Norvall benefits from Veyron success

Winning last weekend’s Group III Eagle Technology Stakes at Ellerslie has already benefited Cambridge jockey Rogan Norvall.

Through his winning ride on Veyron in the feature Norvall has picked up extra rides at Saturday’s Trentham meeting including Bragato in the day’s feature, the  Group I Westbury Stud Captain Cook Stakes.

“I was only going down to ride Anna Maria (in the Rating 75), then I got a phone call asking if I could ride Bragato in the Captain Cook,” said Norvall. “I’ve never ridden the horse before, but I know he’s got plenty of ability. He won well two starts ago and he goes well at the 1600 metres. I’m looking forward to riding him.”

Bragato is trained by Richard Joostens and has won eight races and almost $160,000. He first hit the headlines last June at Wanganui when taking the Listed  Ag Challenge  Stakes and he added to his record on a trip to Ellerslie with a solid win in the Mitchelson Cup.

Bragato has now won twice from his last four starts with the latest success coming in the Group III Rich Hill Thompson Handicap, raced over the same course and distance as Saturday’s assignment.

To be making the trip south in the first place Norvall obviously believes Anna Maria is a winning hope in the Wellington Business Forms Premier. “She has been going good races and should be a big chance,” said Norvall.

Anna Maria is trained at Cambridge by Tim and Margaret Carter, who are also heading south with Vonusti, who will be a rival for Bragato in the Westbury Stud Captain Cook Stakes.

Norvall has also picked up the ride on last-start winner Pocket Diary for Tuhikaramea trainers Graeme and Debbie Rogerson.  He will also ride Show The Beel for Trentham trainer Margaret Cartwright and Hula Sister for Don Fuge.