New York Minute races to another big win in today's Opunake Cup.
New York Minute was simply too big and too strong as she continued her superb winter campaign by leading throughout for another easy win in the $65,000 Powerworx Opunake Cup at New Plymouth today.
Even before joining the powerful Murray Baker-Andrew Forsman earlier this year, the Iffraaj mare was a force to be reckoned with five wins for New Plymouth trainer Ilone Kelly. In her first start from new quarters she won an open sprint at Trentham by 11 and a half lengths and followed that with her first stakes win in the Tauranga Classic.
She won that race by three-quarters of a length, but today she was back to her dominant self as she took a clear lead and never looked like being headed. Lightweight Sleeping Beauty loomed as a possible danger approaching the home turn but it wasn’t to be as rider Lisa Allpress gave New York Minute more rein and she raced clear to win by three lengths.
The big mare’s relentless style pulled the quality field apart, with her stablemate Tomelilla coming in third, three and half lengths away, and another four lengths to Art Deco.
“She’s hard to catch when she gets rolling along like that,” commented Andrew Forsman after he and Baker had taken their 2017-18 record tally to 141 wins, including 20 at black-type level, and stable stake-earnings past $4.4 million.
“I thought the lightweight horse might make it interesting, but she ended up winning quite easily.
“We’ll probably give her a freshen up and look at the Foxbridge Plate, then maybe Hastings after that.”
New York Minute provided Allpress with the middle leg of a treble on the New Plymouth card, beginning with Strolling Vagabond and completed by local galloper Batchelor Babe. That Marilyn Paewai-trained mare replicated the performance of New York Minute by leading over the same 1400-metre course and scoring by three lengths.
Allpress, who has ridden New York Minute in all but one of her eight wins, has made a great comeback from serious injury to now be on 54 wins for the season and close to breaking back into the premiership top 10.
“Considering I missed pretty much half the season, I’m very happy with where I’ve got to,” Allpress told www.theinformant.co.nz at the end of another rewarding day. “Any win is welcome and to get three is great.
“New York Minute is a very good galloper on these winter tracks, she loves it wet. Even so, she came off the bridle today at the 800 where the ground was more chopped up, but once she got through that she balanced up again.
“From there on she was never going to be beaten.”