Local trainer Lance Robinson had plenty to celebrate at the completion of the racing action at Riccarton on Saturday after producing a perfect three-from-three result during the day.
Promising three-year-old Khimar War started the day off well when he stormed home late to snatch victory against his age group rivals over 1400m before two-year-old debutant Live Drama launched her career in style with an eye-catching run to win over 1000m
Class performer Boots ‘N’ All made it a day to remember for Robinson when he took advantage of a superb ride from apprentice Corey Campbell to land his tenth career victory in one of the day’s feature events, the Seaton Family Memorial Hororata Gold Cup (1800m).
Robinson was quick to heap praise on both Campbell and the six-year-old Perfectly Ready gelding after the event.
“That was just an absolutely perfect ride by Corey,” he said.
“I told him before the race to be patient and not get to the leaders to early and he just judged it to perfection.
“He (Boots ‘N’ All) is just a little fella and he has been struggling a bit with the big weights. The 2kg claim made a big difference to him and once again he showed just how tough he is.
“He actually went a good race at Otaki last time on a really patchy track, although on paper the result doesn’t look that good. He finished less than a length off Consensus, who went out and won at Moonee Valley on Friday night (Gr.2 Sunline Stakes, 1600m), so that gave me a lot of confidence he could win as his work since then had been very good.”
Robinson had been contemplating a trip north for the Gr. 2 City Of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) as the next challenge for Boots ‘N’ All but may stick closer to home after Saturday’s victory.
“I had been thinking about the Awapuni Gold Cup but it would be his fourth trip north in this prep which might be a little too much for him,” he said.
“I think the Canterbury Gold Cup (Gr.3, 2000m) next month might be a better option for him.”
Robinson is also predicting a big future for the two younger members of his team who got the day off to an impressive start for him.
“It was fantastic to see Khimar War finally get some luck and show just how good he can be,” he said.
“Nothing has gone right for him as he has been checked or suffered bad luck in nearly every race he has had this campaign.
“I really think he can measure up next season so I will be recommending to his owners we give him a spell now and get him ready for the spring.
“It was also very satisfying to see Live Drama win on debut as I’ve held her in high regard since the day we broke her in.
“I think she will be right up there with the best three-year-olds around her next season.
“We will probably give her one more run this time in, then tip her out and get her ready for a race like the Canterbury Belle Stakes (Listed, 1200m) in the spring.” – NZ Racing Desk