Positive ride brings success

Viktoria Gatu keeping Calligraphy up to the task when scoring an all-the-way win at Te Awamutu yesterday.

Viktoria Gatu keeping Calligraphy up to the task when scoring an all-the-way win at Te Awamutu yesterday.

Cambridge apprentice Viktoria Gatu was given strict instructions what she had to do on Calligraphy at Te Awamutu yesterday and the plan worked out perfectly.

Gatu has been Calligraphy’s regular rider and was aboard when the daughter of Perfectly Ready quit maiden ranks on the same track last May. But the pair had no luck in the two starts leading up to yesterday’s return to Te Awamutu.

“She was very unlucky in her first two runs (this campaign) – she got knocked down both times,” said trainer Ross McCarroll.

”I put blinkers on her to give her a bit of confidence and with no weight I just said (to Viktoria) to run them into the ground because the horses to beat had weight.”

With Gatu’s 2kg claim, Calligraphy carried the minimum of 54.5kg and right from the outset it was “pedal to the floor.”

Gatu rode her hard from her inside draw to get the lead and from then on nobody could get past Calligraphy.

She kicked on straightening for the run home and held on comfortably to score by a length and a half from Bear with the Roger James-trained Bonny Emilia battling on for third.

Calligraphy has been lightly tried, having had just six starts for the two wins and two placings, and having got back into the winning grove she could carry on the good work.

“She seems pretty honest,” said McCarroll.