Double celebrations for McCarroll

Chicane (Ashvin Goindasamy) recording the first leg of a double for Cambridge trainer Ross McCarroll at Tauranga yesterday.

It was a day of double celebrations for Cambridge trainer Ross McCarroll at Tauranga yesterday.

McCarroll, who has an excellent strike rate with his small team, struck early on the programme when Chicane prevailed in the Mills Reef Winery and Restaurant 1200 in the hands of Cambridge apprentice Ashvin Goindasamy, then four races later her stablemate Inscription took the Pacific Stone Kitchen and Vanity Benchtops 1600 when ridden by Trudy Thornton.

Both mares are part-owned by McCarroll and have shown plenty of promise with the wins coming as no surprise.

Chicane, a five-year-old daughter of Coats Choice, had won four of her previous 17 starts and two of those wins, her latest two, had also been on the Gate Pa track at Tauranga. She defeated the Group One performer Tiptronic at Tauranga in March last year and won again on the course fresh-up last November when beating the promising Bevan Street.

Chicane was having her fifth start this campaign when she lined up yesterday and she hinted a win was near when second behind the smart Le Castile on the Tauranga track on January 2.

Inscription (Trudy Thornton) scoring a strong win at Tauranga yesterday.

Yesterday she dropped back to 1200m and was again fresh, having not raced since January 13, and she got the decision by a nose from Dama Zorro when breaking 1:10 for the trip.

Inscription was also fresh-up yesterday and she won with authority, scoring by two and a quarter lengths from King’s Cross in a success story for Cambridge stables.

Not only is King’s Cross also from Cambridge (trained by Stephen Marsh), Red Sky At Night (trained by Margaret Falconer) was third with the winner’s stablemate Calligraphy fourth and the Ralph Manning-trained Cutting Up Rough fifth of the six runners.

Inscription (by Cape Blanco) and Calligraphy (by Perfectly Ready) are not only stablemates, they are half-sisters bred by the Mayne family and raced by them.

Inscription played second fiddle to her half-sister with punters installing Calligraphy the $2.60 second favourite behind King’s Cross, but on the day punters who took the $8.30 win odds for Inscription (and even more on earlier Fixed Odds betting) were the ones celebrating.

Inscription was having her 11th start and had shown plenty of talent with two previous wins and four placings. Her most recent outing had been at Tauranga on January 18 and that day she finished fourth to the subsequent Group One placegetter Rondinella.

She had cleared maiden ranks at Te Awamutu over 1400m in May 2017 and her other win came at Rotorua in November last year.