Lord Be With Lynsey

The combination of Cambridge duo of trainer Graeme Lord and jockey Lynsey Satherley once again shook punters at Rotorua today.

Lord’s decision to back up D’Llaro after the horse’s sixth placing at Tauranga two days earlier proved a masterstroke as the six-year-old ploughed through testing ground to win the Farewell John Humphries 2200 in the hands of Satherley.

It marked D’Llaro’s third win and each time the successful jockey has been Satherley, who is one of the country’s hardest-working riders. The pair combined for a maiden win at Te Awamutu in July last year then a fortnight later repeated the dose at New Plymouth.

Now 11 months and nine starts later D’Llaro has recaptured his best form and the win came at odds of better than 18/1.

“Lynsey has done well for me,” said Lord. “I first put her on Verago and she won on him here first-up at Rotorua. She’s ridden six winners for me. She’s an under-rated rider and suits my type of horses.”

Satherley was also aboard when Verago won his second race, also at Rotorua, and his other NZ triumph, at Matamata. Verago was then sold to Hong Kong and was a winner at Happy Valley in 2005 and placed several times before returning to Lord, who managed a couple of placings with him.

Verago and D’Llaro are half-brothers bred by Lord, a former successful jumps jockey. An older half-brother is Nufsed, who won eight races — six on the flat and two over hurdles.

Nufsed was raced by Lord along with his father, Ivan, and Cambridge farrier Kim Hughes, while D’Llaro is raced by Lord, the estate of his late father, as well as Hughes and former jumps jockey and Hawke’s Bay Racing Club CEO John McGifford, a long-time friend of Lord.

Though D’Llaro went into today’s race with an uninspiring formline of 0006 this campaign, Lord was confident of victory.

“I thought he could win at Tauranga, but the rain didn’t come,” said Lord. “He still went a good race for sixth. He came through it so well and I knew with the rain for today he’d take a lot of beating. He’s tough and he was ready.”

D’Llaro set the pace in the 2200-metre event, but was headed across the top when Morven Downs, another Cambridge galloper, moved up comfortably alongside. Chapchick added to the picture when issuing her challenge.

But in the run home it was D’Llaro who dug deepest in the stamina reserves and kicked back strongly after being headed to score by a neck from Chapchick, while Morven Downs weakened to third.

“He’ll probably go to Te Awamutu next. He needs loose ground and hopefully he’ll get it there,” said Lord.