Seven years after being unsuccessful in the Wanganui Guineas with Sitting On A Hill, Tony Bambry was back at Wanganui today claiming the Listed event with her first live foal, Lord Turbo.
Sittiing On A Hill had been considered good enough to tackle the Wanganui feature in just her third start. She had won on debut as a late two-year-old at Awapuni and wound up fifth to Alberto in the Listed Wanganui Guineas.
Though she never won another race in her 39-start career, she did record 12 placings, including a third in the Gr. 3 Ezibuy Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni.
Lord Turbo also went into the Wanganui Guineas in just his third start, but he had already surpassed his dam’s deeds when being unbeaten in his first two starts, at Awapuni and Hastings.
Now having taken the next step and become a stakeswinner, Bambry is eyeing up a start in the Gr. 3 $85,000 DHL Hawke’s Bay Guineas on October 5 with the son of Perfectly Ready.
“He’s special,” said the Awapuni trainer. “He’s so laid-back at home. When I went to get him in at one thirty today he was laying asleep. But that’s typical of him.
“He needs something to run with and then he’s competitive.”
Lord Turbo showed that competitive streak today when he was fighting out the finish of the H.S. Dyke Wanganui Guineas with the favourite Burnt Orange. The northern visitor looked likely to score when kicking strongly, but Lord Turbo, in the hands of Rosie Myers, refused to give in and got in the deciding stride to score by a short head.
There was a six-length gap to third-placed Girl Of My Dreams with the previously unbeaten Mr Mendelssohn fourth after ruining his chances when racing about in the run home.
Myers was full of praise for Lord Turbo, whom she has ridden in each of his wins.
“He’s still so raw, but the blinkers helped a bit today,” said Myers. “I was going to tack onto Phillip Turner’s horse (Mr Mendelssohn) coming into the straight, but I was forced to go sooner than I wanted. He hit the front way too soon, but he refused to give in.”
Mark du Plessis, Burnt Orange’s rider, considered lodging a protest against the winner, but didn’t proceed.
“The winner carried me in a bit and I looked at the video,” said du Plessis. “He dictated me towards the inside but it probably wasn’t enough to win it on protest.”
Burnt Orange went into the Wanganui Guineas with a big reputation after being unlucky on debut then winning at Ruakaka.