Gra­vano de­liv­ers on rain-soaked track

Franklin County News - - SPORT - MICHELLE SABA

‘‘He (Gra­vano) will be one to watch over the Auck­land Cup car­ni­val which kicks off in two weeks with the mil­lion dol­lar Voda­fone Derby on March 4.’’

The only race meet­ing in our re­gion was the Auck­land Rac­ing Club’s meet­ing at rac­ing head­quar­ters at Eller­slie on Satur­day, where two lo­cal win­ners were pro­duced.

By­er­ley Park train­ers Peter and Dawn Wil­liams lined up Eller­slie spe­cial­ist Gra­vano on a rain-soaked track and he didn’t let them down, win­ning the 1500 me­tre open hand­i­cap.

Rid­den by Dani Prastiyou, the four-year-old son of lit­tle known sire Roc de Cambes set­tled off the pace and came with a well-timed run to win by a head.

Gra­vano has now had 14 starts and has won on five oc­ca­sions each time at Eller­slie. He will be one to watch over the Auck­land Cup car­ni­val which kicks off in two weeks with the mil­lion dol­lar Voda­fone Derby on March 4.

An­other to watch over the Cup car­ni­val will be The Dom who also won on Satur­day. Trained by team Rogers at Pukekohe Park, the lightly raced four-year-old geld­ing was rac­ing fresh up over 1200 me­tres.

In the hands of Sam Spratt, who gave the horse a copy­bookride set­tling in the trail and kick­ing clear in the straight, he pre­vailed by a head de­spite a strong chal­lenge from highly rated Tony Pike geld­ing Fast and Fa­mous who was rid­den by Leith Innes, and his sta­ble­mate Bold Bach­e­lor was a long neck away in third.

The Dom is by the hot West­bury Stud stal­lion Swiss Ace out of the Stravin­sky mare Joiya, mak­ing her a half-sis­ter to the two-year-old stakes win­ning filly Niki Piki Milo.

Also at Eller­slie Innes rid­ing again for Tony Pike scored on Sin To Win in a rat­ing 75 1600 me­tre event.

Sun­day’s races were at the Poverty Bay Turf Club in Gis- borne, where a cou­ple of lo­cal train­ers at­tended.

Lo­cally Sauced, a five-year-old If­fraaj geld­ing, was re­warded with a win in a rat­ing 65 2000 me­tre race at Poverty Bay.

He is trained at Waiuku by Grant and Tana Shaw who are cam­paign­ing horses on the East Coast with fel­low train­ers Sean Cameron and Shaun and Emma Clot­wor­thy.

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