Day At The Track

Greg Hunter produces a big training performance

11:14 PM 03 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Twilight Franco - was an impressive winner at Ascot Park today.

Wyndham trainer Greg Hunter produced a huge training performance to win with two fresh-up runners at today’s Riverton Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park.

The first of those winners was Press On, who upset at odds of $29.60 in the $15,000 Sir Lincoln Riverton Cup.

Press On, a five-year-old son of Elsu, was given a soft run on the inside by driver Dexter Dunn before diving up the inside to claim favourite Comply Or Die in the shadows of the post.

Press on, who was now won four races, is also co-owned and bred by Hunter.

The second runner to carry Hunter’s Blue, Pink and Grey colours to victory was Twilight Franco, who was hugely impressive, winning for Clark Barron by three lenghts.

It was the four-year-old’s third win at just her sixth start. Her only time out of the money to date resulted in a seventh to Safedra in the Southland Oaks.

Other impressive winners at the meeting were Raksdeal, who blitzed her rivals by 7 & ¾ lengths, and Experiment, who made it three wins in concession when easily accounting for his rivals.

It is likely the latter will make an appearance at next week’s New Zealand Cup meeting.

Meanwhile, Awesome Arden, who was claimed for just $2000 after finishing second in a heat of the maiden ‘Claim it and Race it’ series on October 20, showed just how effective claiming races can be by winning today and pulling in $3,685 for his new owners and trainer Brent Shirley.

There will be a further two claiming races staged in the South next week, so if you see a horse you like – get some mates together, form a syndicate, put in a claim, and have some fun!

By Mitchell Robertson

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