalker's winning time was 1:40.72 (last 600m in 36.76) on a Slow8 track.
The win was a happy tonic for popular couple Merv and Nelly Taylor, who also bred the son of Ifffraaj.
Kakahu Stalker's maiden win came after 9 starts and two placings and has now earned just under $8000 in prizemoney.
A copybook ride from leading apprentice Sam Weatherley saw favourite Lambrusco victorious in the $10,000 True Colours Children's Health Trust Maiden over 1600 metres.
Sent out punters elect on the back of five consecutive minor placings since his debut, including a strong last-start third here at Te Rapa last month.
The son of Cape Blanco jumped well from barrier five and Weatherley took up the running from the get-go before gradually stacking up the speed to a jog before the turn.
Having enjoyed such a cheap lead at the head of affairs, Weatherley still had a lapful underneath him turning for home. Lambrusco ($4.10) skipped clear at the 300m mark, and never looked in doubt getting run down. Second favourite Recollect (M.McNab) was the first of the chasing pack to emerge, running home solidly to finish second, half a length back back. Redcayenne (V.Colgan) finished third, a head further back.
Lambrusco winning time was 1:40.92 (36.29) on a Slow8 track.
A model of consistency, Lambrusco broke through for his maiden win after two third placings and a fourth in his previous three starts. The gelding has now won nearly $9,000 in stakes from seven career starts for his owners C K R Dawson, M P Keaney, Llanhennock Trust & Miss S M Logan.
The win was trainer Samantha Logan's third winner from 34 starts for the 2016-17 season.
Logan purchased the three-year-old at the 2015 Karaka Select Sale for $35,000 from Wentwood Grange's draft.
High Class turned back the clock to return to the winners' circle, two years after her previous win, with a brave victory in the $25,000 NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (Rating 75) for fillies and mares over 1600 metres at Te Rapa.
Byerley Park trainer Jenna Mahoney wouldn't have expected to wait so long, after the daughter of Shocking won on debut as a juvenile beating subsequent Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner Risque, at Avondale back in May 2015.
Her form drop away sharply after finishing runner-up to No More Tears in the Listed Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie as a three-year-old.
The rising five-year-old has been knocking on the door recently with three minor placings in her last three starts and in the hands of in-form rider Alysha Collett got home when it mattered on Saturday, to beat a handy line-up of fillies and mares chasing the Pearl Series bonus.
The Kipling Girl (M.Du Plessis) just missed the Pearl Series bonus, finished second beaten three-quarters of a length, with Saffron Lady (R.Jones) also chasing the Pearl bonus, the same margin back in third place.
High Class winning time was 1:39.37 on a Slow 8 track.
"She's a consistent mare now, she has matured and is running well," winning trainer Jenna Mahoney said.
"She hasn't had a lot of luck, also had some bad draws and really needs a track to suit. She's not naturally a Heavy11 track type of horse, so we brought her to Te Rapa, where the slow track really suited."
After her recent run of minor placings, I knew she would be hard to beat on a slow track," Mahoney said, who also races the mare along with G J Pratt, L A Grant, P F Mahoney, H J Poczwa, S S Mahoney & M M Phillips.
High Class second race victory along with nine placings from 25 starts, takes her earnings over $55,000.
The victory became jockey Alysha Collett's 90th winner of the season, which places her third on the premiership ladder.
Surprisingly it was Collett's only second winner of the season at Te Rapa, the last one back in August last year.