Ban­bury Lad wins for Lieft­ing

Franklin County News - - SPORT - MICHELLE SABA

‘‘He had a jump out on Mon­day at Pukekohe and beat a cou­ple of good horses so I knew I had him ready to win.’’

There is an old say­ing ‘never look a gift horse in the mouth’ and last Satur­day, at Ellerlsie Pukekohe Park, trainer Rudy Lieft­ing’s re­cent ‘gift horse’ re­warded him with a win in the Mitchel­son Cup.

Lieft­ing was given Ban­bury Lad by his previous trainer and breeder John Graham to pre­pare as a jumper. The Wood­bury Lad seven-year-old geld­ing had al­ready won four races on the flat for Graham, be­fore he trans­ferred to Lieft­ing in Au­gust.

Ac­cord­ing to Graham the horse wasn’t fin­ished on the flat it was just a mat­ter of Lieft­ing get­ting the best out of him and a last start third at Eller­slie ear­lier in the month hinted that this may be the case.

‘‘I pumped the work into him and have had him out at Kar­i­oitahi beach. He had a jump out on Mon­day at Pukekohe and beat a cou­ple of good horses so I knew I had him ready to win,’’ Lieft­ing told Rac­ing News.

And win he did, kick­ing clear on the turn in the 2200 me­tre event and go­ing on to win by five lengths in the hands of Lynsey Sather­ley. If the wet tracks hang around, it looks like the jump­ing ca­reer might well be put on hold un­til next sea­son.

Fel­low Pukekohe Park trainer David Med­calfe trained the maiden win­ner at Eller­slie’s six race pro­gramme – a short­age of run­ners be­ing an­other side ef­fect of the ter­ri­ble wet win­ter we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing – in Tremen­dous. A lightly raced four-year- old geld­ing he is by the Haunui Farm stal­lion If­fraaj, out of the Fly­ing Catalina, and is a half-brother to three win­ners in­clud­ing Stu­pen­dous who won 11 races and was placed in a Tele­graph Hand­i­cap.

Tremen­dous was hav­ing his first start since May and in the hands of lo­cal ap­pren­tice Am­ber Sims set­tled the horse just off the pace. Once in the home straight the pair kicked clear for home and went on to win by one and three­quar­ter lengths, a head of an­other lo­cally trained gal­loper in Ifnot Wainot, who was hav­ing his first start for Kevin Cramp­ton. Com­ing in third was an­other first starter in Pe­ga­soi from the Wil­liams sta­ble at By­er­ley Park.

It was the sec­ond win­ner for the week for Sims, she also rode a win­ner at Avon­dale on Wed­nes­day when she com­bined with Good Vibes to win a rat­ing 75 1370 me­tre event.

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