Gra­ham Richard­son racks up 600 wins

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - DEN­NIS RYAN

Last Satur­day Gra­ham Richard­son had one of those days that ev­ery trainer dreams about, when just about every­thing goes right and the world’s a lovely place.

From five starters on the day he won three races – two at Ro­torua and one down south at Ash­bur­ton – and nor was there any­thing wrong with the ef­forts of the sta­ble’s two non-win­ners.

Richie’s big day be­gan in the third race at Ro­torua when Sul­try As­sas­sin, hav­ing her first start since Fe­bru­ary, up­set her more fan­cied ri­vals to hold out the favourite Thee Auld Floozie.

Snap­shot was next to strike, also win­ning nar­rowly in his first out­ing for the sea­son and re­main­ing un­beaten af­ter four starts.

Wet spring tracks kept Snap­shot at home for sev­eral weeks and he made his lon­gawaited reap­pear­ance with an­other im­pres­sive per­for­mance at Ro­torua on the week­end.

The win­ning mar­gin was only a neck but should have been con­sid­er­ably more if rider Craig Grylls had not let him coast the fi­nal 50 me­tres.

The part­ner­ship that races Snap­shot in­cludes Hen­ri­etta the Duchess of Bed­ford, who raced Snap with her late hus­band Robin, while oth­ers in the part­ner­ship are Richie McCaw and his 2011 Rugby World Cup­win­ning team-mate Ali Wil­liams.

The big day for Richard­son Rac­ing was com­pleted by the sta­ble’s soli­tary run­ner at Ash­bur­ton, Strada Cavallo, who de­fied her maiden sta­tus with vic­tory in the day’s fea­ture, the Listed John Grigg Stakes.

Not only was it an ideal trial for the Alam­osa filly’s big south­ern mis­sion, the Gr. 1 New Zealand Blood­stock 100 Guineas at Ric­car­ton next month, but it was also the 600th New Zealand win of Gra­ham Richard­son’s train­ing ca­reer.

PHOTO: TR­ISH DUNELL

On a big day for Gra­ham Richard­son, Snap­shot (right, Craig Grylls) makes it four from four with vic­tory over Mas­sof­dash at Ro­torua on Satur­day.

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