Go Racing continued their excellent run of form with a hat trick of winners across Australasia on Saturday.
European import Raqeeq (GB) (Champs Elysees) spearheaded the trio with an easy win in the Events @ BRC Benchmark 90 Handicap (2200m) at Eagle Farm in Brisbane with Matthew McGillivray in the saddle.
It was back-to-back success for the Chris Waller-trained six-year-old who won his last start at Canterbury in Sydney at the end of January.
Waller was pleased with the win and reported that Raqeeq had come through the race well. He added that he would drop back to 2000m at his next start which is likely to be at Doomben on February 29.
The win was the sixth in Raqeeq’s career, his fourth carrying the Go Racing silks and it took his career earnings to over A$300,000.
He started his career in France with Shadwell Stud before he was purchased by Go Racing out of the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale, which has been a fruitful hunting ground for them with Alward, Sir Pippin and Sayl all winners to date.
Earlier in the day at Ellerslie, Auckland, the Stephen McKee-trained Quick Preview (AUS) (Foxwedge) was to the fore in the Ecohill 1500 (1500m) with Taiki Yanagida on board.
It was the Ardmore-based chestnut, who is raced by the Go Racing As Per Syndicate’s second career win.
Meanwhile, Myross Bush in New Zealand’s southernmost city Invercargill, was the scene of Aristotle’s win in the Phillips Horse Transport Maiden (1600m).
While it has taken longer than expected for Aristotle (NZ) (Pins) to claim his first win trainer Andrew Carston was confident it wouldn’t be the last.
“He’s always shown us enough and he’s shown us glimpses of good form,” said Carston.
“He’s had plenty of placings but mentally he’s taken a little bit of time but I’m glad he’s finally delivered.”
The Go Racing Ring My Bell Syndicate-raced four-year-old was ridden by Corey Campbell and the pair went close to going back-to-back when second on day two of the Southland Racing Club’s meeting on Monday.
The three wins continue a good run of form for the New Zealand-based syndication company who have had 13 wins this year and 28 over the last three months.