Successful innings for Roustoby

Cambridge horseman Michael Roustoby is on a winning roll, training them and also riding them to victory.

Roustoby (27) joined in partnership with Ann Herbert at the start of the current season and the pair combined for their first success when Undertheradar won at Te Rapa on September 11, then notched win number two when Conquering Kenny scored at Rotorua last Friday week.

Roustoby switched roles briefly at Te Rapa yesterday and as an amateur rider he celebrated his first win when guiding Real Treasure to victory in the Ivan, Leo and Roy Robinson Memorial 2100, scoring by three-quarters of a length from Happy Man.

After a handful of minor placings, including a nose defeat on Ishidanzin at Wanganui in July last year, Roustoby was obviously thrilled to finally register his first win as a rider. And to do it on one of Ann Browne’s horses made it even more special.

“I’ve been going out and riding work for Mrs Browne for a long time and she has given me a lot of rides in amateur races,” said Roustoby, who uses his lunch break between duties around the Herbert stable to continue to ride work for Browne. “She has been very loyal. It was great to win a race for her.”

With the jumps season over for another year, Roustoby is now fully concentrating on his role as a co-trainer and he is keen to add to the fine start made by the partnership.

From seven starters, the Herbert – Roustoby partnership has had three placings to go with the two winners with the promise of more success to come at short notice.

“We’ve got races Friday, Sunday and Monday so hopefully we can get another win or two,” said Roustoby. “We have up to 20 in work but we’ve got a couple of spare boxes at present.”

Roustoby originally trained in partnership with his girlfriend, Jennifer McIlroy, a past employee of the Herbert stable. The pair prepared Shakeitup to win five races, showing form on the flat and over fences.