From the Commentary Box 28 March 2016

Cambridge stables saluted three times at Tauranga last Saturday.

Heading the charge was the John Bell trained stayer STORMING THE TOWER who was successful in the Drymix Cement Bay of Plenty Cup. Ridden by Leith Innes, STORMING THE TOWER scored a game victory over runner up SECONDS OUT and DUBAI SHUFFLE.

Innes, mindful of the small field, put his mount in a forward position from the outset.
“Sometimes these staying races can be muddling run affairs especially in small fields so I just rode him like he was the best horse.” said Innes.

STORMING THE TOWER sat outside the pacemaker GUESS WHAT until the 300m when Innes asked him for his effort. In a driving finish, STORMING THE TOWER dug deep to hold out her two nearest rivals.

For trainer and part owner John Bell, the win was well deserved. “He’s been going around in most of the major staying races this season and he’s performed well so I think he deserved this today.” said Bell.

Talented filly NAHEMA finally showed a glimpse of her undoubted ability at Tauranga last Saturday. It has been a frustrating time for her connections this season after several below par efforts.

Trainer Stephen Marsh was delighted with her return to winning form. “We’ve done every test imaginable on her to try and work out what was going on with her, so today was a relief.” said Marsh.

NAHEMA bounced to the lead for rider Matt Cameron and was always travelling beautifully in front. It was obvious NAHEMA had her opposition struggling as the field neared the home turn. “She was bolting coming towards the turn and she was always going to win.” said Cameron.

Such was the dominance of her performance, Nahema’s winning margin was ten and a half lengths. Now that she has recaptured that winning groove, she should be followed closely.

The third of the local wins at Tauranga came courtesy of Seventh Up. The consistent performer scored a comfortable three quarters of a length victory over 1600m. Trained by Shelley Hale, SEVENTH UP was aided by a clever ride by Mark Du Plessis.

“I didn’t want to get too far off them because it can be hard to make up ground on this track.” said Du Plessis later. Although settling last in the early stages, SEVENTH UP improved between runners to be second outside the leader turning for home.

Once popped the question, SEVENTH UP quickly bounded to the lead to hold on comfortably.

The win continued a great strike rate this season for trainer Shelley Hale. Hale only ever has a small team in work and SEVENTH UP’S success was her seventh from just seventeen starters this season.

I’ll catch you next week.

Cheers

George