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.