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Lowry’s skills on show in The Gift’s win
Rider Jacob Lowry proved the difference that finally helped punters cash in on The Gift at Wingatui on Saturday.
Jonny Turner 2 0 | March 08, 2021
The Gift and Jacob Lowry are well clear as they hit the finish line

Rider Jacob Lowry proved the difference that finally helped punters cash in on The Gift at Wingatui on Saturday.

Lowry was aboard the filly for the first time in the listed 1400m feature for 3yr-old fillies when his pinpoint manoeuvring helped the Southland galloper score.

She was beaten as a short-priced favourite in her previous two starts in the Dunedin and Southland Guineas.

Trapped wide on a strong speed, Lowry expertly found room in the running line before the home turn to give The Gift the breather she needed before she extended in the straight to win.

"We ended up being caught a little wide, but I managed to drop in and get a breather just before the pace really went on," the jockey told NZ Racing Desk.

"Once she got that, she just travelled beautifully and I think anyone watching the race wouldn’t have wanted to be on anything else turning for home.

"She had them covered and did it pretty easily in the end."

Saturday’s victory was the 11th black-type win in the saddle and second of the season following Lowry’s Timaru Cup win aboard Gallant Boy.

Lowry completed a winning double at the Wingatui meeting when he rode Exchange to his second consecutive win for trainers Brian and Shane Anderton.

The rider gave the promising 4yr-old a dream run through the pack after he was left wide and near last from his barrier 12 draw soon after the start.

After weaving a path through the field, Exchange exploded out of the pack to score for owners Ian and Sue Nichol and Ray and Alison Kean.

The owners purchased the Ghibellines gelding from White Robe Lodge breeders Brian and Lorraine Anderton.

The Andertons enjoyed an outstanding day, producing the winners of three races, each by their stallion Ghibellines.

Brian Anderton won as a breeder, owner and trainer with Country Boy, who scored an upset win over 1600m.

The Ghibellines 4yr-old was given an economical run just off the speed by rider Corey Campbell before letting down strongly in the straight.

The veteran horseman and wife Lorraine also bred Live Drama, who won her fourth consecutive race when she prevailed in the 1200m open handicap.

The Lance Robinson-trained Ghibellines mare capitalised on a sweet trip handed to her by rider Chris Johnson by going on to clinch her sixth victory in just her 13th start.