Another Great Win For Browne

Ann Browne summed it up beautifully.
“You can never get tired of this feeling” said the legendary horsewoman moments after watching Tom’s Myth win the Great Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie last Saturday.
Ridden a treat by Shaun Phelan, Tom’s Myth gave Browne an incredible 12th win in the gruelling race.
Browne had won nine  northerns in partnership with her late husband, Ken, who passed away in 2006.
Since taking over the reins, Ann Browne has added three more Northerns to the remarkable tally.
Tom’s Myth joined Fair King in 2009 and last year’s winner Ima Heroine as those that have been trained solely by Ann Browne.
The winning tally in one of the toughest races in the world has drawn an inevitable comparison to Melbourne Cup supremo Bart Cummings.
“This race has always been our Melbourne Cup” said the proud trainer.
Tom’s Myth capped off an outstanding season after also claiming the Wellington Steeplechase in July, and the Pakuranga Hunt Cup at his previous start.
“His last start win gave me the confidence he would win today” said a delighted Shaun Phelan .
On that occassion, Tom’s Myth beat stablemate Ima Heroine but punters still stayed with Ima Heroine for the Great Northern.
According to Matthew Gillies who rode Ima Heroine, his mount didn’t appreciate the improved track conditions.
“I was at her all the way just to try and stay in touch, she needed wetter conditions” he said.
Phelan rode a well judged race, saving ground throughout before setting out after the leaders approaching the last fence.
“Things panned out well throughout and he felt strong coming to the last fence” said Phelan.
Tom’s Myth beat home another local Myths And Legends with Cape Kinaveral holding on for third.
All honours though were with Tom’s Myth .
He was simply too good!
 
Also too good was Waitoki Ahi who gave local jumps jockey Shelley Houston her second Great Northern Hurdles.
Houston won the race on protest in 2010, but there was no denying her this time on Waitoki Ahi.
The combination held out a determined bid by race favourite Southern Countess, winning by a neck.
Houston was pleasantly surprised at beating Southern Countess.
“That mare had us well and truly covered last start, so it was a very good effort from my horse today” said Houston.
 
The final word regarding the Great Northerns belong to a certain Maori commentator.
Two weeks ago in this column he confidently tipped Southern Countess and Ima Heroine to win their respective races.
He was wrong……..end of subject!
 
There was an avalanche of Cambridge winners over the past week, on both sides of the Tasman.
Zurella, trained by Shaune Ritchie, looked on target for Caulfield Cup aspirations when winning at Flemington .
She has furnished into a lovely staying type.
Also in Australia,Dundeel, trained by Murray Baker, continued his VRC Derby campaign with a narrow but impressive win mid week.
He is unbeaten in three race day appearances and looks very promising.
 
At Ellerslie on Saturday, Macka’ s Back, Full Of Spirit and Pump Up The Volume all were successful.
Full Of Spirit is trained by Roger James, and she showed her class when scoring fresh up with Tasha Collett aboard.
Pump Up The Volume continues to race well and Macca’s Back fought bravely for his win.
 
Finally, there was a local quinella in the Listed Fillies race at Wanganui on Saturday.
Twilight Granita and Kisses gave their sire Iffraaj a notable result.
 
I’ll catch you next week.
 
Cheers
 
George.