Pembrook absolutely loves racing at Alexandra Park. The 9-year-old son of Courage Under Fire won his 16th race on the tack when easily winning tonight’s Group Two $50,000 Auckland Co-op Taxis City Of Auckland Free-For-All.
All up ‘Benny’ has now won 22 of his 90 starts and $867,982.
Driven by Zac Butcher the bay gelding was always going to be a tough nit to crack after trailing last year’s race winner, Easy On The Eye.
The Barry Purdon trained gelding paced the 2200m mobile in 2:40.60 with final 800m and 400m sectionals in 57.6 and 29.4. Mile rate: 1:57.4.
Easy On The Eye (Peter Ferguson) and Besotted (Simon Lawson) finished second and third some two lengths and 1-1/4 lengths back.
Butcher said he would be even stronger come next week’s Group One Auckland Cup.
“He hasn’t done much since coming back from Australia and he did it real easy tonight. He can only be improved by the run. I’d love to win that race so much,” said Butcher.
Pembrook Benny is owned by his trainer, Terry Henderson, J. C. Higgins, K. G. Parry, Dave Sixton, and former All Black coach John Hart.
He was bred by W. D. Power and Mrs G. L. Power.
The past winners (with drivers and times have been):
2013: Easy On The Eye (Peter Ferguson) 2:42.8.
2012: Sir Lincoln (Maurice McKendry) 2:40.3.
2011: Power Of Tara (Brent Mangos) 2:41.3.
2010: Big Dog (Scott Phelan) 2:45.7.
2009: Monkey King (Ricky May) 2:41.8.
2008: Classic Cullen (Mark Purdon) 2:43.1.
2007: Classic Cullen (Mark Purdon) 2:39.0.
2006: Mainland Banner (Ricky May) 2:44.7.
2005: Elsu (David Butcher) 2:40.4.
2004: Sly Flyin (Tony Herlihy) 2:43.0.
By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)