Beckett delighted as his pair claims quinella
Stablemates Pazejan and Tough Nut provided trainer Ross Beckett with the quinella in the Tapanui Cup at Gore yesterday.
Five-year-old Pazejan comfortably held out Tough Nut's challenge to win by three-quarters of length, with one and a-half lengths to late-finisher Elite Street third.
Jockey Kylie Williams was pleased with Pazejan's determination.
''We were caught wide early, so I pushed forward to be outside the leader. We got cover at 1000m,'' Williams said.
''It was a tough effort because she had to do a bit of work early.''
Beckett trains the Painted Black mare for Dunsandel couple Bernie and Jan Wilson. They earlier raced Corrie Doone (four wins) and Just Bridget from Beckett's stable when the horseman trained at Riverton.
Tough Nut is out of Nothin' Leica Star, who won the 2003 Tapanui Cup for Beckett.
Uncle Jim's win in the AON Insurance Brokers Handicap was a highlight yesterday.
The 9-year-old is preparing for the jumping season and trainer Sally McKay gave him his first start for a year in a rating 65 1335m.
Uncle Jim cruised up wide turn on the home turn and galloped clear for a convincing win in the hands of Auckland jockey Paul Taylor. The rider dropped his whip at the 250m.
''Usually, old horses go a bottler first up, but I didn't expect that,'' McKay, of Invercargill, said of the win.
She is Uncle Jim's fourth trainer following on from Kerry King (Isla Bank), Ross Beckett (Yaldhurst) and Michael Manson (Ruakaka).
King said Uncle Jim had soreness issues with his near front suspensory when she trained him. The gelding was turned and began a new preparation with McKay in September.
''He's paddock trained and at the moment I've had no problems with him,'' McKay said of Uncle Jim, who finished 14th in the $700,000 New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie in 2007.
Paul Taylor made the trip to Gore to ride for trainers Kenny and Lisa Rae.
The Raes operate stables at Ruakaka and Riccarton, with the latter housing 13 horses presently. The Raes and Taylor combined forces to win with Absolut Excelencia in the Gore Septic Tank Cleaners Maiden.
Taylor is riding at Awapuni on Wednesday, but will return to the South Island for meetings at Timaru (Friday), Kurow (Sunday) and Waikouaiti (tomorrow week). He plans to ride at West Coast meetings next month.
Meanwhile, consistent gallop Infallible could contest the $50,000 Timaru Cup after winning yesterday's Mataura Licensing Trust Sprint.
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