Late charge from Cambridge stables

Concert Hall (Shaun McKay) winning with ease at Pukekohe yesterday.

Talented mare Concert Hall helped Cambridge stables finish at Pukekohe yesterday with a flourish.

With limited representation at the Counties Racing Club’s meeting, the Cambridge centre managed to win three of the eight races.

The Tony Pike-trained Spring Bouquet started the ball rolling when justifiably winning the Event Essentials 1400 in the inquiry room after being robbed of the initial victory through interference from Super Gee, who was first past the winning post.

Concert Hall, from Roger James and Robert Wellwood’s stable, chimed in when taking the Haunui Farm 1400, the seventh event, while Imperious, prepared by Brendon Hawtin, landed the final race.

Concert Hall, owned and bred by Joan Egan, took her record to two wins from four starts and won in the manner of a horse set to work through the grades.

She was also successful in her debut, at Matamata last March, and had two other starts last campaign for an unlucky fourth to stablemate Fawn at Matamata and a ninth in the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie last April.

The daughter of Savabeel was put aside for a spell after her stakes attempt and showed she had done well during the break when second at the Te Aroha trials early last month.

“She showed plenty of ability as a three-year-old, but was probably both physically and mentally weak,” Wellwood said.

“She’s come back as a nice four-year-old and she trialled up nicely.”

Concert Hall has been ridden in each of her races by Shaun McKay, who bounced her out well yesterday then allowed her to trail fourth or fifth.

She was travelling nicely across the top stretch and worked through early in the run home to lead then cleared out the last 150 metres to win by three and a quarter lengths.

“She’s been slightly green in the straight so has a bit to learn,” Wellwood said. “She’s got a nice future.”