McNab so close to century of wins

Michael McNab returning to scale on Annabelinda, who took his career tally to 99 wins.

Michael McNab returning to scale on Annabelinda, who took his career tally to 99 wins. (Photo: Wally O’Hearn)

Cambridge jockey Michael McNab had a mixed day at Te Rapa last Saturday as he searches for his century of wins.

Some of the gloss of McNab’s win in the first event, the White Bros Panelworks Maiden 1200, on the Natalie Tanner owned and trained Annabelinda, was later taken off when he was found guilty of careless riding aboard the five-year-old turning for home.

Prima copped the interference and ended up beating just one horse home, while McNab set sail for the winning post and a half-length win on Annabelinda, who had been runner-up in her three previous starts.

The event provided Cambridge trained horses with the trifecta with the Tony Pike-prepared Maid Of Steel second ahead of Out Of Friendship, who is from Jeff McVean and Emma-Lee Browne’s stable.

Last Saturday’s win on Annabelinda was the second for the week for McNab, following his victory on Secret Power at Matamata last Wednesday, and it took his career tally to 99.

The talented rider is on the comeback trail, having spent more than seven months on the sideline battling weight issues.

He resumed riding at Te Awamutu in late November and recorded his first win back on the Gary Alton-trained Light Shadow at Ellerslie on December 6.

McNab (28) will get one racemeeting before the New Year to land his century of wins. He copped a four-day suspension for his careless riding on Annabelinda and the penalty begins after Boxing Day racing and he will be eligible to ride again on New Year’s Day.

Lee Somervell and Tony Devcich chimed in with wins for Cambridge at the Te Rapa meeting, Somervell being successful with the Trudy Thornton-ridden Celebrity Miss and Devcich rocking punters when his maiden Etonian (ridden by Alysha Collett) beat benchmark 65 horses in the Diprose Miller Chartered Accountants 2100.

Etonian had earned just one stake ($2500) in eight previous starts and was at odds of better than 36/1 when defeating the Frank Ritchie-trained Epicurean.

Celebrity Miss’ win was no surprise, the Civics mare having been placed in seven of her previous nine starts. She started at odds of 5/1.

Cambridge stables also picked up a couple of wins at Awapuni last Saturday. Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman won with Maygrove, while Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young were successful with Listowel, who was one of three winners on the day for jockey Craig Grylls.