Rocked by Runaway Bride again

It’s not only the groom who gets ditched by the runaway bride. The same is going on for the punters.

Runaway Bride, a five-year-old trained at Cambridge by Sally House, is making a habit of rocking the punters. She did it 13 months ago when she cleared maiden ranks at Tauranga in the hands of Michelle Wenn and paid $83.

And the Ustinov mare was at it again at Te Rapa today when she raced to a three-quarter length win in the Rotating Machinery 2100 for local apprentice Maija Vance. The odds this time weren’t quite so juicy, but House wasn’t going to complain about the $44 win dividend.

“I got a nice little collect thank you,” said House, who also owns the upsetter. “She galloped really well last Saturday with Maija on and I told Maija afterwards that if it all went to plan we could win.”

House even handed out the tip when visiting Brighthill Farm last Sunday. “There was a group at the table and I told them she was going to win,” said House.

House bought Runaway Bride at the Carnival Sale, the last time it was held, and paid $4000 for her. And though she hasn’t exactly built up a huge stakes tally (she’s won $12,500), there have been a couple of good
collects off the tote that House won’t forget.

“I could have got more, but when it rained I was a bit worried so I didn’t put as much on as I was planning,” said House. “As it turned out the track wasn’t bad anyway.”

Runaway Bride is just one of two horses House has in racing condition, the other being Roman Toia. And she feels he’s close to a win, too.

Other Cambridge trainers to enjoy luck at today’s Te Rapa meeting were Shelley Hale and Roger James. Hale prepared The Grey Storm to win in the hands of local rider Mark Hills (fresh from his Group One win on Veyron) and James was successfully represented by Imagine, who was one of two winners on the day for James McDonald.