In-form Bos­son wins four rides

Franklin County News - - SPORT - MICHELLE SABA

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.

SHANE WENZLICK/PHOTOTEK.NZ

Noth­ing less than an out­right win over Karaka will do Pukeko­heMetro’s Corey Hunter.

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