Avondale proves successful for Franklin mounts
A good track at Avondale last week created competitive racing and quite a bit of local success.
Byerley Park trainers Alan Peard and Bruce Wallace were represented by an impressive maiden winner in Hezthewonforus, who won on debut over 1400 metres.
A three-year-old by Sufficient, he is a half-brother to the smart stakes winning mare trained by the duo in Shezhardtocatch.
She has won six races including the Gr.3 Concorde Handicap, Cambridge Breeders Stakes, and listed Counties Bowl.
Hezthewonforus was bred and is raced the same owners in Able International Limited.
On the back of winning two trials he was a convincing winning clearing away by eight lengths in the hands of Mark du Plessis. He certainly looks like a colt to follow. Another first starter, Morrie Ock, was also a comfortable winner leading all the way to win over 1200 metres in the hands of Sam Spratt. A threeyear-old gelding by Perfectly Ready, he was also winning on the back of good trial form. He is trained by Richard Yuill at Pukekohe Park for his breeder owner Alan Young.
Karaka based breeders Lesley Warwick along with Deb and Kate Milliken, are part-owners in Romancer, a promising Redwood four-year-old from the Logan and Gibbs stable, who won fresh up at Avondale. He showed a lot of promise last season before being injured on the eve of the Derby, and it’s good to see him return to winning form. He was ridden by Opie Bosson.
At Tauranga on Saturday Byerley Park trainers Emma and Shaun Clotworthy, trained Two Thirty to win a rating 1400 event, giving the Fast’N’Famous gelding his third win. Two Thirty is raced by Karaka-based Terry Lines and Emma Clotworthy, and races in Lines’s distinctive red and white Vernon and Vazey colours.
His second winner was a NZ Thoroughbred Holdings owned Swiss Ace gelding in Carson River. It was a well-deserved win for the four-year-old trained at Cambridge by Tony Pike.
There are only two weeks to go before the Ssang Yong Counties Cup at Pukekohe Park which is shaping up to be a big day for the Counties Racing Club.
It’s bound to be a great day of racing, and the club reports that the hospitality options on the day are selling out fast.