Iknow is on the Wright track

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - RACING - AN­DREW HAR­RI­SON

IT HAP­PENS of­ten. Just when you are about to give up on a horse they come and sur­prise you.

None were more sur­prised than Alyson Wright as Iknow fi­nally brought his home­work to the track in the card opener at Greyville yes­ter­day.

“You don’t know how frus­trat­ing this horse has been,” Wright re­vealed.

“He’s a re­ally nice horse with a great tem­per­a­ment but he just wasn’t putting it in on the race­track.

“I was so busy shout­ing for our other horse that I didn’t no­tice him.

“We were con­tem­plat­ing scratch­ing him and try­ing for a 1900m next week. But we phoned the own­ers and they said to run him.”

Amor Ar­di­ente

Craig Zackey, show­ing no ill ef­fects from his bad tum­ble last week and down to ride Amor Ar­di­ente at the re­quest of Belinda Im­pey, con­firmed Wright’s as­sess­ment. “He’s good look­ing and has a beau­ti­ful ac­tion. He will prob­a­bly be bet­ter 1200m to a mile.”

Favourite Ch­i­ron was un­der pres­sure early and never in the hunt.

Three win­ners last Sun­day saw Den­nis Drier take his tally of win­ners to eight for the month and it was num­ber nine as the gelded Blackburn Roc dod­dled the sec­ond in spite of Drier hav­ing reser­va­tions be­fore the race.

“I had some doubt be­fore the race be­cause there were some fan­cied run­ners but the lit­tle horse has done noth­ing wrong.

“I said to Eric (Stephen­son) he’s a huge run­ner.”

And so it proved as Sean Veale took him to the front early and ex­tended his lead with every stride.

“He was un­lucky last time. He was green with Mandla,” he said.

Things didn’t quite work out for the sta­ble in the third as Hole In One took a bump out of the gate and was shuf­fled back to last while sta­ble com­pan­ion Wal­terthep­en­ni­less was caught wide for much of the race.

Dono­van Dil­lon took full ad­van­tage on Doug Camp­bell’s run­ner Far­land, pinch­ing an early lead in the straight. At one stage Wal­terthep­en­ni­less looked cer­tain to reel him in but Dil­lon ex­tracted more from his mount and held off the chal­lenge by a head. It was a 12-3 for Ash­bur­ton train­ers in the fourth but not quite in the or­der that most pun­ters would have liked.


Fleek was well sup­ported to crack a string of run­ner-up berths and 100m out, al­though un­der pres­sure, the favourite was hold­ing on.

Muzi Yeni ex­tracted more from Lowan Denyss­chen’s filly Such A Rush and she pulled clear of Fleek with Lola Craw­ford’s Spring Light­ning getting up for third.

The one-eyed mare Gorgeous Guest was game in his last win over course and dis­tance and she turned in an­other brave per­for­mance when mak­ing all the run­ning to win the fifth to give Alyson Wright a dou­ble.

Ap­pren­tice Ash­ton Ar­ries had no hes­i­ta­tion in tak­ing his mount to the lead and was not se­ri­ously chal­lenged. Luke-warm favourite Dunzie was given every chance but ap­peared re­luc­tant to go on with her ef­fort and held on nar­rowly for sec­ond from top weight Amber Furst. The Garth Puller/Khanya Sakayi com­bi­na­tion have been redhot in re­cent weeks and they added an­other to their fast-grow­ing list of win­ners when Lon­don Knight went back-to-back in the sixth.

Front run­ners, helped by a tail­wind, were not stop­ping at Greyville yes­ter­day and Lon­don Knight kept rolling un­der Sakayi.

This was Sakayi’s 15th win of the sea­son and Puller’s 10th .

Q The Mu­sic

Q The Mu­sic fi­nally made it to the win­ner’s en­clo­sure in the sev­enth but it was only just as he was hard­pressed by sta­ble com­pan­ion Win­ter’s Com­ing with a short-head in it at the line.

Q The Mu­sic was run­ning on empty the last 100m but Garth Wright kept him hard to his task to deny ap­pren­tice Jabu Ja­cobs the first win­ner of his ca­reer.

Sea­soned gal­loper Em­peror Niar­chos has been a sol­dier for Frank Robin­son and has taken a new lease on life in the twi­light of his rac­ing ca­reer.

But it was just not enough in the last race as he was nailed on the line by Sam­sonite who came from the clouds un­der Sher­man Brown.

Em­peror Niar­chos was still go­ing great guns at the wire but it just wasn’t enough.

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