From the Commentary Box 16 May 2016

The first race winner at Rotorua on Saturday was an omen for punters.

The winner was DOMINATION, and that perfectly summed up the day for Cambridge trained horses. No less than seven of the nine races on the card, were won by Cambridge horses.

Throw in to the mix the two feature races, the Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup and the Classic Cuisine Rotorua F & M WFA Stakes, and you realise the complete ‘domination’.

Let’s work our way through the card.

As mentioned earlier, DOMINATION got the ball rolling in the first for trainer Chris McNab. Ridden by Aaron Kuru, DOMINATION raced away for an effortless win.

Next up was promising three year old KOENIGSEGG ONE who justified his favouritism with a hard fought victory. The Tony Pike trained SWISS ACE gelding has stacks of ability.

The Ralph Manning trained ENJOY THE RIDE sprung a surprise when winning over 1215m. ENJOY THE RIDE returned odds of nearly 50 to 1, leading home a Cambridge trifecta with HOLLYWOOD LASS and BIGSIE filling the minor placings.

Next up was ARZAK, who was the first of two winners for the Baker/Forsman team on the day.
ARZAK rallied gamely over the concluding stages for a game win with Matt Cameron aboard.

The day’s feature race, the Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup, was won by the evergreen stayer STORMING THE TOWER. Trainer John Bell was understandably thrilled with the winning performance. “He’s been racing without much luck over the past couple of seasons, so I think he deserved this.” said Bell.

The other feature race on the card was won by track specialist, ILLUMINATI. Her success in the Classic Cuisine Rotorua F & M WFA Stakes brightened the mood of her trainer Ben Foote. Foote admitted to ‘dropping his lip’ after disappointing efforts from stablemates BAZZ and SO IT GOES earlier in the day.

“I came here today thinking all my horses were winning chances, but the first two were disappointing.” said Foote.

Wrapping up the huge haul of Cambridge winners was HE KIN FLY, again for the Baker/Forsman team. The DARCI BRAHMA three year old took his record to two wins from two starts. He too looks to have a promising future.

For good measure, there were two further winners at New Plymouth.

JON SNOW scored in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Maiden two year old race, while PACORUS won for Chris Wood in the Seaton Park Rating 65.

A day of ‘domination’.

I’ll catch you next week.

Cheers

George