Trainer and driver bonus double for stable
The 2015 West Coast summer circuit has wrapped up and has resulted in trainer and driver awards for the stable. Starting the day Robert had a narrow lead in the trainer award, while John had a more commanding lead for the drivers honours.
The day started well with Windfall, owned by the Bagries and Reg Storer picking up a well earned victory after placings at the two day Westport meet. Drawn well, Windfall stepped ok and was handily placed early. John popped off the rails with just over a lap to go and sat parked outside the pacemaking Sioux West. Allowed to creep closer coming to the turn, he always looked to be travelling like a winner. At the 200m, he strode to the lead and went to the line a narrow but comfortable winner by a length in 2.40.4 for the 2000m stand.
Windfall gets a well deserved maiden win and starts the day on a good note for the stable
A race later and it was the turn of another consistent performer from Westport in Extra Guinness. Drawn well he came off the gate well and held a comfortable lead in the early stages of the race. With a lap to go, Midnight Flyer and Peter Davis came around and John was content to hand up the lead. Turning for home it looked every bit a two horse race. However, once angled out Extra Guinness came with an undeniable run to win going away by one and three quarter lengths, in 3.12.6 for the 2450m. A half brother to Cullect A Guinness, Extra Guinness has always looked a nice three year old and appeals as a horse to follow over the upcoming Nelson and Marlborough circuits.
Extra Guinness gets reward for two good placings at Westport, recording a maiden win
The two maiden wins, meant a consolidation of the bonus leaderboards. These were helped further by strong placings in the Reefton Cup from Cullect A Guinness (3rd) and Living Legend (4th). Both produced top runs, particularly Cullect A Guinness who while only third ran an amazing 4.07.3 for the 3200m, some two seconds faster than winner Seel The Deal after doing a power of work in the running.
Music and Mach Cruiser were both expected to perform well in the C1 and faster stand over the 2500 stand. While Music blew the start early, losing a big stretch of ground, Mach Cruiser stepped like a toff from his 25m handicap for Dexter. He was sent to the lead with a lap to go, kept up a strong pace down the back, looked like the winner on the turn, but succumbed late to the David Pearce trained Whyamibettor, going under by a half length. This placing was enough to secure the trainers bonus for Robert, while John had always had a comfortable lead in the drivers, holding out a late run by Ricky May.
With three winners and nine placings the three day circuit has been a successful one for the stable, with the highlight being the win of Cullect A Guinness in the Westport Cup on Boxing Day. With a great three days weather wise, who would want to be anywhere else than the Wild West Coast!
A very happy John receives the trainers and drivers bonuses from Tony Thomas
Posted: Wed 30 Dec 2015