Mediterranean Star a record-breaker

Mediterranean Star (Lisa Allpress) holding out Miss Scandinavia (outside) to set a course record at Wairoa yesterday.

It may have only been a minor race, but Mediterranean Star went down in the record books when he won at Wairoa yesterday.

The Per Incanto five-year-old registered his second win from 10 starts when he took the Eastland Veterinary Services 1300 in the hands of the country’s leading rider, Lisa Allpress.

What made the performance stand out more was the fact he broke the previous course record for 1300m when completing the journey in 1:15.45. The previous record of 1:15.56 was set by Bois 14 years ago.

It was thanks to the tearaway tactics of apprentice Hunter Durrant on first-day winner Carillion that enabled Mediterranean Star to create the new record.

Carillion scorched along in front, but Allpress kept the leader in her sights and made her move to pounce rounding the home turn. Mediterranean Star soon took over the kept going to withstand a big late run from runner-up Miss Scandinavia to score by a neck.

San Siro (Sam Collett) scraping home from Up ‘n’Gone (obscured inner) at Wairoa yesterday.

Owned by Kangyu International Racing (HK) Ltd, Mediterranean Star had shown some promise early in his career and had picked up three seconds before breaking through for his first win at Hastings on January 30. He scored over 1200m that day in convincing fashion and was a creditable third to Carillion on the first day at Wairoa last Thursday.

Mediterranean Star was the second of two winners on the day for trainer Stephen Marsh. The Cambridge trainer was successfully represented in the second event, the Kiwi Transport 1200, by the Ocean Park four-year-old San Siro.

Ridden by Sam Collett, San Siro did best in a tight finish to beat first-day placegetter Up ‘n’ Gone by a half-head.

It was a form reversal for San Siro as he had done no better than a sixth (on the first day) in five previous starts, though he had shown some promise at the trials with three wins, the latest at Matamata last month in the lead-up to the Wairoa meeting.