Avon­dale proves suc­cess­ful for Franklin mounts

Franklin County News - - SPORT - MICHELLE SABA

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.

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