Playboy Looking At Hannon

Playboy Looking At Hannon

Bruce Stewart

10th September 2020.

Pembrook Playboys win today has cemented trainer Nathan Williamson’s desire to race in the time honoured Hannon Memorial at Oamaru in ten days times.

Pembrook Playboy entering the birdcage prior to his win today – Photo Bruce Stewart

The Bettor’s Delight colt began well and settled four back on the inside as Canterbury visitor Memphis Tennessee made the early pace. With 1000 metres to run Williamson came off the inside to sit parked. Once balanced, Pembrook Playboy let down nicely with a powerful sprint to win easing down. Williamson had time to look over his shoulder to see that the opposition was well and truly covered. The winning margin was a length and three quarters with Pembrook Play running the 2400 metres post to post in 3-03.8 with the last 800 metres in 56.5.

“He felt comfortable all the way,” said his trainer driver.

Nice powerful stride – Photo Bruce Stewart

Back to the birdcage – Photo Bruce Stewart

Owned by Chris Alcock of Invercargill Pembrook Playboy last raced at Wyndham in March and came into today’s pacing feature with a trial and a workout under his belt.

“We’re rapt with that first up. He only had two soft trials but I’ve been pretty happy with the way he went and has trained on since.”

It was Pembrook Playboys fifth win from just ten starts. Williamson realised his potential early and looked after him last season knowing he’d develop into a nice four year old.

“I just wanted to be sure he had a good break and he’s developed in that time.”

Of the beaten runners, Memphis Tennessee was brave, running second. He’s been away from racing for nearly seven months, while third place getter Spirit Of St Louis lost lengths at the start and didn’t appear to quicken on the slushy track as well as he probably can.

U May Cullect finished last, eight lengths from the winner, but he should be better for the run.