Two wins from two for He’s Cava­lier

Waipa Post - - The Country - BY COLIN THORSEN

Ul­tra con­sis­tent He’s Cava­lier, owned and trained by James Hat­ton at Pukekohe Park, made it two wins from as many starts at Waipa¯ tak­ing out the Cal Isuzu Te Awa­mutu Cup over 2000 me­tres.

Hat­ton said he al­ways felt He’s Cava­lier would win in the hands of jockey Re­becca Scott on Wed­nes­day.

“He’s raced against the best horses all his life, un­like the other horses in the Cup field. There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning Wed­nes­day races and Satur­day races.

“I thought he would have put lengths on the field be­fore entering the home straight. How­ever, at the point of the turn he got stuck in be­hind them when squeezed against the rail by horses on the out­side. It wasn’t ideal as he’s not re­ally a sit and sprint horse.”

Once in the clear, He’s Cava­lier showed his class win­ning by a length from race favourite Roger That (Sa­man­tha Col­lett) with over five lengths back to third placed Waip­ipi Lad (Sam Spratt).

A de­lighted Hat­ton said his Cup win­ner had al­ways been con­sis­tent through­out his whole ca­reer. He en­tered the race with solid form of 5, 1, 1, 3, 5 over vary­ing dis­tances in his last five starts.

“It was his 60th start at Waipa¯ and he’s been in the first five 46 times. Not many horses in New Zealand can boast a record of that mag­ni­tude. And he’s won on nearly ev­ery ground con­di­tion thrown at him.

“He’s seven years old now and only been out of the money 14 times over the past four years. Three of those times he was pulled up by the jockey think­ing he’d bro­ken down and was pulled up on an­other oc­ca­sion think­ing he had heart fib­ril­la­tion symp­toms.”

Hat­ton said he is dis­ap­pointed He’s Cava­lier will not start again un­til the Coun­ties Cup on Novem­ber 24.

“It’s not ideal. I’d like him to have a run be­tween now and then but it’s very hard plac­ing horses in stay­ing races in New Zealand. Our cause isn’t helped by the horse not lik­ing trav­el­ling.”

Hat­ton has en­joyed a long and il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer as a trainer.

“I’ve been for­tu­nate to have never been with­out a pretty good horse,” he said, rat­ing Rapid Rielle, win­ner of five races, as one of his best ever.

Dar­rell Hollinshead had one of his more mem­o­rable days as a trainer on Te Awa­mutu Cup day at Waipa Rac­ing Club.

Of his four run­ners, Go­cara placed third in race one, Tun­zagutz won race two, Mr Lin­ski won race four, Lit­tle Shirley suf­fered from in­ter­fer­ence in race seven and Stacey Ann weighed in for fifth in the Cup race.

Tun­zagutz won the Vi­la­grad Win­ery 2000 by half a length with Sa­man­tha Col­lett aboard. The 4yo mare had placed twice pre­vi­ously at Waipa¯ and served a warn­ing to his op­po­si­tion when plac­ing an im­proved fourth over 1800m at Taupo¯ on Oc­to­ber 10.

Mr Lin­ski went out hot favourite, pay­ing $1.90 for the win in the PIC In­sur­ance 1400. The 4yo geld­ing re­paid the pun­ters by romp­ing to a 4.5 length vic­tory, well rid­den by jockey Daniel Hain. Pre­vi­ous starts this prepa­ra­tion had seen Mr Lin­ski fight hard for third and sec­ond plac­ings at Waipa¯ on Oc­to­ber 7 and Waikato on Oc­to­ber 22.

The Hollinshead-trained Lit­tle Shirley, like a num­ber of run­ners in race seven, suf­fered from in­ter­fer­ence in the NZB In­sur­ance Pearl Se­ries Race when Castlereigh and jockey Ashvin Goin­dasamy parted com­pany af­ter the horse clipped heels with an­other run­ner on the dummy straight around 700m from home. Castlereigh came through the or­deal un­scathed while Goin­dasamy was taken to Waikato Hospi­tal for ob­ser­va­tion.

The race was won by the Team Roger­son-trained Olivia, pay­ing $11.70.

Last-start run­ner-up Eri­dani went one bet­ter to se­cure her maiden vic­tory in the Waipa¯ Home of Cham­pi­ons (1150m).

Photo / Colin Thorsen.

Jockey Re­becca Scott un­sad­dles He’s Cava­lier af­ter win­ning the Isuzu Te Awa­mutu Cup on Wed­nes­day.

Photo / Colin Thorsen

Te Awa­mutu trainer Dar­rell Hollinshead sad­dled up two win­ners, a third and a fifth placed run­ner at Waipa on Wed­nes­day.

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