Cambridge to the fore at Avondale

Super Vino (Sam Collett) scoring a decisive maiden win at Avondale today for local trainers Graham Thomas and Matthew Gillies.

Only Karaka trainer Lance Noble was able to stop Cambridge stables from winning all but one event of the eight-race programme at Avondale today.

Noble, who trains for Cambridge Stud owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay, produced two winners on the card with the in-form Sistabeel winning the third event then Markle following up with a narrow victory in the next race over the Stephen Marsh-trained Decadence.

Had Decadence got the nod in instead of going down a short head to Markle she would have given Cambridge stables a winning streak in the final five races at Avondale.

Cambridge started the day with victory by Spring Delight, from Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman’s stable, then the Marsh-trained Tantalising chimed in when completing a double in the second race, having also won at Matamata earlier this month.

After Noble’s two winners, the Marsh stable was back in the winner’s enclosure when Bella Pronto, a three-year-old daughter of More Than Ready began her New Zealand career on a high note. Bella Pronto had done her previous racing in Australia, having done no better than a sixth and two sevenths from as many starts.

Sam Spratt was aboard Bella Pronto today and it was another Sam – Sam Collett – who was successful for Cambridge in the sixth race aboard Super Vino, trained by Graham Thomas and Matthew Gillies.

A three-year-old son of Super Easy, Super Vino finished fifth in his other start, his debut at Te Teko last month, but beforehand he had won at the Cambridge trials, beating Nordic.

Nordic backed up that form when winning the last race today for Baker and Forsman, who also produced Oratia to win the seventh race, the partners ending the day on a treble.