TOM'S MYTH wins Wellington Steeplechase
TOM'S MYTH gave New Zealand jumps racing matriarch Ann Browne another prestige race victory when he took out the Wellington Steeplechase on Saturday.
His stamina was to the fore over a 5500 metre trip at Trentham and the tough gelding won impressively by 9 1/4 lengths. Trained and raced by Ann with the estate of her late husband Ken, Tom's Myth sat off the early pace set by Better on Top who led by a huge margin for two rounds. However, he was a spent force with 800 metres to run and Tom's Myth moved into the race for rider Shaun Phelan. They went well clear to give the Browne stable their first Wellington Steeples success since Flash Hunter in 1997.
WAITAHA TOA trained by Lisa Latta won the Wellington Hurdles giving Jonathan Riddell a successful return to jumps riding, he also won the first on Solid Steal in the Norm Bevan Memorial. The Awapuni based jockey has enjoyed an outstanding season on the flat with major wins aboard the now retired Jimmy Choux and Choice Bro.
Track specialist RISING TIDE took out the Parliamentary keeping his perfect record at Trentham intact, he has now won 4 on the track. Trained by Mark Oulaghan the 5 year old had a lot of work to do from the turn for rider Lisa Allpress. Just A Shout had been given plenty of reign by apprentice Jess Shackleton and led them up with what looked like a winning margin. A strong ride from Allpress saw Rising Tide take the lead close to home and go to the line to win well by 1 1/4 lengths.
PROPEL made his comeback from serious injury when he upstaged the youngsters in the Whyte Handicap and earn himself another trip to the Grand National carnival. He won the Gr.3 Winter Cup in 2010 and showed he is on target for another attempt at the feature flat race during the upcoming 3 day meeting at Riccarton. " It's a great thrill to have him back and that's where we're headed with him now, " Opaki owner trainer Herb Renall said.