Court's triple-threat at Ascot Park

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 15/12/2012
Becky Bellew
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WINNER'S PRIZE: Becky Bellew, wife of Southland Racing Club president Sean Bellew, admires the crystal vase that accompanies the winning stake in the Coupland’s Bakeries Crystals Handicap at Ascot Park today.

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Ready To Be Court's trial form brings him into contention for the Vinyl Bar 3-Year-Old at Ascot Park today.

The Perfectly Ready gelding, Kimberley Courtney and Moirai make up Canterbury trainer Brian Court's team for the Southland Racing Club's Christmas meeting. Unraced Ready To Be Court has competed in three trials this season for wins at Rangiora (November 23) and Motukarara (November 8) and a second at Timaru (October 30).

''He's gone really nice at the trials,'' Court, of Broadfield, said yesterday.

''He'll definitely be a guineas horse.''

Kimberley Courtney and Moirai are rivals in the Southern Bolts and Fasteners Ltd Handicap.

Five-year-old mare Kimberley Courtney beat 17 rivals in a $20,000 rating 65 1400m at Trentham a year ago. She has not raced for nine months and was unplaced in a Rangiora trial last month.

Consistent mare Moirai is due for success after consistent performances this campaign.

The Court stable will be represented by Perfectly Court in a maiden 2100m at Wingatui on Monday. The trainer said Perfectly Court had no luck at Timaru on November 29 at his last start.

''He got interfered with at the start and really flew home (for eighth).''

Southland Racing Club president Sean Bellew, who is a trainer at Ascot Park, labelled Sucre as the best of his five starters today.

Sucre won her only start this season in a rating 65 1200m at Winton on November 21.

''She's improved on her Winton run,'' Bellew said yesterday.

The 4-year-old mare will contest the Sheet Metalcraft Ltd Handicap, while Bellew's other runners today are Peter Richard (Jesco Hydraulics Handicap), Stand Up (Southern Bolts and Fasteners Ltd Handicap), Neko (Invercargill Licensing Trust Handicap) and Honora Flynn (Stadium Southland Game On Handicap).

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