Special result for Wenn in Cup

Jochen Rindt and Sam Collett cruising to the finish after demolishing rivals in the Taumarunui Cup.

Jochen Rindt and Sam Collett cruising to the finish when demolishing rivals in the Taumarunui Cup.

It’s always reason to celebrate when a long-term plan is pulled off and that’s exactly what Cambridge trainer Terry Wenn planned to do after today’s Taumarunui Racing Club’s meeting at Rotorua.

Not only was Wenn on duty as the Clerk of The Course, he was also represented in the training role with Jochen Rindt in the day’s feature, the Listed $50,000 Woods Contracting Taumarunui Gold Cup, and what a result it was for the former leading amateur rider.

Jochen Rindt made it a one-horse race over the final stages after going to the front for rider Sam Collett.

It was obvious before the home turn he was the horse to beat and once he slipped clear early in the run home it was all over. He drew out to win by 11 lengths from fellow Cambridge galloper Pump Up The Volume, who won last year’s Rotorua Cup.

“I set him for this race weeks ago,” said Wenn after returning to the winner’s stall alongside Jochen Rindt in his Clerk Of The Course role.

“The worry was to make the field off his low rating (73), then when he drew one I knew what Sam had to do.”

Wenn instructed Collett to stick to the fence with Jochen Rindt. “Ride him off the fence and he gets lost, but if you find the fence on him he hugs it,” said Wenn.

Collett was having her first raceday ride on Jochen Rindt, but had got an insight into his ability when riding him in a track gallop at Cambridge last Thursday.

“I liked the way he got through his work and after talking it through with Terry I figured we were some chance,” said Collett, “Once he jumped and we held the rail in front he was travelling sweetly and when he was still cruising out in front across the top I knew we had it won.”

The win was not only a huge thrill for Wenn, but also his partner, Mandy Walters, who bred the Ishiguru gelding and races him with Wenn and one of his long-time stable clients, Don Grayling.

For Collett, it was her second win in the Taumarunui Gold Cup, having won the feature in 2010 on Herman Munster.

Collett secured the mount when Sam Spratt, who had ridden Jochen Rindt to placings in his two most recent starts, was committed to rides at Otaki.

Collett therefore ends the 2015-16 term with 56 winners to realise a goal she had set herself 12 months previously.

“I wanted to have my best season and got there,” she said. “It can be difficult when you’re not attached to a big stable, but I’ve worked really hard and I hope it continues to next season now.”

Collett singled out success for her father, Jim, at Ellerslie on Boxing Day as her most memorable moment.

“Winning the Newmarket on Red Striker was a highlight,” she said. “Riding a stakes winner for Dad was special.

“Even though we won it on protest I still think I would have won if the gap hadn’t shut on me. Riding that nice filly for Donna and Chris was great as well.”

She was referring to the Logan and Gibbs-trained Astara, who she won two races aboard including the Listed Champagne Stakes in the autumn.