From the Commentary Box 18 April 2016

Talk about an embarrassment of riches.

Cambridge trained horses dominated the three NZ venues last Saturday. Regardless of whether you were watching races in the north, central or south, Cambridge horses were all over it !

Let’s start from the North and work our way South.

Tauranga saw Cambridge horses win six of the eight races on the programme.

BATTLE TIME got the ball rolling in his fresh up run this preparation. The Tim and Margaret Carter trained three year old broke his maiden with a tenacious victory. The talented galloper has a bright future ahead.

IT’S BIANCA scored for Anne Herbert in the following race. Ridden by Trudy Thornton, IT’S BIANCA sat outside the leader before kicking clear over the concluding stages.

She scored comfortably as did MEESKA MOOSKA in the next race. Trained by Graham Thomas and Nick Smith, MEESKA MOOSKA dashed away to win by three and a half lengths. More wins look in store for him.

INASTRIDE capped off some recent good form with a win for the powerful Baker/Forsman combination.

In the next race, BLIZZARD proved too strong for race favourite SPOKE TO CARLO in the feature race of the day. It was a good training feat from Emma-Lee and David Browne to have BLIZZARD ready after an enforced lay off .

Capping off the day at Tauranga was the Catherine Cameron trained LIGHT SHADOW. After settling last, LIGHT SHADOW overpowered his rivals to score for apprentice Shaun McKay .

The local winning spree continued at Hawkes Bay on Saturday too.

Tony Pike collected a double with CHENILLE and SUMMER’S DAY both successful. CHENILLE justified her favouritism winning the feature race, the Fasttrackinsurance Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup.
She is one of the most promising stayers in the country.

The other Cambridge winner at Hawke’s Bay was impressive two year old, BONNEVAL. Trained by the Baker/Forsman team, BONNEVAL made an auspicious debut. The beautifully bred MAKFI filly looks the goods.

The highlight at Riccarton on Saturday from a Cambridge perspective was the win of NO PUSHOVER. A PINS filly with the Shaune Ritchie team, NO PUSHOVER dominated her rivals over 1600m. NO PUSHOVER completed back to back wins scoring by two lengths for jockey Masa Tanaka.

Although beaten SEIZE THE MOMENT lost no admirers in his race. The Stephen Marsh trained galloper was nosed out of the major prize by the barest of margins. His reward will come shortly.

The Cambridge Centre has had tremendous success in recent weeks. And from my viewpoint, it is pretty to watch .

Congratulations to all concerned.

I’ll catch you next week.

Cheers

George.