Birthday double for Williams
Jockey Kylie Williams celebrated her birthday yesterday with two wins, including success in the Winton Cup.
Williams, 33, rode the winners of the final two races at the Winton Jockey Club's meeting. She won the cup on Recording and scored with Pinot Express in the PGG Wrightson AON Insurance Brokers Handicap. Both horses raced in the North Island before joining Steven Prince's Wingatui stable earlier this year.
Recording unwound strongly from the second line to outfinish Infallible by half a length. Schmeckenbecher was three lengths back third.
''He travelled up nice around the bend and when I asked him to go, he did,'' Williams said of Recording, who is owned by Prince's sons, Blake, of Mosgiel, and Ryan, of Mount Magnet in West Australia.
The brothers were on course for the win. Ryan is on holiday from his job as a fitter at a vanadium mine.
Gallivant is to be aimed at the Invercargill Gold Cup on February 16 following his win in the Chilton Shearing Handicap. He has come a long way since arriving as a maiden galloper at Sally McKay's Ascot Park stable in March.
Five-year-old Gallivant was previously trained at Pukekohe by Gareth McRae and Andrew Clarken. McRae suggested to Invercargill owner Louis Crimp that Gallivant would be suited to Southland racing. Crimp acted on the advice and contacted McKay.
Yesterday's win was the Johar gelding's third for McKay and Crimp.
McRae and Clarken have prepared Captain Scott and Billy Bingo to win for Crimp this season.
Ascot Park trainer Sean Bellew has ambitious plans for Sucre, winner of the South Stock Ltd Handicap.
Sucre's main mission this season will be the White Robe Lodge Handicap at Wingatui on February 2 , while her next outing is a rating 75 1400m at Ascot Park on December 15.
Bellew was gifted Sucre last year by her previous trainer Murray Baker, of Cambridge.
''She's got a big future,'' Bellew said.
''I've turned down $45,000 for her.''
- The Southland Times