Hat trick wins for Sam Spratt
‘‘Byerley Park trainers Shaun and Emma Clotworthy trained at double at Ruakaka as well. ’’
The new racing season has started well for Pukekohe-based jockey Sam Spratt with three winners last week.
Spratt combined with Kirkintilloch to win a maiden 1600 metre event at Ruakaka last Wednesday. A five-year-old lightly raced gelding by Falkirk, he is trained at Pukekohe Park by Nigel Tiley, and that was his first winner for the new season.
At Taupo on Friday she kicked home World Class in a rating 65 1300. A six-year-old Iffraaj mare, she had travelled north from Hastings for the Taupo meeting. Winner number three came at Te Rapa on Saturday where once again she combined with Jon Miller’s useful winter galloper Waipipi Lad to win again on the Te Rapa track.
Karaka-based jockey Mark du Plessis also scored a double during the week winning on Dashper at Ruakaka last Wednesday and Trisha Lea at Te Rapa on Saturday. Dashper a gelding by Westbury Stud’s stallion Redwood was having only his second start when he broke maiden ranks. He was one of four winners on the day trained by Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs.
Byerley Park trainers Shaun and Emma Clotworthy trained at double at Ruakaka as well. Karaka Red, a four-year-old Captain Rio gelding, capitalised on a run of recent placings to win a maiden 2100 metre event.
There second winner, Delegate, was recording his second career win for a group of local owners including Terry Lines. A gelding by Raise The Flag he settled in the trail over 2100 metres, before going to the lead with 300 to run, and holding on to win by a neck.
Felton Road, in the hands of Leith Innes was a very impressive winner at Te Rapa. The Tony Pike trained gelding, won two races as a two-year-old last season and now looks poised for a big threeyear-old season.
His owners include former Black Cap cricketer Simon Doull, noted bloodstock agent Rob Mulcaster and Clarks Beach identity Peter Talyancich. On Sunday, Karaka breeder Richard Moore was presented with the Auckland Breeder of The Year Award at a luncheon hosted by the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
Moore bred the group one Australian Derby winner Jon Snow, along with the Newcastle Cup winner Sacred Master, both descendants from Soliloquy.