Day At The Track

First win for Ben

08:03 AM 21 Aug 2017 NZST
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Ben Hope
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Young harness racing driver Ben Hope drove his first winner, when speedy three year old Benhope Rulz won at Oamaru yesterday.

Trained by Greg and Nina Hope at Woodend Beach, Benhope Rulz (Courage Under Fire Victoria Rulz) had to be good to win.

He trailed for most of the race, but got carted back by the tiring leader Megawatt on the turn and was blocked by a wall of horses in the straight.

Driver Ben managed to angle to the outside of the track in the last 75m and he stormed home to win going away from the John Hay trained first starter Norman Richard.

Classie Cullect gained an overdue win when he won for trainer Warren Stapleton and driver John Morrison at odds of $14.10 and $3.80 on the tote.

Part owner Dean Stapleton said "we like the horse and we have been backing him, but he has had no luck in his previous starts" 

That bad luck changed to good yesterday, when Classie Cullect (Gotta Go Cullect - Classie Emma) had a cozy run on the fence. When the horse saw daylight on the passing lane, he zipped home to win narrowly but well from the rank outsider Rostriever Victory and driver Kim Butt.

Mitchell Kerr had another day to remember when his two runners, The Dorchester and Run Boy Run both won their respective races on the Oamaru track. 

The Dorchester (Mach Three - Meet Me In Mayfair) was impressive sitting parked and winning as he liked for driver Blair Orange. The smart three year old pacer has now won his first two starts and is headed for the feature 3yo races later in the year.

Run Boy Run was also impressive, winning his second race in a row for driver Matt Anderson. He had to be good to win, sitting parked and then staving off all the challenges in the run home.

With the two wins he got yesterday, Kerr has regained the outright lead in this years trainers premiership. He has an impressive UDR of 0.7937 and has started seven runners this season with five of them winners.

Bite The Bullet led all the way to win this years Kurow Cup for trainer Robert Dunn.

Driven by John Dunn, Bite The Bullet (Mach Three - Pistol Packing Mama) was in front early and then ran quick final sectionals to hold off a fast finishing New Years Jay by a head at the line. 

His overall time for the 2600m stand was a sedate 3-23.4 for that class, but they zipped home over the last 800m in 56.4 with the closing 400m in slick 26.5 seconds.


Ben hope getting his first win.

 

Bite The Bullet winning the 2017 Kurow Cup


 

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