Riverton Cup on the agenda for Elite Street

WINNER: Ryan Bishop rides Elite Street to victory at Gore on Saturday.
WINNER: Ryan Bishop rides Elite Street to victory at Gore on Saturday.

Murray Carter is considering Elite Street for the $50,000 Riverton Cup, a middle distance race won four times by the trainer's father-in-law, Wilson Ellis.

Elite Street strengthened her claim for the cup by winning a benchmark rating 75 2000m at Gore on Saturday. The 5-year-old Seasoned Star mare will continue her build up to the cup on March 30 with a start in a $25,000 benchmark rating 75 at Wingatui on Saturday week.

Ellis trained Miles Better (1979) and Bellekco (1973) to win the Riverton Cup, while his riding wins in the race were on Fair Trial (1944) and Royal Lancer (1941).

Carter and his son Graeme, both of Invercargill, and Peter Cade, of Bluff, lease Elite Street off Wingatui trainer Brian Anderton and wife Lorraine. Elite Street was a 3-year-old when Murray Carter selected her.

''I walked into a paddock and had eight to choose from,'' he said.

Elite Street's build and being a half-sister to Star Of Clyde (seven wins) appealed to the trainer.

Saturday's success extended Elite Street's record to three wins, five seconds, five thirds and $30,075 from 18 starts.

Other winners for Murray Carter include The Street (11 wins), Imperial Hush (five wins), My Cafe (five wins) and Main Street (five wins).

In other news from the Gore meeting on Saturday, Sucre notched her third win from four starts this season. She lumped 59.5kg to success in a benchmark rating 75 1335m to confirm a start in Saturday week's Group III $75,000 White Robe Lodge Handicap at Wingatui.

Ascot Park trainer Sean Bellew has booked Feilding jockey Darryl Bradley.

The Southland Times