From the Commentary Box – Monday, 5th October 2015

Cambridge horses dominated the final day of the Hawkes Bay Carnival at Hastings on Saturday

The Group One Livamol Classic was a triumph for trainer Lee Somervell saddling up the winner Addictive Habit and the third placegetter Celebrity Miss. “I was chuffed just to have two runners in a Group One and to almost get the quinella is a career highlight” said Somervell.

Addictive Habit ran out a comfortable winner with Sam Spratt aboard, holding out Benzini with Celebrity Miss a close up third. After sitting outside the leader for most of the way, Addictive Habit bounded clear with 250m to run. “The way the race panned out I was always confident of winning” said Spratt.

Stablemate Celebrity Miss, after enjoying a perfect run in the trail throughout, fought well for her third placing. “I’m proud of both of my horses because you don’t get too many opportunities at this level” said a delighted Somervell after the race.

Somervell is an accomplished horseman of many years standing and he has his team firing on all cylinders at the minute.

Another Cambridge trainer in the same waka, is Stephen Marsh. Marsh has formed a lethal combination with jockey Danielle Johnson and that was clearly evident at Hastings on Saturday. The pair combined for three wins last Saturday.

Leading their charge was three year old filly Serious Satire, a brilliant winner of the Gold Trail Stakes. The One Thousand Guineas aspirant again showed her immense talent when storming home for an impressive win. Marsh has made no secret of the high regard he holds Serious Satire in. “I’ve known for a while how good she is and it’s just great seeing her do the business again” said Marsh. Marsh added he was a little worried about how Serious Satire would compete over 1200m. “She was vulnerable second up over 1200m but like all the good ones they somehow find a way through that” said Marsh.

Marsh and Johnson also combined with All Torn Up and Seize the Moment for victories on the day. Former Hong Kong galloper All Torn Up created a good impression when winning fresh up over 1200m. The effort represented a very good training feat by Marsh with All Torn Up scoring by nearly a length.

Completing a great day at the office for the trainer jockey combination was Seize the Moment, who scored over 1400m. A recent bold fresh up run at Taupo indicated Seize the Moment wasn’t far from a winning turn and so it proved.

Not to be outdone another local trainer Tony Pike saddled up a couple of winners too. Pike produced the highly talented sprinter Allez Eagle for a stunning fresh up win over 1200m. In a nail biting finish, Allez Eagle nosed out multiple Group One performer Recite with race favourite Ryan Mark close up in third spot. Pike will set some ambitious targets for Allez Eagle. “He’s always looked a Group One horse and there’s some fun ahead with him for sure” said Pike.
The same could be said for Pike’s other winner on the card, Sacred Master. The promising stayer justified some inspired support when scoring for Leith Innes over 2000m. Although considered a work in progress by Innes, Sacred Master has the potential to become a very good stayer. “He’s still a bit green but when the penny drops, he’ll go a long way” said the experienced hoop.

The last of the Cambridge winners was the Baker Forsman trained filly Mime. The Mastercraftsman filly took her record to two wins and two seconds from four starts. Ridden by Matt Cameron, Mime pounced on the leaders at the 250m and proved too strong. She looks a promising type.

Seven wins on the eleven race card showed the domination of Cambridge horses. Congrats to all.

I’ll catch you soon.