In-form Bosson wins four rides
If you ever needed proof that Opie Bosson is a big race-day rider, then Saturday’s Derby Day at Ellerslie provided you with all the evidence.
Bosson took out four races including the feature of the day the $1million Vodafone Derby, and the group three Darley Plate.
His Derby mount was Gingernuts, raced by the Te Akau Gingernuts syndicate and trained by Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards at Matamata.
Bosson rode the perfect race settling Gingernuts just off the pace in the 2400 metre event, and had him ready to pounce once they turned for home. Despite a bit of a wayward run in the home straight, once the horse settled into his work he was able to go on to win by a length.
Gingernuts is by the Haunui Farm-based stallion Iffraaj and went into the Derby on the back of a smart win in the group two Avondale Guineas, two weeks ago. It was his fourth career win from just seven starts.
As stable rider for Te Akau, Bosson was also aboard Splurge when he won the group three Darley Plate. This fouryear-old son of Savabeel has had five starts this season, and has won four of them. In his fifth start he was beaten by Volks Lightening who finished second to him on Saturday.
Bosson was also successful on the lightly-raced Peaky Blinders in a rating 65 1400 and Ja Ja Binks in a rating 75 1200. His successful day at Ellerslie came on the back of riding three winners at the Waikato Racing Club meeting last Wednesday. There he teamed up to win with two Te Akau runners Grazia and Wide Awake, and the Mark Brooks trained Costa Brava.
Fellow senior rider Leith Innes was also in the winner’s circle at Ellerslie, and was on board Chenille when she won the time honoured Nathans Memorial, and Comin’through in the last race.
Nothing less than an outright win over Karaka will do PukekoheMetro’s Corey Hunter.