Father-son team comes to the rescue

19:22, Dec 02 2012
Comanche Gold
HOLDING ON: Comanche Gold (right, Ross Doherty) withstands the challenge of Keep The Conflict (Shankar Muniandy) to win yesterday's Queenstown Cup at Cromwell.

Good samaritans Tony Dennis and his son Robert played a part in Stravinskaya's win in the Duncan Anderson Dental Surgeons 1220m at Cromwell yesterday.

Wyndham owner Rod McKenzie was transporting Stravinskaya in a trailer float when mechanical problems struck at Tapanui. The vehicle's clutch burned out.

The Dennises were following in their horse truck, picked up Stravinskaya and the other horse in the float and brought them to Cromwell. John McKay, who trains Stravinskaya at Gore, was in another vechicle towing a float to Cromwell.

''Luckily, Tony was behind us and was able to pick up Rod's two and bring them here (Cromwell),'' McKay said.

McKenzie shares the ownership of Stravinskaya with his wife Denise. They are dairy farmers and have been clients of McKay for five years. Yesterday's win was Stravinskaya's third in 18 starts.

Jockey Ross Doherty is pleased he moved from Palmerston North to Timaru in April.


He transferred his apprenticeship from Awapuni trainer Grant Searle to South Canterbury horseman David Hutton in an attempt to gain more opportunities on the flat and over jumps.

Yesterday, he won the Queenstown Cup aboard Comanche Gold, who is raced by Riverton trainer Graham Eade and his wife Pat.

''When Keep The Conflict (second) came along side us, he wasn't going to let him past,'' Doherty said of Comanche Gold.

Comanche Gold has recorded eight wins and $128,538 from 24 starts.

''He's been a good horse to us,'' Graham Eade said.

The horseman will now start Comanche Gold at the Southland Racing Club's Christmas meeting on Saturday week. The Eade-trained Jacobs River won a maiden 2000m at Cromwell in 2008.

The Southland Times