Simpson chasing first black-type win

Whitney (nearest camera) finishing a close second to McCullum McCaw on debut at Wanganui.

Whitney (nearest camera) finishing a close second to McCullum McCaw on debut at Wanganui.

Cambridge trainer Ryan Simpson is showing no fear with the first black-type runner of his fledgling training career.

The former jockey will run the lightly-tried filly Whitney in the Listed H. S. Dyke Wanganui Guineas on Saturday.

“She’s good to go and she’s ticked all the boxes so far. I’m not scared to be taking on the boys at this stage,” said Simpson.

One of seven maidens in the contest, Whitney will be making her second visit to Wanganui after she finished runner-up on debut in the hands of jockeys’ premiership winner Lisa Allpress on the track last month.

“She drew 12 of 14 and she was forced wide all the way and she beat home four, five and six-year-olds geldings as well,” said Simpson. “It’s good that Lisa is keen to stick with her.”

A daughter of Showcasing, Whitney began her career with Tony Pike before transferring to Simpson’s stable.

“She didn’t settle in a bigger stable and it’s taken me three or four months to get her working how I wanted,” he said. “It’s been hard to get a line on her because she works on her own, but the further she goes the better for her.”

Success would be welcome to Simpson, who has had five winners from 35 starters, as he had the misfortune to lose the services of Hillsborough, who was to have accompanied Whitney south.

“He’s injured a tendon again,” he said. “We had him in work for seven months and got one run out of him. It’s a shame as he had plenty of ability.”

– NZ Racing Desk.