Cambridge Jockey Club Meeting
Waikato RC @ Te Rapa
Waikato RC @ Te Rapa
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Talented filly Love Affair returned to winning ways unleashing an explosive turn of foot to capture the $20,000 Seafood Bazaar 1200 at Te Rapa.
The well-related daughter of Savabeel was a brilliant winner on debut at Te Aroha then finished at the rear at Matamata at her previous start when forced three wide without cover and racing too keenly throughout.
Back to her own age group, Love Affair ridden by apprentice Sam Weatherley allowed the filly to settle at the rear of the field until turning for home, Weatherley pulled to the outside and Love Affair exploded over the final 100 metres to reel in the leaders to record a thumping victory to beat Memories Only (R.Norvall) by a neck, with O'Racheal (S.Spratt) in third, a short head back in third.
Love Affair winning time was 1:10.79 (last 600m in 33.45) on a Good3 track.
Love Affair is trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman for Waikato Stud's Garry Chittick, who bred and races the talented filly.
Despite being in the stable for a short time, Love Affair has created an impression on the Cambridge trainers.
"I did get the heads up we were going to get her so I had been keeping an eye on her and pretty keen when she turned up at our stables," Forsman said.
Love Affair won her first trial at Te Awamutu last December winning over 850 metres, then winning another trial a month later over 800m at Te Aroha.
Love Affair is out of the unraced O'Reilly mare Romancing, a half-sister to the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner Somepin Anyin.
Odds on favourite Sarabande is a horse going places after an emphatic victory in the $10,000 Thornton Builders Maiden over 1200 metres at Te Rapa.
The daughter of Savabeel was having her first race-day start for 10 months after finishing second to Splurge. The form was franked when Splurge won the Group 3 Darley Plate a fortnight ago.
With the benefit of a recent trial victory at Rotorua 11 days earlier, the impressive trial win didn't go un noticed by punters, sending out the Jim Collett trained four year old a ($2.90) hot favourite.
With Sam Spratt in the saddle, Sarabande bounded out brilliantly from a barrier six but was restrained to settle in the last three with speed on from both sides.
Sarabande gave her backers a slight cause of concern racing greenly at the rear until the bend, until Spratt pulled to outside and Sarabande let down strongly bursting to the lead 200m out to win by three quarters of a length to My Giddy Aunt (V.Colgan) in second, with a neck to Culzean (B.Hutton) in third.
Sarabande's winning time was 1:10.23 (last 600m in 33.46) on a Good3 track.
The victory was Sarabande's first from seven starts and along with three placings has earned just short of $12,000.
Sarabande was passed in for $60,000 at the 2014 Karaka Select Yearling Sale, and is raced by her breeders Mrs J & T Hobson and trainer Jim Collett.
Impressive Pins mare Astrid continues to raise her stocks after proving too strong to win the the $25,000 Power Farming Rating 85 1400 metres at Te Rapa.
Though she was already a four time winner from her previous 17 starts, the five-year-old displayed her honest qualities with a gutsy performance to take the opening race by a neck.
Ridden by Craig Grylls, the pair jumped from barrier two to trail leaders Ruud Not Tood and Cheeky Boy. Grylls eased his mount off the rail to progress forward around the fading leaders just before the corner. Silhouette Noire dashed to the front but was gathered in by Astrid at the 250m mark and then withstood the strong challenge by race favourite Go Nicholas to win by a short margin. Silhouette Noire (S.McKay) finished third, one and three-quarters of a length further back.
Astrid winning time was 1:26.58 (last 600m in 32.47) on a Good3 track.
"It was a very good win by a very honest mare. She beat a nice handy field today. Go Nicholas was placed behind Splurge a couple of starts ago, so the form was pretty strong. Gryllsy said she did it quite easily, and he rode her perfectly, never panicked when the leader stopped quickly coming to the corner, got out and got her going, and she was too good for them," said Te Akau Racing Manager Brad Taylor.
"Being a Pins mare, she is going to increase in value if we can get some black type with her and the boys will certainly being eyeing the calendar for any suitable stakes' races," Taylor added.
Astrid recorded her fifth win and along with four placings from 18 starts has earned over $60,000.
Astrid was purchased by David Ellis for $80,000 at the 2013 Karaka Premier Yearling Sale, from Trelawney Stud's draft.
Astrid was bred by Joan Egan, who remains a part-owner.
Andrew Forsman, Stephen Marsh and Shaune Ritchie talk about their stable chances at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Wide Awake survived a stewards protest when taking out the $10,000 Print House Maiden over 1600metres at Te Rapa yesterday.
Sent out a hot favourite ($2.10) began well from barrier six in a 16 to settle sixth one off the rail. Approaching the home straight Bosson went forward in the centre of the track. Soon after straightening up, the pair headed towards the fence but never looked hampering any challengers chances and went onto score comfortably by one and half lengths with Bosson time to pose for the winning photograph. Sensibility (J.Waddell) was second with a nose back to Keep Up (S.Collett) in third.
Stewards looked at the concluding stages after the runner up connections' protested, before declaring Wide Awake the winner.
Bosson was suspended for five days, from Sunday up to and including March 17, after being found guilty of careless riding.
Wide Awake shifted inwards passing the 300 metres when not sufficiently clear and caused interference to three runners, including the second-placed Sensibility.
Wide Awake winning time was1:37.2 (final 600m in 36.1) on a Good3 track.
"He's still very green but Opie really likes him. He thinks he's one of those horses that next time in, he could be going around in Open races. He's shown ability the whole way through," co-trainer Stephen Autridge said.
Wide Awake first win at his fifth start, includes two placings has earned $8,700 for the Te Akau Wide Awake Syndicate (Mgr: D C Ellis).
Te Akau principal David Ellis purchased Wide Awake for $150,000 at the 2015 Karaka Premier Sale, from Monovale Farm's draft.
"He's a top-class colt from a family we really like and have already had success with," said Ellis, at the time of purchase.
The dam Kay's Awake was regarded as one of the very best race mares over the past decade. From 37 starts, she recorded six wins and 13 placings, among them second to Seachange twice in the Group One NRM Sprint and Telegraph and finishing third to Darci Brahma in the same equivalent races the year earlier in 2007.