Rosweood (Lisa Allpress) charges past Taurus and Ringo for another win at Awapuni today.
Taranaki mare Rosewood continued to march up the ranks with her third win from her last four starts at Awapuni today.
The Marilyn Paewai-owned and trained four-year-old had bridged the gap to open company when winning over 1500 metres at Awapuni three weeks ago. Dropping back to 1400 metres in today’s Norwood Farm Machinery Handicap and again ridden by Lisa Allpress, Rosewood dropped to the rear while Ringo and Manhattan Street shared a solid pace.
As Manhattan Street began to fade, topweight Taurus loomed to challenge Ringo soon after straightening and the race looked between the two geldings. But out wide Redwood was gathering momentum and she lodged her claim before drawing clear by three-quarters of a length. Rising 10-year-old Taurus was as genuine as ever under 60 kilos as he took second by a head from Ringo.
“She’s a wonderful little mare, she tries so hard,” Allpress said after completing a double on the Awapuni card. “It was good to see her win over 1400 metres like that after they went too quick for her early.
“But in the end that played into her hands, with 54 kilos she was able to finish over the top of those higher weighted horses.”
Inglewood-based Paewai now has a decision to make between next Saturday’s Whyte Handicap at Trentham or the following week’s Listed Opunake Cup at New Plymouth.
“I’ll wait and see how she comes through this race first,” Paewai told NZ Racing Desk. “There’s the Whyte Handicap or the Opunake Cup, but she won’t run in both.”
In favour of the Listed Opunake Cup is the venue, New Plymouth, where Rosewood has already won four races.
Paewai, who paid just $4,000 for the daughter of Redwood as a weanling at Karaka in 2014, is enjoying a career-high season with seven wins from just 24 raceday starts. Rosewood is responsible for four of those wins and the remaining three have come from Batchelor Babe. The only other member of Paewai’s team, Redwood two-year-old Red Forest, finished third in her only start to date.