Super Saturday for Cambridge

Wow, what a 2016 Derby Day at Ellerslie for the Cambridge centre.

After placings in the first couple of races, Cambridge hit its straps when the Shelley Hale-trained Go Nicholas produced an impressive finish to win the fourth event.

Shaune Ritchie’s Way In chimed in with a third in the next race, then it was all Cambridge throughout the rest of the programme, taking the last five races including all the features of the day.

The Stephen Marsh-trained No More Tears landed the first black-type of the day in the Gr. 3 Stella Artois Mr Tiz Trophy then Tony Pike chimed in with his top sprinter Sacred Star gaining a deserved win in the Gr. 3 Darley Plate.

Last season’s leading trainers, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, landed the third black-type event on the card with the ever-improving Mime in the Gr. 3 McKee Family Sunline Vase, then it was the big one, the Gr. 1 $750,000 BMW NZ Derby and Pike came so close to a notable quinella.

The ever-consistent Rangipo landed the money, giving rider Vinnie Colgan his sixth win in the classic, while stablemate Raghu narrowly missed second with What’s The Story charging into the placing.

To top the day off nicely for Cambridge, Baker and Forsman produced Victory Drive to win the final event, giving rider Michael Coleman his third win of the day. Coleman’s wins all came on Cambridge horses, the others being Mime and No More Tears.

Congratulations to all the winning connections. It’s a day for the Cambridge centre to cherish and a high point in the career of Tony Pike with his first Derby success.