Great Day For Cambridge JC.

The Cambridge Jockey Club’s Premier Day at Te Rapa was an outstanding success.
That was the only conclusion after a great day of racing.
Quality fields coupled with one of the best racing surfaces seen for a while ensured the success.
Just as importantly, the on course betting turnover was ahead of budget.
“Our on course turnover on nine races this year was well ahead of the turnover on ten races last year at $230,000” said Chief Executive Gayle Barkla.
The two feature races on the programme, the Travis Stakes and the Windsor Park Stud Breeders Stakes were exciting contests.
The Group 2 Travis Stakes worth $100,000 provided one of the most memorable finishes imaginable.
Less than three quarters of a length separated the first five horses home in a thrilling finish.
On the money line, it was the Vela owned Dolmabache  who prevailed from Postman’s Daughter and O’Fille.
After a protest lodged by stewards, the minor placings were reversed.
Dolmabache returned nearly $28 for the win and the success was a surprise to everyone except the connections.
“We thought after her last start effort she was a definite chance today” said co trainer Steven Ramsay.
Ridden by Palmerston North based hoop Darryl Bradley, Dolmabache finished powerfully from well back in the field to gain the win.
“The field virtually split wide apart down the straight, and she was able to dash through for the win” said Bradley. 
The win capped off a remarkable day for breeders and owners Peter and Phillip Vela.
Not only did they have Dolmabache’s win to celebrate, but they also had close ties with the other feature race winner, Burgundy.
Pencarrow Stud representative Leon Casey acknowledged their involvement.
“The boys will be thrilled with these victories from a breeders perspective” said Casey.
The Vela’s bred both Burgundy and Dolmabache from their wonderful mares Grand Echezeaux and Our Echezeaux.
Both Burgundy and Dolmabache are by champion stallion Redoutes Choice.
Burgundy’s win in the Windsor Park Stud Breeders was completely dominant.
The high priced yearling of his year, cemented his pre race favouritism, with a grand display of power sprinting.
Regular rider Matt Cameron was supremely confident of victory throughout the 1200m event.
“He was bolting the entire way…….he was never going to lose” said Cameron.
Burgundy took his stake earnings to $126,000 with his fifth win from just eight starts.
Trained by Jason Bridgeman for Te Akau Stables, Burgundy continues to strengthen physically and his future looks assured.
From a local perspective, there were wins for Aspinal and Pellegrini.
Aspinal deserved her victory after an unlucky effort at her previous start.
“She was three wide last start, but today from her handy draw she was well placed” said co trainer Tony Pike.
Aspinal  held out Kitt Ann Miss to score by a neck for rider Leith Innes.
“She’s a good honest mare who always tries her hardest” said Innes.
Pellegrini completed a notable hat trick when scoring a dashing win over 1400m.
Ridden by Jason Collett, Pellegrini scorched over the trip in a brilliant 1.21.31, a time rarely bettered at Te Rapa.
According to Collett, there was plenty of fuel left in the tank.
” Once he got to the front he was always cruising and I actually had a job pulling him up after the line” said Collett.
Pellegrini, trained by Murray Baker, continues to impress and looks destined for better things.
Finally, a word of thanks to Te Rapa course manager Neil Treweek.
If you ever want to know what stress is, try being a track manager for a week.
In my opinion Te Rapa is consistently the best racing surface in the country.
Central to that is Treweek’s expert management.
However, there was no shortage of “advice” to Treweek from connections on how to present his racetrack during the week.
In the end, Treweek’s judgement proved again to be right on the lolly.
Maybe now those “experts” will leave him alone to do his job!
Catch you next week.