Perfect result for Crawford stable

Thumbs up: Shane Crawford and strapper Orash Tehrani after a perfect result at Wanganui

Thumbs up: Shane Crawford and strapper Orash Tehrani after a perfect result at Wanganui

Cambridge trainer Shane Crawford was unbeatable at the Wanganui meeting.

Crawford took two of his team south, Parallel Universe and Standing In Line, and walked off the course with not only a strike rate of 100 per cent, but the assurance he has two potential stars in his squad.

Crawford’s initial focus was on Parallel Universe, who was making his debut in the Fauldings Sound Maiden 1200, and his confidence in the Darci Brahma three-year-old’s prospects were shared by punters who backed him into a $2.90 favourite.

“He’s a cracking type and he’s just kept improving,” said Crawford in a pre-race interview. I’m expecting him to step up.”

Parallel Universe had shaped well at the trials with two wins and a second.

In his first trial last February he won by two and three-quarter lengths and beat the deadheaters Forreel and Blue Lagoon, form which has stacked up well. Blue Lagoon won well at Pukekohe last Friday, while Forreel, a half-sister to multiple Group One winner Dundeel, has been placed in each of her trials and is held in high regard.

Parallel Universe (Hayden Tinsley) living up to expectations at Wanganui today.

Parallel Universe (Hayden Tinsley) living up to expectations at Wanganui today.

Owned by Hong Kong businessman Tony Chan, Parallel Universe was ridden today for the first time by Hayden Tinsley, who was impressed with the youngster.

“He begun and raced a bit keen and I was happy to take a sit behind,” said Tinsley. “I didn’t really want to be on the fence, but once he got the cover he settled very nicely and got to the line good.

“I gave him one hit short of the line to keep his mind on the job. He’ll improved a lot with it.”

Parallel Universe was never in danger of defeat over the final stages and won by two and a quarter lengths from Chateau Maroux.

Crawford was thrilled with Tinsley’s ride and glad Parallel Universe had lived up to expectations.

“Hayden cuddled him up,” said Crawford. “He (Parallel Universe) is still green but there’s a lot of upside to him. It’s always hard to win first-up.”

Crawford then had to wait until the last race for Standing In Line to contest the Westmere Bulk Spreading Ltd 1600 and it was well worth it.

Standing In Line, also owned by Chan, had won on debut over 1400 metres at Dargaville last month and had no trouble stepping up to Rating 65 company over an extra 200 metres.

Rider Zinjete Moki bounced Standing In Line out and had him handy in the early rush then worked him up four-wide to dispute the pace before taking over with 450 metres to run.

Though All In Luck tried hard over the final stages, Standing In Line was too strong and won by a length.

“He’s still babyish,” said Crawford. “Parallel Universe is a now horse, but he’s six months away. I can see him being a very good horse next year.”