Cambridge Horses Have Field Day

Cambridge trained horses had a field day at Ellerslie last Saturday.
NZ ‘s biggest training centre provided no fewer than five winners on the nine race programme.
Interestingly, Cambridge trained horses finished second in three of the four remaining races.
First cab off the rank was Boninsky who scored over 2200m for Margaret Falconer.
The four year old gelding registered his second win from 12 starts when successful with Michael McNab aboard.
Allowed plenty of time to find his feet, Boninsky was still last with 600m to go.
“I wasn’t too worried because the pace was on and I thought the leaders would come back to us” said McNab.
Boninsky made his bid shortly after turning for home, and quickly gathered in the leaders.
“He surprised me a bit how quickly he got to the front, but he kept fighting strongly” said McNab.
Boninsky was the latest winner for McNab, since his recent comeback to race day riding.
The son of former top rider Chris McNab has shown excellent judgement of pace in his rides so far.
That coupled with a two kilo claim, should he ensure his services are keenly sought after.
 
Two year old Jimmer Time capped off some strong recent performances with a nice win over 1300m.
Trained by Anne Herbert, Jimmer Time was also allowed time to settle by his rider Craig Grylls.
“He was caught wide last start so we thought we’d settle back and ride him for luck” said Grylls later.
The tactic worked a treat, as Jimmer Time switched over heels at the 250m, to storm to an impressive win.
“Once he got into the clear, he was always going to win” added Grylls.
Jimmer Time is by Libbretist and judging by the manner of his win, he could give Herbert some ammunition for his three year old season.
 
Petergabriel continued the run of form for the Yves Seguin stable when taking out the rating 85 2200m.
Also ridden by Craig Gyrlls, Petergabriel proved too strong for his opposition under 58 1/2 kgs.
With the victory, Petergabriel confirmed a Queensland campaign over the Winter months.
“That was what I wanted to see ” said  trainer Seguin.
Petergabriel will be part of the team, spearheaded by recent Tauranga  winner Arcenceil,  Seguin will have in Queensland.
“There are any number of races for him there and he should be competitive” said Seguin.
 
Lightly raced filly Brela Belle was the fourth Cambridge winner at Ellerslie.
The Darci Brahma filly is trained by Frank Ritchie for high profile owners Peter and Phillip Vela.
“That was a nice win today aided by a lovely ride” said Ritchie.
“I think she’ll improve further with a bit more time too” he added.
Brela Belle was ridden by Masa Tanaka, one of the most under rated riders around.
Tanaka has shifted north from his former Central Districts base.
“There are more opportunities up here and riding nice fillies like this helps” said Tanaka.
He quickly had Brela Belle trailing the leaders and bided his time before asking his mount for her final effort.
“I was mindful she was fresh up so I didn’t want to go too soon” said Tanaka.
Brela Belle was recording her second win from just six starts and she has a future.
 
Capping off the day for the locals was She’s Invinsible.
Now with the Gary Alton stable, She’s Invinsible dashed away with an impressive win over 1200m.
Ridden by in form apprentice Rory Hutchings, She’s Invinsible was never in any danger of defeat.
“She was cruising in front and when I popped her the question she bounded away” said Hutchings.
Alton has enjoyed a successful past 18 months and judging by this win, that success should continue.
 
Finally, star filly Silent Achiever finished 3rd in her Aussie debut last Saturday.
It was still an enormous run by the Roger James trained filly though, and I’m sure she will make her presence felt over there.
A wide barrier draw did her no favours in the Rosehill Guineas, but she will keep.
Mark my words.
 
I’ll catch you next week.
 
Cheers
 
George.