Lewis Caroll adds another chapter

Lewis Caroll (Shaun McKay) scoring an effortless win in the only race run at Awapuni today.

Lewis Caroll (Shaun McKay) scoring an impressive win in the only race run at Awapuni today.

Progressive four-year-old Lewis Caroll continued his quick march through the grades with another commanding display at Awapuni today

The son of Darci Brahma put away a handy field of Rating 75 performers in the Totally Vets Premier for Cambridge part-owner and trainer Ngaire Fraser and regular rider Shaun McKay.

“He’s shown us a huge amount of ability since day one,” said Fraser.

“It’s just been a matter of finding the right races for him. He’s still a bit green and he was hanging in down the straight today and trying to get to the rail. He did that in his last start at Waverley as well.”

Lewis Caroll has now won four of six starts and has yet to finish out of the money.

“He can settle in his races, which is a big plus, so he’s quite exciting,” said Fraser, who races the horse with her daughter, Wendy.

Lewis Caroll settled behind the leaders in a genuinely run race and he finished solidly one off the fence to sail clear by two and a half lengths.

“We were able to follow a good speed,” said McKay, who has ridden the horse in all of his starts.

“We got a bit closer coming to the turn and then the gap appeared and he finished it off really well without me doing too much.

“He was a bit green and he wanted to get to the rail, but he was all good after that.”

Lewis Caroll was the only winner of the day at Awapuni as the meeting was called off afterwards due to the unsafe state of the track.

The abandonment followed the loss last month of the Wanganui Cup meeting because of dangerous underfoot conditions and the Cambridge meeting at Te Rapa where strong winds blew over a large part of the running rail in the front straight.

In today’s first event the Kylie Little-trained Lucyinrio slipped badly with 800 metres to run and jockey Johnathan Parkes was lucky to stay in the saddle.

“It would be hard to see a horse lose its footing that badly without falling,” said chief stipendiary steward John Oatham.

“Everybody was desperate for the meeting to go ahead, but safety comes first and an inspection of the track showed indications of movement.

“The club requested to put a slicing machine through the track, but it was clearly a hazard and we couldn’t say with any certainty that it had fixed the problem.

“The riders were excellent and they had the right attitude. They wanted to ride, but at the end of the day we had to question whether they could go out and confidently do their mounts justice.”

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing’s general manager of racing Matt Hall said the remaining seven races, including the Gr.2 Kamada Park Manawatu Challenge Stakes and the Gr.3 Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup, have been rescheduled for tomorrow.

The running rail at Awapuni will be moved out to the position it was for the opening day of the meeting.

– NZ Racing Desk.