Go Racing has enjoyed a flying start to 2020 with four winners since the start of the year.
Says Racing Manager Albert Bosma, “We couldn’t be happier for our owners. In the first seven day of January we’ve had four winners and all have been dominant.”
The winning streak kicked off with Prince Albert at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day in race 1 when he became the first horse anywhere in the world to win a race in the new decade in the SKYCity 2100 metres worth $50,000.
Trained by Stephen Marsh and ridden by in form jockey Jason Waddell from barrier 12, Prince Albert settled mid field. It was a patient ride and from the 900 metres mark he came wide and started to methodically move up the field. But it was from the 300 metres mark when he stepped on the gas to leave the field for dust by an incredible 7.5 length margin.
Says namesake Albert, “The horse is in terrific form with two wins and a second placing in his last three rides. Next up he will be racing at Trentham this Saturday in the Summer Cup worth $40,000. He is a very progressive and exciting stayer.”
Four-year-old mare Shipshape broke through for a well-deserved win in the Pearl Bonus Maiden 1200 metres at Ruakaka on the 4th of January. Trained by Stephen McKee and ridden by premiership chaser Sam Collett, Shipshape finally broke her maiden status with a dominant 3.5 length margin.
Says Albert, “It was a well-deserved and long waited for win. Prior to this, she’s had a lot of run placings behind a lot of very promising horses. Her next start will be another Pearl Race at Avondale on the 22nd of January.”
Euro import Sayl stamped his mark with his very first start – and win – in New South Wales on the 5th of January.
“It was truly an international affair. Sayl is a French galloper who was ridden by Irish jockey (and two-time champion Irish apprentice) Oisin Orr, and trained by kiwi Chris Waller. Now Sayl has broken through he looks to be very progressive and looks like he’ll possibly be better right handed,” says Albert. “We are looking forward to getting him up to 2000 metres and beyond.”
Just one week ago Stephen Marsh-trained Rip Em Up celebrated a second win in her current campaign. She was eased up to win easily over 2000 metres ridden by Jason Waddell whose red hot form continues. Says Stephen “She’s a very talented mare whose been slightly wayward but is now delivering on her promise. She looks to be a very exciting stayer and has one of the best pedigrees you wish for, so we are aiming to get her through to black type racing.”