Memorable day for Phelan and Farr

Emily Farr flourishing her win as she completes a memorable day on Worthiswaitngold at Te Aroha. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Emily Farr flourishing her win as she completes a memorable day on Worthiswaitngold at Te Aroha. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Craig Phelan and Emily Farr stole the show at Te Aroha today when joining forces for a milestone of four wins on the card.

Phelan thought he was shooting for the sky when he took an all-up bet with his four runners, but race by race each of his runners “delivered the goods” to provide the dream result.

Phelan had never trained more than a winner on a day until the Te Aroha meeting on May 27 when he saddled up Notabadrooster and Worthiswaitngold to both win in the hands of Farr, partner of his son, Shaun.

Phelan again had Notabadrooster and Worthiswaitngold running at today’s meeting and they were joined by West End, who had won easily over hurdles at Te Aroha last month, and Bahhton, a debut hurdler.

Expecting all four to win was a big call, let alone hoping that would happen with the same rider aboard. But Phelan had faith in Farr and the Welsh-born horsewoman didn’t let him down.

The winning streak for the Phelan and Farr partnership began when Bahhton jumped his way to a one and a quarter-length win in the Moroney Diamond Wedding Anniversary Hurdle, then a race later West End again demonstrated his new-found love of jumping when clearing out for a five and a half-length win in the Waihou Tavern Hurdle.

“I never want to take these colours off,” said a delighted Farr as she weighed-in after West End’s defeat of fellow Cambridge runners Maharishi and D’Llaro

Two races later Farr and Phelan were back in the winner’s stall again after Notabadrooster took his record to three wins from four starts this season when beating the Ann Browne-owned and trained Raisafuasho.

“I thought they would all go good races, but my best ride is Worthiswaitngold in the last,” said Farr after Notabadrooster’s win.”He has been working the best of all of them.”

Phelan nervously watched on as Farr and Worthiswaitngold settled back in the field and he was concerned when the pair were standing the leaders up a big start with 800 metres to run.

But he need not have worried. His hopes were in good hands and Farr soon had Worthiswaitngold making ground on the inner and on straightening for the run home the chances of a perfect day looked bright.

Worthiswaitngold kept up a strong gallop and cleared out to win by four and a half lengths from Curli.

“She’s riding so well,” said Phelan as he headed yet again to the winner’s stall to greet Farr. “She cut the corner and it’s always said that’s the shortest way home. What a day!.”

Though Phelan was getting all the accolades for the perfect four from four training achievement, he was quick to give the credit to his son and Farr.

“They do all the work with the horses over at Cambridge and I just go over from Rotorua a few times each week,” said Phelan. “They know what they’re doing. They deserve the credit.”

Rotorua has been Phelan’s training base until he was persuade by his son to send them over to be trained from boxes leased from Cambridge trainer Gary Alton.

“It’s the best move I’ve ever made,” said Phelan. “I’ve never had a run like this before and to get four in a day, I can’t believe it.”

Until this season, Phelan had notched 19 wins as a trainer since taking out his licence in 1988-89 with his best result for a term being five in 2012-13. Now with the four wins today the Phelan stable has recorded 10 wins this season and the promise of more to come.

It has been an amazing run for Farr, who battled for rides when she first came to New Zealand two years ago. She notched her first New Zealand win last season from 24 rides and now has recorded 10 wins with seven of them coming on the Phelan horses at Te Aroha meetings within the last six weeks.

Among the riders regularly chasing Farr home today was Shaun Phelan, but he didn’t mind. He was thrilled to see his partner and his father enjoying a raceday they will never forget.