Cambridge Dominates Card

The winners keep rolling in from the Cambridge Training Centre.
Last month saw 36 Cambridge trained winners for June, nearly double the tally from June last year.
And last week saw that trend continue with ten winners over the week.
The biggest haul came last Wednesday at Tauranga when Cambridge trained horses completely dominated the nine race card.
There were no fewer than six local winners as well as two second placings.
Chris McNab produced a likely looking debut runner, Lady Jaffe, to win over 1200m.
The Postponed mare was ably handled by Tasha Collet who earned praise from McNab.
“That was a nice ride from Tasha” said McNab after the race.
Collett had Lady Jaffe midfield before pouncing with 250m to go.
“She really tried when I asked her for an effort and I think she can go on with it” said Collett.
 
Trainer Lee Somervell got a nice welcome home present when Addictive Habit, also scored on debut.
Somervell had only just returned from a holiday in Canada, which included the famous Calgary Stampede.
“My staff have obviously done a great job with the team…….maybe I should go on holiday more often” quipped Somervell.
Addictive Habit cleared out nicely for rider Jason Jago over the concluding stages to win by one and a half lengths.
Somervell may aim Addictive Habit at the Ryder Stakes next week at Otaki.
“He’s always shown promise and I’ll see how he comes through this race, but the Ryder could be an option” he said.
 
Graham Thomas and Paul Mirabelli scored in the next race with Just Ideal.
The Captain Rio filly fought out a great battle with another local Sandy’s Star, trained by Chris Wood.
There was just a half head separating the pair at the line.
Just Ideal was ridden by Sam Spratt who was suitably impressed with the effort.
“For a horse having her first start that was a pretty gutsy effort” said Spratt.
Co trainer Graham Thomas was also impressed.
“I was worried her lack of experience may count against her but she’s handled it really well” said Thomas.
 
Keepercrossed scored a well deserved victory when winning over 2100m.
The lightly raced Keeper filly was having just her fourth race day start for trainer Graeme Forbes.
Ridden by Alex Forbes, Keepercrossed asserted her superiority over the final stages winning by two and a quarter lengths.
The manner in which she won suggests she should continue to prove competitive in her immediate races.
 
Capping off a great day for Cambridge trained runners was the win by Pump Up The Volume.
Although having to survive a protest, Pump Up The Volume continued a great run of form for trainer Ralph Manning.
Manning has had his team firing on all cylinders lately.
“You never know in this game, so you just make the most of it when the team is on fire” said Manning.
Pump Up The Volume led home a Cambridge trained First Four with StormingThe Tower trained by John Bell, Reachforthestars ( Roger and Darrel Lang) and Coup De Ville ( Tony Devcich) following him home.
 
The last of the Cambridge trained winners on the day, came courtesy of the Earl Harrison trained Hug A Ginga.
Ridden by Noel Harris, Hug A Ginga dominated her rivals winning by three and a quarter lengths over 1200m.
The win was a great result for Harrison and Harris.
“We’ve been mates for years and it’s nice to win one for Earl” said Harris on returning to scale.
Harris is about to release his biography next month.
Well known racing journalist Wally O’Hearn has written Harris’ life story, which should be an interesting read.
Harris is often referred to as the elder statesman of the riding ranks these days and he has had an outstanding career in the saddle spanning four decades.
An incredible balance in the saddle has seen him develop his own unique “high in the irons” style and he’s won every major race on the calendar.
His book should be a great read.
 
I’ll catch you next week.
 
Cheers
 
George.