Day At The Track

Knight’s trifecta Claimers’ race

10:52 AM 23 May 2014 NZST
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Cullen's Finest and Matthew Williamson - pictured in a previous win.
Cullen's Finest

Geoff and Jude Knight continued their great association with claiming races when they trifected the Claimers’ Championship Series mobile at Forbury Park last night.

The race was taken out by the eight-year-old Knight trained gelding, Cullen’s Finest, who dived up the passing lane to win by a length and a quarter in the hands of regular stable driver Matthew Williamson. 10-year-old pacer Hi Gun finished in second, while the youngest member of the Knight’s trio, The Witch Doctor (5), finished third.

Cullen’s Finest, who has been claimed in and out of the Knight’s Roxburgh barn on multiple occasions, has now won 12 of his 125 starts.

“After he got claimed out of the barn last time I advised the owners not to claim him back but they went against me,” said Knight. “It’s a good thing they did because he has won two of his last three starts and finished second in the other,” he laughed.

However, while the Geoff and Jude Knight trained trio finished at the head of the field, Omakau trainer Lionel Sinnamon wasn’t quite so fortunate with both his runners being pulled out of the event.

At the 900 metre mark, Rome, who was racing fiercely, broke his bit, leaving a screaming Rory Mcllwrick with virtually no control over the gelding.

Luckily, Brad Williamson, who was driving Rome’s stablemate Del Sur, saved the day by grabbing hold of Rome and taking him to the outside of the track when his charge began to tire around the final bend.

Meanwhile, Westwood Beach trainer Grahame Anderson enjoyed a good night at the office winning three races on the card.

The most notable of them was the Forbury Sprint Series Final, which was taken out by Highview Anxwell, who has taken a real liking to the 1200 metres, winning both of her heats as well as last night’s final.

Anderson’s other two winners were, King Kenny, who returned to the winners circle for the first time in over a year, and capable pacer Belkmyster.

By Mitchell Robertson

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