Cambridge stables dominant

All The Drama and Danielle Johnson starting the ball rolling for Cambridge stables today.

All The Drama and Danielle Johnson starting the ball rolling for Cambridge stables today.

Cambridge stables dominated the first six events on the 10-race card at Te Rapa today.

The Stephen Marsh-trained All The Drama started the ball rolling when beating Mopsy in the first event, the Flagstaff Café & Sports Bar 2200, by a neck then fellow Cambridge trainer Chris Wood chimed in when winning the next two races.

Roc de Bank, ridden by Mark Hills, completed a double when taking the second event, the Crossroads Waikato’s No. 1 Pub TAB 1600, having won 12 days earlier at Te Awamutu. The race provided Cambridge with the quinella as the Gary Alton-trained Curious finished two and a quarter lengths behind Roc de Bank.

Wood and his stable apprentice Viktoria Gatu combined to win the third race, the Five Stages Leamington 1600, with Single Shot, in yet another quinella for Cambridge with Chequered Flag, trained by Mark Brooks, finishing just a nose back in second placing.

For Single Shot’s owners it was a long overdue celebration with the Bachelor Duke five-year-old as his previous win had been in May last year at Rotorua.

A couple of budding stars from Cambridge were unleashed in the next two races with debutantes Crookshanks and Killarney winning for their respective trainers, Chris McNab and Roger James, then Tony Pike made it six races in succession for Cambridge stables when he produced Lady Hass to win the sixth event, the NZB Insurance Pearl Series 1200.

Lady Hass was a beaten favourite on debut when fourth at Ruakaka last May after two trials wins, but showed her true talent today when holding on to win by a short neck from Destiny One. An eye-catching third in the race was Collay, from the Marsh stable.

The biggest sigh of relief among the winning Cambridge trainers today came from Marsh after All The Drama bounced back to top form.

The five-year-old daughter of Darci Brahma cleared maiden ranks in May last year at Woodville, but success had eluded her in her next eight starts before finally cracking it again in her 13th start. Between times, however, she did pick up three placings, including a nose second to Real Thirsty at Te Rapa last month.

“Ricko (Rick Williams) has been patient,” said Marsh, referring to the general manager of her owner, The Oaks Stud. “She has been on the warning list for some time so it’s good to see her win one.

“She went really good two starts ago when second here then she struck a head wind at Hastings and was trapped three-wide all the way. She got no favours down there.”