Gore Shorts and Pics

Gore Shorts and Pics

27th December 2021

Bruce Stewart

Lynyrd Skynyrd was the first winner of the day at the Gore grass track meeting today. The five-year-old has recently relocated to Brad Williamson’s Oamaru barn and he led all the way for Kerryn Tomlinson, holding on to beat Midnitetraintogeorgia by half a head.

It was the horse’s third win in thirty-two starts. Outside of winning, the gelding has notched up eleven placings.

First starter Granny Rose put on a professional display to beat eleven maiden trotters in the Hokonui Honda Trot. The three-year-old by The Press was trained and driven by Matty Williamson. She won by a neck from perennial placegetter In The Groove.

Granny Rose (12) winning for Matty Williamson

In Race Three aged mare Ellz Angel came with a solid run down the middle of the track to win her first race at her twenty first start.

Trained and driven by Brendon McLellan the Bettor’s Delight mare is out of the sixteen win mare It’s Ella whose successes included the 2008 Caduceus Club of Canterbury Premier Mares Championship.

Top Pocket Chance won his third race when he came with a late charge to win the Mitre 10 Gore Trot.

Top Pocket Chance (10) winning for Robbie Close

Trained by Craig Buchan and driven by Robbie Close, the Washington VC gelding has been tried both as a trotter and pacer winning all his races in the trotting gait.

Alan McVicar has always had handy horses in his barn and Captain Starlight looks to be his next.

Driven by Rory McIIwrick the Changeover gelding won comfortably but still has a bit to learn as he ran around close to the finish line.

The three-year-old bred by Macca Lodge beat Lou’s Deal by a length and a quarter.

Sweet Annie went back to back when she won the Arden Lodge Fillies and Mares Mobile Pace.

At odds of 14-1 the Panspacificflight mare is trained by Brent McIntyre who shares in the ownership. Sweet Annie was handled by Mark Hurrell.

Duke Of Cornwall continued to grow in reputation when he impressively put away five older rivals in the Cardrona Distillery Two- and Three Year Old Stakes.

The Sweet Lou two year old was taken to the top by driver Matty Williamson and there he stayed, winning by a length from Tommy Waterhouse who sat parked for the entire trip.

Lester Smith (far right) and Brent Barclay talk about the win

It was the Lester Smith owned colt’s fourth win in nine starts and he looks a genuine Southern Supremacy Stakes horse.

Winning connections

Airwaves was at his best in Race Eight. He led off the gate and driver Rory McIIwrick kept the six year old pinging along and he won easily by three and three quarter lengths.

Quality trotting filly Peregrine, having her first start since February just held on to beat a fast finishing Shandon Bells in Race Eleven while Rory McIIwrick rounded off a super day by winning the last with I’m Trouble who’s trained by Owen Lawrence and Carol Graham.

With racing over new distances a number of new grass track records were set today:

1750 metres mobile-Pacing

  • Two year old colts and gelding: Duke Of Cornwall – 2-13.7
  • Three year old colts and geldings: Captain Starlight – 2-19.3
  • Four year old and older entires and geldings: Airwaves – 2-16.4
  • Four year old and older mares: Sweet Annie 2-14.2
  • All Comers: Duke Of Cornwall – 2-13.7

2750 metre – stand-Pacing

  • Four year old and older entires and geldings: Johnny Mac – 3-39.3
  • All Comers: Johnny Mac – 3-39.3

2750 metre – stand-Trotting

  • Two year old colts and gelding: Granny Rose 4-00.5
  • Three year old fillies: Peregrine – 3-48.9
  • Four year old and older entires and geldings: King Cassidy – 3-45.7
  • All Comers: King Cassidy – 3-45.7