Sellwood – Calder combo click again

Andrew Calder rekindled an association successfully with Don Sellwood at Pukekohe last Saturday and he had some good news for the Cambridge trainer.

Calder picked up the ride on the Sellwood-trained Petty Cury in the Fallecon R85 1300 and made the most of the opportunity when guiding her to a four-length win over the very talented Payette.

“She could be a stakeswinner,” said Calder. “She’s a nice big filly and she won it so easily. She was always travelling well and was doing her best work in the last 100 metres.”

It was Calder’s first ride on Petty Cury, who is an Australian-bred daughter of Not A Single Doubt. She took her record to four wins and two seconds from seven starts and had been ridden in the first two wins by James McDonald and the other by Mark Du Plessis.

Du Plessis’ win on her came fresh-up at Ellerslie on Boxing Day when she beat another highly rated galloper, Heat Blast, over 1200 metres.

This latest win was special for Calder, who has had a long association with the Sellwood stable.

“I won the Group Two Eight Carat Classic on Natalie Wood for Don as well as a few other races on her,” he said. “I also won races on Imananabaa and Brianna. It’s good to ride another winner for him.”

Calder is these days based in Pukekohe, having shifted there a few months ago with his partner, Tasha Collett. He is the stable rider for Collett’s father, Richard, and is set to join the family, having become engaged to Tasha on Christmas Day.

Tasha Collett has retired from raceriding, but continues to ride trackwork for her father and has taken over the stable’s office management. She was a successful rider whose highlight came with her upset victory on Miss Raggedy Ann in the 2011 Group One Railway Handicap at Ellerslie.