Locals Dominate Proceedings

Cambridge stables were in dominant form at Arawa Park yesterday to provide five of the seven winners on the Rotorua card.

Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman started the ball rolling in the opening event with Victor Hugo successful on debut. Raced by Belvedere Farm principal, Bob Emery, the Fastnet Rock colt has the pedigree to back his further progress. He is out of the Dubai Destination mare, Purnima, from the family of the five-time Group One winner Planet Ruler.

Cambridge trainers then produced Wowowow, Celtic Chief, Quevado and Firepower to complete a grand day for the centre.

Prepared by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, Wowowow revelled in the heavy ground for the second win of his 11-start career.

Shelley Houston and Ben Ropiha had Celtic Chief forward to resume and the Golan gelding posted an impressive first-up win.

Savabeel filly, Quevado, also coped with the testing conditions well to open her winning account at her third appearance.

The promising staying prospect, Firepower, rounded off a top day for Cambridge when he was again successful for Roger James. The son of Duelled claimed a distance maiden at Pukekohe at his previous start and handled a rise in class in style for another convincing victory.