Deserved Cup win for Pump Up The Volume

Pump Up The Volume (Danielle Johnson) powering to the finish of yesterday's Rotorua Cup. (Photo: Trish Dunell/ NZ Racing Desk).

Pump Up The Volume (Danielle Johnson) powering to the finish of yesterday’s Rotorua Cup. (Photo: Trish Dunell/ NZ Racing Desk).

It was sweet success for Pump Up The Volume in the Gr. 3 $75,000 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup at Rotorua yesterday.

“He deserved that,” said trainer and part-owner Ralph Manning. “He had come up against Indikator in the last few years and was just beaten by him last year. He also ran second in the Kiwifruit Cup and was fourth in the Taumarunui Cup.

“I set him for this race and it was great to see him win. The horse (Miss Mossman) set it up for him in front and he’s tough. He loves a fight. It worked out well.”

Miss Mossman was clear in front for much of the race and had a handy advantage straightening for the run home, but Danielle Johnson got to work on Pump Up The Volume and wore down the leader, going on to win by two and three-quarter lengths.

Under the steadier of 59kg, Cambridge mare Decorah was very brave when finishing third, three-quarters of a length away, with another couple of Cambridge horses, Flying Orca and El Soldado the next pair home.

It was truly a test of stamina with the Rotorua track being described by several riders as being “bottomless.” Pump Up The Volume’s time for the 2200 metres was 2:31.38 was the slowest for the race in the last 12 years.

Pump Up The Volume emulated the feat of his dam, the good winter galloper Nat The Brat, the Bill Masters-trained mare who won the 1996 Rotorua Cup when ridden by the late David “Squeak” Johnson.

Manning wasn’t on track for yesterday’s Rotorua meeting as instead he was with the stable runners at the New Plymouth meeting, but enjoying the thrill of Pump Up The Volume’s win was part-owner Tony Coombe, who had had a most successful association with the stable.

Manning also celebrated a win at New Plymouth with Retrospect, a brother to the good racemare Innovation who was bred and is raced by Dick Karreman.

Retrospect won the Seaton Park 1600 by a half-head in the hands of Madan Singh, but it wasn’t all plain-sailing for Manning going into the race.

“I had to find another rider for him and ended up putting a kid on who was having just his second day riding,” said Manning. “I hadn’t heard of him but was told he rides all right. He rode Retrospect well. He drew the outside and soon had him in the one-one.”

Singh is apprenticed to Fraser Auret and had shown his talent in the previous race when wining on Luas for Waverley trainer Jaimee-Lee Lupton.

Retrospect was the second of three Cambridge winners at the Taranaki meeting.

Speedy Achiever, prepared by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, started the ball rolling when a debut winner of the two-year-old event, while the Graeme Thomas-trained Mangaroa Flo Jo topped the day off for Cambridge when winning the final event.