Hat trick wins for Sam Spratt

Franklin County News - - SPORT - MICHELLE SABA

‘‘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.

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