Black hungry for wins
Rebecca Black rode two winners at Ascot Park on Saturday after surviving the previous 48 hours on two crackers with peanut butter, an orange and four small pieces of blue cod.
Another part of her weight loss programme was spending an hour in a therapeutic hot pool on Saturday morning.
She weighed 52.5kg on Thursday and was at 50.9kg for the Christmas races on Saturday.
''I've got to work hard to keep my weight down, got to stay mentally on the job,'' Black said.
Her winners on Saturday were Peter Parrot in the Speight's and More FM Handicap and Volonte, who won the Invercargill Licensing Trust Handicap.
Black has had a long association with the family of Volonte's trainer, Tommy Beckett. She was apprenticed to his father, Cecil, at Ascot Park in the 1990s. Black took time out from racing and is finishing her apprenticeship in the Riverton stable of Kelvin Tyler, trainer of Peter Parrot.
The rider said 4-year-old Peter Parrot was immature.
''He's a thick kid. I put the stick on him at the half mile (800m). 'I said: Come on Parrot, you've got to get going'.''
A downside to her day's riding was a $200 fine for unnecessary use of the whip on Ashley (10th) when the horse had no hope of earning a cheque.
Sucre, unbeaten in two starts this season, will have one more race before contesting the $70,000 White Robe Lodge Handicap at Wingatui on February 2.
She triumphed in Saturday's Sheet Metalcraft Ltd Handicap for trainer and Southland Racing Club president Sean Bellew.
''She's so professional, knows what she's here for,'' Bellew said.
- The Southland Times