Callenberg delivers win four of career

Confidently labelled as the best hope today for the stable at today's Amberley meeting, Callenberg was a convincing winner over a field of C2 pacers over the 1950m stand.

Usually a very good beginner, Callenberg was slow away today and when the field settled down, he was in third last spot. Driver John Dunn  saw no cause for concern and when Johnny Eyre looked to improve down the back, he promptly jumped on the back of that runner. Able to get outside the leader Pocket Of Jewels from the 600m, John allowed Callenberg to slide forward with his challenge on the turn. The two horses had the race to themselves over the last 200m and while Callenberg always looked to have the race in control. Pocket Of Jewels fought strongly to go down by just a length.

Owned by Terry McDonald and Eddie Griffin who have raced a host of nice horses over the years, Callenberg is a son of Christian Cullen, out of the former top racemare in Coburg (10 wins, $205,176). A six year old, Callenberg is lightly raced and today's win was his 4th from just the 21 race starts. He is assessed as C3 after today's win.

Callenberg was a convincing winner over Pocket Of Jewels

The day's feature the Amberley Cup featured the two stable runners in The Royal Garden and Cullect A Guinness. The Royal Garden galloped its way out of the contest early on and was never a factor thereafter. Cullect A Guinness was simply massive in running 5th. Already handicapped off 40m, he too galloped away, adding many lengths to his task and looking out of it altogether. At the 2000m mark he was about 100m behind the then leader The Friendlyassassin and it was not until the 1200m that he was able to tack on to the rear of the field. As the leaders started to get serious turning for home, John was searching for inside runs with Cullect A Guinness, which when clear in the last 100m really boomed home for 5th, to be beaten just under six lengths. His overall time of 3.19.6 was 1.3 seconds faster than impressive winner Seel The Deal. Favourite Hug The Wind put up a big run for second after having done his share of work, while The FriendlyAssassin battled strongly for third.

Of the day's other runners from the stable Kotare Kasai signalled that another win is not far off, powering home for 4th after getting clear late in her race. Quest For Fame was a battling 9th after enjoying a nice run throughout, while Janices Cullen never featured after getting back in her race.

The one win today was enough to tie up the Trainers Premiership for the time being anyway, as both the Robert Dunn stable and the Purdon/Rasmussen stable sit on 58 wins.

Dexter and John had a win apiece today and John continues to trail Dexter who leads with 118 wins, by 55 wins. Blair Orange is a further 11 wins away in third place.

Posted: Mon 08 Feb 2016

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