As the song goes, it was almost as easy as 1, 2, 3 in weekend racing for Go Racing.
Taipa Tiger kicked off the Anzac weekend for Go Racing with a four and a half length win in the Rating 65 highweight at Wanganui on Thursday. He had a big weight of 70kg to carry but it was a well-timed and easy win with favourite jockey Troy Harris on board.
Taipa Tiger will now get his jumping ticket and will next line up in a $20,000 Rating 65 highweight at Rotorua over 2200 metres on the 9th of May.
On Anzac Day, Frazzle continued a great season for Iffraaj’s progeny with a second on debut at Trentham. The talented two-year-old filly out of La Vazza (hence her syndicates name – Cappucino), sat behind the leaders most of the way, then shot though on the rail and just got nailed on the post.
Says Racing Manager, Albert Bosma, “She is the grand daughter of the great Covered’n Grey and is from a top family. We had high expectations of her and she didn’t disappoint.” She will now be aimed at black-type racing, with the Listed $50,000 Castletown Stakes on the 30th of May at Wanganui a target.
They say good things come in threes. Passing Shot then ran third in the Group 3 Cambridge Breeders Stakes on Saturday, a couple of hours after Frazzle’s debut. Go Racing has enjoyed a successful history in this race. It was Silky Red Boxer’s first Group win back in 2003, Lucky Country ran 2nd in it in 2013 and last year Ruud Awakening placed third.
To round out the long weekend, the Go Racing runners threw in a couple of fourths for good measure.
In extremely heavy conditions at Awapuni Thorn Pass was a strong finisher for 4th, hitting the line hard, while at Marlborough on Friday Sadler’s Rock, fought for his fourth placing under Kylie Williams.