More success for Doughty

PART-OWNER: John Dooley with the Wyndham Cup.
PART-OWNER: John Dooley with the Wyndham Cup.

Waikato owner Peter Doughty struck more success with Invercargill trainer Gay Robinson at Ascot Park on Saturday.

Fiorano, whom Doughty owns with Heddon Bush sheep farmer John Dooley and Robinson, won the Wyndham Cup. The Southland Racing Club made room on its programme to hold two races - the Wyndham Cup and Fireside Cup - from the Wyndham Racing Club's abandoned meeting on March 16.

Doughty won a race with Fiorano's dam, Franchice, at Ascot Park in 1997. Franchice, Rikho (two wins) and Piero (seven wins, Winton Cup) have also been successful for the Doughty-Robinson combination.

Saturday's win was Fiorano's first for 21 months. He was having his first start for Robinson after finishing third at Ashburton on February 10.

North Canterbury horseman Neil Coulbeck trained Fiorano previously and saddled him for a fifth in the Riverton Cup last year. The western Southland race is next for Fiorano on April 19. The three horses Robinson has started in the Riverton Cup were The Dude (third twice), Beau's Buckle (fifth) and Kowabunga (sixth, ninth).

Robinson trained The Dude to win the 2001 Wyndham Cup.

Jockey Daniel Bothamley said he had to niggle at Fiorano throughout Saturday's Cup.

''When we got into the straight, he put in.''

The Southland Times