Review of Cambridge Features
NZ HARNESS NEWS
Turn It Up does just that once again
The summer of Turn It Up continued in fine fashion with an easy win in the Gr.2 $60,000 Waikato Flying Mile at Cambridge on Friday night.
He had too much speed for the leader, Star Galleria, up the passing lane, running a 26-second quarter to win in a relatively sedate 1.54.5.
Remarkably, it was only the Australian-bred’s 10th career start and came one run after his dominant Auckland Cup victory on New Years’ Eve.
Driver and co-trainer Mark Purdon was full of praise for the horse post-race.
“He’s just one out of the box,
“After the New Zealand Free For All we decided to target the Auckland Cup with him and he’s been enormous ever since.
“I thought Star Galleria might be hard to pull back tonight after the run he had in front, but we reeled him easily.”
Star Galleria fought on bravely for second while the winner’s stablemate, Ashley Locaz, nabbed third.
New Zealand Cup winner Thefixer was never in it after sitting last on the outer, finishing fifth of seven for co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen.
Turn It Up will now get a breather and return home to Christchurch before being set for the Taylor Mile and New Zealand Messenger against his own age at Alexandra Park in late April and early May.
The race was run in front of a large crowd which gathered on course to celebrate the club’s centenary under perfect conditions.
Early indications from club officials were that the meeting was a raging success.
Temporale wins another Cambridge sprint feature
Sometimes even 3500 winners worth of experience doesn’t give you all the answers.
Case in point, Tony Herlihy with Friday night’s Gr. 3 $30,000 Cambridge Trotters Flying Stakes winner, Temporale.
He maintained his fine record on the track, and over the sprint trip with a gritty front-running performance.
In the process he seemingly erased an uncharacteristic gallop in the Group 1 National Trot at his last start.
Just why he did it had Herlihy stumped and he admitted post-win that he hadn’t been entirely happy for the horse in the past couple of weeks.
“I was more hopeful than confident heading in to tonight.
“I had the chiropractor go over him last week but they couldn’t find anything.
“So, I can’t really figure out what’s been bothering him.
“His work this week was not too bad, though.”
Still, he got the money and a second Cambridge sprint feature in the space of two-and-a-half weeks to go with his Gr. 2 $50,000 Trotters Flying Mile win on Christmas Eve.
Speeding Spur, who is slated to return to Aussie later this month for a tilt at the Great Southern Star against Marcoola and Tornado Valley, fought bravely for second after losing a lead dig early in the contest.
Whether Temporale follows Speeding Spur to Australia is yet to be determined.
“I’m just not sure at this stage,” said Herlihy.
“I’ll have a word with the boys and see what they want to do.”
The alternative would be a freshen up before the Rowe Cup and Anzac Cup at Alexandra Park in late April/early May, with the NZ Trotting Champs at Addington in early April as well.
Massive Metro fought on solidly for third after having to come from the back of the field and looks a serious threat in all future trotting features.
- NZ Harness News