Stan Jones was keen to return home to Mossburn on Saturday night to boast to his wife, Bev of his win with Monachee in the $50,000 Dunedin Gold Cup at Wingatui earlier in the day.
''Bev is the racing guru in our family and I am a relative newcomer to ownership,'' Jones said. ''I can hardly wait to get home to talk about this win.''
Bev bred and raced O'Cartier, the winner of 16 races including the Challenge Stakes at Awapuni, Lightning Handicap at Trentham and Stewards' Handicap (dead-heat) at Riccarton.
Stan leased Monachee early last year and the mare has now won him four races including a Clare Memorial Cup at Omakau.
''She (Monachee) had been sent down to John and Karen Parsons as she would not carry condition and I leased her from a North Island syndicate,'' Jones said.
The daughter of O'Reilly and Kincia had won two races when trained at New Plymouth by Allan Sharrock, but had not been successful for 14 months when she came south.
Monachee settled back in the field over 2400m on Saturday and careered away in the closing stages to win by six and a half lengths. She was ridden by Kylie Williams who completed a notable double for the day on Ric O'Shea in the $75,000 Group III White Robe Lodge Handicap.
Williams added to her great record at Wingatui. She won the 2005 Dunedin Cup on Heureka and the 2007 White Robe Lodge Handicap on Pins 'N' Needles.
Williams rode four winners, including Final Touch in the Berkley Stud Stakes at Wingatui on Boxing Day, 2011 and brought up her 500th win on Davone Code on the same track in November.
Pins 'N' Needles, like Final Touch, was from the Parsons stable. Final Touch, winner of the Group I double, the Captain Cook Stakes and Telegraph Handicap at Trentham this season, races in the $200,000 weight-for-age Group I Waikato Sprint at Te Rapa next Saturday.
Ric O'Shea has now won seven of his 16 starts for Waikouaiti breeder Andy Denham. He is trained at North Taieri by Steven Prince, who won the 2004 White Robe with Volronamo.
Feilding jockey Darryl Bradley won four races, including the $50,000 Metalon (Dunedin Guineas) on Platinum Kingdom, on Saturday.
Bradley also won on Captain Kirk, Bremusa and Elite Street. Rachel Frost, the Otaki trainer of Captain Kirk was on her first visit further south than Riccarton.
Captain Kirk had bone chips removed from both front knees last year and he does most of his work at the beach.
Bradley was impressed with Platinum Kingdom, whom he was riding for the first time. He hopes to retain the mount on the Lisa Latta -trained gelding in the Southland Guineas on February 16.
The Invercargill Gold Cup the same day is on the programme for Monachee. The Parsons stable has won the Invercargill Cup six times.
Bradley was a replacement on Elite Street for Ryan Bishop, who was stood down after testing positive to a breath test for alcohol.
He was suspended for five weeks until midnight on March 11. He is free to ride at Motukarara today if he provides a clear sample.
Rebecca Black was suspended four days until midnight on February 22 for attempting to push out Robbie Rooster for 150m when riding Ashley in race four.
- The Southland Times