Barnes stars at Wingatui

TAYLER STRONG
Last updated 05:00 30/09/2013
Courtney Barnes
TAYLER STRONG
IN FORM: Courtney Barnes weighs in after her win on Split Decision at Wingatui on Saturday.

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Courtney Barnes is running hot for the Gore meeting today after riding three winners and two second placings from five rides at Wingatui on Saturday.

She has the mounts on Barter, Nancho Lass, Halo Dolly and Langham Lady today.

The 19-year-old North Taieri apprentice was the star on Saturday when women riders rode six winners on the seven-race card. Toni Direen, another apprentice with the Brian and Shane Anderton stable, had her first win for the season aboard On The Take, who came from the tail of the field over 1400m.

Barnes has ridden 35 winners since her first success at Wingatui on Cheap Date 18 months ago.

She had wins on Include, Jacksanfives and Split Decision on Saturday.

Include, trained by the Andertons, was impressive when having her first start. She is a 3-year-old filly by Gallant Guru from She's Snubbed raced by Wayne and Karen Stewart, stud managers of White Robe Lodge. She is by the stud sire and the fourth foal they have bred from She's Snubbed, an O'Reilly - Slightly Aloof mare they bought for $17,000 at a Karaka broodmare sale in 2007.

The following year her daughter, Sharp Princess (by Pins) came on the racing scene and subsequently won the listed 2010 South Island Breeders' Stakes. Sharp Princess was one of three foals bred from She's Snubbed by the Waikato Stud who sold the mare in foal to Scaredee Cat. The resultant foal Mr Trim has won two minor races in Australia, where Immortal Glory (by Gallant Guru) has also been successful.

Andrew Armour, who drove three winners and trained another at Ascot Park on Friday, continued his success at Wingatui. He is in the Boys Plus Mum syndicate, who raced Enchanter, a maiden winner. He shares the ownership with others from the light harness code, Nathan and Matthew Williamson, their mother, Bev; Aaron Johnston, a licensed starter based in Dunedin and Daryl Trainor, a Forbury Park owner-trainer.

Enchanter is the lone thoroughbred in the Westwood stable of Amber Hoffman and Jonny Cox, who have some 20 standardbreds.

Hoffman, who trained thoroughbred winners in partnership with Graeme Anderson, secured Enchanter for $500 from the Te Akau operation at Matamata.

The Saperavi gelding was unplaced in two starts as 3-year-old last season for that stable. He was having his third start for Hoffman. He is the first New Zealand foal of Ensorcelez, an unraced mare by Black Minnaloushe.

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Barrie Blatch, the Tapanui trainer and owner, was reflecting on the last time he won a trophy when Split Decision was successful in the inaugural Balclutha Cup, an open 1600m. Blatch felt it was with Likes To Rule, whose six wins included the 2006 Clare Memorial Cup at Omakau. Her first foal, Ready To Rule (by Perfectly Ready) begins a 4-year-old campaign at Gore.

''He has probably come back stronger,'' Blatch said. Ready Rule was unplaced in five starts last season.

Blatch and his wife, Nikki have Split Decision on lease from Jen Campin, who also provided them with Likes To Rule.

The Glitzy One provided a minor feature of the meeting on Saturday when she finished second in a spectacular finish. The staying mare was resuming over 1100m and she came from last and 10 lengths off the pace at the 600m to run Anzac Star to half a neck. There was a head to Golden Globe and half a head to Chapel Star.

Indy Ruler won at his first start from the Otautau stable of Kelvin Tyler in the ownership of Diana Bonham, of Queenstown. Mrs Bonham bought the 5-year-old out of the Pukekohe stable of Richard Collett after his previous race in May.

Mrs Bonham attended the meeting with her husband, Ken , who raced Joss, winner of the New Zealand Cup Trial at Motukarara in 1978 when trained by Jim Lalor. Mrs Bonham's daughter, Victoria Bonham - Hoskin has a permit to train and she is doing preparatory work with horses at Alexandra.

- The Southland Times

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