Colours get fitting win at Forbury

By Tayler Strong

The colours worn by Feather Boyz to win at Forbury Park on Thursday night were worn by horses trained by Letty Ferguson whom the race memorialised.

Feather Boyz is trained at Tomahawk (Dunedin) by Eian Lamb for Dunedin breeder, Eric Dasler.

Lamb has been using the red colours with black diamond and red and black striped sleeves for about eight years. He bought them as a replacement.

“My original colours had a complicated design and were going to prove difficult to replicate when it came to replacement so I decided to buy colours from Wayne Ferguson," recalled Lamb.

The colours were worn on Wayne’s horses when he trained in partnership with his mother, Letty Ferguson. Mighty Silks wore the colours when he won the 1993 Tuapeka Cup at Forbury Park and nine other races. Ferguson is now starter for the Forbury Park club.

Feather Boyz has won four races and he is the best horse trained by Lamb, who has had one or two horses in work most seasons over the past 17 years. He won his first race with Cavallo Magic at Forbury Park in 2001.

Featherboyz (Brylin Boyz –Flying Feathers) is a brother to Featherflight, who won eight races, six when trained by Michelle Wallis and two for James Stormont.

Leonardo vindicated the judgement of his Oamaru owner-trainer, David Heffernan when the 4yr-old led throughout a C0 Pace. Heffernan decided to send Leonardo to West Plains trainer Matt Saunders a month ago to enable him to be worked in company.

“He (Leonardo) would work well but he was not reproducing the same dash at trials or races,’’ said Heffernan. “I felt that working in company would help him.”

Leonardo (by Major In Art) is the second foal of Genes West, who won five races and ran 1.56.7 when trained by Malcolm Shinn. He raced the Jenna’s Beach Boy mare with Heffernan. They are breeding alternate foals from Genes West.

The first foal was Queen’s Advocate (by McArdle), who was sold to Australia in February after winning three races. Heffernan had the misfortune to lose a Somebeachsomewhere colt from the mare this season. The colt died when being foaled.

Best Of The Bunch had his second win in seven starts since joining the Roxburgh stable of Geoff and Jude Knight two months ago. Dunedin brothers, Peter and Dave Chalmers had decided to continue with the ownership of the 5yr-old when others dropped out of the $17,000 premier yearling sales purchase, who had been tried by three other trainers.

“I just think it is a maturity thing with him,’’ said Peter Chalmers.Dachy, a $4500 premier sale purchase, won at her first start on Thursday night. The Changeover – Heavenly filly is trained at Winton by John Cox and Tracie McGrannachan for Doug McLeish, of Drummond and Ian Goodman, of Winton. Dachy came from far back entering the home stretch.