Summer Wealth a big first up winner for stable

Summer Wealth a big first up winner for stable

The now five year old Mach Three gelding Summer Wealth, was confidently backed on the tote today at Ashburton and never looked like letting down his supporters.

After stepping really well, he was up disputing the pace from the 1700m and in front by the mile peg. He always looked to be travelling a treat for Johnny out in front and looked to have plenty left in the tank at the end of 2400m run in a moderate 3.04.7, with the closing sectionals in 57.2 and 27.3 respectively.

Orginally part of the southern barn of Nathan Williamson, Summer Wealth qualified in May of last year and had the one unplaced start as a three year old, before resuming as a four year old earlier this year. He was unplaced in three further starts. Nathan had always thought a bit of the horse, but thought that time would always be his best friend.

He was sent north to Woodend Beach a couple of months ago by owners Ben and Karen Calder, with the hope that the long straights would help him develop and strengthen up further.

He was unplaced in a first up trial in late October, before winning a workout against the trotters a week later at Rangiora. It was largely based on this winning run that he was sent out the hottest of favourites this afternoon.

Summer Wealth is out of a Holmes Hanover mare Lucy Star, that has now produced four individual winners out of four to go to the races, the most successful of these being Em Ef Cee - 27 starts, five wins, four seconds, four thirds.

Today's race had somewhat of an international touch to it also, with the Peter Bagrie trained The Director being driven today by visting English reinsman James Haythornthwaite. A former professional rugby league player Haythornthwaite is on a trip down under with his brother Richard who also had a spin around the Ashburton track in a later race behind the John McDermott trained Red River Lochee.

Posted: Thu 16 Nov 2017