Gatu star of the weekend

Viktoria Gatu starting her winning streak on Pacorus at Tauranga last Saturday.

Viktoria Gatu starting her winning streak on Pacorus at Tauranga last Saturday.

Viktoria Gatu wasn’t complaining about the rain and mud when riding over the weekend.

The Cambridge apprentice experienced a career highlight when kicking home four winners over the two days. She picked up a double at Tauranga last Saturday and repeated the dose at Te Awamutu yesterday.

Sharing in the success was her employer, Chris Wood, who saddled up two of her winners -= Pacorus and Wooden Edge.

It was Pacorus, a four-year-old son of Tavistock, who started the ball rolling for Gatu when clearing out to win the GPS-it Precision Land Mapping 2100 at Tauranga and the manner in which he beat runner-up El Disparo by four lengths suggests there is much more in store.

Pacorus has now won three of his 17 starts and Gatu has been aboard in two of the wins, the other being at New Plymouth on May 14. Between times the combination finished eighth over 2200 at Ellerslie.

“Last start at Ellerslie he got caught a bit wide and Viktoria put her hands up and said ‘sorry, it wasn’t a good ride.’ We stuck with Viktoria and she rode him well,” said Wood.

“I was a bit worried down the back when he was under a bit of pressure, but he had most of them off the bridle on the turn and kicked well.

“He’s only a little frail fellow and there’s a lot of improvement to come.”

Gatu was having her first ride on the Stephen Ralph-trained Admiral at Tauranga and she got the best out of the Align four-year-old to outfinish the favourite Persuasive in the Quadrant Pacific 1200.

Gatu also rode to instructions when getting first-starter Wooden Edge home first in the Bowers $ Son Ltd Concrete Manufacturers 1150 at Te Awamutu yesterday.

Wooden Edge came in for solid support after being unbeaten in two trials and simply proved a class above his opposition despite being last on settling.

“I said to Viktoria when you get down the dummy straight get out and get rolling,” said Wood. “He needs to be out of trouble. She rode him a treat.”

Gatu topped off the Te Awamutu meeting with a well-timed finish on the Denise Venn-trained and part-owned Summer Dale in the Te Awamutu Tyre Centre 1150.

Another local, the Barry Cook-trained Buffalo Lass, looked to have the race won when clear halfway down the home straight, but Summer Dale and Gatu unleashed an irresistible finish to race away over the final stages to win by almost two lengths.

Gatu showed with her four winning displays she is at the top of her game and, with the benefit of her 2kg claim, she should be in increasing demand over the winter months.