Col­lett’s ca­reer best to­tal

Franklin County News - - SPORT - MICHELLE SABA

The last race meet­ing for the sea­son has been run, and the lo­cal sea­son will kick off with a meet­ing at Pukekohe Park on Satur­day, Au­gust 12.

There was only one win­ner from the re­gion over the week­end, and that was Raaj, a son of If­fraaj trained by Les­ley Munro who won his maiden hur­dle at Ro­torua.

A win­ner of three races on the flat Raaj was rid­den by Cam­bridge-based Michael Rous­toby and gave him his first suc­cess as a jumps jockey.

The sea­son just past fea­tured a lot of high­lights for the lo­cals.

Alysha Col­lett fin­ished sec­ond on the Na­tional Jock­eys’ Pre­mier­ship with 97 wins, a ca­reer best to­tal for a sea­son.

In that sea­son she also rode nine black type win­ners with the most im­por­tant be­ing her group one vic­tory on Con­sen­sus in the Zabeel Classic.

Two of the those black type win­ners were for her fa­ther Richard who was the sec­ond lead­ing trainer at Pukekohe Park with 14 win­ners, be­hind Nigel Ti­ley who had 17 win­ners.

Col­lett’s stakes win­ners were the two Swiss Ace three- year-olds, Swis­sta who won the group two Great North­ern Guineas, and Top Prospect - the win­ner of the group three Trevor Ea­gle Me­mo­rial at Eller­slie.

Over at By­er­ley Park, Peter and Dawn Williams were the lead­ing train­ers with 18 win­ners.

They started the sea­son in part­ner­ship with Paul Richards, who now trains on his own ac­cord at By­er­ley Park.

In the past sea­son they trained two stakes win­ners, Talaria to win the listed Mur­doch Newall Stakes at Pukekohe and Natuzzi to win the group three Con­corde Hand­i­cap at Eller­slie.

Lo­cal breed­ers were also in the head­lines in the past sea­son, with Karaka-based Richard Moore breed­ing the lead­ing three-year-old Jon Snow.

Al­though he didn’t win a race in New Zealand this year, he was sec­ond in the Group Two Hawkes Bay Guineas and Great North­ern Guineas, as well as third in the Group One New Zealand Derby, Levin Classic and listed Karaka Mile.

How­ever he was dom­i­nant in Sydney in the au­tumn, win­ning the Group One Aus­tralian Derby, and the Group Two Tul­loch Rose­hill.

Jon Snow is a de­scen­dant of the Moore’s mighty mare So­lil­o­quy, and his achieve­ments have earned Moore a nom­i­na­tion for Breeder of The Year and the New Zealand Thor­ough­bred Awards to be held in Auck­land next month.

Jon Snow, named after the Game Of Thrones char­ac­ter, Stakes at is by the Haunui Farm sire If­fraaj.

Along with the deeds of an­other lead­ing three-yearold Ginger­nuts, who won the New Zealand Derby and the Rose­hill Guineas, they helped to make If­fraaj the Cham­pion sire of three-year-olds for the 2016-17 sea­son, much to the de­light of the team at Haunui Farm.

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Alysha Col­lett fin­ished sec­ond on the Na­tional Jock­eys’ Pre­mier­ship with 97 wins, a ca­reer best to­tal for a sea­son.

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