From the Commentary Box – Monday, 3rd November 2014

Cambridge trained horses dominated the card at Tauranga on Saturday

The eight race card saw five winners recorded from the Cambridge Centre with a photo finish in the last, denying a sixth victory.

Leading the charge was the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman partnership who picked up an early race double with Capinsky and Sahkee’s Soldier.   Capinsky looked set for a profitable time when winning over 1600m. Given a gun ride by Opie Bosson, Capinsky proved too strong for the Tony Pike trained Chenille, winning by nearly two lengths. It was the Savabeel mare’s second win from just nine starts.   Also looking destined for bigger and brighter things was Sahkee’s Soldier who took out the R85 1600m.

After settling well back in the field, rider Matt Cameron elected to wait for a gap as the field neared the home turn. “From where we were, it would have been difficult to go around them and win, so I just banked on getting a run along the inside” explained Cameron later. That inside run came courtesy of another Cambridge galloper Worthing , who after leading for most of the way, drifted out towards the outside of the track, taking a couple of others with him. That allowed Sahkee’s Soldier room to storm home along the inner. Worthing eventually held on to finish second but was subsequently relegated to third after an enquiry. Sahkee’s Soldier is fashioning a great strike rate with Saturday’s victory his fourth from just ten race day appearances. He is racing in great form.

Speaking of being in great form, the trainer / jockey combination of Stephen Marsh and Danielle Johnson are right in the zone. Hardly a meeting goes by with these two combining for success. They were at it again on Saturday with Thee Auld Floozie scoring an impressive maiden win.

Thee Auld Floozie, a daughter of Mastercraftsman, created a good impression when disposing of race favourite Wealth Prince over 1200m. Just when the pacemaking favourite Wealth Prince looked set for victory, Johnson bought her mount with an irresistible finishing burst. “I momentarily thought she was going to get the leader, but in the end she raced away for a very nice win” said Johnson. It was her third race day start and she looks to have a future.

The Roger James trained Gracehill made an auspicious debut when justifying some inspired support to score over 1400m. The nicely bred filly by O’Reilly, scored narrowly with Matt Cameron aboard. “That was a good effort on debut and I’m sure she’ll go on with it too” said Cameron. Gracehill held out another local Dennis Denuto, from the Baker / Forsman team.

Arguably the most impressive local winner at Tauranga was Moochi Me. The talented Dubawi mare took her record to three wins and a second placing from five starts.  Trained by part owner Darrel Lang, Moochi Me has always been held in high regard by connections. “We’ve had a big rap on her from day one and she continues to improve” said Lang. Moochi Me easily accounted for a strong field beating Procurement by one and a quarter lengths. Moochi Me should be followed with confidence over the next few weeks.

Finally, good luck to the locals heading to Christchurch for NZ Cup Week. Turn Me Loose, Vinnie Eagle and Stratocaster give Cambridge a strong hand in the 2000 Guineas while promising filly Avisto looks a likely contender for the 1000 Guineas.

Blizzard gives the Jeff McVean and Emma Lee Browne team a definite chance in the NZ Cup on the last day of the carnival.

Good luck to all the locals heading south.

I’ll catch you next week.