More bonuses from the Thornton stable

Cambridge trainer Craig Thornton produced a couple of bonus wins for Hawke’s Bay owner Peter Grieve at Matamata today.

Thornton saddled up  Brer to win the first event, the Ballymore Stables Owners and Staff Day 2000, for the Grieve family, then backed up that success when Chapinta won the next race, the Peter Brosnan Training 2000 for Grieve and Invercargill accountant Barry Thomas.

Chapinta, a half-sister to VRC Derby winner Sangster, also won at the previous Matamata meeting last month and is held in high regard by Thornton.

“Both horses were sent to me to be jumpers,” said Thornton. “Peter bred Brer from the stallion China Cat and he wants to win jumping races. These flat wins have been bonuses and I’d say both horses could win more on the flat, especially Chapinta.”

Though a three-year-old, Brer has already shown promise as a jumper, according to Thornton. “He’s got his hurdle ticket and he jumps well,” said Thornton. “But while he’s going well on the flat he can have more flat runs.”

Brer was having his fourth start and he showed some encouraging form when fourth in a highweight on the day Chapinta cleared maiden ranks easily. He improved a lot with that second-up run and kicked on strongly for rider Leith Innes to score by a length and a quarter from Del Mondo.

Chapinta has been the regular mount of Tasha Collett and she proved too strong for her rivals today when scoring by a length and a half from another Cambridge galloper, Te Kingi.

Between her two wins Chapinta had finished sixth at Te Aroha. “She didn’t like going right-handed,” said Thornton.

Thornton added to his successful run for the Grieve family last week at Te Teko when he produced Gok to score an eyecatching win for Jenny Grieve, Peter’s sister.