Richards back at Cromwell with pair of winning chances
The Cromwell Racecourse was the venue for Paul Richards's first race-ride 33 years ago and tomorrow, he returns there as a trainer with two winning chances.
The Wingatui horseman recalled yesterday his first raceday ride was on Five Roads (fourth) at Cromwell in 1979.
''I've trained and ridden a few winners there,'' said Richards, who won the Cromwell Cup on Mick Ronald in 2004.
His star sprinter, Natuzzi, began his racing career with a win at Cromwell 12 months ago. Natuzzi's owners, Bill and Sandra Duell, of Mosgiel, own Hernandez, who is entered for the Wanaka Cup tomorrow.
Hernandez made up a lot ground for third at Winton on November 21. He was back and wide early and kept up a solid run from the 600m.
Stablemate The Bodyguard, raced by Richards and wife Leanne, and Riverton-trained Heza Bachelor look the hardest to beat in the RD Petroleum Maiden tomorrow.
The Bodyguard was an unlucky third on the second day of New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton on November 14.
''His run was really good. He was held up (300m out) and got home late,'' Richards said.
Chaparella is the only runner Wingatui trainer Steven Prince will start at Cromwell.
She will appreciate an easier assignment in the Queenstown Cup after finishing ninth in the Group II $230,000 Coupland's Bakeries Mile at Riccarton on November 14.
Chaparella was slow away, got checked at the 300m and closed steadily on the leaders.
''I'm really happy with her, I can't fault her,'' Prince said of Chaparella.
- The Southland Times