Win and second sweeten long trip home

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 22:51 22/12/2012
Phantom Grin
JAMES JUBB

UNTESTED: Phantom Grin (Dexter Dunn) strides to victory in the Wairio Cup at Winton today.

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Christchurch owner Paul Walton and North Canterbury trainer-reinsman Robbie Holmes are driving home tonight after combining for a win and a second at Winton today.

''It's going to be a long night, but it's worth it,'' Walton said.

He and Holmes scored with Little Miss Sunshine in the Stevenson Mining Ltd Handicap. They were unlucky not to win the last race, the Winton Night 'N Day Foodstores Pace, as their mare, Miss Lisa, was late getting clear.

Little Miss Sunshine will race at Roxburgh on January 4 and Cromwell two days later.

Stock agent Matt Brinsdon and his mother Anne, both of Gore, were success with Phantom Grin in the $20,000 Wairio Cup today.

They bred Phantom Grin from eight-win mare Phantom Menace, who ran third in the 2004 Gore Cup.

Phantom Grin will be a starter in this year's Gore Cup, which is to be held on Thursday. Matt Brinsdon trains Phantom Grin at the eastern Southland track.

Wairio Cup favourite Ted West ran a lack lustre 10th today and is likely to be turned out. His driver Matthew Williamson said: ''He felt good for 100m, then gone. Something is not right.''

Trainer-driver Gavin Forbes said Lord Forbes was running out of chances after a disappointing 11th in the Wairio Cup.

Co-trainer Roger Price timed Ardghal to run his last 800m in 53.9sec in the SBS Luxury Lodge Pace.

From the front, the final half was run in 55.5sec. Ardghal was four back on the outside passing the 800m and unleashed a powerful sprint to win.

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- The Southland Times

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