Zambezi Zipper won clearly after a well - judged ride by Courtney Barnes. She improved Zambezi Zipper from last of seven to lead at the 800m in a leisurely run race and the 5yr-old mare won by two lengths. Zambezi Zipper is trained at Riverton by Kelvin Tyler, the co-owner with his wife, Vanessa. Tyler and training partner Aimee also saddled the third placegetter Carlos.
Photo: Zambezi Zipper wins clearly.
Race 2: Be My Guest Design Maiden, $14,000, 1200m
Ataahua Pipedream extended a good record as a broodmare for his dam Just A Dream with a handy win. The 4yr-old Rip Van Winkle gelding is trained at Riverton by Graham Eade who races him with his son Michael, Michael’s wife, Cassie and Graham’s granddaughter Brooke Kincaid on lease from Jeanette Brown, of Christchurch. Ataahua Pipedream (Diego Montes de Oca) came from fourth on the inner and won by a length and a quarter from Forever Babe, who had trailed the leader.
Photo: Ataahua Pipedream with trainer Graham Eade (right) after his win.
Race 3: Green Island Grizzlies 1200, rating 75, $14000, 1200m
Silent Battler resumed from a six month break with a decisive win. Aided by the four kilogram claim of Yogesh Atchamah, reducing his weight to 58kg, Silent Battler led early at a slow pace and gave way to Zac Black at the 800m. He reclaimed the lead in the home straight and won by a length and a quarter. “I might go to Riverton but I am biding my time with him because of his knees,” said Sophie Price, the Winton trainer of Silent Battler who has now won six races.
Photo: Silent Battler wins well.
Race 4:Nellies Bar and Restaurant Maiden, $14,000, 1400m
Budai confirmed his first up fourth at Riverton with a dashing win. The 3yr-old Per Incanto gelding is trained at Riverton by Kelvin and Aimee Tyler for Trevor, Jane and Connor Lines, of Auckland. A gelding by Per Incanto, Budai came from seventh at the 500m in a 10-horse field to win by two lengths from Mr Gee, who staged a big run from the rear of the field.
Photo: Budai (Savish Khetoo) wins with authority.
Race 5: Property Brokers Dunedin, $14,000
Fiery Red gave Winton trainer Sophie Price a double for the day with two starters when the mare mastered topweight of 59kg. She won two races earlier with Silent Battler. Fiery Red prevailed despite rider Corey Campbell losing his whip at the top of the straight. She trailed close up on the outer and won by a length from Jakkalnuts, who ran on boldly.
Photo: Fiery Red with trainer Sophie Price after her win.
Race 6 Dunedin City Motors Maiden, $14,000, 1600m
Explosive Lass made the trip from Rangiora worthwhile for trainer Stephen Woodsford when she won. The 4yr-old Sweynesse mare is raced by the Thirsty Mob syndicate, the Triple Star syndicate, F McCarthy, K Peck, P Howlett and Amanda Pascoe. Explosive Lass came from fifth in the running to win by three parts of a length from Iffididit, who was posting her third second placing in three starts.
Photo: Explosive Lass with connections after her win.
Albatross gave the stable of Kelvin and Aimee Tyler their third win for the day with a powerful finish from sixth at the 400m. It was the first success for the Sacred Falls mare since joining the Tyler stable this season. She is now raced on lease by Kevin Edge, the MCC syndicate, Allan McIntosh, Hugh Thomas, Kelvin, Michael and Emma Tyler. Several of the owners were in City Slicker, who included a Chalmers Handicap (2500m) at Trentham among her four wins. City Slicker died after a haemorrhage in training. Albatross ran on strongly to head the game pacemaker Kid Roc by a length.
Photo: Albatross with her connections after the win.
Race 8: Grand Casino, rating 65, $14,000, 1400m
Stop Yelling proved the right choice by Omakau trainer Nikki White with his convincing win. “We only had room on the float for three horses and so we scratched The Piranha as we did not feel he would handle the heavy track,’’ said White. Stop Yelling, ridden by Gosen Jogoo and having his second start in a fresh campaign, surged home wide out from mid-field and won by two and a quarter lengths, who did well under 59kg.
Photo: Stop Yelling with jockey Gosen Jogoo, and owners Michael and Nikki (trainer) White.
Two years after Kilowatt claimed the Listed Positive Signs + Print Dunedin Gold Cup (2400m), Shockallia emulated that performance in carrying the same green and white silks to victory on Saturday at Wingatui.