Partnerships Success Continues

The Cambridge duo of trainer Barry Cook and apprentice Ulrika Holmquist are proving to be a formidable combination.

Their fledgling partnership gained further momentum at the weekend with success at Tauranga and at Te Awamutu.

On Saturday, when they delivered a knock-out blow with 52-1 shot Steffi’s Secret and completed a double with Princess Nicole on Sunday.

Cook said Holmquist had now ridden four winners from five starts for his stable and admitted Steffi’s Secret’s win had come as a pleasant surprise.

“The filly had been working really well, I didn’t expect her to win but thought she’d be thereabouts.”

Also sharing in the glory was owner Dolph Rasmussen, who races recent winning stablemate and bright three-year-old prospect Buffalo Boy.   “He’s having a little bit of a break and will be back for the Guineas races in the spring,” Cook said.

Steffi’s Secret had failed to fire in two previous runs this preparation, but found the Tauranga track much more to her liking.

“He’s a brilliant trainer and always has his horses in top condition,” said Holmquist, who is apprenticed to Lee Somervell.  “The ground suited her perfectly – she likes the loose going.”

Holmquist later completed a double at Tauranga when she rode her master’s horse Fair Fleet to a convincing victory.  “It was a very good ride and I told her to drop back and come around them – she’s a very intelligent girl and it worked out terrific,” Somervell said.