Well-deserved win for Windermere Lad
A junior drivers' race at Ascot Park is the next target for Windermere Lad.
The Live Or Die gelding capped consistent place form with a win in Sunday's PGG Wrightson AON Insurance Brokers Pace at Wyndham. He was having his first start for three months and should improve for the Invercargill meeting on February 17. His trainer and co-owner Murray Faul is a life member of the club, as well as treasurer. He trains Windermere Lad at Ascot Park.
Driver Matthew Williamson said Windermere Lad was getting better with each race start.
''Brain-wise, he's a lot better than he was last time in. He was a bit dumb taking the (passing) lane today, lost half a length, but when in there, he smoked home,'' Williamson said.
Other winners raced by Faul include Windermere Girl (nine NZ wins), Innocent Mac (eight NZ wins), Mister Windermere (six wins), Hunter (two wins), Plain Sailing (two wins) and Nardins Belle.
Windermere Girl won the 1999 Southland Oaks Final at Ascot Park before being exported to the United States in 2000.
Thrill Factor, who ran second in a claiming race at Forbury Park last week, has joined Peter Scaife's Foxton stable. The Live Or Die gelding is entered for the Wairarapa meeting in Palmerston North today.
Ascot Park horseman Brent Shirley prepared Thrill Factor for four wins.
Invercargill Cup placegetters River Black and Glencoe VC are in the nominations for the Waikouaiti meeting on Sunday. Both are entered for the $25,000 Waikouaiti Cup.
- The Southland Times