MATT BACK WITH GOOD FRONT-RUNNING WIN
Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety advanced to 59 wins for the season when Matt Maguire completed a winning treble for the stable at Rangiora on Wednesday, March 23.
Matt Maguire, freshened after his luckless Victoria Derby third in early February, rolled to the front after the opening 200m and controlled the race to a nicety in the 3-5 wins Caduceus Club Of Canterbury Mobile Pace.
Photo: Matt Maguire is cruising in front for Dexter ahead of Lord Diego with a lap to run at Rangiora on Wednesday.
Driver Dexter Dunn tried to ease the speed sufficiently to give the Christian Cullen gelding the easiest return to racing as possible.
When third favourite Alchemy launched his run wide near the 400m for Shane Walkinshaw the sprint went on but Dexter and Matt were only foxing.
They had the situation in hand even though second favourite Lord Diego (John Dunn) finished stoutly along the sprint lane to get within a long neck of the winner.
Matt Maguire, raced by Alastair Rooney, Peter Gorman, Allan Vernel and Phil Creighton, was recording his seventh win from 21 starts, taking his earnings to $78,232.
He paced the 2600m in 3:16.7 (2:01.7 mile rate), quickening over his last 800m in 56.7s and closing 400m in 27.8s.
The younger brother to former top filly Lizzie Maguire will continue to build towards the $200,000 NZ Derby at Addington on April 23.
Photo: Matt Maguire, with owners after Wednesday’s win.
Meanwhile, last season’s Grand Circuit star Bettor’s Strike finished an encouraging third behind Franco Emirate and Mach Banner in the Paul Renwick Kitchen and Joinery Centre Mobile Pace.
Driver Dexter Dunn said the Bettor’s Delight gelding raced again with his former zest.
After punching out for an early look at the front, Dexter eased to be parked into the first turn, then was shuffled to three back. Bettor’s Strike improved again with a three-wide trail up behind Fake Chance on the home turn and rallied well wide in the straight.
Franco Emirate, back early for Templeton trainer Jimmy Curtin, moved up parked beginning the final lap and produced another strong effort to hold by half a neck in a strong 1:57.2 mile rate for the mobile 2000m, the leaders running their last 800m in 56.6s.
By Jeff Scott