Fun in the sandpit

Raisedinasandpit (Trudy Thornton) getting the better off Dahl's Delight at Matamata.

Raisedinasandpit (Trudy Thornton) getting the better off Dahl’s Delight at Matamata.

Cambridge trainer Graham Thomas will have a quiet time away from the races this weekend before he continues his march towards a personal milestone.

These times training in partnership with Englishman Nick Smith, Thomas took his record to 99 wins when Raisedinasandpit ploughed through the Matamata mud last Wednesday when outfinishing Dah’s Delight in the final event.

The win marked a double within a few days for the Thomas – Smith stable and owners Neil and Linda Porritt (proud sponsors of racing through their company, Porritt Sand) as the same combination were to the fore last Sunday at Te Aroha with Borninasandpit, who also won the last race on the programme.

Thomas gained his trainer’s license in the 2000-01 season and has twice hit the 13-win mark in a term, the latest occasion being last season.

Now thanks to the latest wins by the “sandpit” duo, Thomas and Smith have saddled up 10 wins this term with the possibly of the century of wins coming before the end of the month.

Borninasandpit has won twice and Raisedinasandpit has added four wins to the tally with two of them coming this season.

Bred by Neil Porritt, Raisedinasandpit is a rising seven-year-old but the way she finished off last Wednesday’s race suggested she is now yet ready for retirement.

“I watched the race with Neil and he said it was a bit much to expect two sandpits (to win) in a week, but it happened,” said Thomas.

“Trudy (Thornton) did a great job (on Raisedinasandpit) as did Aaron (Kuru on Borninasandpit).

“Most of my horses need encouraging. In fact Trudy says they need telling.”

Thomas is unsure of the next step for Raisedinasandpit after this week’s win over 1600 metres.

“She’s a tough mare and she’s won four races, more than most do,” he said.

“We’ll back off her now and find a 2000 somewhere for her.”