Seymour wins for Gatu

Viktoria Gatu urging Seymour along as her margin lessens as the winning post approaches. (Photo: Race Images).

Viktoria Gatu urging Seymour along as her leading margin lessens as the winning post approaches. (Photo: Race Images).

The value of an apprentice claim proved a bonus-winning move by Cambridge trainer Ross McCarroll at Hastings yesterday.

McCarroll engaged Viktoria Gatu to ride his mare Seymour in the NZB Pearl Series 1400 and the Cambridge apprentice’s 3kg claim was the difference between winning the $11,500 bonus or finishing second.

Gatu went straight to the front on Seymour and though the challenges came hard inside the final 150 metres she kept her mount going to scrape home by a short head from Yodelay.

“It was good to get another win,” said Gatu. “That was my 30th win so I’m down to claiming two kilos (after fulfilling her declared bookings at 3kg).

Seymour was having her fifth start and after an encouraging debut fifth at Ruakaka last May, McCarroll has set his sights on the Pearl Series Bonus races but had put on senior riders in his bid to win one of the bonuses until yesterday.

Alysha Collett was aboard in Seymour’s first two attempts at bonus wins, finishing fourth at Ruakaka and 10th at Te Aroha, then Matt Cameron had the ride when she finished sixth at Matamata last month.