Tinsley's late call for Ascot Park
A change in the racing schedule of trainer Michael Pitman has resulted in Hayden Tinsley riding at Ascot Park today.
The Palmerston North jockey was to ride Pitman's 3-year-old, El Doute, in the Avondale Guineas at Ellerslie today. The engagement fell through earlier this week when Pitman had a rethink and decided against taking the colt north.
Tinsley had turned down rides at the New Plymouth meeting today, believing he would be at Ellerslie.
The upshot for Tinsley is that he has picked up five mounts at today's Southland Racing Club Gold Cup meeting.
Pitman, who trains in Christchurch and at Waikouaiti, has given Tinsley three winning chances - Commanding Oak, Berenice and Mahbeer. Balcairn trainers John and Karen Parsons have booked Tinsley to ride Southern Power in the $50,000 ILT Ascot Park Hotel-Southland Guineas.
Tinsley's other mount today, King Prawn, is a capable galloper trained at Winton by John Phillips.
The Central Districts jockey rode Imps Love to victory in the 2001 Invercargill Gold Cup.
''It would be a good nine years since I was last down there [Invercargill],'' Tinsley said yesterday.
Visiting trainers are rapt with the new Ascot Park stabling block, built late last year. Rangiora trainer Steven Woodsford said it was one of the best he had seen.
''It's as good as you'll get.''
Woodsford's two runners, Zhanim and Black Stockings, are accepted for the Southland Guineas and the Invercargill Gold Cup, respectively.
The Rangiora owners of Black Stockings, Tim and Val Parrott, are flying into Invercargill today for the big race meeting.
''If she goes good, we'll take her to the Auckland Cup [March 5],'' Woodsford said of Black Stockings.
- The Southland Times