Gingerwyn finally breaks his drought
Gingerwyn avoided being sacked when winning the CRT Bayer Animal Health Pace at Gore yesterday.
The $4000 race marked Gingerwyn's 43rd maiden start. Waikouaiti owners Bruce Negus, who trains the gelding, his wife Colleen and Barrie Barber were ready to pull the pin on the 5-year-old if he had not finished in the money yesterday.
''He'd gone so bad for so long, you can't keep making excuses for him,'' Bruce Negus said.
''I always thought his breeding would come through, but he's been so disappointing.''
Gingerwyn's success gave Negus his first training win for the season. Jonny Cox drove Gingerwyn for the fifth time.
''He got a soft run,'' Cox said of the half-brother to King Sands (11 NZ wins) and Australian winners King Of Courage and Queen Of Courage.
Christian Cullen mare Crown Royal is responding to a different training programme.
Yesterday, she won her second start for Roxburgh trainers Geoff and Jude Knight after joining their stable three weeks ago. Crown Royal's previous trainer, Shane Walkinshaw, of Makarewa, thought she was a bit sore and suggested to Invercargill owners Merv and Shana McClelland that she join the Knights.
Walkinshaw reckoned, with the Knights having access to a pool and straight-line training, that a new training programme would suit Crown Royal.
The Knights are trying to cure her tendency to hang in races. Yesterday's win was her second in 32 starts.
Flashlite turned the CRT Agpac Trot into a one-horse race.
She scampered away to a clear lead early and won by seven and three-quarter lengths for Ryal Bush trainer-driver Nathan Williamson. Flashlite galloped and finished last at Timaru on September 23 when trained by Jack and Jill Smolenski in Christchurch. She was in season for that race.
Afterwards, owners Geoff Gillanders (Dunedin) Rod Lee (Christchurch) and Jill Tauri (Te Anau) arranged for the daughter of Sundon and In A Flash to be sent to Williamson.
''In A Flash was good in straight lines, but wouldn't go round bends,'' Gillanders said.
Telescope gave Dexter Dunn an armchair drive in the CRT McMillan Equine Feeds Pace. The combination led and won by two lengths.
Mosgiel trainer Darryn Simpson attributed the mare's mediocre form line to bad luck in most of her starts this season.
''She's just been having no luck, she's definitely not finished (winning) yet,'' Simpson said.
He added Telescope could eventually be the best mare he had trained.
''I had Maddison Renee (five wins), but this one might be better.''
Defunct stallion Shingle Creek sired his first winner when Winfield Dougall triumphed in the CRT Roundup Transorb X Trot.
Winfield Dougall's Roxburgh owner-trainer, Doug Gordon, raced Shingle Creek (five wins) and both horses recorded their first wins at Gore.
Shingle Creek served 32 mares before Gordon found him dead in his paddock last year. The stallion had impaled himself on a stick.
''I never charged a service fee,'' Gordon said of Shingle Creek's time at stud.
Meanwhile, Winton driver Les Stuck received a $250 fine in race five. Stuck moved Sea Spray Luke into a gap he was not entitled to be in at the 1400m.
- The Southland Times