Fireworks In Cup

Fireworks In Cup

29th January 2022

Bruce Stewart

Alta Wiseguy is a star on the rise.

In today’s $30,000 Group Three Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Cup the four-year-old aided by a perfect drive by Tim Williams proved too good for last year’s winner Pembrook Playboy.

Invercargill Cup winner Alta Wiseguy warming up for Tim Williams

“The key to the race was making a good beginning and getting himself against the paint (inside). It’s always the shortest way home and when Blair took the lead (Orange driving One Change) I thought it would be a good one to follow,” said Williams.

Alta Wiseguy began quickly from the 10 metre mark and took an early lead before One Change took over with two laps to run.

When the Michael House pair Warloch and Jonny Mac improved, second favourite Pembrook Playboy got into the outside running line and with a lap to run Nathan Williamson moved up three wide to sit outside One Change with Alta Wiseguy two back on the inside running line.

One Change leads with Pembrook Playboyon the outside and Alta Wiseguy in the trail.

At the 300 metres Pembrook Playboy and One Change were pacing out the final 300 head to head with Alta Wiseguy sitting pretty in the trail.

The three top pacers went down to the line with just a neck between first and second and another neck between second and third. Alta Wiseguy got going late, but in time to nab Pembrook Playboy, with One Change finishing third.

Alta Wiseguy (4) beating Pembrook Playboy (7) and One Change in between

“He travelled a bit too good down the back, but he was quick enough to make it up in the straight. It’s no easy feat to get past the two horses in front of me. They’re both nice horses in their own right.”

Today’s win for the Steve and Amanda Telfer trained gelding was his eighth from twenty three starts and his second in a row as a four-year-old.

Winning salute

Cooling off

He won six races at three and completed that season running eleventh in the Three Year Old Emerald at Cambridge.

“His last run last season was in the Jewels, and he probably wasn’t quite up to them, but they put him aside and this time in he hasn’t let us down yet.”

Alta Wiseguy is out of Art Major mare Princess Art which won seven races for Paul and Mitchell Kerr. She was out of Natal Franco which was raced by Southlanders Vin Devery and the late Alan Blackler and their wives Daphne and Phillipa. She won seven races for the partnership.

“He’s a typical Mach Three, very quick in his gait when he needs to be.”

Both Pembrook Playboy and One Change were very good in defeat and should both improve for the higher grade races coming up in the next few months.

Meanwhile One Apollo won his tenth race, taking out the Brendan Franks Farrier Handicap Trot against a small but quality field.

One Apollo warming up

Leading with Peregrine in the trail

At the finish

Back to the birdcage with winning driver Matty Williamson

The six-year-old hadn’t won a race for trainer Brent White since winning the Group Three Northern Southland Trotting Club’s Southern Lights in March last year.

He led for most of the way and won the 2700 metre event in 3-24.9 which is just outside Sundees Son’s track and Southland record of 3-24.8. Pres The Belle holds the allcomers record at 3-24.0.