Clean sweep of features for Cambridge

What A Diva (Craig Grylls) shocking punters when completing a big day at Te Rapa for the Cambridge centre.

What A Diva (Craig Grylls) shocking punters when completing a big day at Te Rapa for the Cambridge centre.

Horses from the Cambridge centre had a field day at Te Rapa today.

Cambridge horses won six of the nine races, including each of the three features, and it could have been seven from nine as the Ross McCarroll-trained Calligraphy was relegated to second behind Te Rapa galloper Keely Be in the first event.

In the other two races won by horses from other centres Cambridge came up with close seconds.

Following the first-race relegation of Calligraphy, the in-form Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable started the ball rolling for Cambridge with a win by Caesour’s Dream in the second event, the Wentwood Grange Premier.

Tony Pike did his best for Cambridge to win the third event with Parker’s Piece, but the Northern Meteor mare was beaten a head by Graham Richardson’s Los Vargas. However, Pike struck back in the fourth race with Skyweka leading home a complete Cambridge finish with the first five trained at the centre.

Chasing Skyweka to the line in the Lodge Real Estate Premier were Stradivarius (trained by Lee Somervell), the unlucky Romantic Maid and Von Tunzelman (both prepared by Roger James) and Stradivarius’ stablemate Silhouette Noir.

The Te Aroha outsider Rough Cut narrowly denied Cambridge a win in the fifth race, the Dunstan Feeds Premier, when beating the Mark Brooks-trained Chequered Flag by a nose.

From then on it was all Cambridge with total domination of the final four races on the card.

Thee Auld Floozie and Seize The Moment provided Stephen Marsh with the quinella in the first of the features, the Listed J. Swap Contractors 1400, then Baker and Forsman picked up their second winner of the day when Lizzie L’Amour was a deserved winner of the second feature, the Gr.3 Skycity Hamilton Waikato Cup.

Snow Secret, trained by Shaune Ritchie, gave Cambridge the quinella in the Waikato Cup, then Baker and Forsman were at it again in the main race of the day, the Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes, with Coldplay maintaining her unbeaten record this season.

Coldplay’s win was the 10th for Baker and Forsman over four meetings this week with the winning streak starting with Camino Rocoso at Ellerslie last Wednesday. The stable picked up four winners last Thursday at Hastings and two at yesterday’s Tauranga fixture.

It was then Marsh who rocked punters in the last race with What A Diva, who scored at odds of almost 30/1 when taking the Pathways The Immigration Specialists Premier by a length and a quarter.