First day apprentice Wiremu Pinn completes a memorable double on Art Deco in the feature race at New Plymouth.
Wiremu Pinn savoured a double delight in his first day of riding at New Plymouth today.
The 19-year-old is apprenticed to Allan Sharrock and in his first ever race ride he was successful aboard stable runner London Express in the New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series Race.
Pinn later took the reins aboard Sharrock’s top winter performer Art Deco, who resumed in style with victory in the BNT Group Handicap at the expense of the gallant topweight Taurus.
“I really liked her today,” Sharrock said. “She’s a good mare and she’s a lot stronger now.”
Art Deco has fashioned the tidy record of six wins and nine placings from 18 starts and Sharrock is looking to fill the only gap on her CV with stakes success during her winter preparation.
“I was a bit surprised she didn’t get black type last time and I’m sure she can this time,” he said.
A daughter of Road To Rock, Art Deco settled in behind the leaders on the fence and Pinn stuck closer to the rail into the straight.
They were in front on straightening and saw it through strongly to win by two lengths from Taurus with Kitaya taking third money.
The effort of Taurus was full of merit, as he was conceding 10 kilos to the winner and chased bravely in the closing 300 metres.
The outing will have the Wanganui veteran primed for another crack at the Listed Ag Challenge Stakes on his home track on Queen’s Birthday weekend. The nine-year-old won the race in 2016 after two previous placings in the race and he finished third last year.