Longshot mare zooms past rivals
Lightweight Yazoom came with the last run to win at long odds in the Gore New World Fillies and Mares' Handicap at Gore yesterday.
Apprentice Doni Prastiyou got the best out of Yazoom in a close finish, winning by half a length from Sometime Later, with head to Norah third.
Yazoom paid a win dividend of $35, which is well short of the $90 her dam Nzoom paid at Oamaru in 2004. Nzoom only had one success in 15 starts before a broken pedal bone forced her retirement.
Wingatui trainer Bruce Jenkins raced Nzoom and owns Yazoom with his neighbour Brian Sceats.
''She had huge ability, but was plagued with injuries,'' Jenkins said of Nzoom.
Sceats part-owned former Otago pacer Terrorway, who was sold to Australia after posting six wins from as many starts for Westwood Beach trainers Graeme Anderson and Amber Hoffman. Terrorway has won another 12 races in Australia.
One of the south's most consistent mares, Petty Lane, chalked up her seventh win and moved her earnings to $61,988 when winning the Malloch McClean Gore Handicap.
Rider Ashley Frye had Petty Lane cruising in front on the home turn and guided her to an easy victory from the fast-finishing Ric O'Shea, who carried 63.5kg.
With Petty Lane able to handle most types of track conditions, she should win more races in this campaign for Ascot Park trainer Lisa Vaughan and The Trinny Syndicate.
Another Ascot Park trainer Tommy Beckett produced Esprit D'Or to win the North Gore Dairy Handicap (2000m).
A mid race move from beyond midfield to share the lead played a big part in Esprit D'Or winning in the hands of Chris Johnson.
''When the pace steadied, we only had to make up a quick three lengths,'' Johnson said.
''From then on it was pretty easy, he kept grinding away.''
Beckett will nominate Esprit D'Or for a $25,000 rating 75 2200m at Wingatui tomorrow week.
Sophronia, winner of the Gore Town and Country Club Maiden, is out of Invercargill Gold Cup winner Sopherim.
Gary Gibson trains Sophronia on the Gore track for Oreti owner-breeder Onawe Miller, who raced the mare from Paul Shailer's Matamata stable in the spring of 2011.
Sophronia recorded a fourth, a seventh and an 11th from three starts for Shailer before transferring to Gibson early last year. The 5-year-old, by Thorn Park, won at her seventh maiden start yesterday.
Gibson, who trained Sopherim for 13 wins, said Sophronia was similar to her dam.
''She's the same build, short and stocky.''
Sophronia yesterday bucked on rider Rebecca Black, kicked out at the start and was stroppy in the tie-up stalls. Gibson said Sopherim behaved similarly on occasions.
Isla Bank trainer Kerry King is considering Double Tap for the $50,000 Southland Guineas at Ascot Park on February 16. The Bunker 3-year-old won yesterday's Hokonui Suzuki Maiden after having no luck at Gore (December 23) at his only other start.
''He was too wide the whole trip,'' King said of the gelding's first start.
The Southland Times