Shya wins series final

TAYLER STRONG
Last updated 05:00 30/06/2014
Shya's winning connections
TAYLER STRONG

SUCCESSFUL: Co-trainer Amber Hoffman, left, and owners Gaye and Leo Enright are all smiles after Shya's win in the final of the Golden Girls series at Forbury Park on Friday night.

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Shya, winner of the $10,000 final of the Golden Girls series for C0- C3 mares at Forbury Park on Friday night, is making up for lost time.

It was her third win in four starts since she began racing on May 22. The 7-year-old mare, trained on the beach at Westwood by Jonny Cox and Amber Hoffman for Leo and Gaye Enright, of Lorneville and their son , Jason, only qualified eight days before her first start. She was sidelined as a 3-year-old with a bowed tendon.

Al Raza, who won her fourth race on end at Forbury Park on Friday night, will now be spelled.

''She will be spelled for two months. We thought she was good but she has just kept getting better,'' said Geoff Knight, her Roxburgh co-trainer.

Al Raza led over 2200m (mobile) on Friday night and won as she liked by two and a quarter lengths in a smart 2.43.1, the last 800m in 58.2.

Her wins and a second placing have come in five starts in the past six weeks since she joined Geoff and Jude Knight. She was transferred from Roxburgh owner-trainer-breeder Bill Keeler after being bought by the Central Courage syndicate. The 3-year-old daughter of Gotta Go Cullect and the Mach Three mare Al Zahra had a second and third in two starts for Keeler. The syndicate bought Al Raza as a replacement for Expressionist, who was sold to Australia in April after winning six races from the Knight stable.

Tagataese, who joined the stable after being claimed for $8000 by Geoff Knight on Friday night, will be entered for a claiming race at Forbury Park this Thursday.

''If the claiming race doesn't get off the ground we will start him in a C2,'' Knight said.

Tagataese blossomed as a 4-year-old this season for owner- trainer Graeme Anderson with four wins and and five minor placings in 12 starts over the past four months.

Hi Gun, winner of the $11,000 final of the claimers championship final last Friday, will now be spelled.

''His owners are keen for him to come back and attempt to win the race for the third time next year as an 11-year-old,'' Knight said. ''His biggest attribute is that he has been sound all the way through.''

Maurice McDonald died seven weeks before his pacer Mike McKaid regained winning form at Forbury Park on Friday night.

McDonald, a former jockey, died on May 7 at the age of 77. He did a lot of work with Mike McKaid at Balfour.

''He [Mike McKaid] had not been going that good and I suggested I take him back to help him out,'' said Billy Heads, the Gore trainer, who trained Mike McKaid for his win. ''This horse kept Maurie going.''

Heads had trained Mike McKaid for two wins in the 2011-12 season.

Mike McKaid is co-owned in Perth by Janice Cartier. He was bred by McDonald and John Kincaid.

Russell Morton, of Ryal Bush added to his list of winners when Scottish Duchess finished boldly from back in the field. Trained by Brett Gray, Scottish Duchess is a 3-year-old filly by Elsu from Highland Sting, who won at Forbury Park and Winton in 2004 for the Avant syndicate when trained by Alan Paisley. Scottish Duchess, bred by Morton, is the fifth foal and first winner out of Highland Sting, a half sister by Live Or Die to Just Say Hello, Capeous and Courteous Grace, all winners for Morton. He has also also won races with the trotter Classic Countess(five in the early 1980s) and Top Of The Pile.

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Trainer Cran Dalgety and driver Dexter Dunn combined to win the the Rangiora Winter Cup for the fourth time when when Fifth Edition was successful yesterday.

They also won with London Legend (2008), Donegal Delight (2012) and Bit Of A Legend (2013).

Fifth Edition had won the Marlborough Winter Cup a week earlier.

Smokin Bird was scratched last Friday due to contracting a virus and she has gone for a spell. The 2-year-old filly , owned and trained at Forbury Park by Kevin Court, was an impressive winner on her home track in her only start on June 19.

Poppymalda missed a race on Friday due to muscular soreness.

- The Southland Times

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