Vinevale (Matt Cameron) scores a dominant victory in the Waipu Cup.
An impressive performance by Vinevale in the $35,000 Northpine Waipu Cup capped another huge day for local trainer Chris Gibbs at a sun-soaked Ruakaka this afternoon.
Following a five-win haul at the previous Ruakaka meeting two weeks ago, Gibbs won four of today’s nine races including a trifecta and two quinellas.
Final Suggestion beat Amazing Az and Alesund in the third race, then Marbles and Scarfi fought out the finish of the fourth.
Not Usual Heart made it three in a row with a runaway three-length victory in race five, before Vinevale and Rockabyebaby headed an all-local finish to the Waipu Cup later in the afternoon.
“It’s been great, an awesome day,” Gibbs said.
Patiently ridden by Matt Cameron, Vinevale dropped back to second-last in the 1400-metre event before roaring down the outside to win by two and a half lengths. Rockabyebaby also ran home well from off the pace to finish second, with the Kim Knight-trained Spider third and another Gibbs runner, Rikki Tikki Tavi, fourth. The time was 1:23.83.
Bred and part-owned by Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry Taylor, Vinevale began her career with Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, for whom she won three races and finished fourth in the Listed Timaru Cup.
Transferred north to the Gibbs stable last month, the five-year-old daughter of Flying Spur was an easy first-up winner two weeks ago and repeated that result this afternoon.
“Vinevale is a lovely mare,” said Michelle Bradley, who will join Gibbs in a training partnership from August 1. “She’s had two wins from two starts for us now, and she’s just improved and improved. We’re very happy.
“Rockabyebaby went a great race too. She needed her first-up run (third two weeks ago) and has really gone the right way since then.”
The Taylors have followed the same formula with Vinevale as they did earlier in the season with Richie McHorse. A beautifully bred son of Redoute’s Choice and Boundless, he has thrived at the beach and scored a career-best win in the Listed Hawke’s Bay Cup in April.
“It’s great for the owners, Richie McHorse is another one who came up here, and they’ve had good results with both horses,” Cameron said. “Being at the beach has done her a lot of good.”
Out of a full-sister to the Group One winner Hill Of Grace, Vinevale has now had 24 starts for five wins, eight placings and more than $95,000 in stakes. She had been offered at the 2014 Premier Sale at Karaka, but didn’t reach her $125,000 reserve.
“That’s two wins in a row at Ruakaka for Vinevale,” Trelawney Stud tweeted. “Great finish to come from the back of the field and win easily. Thanks to Logan Racing, Chris Gibbs and the team for all their hard work.”
Gibbs also had placings in the final two races with Real Fun, Kyrie Eleison and Beaufighter.
Another local stable, Kenny and Lisa Rae and Krystal Williams, won the first and last races with Hapi Ella and Major Tom.