Half the card to Cambridge

Brendan Hutton returning to scale on debut upsetter Carradine at Matamata yesterday.

Brendan Hutton returning to scale on debut upsetter Carradine at Matamata yesterday.

Unlike years gone by, the latest Matamata meeting wasn’t a field day for horses trained on that track.

In fact, it was horses who hail from the Cambridge region who landed half the eight-race card yesterday, heading off Matamata which picked up three events (Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott with Beauty’s Rose and Prize Lad and Tony Gillies with Woodsman) while the other race went to Pukekohe trained Eamonn Green with Kilmac.

Cambridge horses wasted no time making their mark, winning the first three races and throwing in a few placings to boot.

Cambridge trainer Mark Brooks got an instant successful result in the first event with Rum ‘n’ Coke, who was having his first start from his stable after being placed in four of his previous seven starts for Ruakaka trainers Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs.

A mid-race decision to sweep around the field from the rear by Cameron Lammas paved the way for Rum ‘n’ Coke’s first win in the ADM Feeds Ltd 2000. The six-year-old staved off a late bid by another horse from the Cambridge area, Libretti (trained by Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie), while the Linda Laing-trained Miss Serendipity completed the trifecta for the region.

A six-year-old son of Duelled, Rum ‘n’ Coke hinted a win was close at hand when runner-up in his last two starts of the past season. He was beaten by Lady Echezeaux at Matamata on July 6 the chased Summer Warrior home at Avondale 23 days later.

Carradine, prepared at Cambridge by Gary Alton and ridden by local apprentice Brendan Hutton, upset punters when taking the second race, the Thirsty Liquor 1200, at odds of better than 35/1 when holding out the favourite, Kamikaze Rebel, by a short head.

It was a fine training feat by Alton as Carradine was making just his second public appearance and his only other sighting was at the Cambridge trials last March when unplaced.

Trainer Ralph Manning and his apprentice Zy Nor Azman then kept the Cambridge run going when Cameahotfriday finished doggedly to beat Only If in the third event, the Clothier Family 1200, by a mere nose. The Tim and Margaret Carter-trained I Paco completed the trifecta, finishing three-quarters of a length behind.

A four-year-old son of the good racemare Arduous, Cameahotfriday has now won his last two starts, having cleared maiden ranks at Tauranga last month. He was dropping back from 1400 to 1200 yesterday and his win suggests more is in store.

Talking of horses with a future, there was much to like about the winning performance of Unveiling in the Oil Seeds 1600.

Owned and trained by Ann Browne, Unveiling had been placed once in his previous four starts and gave the impression he could develop into a handy stayer.

The son of Darci Brahma began his career with Te Awamutu trainers Graeme Sanders and Debbie Sweeney and was third in his debut over 1400 metres at Avondale in January last year, but then failed in his second start.

He joined the Browne team this year and won convincingly over 1470 metres at the Cambridge trials last May then finished unplaced at Matamata and Hastings before stepping up from 1400 to 1600 yesterday.

Ridden by in-form apprentice Doni Prastiyou, Unveiling unleashed a strong finish down the outside to score by a half-length from the Manning-trained Dowry Duty with Showyouhow (prepared by Stephen Marsh) completing the trifecta for the Cambridge region.

Unveiling appreciated the 1600 and looked as though he will be even better suited when tried over a middle-distance.