Xtreme Race Day Review
It was a red-letter day for local trainer Allan Sharrock who produced a quartet of winners. What was more remarkable was that his charges won the opening four events on the programme and stablemates filled placings in the two of those races. Loyal followers of the stable were rewarded with a $466.10 quaddie dividend. The most impressive of Sharrock’s four winners was Akerra, who scored by two lengths after blowing the start by a conservative five lengths. Sharrock’s boom apprentice, Hazel Schofer, saluted aboard Tavi Mac, Akerra and Collinstreet while South Island apprentice Kozzi Asano rode London Express.
The days feature, the NZB Airfreight Road To The Jericho, was taken in emphatic style by Aigne. Jockey, Charlotte O’Beirne, set the Sufficient gelding for home at the 600 metres mark and it was apparent on the corner that they had an unassailable lead. Owner/Trainer Neil O’Dowd can now look forward to Aigne competing in the $300,000 Jericho Cup at Warrnambool, Australia on the 1st of December.
The dinosaur race proved very popular, helping to raise funds for the chosen charity for the day, Blue Light, as well as the prerrenial favourite Jack Russell Sprint.
The racing action was delayed some 30 minutes when local trainer Kim Reid was kicked in the midriff by another horse as she was leading her horse to the birdcage for the first race. Kim had to be taken to hospital but fellow trainer Robbie Patterson informs the Club she was released from hospital on Sunday. I’m sure the whole racing community wishes Kim a speedy recovery.
The next meeting at New Plymouth Raceway is on Friday 1 November.