Rory on song

By Mac Henry

Rory McIlwrick was the driver to follow at Ascot Park on Tuesday winning three of the eight races.

A junior driver attached to the stable of Nathan Williamson, McIlwrick had not won three in a day before.

His first was aboard Central Otago visitor Caesar Rocks, prepared by Lionel Sinnamon from Poolburn who has been training for more than 45 years.

Caesar Rocks began his racing career with Neil Edge and had the final of 12 starts for him in May last year.

His nine for Sinnamon, all this year,include the win and four placings.

“Neil offered him to me instead of putting him in a claimer,” Sinnamon said, “he's just a nice honest horse for someone like me to have. His ability to go away cleanly from the start won it for him.”

McIlwrick started the day with 14 wins, the same as all last season - which was his best - and went to 17 after winning also with the trotter Overcast and pacer Sue Me.

Aint Misbehavin and royally-bred Ellnbac were winners on debut on Tuesday.

Ellnbac by Art Major is the four year old daughter of It's Ella, winner of the group one New Zealand Breeders Stakes in 2007 and the group two Canterbury Premier Mare's Championship in both 2007 and 2008.

She was driven by her trainer Brendon McLellan whose wife Megan and the estates of the late Jim and Rene Holland race the mare.

McLellan said Ellnbac has been slower to mature than It's Ella and hasn't got the same ability so is likely to be bred from next season.

Aint Misbehavin is a three year old by 2004 Franklin Cup winner Attorney General out of Lady Of Eden, the winner of one.

A gelding, he is trained at Edendale by Craig Laurenson for his partner Kathryn Elliot and Freedom Ridge Ltd, the company of Tokonui dairy farmer Peter O'Brien.

Alex Milne, also from Edendale, was the successful driver.