Eade's new pair out to impress

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 17/09/2012
Phil Wenneck
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WELCOME BACK: Phil Wenneck makes his comeback to racing at Winton tomorrow.

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Phil Wenneck and Touchdown will have their first start for Graham Eade at Winton tomorrow.

Six-year-old Phil Wenneck gained his three wins from Kelly Thompson's Ascot Park stable. He joined Eade's team at Riverton nine weeks ago and has trained satisfactorily for the Advance Agriculture and Clovertone Handicap (1200m) tomorrow.

''The race is a bit short for him, but he's got to start somewhere,'' Eade said of Phil Wenneck, who has not raced for four months.

Maiden galloper Touchdown had useful form in the North Island when trained by Pukekohe horseman Gareth McRae. His 13 starts have produced a second, a third and fourth fourths.

''He's been working a treat,'' Eade said.

Touchdown and stablemate Flirtation contest the Country Jewel/Tyres and Wheels Maiden at Winton. Eade's other runner at the meeting, Amigo, lines up in the Biofeed Company Handicap.

The country's top jockey last season, Lisa Allpress, has a full book of rides on tomorrow's seven-race programme. Her mounts are Winning Genes (The Biofeed Company Handicap), Touchdown (Country Jewel/Tyres and Wheels Maiden), Legal Aid (Booth AG/Spain and Smith Shearing and Tailing Contractors Maiden), Luv Da Bling (Advance Agriculture and Clovertone Handicap), See You At Divas (Linton Contracting/Bulleid Engineering and Mitavite Maiden), Copper Tap (Travellers Rest Tavern/HEN Batt and Son Handicap) and Citycenta (Nightcaps Contract Handicap).

Meanwhile, Graham Eade's Riccarton specialist, Comanche Gold, won again at the headquarters of Canterbury racing on Friday. He has won seven of 20 starts and six wins have been at Riccarton.

Friday's success was in a $25,000 open handicap, of 1600m. Comanche Gold is staying in Christchurch for another $25,000 race, the 1800m-New Zealand Cup Trial, on Saturday.

''I've always wanted to put him over a bit of ground and it's a good step-up for him,'' Eade said in reference to starting Comanche Gold on Saturday.

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