Cambridge Dominates Te Rapa Card

Cambridge trained horses dominated the card at Te Rapa last Saturday.
The eight race programme featured no fewer than six local winners.
Leading the charge was impressive two year old winner Sacred Falls.
Trained by Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue, Sacred Falls again created a favourable impression when scoring by three lengths.
The O’Reilly colt got tongues wagging when winning on debut at Ruakaka recently, but Saturday’s win was another set up.
“He’s got a lot of ability, no doubt about that” said rider Leith Innes on dismounting.
Owned by overseas connection, Sacred Falls will now be turned out for a spell.
“We will aim him towards the 2000 Guineas at Riccarton at this stage” said co trainer Tony Pike.
Sacred Falls looks to have a very promising future.
 
 
Rogan Norvall apparently has his own “cheer squad”.
The popular Cambridge based rider guided the Jocelyn Burley trained Happyto Keepa to a narrow win over 1400m.
When interviewed on Trackside post race, Burley made her thoughts on Norvall’s riding ability abundantly clear.
“Come on you Owners and Trainers, give Rogan a go and put him on your horses” said Burley.
“He’s a very good rider” she added.
Norvall has a very good strike rate with Burley’s horses.
“Jocelyn does a good job with her horses and we’ve had some good successes” said Norvall.
Happyto Keepa was recording her fifth career win from sixteen starts.
It was her third win from her last four starts, all with Norvall aboard.
 
 
Hawick Park caused an upset when winning over 1200m.
The Shaune Ritchie trained gelding came from last at the 600m to score at odds of  nearly 30 to one.
Ridden by Jason Jago, Hawick Park charged home late to run down the pacemaker Master Guru.
“The plan was to ride him back in the field and let him run home” said Jago.
Aiding his chances was the fact the field fanned out as they turned for home.
“We were able to come right through the middle of them” said Jago.
Hawick Park is from the very good wet track performer Balinchy, and he looks to have inherited his dam’s liking for wet tracks.
He should be competitive over the Winter months. 
 
 
The other three Cambridge winners were all prepared by Roger James.
The “Derby King” produced Le Moussier, The Tidy Express and Holy Moly to cap off a great day.
Le Moussier and The Tidy Express were both ridden a treat by Jason Waddell.
Waddell gave a polished front running ride on Le Moussier to record his 50th win of the season.
He then produced a rail hugging ride on The Tidy Express to win the next race.
“Both horses won well and I expect them to go on with their good form” said Waddell.
James’ other winner was Holy Moly who gained a tenacious win over 1600m.
Ridden by Michael Coleman, Holy Moly dug deep to overhaul pacemaker Pan Dulce over the concluding stages.
In charge of the James’ stable on Saturday was Leanne Bertling.
“Roger is in Brisbane and I know he’ll be delighted with today’s effort” said Bertling.
 
 
Finally………the news that Cameron George has been appointed CEO of the Auckland Racing Club was made last week.
George is better known as the Chief Stipendiary Steward and his Ellerslie appointment is a significant change in career.
“I’m looking forward to being part of the team at Ellerslie and am grateful for the opportunity” said George.
The announcement of George’s appointment came as a shock to many in the racing industry.
Personally, I think it’s wonderful we have a passionate racing man in charge at Ellerslie.
Rather that than another “bean counter”.
 
I’ll catch you later!
 
Cheers
 
George.