Busy week could end with success

Charlie Studd and Carinya on their way to winning the Waikato Hunt Gold Cup at Te Rapa last September. (Photo: Trish Dunell/ NZ Racing Desk).

Charlie Studd and Carinya on their way to winning the Waikato Hunt Gold Cup at Te Rapa last September. (Photo: Trish Dunell/ NZ Racing Desk).


It’s been a busy few days of travelling for Charlie Studd, but there could be a happy ending at Awapuni tomorrow.

The Cambridge jumps jockey has racked up the mileage in the last few days, riding at Wanganui yesterday and Timaru today, and though luck has deserted him at both meetings he could be in for a welcome change of luck tomorrow.

The Englishman is enjoying a successful season with 11 wins to his credit and it would come as no surprise to see him add at least one more victory to that tally tomorrow.

Studd has become the regular rider of the talented Marton jumper Carinya, who is one of the leading candidates in the $50,000 L.J. Hooker Manawatu Steeplechase. He will also ride Superturf in the other feature, the Manawatu ITM Awapuni Hurdles, and Nancho Lass for Cambridge trainer Craig Thornton in the Tasman Insulation/ Senco NZ Maiden Hurdles.

Studd began riding Carinya last June when unplaced in a maiden hurdles at Te Aroha. Two starts later they were reunited when Carinya was switched to steeplechasing and the result was a win at Awapuni.

Studd and Carinya went on to win the Lammermore Farm Waikato Hunt Gold Cup at Te Rapa 15 days after their Awapuni victory and the combination was again reunited successfully in the Ken & Roger Browne Memorial Steeplechase at Te Rapa last month.

Carinya found Sea King too strong when second in the Warren Storm Lifebrokers Waikato Steeplechase and turned the tables in the Rheem NZ McGregor Grant Steeplechase but had to bow to Ben Foote’s leading jumper Amanood Lad.

The Golan mare again meets Sea King tomorrow and their battle should be one of the highlights of the Manawatu Steeplechase.

Also among Carinya’s opposition will be Mr Mor, on whom Studd finished second in a restricted open steeplechase at Trentham last weekend. Michael Mitchell will ride Mr Mor this time.

At that same Trentham meeting Studd was successful on Superturf, who earned a crack at the Awapuni Hurdles with his decisive win. The Trentham win was the first over fences for Superturf and it was well-deserved after three placings.

Superturf faces a jump in class tomorrow, but he rates a strong lightweight prospect, especially on the testing ground which he will encounter.

Before being switched to jumping, Superturf had won eight races on the flat and all bar two of them were on heavy footing, with his most notable win being on a slow9 track in the 2011 Gr. 3 Winter Cup at Riccarton.

Nancho Lass, Studd’s other ride tomorrow, will be looking for a form reversal after being pulled up when well-beaten in the maiden hurdles at Ellerslie last Saturday.

Though Nancho Lass hasn’t been able to win in seven hurdle starts, she was placed over fences three times last season when competing in the South Island. Her best effort was a second at Timaru last July.