Go Racing unboxed a double on Boxing Day at Ellerslie, bookending the premier raceday.
Foxwedge gelding Raposa Rapida struck the first blow in the Blue Bubble Taxis (1400m), registering the sixth win of his career.
“It was a very good performance yesterday,” Go Racing Racing Manager Albert Bosma said.
“He settled back and then sprinted very quickly and when he got to the front he switched off thinking his job was done.”
Jockey Danielle Johnson was able to keep his momentum up to fend off the favourite Star of Bombay by half a length on the line.
A full brother to Group One winning mare Volpe Veloce, Raposa Rapida tipped his earnings over the $140,000 mark for the Go Racing Foxy Syndicate on Saturday.
Raposa Rapida will now target the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m) on New Year’s Day.
The other Go Racing winner on the day was Loose Cannon who was successful in the Barfoot & Thompson (1400m).
“She’s probably been the unluckiest horse in the country,” Bosma said. “She could have won her last couple of starts but she kept getting blocked in the run and not being able to get out so she really deserved to win yesterday.”
Loose Cannon was ridden by Michael McNab to get up by a short head on the line for the Go Racing Gunfire Syndicate.
Bosma said Loose Cannon would now enjoy a couple of weeks in the paddock before racing again from late summer through to autumn.
“She’s only lightly raced but we think she’s up to black-type,” he said.
Both horses are trained by Stephen Marsh with whom Go Racing have had a long and successful relationship.
It was a particularly special day for one of Go Racing’s owners Lew Sutherland who shares in the ownership of both horses.
“Lew is a great New Zealander and a lovely man who deserves all of his wins,” Bosma said.
“We have Margaret Jean debuting at Rotorua on Monday, named after Lew’s late wife and if she was to get up it would be an emotional win for us all.”