From the Commentry Box – Monday, 2 December 2013


Cambridge trained horses had a field day at Ellerslie last Saturday.

The ten race programme saw no fewer than six local winners.

Heading the charge was mum to be, Lady Kipling who scored a brilliant win in the day’s feature race, the Eagle Technology Stakes.

Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Lady Kipling proved too strong for the ever consistent Postman’s Daughter with another local, The Tidy Express in third spot.

Ridden by the in form Leith Innes, Lady Kipling enjoyed a lovely run throughout the 1600m event.

“She travelled sweetly all the way and I was confident a fair way out” said Innes.

Lady Kipling is racing on borrowed time, as she is in foal to Windsor Park based stallion, Rip Van Winkle.

“She is just one of those horses who is an absolute pleasure to train” said co trainer Murray Baker.

Lady Kipling has fashioned an outstanding record with her latest success being the 11th of her 33 start career.

She has won in excess of $430,000.

When she does head to the broodmare paddock, I’m sure her progeny will be keenly sought after.


Of the other local winners on the programme, Dresden Park, trained by Jeff McVean and Emma Lee Brown, had to survive a lengthy enquiry before being confirmed as the winner.

The Thorn Park filly was one of three winners on the day for gun apprentice Rory Hutchings.

Rider of runner up Katies Cove, Leith Innes protested against the winner for alleged interference with 1100m to go.

“The winner checked my horse and it definitely cost me the race” lamented Innes afterwards.

However the judicial panel disagreed and Dresden Park was eventually declared the winner.

She looks a filly of promise.


Undertheradar capped off some wonderfully consistent form with a deserved win over 2100m.

Ridden as usual by Matt Cameron, Undertheradar fought on doggedly to hold out the late finishing Dubai Shuffle.

Undertheradar is trained by Ann Herbert and Michael Roustoby who deserve credit for keeping the big grey up to the mark.


The in form stable of Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue were at it again when Chintz gained a back to back victory over 1400m.

Chintz had returned to racing following a spell with an impressive fresh up win at Te Rapa recently.

Ridden by Rory Hutchings, Chintz came with a well timed run to score from race favourite, Vibrant.

Chintz looks set for a profitable summer campaign.


The same could be said for the fifth local winner of the day, Harvest.

Trained by brothers Mark Fraser Campin and Chris Campin, Harvest held on in a thrilling finish to prevail by the barest of margins.

Jockey Trudy Thornton was quick to point out the courageous effort from her mount.

“She drew wide and I couldn’t get closer than three off the fence, but she loves a scrap this mare and just tries so hard” said Thornton.

Harvest took her record to three wins from just six starts with stake earnings of $43,000.


And finally, the last local winner of the day was Bellazeel who staged a form reversal to win for Rory Hutchings.

The Roger James trained mare was ordinary by her standards last start at Tauranga when tailing the field home.

“We couldn’t work out what happened that day but she was much better today” said James later.

Bellazeel enjoyed an economical trip mid field in a race that had plenty of speed on throughout.

She quickly drew clear of her opposition with 200m to go and won decisively.

All in all a pretty good day at the office!