Win, lose for ap­pren­tice

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Promis­ing ap­pren­tice Wiremu Pinn ex­pe­ri­enced the ups and downs of the thor­ough­bred racing game at Wan­ganui on Satur­day with a win­ning dou­ble on the day tem­pered by a care­less rid­ing sus­pen­sion that will cost him some time on the side-lines.

Pinn copped the seven rid­ing days’ sus­pen­sion for his ef­fort on mare Art Deco who he guided to suc­cess over 1200m in the third race on the card.

Set­tled on the fence in the early stages of the race, Art Deco trav­elled com­fort­ably be­fore run­ning into a pocket be­hind the lead­ers ap­proach­ing the home bend. Pinn ex­tri­cated the Road To Rock mare into clear run­ning at the 450m mark, in the process ham­per­ing the third-placed Shad­ows Cast, be­fore charg­ing clear to win com­fort­ably.

Trained by Pinn’s boss, Al­lan Shar­rock, Art Deco has the Gr.3 Boehringer In­gel­heim 1550 at Awa­puni next week­end on her radar and looks on tar­get for a bold per­for­mance.

“She’s fly­ing at the mo­ment and it was a great ride by the kid . . . He got off the fence rather than get­ting pock­eted and showed a bit of ma­tu­rity so I’m re­ally happy.

“It was a nice run to get her ready for the met­ric mile at Awa­puni. I’ve only backed her up once be­fore and she won so that’s the plan.”

Pinn was again in the thick of the ac­tion three races later when he struck suc­cess on durable mare Strolling Vagabond in the open 2040m event.

In vir­tu­ally a car­bon copy ver­sion of his ride on Art Deco, Pinn hugged the rail through­out be­fore eas­ing into the clear at the 600m mark. Strolling Vagabond quickly claimed the lead in the run home and kept up a pow­er­ful gal­lop to reg­is­ter her eighth ca­reer vic­tory.

Trainer Gerald Innes said the horse is a con­sis­tent per­former.

“I was thrilled with the ride by the young fella as it was the win­ning of the race. He rode her a treat.”

■ The Gr.3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breed­ers Stakes (1400m) will be run at Ha¯wera on Oc­to­ber 13.


Art Deco and Wiremu Pinn clear out to win at Wan­ganui.

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