Waddell star of Rotorua show

Cambridge jockey Jason Waddell was in red hot form at today’s Racing Rotorua meeting.

Waddell started the day on a winning note and ended it the same way, taking the first two events as well as the last two races to give him four wins on the nine-race programme.

His first win of the day came on Almon, a first-starter for Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young. He then won on the Hastings visitor O’Stellar (another debutante) and came back late in the programme to take the eighth event on the John Sargent-trained Demophon and wound up with victory in the last race on Stephen Marsh’s Are You Devious.

Almon’s win in the Townley Trenching and Electrical 1200  could be the start of a bright career. The Falkirk three-year-old had shown promise when  winning at the Cambridge trials as a two-year-old last February, but did not step out in public again until last August’s Te Teko trials when unplaced.

“He was just a bit weak and had a few niggling little problems,” said Young. “We had him for the Ready To Run Sale, but he didn’t get there. And when he won his two-year-old trial he beat some quite good horses so we knew he had ability.”

Today Almon tracked the pacemaker Between Dreams and worked clear nicely in the home straight to win by two and a half lengths.

At the other end of the Rotorua programme Are You Devious was also a comfortable winner. The Captain Rio recorded her first win in four starts and she did it by two and a quarter lengths.