Strong Report Race 1
Cu Chulainn dashed over his last 600m in a sensational 33.46sec with a dashing win at his first start. “They just don’t go faster at Wingatui,” said Wingatui trainer Terry Kennedy. Cu Chulainn, a son of Burgundy -Nioamh Elizabeth trained by Mark Walker for the Te Akau Irish Warrior Racing Partnership disputed the early lead and then was steadied to third by Joe Kamaruddin. He dashed to the front inside the 200m and won by four lengths.
Strong Report Race 2
Sway Up held on to win after a daring ride by Matamata jockey Tegan Newman. Sway Up led early and went five lengths clear at the 700m. He held on to win by a head from favorite She’s A Con with a long neck to The Last Thyme. She’s A Con came from the rear of the field at the 500m. Sway Up is a Highly Recommended – Lezani 3yr-old gelding owned and trained by John and Karen Parsons.
Strong Report Race 3
Tap ‘N’ Go, who was on verge of retirement had an overdue win in the hands of Daniel Bothamley, who had been side-lined for four and half months this season with a broken collarbone.
“I was thinking of retiring him (Tap ‘N’ Go) as he had been performing so poorly. He worked at the beach at Waikouaiti last week and that seems to have worked,” said his Omakau trainer and co-owner Nikki White. Tap ‘N’ Go settled eighth and came along the inner to wear down the pacemaker Darci’s Belle by half a neck with three parts of a length to Willis. The number One Spon staged a late bid for fourth.
Strong report Race 4
Race 4 Positive Signs+ Print, open, $40,000, 1200m
Amberecho recorded her fourth win on the Wingatui track from six starts there. Ridden by Kylie Williams, she trailed the leaders Emanon and Tyler Eight and finished generously to win by a neck. Burgundy Rose fought on well for second after racing handy with a head to Eptimum, who ran on from sixth.
Strong report Race 5
Race 5 Dunedin City Motors, rating 75, $30,000, 2200m.
Hey Mickey gave trainers John and Karen Parsons their third win for the day. Ridden by Jasmine Fawcett, he tracked the pacemaker, Lovelock, went to the front at the 700m and dashed away to a six length lead. Noble Knight ran on strongly from sixth to reduce that margin to three quarters of a length on the finish line. There was a gap of two lengths to Aquattack.
Strong report Race 6
Property Brokers, rating 75, $30,000, 1400m.
Trainer Stephen Marsh produced Divine Sava and Miss Ella to finish first and second. Divine Sava is raced by the Go Racing Divinyls syndicate, including Jeff and Colleen Young and Warren Hamilton, of Cromwell. Divine Sava who trailed and out finished co-pacemaker Miss Ella, has been based at Riccarton since winning there on February 11. The Savabeel mare has been ridden in her last two wins by Courtney Barnes.
Strong report Race 7
NZB Insurance Stakes, 3yo fillies, $65,000, 1400m
Romancing The Moon outclassed her rivals. Ridden by Joe Kamaruddin for the Moonstruck Racing Partnership and trained by Mark Walker, Romancing The Moon (El Roca – Underthemoonlight) won by five and half lengths. She trailed close to lead and angled three wide entering the home straight, she careered away. Betty Spaghetti ran on for second, ahead of Miss Dunsford, a stablemate of the winner.
Strong report Race 8
ODT Southern Mile Final, rating 82, $100,000, 1600m
Jockey Terry Moseley made it two out of two in the Southern Mile finals when he rode Burgie. Moseley won the race last year on Henley. Burgie is trained at Wingatui by Brian and Shane Anderton, who also saddled the runner up Mayor Of Norwood and the fourth placed Capo Dell Impero. Burgie raced close to the pace, forged to the front inside the 200m and won by a length from the fast finishing Mayor Or Norwood with a length and three quarters of Poverty Bay. Burgie is raced by Brian and Lorraine Anderton with B J’s syndicate which has been operating for many years.
Strong report Race 9
Race 9 Nellies Restaurant and Bar, rating 65, $30,000, 1600m
Float gave trainers John and Karen Parsons their fourth win for the day with an all the way win. The stable also won with Sway Up, Hey Mickey, and Amberecho. Fawcett also rode Hey Mickey. Float won by a length and three quarters from Nortibutnice with three lengths to Taimate Diva.