Jock­eys en­joy Pukekohe spoils

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

Mata­mata-based jock­eys Cameron Lam­mas and Craig Grylls made the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties by win­ning the two $100,000 fea­tures on last Satur­day’s big Pukekohe pro­gramme.

On pa­per both of their big race rides were not among the lead­ing prospects yet they emerged clearly dom­i­nant. In par­tic­u­lar, Cameron’s Auck­land Thor­ough­bred Breed­ers’ Stakes mount Lasarla was given lit­tle chance, with a $100 quote on the TAB’s fixed odds mar­ket and $60 on the tote.

But cast­ing aside a record of just one win and three plac­ings from five starts, she left some big rep­u­ta­tions be­hind her as she burst through to chal­lenge fel­low out­sider Some­thing­vain and win by three-quar­ters of a length.

That was Cameron’s 18th win for the sea­son and his first in a black-type race dur­ing that pe­riod, on top of a su­perb 2015-16 sea­son of 67 win­ners. With pre­vi­ous jock­eys Leith Innes and Danielle John­son com­mit­ted to more fan­cied ri­vals, Cameron was only too happy to take the Lasarla mount.

‘‘I had rid­den her in a trial at the start of the sea­son and I re­ally liked her,’’ he said.

‘‘Then I looked at her last run for sec­ond as well as her ear­lier form and thought she might just be able to do it.’’

Craig Grylls took the same pos­i­tive at­ti­tude into the Coun­ties Cup, like­wise on a horse he had no race­day ex­pe­ri­ence of. Even though he was also light on ex­pe­ri­ence, Cho­cante was nowhere near as dis­re­garded as Lasarla with three wins and a last-start sec­ond from his pre­vi­ous nine starts.

An out­side draw was no help on Satur­day, forc­ing Craig to ride the geld­ing three-wide, but he dug deep for what in the end was an easy win.

‘‘It wasn’t pretty get­ting parked out like that but he was al­ways trav­el­ling well,’’ Craig ex­plained.

Cameron Lam­mas.

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