Maiden winners impress at Ascot Park
The four maiden winners at Ascot Park today gave the impression they could all win more races this season.
Sophie Price switched briefly from a clerk of the course to a trainer to wash down The Groomsman after his two-length win in the Stashh Fashion Uncovered Maiden.
Price, of Winton, trains the Black Tuxedo 5-year-old for her parents, Dick and Jayne Hall, of Riverton.
Coats Choice filly Marlin Monroe will head to the $50,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Stakes at Wingatui on March 9 after winning today's McKnight and Brown Maiden.
Rikho, one of two winners on the programme for North Canterbury apprentice Ashley Frye, came up trumps in the McCallums Drycleaning Maiden.
The good looking Dubai Destination 4-year-old gained new owners recently when Morrinsville breeder Peter Doughty brought Ascot Park trainer Gay Robinson into the ownership, along with her daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Paul Middlemiss, of Hamilton, and John Dooley, of Wreys Bush.
Queens Habit, having her third start from Lisa Vaughan's Ascot Park stable, won the Lusty's Showcase Jewellers Maiden.
The O'Dazzle, a sister to Dunedin Cup winner The Solitaire, was put down after finishing last in the McCallums Drycleaning Maiden. She was found to have broken a fetlock in a front leg and suffered a hairline fracture of a pastern in a back leg.
Geoff's Back injured a tendon sheath during the Stashh Fashion Uncovered Maiden. He was pulled up inside the 800m.
Favourite Marechal was sore in the back end after finishing eighth in the White Robe Lodge Handicap.
- The Southland Times