Day At The Track

Auckland Reactor gelding wins for Tricode

05:24 AM 01 Apr 2019 NZDT
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Please Shuddup
Photo Bruce Stewart

The best may be yet to come for Please Shuddup who made it win number nine this season for the Tricode Racing Syndicate when taking out the Collingwood Foodcentre Pace at Ascot Park on Saturday afternoon.

After a quick calculation, Syndicate head Peter Kett advised that the tally was made up by one galloping win, five at the dogs and three from Please Shuddup.

The four-year-old has won five from 19 for Invercargill trainer Murray Brown who says the gelding is continuing to improve, especially in the weight department.

“He should be even better next year,” he said.

Before that though, Brown has a couple of good options in mind for the son of Auckland Reactor who holds a high rating on the Southland Country Cup points table. The Winton Cup will be staged over 2400 metres in a fortnight and another two weeks on the final of the series will be a double points race over 2700 metres back at Ascot Park on Diamonds Day.

Please Shuddup is a half brother to Soapbox who also raced for the Tricode Syndicate and in August 2017 provided Brown with a milestone 33 years in the making. With her win at Gore, Brown became just the second-ever trainer to prepare the winners of 500 races from a Southland base.

The Syndicate had received both Soapbox and Please Shuddup from Brian West and when Soapbox scored that win, Please Shuddup was due to have his first workout.

“I like him,” Brown said at the time.

In addition to Please Shuddup's contribution of five, Soapbox (three) and Just Wish are the other Brown winners for the syndicate.

A couple of races earlier, Brown produced Triple V C to win the Final Touch Dominion Electric Pace. The five-year-old trailled the leader throughout and went clear in the straight.

“He was due the win, he's been unlucky but got the perfect run today.”

The race was held in glorious sunny and warm conditions, a far cry from the heavy fog which had enveloped Invercargill for much of the morning. A result of the fog was closure of the airport, leaving John Morrison, Sheree Tomlinson and Nathan Williamson unable to make Invercargill to fulfill their driving engagements.

Morrison (39 wins) and Tomlinson (37), sit first and second on the junior drivers premiership. One of Tomlinson's drives was to be Please Shuddup which was taken by Brad Williamson.

Nathan Williamson was the other to miss out on a win when the Matt Saunders-trained She's Outstanding took the Autosure Mobile Pace in the hands of Shane Walkinshaw.

“Nathan rang me here (on course) about 10 to say he was back in Christchurch,” said Saunders whose mode of operation is to seek out modestly priced horses capable of winning a race or races. She's Outstanding was previously with Robbie Rowland of Yaldhurst.

“Justin Le Lievre found him, he pretty much made me buy it. I like to get ones that can win a race without overspending,” he said.

Saunders operates the Four Square store in Tapanui and trains at the long-time 'retired' race course in the town.

“She didn't show much in work but I took her to the Gore trials 10 days ago, Nathan drove her and she won. I got confidence from that. I'll give her a shot at the next level up, she should improve from the win.”

Both Tomlinson and Morrison had drives in the Stirling Auto Repairs & Clean-Biz Trot for Junior drivers which opened the card. To ensure the horses concerned didn't have to be scratched, local trial licence holders Tristan Larsen - who works for his father Kirk - and James Forbes - who works for Kirstin Barclay and Paul Ellis - were considered for an upgrade for the race. The stipes, connections and JCA all agreed with the arrangement. The pair got their first raceday drives and spent much of the event in the two foremost places.

Forbes on the Williamson-trained Our Foxy Lady led from the 1800, only to be cut back in the straight to finish a close up third. Larsen drove the Matt Anderson-trained Spurred By Success, sat fifth early, was left parked at the 1800 but beaten in the back straight the last time.

“Tyler Dewe rang me about 11 o' clock and told me to get down here,” Forbes said, “we had every chance, I'm looking forward to my next go.”

“The stipes rang about 9:30,” Larsen said, “it was a good experience, we just battled at the end.”

Victory went to Dewe's drive Horse Of Course, the Williamson-trained favourite who trailed his stablemate for most of race. A fortnight ago, Dewe had driven The Commando to be Williamson's 599th training success. Horse Of Course was number 602.

“Brad got 600 on Majestic Man,” said Dewe, “It was good to get the win because I had the pick of the drives. He works like a good horse, doesn't always do it on raceday but I'd happily drive him again.”

 

Mac Henry

for Southland Harness Racing

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