Excellent rails run sees Absolut win Guineas
A lucky run on the rail helped Absolut Excelencia win the $50,000 Gore Guineas on Saturday.
He charged through the gap on the home turn, took the lead and held on by a nose from determined runner-up Berenice. Third-placed Platinum Kingdom copped a luckless passage being wide throughout and closing on the leaders late.
Absolut Excelencia was bought for $21,000 at a Ready to Run 2-year-old sale at Karaka 14 months ago. Ruakaka husband and wife trainers Kenny and Lisa Rae share the ownership of the Excellent Art gelding with Gordon and Sharon Wardrop, of Bluff, Yaldhurst Hotel owner Dave McHugh, formerly of Southland, and Phil Walker, Jim Clark and Fred Murray, of Auckland.
Absolut Excelencia had three unplaced runs as a 2-year-old. He won a nine-horse trial at Te Aroha in November before being part of the Raes' team based in Christchurch for South Island summer racing.
In his first race this season, Absolut Excelencia triumphed in a maiden contest at Gore on December 23, backing up with success in a rating 65 benchmark 1400m at Reefton 12 days ago.
Kenny Rae is interested in starting Absolut Excelencia in the $50,000 Dunedin Guineas at Wingatui on February 2, but is not keen on the galloper lining up in the $50,000 Southland Guineas a fortnight later.
Stablemate D'Cash Man dipped twice in wet spots on the track while leading between the 700m and 600m. He then hung out on the home turn, leaving a gap for Absolut Excelencia.
Berenice had been in the trail behind D'Cash Man, but when that runner dipped and began hanging out, rider Lisa Allpress moved Berenice out to make her run.
Berenice will have her next start in the Dunedin Guineas.
Comments from jockeys of the first five home in the guineas were:
First: Paul Taylor (Absolut Excelencia): ''He was never happy in the (soft) ground. He had to pull out all stops to win and showed a bit of class.''
Second: Lisa Allpress (Berenice): ''When the leader started dipping and hanging I had to get off its back. She's gone very good, I'm happy with the run.''
Third: Ryan Bishop (Platinum Kingdom): ''We didn't get the best of runs, but he still came home good.''
Fourth: Shankar Muniandy (Bigglesworth): ''Very good effort. He's still learning and will get better.''
Fifth: Ross Doherty (Lucille): ''She made up a lot of ground.''
- The Southland Times