From the Commentary Box – Monday, 7 July 2014

Cambridge trained horses featured prominently at Te Rapa last Saturday.

The local runners either won or were placed in each of the eight races carded for the Taumarunui Racing Club’s annual meeting.  Heading the charge, in an incident packed Taumarunui Cup, were Wannabefamous and Addictive Habit.

As the field flashed across the line at the end of the Listed 2100m event, both Rory Hutchings (rider of Wannabefamous) and a certain Maori race caller were confident Wannabefamous had won the race.

But after a long perusal of the photo finish, Judge, John Craig, declared a dead heat between Wannabefamous and Addictive Habit, trained by Lee Somervell.

No sooner had that result been declared, there was further drama when the siren sounded indicating an enquiry.

The connections of Wannabefamous protested against Addictive Habit for alleged interference over the concluding stages.

Eventually, the enquiry was upheld and Wannabefamous was declared the outright winner of the race and Addictive Habit was relegated to second.

Viewing the head on footage of the race was pretty damning against Addictive Habit so the result of the enquiry was no surprise.

The only surprise was the declaration of the deadheat.

Rory Hutchings, rider of Wannabefamous was adamant he had won.  “Sure it was close, but I was confident my horse had done enough to win” said Hutchings.  When the deadheat was declared, Hutchings quickly instigated the enquiry into the finish.  “Addictive Habit certainly impeded my horse by drifting out into my line and it cost us the race” said Hutchings.

The JCA panel agreed and the placings were amended accordingly.

Wannabefamous is trained by Ralph Manning, who also saddled up fourth placegetter Pump Up The Volume.

Both horses indicated they were on target for good efforts when placed at their previous start at Tauranga.

Wannabefamous and Addictive Habit, along with Pump Up The Volume for that matter, should continue to feature prominently over the next few weeks.

Other Cambridge trained winners on the card were So It Goes and Aaja Nachle.

So It Goes, trained by Ben Foote, led home a Cambridge trifecta when winning over 1400m.  Runner up was Kentucky Son, trained by Lee Somervell, with the Barry Cook trained Steffi’s Secret in third spot.  Just for good measure, fourth placegetter Vegas Night is also trained in Cambridge by Magaret Falconer.

So It Goes has created a good impression in a brief career to date.  It was the Magic Albert geldings’ second win from just three starts.  Aided by a nice rail hugging ride by apprentice Lee Maggorian, So It Goes proved too strong over the final stages.  He has a promising future.

Aaja Nachle capped off some consistent form with a deserving victory over 1400m.

The Frank Ritchie prepared filly has been wonderfully consistent as evidenced by her record going into Saturday’s race.  Four second placings from her four previous starts were testament of her consistency.  Ridden postively by Matt Cameron, Aaja Nachle led all the way and thoroughly deserved her victory.

Minor placings by Illuminati (3rd), Barbaric (2nd), Princess Nicole (2nd), El Tyson ( 3rd), Gesemi ( 3rd), Clara Jane ( 2nd) and Biologist ( 3rd) kept the flag flying for the local gallopers.

Not a bad day at the office !!

I’ll catch you next week.