Perfect House Warming

Last Saturday’s Waikato Steeplechase winner Myths and Legends provided the perfect house warming present.
The nine year old gained a thrilling win for his trainer Mark Brooks, who also races him with his parents Roger and Heather.
“We just finished moving into our new property this morning ” said an excited Mark Brooks after watching Myths and Legends down hot favourite Volkswagin.
That property was the former base of Queensland bound Paul Duncan, directly opposite the Cambridge Training Centre.
Although there was just the five starters in the 4000m event, the race provided a great spectacle.
Hot favourite Volkswagin looked to have the race in safe keeping after jumping the last fence in front.
However Myths and Legends, ridden by Isaac Lupton, had other ideas.
“I felt we were still in with a chance after the last fence and the more I asked him, the more he kept giving ” said Lupton.
It was Lupton’s first win in the Waikato Steeplechase.
“I’ve won most of the big jumping races so it’s nice to add this one to the list” said Lupton.
The victory though was a triumph for the Brooks family.
The family are passionate supporters of the local jumping scene.
Roger Brooks, a committeeman of the Cambridge Jockey Club, was delighted with the win.
“We bought this horse specifically for a jumping career and it’s been a long slow process but we always knew it would be” said Brooks.
For Mark Brooks, the win signalled a new challenge for his career.
“The opportunity to purchase the new property and to move to Cambridge is an exciting one and hopefully this is a sign of things to come” said Brooks.
 
The other feature juming race, the Waikato Hurdle, also provided an exciting finish.
Hot favourite Borrack duly obliged but gave his army of supporters a fright over the concluding stages.
After jumping the last fence well clear of nearest challenger Arose, Borrack looked set for an easy win.
However, the 69.5kg impost he carried certainly had an effect over the final 150m.
Outsider Arose closed quickly to be just a short neck behind at the line.
Borrack’s rider Cody Singer was nevertheless delighted by the effort.
“He’s so brave this horse, he never stops trying” said Singer.
Plans for Borrack may include a possible trip to Australia.
Judging by his win, he’ll be ultra competitive too.
 
Local trainer Murray Baker picked up a double at the Te Rapa meeting on Saturday.
Baker prepared two year old winner Decorah for a nail biting win, while Jeu De Cartes bounced back to winning form.
Decorah prevailed by a nose over race favourite Dorian Grey in the juvenile race.
Ridden by Sam Spratt, the Pins filly out bobbed the favourite right on the line.
“She’s pretty tough and kept on giving ” said Spratt.
Decorah was well supported on the tote after an unlucky debut.
“She didn’t get all favours on debut and her work has been sound since” said trainer Murray Baker.
 
Baker was also delighted to see Jeu De Cartes back in the winner’s circle.
Jeu De Cartes was beaten by a bad ride according to Baker when favourite in the Hawkes Bay Cup at her previous start.
“She was ridden upside down last start, so it was good to see her win today” said Baker.
Rider Matt Cameron timed his finishing burst to a nicety.
“Once she balanced up turning for home, I felt confident of winning” said Cameron.
Jeu De Cartes should be followed closely in the foreseeable future.
Cameron currently sits at the top of the Jockey’s Premiership.
 
I’ll catch you next week.
 
 
Cheers
 
 
George.