Bruce Tapper's golden run of luck continued when Miss Perfecto won in the mud at Ascot Park yesterday.
Miss Perfecto raced away with the Saddlery Warehouse Invercargill Maiden in her first start for 13 months. The win embellished Tapper's training statistics to four wins from 11 starts this season.
The Otautau dairy farmer got a trainer's licence late last term and saddled his first runner on race day at Winton in September.
Tapper's company, Clearview Park Ltd, owns Miss Perfecto, who was bought for $400 in the broodmare section of a mixed sale at Karaka in May. Six mares were bought by Tapper with the view to mating them his stallion, Natural Destiny, at Phuttocks End, Otautau.
Son Aaron Tapper said Miss Perfecto had a short stint as a children's pony before resuming training about two months ago. She earlier had six starts for Hamilton trainers Graeme and Debbie Rogerson.
Oor Wullie's win in the Marquee and Party Hire Maiden surprised owner-trainer-breeder Jo Dalton.
''I didn't think he'd handle the [heavy] track, but the rain has kept it loose,'' she said.
Oor Wullie, who bled last season, won at the Winton trials on October 22. His dam, Personal Princess, recorded five wins, including four at Ascot Park.
Consistent Danzighill mare Belle D'Or had no trouble handling the wet conditions when winning the Invercargill Licensing Trust Handicap. Belle D'Or and rider Rebecca Black had the race in safe keeping turning for home, the combination going on to score by three and a-quarter lengths.
''She would have gone another lap,'' Black said.
Yesterday's success lifted Belle D'Or's record to five wins and $48,425 from 24 starts for Winton owner-trainer-breeder Val Christophers.
Middlemarch shearing contractor Bruce Thomas tasted success with Jacksanfives in the Speights Handicap. The 7-year-old Eltawaasul mare is one of 19 in work with Wingatui trainer Terry Kennedy.
The stable's precocious 2-year-old, Princess Brook is turned out after recording a second and a fifth in two juvenile starts at Riccarton.
Reeves Hall, trained by Lisa Vaughan, won The Southland Times Handicap with an effortless display of front running. He looked the winner a long way from home.
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