Callenberg heads home stable quinella in Cheviot Cup

Callnberg further pressed his claim this afternoon to be rated the most in-form intermediate grade pacer in Canterbury with a dominant win in today's Cheviot Cup.

All the buzz around today's race was the apprearance of C9 pacer Locharburn. Backed into $1.10 favourite on the tote, Locharburn began well enough from his 35m handicap, but it was two of the Robert Dunn stable reps in Joey Maguire and Callenberg that stepped among the best early. Joey Maguire led with two laps to go before handing up to Callenberg at the 2000m. It was a stretched out field as they passed the mile peg in a lead time of 1.17.5. John was able to back things off for the first quarter of the last mile cut out in 32 seconds, while it was a comfortable second quarter also in a tick over 30 seconds. The pace improved appreciably from the 800m as John asked Callenberg for a supreme effort and he obliged with a 27.9 quarter, that had most of his rivals struggling including the favourite that had to run a 26.5 quarter improving three wide to get nearer to the leaders. While Locharburn was still running into it, it was the stablemate Joey Maguire and Ross Houghton that had stalked the leader throughout and looked to have more to give. At the 200m the two settled down for the drive to the line and in a spirited finish, it was Callenberg that was able to hold on after doing most of the donkey-work in front, to win by a head over a game Joey Maguire, while Locharburn was three and a half lengths away in third.

Today's win continues the magic run for Callenberg this year and he is now unbeaten in his last four starts. A big rolling type, he loves running on the pace and when in his favoured front-running role, it takes a good horse to run past him.

Equally as good a run in today's cup came from Joey Maguire who is also in a purple patch of form. His stand start manners have improved no end since trips away to Nelson and Blenheim in January and he is doing a great job for his connections.

Callenberg after his tough front-running win in today's Cheviot Cup

Posted: Sun 28 Feb 2016

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