Welcome to 2012

Kia Ora and welcome to the first column for 2012.
I trust the busy Xmas racing period was a successful one for you!
Local mare Say No More continued her wonderful form when winning at Awapuni on Saturday.
The lightly tried Pentire mare, trained by Paul Duncan, registered her fourth win from just eight starts when scoring for jockey Rosie Myers.
Always in or near the leaders, Say No More quickly asserted her superiority turning for home, dashing away to win by two and a quarter lengths.
Chasing her home was another local galloper in Savour The Moment, trained by Stephen Marsh.
Say No More again impressed by the manner in which she achieved her victory.
“She’s going from strength to strength and after that win, we’ll have to press on towards the Thorndon Mile at Trentham” said trainer Paul Duncan.
Jockey Rosie Myers was also suitably impressed by the performance.
“She was always travelling like a winner and when I asked her to go she really sprinted clear” she said.
Say No More has been a model of consistency with her four win haul complimented with three second placings.
Her stake earnings of nearly $60,000 will swell if successful in the Group One Thorndon .
“I think she deserves a crack at the big time, especially in the form she is in at the moment” said Duncan.
Another Trentham bound winner at Awapuni on Saturday was A Keepa. 
Owned and trained by Paul Adlington, A Keepa created a huge impression when winning over 1200m.
Settling back behind midfield, A Keepa got shuffled back towards the tail of the field naering the home turn.
Rider Leith Innes was able to get into the clear shortly after turning for home, and A Keepa unleashed a powerful finishing burst.
“That was a pretty good effort” Innes declared on dismounting.
“We kept getting held up behind slow ones but once he saw daylight he has absolutely flown” said Innes.
A Keepa scored comfortably by nearly two lengths, his second win from ten starts.
Paul Adlington indicated he would head to Trentham with his charge.
“We’ll see how he comes through this race, but we’ll head to Trentham at this stage” he confirmed.
Judging by that winning effort, A Keepa should make his presence felt too.
A little closer to home saw two local victories at Ellerslie on Saturday.
Wanabefamous upset more favoured rivals when winning over 1600m.
The Ralph Manning owned and trained 3 yr old colt, edged  home for Masa Tanaka, in a driving finish.
Wanabefamous is one of the last progeny of champion stallion Star Way who stood at Windsor Park Stud for many years.  
Manning was a little surprised by the victory.
“That was a pretty tidy field so I might have to reassess his programme” said Manning. 
The other local victory at Ellerslie came courtesy of the Roger James trained,  Rasteau.
The beautifully bred son of Redoubt’s Choice and La Sizeranne proved too strong in the hands of James McDonald.
Given a lovely trail in behind the leaders, Rasteau pounced with 250m to go.
“Once he got balanced up , he put them away pretty easily” said McDonald.
Rasteau looks set to deliver the promise he has always shown and is certainly a horse to follow.
I’ll catch you next week.