Craig Grylls wins the opener on John F. Grylls Memorial day8 Sep 2019

It was appropriate that jockey Craig Grylls rode the winner of the first on a day named after his Grandfather, on John F. Grylls Memorial day when he booted home Seemax to a slight surprise win in the $10,000 Cal Isuzu (Rating 65) over 2100 metres here at Te Rapa on Friday.

Grylls settled the five-year-old daughter of Rip Van Winkle handy to the leaders, leading at the 300m mark and withstood the challenge from favourite Beau Jeu (M. Cameron) to win by a length and a quarter with Century Miss (S. Collett) leading the rest of the runners, over six lengths back in third.

“There was good speed today. She’s a little one paced but she’s got the split and got the front. She started to look around but she did enough,” Grylls said.

Seemax’s winning time 2:16.58 (last 600m in 38.43) on a Heavy10 track.

“It was a good ride from Craig (Grylls),” owner and trainer Michael Wallace said.
“The heavier track today suited her better, compared to her last two starts where it was a bit bottomless and she didn’t handle it.”
“The track today was a genuine heavy track which suited her best.”
“She’s a tough mare and handles racing. She's a good mare to train.”
“If I continue to get Slow8-9 tracks, I’ll keep her going but when the tracks firm up we’ll have to play it by ear,” Wallace said.
Seemax’s second win on her 14th start takes her stakes to $17,000 for owner/breeder and trainer Michael Wallace.