Everything was pointing in the right direction for North and South, where a first up win in the 2015 winter campaign for the mare that “loves Trentham and loves wet tracks” was not unexpected says Racing Manager Albert Bosma.
The five-year-old won feature Oaks Stud Open Handicap over 1200 metres on 6 June making it six wins from nine starts on heavy tracks in her career.
“The syndicate owners of North and South know they will always have something to look forward to in the winter racing months with this mare. She hasn’t disappointed and this should be her best winter yet,” says Albert.
North and South had an awkward start after rearing up in the gates and lost valuable ground to trail wide most of the way but surged to the front with 200 metres to go and went on to win easily by two and a quarter lengths.
The Lisa Latta trained mare will next chase black-type in the Listed Team Wealleans Classic at Tauranga on June 20 for fillies and mares over 1400 metres.
Last week half-brother to North and South, Will Ferret (Castledale out of Island Time) continued the family tradition winning on debut at Avondale in the three-year-old maiden. Although fractious to load into the barriers, he jumped brilliantly from the inside barrier for Danielle Johnson, led all the way staving off a strong challenge from Ventura.
“You can’t help but be impressed with this colt who has pulled off a debut win after only one trial over 800 metres,” says Albert.
Will Ferret will next race at Rotorua on 1 July.
Finally, full brother to North and South, Mihaia (Strategic Image x Island Time) will join him at the Tauranga meeting where he will run fresh up in Rating 65 company.
“It would be lovely to ‘keep it in the family’ with three from three,” says Albert.