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Strong Report - Rugby at the Races, Sunday 2nd June 2024
Otago Racing Club 4th June 2024 Track: Heavy (8), Rail: True, Weather: Fine
Tayler Strong | June 02, 2024
Race 1: Bauble and Jockey Corey Campbell

Race 1 Win A Hilux with Property Brokers, rating 75, 1600m - $35,000

“He just keeps improving,” jockey Corey Campbell told co-trainer and owner, Brian Anderton after riding Bauble to win his third race on end. Bauble made light of 60kg and came from second last in a nine-horse field at the 350m.  “We will keep him fresh and press on to the National meeting,” added principal trainer Shane Anderton.

Brian, who bred Bauble with his late wife, Lorraine, pointed out that Bauble, a 5yr-old by Ghibellines from La Gem was from the same family as Warmonger, the 10-length winner of the Queensland Derby on Saturday.


Race 2 Grand Casino rating 75, 1200m - $35,000

Street Fightin Man completed back-to-back wins at Wingatui under 59.5kg.  The Pure Champion 6yr-old trained by Steven Woodsford and ridden by Akshay Balloo, sat outside the pacemaker Rochello, gained the upper hand at the 350m, and won by a length from Sassman with a nose to Zacat who came from eighth on the winner.


Race 3 Speight’s, rating 65, 1200m - $35,000

Ace Sapphire stepped up from a maiden win at his other start to score decisively.

Ace Sapphire (Yogesh Atchamah) was handy, dashed to the front near the 200m and won by two- and three-quarter lengths. “I will just take him through the grades. He is only a 3yr-old,” said trainer Kelvin Tyler of Ace Sapphire. Victor Rouge did well for second after racing three wide close up with a length and a quarter to Avitus who came in contact with the riderless Gunnar at the 350m. Gunnar lost rider Tanya Jonker at the start.


Race 4 Kade’s Restaurant, 2YO, 1100m - $35,000

Cloche overcame the outside draw in a seven-horse field to win her first start in style. Ridden by Kylie Williams, Cloche took a wide berth and sprinted sharply in the closing stages to win by a length and a half from Mamea, who was recording her third minor placing. Cloche is trained by Brian and Shane Anderton and the Ghibellines – Fascinate filly is owned by Brian and estate of Lorraine Anderton and Parr Bloodstock Ltd. She is a sister to Bowler, a winner.


Race 5 The Mosgiel Tavern, rating 87 2200m - $40,000

Loftys Gift made it four wins in a row with a game performance. “She is just a really good, gutsy mare who keeps on improving,” said Donovan Cooper, who has ridden Loftys Gift in her last two wins for trainer Robert Dennis and owners the Knot Enough syndicate and Markwood Lodge Ltd. Loftys Gift was three wide close to the pace and stayed on to win by a long neck from Heidi Hi win a head to Proserve.


Race 6 Positive Signs + Print, rating 65, 2200m - $35,000

Tellme You Loveme clearly outstayed her rivals when ridden by Donovan Cooper for Ashburton trainer Robyn Ayton. The Tavistock mare came from fourth in the running to win by a length and three quarters from the pacemaker Theoden with a length and a quarter to Hallelujah Brother.


Race 7 Dunedin City Motors, open, 1400m - $40,000

“I will press on to the Winter Cup. He has a good record at Riccarton and was unlucky in the $350,000 race there,” said trainer Michael Pitman after the win of Charbano. The 4yr-old, ridden by Kylie Williams, powered home from back in the field to win by half a neck from the game pacemaker The Hangover with a head to Go Lotte.


Race 8 Nellies Restaurant &Bar, rating 65, 1400m - $35,000

Bailey Kennedy was singing the praises of prominent Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh after Savabourbon got up in the last stride to win.

“Stephen sent this horse down and said it would win races. I really didn’t want to take it, but I talked my bosses at Edinburgh Realty to take shares and Stephen kept 10 %,’’ said Bailey, a real estate agent.  Savabourbon was having his third start from the stable of Terry Kennedy (Bailey’s father). Bailey races Savabourbon with Marsh, Shaun Stevenson, Dylan Voyce, Xavier Brougham, David Drinnan, John Hornbrook, Mike Dougherty, Peter Wilson, and Duncan Nicolson.  Savabourbon (Ruvanesh Muniandy) came from the rear of the field at the 350m to win by a nose from Valyrian with a head to Freedom Reins and a similar margin to Bleakhouse Bertie.


Race 9 Be My Guest Design, rating 65, 1400m - $35,000

Anticipate eclipsed her rivals in her first race for four months, completing back-to-back wins for trainer Terry Kennedy and rider Ruvanesh Muniandy. She capped a great day of breeder-trainer Brian Anderton. Brian and the estate of Lorraine Anderton and brother Hec Anderton and Hec’s wife, Pat have Anticipate leased to Terry and Debbie Kennedy. They also have winner Loftys Gift out on lease. Brian figured as an owner and trainer with winners Bauble and Cloche.  The quartet of winners are by Ghibellines, whom he stands at White Robe Lodge.


Race 10 Ray Kean -Property Brokers, rating 65, 1600m - $35,000

Smooth Operator continued the good news for part -owner, Stu Tweedie with his win. Stu was in touch today with his brother, the former jockey Alwyn Tweedie, who advised that he was making a good recovery from a head injury suffered when riding track work. “Alwyn was riding a 2yr-old when the saddle slipped, and he struck his head on a rail. He had six or seven weeks in intensive care but is fine now. “He phoned me after Heidi (stablemate of Smooth Operator) ran second today.”