Possible Cups Contender for Herbert

Local mare Prairie Star showed she could be a Cups contender when winning at Te Rapa on Monday.
The Anne Herbert trained mare scored a narrow victory over another local The Terminator over 2000m.
Aided by a superb Craig Grylls ride, Prairie Star came from last at the 600m to win by a head.
“I decided to ride her for luck when I found myself back there with 600m to go” said Grylls.
Grylls elected to stay on the rail as the field fanned for home.
Interestingly, The Terminator, with Vinny Colgan aboard, was alongside of Prairie Star at the back of the field.
“I could see Vinny was about to go wide so I was hoping the short cut was the best way to go” said Grylls.
It was an inspired decision by Grylls and with the eventual winning margin just a head, it was definitely the winning move.
Prairie Star resumed racing with an eye catching fifth in the Matamata Cup before her latest victory.
According to Anne Herbert, she will be aimed towards the Counties Cup.
“She’s a mare who has always shown ability and she really had to win today to make the Counties Cup field” said Herbert.
The High Chaparral mare looks well capable of winning a nice cup this season.
So, too, The Terminator.
The showy chestnut lost no admirers with his second placing.
Trained by Roger James, The Terminator was finishing strongly on the line and the further he goes the better.
 
 
The first race on the Te Rapa programme, the Cambridge Training Centre Maiden was, appropriately enough, taken out by a local , Malandrino.
The Darci Brahma three year old gelding was having just his second start when holding out another local, Zonza.
Trained by Murray Baker, Malandrino was ridden by Michael Coleman.
“That was a nice effort and he gives the impression he will go further than today’s 1600m too” said Coleman.
The win was some compensation after losing Lion Tamer following last Saturday’s Cox Plate.
“It will take a while to get over that ( Lion Tamer’s demise) ” said Baker stable foreman, Andrew Forsman.
“But we just have to keep going and judging by the manner in which this horse has won today, hopefully he can go on to bigger things” said Forsman.
 
 
Although beaten into second, star filly Anabandana still looks on target for her upcoming Christchurch assignment.
Anadandana had no answer to star colt  Antonio Lombardo in the James and Annie Sarten Memorial.
After reaching the lead in the 1400m event, Antonio Lombardo proved too slick for his rivals.
Anabandana was ridden for the first time by Matt Cameron.
“The other horse had us covered but my filly really blew after the race” said Cameron.
“She will definitely improve with the outing” he added.
Cambridge fillies filled all the minor placings behind the winner.
Anabandana, trained by Don Sellwood, held out Holy Moly (Roger James) and Artistic ( Shaune Ritchie).
That augurs well for the major fillies races this season
 
 
Cambridge had two winners at Ellerslie last Saturday.
Savannah Rush, trained by Danny Walker and Aaron Tata, scored a well deserved victory over 2400m.
It was her fourth victory from just 18 starts and she should continue to race well.
Insurgent, made amends for an unlucky fresh up effort, with a grinding win over 1600m.
The Roger James mare looks a likely type and is another to follow with confidence.
 
Catch you next week.
 
Cheers 
 
George.