From the Commentary Box 30 May 2016

Shane Crawford knows PARALLEL UNIVERSE is on borrowed time.

The three year old DARCI BRAHMA gelding was again impressive when winning at Ellerslie on Saturday. Crawford revealed after the win the tremendous interest from potential buyers. “I’m pretty sure he’ll be sold and after today’s win it will be sooner rather than later.” said Crawford.

The phone was ringing after PARALLEL UNIVERSE had scored an impressive debut win at his only other previous start, prior to Saturday’s victory. “He’s a good horse this bloke.” said rider Leith Innes on dismounting.

“He started to gawk around over the last 150m but he was never going to get beaten.” said Innes. PARALLEL UNIVERSE comfortably held runner up MR LUIGI and third placegetter DARCI GLITTER.

Owned by Hong Kong based Tony Chan, Crawford was sure the promising gelding will head to Hong Kong. “Tony hasn’t got enough permits to race him up there himself, so that’s why he’ll probably be sold.” said Crawford. Crawford paid $85,000 for the horse as a weanling for Chan. “Where ever he ends up, he’ll make the grade, that’s for sure.” said Crawford.

After calling EKAROSA home in a close finish at Ellerslie, I mentioned the owners would have been doing “handstands”. Two of the owners are local Cambridge identities, Sherryn Hobbs and Neil Rutherford.

The Paul Mirabelli trained mare held on by a nose in a desperate finish encouraged all the way by Hobbs and Rutherford. According to Hobbs, Rutherford may need to refine his couch riding technique.

“Neil was doing handstands but may have pulled a hamstring in the process.” laughed Hobbs. The win was EKAROSA’S first from just four starts and she should continue to be competitive.

The other two Cambridge winners at Ellerslie were TRANKY DOO and SUMMER’S DAY.
TRANKY DOO is trained by Ralph Manning for long-time supporters Jenny and Tom Hobson.
Ridden by promising apprentice Zy Nor Azman, TRANKY DOO finished strongly to score comfortably. “It was a well-judged ride by Zy and the mare did the rest.” said Manning.

SUMMER’S DAY capped off some recent consistent efforts when also successful on Saturday. The Tony Pike trained mare has fashioned a fine record with 11 top three finishes in 15 starts. “She deserved another win and she’s so honest.” said Wayne Pike , deputising for his son.

I’ll catch you next week.